8,000 shady characters at UA valued for their history, role in research

Crop trees on campus include olives, date palms and the citrus pictured above.
Crop trees on campus include olives, date palms and the citrus pictured above.

The nearly 8,000 trees of the University of Arizona campus reflect more than a century of scientific research on appropriate species for semi-arid climates and evolving tastes in landscape design.

Some, like the groves of olive trees lining the western edge of campus along North Park Avenue, might not be planted today because of their water use and allergenic pollen. But they are valued for their history as well as their beauty and shade.

They are part of a National Historic District and a "living legacy" of the UA's Campus Arboretum, established 10 years ago to preserve and enhance that legacy.

They are also part of a very valuable investment. A recent "tree assessment" performed by undergraduate students for the Arboretum, set an overall replacement value of $28.2 million for the campus trees, In addition, the trees supply a $272,997 annual benefit by reducing utility costs, sequestering carbon and capturing storm water that might otherwise run off into the streets and sewers.

Read more from this December 16 Arizona Daily Star article at the link below. Find additional information about visiting the Campus Arboretum at this link: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/get-a-break-from-yule-bustle-at-ua-an-of...

Date released: 
Dec 19 2012
Contact: 
Tanya Quist