W. J. Beal Botanical Garden & Campus Arboretum

Campus Tree Tour

Self-Guided Campus Tree Tour

Every spartan tree has a story.

Welcome to the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden’s self-guided tree tour of some of the historical and significant trees located in the West Circle Dr. area of Michigan State University. The MSU Campus is home to thousands of trees, many pre-dating establishment of Campus itself. Take the tour and learn about the amazing diversity of trees on Campus, how these trees are used in science, and the some of the many ways that these trees are connected to Spartan history. Some of the trees are the Dawn Redwood ( Metasequoia glyptostroboides ) rediscovered in 1939, after it was thought to be extinct, Norway Spruces ( Picea abies ) planted in 1865, Huntingdon Elm ( Ulmus x hollandica 'Vegata' ) planted by President Theodore Roosevelt, and the “Resilient Oak”, White Oak ( Quercus alba ) that is 375-400 years old.

Instructions

Begin your tour at the Dawn Redwood in the Botanical Garden. You can find the tree by using the map image or PDF below or using the interactive tree map at the link. Each tree is labeled. You can click through below to find information on each tree, or scan the QR code listed on the “Spartan Tree Story” tags attached to each tree. Use the image/PDF or the campus tree map to navigate to the next tree. Please share your thoughts or ask questions by sending us an email at [email protected] . We hope you enjoy the tour!

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The Dawn Redwood

  • The Beal Katsura
  • Chinese Ash- Hua Qu Liu
  • The 1865 Norway Spruces
  • The Mongolian Oak
  • The Asa Gray Gingko Tree
  • The Roosevelt Elm
  • The Resilient Oak
  • The Sherwood Forest English Oak
  • The 1865 White Cedars
  • American Elm
  • The Mary Abbot Commemorative White Pine
  • The Mary Mayo Swamp White Oaks

Former Director

Dr. Frank W. Telewski

The text on the individual tree pages was derived from text written by Dr. Frank W. Telewski, retired Director of W. J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Arboretum and retired Professor of Plant Biology. Dr. Telewski is a long-time advocate and historian of the Campus MSU Arboretum. He has made many contributions to Beal Botanical Garden and the MSU Arboretum from his many international trips, including the Chinese Ash ( Fraxinus chinensis var. rhyncophylla ) and the Mongolian Oak ( Quercus mongolica ) both of which are on the tour.

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Tree Tour Map

Virtual tour map.

BEGIN THE TOUR

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