Cornell Botanic Gardens: Arboretum Loop #1

Get to know the major tree collections of the Arboretum on this half-mile walk.

Cornell Botanic Gardens: Arboretum Loop #1

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens

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Welcome to the F. R. Newman Arboretum! Discover how this collection of trees, shrubs, and other plants is part of a broader effort to conserve the world’s diversity of plants and the cultures they sustain.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Notice the bowl-shaped hillsides and flatlands from this overlook, known as Newman Overlook. This landscape was sculpted by nearby Fall Creek since the retreat of the most recent glacier over 15,000 years ago. This rolling landscape provide... Read more
The arboretum holds nine distinct tree collections, including this collection of trees named the “Beech loop” acknowledging the 11 different varieties of the European beech (Fagus sylvatica) as well as the American Beech (Fagus grandifo... Read more
These four boulders were carefully selected by famed artist Andy Goldsworthy to commemorate those who both survived and died in the Holocaust of World War II. The dwarf chestnut oaks growing through holes drilled in these granite boulders s... Read more
The trees along this road are part of the Urban Tree Collection. They are used for on-going research by the Urban Horticulture Institute to select the best trees and shrubs to thrive in urban areas, which must tolerate compact soil, road sa... Read more
This attractive grouping of trees, shrubs, and perennials grows in two shallow trenches, which collect water flowing down this hill during a rainstorm. Not only do these plants provide beauty, they also filter rainwater, which would otherwi... Read more
Many of the 180 oak trees growing at Cornell Botanic Gardens are found here in the Peterson Oak Grove. We are part of a network of public gardens in North America that collectively works to preserve all species and varieties of oaks. One be... Read more
The two ponds here were created in 1980 as part of the arboretum’s landscape design. Although the ponds’ rich diversity of plants and wildlife that thrive here are frequently used for research and class instruction, the ponds are equall... Read more
Showy flowers and fruit, rich fall colors, and interesting bark make dogwoods attractive in all seasons. The Palmer-Kinne Dogwood Collection includes 13 species of dogwoods (genus Cornus), each with varying native ranges that span North Ame... Read more
Nearly all of Cornell Botanic Gardens’ 92 different types of apples (Malus sp.) are located in the crabapple collection here or within the Class of 1923 Flowering Tree collection near the arboretum entrance. Cherished for their striking b... Read more
Like dogwoods and crabapples, maples hold strong significance to cultures around the world. The Haudenosaunee, Indigenous people of New York State, gather at the Maple Ceremony in late winter to show appreciation for the sugar maple’s gif... Read more


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