Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum

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Use this list (clickable tabs) to access information about the plants of the Earl G. Maxwell Arbretum. Check back often as we continue to add new information.

Stargazer  Jeanne Vierk Yeutter Garden 
  About | Rock Garden Map |
  Inventory: Berm (pdf) or (html) 
  Inventory: Rock Garden (pdf) /Plants

HibiscusFleming Slope
About | Map: Latin Names | Map:Common Names | Inventory | Plants


FernShade Garden
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


GrassThe Prairie
About | Map | Inventory/Plants
Prairie Burn

BulbBulbs of Maxwell Arboretum
About | Map (pdf) | Inventory |  Plant Info


     Hosta Collection
     About | Map | Inventory/Plants


GrassGrasses of Maxwell Arboretum
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


                 Joe Young Memorial Garden
                  About | Map | Inventory/Plants

Perin PorchPerin Porch
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


Vine Arbor Vine Arbor
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


lilac thumbnailLola Flack Lilac Collection
About | Map | Inventory | Plant Info

ViburnumViburnum Collection
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


Lees dark purple rhodieRhododendron Collection
About | Map | Inventory /Plants


YewYews of Maxwell Arboretum
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

spring flowering shrubSpring Flowering Shrubs (& Trees)
About | Map | Inventory /Plants

Paw PawFruit and Nut Trees
About | Map | Inventory/Plants | Gallery

OakThe Oaks
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

MapleThe Maples
About | Map | Inventory | Plants | Resources | Documents


LindenThe Lindens
About | Map | Inventory | Plants

HorsechestnutThe Horsechestnuts
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

CottonwoodThe Cottonwoods
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

MagnoliaThe Magnolias
About | Map | Inventory  | Plants

DogwoodThe Dogwoods
About | Map | Inventory / Plants (large PDF)


      Understory/Ornamental Trees
      About Map Inventory/Plants


Deciduous Conifersdeciduous conifer thumbnail
About/Plants | Map


pine The Pines

About | Map | Inventory/Plants

SpruceThe Spruces
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

FirThe Firs
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

ConiferOther Conifers
About | Map | Inventory/Plants



         NEW, RECENT, AND TIMELY POSTS        

UPDATED Maples of Maxwell Arboretum map!

Source list for winter tree identification books including twig keys, on line twig keys, books addressing how plants survive the winter and Ken Dewy's weather site. (docx Word file 113 KB)
Viburnums: Inventory and Quick Look plant info chart
Deciduous Conifers of Maxwell Arboretum

⋄ Maxwell Arboretum Prairie Burn:
Photographs of 2009 burn
A stunning poem by María Meléndez: "Controlled Burn"

prairie burn

⋄  Harvesting the Landscape: The Fruit and Nut Trees of Maxwell Arboretum. Fruit and Nut Tree Map and Plant Information
⋄  Maple Information Now Posted including information on individual species found in the arboretum
⋄  Click here to read about great things to see in Maxwell Arboretum in the winter
⋄  Click here to read about the new Prunus besseyi (Western Sand Cherry) planted as part of Charles Bessey's induction into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. And click here to view historical documents related to Charles Bessey and the Western Sand Cherry

⋄ The Heptacodium miconioides or Seven-Son Flower is a large shrub with heavenly scented flowers and great exfoliating bark. See it just south of the Perin Porch.

⋄ Click here for photographs of the 2009 NAA/NNLA Summer Field Day that was held in Maxwell Arboretum

⋄ Click here to read about a great plant in both the Evasco Demonstration and Teaching Garden and the Fleming Slope: The Lagerstroemia indica or Crape Myrtle 'Filli' cultivars.

⋄ Marcia Claesson's seasonal videos of Maxwell on You Tube:
Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter



Over the years, numerous individuals, academic departments, and civic organizations have worked to ensure that Maxwell Arboretum provides the university community and visitors with an educational as well as an aesthetic experience.

Help ensure Maxwell Arboretum's continued growth in the 21st century by joining the Friends of Maxwell Arboretum (FOMA) in our mission to serve in an advocacy role providing input and financial support for the management and development of Maxwell Arboretum as an education, research, and outreach resource.

FOMA has rededicated itself to this mission and is taking our committment to a higher level of participation in support of the Arboretum. We believe this is necessary to ensure its long-term viability for the future. We invite you to be a part of this exciting effort by becoming a Charter Member of the Friends of Maxwell Arboretum. In so doing, you get the benefit of knowing that you will

  • Help preserve one of Nebraska's premier arboretums
  • Keep Maxwell Arboretum's education and research mission vibrant
  • Protect one of Lincoln's best mid-city green spaces
  • Participate in the development of new plans and policies for the Arboretum

Download and print the membership form



Coming this May:
50th Anniversary Celebration of Maxwell Arboretum!
Stay tuned for details . . .

Thanks also to the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture!

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The tours are led by Emily Levine, Special Projects Research Horticulturist and former Grounds Supervisor for the arboretum. They are free and open to the public.

Next tour is:
Tuesday May 2nd


We revisit the interesting trees in the woody plant east of Greenhouse Complex 2 ---the site of our final tour last fall. This is the same location as our April tour. 

DIRECTIONS and Parking:

Our site is at the east end of the Greenhouse Complex off of 38th St. (The red rectangle on the map.) On the map, Visitor Parking is indicated in pink. As you can see there is no visitor parking on the north half of campus. You can take your chances in the greenhouse drives, the long white lines by our tour site.  Otherwise the closest Visitor Parking is at the corner of 39th and Fair; I think that is metered parking. You can probably cut through the Animal Science building as you walk over and save a couple of blocks. Maybe they forgive a first ticket for visitors.

I apologize for this. I tried to work something out with Parking Services at the beginning of this tour season, but they wouldn’t give us a break. CLICK map to enlarge.
UNless Woody PLant Area tour map


For years we've been having weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly tours of Maxwell Arboretum. And while there is always something to see, some tour participants have been coming for five years or more and it's time to branch out and look at new landscape areas on campus and new plants.
Here's the draft flyer. Stay tuned for the final schedule or follow us on Facebook for updates.
I'm excited about this new series of tours and I think you will be too.

2016 Tour flyer

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First Tuesdays, noon - 1:00
See for yourself the plants that have been posted and discussed here. The tours are informal with wonderful sharing by participants. In essence, the tours are designed to help us learn to see (and to learn what to look for). We'll also observe how different plants change through the seasons and share maintenance tips. And I'll place plants in the larger context of history and the arts.
Tours last about one hour. In case of rain, we will meet the following week (the second Tuesday). And watch Facebook and the UNL Gardens web site for updates (unlgardens.unl.edu).
Email me if you have questions at elevine2@unl.edu.
See you soon!
"wow, so informative on my level. I'm always sad when I can't make the walk"
"Knowledgeable, personable, includes knowledge of participants"
"love the seasonal aspect"
"detail of trees and plants"
"couldn't have been better"
"I always learn something!"
"stories and the history of the trees and plants"
"Great tour guide! So approachable and enthused!"
"Very, very informative. Makes me have a great respect for our trees and nature."





Listen to NPR's recent story about the pawpaw
and then visit Maxwell's three trees