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The Dawes Arboretum is dedicated to increasing the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world. Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum was inspired by the couple’s love of trees and nature. Today we remain dedicated to our mission through providing exceptional educational programs and events as well as maintaining incredible horticulture collections on over 1,800 acres of beautiful grounds.

Within this site, you are able to explore over 16,000 living plants located on The Arboretum’s grounds. This site is for pure horticulture information. For information on The Dawes Arboretum as a destination, please visit the main website at

Please note: The plants listed in this search are not for sale. We have an active exchange program with other like organizations worldwide. This search portal only returns results on plants cultivated on The Arboretum grounds in the living collections. It does not include nursery plants, those pending removal or bonsai material. If you are looking for additional information that is not listed within, please contact

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Comprehensive Collections
One of the goals of The Dawes Arboretum’s Collection Policy is to collect certain genera in comprehensive collections. This includes all species, lower ranks, and registered or published cultivars hardy (or suspected hardy) in this climate. The list of comprehensive collections at this time includes the following genera:
  • Acer (maple)*
  • Aesculus (buckeye, horse-chestnut)*
  • Buxus (boxwood)
  • Chamaecyparis (false cypress)
  • Ginkgo (ginkgo)
  • Hamamelis (witch-hazel)*
  • Ilex (holly)
  • Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn-redwood)*
  • Picea (spruce)
  • Quercus (oak)
  • Viburnum (viburnum)
*Nationally Accredited Plant Collection