Every tree in the Botanic Garden collection has a story behind it. If our trees could speak, they might tell us about their species, where they originate, when they were brought to other places around the world, how humans have used them, and how they came to be growing at Smith College. Students in the horticulture class wrote scripts for some our trees to give voice to their stories. The trees are labelled and the files accessible by QR code or you can listen to them here.

Use these links to go to the TreeSpeak pages and listen:
Abies sachalinensis, sakhalin fir
Acer griseum, paperbark maple
Acer triflorum, three-flowered maple
Betula nigra, river birch
Cercidiphyllum japonicum, katsura tree
Cotinus × 'Grace,' Grace smoketree
Eucommia ulmoides, hardy rubber tree
Fagus sylvatica 'Roseo-marginata,' tricolor European beech
Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula,' weeping European beech
Franklinia alatamaha, Franklin tree
Ginkgo biloba, maidenhair tree
Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis, thornless honey locust
Juglans nigra, black walnut
Magnolia stellata, star magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Rosea,' rosea star magnolia
Metasequoia glyptostroboides, dawn redwood
Nyssa sylvatica, sour gum
Phellodendron amurense, amur cork tree
Platanus × acerifolia, London plane tree
Quercus rubra, red oak
Salix babylonica 'Cripsa,' ram's horn willow​
Sciadopitys verticillata, Japanese umbrella pine
Taxodium distichum 'Cascade Falls,' weeping bald cypress
Taxodium distichum var. nutans, pond cypress
Ulmus americana, American elm
Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii,' Camperdown elm
Acer campestre, hedge maple
Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana, hardy dove tree