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A Legacy of Trees

Visitors to the Scott Arboretum marvel at the mature trees, which dominate the landscape. These majestic trees were planted in the late 1800s and early 1900s by people who recognized the value of planting trees for future generations.

Many of these trees were planted to commemorate a specific date or occasion such as Founders Day, the anniversary of the founding of Swarthmore College. Graduating classes from early years carried on the tradition of planting trees as a gift to the college.

Ulmus americana (American elm)

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Catalpa speciosa (northern catalpa)

Predates the founding of the Arboretum in 1929

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Acer palmatum Dissectum Group (threadleaf Japanese maple)


Acer palmatum Dissectum Group (threadleaf Japanese maple)



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