Oldest tree on Fordham's campus

Who Speaks for the Trees?

By Fordham News

In 2022, Fordham was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation—for the fifth time in recent years—for its stewardship and conservation efforts of trees, which can help stem the effects of climate change by removing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.

Fordham is home to hundreds of trees, including more than 500 on the Rose Hill campus, where one of the oldest American elm trees in New York City, estimated to be 270 years old, towers over Cunniffe House and the statue of Fordham’s founder, Archbishop John Hughes.

In addition to maintaining the trees on the Rose Hill, Lincoln Center, and Westchester campuses, the University uses a former orchard at its Louis Calder Center biological field station in Armonk, New York, to nurture several dozen American Elms, Red Maples, Northern Red Oaks, and Japanese Maples for planting in new locations.