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.
‘Autumn Brilliance’ Serviceberry, is a small, deciduous, multi-trunked tree which typically matures to 15-20′ tall. If you visit Court 26 on the Medford Campus, you will see them currently in bloom. The flowers are followed by edible berries in June. These berries are primarily enjoyed by birds, but can be used in jams, jellies and pies. The mature leaves turn to a brilliant red in the fall–hence the name.
On April 1, Larry Weaner, designer of the meadow on the Lumberton campus, presented The Annual Lewis W. Barton Arboretum Lecture “Native Wildflower Meadows: Let’s Get Real”. The Lois Forrest Nature Center Library has his most recent publication, Garden Revolution: How our Landscapes can be a Source of Environmental Change . Whether or not you attended the lecture, you may enjoy reading this new book.
In the lecture, Larry also mentioned the process of ‘plant communities’, that is, incorporating plantings that thrive with one another in a particular soil type and climate. This book entitled, Plant Communities of New Jersey: A Study in Landscape Diversity describes 12 types of plant habitats in New Jersey, and is also available in the Lois Forrest Nature Center Library.