Fell Arboretum

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The Fell Arboretum is an arboretum located across the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

The arboretum began in 1867 when Jesse W. Fell, the university's founder, obtained $3,000 from the state legislature for campus landscaping. He planted 1,740 trees on campus that year and 107 trees the following year. An enthusiastic tree planter, Fell wished the campus to contain every tree native to Illinois. In 1995 the campus was formally registered as an arboretum and named in Fell's honor.

A variety of species of trees grace the walk to Fell Hall, seen here in early spring.

The arboretum contains over 4,000 trees representing over 100 varieties, including Abies concolor, Acer ginnala, Acer griseum, Acer platanoides, Acer rubrum, Acer saccharum, Aesculus glabra, Aesculus x carnea, Alnus glutinosa, Amelanchier arborea, Aralia spinosa, Betula alleghaniensis, Betula nigra, Betula populifolia, Broussonetia papyrifera, Carpinus caroliniana, Carya illinoensis, Castanea mollissima, Catalpa speciosa, Celtis occidentalis, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Cercis canadensis, Cladrastis kentukea, Cornus mas, Cotinus obovatus, Crataegus crusgalli, Crataegus mollis, Crataegus monogyna, Diospyros virginiana, Eucommia ulmoides, Fagus sylvatica, Fraxinus americana, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, Ginkgo biloba, Gleditsia triacanthos, Gymnocladus dioicus, Halesia carolina, Juglans nigra, Juniperus virginiana, Larix decidua, Liquidambar styraciflua, Liriodendron tulipifera, Magnolia acuminata, Magnolia stellata, Magnolia x soulangiana, Malus coronaria, Malus cultivar, Malus ioensis, Malus sargentii, Morus alba, Nyssa sylvatica, Phellodendron amurense, Picea abies, Picea glauca, Picea pungens, Pinus mugo, Pinus nigra, Pinus resinosa, Pinus strobus, Pinus sylvestris, Platanus occidentalis, Populus alba, Prunus padus, Prunus serotina, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Pyrus calleryana, Quercus alba, Quercus bicolor, Quercus coccinea, Quercus hybrid, Quercus imbricaria, Quercus macrocarpa, Quercus palustris, Quercus rubra, Sassafras albidum, Taxodium distichum, Tilia americana, Tilia cordata, Tsuga canadensis, Viburnum prunifolium, and Zelkova serrata. Each tree is numbered, marked, and mapped.

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Coordinates: 40°30′39″N 88°59′37″W / 40.5108°N 88.9935°W / 40.5108; -88.9935