Shrubs & Trees

Common Name

Scientific Name



American Beech Fagus grandifolia A common large tree of the park woods, a large section of them can be seen east of Phillips-Hawkins Hall. The smooth sivery bark is often marked by student graffitti. The leaves become golden in the fall and to not fall off the tree till early spring. American Beech
Ash, Green or Red Fraxinus pennsyvanica Scattered individuals throughout park woods, easily confused with White Ash. Look for 3 -7 leaflets on compund leaves, prominant buds at end of leaf, edges of leaflets can be smooth or toothed. English Ivy
Ash, White Fraxinus americana Scattered individuals throughout the park woods. Do differentiate between White and Red ash, look for 5-9 leaflets, leaflets are usually smooth. White Ash
Basswood Tilia sp. Scatterd individuals found in park woods. Basswood
Black Cherry Prunus serotina Found scattered throughout woods, most found along Gray Drive south of Renyolds Hall. Black Cherry
Black berry or Raspberry Rubus sp. A large a difficult genus, several species may be in the park. Black Berry
Black Locust Robinia pseudo-acacia Scattered individuals in park woods and along margins of fields. Has big groupings of fragrant white flowers in the spring. Black Locust
Black Tupelo or Black gum Nyssa Sylvatica Scattered individuals found in park woods south of Cone Hall. Ends of branches look spider-like. Black Tupelo
Black Willow Salix nigra Common small tree along creeks and in park fields. Black Willow
Buckeye Aesculus sylvatica A couple of individuals can be found along the drive south of Renyolds Hall (near the Pawpaws). Buckeye
Chestnut, Chinese Castanea mollissima There are a few planted individuals in the fields of the park and around campus. The distinct spiny fruit and sharply toothed leaves make this low widespread tree stand out. Chinese Chestnut
Dogwood Cornus florida A common understory tree with white flowers blooming in early spring. Dogwood
Elm, slippery Ulmus rubra A species of elm native to eastern North America. Other common names include Red Elm, Gray Elm, Soft Elm, Moose Elm, and Indian Elm. Slippery Elm
Euonymus, Winged Euonymus alatus Commonly cultivated shrub, can be found in many areas of the park woods. Has distinctive barklike “wings” on its branches. Euonymus
Heavenly Bamboo Nandina domestica Commonly planted as an ornamental on campus. Can be seen by the music building, and Phillips-Hawkins Hall. Bamboo
Hickory, Pignut Carya glabra Scatterd individuals throughout park. Pignut Hickory
Hickory, Shagbark Carya ovata Scattered individuals, easily identified by distinctive shaggy bark. Shagbark Hickory
Holly, American Ilex opaca Widely planted on campus as an ornamental, found throughout the park. Can be a shrub or tree. May have red berries in the fall. Holly
Holly, Grape Mahonia bealei Commonly planted as an ornamental on campus, escaped individuals can be found scattered throughout park woods. Does not get bigger than a shrub. Has distinctive blue-purple berries in the fall months. Grape Holly
Maple, Sugar Acer saccharum The most common of the maples in our park. Sugar Maple
Mimosa or silktree Albizia julibrissin Exotic. Found at scattered locations in park, often by stream edges. Fine feathery leaves and fragrant pink blossoms in the late spring early summer. Mimosa
Mulberry, white Morus alba A large shrub or small tree common at weedy locations at wood edges and along stream in the fields. You can eat the berries when they arrive in the late spring and turn red/black. White Mulberry
Oak, Black Quercus velutina Scattered individuals in the park woods, mostly north of Grogan Hall. Black Oak
Oak, Southern red or spanish Quercus falcata One of the principle canopy trees of the park woods. The main difference between this and the white oak is the lobes on the leaves come to points. Southern Red Oak
Oak, White Quercus alba One of the principle canopy trees of the park woods and commonly planed elsewhere as a shade tree.. White Oak
Oak, Willow Quercus phellos Scattered individuals in the park woods, most commonly seen as the HUGE shade trees found in the fields and to the west. These trees are in the oak family, but the leaves are more like the willow tree (hence the common name). Willow Oak
Pawpaw Asimina triloba Found along streams and along drive south of Renyolds Hall. Pawpaw
Redbud or Judas Tree Cercis canadensis A characteristic understory tree of the park woods along with the dogwood. Has little pink flowers that bloom in early spring and heart shaped leaves. Redbud
River Birch Betula nigra Planted as an ornamental on edges of park and along the stream. Has the distinctive shaggy bark. Not to be confused with the paper birch which although on campus is not within the park boundries. River Birch
Royal Paulownia or Empress tree Paulownia tomentosa This invasive exotic tree has been recently appeared on the path to the music building on the east side of Grogan Hall. Easily spotted with its very fast growth and large fuzzy leaves. Royal Paulownia
Southern Magnolia or Bull Bay Magnolia grandioflora Comonly planted as and ornamental, escaped individuals can be found in the park woods. Big White flowers in late spring. Thick leather like leaves that stay on all winter. Southern Magnolia
Spicebush Lindera benzoin One individual on campus along wast side of Renyolds hall. Spicebush
Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua Common tree found in the park woods. Has distinctive star shaped leaves, and spiky seed balls. Sweetgum
Sycamore Platanus occidentalis Common tree in the park. The leaf size is your biggest clue to this tree. the leaves can span 15-18 inches at it widest width. Sycamore
Tuliptree or tulip- poplar or yellow poplar Liriodendron tulipifera One of the principle canopy trees in the park woods. Has distictive yellow green flowers in the pring, and distinctive leaf shape. A very large specimen is found near Renyolds Hall by the stream,roots pictured here. Tulip Poplar
Walnut, black Juglans nigra Scattered individuals in the park, by open areas. Compound leaves with 13-23 leaflets. Has large green nuts that turn black in the fall. Black Walnut