Salve Regina University

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Tours

  1. Arboretum Walking Tour

    Sample by following this walking tour across the Arboretum at Salve Regina, the vast array of tree specimens abutting the campus.

    Stops

    1. Japanese maple (ID #52)

      Acer palmatum

      Age: Mature
      Height Class: Medium
      Diameter at Breast Height: 13 in.
      Canopy Radius: 15 ft.
      Condition: Good

    2. London plane tree (ID #57)

      Platanus x acerifolia

      Age: Mature
      Height Class: Large
      Diameter at Breast Height: 45 in.
      Canopy Radius: 25 ft.

      Condition: Fair

       

      The London plane tree is a cross between the Oriental plane and the American plane. In an ironic twist of fate, Europeans had collected Platanus species in the 18th century from both North America and Asia. The two species, Occidentalis and Orientalis, accidentally crossed and came back to the Americas as the London plane tree. Because it grows in very harsh conditions, it has become a highly planted tree in cities such as Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Chicago.

       

    3. Sawtooth oak (#87)

      Quercus acutissima

      Age: Semi-mature

      Height Class: Large
      Diameter at Breast Height: 10 in.

      Canopy Radius: 15 ft.
      Condition: Good

      Native to Asia and widely planted in North America, the sawtooth oak is a fast-growing species that can reach heights ranging from 80 to 100 feet. Closely related to the Turkish oak, it is often planted as a source of food for wildlife such as jays, pigeons and squirrels.

       

    4. European hornbeam (ID #120)

      Carpinus betulus

      Age: Semi-mature

      Height Class: Medium
      Diameter at Breast Height: 4 in.
      Canopy Radius: 6 ft.
      Condition: Good

       

      Carpinus betulus or European hornbeam is native to Europe as far east as Russia and the Ukraine. Its wood is very hard and slow burning, making it suitable for wood-burning fuel.
    5. Sawara False Cypress (ID #246)

      Chamaecyparis pisifera

      Age: Mature
      Height Class: Large
      Diameter at Breast Height: 15 in.
      Canopy Radius: 10 ft.
      Condition: Good

    6. Copper beech (ID #272)

      Fagus sylvatica

      Age: Semi-mature
      Height Class: Large
      Diameter at Breast Height: 16 in.
      Canopy Radius: 15 ft.
      Condition: Good

    7. Kousa dogwood (ID #361)

      Cornus kousa

      Age: Mature
      Height Class: Medium
      Diameter at Breast Height: 4 in
      Canopy Radius: 8 ft.
      Condition: Good

       

      Kousa dogwoods are native to eastern Asia. Their flowers bloom prolifically in late spring, although the showy portion is actually the bract that sits just below the yellowish-green flowers. The red berries are edible, but preferred by birds because of their lack of taste to humans.



       

    8. European Beech (ID #1009)

      Fagus sylvatica

      Age: Mature

      Condition: Good

      The European beech invests much of its energy in summer and fall for the following spring. After a period of dormancy in July, its roots expand and gather nutrients, which are stored for use the following spring.

       

    9. Oriental Spruce (ID #1003)

      Picea orientalis

      Age: Mature
      Condition: Good

      The oriental spruce tree is native to the Caucasus Mountains in western Asia. Its dark green needles are small and have a delicate texture. 

    10. Weeping European Beech (ID #1038)

      Fagus sylvatica

      Age: Mature

      Condition: Fair

      This is one of the most magnificent weeping beech trees in Newport. Its location behind the library is fitting, as the word "book" is related to the word "beech": The Dutch word for book is "boek". In Russian, the word for beech is "buk". In Swedish, "bok" means both book and beech.
    11. Copper beech (ID #1048)

      Fagus sylvatica

      Age: Mature
      Condition: Good

      Copper beech trees are a cultivar of the common European beech trees that were listed in the catalogue of the Linnean Botanic Garden in Flushing, Long Island in 1790. They arrived in Newport during the Gilded Age.

       

    12. Yew at McKillop Library

      Yew (ID #1063)

      Scientific name: Taxus sp

      Age: Semi-mature

      Height Class: Medium

      Diameter at Breast Height: 6 in.

      Canopy Radius: 8 ft.

      Condition: Good

    13. European Beech (ID #1075)

      Fagus sylvatica

      Age: Mature
      Condition: Fair

      The European Beech invests much of its energy in summer and fall for the following spring. After a period of dormancy in July, its roots expand and gather nutrients, which are stored for use the following spring.