New Trees Bring Greenery and Shade to Front Edge of Campus

As part of summer campus improvements, new trees have been planted on the lawn in front of the Sullivan Academic Center, adding a little more greenery to campus and the view for our neighbors passing by on Chandler and May streets. 

In our front landscape, we have:

  • Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides). This fast-growing, deciduous tree was first identified in 1941. In the autumn, it will turn a beautiful reddish gold.
  • American Beech (Fagus grandifolia). Slow-growing with wide-spreading branches, this beech is native to eastern North America. The tree’s green leaves turn a golden color when fall comes around.
  • Regal Prince (Quercus × warei ‘Long’). This is a type of oak tree that can grow to 60 feet tall with a 25-foot spread.

Adding even more color and character to campus, behind the Administration Building, and adjacent to our Lancer Oak, we have:

  • Purpurea Pendula (Fagus sylvatica). This tree’s purplish leaves contribute to its common name of a Purple Weeping Eurpoean Beech.

In addition to their natural beauty, the university selected these trees because they are not considered hosts for the Asian Longhorn Beetle, an invasive species, and will grace campus with their canopies for many years to come.