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Loyola’s arboretum receives recognition for largest trees in city and state

Loyola University Maryland

April 22, 2021

 

After an examination by the Maryland Big Tree Program and the Baltimore City Forest Conservancy District Board, Loyola’s arboretum was found to have nine Champion Trees. Champion trees are among the largest of their species.

Loyola’s arboretum includes four city champions (European Larch, European Beech, Northern Catalpa, and Common Persimmon), three co-city champions (Atlas Cedar, and two species of Eastern Hemlock), and two state co-champions (two species of Port Orford Cedar).

Champion trees are designated by American Forests through a competition to find and preserve the largest tree species in 1940 and that tradition lives on today. The goal of the Maryland Big Tree Program and the Baltimore City Forest Conservancy District Board is to find both America’s and Maryland’s largest trees to protect and preserve them for future generations.

Loyola’s arboretum is an accredited arboretum on the Evergreen Campus dedicated to teaching, public education, and the enjoyment of the campus community. It boasts an inventory of more than 2,200 trees on both the Academic Quadrangle and the Fitness & Aquatic Center (FAC), representing 110 varieties of trees.

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