In 2015, High Point University was designated as a “Tree Campus USA” for the sixth consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. HPU achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation with generous support from Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in environmental stewardship. The Tree Campus USA® program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests. The Arboretum has grown to contain over 350 different taxa of trees in the collections and the collections overall grew to over 2500 different plants. High Point University is one of eight campuses in the state to receive the award.
Collections of Significance
Cercis (Redbuds): 26 different taxa represented Cornus (Dogwoods): 45 different taxa represented Prunus (Cherries): 37 different taxa represented Hydrangea (Hydrangeas): 60 different taxa represented Rhododendron (Azaleas & Rhododendrons): 103 different taxa represented Crinum (Crinum lilies): 70 different taxa represented Magnolia (Magnolias): 27 different taxa represented