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If you answered mostly A's, you are a DOWNY HAWTHORN (Crataegus mollis)

The Downy Hawthorn on East Campus

Just like the Downy Hawthorn, you end up surprising people once they get to know you!

In the late spring, these trees develop rather unpleasantly scented, creamy white flowers. Just a short time afterward, small, red fruits will show up. Ta-da! Did you know UIC only has TWO Downy Hawthorn trees on campus? They’re both located in the Circle Memorial Grove, a great place to escape the hustle and bustle in the Quad, plus a lovely scenery to admire. Unlike many plants or trees, they don’t require much sun and only need about 4 – 6 hours of light exposure. However, surviving anywhere else is unlikely…they really love Chicago!

Can you find your UIC Downy Hawthorn?  Go to the UIC Tree Inventory  and find out! Here’s how:

  1. Select “Hawthorn-Downy” from the View by Common Name drop down menu
  2. Then select FILTER TREES.
  3. Use the map to choose your favorite! There are only 2 Downy Hawhtorns at UIC, and they are both in the Grove –  which one will you choose? (Look for a 2, 3, or 4 digit Tree ID number and please be patient- the website is a bit slow.)

Want to win a FREE LUNCH? Tell us on social media your Downy Hawthorn’s Tree ID that you found on the Tree Inventory.

Use your fav social media button at the top of this page to share it. Then also use #TreeCampusUSA and #MyUICTree, and you can get entered for 1 of 2 UIC Dining lunch gift certificates!

If you answered mostly B's, you are a COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE (Picea pungens)

Colorado Blue Spruce

Similar to the Colorado Blue Spruce, you are strong and dependable!

You aren’t picky when it comes to fashion, but no judgement here, these pals keep the same outfit on all year long! Talk about tree goals…the Colorado Blue Spruce is a magnificent species that can grow up to 75 feet tall! It survives through cold and hot weather, never releasing its silvery-blue, needle-like foliage. You guessed it, it is native to the state of Colorado, home of the Rocky mountains! This tree transplants well and is tolerant to drought conditions, soil salt, alkaline or acid soils, but prefers moist and well-drained soils. This tree can intercept over 845 gallons of stormwater runoff per year thanks to its leaves branches and root system.

Can you find your UIC Colorado Blue Spruce?  Go to the UIC Tree Inventory  and find out! Here’s how:

  1. Select “Spruce-Colorado Blue” from the View by Common Name drop down menu
  2. Then select FILTER TREES.
  3. Use the map to choose your favorite. There are 31 Colorado Bruce Spruce trees found all over campus – you can choose which ever tree you’d like! Perhaps the one closest to your favorite building? (Look for the 3 or 4 digit Tree ID number and please be patient- the website is a bit slow.)

Want to win a FREE LUNCH? Tell us on social media your Spruce’s Tree ID that you found on the Tree Inventory.

Use your fav social media button at the top of this page to share it. Then also use #TreeCampusUSA and #MyUICTree, and you can get entered for 1 of 2 UIC Dining lunch gift certificates!

If you answered mostly C's, you are a COMMON CHOKECHERRY (Prunus virginiana)

Common Chokecherry

You can be best described as tiny and friendly and love the sun!

The Common Chokecherry has fragrant flowers and soon produces a pea-sized purple drupe. Birds and butterflies love to hang with their Chokecherry friends! You don’t enjoy cold, winter days?…neither do they! The Chokecherry prefers mid-spring, early fall, and survives best in full sun, but a bit of shade won’t hurt. Believe it or not, the Common Chokecherry is not a very common species on campus! It’s species family is native to North America and can be found in most of the United States.

Can you find your UIC Common Chokecherry?  Go to the UIC Tree Inventory  and find out! Here’s how:

  1. Select “Chokecherry-Common” from the View by Common Name drop down menu.
  2. Then select FILTER TREES.
  3. Use the map to choose your favorite! There are only 2 Common Chokecherries at UIC, and they are both near Addmas Hall –  which one will you choose? (Look for the 3 digit Tree ID number and please be patient- the website is a bit slow.)

Want to win a FREE LUNCH? Tell us on social media your Chokecherry’s Tree ID that you found on the Tree Inventory.

Use your fav social media button at the top of this page to share it. Then also use #TreeCampusUSA and #MyUICTree, and you can get entered for 1 of 2 UIC Dining lunch gift certificates!

If you answered mostly D's, you are a RED MAPLE (Acer rubrum)

Red Maple

Your outfit is always spot on, and so is the Red Maple foliage especially during fall when it reaches a deep red or yellow!

Not only are they beautiful, but also produce fruits that help feed local wildlife such as squirrels and other rodents. Rabbits and deer love to nibble on the Red Maple’s tender shoots. It is one of the most common tree species on campus, however, it is sadly intolerant to pollution. Some trees on campus are consequently in poor condition. What can you do to help? Check out UIC’s Tree Care Plan and learn about the many grounds rules for proper maintenance of our trees. UIC is one of a few universities to be part of Tree Campus USA. It is our duty to ensure we love and watch after our leafy friends, not only for pretty pictures, but every day!

Can you find your UIC Red Maple?  Go to the UIC Tree Inventory  and find out! Here’s how:

  1. Select “Maple-Red” from the View by Common Name drop down menu.
  2. Then select FILTER TREES.
  3. Use the map to choose your favorite. There are 110 Red Maples found all over campus trees – you can choose which ever tree you’d like! Perhaps the one closest to your favorite building? (Look for the 2, 3 or 4 digit Tree ID number and please be patient- the website is a bit slow.)

Want to win a FREE LUNCH? Tell us on social media your Red Maple’s Tree ID that you found on the Tree Inventory.

Use your fav social media button at the top of this page to share it. Then also use #TreeCampusUSA and #MyUICTree, and you can get entered for 1 of 2 UIC Dining lunch gift certificates!

How did we come up with these answers?

UIC has been certified as a Tree Campus USA every year since we initially applied in 2011. One requirement to maintain certification is to have at least one Service Learning Project each year. This year, SIP students Heaven & Megan created an online tree personality quiz. They related personality traits like fashion, weather preference, and cleanliness to several aspects of a tree species, including where it can be found, pollution tolerance, what wildlife it attracts, and other environmental benefits. The links below are the resources the students used to connect human personality traits to tree characteristics.