Arboretum of Eden

Welcome to the College of the Atlantic Arboretum


In this section you will find study materials and interesting papers and websites as well as downloadable handouts of several highlighted plant members of the Arboretum of Eden:

Witch Hazel: handout

Dawn redwood: handout

Sugar maple: handout

Eastern White Pine: handout


Below, read about what tree we like the most at College of the Atlantic:

The most favorite tree(s) of campus

Which one of our trees is the most beautiful, interesting, and precious to You? Which one catches your attention when you walk by? Or which one do you like to climb?
We searched for the tree closest to our hearts, a tree with a story that can hold the community together. The main goal was to call the attention to the beautiful, green trees growing around us and our relationship with them. They have been here much earlier before us and will hopefully stay after we are gone too. I think those are important reasons to admire and respect them.

After processing the many answers COA community members sent, it is obvious that we don’t only have one or two favorite trees – there were many! Of all the answers, here is the absolute winner:

European Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica L. var. purpurea Dum. Cours.) – magical and ancient-looking trees in front of Turrets.

These Beech trees are some of our oldest members. They were planted in the late 1800s when Turrets was built. Pay them a visit when you are walking across campus and look at their beauty and wisdom.

Copper Beech (Photo by Jennifer Hughes)

Copper Beech (Photo by Jennifer Hughes)


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