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 at Miley Hall

      Japanese maple


      Scientific name: Acer palmatum


      Age: Mature

    2. London plane tree at Miley Hall

      London plane tree


      Scientific name: Platanus x acerifolia


      Age: Mature


       









      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 at Rodgers Recreation Center

      Sawtooth oak


      Scientific name: Quercus acutissima


      Age: Semi-mature


       









      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 at Rodgers Recreation Center

      European hornbeam




      Scientific name: Carpinus betulus




      Age: Semi-mature




       


















      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 at Ochre Court

      Sawara False Cypress


      Scientific name: Chamaecyparis pisifera


      Age: Mature

    6. Copper beech at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel

      Copper beech


      Scientific name: Fagus sylvatica


      Age: Semi-mature

    7. Kousa dogwood at O'Hare Academic Center

      Kousa dogwood




      Scientific name: Cornus kousa




      Age: Mature




       


















      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 at McKillop Library/Munroe Center

      European beech






      Scientific name: Fagus sylvatica






      Age: Mature



























      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 at McKillop Library/Munroe Center

      Oriental spruce


      Scientific name: Picea orientalis


      Age: Mature

    10. Weeping european beech at McKillop Library

      Weeping european beech


      Scientific name: Fagus sylvatica


      Age: Mature


       









      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 at Wakehurst

      Copper beech


      Scientific name: Fagus sylvatica


      Age: Mature


       









      This is one of three copper beeches that surround the labyrinth. 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

      Scientific name: Taxus sp

      Age: Semi-mature

    13. European beech at Wakehurst

      European beech


      Scientific name: Fagus sylvatica


      Age: Mature