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Franklin & Marshall College

Harrisburg Pike & College Avenue, Lancaster PA

Some 168 tree species and varieties live on F&M's 52-acre campus.  The College's trustees designated the campus an arboretum in 2007, and the College has earned "Tree Campus USA" certification from the National Arbor Day Foundation.  Some of its 1000 trees are more than 150 years old.  


A few highlights of the collection include: (1) Hedge Maple (Acer campestre), among the state champions; (2) London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia), 150-200 years old; (3) Franklin Tree (Franklinia alatamaha), extinct in the wild since the early 19th century (second photo); (4) Hican (Carya genus), a cross between pecan and hickory; and (5) Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos ), complete with thorns (third photo).   The campus further hosts an old, majestically towering and historically significant Silver Leaf Linden (Tilia 

tomentosa) that appears to be the 

largest in Pennsylvania (fourth photo).