Common Name = Japanese Red Maple
Scientific Name = Acer palmatum atropurpureum
Location = Forman Center south (front) lawn
Height = 50 feet (15m)
Trunk Circumference = 126 inches (3.18m)


Japanese maple trees have been cultured intensively for over 300 years, producing hundreds of cultivars that add exotic looks to residential landscapes all over the world. One glance at its leaves explains why one of the Japanese words describing this tree means "babyís hands." The tree in front of the Forman Center on our East Campus is an unusually large specimen and may be as old as the building itself, which was built circa 1870 as the George W. Chapin mansion. Beginning in 1885 the building served as the superintendentís residence of the Rhode Island State Home and School, and in 1994 it was renovated by the College to become the Sylvan R. Forman Center. As the home of the Collegeís admissions office, this is the spot where the majority of aspiring RIC students first plant the seed for an individual growth experience in higher education.

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