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Objects of Art: Flowering Trees

Location: Front and side of the Library, Building 38

The trees surrounding the National Library of Medicine are Crabapple trees of the Malus Arnoldiana variety. Rapid growers, they reach a height of 20 feet but are broad and spreading to about 30 feet wide with long, arching branches. Red flower buds open to 2-inch pink flowers that fade to white, and yellow and red half-inch fruits ripen in early fall. The trees usually are at the height of color in early May.

View of the front of NLM with trees in bloom
View of the front entrance of NLM with trees in bloom

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Last Reviewed: February 27, 2012