The Century Tree

Polaroid style photo of the Century Oak, with its limbs draped over the sidewalk and bench seat
Tradition says if a couple walks under the branches of the Century Tree, they will eventually marry.
If the proposal takes place under the branches, the marriage is supposed to last forever.

The Century Tree, located in the heart of campus near the Academic Building, is a place that holds a special place in the heart of many Aggies. Well over 100 years old, the tree, a live oak, was one of the first trees planted on Texas A&M's massive 5,200-acre campus. The tree has been the site of numerous marriage proposals, weddings and tourist snapshots because of its immense size and its unique drooping branches, many of which rest on the ground.

In addition to the historic oak, there are between 25,000 and 30,000 trees on Texas A&M land, which occupies much of Brazos County. They include such types as the Kentucky Coffee, the Jerusalem Thorn, the Western Soapberry, the Kawakami Pear, the Chinese Pistache, the Carolina Laurel and the Afghan Pine. Complementing the trees, some 150,000 plants are grown each year to beautify the campus, many from cuttings from campus plants that date back to the late 1960s.