Memorial/In Honor Trees and Benches

The University of Minnesota Morris offers memorial/in honor trees and benches as a giving opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.

Memorial/In Honor Bench

  • The bench may be designated with a nameplate with a simple inscription to recognize your loved one
  • A gift of $1,000 secures a memorial/in honor bench to be placed and mounted to an attractive foundation in one of the places below
  • Memorial/In Honor benches will be placed within the campus historic district which includes the following areas:
    • Campus Mall
    • Blakely Hall grounds (formerly Senior Hall)
    • Behmler Hall grounds (formerly Dining Hall and Gymnasium)
    • Camden Hall grounds (formerly Girls’ Dormitory)
    • Spooner Hall grounds
  • Gifts tax-deductible

Memorial/InHonor Tree

  • A gift of $500 to cover purchase, planting, and care of a memorial/in honor tree in the memorial gardens located near the north entrance of the Morris campus
  • Choose a tree known to flourish on our campus from the list below
  • Gifts tax-deductible 

UMN Morris Memorial/InHonor Trees

Black Hills Spruce(Abies)

Commonly used around Christmas, this evergreen has short blue-green needles. It is often used in windbreaks or harvested for paper pulp. Height: 40–50’ Width: 25–30’

Bur Oak (Quercus)

This sturdy native is an icon with corky bark that becomes gnarled with age. It is common to find it on the prairie border as it is fire tolerant. Height: 60–80’ Width: 60–80’

Catalpa (Catalpa)

With its 8–10 inch heart-shaped leaves, this unique tree has two-inch, showy white flowers in June. It is also known for the long rattling pods that stay with the tree long into the winter. Height: 50–60’ Width: 35–40’ 

Seedless Cottonwood (Populus deltoides ‘Siouxland’)

Often found along river banks, these towering specimens shimmer in the wind and sun. This specific variety will not produce the signature cottonwood seeds. Height: 70–100’ Width: 40’ Average 

Flowering Crabapple (Malus)

These small specimens are known for their spectacular white, red, or pink flowers in spring. Some hold their red fruit throughout the winter. Height: 20’ Width: 25’ 

Ginkgo (Ginkgo)

This slow-growing tree is known for being a survivor, as it survived the atomic bombs in Japan. It’s easily identified by its unique fan shaped leaves that become brilliant yellow in fall. Height: 40–70’ Width: 30–40’ 

Hackberry (Celtis)

Known as an adaptable tree, the hackberry is good in dry and windy conditions. The bright green asymmetrical leaves become soft yellow in the fall. Height: 50–75’ Width: 50’ 

Honeylocust (Gleditsia)

This graceful tree has compound leaves that produce light shade with pin-holes of sun and brilliant gold fall foliage. Irregular branching also gives this tree a fun and distinct silhouette. Height: 50’ average Width: 30–35’ 

Linden (Linden)

Also known as basswood, this rapid-growing tree has dark green leaves that provide excellent shade and clusters of fragrant white flowers blooming in June. Height: 75–90’ Width: 40–50’ 

Norway Maple (Acer)

Known for its crimson cultivars, this tree’s dark green leaves turn a nice yellow in the fall. This tree is often adapted to urban settings. Height: 50’ average Width: 50’ average 

Silver Maple (Acer)

The fastest growing American maple, this hardy native combines graceful form, vigorous growth and tolerance for extreme conditions. Its foliage provides medium shade and a shimmering effect from the silvery undersides of the leaves. Height: 60–100’ Width: 40–50’ 

White Pine (Pinus)

Blueish-green in color, this Eastern native has long needles in bundles of five. The tall slender, evergreen becomes more gnarled and irregular with age. Height: 50–80’ Width: 20–40’ 

Norway Spruce (Abies)

With large attractive cones, this is the largest and fastest growing of the spruces. It has more pendulous, or drooping, branches as it reaches maturity. Height: 40–50’ Width: 25–30’