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Published March 03, 2013, 12:55 PM

NDSU researcher names tree for 4-year-old grandson

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota State University researcher who has developed several varieties of plants is honoring is grandson by naming a tree after him.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota State University researcher who has developed several varieties of plants is honoring is grandson by naming a tree after him.

Retired plant sciences professor Dale Herman says the Sun Beam Ironwood tree got its name because of the "delightful and outgoing" personality of his 4-year-old grandson, Cameron Winkler.

Cameron was born with a form of spina bifida. He has undergone a dozen brain and spinal surgeries and is partially paralyzed below the waist.

Herman says he named the plant Sun Beam because Cameron lights up everybody's life. The NDSU researcher says his grandson can strike up a conversation with people from ages 1 to 100.

Herman tells The Forum that the ironwood variety was introduced in 2011 and won't be available for another year or two.

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