Autumn Highlights Tour - North Campus

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Come see the broad palette of colors on display in the campus plant collection in the fall! This north campus tour takes visitors around the Engineering Fountain, Bell Tower, Stanley Coulter, Recitation, Beering, University, Memorial Mall, Wetherill, Academy Park, Heavilon, Grissom, Nuclear Engineering, Knoy, and Electrical Engineering.

Malus × 'Snowdrift' (Snowdrift Flowering Crabapple)

The foliage of this tree turns a warm yellow to orange-yellow and the crabapple fruits ripen to orange-red in the fall.

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Liriodendron tulipifera (Tuliptree)

Our state tree's distinctively tulip-shaped leaves become a strong golden yellow in autumn.

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Malus × 'Robinson' (Robinson Flowering Crabapple)

The orange leaves of this tree are complemented well by bright red crabapples in the fall.

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Rhododendron × 'P.J.M.' (P.J.M. Hybrid Group) (P.J.M. Rhododendron)

Members of the PJM Hybrid Rhododendron group have excellent plum-purple fall foliage.

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Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood)

The Sourwood boasts leaves in an outstanding variety of reds, purples, and yellows in the fall.

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Liquidambar styraciflua (American Sweetgum)

The star-shaped leaves of the Sweetgum turn an amazing array of colors in the fall, including scarlet, orange, yellow, and bronze.

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Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum)

The Black Gum is considered by many to have the most striking fall foliage of any tree. The almost flourescently colored leaves change from yellow to orange to scarlet to purple in autumn.

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Betula populifolia (Gray Birch)

The slightly drooping branches of this beautiful birch are decorated with beautiful yellow leaves in the fall.


Zelkova serrata 'PP 2,337' [sold as Village Green™] (Village Green Japanese Zelkova)

This Zelkova cultivar has handsome wine to rusty-red fall foliage.

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Fraxinus americana (White Ash)

Ashes are native trees beloved for their stunning fall foliage. The White Ash is resplendent in yellow to red-purple leaves in the fall.

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Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple)

The exfoliating, cinnamon-colored bark of this unique maple complements its excellent red foliage in the fall.


Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak)

Per its common name, the Scarlet Oak has excellent scarlet fall foliage.

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Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo)

One of the most stunning trees for fall color, the leaves of the Ginkgo turn a strong, clear yellow in the fall. When its foliage drops in autumn, it tends to fall all at once and blankets the ground in gold.

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Quercus palustris (Pin Oak)

In autumn, the canopy of the majestic Pin Oak turns a handsome deep scarlet.

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Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple)

Adorned in yellow to orange to scarlet red, the Sugar Maple is certainly a sight to behold in autumn.

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Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Fothergilla)

Fothergilla is a beautiful small shrub with stunning fall foliage in yellows, oranges, and reds.

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Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese Stewartia)

This lovely tree turns shades of yellow, red, and reddish-purple in autumn.

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Acer rubrum 'Autumn Flame' (Autumn Flame Red Maple)

This Red Maple cultivar is known for its brilliant red fall coloration.

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Pyrus calleryana 'Glen’s Form' [sold as Chanticleer®] (Chanticleer Callery Pear)

The Callery Pear is a common tree on campus and this particular variant boasts attractive showy red-purple, orange, yellow, plum, and apricot foliage in the fall.

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsuratree)

The small, heart-shaped leaves of the Katsuratree become a warm apricot color in autumn.

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Acer rubrum 'Franksred' [sold as Red Sunset®] (Red Sunset Red Maple)

This Red Maple cultivar colors a handsome red very early in the fall.

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Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' (Dwarf Winged Euonymus)

This shrub earned its common name from the brilliant, "burning" red coloration of its leaves in the fall.

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Crataegus phaenopyrum (Washington Hawthorn)

The Washington Hawthorn has multi-colored foliage in orange, scarlet, and purple, along with gorgeous bright red berries in the fall.

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Quercus rubra (Red Oak)

As its common name infers, the Red Oak boasts extraordinary fall foliage of red, scarlet, and mahogany.

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Koelreuteria paniculata (Goldenraintree)

In the fall, the Goldenraintree is oranmented in warm golden leaves and interesting, papery seed pods that look similar to Chinese lanterns.

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Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

In autumn, the leaves of the Flowering Dogwood become a deep red to reddish-purple and the green fruits ripen to bright red.

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Ulmus × 'Homestead' (Homestead Elm)

The leaves of this elm turn a pleasant pale yellow in the fall.

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Diospyros virginiana (Common Persimmon)

With its large, sweet orange persimmons, the fruits are the main attraction on this tree in the fall.

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Fagus grandifolia (American Beech)

The leaves of this large, stately tree turn a handsome golden bronze in autumn.


Acer platanoides 'Emerald Queen' (Emerald Queen Norway Maple)

Norway Maples put on a brilliant yellow display in the fall.

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Acer palmatum var. dissectum atropurpureum 'Ever Red' (Ever Red Cutleaf Japanese Maple)

The interesting finely cut foliage of this Japanese Maple turns a stunning bright red in autumn.

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Crataegus viridis (Green Hawthorn)

The beautiful bright red fruits of the Green Hawthorn are a prominent sight in autumn and into the winter.

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Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis (Thornless Common Honeylocust)

The finely-textured compound leaves of the Honeylocust turn a pleasant, bright yellow in the fall.


Ulmus parvifolia 'UPMTF' [sold as Bosque®] (Bosque Lacebark Elm)

The yellow-orange fall foliage of this elm complements its stunning multi-colored, mottled, and exfoliating bark.

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