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LEARN MIAMI'S TREES WHILE YOU WALK
OXFORD, Ohio-- Miami University, long known for the beauty of its campus, now has a brochure
that identifies trees along three suggested walks.
Approximately 110 species of trees are represented in the walks, which are about 1.5 miles long.
Trees range from those native to southwest Ohio forests, such as the American beech and sugar maple, to
species rarely seen in this area, such as the mimosa and dawn redwood.
"This campus is an arboretum--it's unique," says Bob Carey, a horticulture manager at Miami.
Carey explained that Miami is renowned nationally among campus horticulturists for its high canopy,
produced by 9,300 mature trees. That total includes quite a few trees that date back to 1809, when the
university was founded.
Several, including the bald cypress tree located near Dorsey Hall, are among the largest of their species
known in Ohio.
Campus visitors can use the brochure to identify a wide variety of native and ornamental trees that they
may be considering using in their own landscaping, Carey said.
The walks include a 1.4 mile trek through the main campus (39 tree species), a 1.5 mile walk through the
Western campus (31 tree species) and a 1.35 mile walk through the formal gardens area (50 trees).
Trees along the walks are identified with numbered tags.
botany graduate student proposed the idea several years ago, said Carey, who carried through with the
Jack Keegan, Miami's greenhouse manager, served as the botany department's liaison on the project.
Funding for the brochure, which includes a forward from President Emeritus Paul Pearson, was through
Miami's university relations division. The free brochures are available at Shriver Center and the Murstein