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Trailing arbutus

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The Trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens) blooms in early spring. The flowers, which can be found across eastern North America, must nevertheless be sought out -- the plant's population density is usually quite low. Trailing arbutus has played a central role in the history of Indiana University. It is the university's official flower and the eponymous inspiration for the Arbutus, the university yearbook.