Campus Plants

UR Campus Arboretum & Tree Trail
The Huye campus is an arboretum. The University of Rwanda at Huye is home to nearly 200 kinds of plants. To learn more about these plants follow one or more of the past indicated on the map below. Numbers on the map refer to the plant name, listed alphabetically by common name first with the scientific name following. Since some plants are found in more than one place on campus you may find a number repeated in different locations. For plants such as eucalyptus trees, only a few of the over 100 individuals on campus are noted on the map. You can start anywhere along the indicated paths identifying plants as you go for whatever amount of time you have available. We hope you will enjoy discovering the Botanical richness of our campus. SEARCH Checklist

What is an Arboretum?
An arboretum is a botanical collection composed exclusively of living trees of a variety of species. It is a place where trees, shrubs, and sometimes herbaceous plants are cultivated for beauty, scientific and educational purposes.

Mission Statement
The arboretum provides a place of recreation and beauty concerning trees through discovering and disseminating knowledge of the plant kingdom to foster greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Earth’s tropical plant diversity and its essential value to humankind.

1) To promote, protect, conserve and care for the trees currently inhabiting the arboretum space.
2) To add and care for new species planted on campus, both native and exotic.
3) To educate visitors about basic tree maintenance and care.
4) To celebrate trees through events within the arboretum and in the surrounding community.
5) To allow private or business groups and/or individuals to submit ideas, proposals, or donations for the arboretum in order to encourage community involvement.
6) To allow approved volunteer groups and/or individuals to work in the arboretum

Species Checklist

1. Black Wattle, Acacia mearnsii, FABACEAE (Bean Family)
American agave, Agave americana. ASPARAGACEAE (Asparagus Family)
3. Tree poppy, Bocconia frutescens. PAPAVERACEAE (Poppy Family)
4. Bougainvillea, Bougainvillea spectabilis, NYCTAGINACEAE (Four o’clock Family)
5. Ironwood, Casuarina equisetifolia, CASUARINACEAE (She-oak Family)
6. Lemon, Citrus limon, RUTACEAE (Citrus Family)
7. Ti plant, Cordyline fruticosa, ASPARAGACEAE (Asparagus Family)
8. Queen Sago, Cycas circinalis, CYCADACEAE (Cycad Family)
9. Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus sp., MYRTACEAE (Myrtle Family)
10. Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima, EUPHORBIACEAE (Spurge Family)
11. Silver Oak, Grevillea robusta, PROTEACEAE (Protea Family)
12. Bitter leaf, Gymnanthemum amygdalinum, ASTERACEAE (Sunflower Family)
13. Dixie rosemallow, Hibiscus mutabilis, MALVACEAE (Mallow Family)
14. Physic Nut, Jatropha curcas, EUPHORBIACEAE (Spurge Family)
15. Wax Mallow, Malvaviscus arboreus, MALVACEAE (Mallow Family)
16. Horseradishtree, Moringa oleifera, MORINGACEAE (Moringa Family)
17. Saba Nut, Pachira aquatica, MALVACEAE (Mallow Family)
18. Malabar Chestnut, Pachira glabra, MALVACEAE (Mallow Family)
19. Avocado, Persea americana, LAURACEAE (Laurel Family)
20. Mexican Weeping Pine, Pinus patula, PINACEAE (Pine Family)
21. Guava, Psidium guajava, MYRTACEAE (Myrtle Family)
22. Pomegranate, Punica granatum, LYTHRACEAE (Loosestrife Family)
23. Octopus Tree, Schefflera sp., ARALIACEAE (Aralia Family)
24. Mountain Apple, Syzygium cumini, MYRTACEAE (Myrtle Family)
25. Limba, Terminalia superba, COMBRETACEAE (White mangrove Family)
26. Be-Still Tree, Thevetia peruviana, APOCYNACEAE (Dogbane Family)
27. Chinese mahogany, Toona sinensis, MELIACEAE (Mahogany Family)