Graduating Class Tree Plantings

Main Library concourse 1920sTrees planted by UBC’s graduating classes, 1919-present

Descriptions of trees planted by the Graduating Classes since 1919.

Corrections noted in brackets [] provided in 2014 by Douglas Justice of the UBC Botanical Garden.

 

Since 1919 it has been a U.B.C. custom for the Graduating Class to plant a tree to serve as a tangible reminder of the class in years to come. Begun by the Graduating Class of 1919, this custom has been observed by all subsequent classes. See this article published in TREK Magazine for more about this tradition.

Only eight of seventy-four trees now planted are not in their original positions. These eight trees, planted by the first eight Graduating Classes, were moved, since the University was not functioning at its present site at that time.

 

1919-1930
Group 1: This group of twelve trees is located in a row running down the east side of the Geography Building starting from the north end. The group is made up of two types of trees; oaks and lindens. The first eight trees were originally planted in the Botanical Gardens and were moved in 1926.
1931-1936
Group 2: These six trees are English oaks and are located on the boulevard of East Mall between Buchanan Tower and Brock Hall.
1937-1940
Group 3: This group consists of four American elm trees located south of the Library.
1941-1946
Group 4: Six sugar or rock maples constitute this group, east of the Chemistry Building.
1947-1955
Group 5: This group of nine trees is made up of native dogwoods and is located on the centre boulevard of East Mall, just north of Brock Hall. These trees no longer survive.
1956-1959
Group 6: Four oak trees planted beside the Wesbrook Building constitute this group [rare Caucasian oaks, Quercus macranthera].
1960-1966
Group 7: This group consists of seven Davidia or Dove trees in the vicinity of the Biological Sciences Building.
1967-1971
Group 8: These five trees were planted at the new Student Union Building. Sugar Maples were chosen by the Graduating Class of 1967 in order that they would blend with the design of the building. These trees no longer survive.
1972
An arbutus was planted at the site of the H.R. MacMillan Building.
1973
Three yellow cedars were planted at the corner of East Mall and University Boulevard.
1974
A red maple was planted south of the H.R. MacMillan building.
1975-1978
A western red cedar was planted each of these years in Fairview Grove.
1979
A fringe tree (old man’s beard, or black tupelo) was planted on East Mall, east of the Hebb Theatre [confirmed as a black tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica].
1980
A Siberian spruce tree was planted on East Mall, east of the Hebb Theatre [actually a Serbian spruce, Picea omorika].
1981
A Japanese cherry tree was planted in the quadrangle between IRC and Dentistry Buildings.
1982
A Pere David’s maple was planted in front of the Barn Snack Bar on April 1st, 1982.
1983
A yellow cedar was planted on East Mall opposite the old Home Economics Building on Friday, March 11, 1983.
1984
A red oak was planted in front of the cheese factory on Agronomy Road on Tuesday, March 13th, 1984.
1985
A Blue Atlas mountain cedar was planted between the Aquatic Centre and the Student Union Building on Thursday, March 21st, 1985. This tree is no longer there.
1986
A Stewart’s golden cypress was planted on the boulevard north of the Bookstore on Thursday, March 20, 1986. This tree is no longer there.
1987
A Blue Atlas mountain cedar was planted on the boulevard north of the Bookstore in late March 1987.
1988
A Himalayan silver birch was planted across from the Bookstore in front of the Wesbrook Building on March 31st, 1988.
1989
A red maple was planted on East Mall between the Law and Buchanan Buildings on March 31st, 1989.
1990
An Austrian black pine was planted on East Mall between the Law and Buchanan Buildings on March 30th, 1990.
1991
An English oak was planted on the East Mall median between Law and Buchanan Buildings on April 3, 1991.
1992
A Ginkgo (Maidenhair) tree was planted on the East Mall median between Law and Buchanan Buildings on Wednesday, March 11, 1992.
1993
A Katsura (Japonicum) tree was planted on the East Mall Median between Law and Buchanan Buildings, on March 23, 1993.
1994
A Dawn Redwood was planted in the courtyard between Buchanan Buildings C, D & E, on March 7, 1994.
1995
A Austrian black pine was planted in the courtyard between Buchanan Blocks C, D & E, on March 17, 1995.
1996
A Dogwood tree was planted in North Meadows, directly across the street from the Rose Garden Parkade, on March 13, 1996.
1997
A Tulip Tree (Lirodendrum) was planted on the East Mall Boulevard across from Thunderbird Residences (north east corner of East Mall and Thunderbird Blvd.), on March 14, 1997.
1998
A Katsura tree was planted on the East Mall Blvd. across from the Thunderbird Residences (north-east corner of East Mall and Thunderbird Blvd.) on 1 April 1998.
1999
A Honey Locust was planted on the East Mall boulevard across from Thunderbird Residences (north east corner of East Mall and Thunderbird Blvd.), on March 30, 1999.
2000
A Raywood Ash was planted on the East Mall boulevard across from Thunderbird Residences (north east corner of East Mall and Thunderbird Blvd.), on March 28, 2000.
2001
A Honey Locust was planted at the corner of East Mall and Thunderbird Boulevard, on March 22, 2001.
2002
A Japanese Zelcova was planted at the Dorothy Somerset Grove, along East Mall, north-east of the Chan Centre (Gate 3).
2003-2006
Four Zelcova trees were planted in the Zelcova Grove, along East Mall, north-west of the Curtis Building (Gate 3).
2007-2010
Four Zelkova trees were planted north-east of the Chan Centre between NW Marine Drive and East Mall.