Mizzou trees earn state awards
The Missouri Department of Conservation recognized six trees at MU as the largest specimens in the state on Wednesday, June 23, in Peace Park. They included a sugarberry, a black maple, a fringetree, a dogwood, a buttonbush and a black haw.
Ryan Russell, an arborist with MU Campus Facilities, arranges one of several state champion tree awards. Russell was one of three nominators, and his name appears on the plaques.
The black maple (Acer nigrum), just south of Lee Hills Hall on Elm Street, grows rapidly and develops orange, red and yellow fall colors. It measures 87 inches in circumference, 77 feet in height and 56 feet in spread.
The University of Missouri campus is a recognized botanic garden, with 11 thematic gardens, three tree trails and seven special plant collections.