The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Paper-bark Maple Acer griseum

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A native of western China, introduced to the UK in 1901. The bark is deep reddish-brown, peeling and rolling away to leave smooth areas of trunk; hence its name. The leaves with 3 leaflets, downy and whitish beneath, turning brilliant red and orange in autumn.

Location: one between Cherry Tree Walk and the Tawney Building; square M7; compartment 44D; tag 1072. Planted in 2012 in memory of Helena Thorley. See more.