Tulane is renowned for the beautiful trees and landscape of the uptown campus. While the alleys of live oaks along the Newcomb Quad and McAlister place are most distinctive, the campus forest includes many species chosen for their educational and ecological value, with an emphasis on species native to Louisiana.
The Tulane Tree Policy and Procedures was adopted in 2005 to protect and enhance the campus forest. It includes policies to protect trees during construction projects, as well as to support educational uses of our campus “arboretum.”
After Hurricane Katrina, renewing the beloved campus landscape was a high priority. Native live oaks, bald cypress, sycamore, tulip popular, and red bud have been replanted and planted in new locations throughout the campus. Tulane was named a Tree Campus USA in 2009 by the Arbor Day Foundation.
A student-organized campus garden is located on Willow Street, behind the Wall Residential College.
For many years, Tulane has used regional pine straw as mulch in campus beds. In 2006 the university adopted a policy confirming that cypress mulch will not be used on Tulane campuses.