Grounds and Landscaping

Noteworthy Trees

  • Winter Trees

    The Seattle University campus is home to a large number of venerable trees, many of historical significance linked to Fugitaro Kubota and the Kubota family legacy on the campus grounds. The many true cedars and pines that are now grand, mature trees were planted by Kubota in the 1950’ and 1960’s. Although there is no official record, it is believed the Giant Sequoia, SU’s signature tree was also brought to campus by Kubota.

    Trees offer many positive environmental effects, including carbon sequestration, reduction of the heat-island effect, habitat for wildlife, and storm water absorption.

    The emotional and spiritual uplift that trees provide has been studied and well documented. In the center of our very urban surrounding, our tree-filled campus is an oasis for the larger community, serving as a park for ourselves and our neighbors.

    Here are some links to more information about our trees.

    Kubota gardens on campus

    Noteworthy Trees of Seattle University

    Seattle University trees in A.L. Jacobsen’s book, Trees of Seattle

    Garden Legacy