Winter Highlights Tour - North Campus

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There is so much to observe and enjoy in the winter landscape, where bright, persistent berry colors and interesting bark textures are complemented by handsome evergreen foliage. This tour takes visitors around the north part of campus, including the Materials and Engineering Building (just across the street from the Visitor's Center), Engineering Fountain, Bell Tower, Psychological Sciences Building, Loeb Fountain (Founder's Park), Memorial Mall, Stewart Center, Purdue Memorial Union, Brown Laboratory, and Knoy Hall.

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

This beautiful elm has stunning, multi-colored, mottled, and exfoliating bark.

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Malus × 'Robinson' (Robinson Flowering Crabapple)

The shiny, bright red fruits of this crabapple persist well into winter and can even be used to make jellies.

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Quercus rubra (Red Oak)

The bark of this oak can be nearly black and develops wide, flat-topped ridges like "ski trails" up the trunk of mature trees.

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Platanus occidentalis (American Planetree)

American Planetrees, commonly called Sycamores in the Midwest, are very large, handsome trees with exfoliating bark of mottled greens, tans, and creamy-whites.

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Betula papyrifera 'Renci' [sold as Renaissance Reflection®] (Renaissance Reflection Paper Birch)

This handsome birch has striking chalky white bark that exfoliates and peels.

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Cornus alba (Tatarian Dogwood)

The bright red stems of this shrub contrast well against the white winter snow.


Quercus alba (White Oak)

One of the most majestic of trees, the striking branching of the White Oak can truly be appreciated in the winter, when bare of leaves and highlighted by snow.

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Cedrus libani ssp. stenocoma 'Purdue Hardy' (Cedar of Lebanon)

This slow-growing tree has dark, evergreen foliage and is the most cold hardy of the cedars.

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Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum)

The strongly horizontal, silvery-gray branches of this handsome tree are quite picturesque when fully revealed in the winter.

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Ilex verticillata (Common Winterberry)

The showy, bright red berries of this deciduous holly appear late in the summer and persist into winter.

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Vinca minor (Common Periwinkle)

The vigorous Periwinkle is an excellent groundcover with lustrous evergreen foliage.

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Betula nigra (River Birch)

The cream, brown, orange, and reddish exfoliating bark of this birch is quite prominent in the winter and tends to catch the snow.

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Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple)

Peeling and exfoliating in rich shades of copper and cinnamon, the bark of this uncommon maple is truly beautiful.


Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea)

An excellent multi-season plant, the Oakleaf Hydrangea has cinnamon-colored exfoliating bark and interesting persisting flower heads that are prominent in the winter landscape.

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Hamamelis vernalis (Vernal Witchhazel)

The Vernal Witchhazel is unique in that it produces interesting yellow, strap-like flowers in late winter (February and March).

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Carpinus caroliniana (American Hornbeam)

The fluted bark of this Indiana native is smooth and sinewy, giving rise to one of its many common names: "musclewood".

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Crataegus viridis 'Winter King' (Winter King Green Hawthorn)

As its common name implies, the Winter King Green Hawthorn is very prominent in the winter landscape, with its abundance of long lasting red berries.

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Taxodium distichum (Common Baldcypress)

This beautiful deciduous conifer has attractive, peeling, reddish bark and develops a fluted trunk with age.

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Ilex opaca (American Holly)

This evergreen holly has lustrous, very dark green foliage and numerous large, showy, red berries.

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Fagus sylvatica (European Beech)

The attractive, smooth but sometimes wrinkled, gray bark of this beech is often said to resemble the hide of an elephant.

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Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese Stewartia)

The outstanding, multi-colored bark of this small tree is rich and flaking, ranging from soft grays and browns to orangish brown.

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Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood)

This handsome dogwood has multi-season interest and many older specimens have bicolored, mottled bark.


Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

The bark of this Indiana native tree is characteristically rough and shaggy on mature trees, growing in long flat plates that tend to catch snow, making for excellent winter interest.


Pinus densiflora (Japanese Red Pine)

This handsome pine is outstanding for its landscape interest, making a uniquely picturesque specimen with open, spreading branches and mottled, ridged, and furrowed bark.

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Crataegus phaenopyrum (Washington Hawthorn)

Glossy red fruits appear on this hawthorn in late summer and persist through winter.

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Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar)

The dark green evergreen foliage and beautiful blue berries (cones) of this species are excellent for the winter landscape.

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Cotoneaster apiculatus (Cranberry Cotoneaster)

Late in the summer, this small shrub produces glossy, cranberry-red berries that will persist into winter.

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