Millersville University's Trees of Distinction

This website is a product of the James C. Parks Herbarium and the Botany Program at Millersville University, and utilizes the Google Maps API Version 3. Trees of distinction on campus are those that are either especially large, unique, or otherwise especially noteworthy such that their loss would have a noticeable negative impact on the aesthetics and educational value of the campus. Please contact Dr. Christopher R. Hardy with any comments or with information or trees that you believe should be added to this atlas.

Tree Marker Legend

Broadleaf Conifer Tropical Removed since website release

Copyright & Citation

A photographic catalog of the original 21 trees of distinction was created by Patrick J. Cooney on June 24, 2014 and is available from the navigation bar as a PDF supplement to Parksia. Thumbnail photos of these trees also appear in the pop-up info windows for each tree. All other art and content at this site are ©Christopher R. Hardy

You may cite this website as Hardy CR. 2014. Millersville University's trees of distinction. A Product of the James C. Parks Herbarium, Biology Department, Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Available on the Web at

Version History

  1. V1.00 - (2014.Mar.17) Release: Website released with 21 trees of distinction.
  2. V1.10 - (2014.Apr.17) New marker icons & Then there were 20: Transitioned from Google's default red pushpin to new tree marker icons I made to distinguish between broadleaf, conifer, and tropical trees. Additionally, the removal of "Our Tallest Pine" from center of campus, which was noticed first on March 29, necessitated the creation also of an icon to notify return visitors of changes to the landscape. Associated change to the text for "Our Tallest Pine" also made. About page expanded to accommodate new information.
  3. V1.11 - (2014.Apr.28) Release: Added historical information regarding the planting and dedication of the Sheaffer Memorial Japanese cherry trees. Information sourced as follows: the Gettysburg Times of May 21, 1973 announces the death and memorial service for Mr. Sheaffer at age 70. The Snapper of 20 April 1977, volume 49, number 25 provides information regarding the planting and dedication of the trees as part of Cherry Blossom Day festivities.
  4. V1.12 - (2014.Jun.24) Release: Makes available a photographic catalog of the trees by Herbarium Associate Patrick J. Cooney.
  5. V1.13 - (2014.Jul.12) Release: Makes available thumbnails of Patrick Cooney's pictures of each tree in each tree marker's info window. Larger photos still can be found under the navigation bar link to Cooney's photographic catalog.
  6. V2.00 - (2014.Jul.16) Release: Descriptions of trees in marker info windows is shortened and streamlined substantially in attempt to more effectively convey essential information about what makes each tree special. As a replacement for the pine that was lost last winter, a new tree of distinction was added -- the queen sago cycad of the Roddy greenhouse. Building upon the important, recent addition of photos by Patrick Cooney, moving to Version 2.00 was warranted based on this substantial rewrite and addition of the new tree to the list of 21.
  7. V2.10 - (2014.Sep.10) Release: The original Kentucky coffee tree on the west side of the SMC was cut down. Another female tree N of Tanger House and S of Lyte Hall and the Winter Center was chosen to replace it. There is not yet a picture of the new tree, and the photographic catalog and Parksia article have not yet been updated. Additionally, what was formerly known as the balsam fir was redetermined by CRH to be a Nordmann fir instead. This was the result of the fortuitous discovery of one of the tree's cones (normally too shortlived and high-up in fir trees to find). The cone of the Nordmann fir is much larger than that of the balsam fir.
  8. V2.11 - (2014.Sep.24) Release: Patrick Cooney has added a picture for the new Kentucky coffee tree and has contributed his updated photographic catalog as well.