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Trees At Nichols Arboretum In Ann Arbor Showcase University Of Michigan's Bicentennial History

Jun 21, 2017

As part of its bicentennial celebration, the University of Michigan is hosting a self-guided walking tour that features historically or horticulturally important trees to the university. 

"We're standing in front of a Yellowwood." 

Joe Mooney is the Communications Manager for the Nichols Arboretum where you can take the tour.  He points out one of twelve trees that make up the tour called "The Grandmother Tree Walk."  

"This is planted in 1918 and at that time on the University of Michigan, the first African-American PhD student got his degree." 

That's the first at the University of Michigan and second in the country.  A weeping cherry tree is also featured, and that was donated to the university in 1957 by U-M alumni living in Tokyo after World War II.  The oldest tree on the tour is a 167 year-old tulip tree that was planted when the Medical School opened. 

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu