Founders' Grove

The founders of the arboretum established Founders' Grove as a home for trees they donated to celebrate the establishment of the arboretum. Some of the most unusual trees on the campus are found here, including Franklinia (Franklinia alatamaha), Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora), Weeping Norway Spruce (Picea abies forma pendula), Scholar-tree (Sophora japonica), Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika), and Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum). Trees added to this area in subsequent years include American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), Osage-Orange (Maclura pomifera), and Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica).


 in flower

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Franklinia alatamaha, which is extinct in the wild. Native to Georgia. Flowers in late summer.

Weeping Norway Spruce (Picea abies forma pendula).

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Female cone of Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora).

Male cones of Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora) in May.

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Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) in October.

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in autumn.


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