East Tennessee State University

Arboretum Newsletter


Volume I, Special Arbor Day Issue
April 26, 2002


Aboretum Opens!
New Plantings, New Emphases

ETSU Arboretum Plants New Trees!
More than 70 new trees have been planted on the ETSU Campus this spring, thanks to the work of Kathleen Moore and the ETSU Physical Plant groundskeepers, and the activities of ETSU Arboretum Biologists Frosty Levy and Tim McDowell. These aren't just any trees: over 50 are species or varieties new to our campus lanscape! This wide assortment of new plantings includes many unusual trees, some rarely seen in cultivation. They represent a 30% increase in the number of plant families on campus — a significant gain in taxonomic diversity!

Many remarkable new trees can now be seen around campus. For example, the Chinese Wingnut, a relative of our Black Walnut, planted in the Brown Hall-University High parking lot, has distinctive pinnate liaves, and will grow into a large tree with strings of curious winged seeds. A Flowering Ash, or “Manna Tree,” now grows near Gilbreath Hall, just beside its native relative, the White Ash. You'll find many newly planted conifers: an Atlas Cedar at Dossett Hall, a pendulous Norway Spruce beside Rogers-Stout, and a weeping Golden Himalayan Cedar near Lucille Clement Dormitory, to name a few.

All new trees have been signed with labels fiving name, family, and distribution. A list of these trees appears below, along with the name of the nursery from which they were purchased. We appreciate the quality plant material which these nurseries provide, and recommend them to all of our green friends.

You've doubtless noticed the clear and handsome signs which now stand beside over 150 campus trees. These signs were made for the ETSU Arboretum by Quality Trophies, on 11-E in Joynson City. The sturdy metal sign posts on which they are mounted were made for us by Allied Metals, on Prince Street in Johnson City. We appreciate these businesses for their excellent work.

Special Collections

Oaks (Quercus): 14 species

Dogwoods (Cornus): 8 species

Buckeyes (Aesculus): 7 species

Snowbells (Styracaceae): 5 species

Arboretum Statistics

Number of species/cultivars: 189
Number added in 2002: 57 (30% new)

Number of families: 46
Number added in 2002: 11 (24% new)



Sherrod Library Exhibit

To commemorate Arbor Day and the dedication of the ETSU arboretum, Sherrod Library has purchased books related to tree identification, urban forestry, and landscaping. The new books are featured in an exhibit in the Library Lobby.

Newly Purchased Books—ETSU Sherrod Library

1. Berisford, Y.C. 1982. Insect and Disease Problems of Southern Urban Trees: A Guide to the Diagnostic, Descriptive, and Control Literature. American Planning Association.

2. Coukas-Bradley, M. and Alexander, P. 1987. City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

3. Coombes, A.J. 1992. DK Handboods: Trees. DK Publishing, Nerherlands.

4. Dirr, M.A. 1998. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses.

5. Dirr, M.A. Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Timber Press, Oregon.

6. Gilman, E.E. 1997. Trees in Urban and Suburban Landscapes. 560 pp. Delmar Publishers.

7. Kelly, J. and L. Hillier (eds). 1997. The Hillier Gardener’s Guide to Trees and Shrubs. Reader’s Digest Adult.

8. Lape, F. 1963. A Garden of Trees and Shrubs: Practical Hints for Planning and Planting an Arboretum. Purple Martin Press, Ltd.

9. Li, H-L. 1963. The Origin and Cultivation of Shade and Ornamental Trees. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.

10. Plotnik, A. and M.H. Phelan (illustrator). 2000. The Urban Tree Book, An Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town. Crown Publishing Group.

11. symonds, George W.D. and Stephen V. Chelminsky (photographer). 1973. The Tree Identification Book.

A Walk in the Woods

University Woods — the forest across the railroad tracks from Sherrod Library and Culp Center — has many fine old trees: oaks, maples, beeches, yellow buckeyes to name a few. Now over fifteen of these trees are labeled with the familiar ETSU Arboretum signs, giving the name (common and scientific), family, and distribtuion for the species. Anyone interested is invited to take a walk in the woods to see these trees! Begin from the students parking lot just beyond the reairoad tracks at Southwest Avenue (Lot #13, near Sherrod Lobrary), where several species are signed, and walk the wide trail parallel to the tracks. the trail runs about 1/4 mile where it ends at the Baptist Student Center. Along the way you can find the following trees signed:

American Ash Black Cherry Eastern Hemlock Red Oak Tulip Poplar
American Elm Black Locust Ironwood Redbud White Oak
Beech Box Elder Red Mulberry Sugar Maple Yellow Buckeye
Bitternut Hickory Dogwood

Thanks for your Support

We thank all our donors for their generous support of the ETSU Arboretum. Your gifts have supported the purchase of dozens of new trees, which now grace our campus (see list below). In addition to many individual donations, Dean Don Johnson of the College of Arts and Sciences has contributed $500 to support our plantings. We gratefully acknowledge the Forestry Division of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the USDA for their support of the ETSU Arboretum through an Urban Forestry grant. Thanks also to the Shady Oaks Garden Club for their support of our tour brochures. Tax-deductible gifts to fund new plantings and arboretum enhancement can be sent to the ETSU Arboretum Fund, c/o ETSU Foundation, Box 70721, ETSU, Johnson City TN 37614.

Join the Friends of the ETSU Arboretum


New Trees Planted in 2002

Scientific Name
Common Name
Abies concolor White Fir Pinaceae Laurels Nursery
Acer Leucoderme Chalk Maple Aceraceae Woodlanders Nursery
Aesculus hippocastanum cv. “Baumanii” Double Flowered Horsechestnut Hippocastanaceae Reems Creek Nursery
Aesculus parviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye Hippocastanaceae Reems Creek Nursery
Aesculus pavia Red Buckeye Hippocastanaceae Personal gift
Aesculus sylvatica Painted Buckeye Hippocastanaceae Cure Nursery
Aesculus x carnea Red Horsechestnut Hippocastanaceae Evergreen Nursery
Aronia Melanocarpa Black Chokeberry Rosaceae Cure Nursery
Asimina triloba Pawpaw Annonaceae Cure Nursery
Carpinus japonica Japanese Ironwood Betlulaceae Camelia Forest Nursery
Cedrus atlantica cv. “Glauca” Atlas cedar Pinaceae Evergreen Nursery
Cedrus deodara cv. “Golden Weeping” Golden Weeping Himalayan Cedar Pinaceae Evergreen of Kingsport
Cedrus Libanii cv. “Pendula” Weeping Cedar of Lebanon Pinaceae Forest Farm Nursery
Chamaecyparis obtusa cv.“Filicoides” Gernspray Hinoki Cypress Cupressaceae Stanley’s Produce
Chamaecyparis thyoides cv. “Little Jamie” Atlantic White Cedar Cupressaceae Stone Drive Nursery
Chionanthus retusus Chinese Fringe Tree Oleaceae Stanley’s Produce
Chionanthus virginicus American Fringe Tree Oleaceae Plant auction
Cornus alba var. siberica Siberian Dogwood Cornaceae Cure Nursery
Cornus controversa Giant Dogwood Cornaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Cornus officinales Japanese Cornel Cornaceae Reems creek Nursery
Corylopsis spicata Winterhazel Hamamelidaceae Stanley’s Produce
Colylus avellana cv. “Contorta” Harry Lauder’s Walkingstick Betulaceae Stone Drive Nursery
Cryptomeria japonica cv. “Globosa” Japanese Cedar Taxodiaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Cupressus arizonica var. glauca Arizona “Blue Ice” Cypress Cupressaceae Stone Drive Nursery
Cyrilla recemosa Swamp Titi Cyrillaceae Cure Nursery
Daphniphyllum macropodum Daphniphyllum Daphniphyllaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Euscaphis japonica Japanese Sweetheart Tree Staphyleaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Firmiana simplex Chinese Parasol Tree Sterculiaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Fraxinus ornus Flowering Ash Oleaceae Personal gift
Gymnnodladus dioica Kentucky Coffeetree Fabaceae Evergreen of Kingsport
Halesia tetraptera cv. “variegata” Variegated Silverbell Styracaceae Laurels Nursery
Idesia polycarpa Iigiri Tree Flacourtiaceae Forest Farm Nursery
Ilex verticillata Sparkleberry Aquifoliaceae Plant auction
Juniperus deppeana cv. “McFetters” McFetters’ Alligator Juniper Cupressaceae Personal gift
Magnolia virginiana Sweet Bay Magnolia Magnoliaceae Rays Nursery
Nyssa biflora Swamp Tupelo Nyssaceae Cure Nursery
Nyssa sinensis Chinese Tupelo Nyussaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Nyssa sylvatica Black Gum Nyssaceae Reems Creek Nursery
Oxydendrum arboreum Sourwood Ericaceae Reems Creek Nursery
Picea abies cv. “Pendula” Weeping Norway Spruce Pinaceae Evergreen of Kingsport
Pinus aristata Bristlecone Pine Pinaceae Laurels Nursery
Pinus wallichiana Himalayan Pine Pinaceae Personal gift
Platanus orientalis Oriental planetree Platanaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Poncirus trifoliata Hardy Orange Rutaceae Personal gift
Prunus mume cv, “Bonita” Japanese Apricot Rosaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Ptelea trifoliata Wafer Ash Rutaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Pterocarya stenoptera Chinese Wingnut Juglandaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Pterostyrax psylophylla Small Epaulette tree Styracaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Quercus acutissima Sawtooth Oak Fagaceae Laurels Nursery
Quercus alba White Oak Fagaceae Oaks Nursery
Quercus lyrata Overcup Oak Fagaceae Cure Nursery
Quercus robar cv. “Fastigata” English Oak Fagaceae Reems Creek Nursery
Rhododendrum periclymenoides Pink Azalea Ericaceae Cure Nursery
Rhododendron viscosum Swamp Azalea Ericaceae Cure Nursery
Saliz bicolor Pussy Willow Salicaceae Oaks Nursery
Sinocalycanthus chinensis Chinese Sweetshrub Calycanthaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Sinojackia zylocarpa Jack Tree Styracaeae Reems Creek Nursery
Sorbus amiricana Mountain Ash Rosaceae Oaks Nursery
Stewartia monodelpha Stewartia Theaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Styrax japonica Japanese Storax Styracaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Thujopsis dolobrata Thujopsis Cupressaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Tilia cordata Little-Leaved Linden Tiliaceae Laurels Nursery
Trachycarpus fortunei Windmill Palm Arecaeae Camellia Forest Nursery
Ulmus parviflora Lacebark Elm Ulmaceae Laurels nursery
Ulmus procera cv. “Argenteo Variegata” English Elm Ulmaceae Camellia Forest Nursery
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry Ericaceae Cure Nursery
Viburnum prunifolium Black Haw Viburnum Caprifoliaceae Cure Nursery