About the Project
The Syracuse Climate Change Garden, established in the Fall of 2013, was designed as a long-term climate change experiment. The garden incorporates 33 common trees and shrubs native to central New York (CNY), southern, and western regions of the United States, as well as some native to Europe and East Asia to examine the impact of invasive species. There are 9 core species groups, including maples, oaks, pines, birches, firs, magnolias, hemlocks, witch hazel, and viburnums . The garden is an outdoor laboratory that will be used in Biology courses to study how climate change influences the growth and vitality of trees and shrubs adapted to vastly different conditions. The changes in climate for CNY are expected to be significant. For example, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2014) predicts CNY heat indices will become similar to that of South Carolina by the end of the century. By studying the long-term responses of these important tree and shrub species planted in the garden, students will be able to examine how climate change affect local dominants and what species they will likely be replaced by.
Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)
Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)