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In celebration of Earth Day, University of Washington Grounds Management is giving away seedlings of some of our iconic campus trees. Supplies are limited, so come find us early on Red Square during HuskyFest April 19th!
Styrax japonicus (Japanese Snowbell Tree)
An impressive specimen can be seen on the northwest corner of the lawn in front of Anderson.
Deciduous tree, grows slowly to 20-30ft. Known for its white, bell-like flowers which hang in pendulous clusters down from the branches. It is nice to look up into the fragrant summer blooms, so siting the tree on an upward slope or retaining wall enhances the view.
The seedlings can be grown in containers, but should be transplanted to the garden as they mature. Needs reasonably good, well-drained soil, and regular watering in summer. Likes sun to part shade.
Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)
Examples can be found all over campus, check out the Grieg Grove and Forestry courtyard.
Deciduous tree, grows slowly to 20ft tall and just as wide. Known for its graceful, multi-stemmed branching pattern and delicate leaves which usually turn red in fall.
The seedlings can be grown in containers, but need plenty of summer water and slow-release fertilizer. Otherwise, plant in full sun with enough room in the garden to let it grow to its full size. Needs regular summer watering.
Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.