Spring Highlights Tour - South Campus

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Reinvigorate the soul after a long, hard winter and enjoy the abundance of spring blossoms at Purdue! This south campus tour takes visitors around the Agricultural Administration, Forestry, Whistler, Pfendler, Smith, Hansen, Nelson, Lynn, and Horticulture buildings.

Salix humilis (Prairie Willow)

Interesting, hairy, yellow catkin flowers cover this large shrub before the leaves emerge in the spring.

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Magnolia salicifolia (Anise Magnolia)

This beautiful small tree produces large, white flowers in April.

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Syringa vulgaris (Common Lilac)

The ever popular lilac is always a spring favorite with its profuse, large, very fragrant flower panicles that can be white, pink, reddish, or purple.

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Magnolia stellata (Star Magnolia)

This magnolia is one of the earliest to bloom (early April) and has beautiful, fragrant white flowers that can have up to 18 petals.

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Syringa × chinensis (Chinese Lilac)

This attractive lilac hybrid bears long, fragrant, purple-lilac flower panicles in mid-May.


Malus × zumi 'Calocarpa' (Calocarpa Redbud Flowering Crabapple)

The red buds of this Flowering Crabapple open to fragrant, white flowers in late April to May.

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Asimina triloba (Common Pawpaw)

Interesting, deep purplish-red, bell-shaped flowers emerge in the spring with the leaves on this Indiana native tree.


Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Brilliant Red Chokeberry)

The lovely white flowers of this small shrub are borne in small clusters in May.

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Crataegus mollis (Downy Hawthorn)

While certainly beautiful, the up to 4" wide flower clusters of this Hawthorn can smell unappealing to many people.

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Viburnum trilobum 'Alfredo' (Dwarf American Cranberrybush Viburnum)

This compact Viburnum produces flat-topped clusters of white flowers in May.

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Prunus sargentii 'JFS-KW58' [sold as Pink Flair®] (Pink Flair Sargent Cherry)

A classic spring beauty, the pink flowers of this cherry tree are borne in 2-6 flowered clusters in late April to early May.

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Fothergilla × 'Mt. Airy' (Mt. Airy Fothergilla)

This hybrid shrub produces an abundance of interesting, fragrant, white, bottle-brush flowers in the spring.

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Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'Milky Way' (Milky Way Chinese Kousa Dogwood)

A profusion of interesting and beautiful white flowers (bracts) are borne on this popular Kousa Dogwood cultivar in late spring.

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Heptacodium miconioides (Seven-son Flower)

A very popular cherry cultivar, this tree produces extraordinarily showy, double pink blossoms in April.

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Weigela × 'Dark Horse' (Dark Horse Weigela)

This purple-leaved shrub produces pink, funnel-shaped flowers in late spring.

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

This hardy Rhododendron variety produces an abundance of showy, bright lavender pink flowers in mid to late April.

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Malus floribunda (Japanese Flowering Crabapple)

This profuse bloomer has pink-red buds that open to fragrant, white flowers in late April to May.

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Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry Dogwood)

The small bright yellow flowers of this dogwood tree occur in clusters in March, before the leaves emerge.

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Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' (Double Japanese Kerria)

The unique, eye-catching flowers of this shrub resemble bright yellow pom-poms.

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Chionanthus virginicus (White Fringetree)

This small tree produces lovely, drooping panicles of white flowers in spring before the foliage emerges.

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Malus × 'Radiant' (Radiant Flowering Crabapple)

A striking tree in the spring, the Radiant Crabapple has dark pink clusters of flowers that arise in late April to May.

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Aesculus × carnea (Red Horsechestnut)

The Red Horsechestnut produces an abundance of large rose-red flower panicles that can be up to 8 inches long.

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Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry)

The beauty of the long fleecy, white panicles of serviceberries is unfortunately fleeting, appearing in early spring and fading away just a few days later.

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Liriodendron tulipifera (Tuliptree)

The Tuliptree is the state tree of Indiana and is known for having both leaves and flowers shaped like tulips.

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