As you walk south through parking lot B and approach Rice Auditorium,
turn around to get a good view of the characteristic open canopy and rich red-purple fall color.
 
Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’ *
(FRAKS-i-nus oks-i-KAR-pa)
Oxycarpa means with pointed fruits; since most Raywood ashes are male clones, very few seeds are ever produced.
Raywood ash in parking lot B
Introduced into North America about 1956 (but not in large scale production until about 1979),
this deciduous tree usually grows 30 - 40 feet, but can get as tall as 80 feet.
 
According to notes on Earth Day 1990 activities on campus ~
"Tuesday, 4/24/90, 9:00 A.M. Grounds crew sponsored tree planting in Rice auditorium parking lot, attended by 50 2nd and 4th graders from Henry Hill elementary school. Trees planted were two (2) Raywood Ash/Fraxinus oxycarpa 'Raywood.' Helpers were Ron, Bob and Dave Wolfe."
 
Location on campus:
Parking lot B
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* Information from Oregon State University's Landscape Plants web site.