The Japanese Tree Lilac, Syringa reticula, can be found in full bloom in several areas on the Medford Campus, including Parking Circle C and in Rushmore between Buildings 63 and 64. Your nose will lead you to these fragrant trees. A native of Japan, this tree blooms a bit later than the traditional lilac bush and is filled with clusters of large cream colored flowers.
Tabletop gardening is bigger and better than ever this year! Check out the newly built tabletop gardens located by the Lois Forrest Nature Center, on the Medford Campus. This year, thanks to the work of a local Eagle Scout, we now have 12 tabletop gardens for residents to enjoy. Already, there are herb gardens, flower gardens and vegetable gardens planted and on the move. Keep an eye on this area as we move into the summer season! It is a very fun and active group of residents involved in this project.
Signs for these trees will follow in the summer.
Cornus Kousa, commonly known as Kousa Dogwood, is a specimen tree currently in bloom on both Campuses. This tree typically reaches a maximum height of 15-30’. In late May and early June, the tree offers creamy colored flowers, which cover almost the entire tree. These flowers are followed by a berry-like fruit which mature throughout the summer and last into the fall season. These berries make a feast for the birds later this year. There is a Kousa Dogwood for all to enjoy in the Atrium on the Medford Campus.
Chionanthus virginicus, commonly called fringetree, is a deciduous, small tree with a spreading, rounded habit. The common name refers to the fragrant, spring-blooming flowers which feature airy clusters of fringe-like, creamy white petals.
This tree can be enjoyed on the Lumberton Campus near the Community Building and in various locations on the Medford Campus. In particular the tree in Court 23 is quite a show and worth a trip to visit both for the visual as well as the fragrance.