Biology

A diverse collection of trees call William and Mary home

A diverse collection of trees call William and Mary home

Between academic achievement and its place in American history, the College of William and Mary is an institution in more ways than one. One more feather in the university’s cap is its status as an arboreal landmark, boasting noteworthy tree specimens from across the world.

Over the years, William and Mary has planted hundreds of varieties and species of woody plants — a catch-all term for plants that have wood as their structural tissue, such as trees and shrubs. Among those trees are clones of the tree that inspired Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, as well as ancient tree species.

The trees’ caretaker is university arborist Matthew Trowbridge. He’s worked at the school...

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