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GARDENS ⋄ PLANTS
COLLECTIONS
INFORMATION

Use this list (clickable tabs) to access information about the plants of the Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum. 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


Hibiscus Fleming Slope
About | Map: Latin Names | Map:Common Names | Inventory | Plants


Fern Shade Garden
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

Grass The Prairie
About | Map | Inventory/Plants
Prairie Burn
 

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

     Hosta Collection
     About | Map | Inventory/Plants

 

Grass Grasses of Maxwell Arboretum
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

                  Joe Young Memorial Garden
                  About | Map | Inventory/Plants

Perin Porch Perin Porch
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

Vine Arbor   Vine Arbor
About | Map | Plant Info  | Quick Guide

 

lilac thumbnail LOLA FLACK LILAC COLLECTION
About | Map | Inventory | Plant Info


Viburnum Viburnum Collection
About | Map | Quick Guide |   Plant Info   |  Resources

Lees dark purple rhodie Rhododendron Collection
About | Map | Inventory /Plants

Yew Yews of Maxwell Arboretum
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


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


Paw Paw Fruit and Nut Trees
About | Map | Inventory/Plants | Gallery
"A Man and a Tree: Cyril Bish and the 'Holden' Shagbark Hickory"


Oak The Oaks
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


Maple The Maples
About | Map | Inventory | Plants | Resources | Documents


Linden The Lindens
About | Map | Inventory | Plants 


Horsechestnut The Horsechestnuts
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


Cottonwood The Cottonwoods
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


Magnolia The Magnolias
About | Map | Inventory  | Plants


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

 

      Understory/Ornamental Trees
      About Map Inventory/Plants

 

Deciduous Conifers deciduous conifer thumbnail
About/Plants | Map

 

pine The Pines

About | Map | Inventory/Plants


Spruce The Spruces
About | Map | Inventory/Plants



Fir The Firs
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


Yeutter conifer thumbnail Spruces & Other Conifers of the Yeutter Garden               Brochure (PDF)

Conifer Other Conifers
About | Map | Inventory/Plants

 

 

2020-2021
UNL GARDENS
FIRST TUESDAYS WALKING TOURS!!!

Tours

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:
IN-PERSON TOURS ARE CANCELLED TILL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
BUT
We are offering our
SELF-GUIDED
EARLY SPRING TOURS!


TOUR #1 BUDS & BULBS:

plant list and map combined (click):
Buds & Bulbs tour map and plant list

map:
Buds and Bulbs tour map

plant list (click option):
PDF   |   sortable Excel file
Buds and Bulbs Tour plant list

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TOUR #2 CATKINS!:

plant list:
Catkin Tour Plant list

map:
Catkin Tour map


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WINTER ANYTIME SELF-GUIDED TOUR:
 EVERGREEN CONIFERS!

There are three maps to download and a keyed plant list:

MAP 1 Holdrege Frontage West
winter tour conifer plant list key

MAP 2 Holdrege Frontage East
Frontage East winter tour conifer map

Map 3 Arboretum Core
Core winter tour conifer map

Keyed Plant List
winter tour conifer plant list key
Sortable Excel version here.

TOUR INFORMATION: Winter is a great time to discover the world of evergreen conifers in Maxwell Arboretum. (Remember, we have 3 species of deciduous conifers. See: https://unlgardens.unl.edu/conifersdeciduous).

There are eight different genera in the arboretum, with 36 species including 16 species and varieties.

There are 3 maps, including two for the "Holdrege Frontage" area, the long skinny strip between Holdrege Street and the East Campus Loop, i.e. south across the road from the main part of the arboretum you probably usually visit. Some very cool trees there!

The plant list serves as a key to the maps; the color-coding differentiates the genera and is a great way to teach kids the basics of conifer ID (this is a pine, this is a spruce, etc.). For adults, each tree is numbered providing a complete taxonomic identification.

So, get outside for a great and safe adventure this winter, on your own or with family and friends. Kids driving you crazy at home? Here's a solution!
(This tour includes only trees, not shrubs.)

You can download and print the maps and plant list or just take them with you on your "smart" phones.

HAVE FUN!
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UNL GARDENS
FIRST TUESDAYS WALKING TOURS
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"
"excellent"
"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."
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JOIN THE 
FRIENDS OF MAXWELL ARBORETUM

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

 

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FOMA president's CitationThe Friends of Maxwell Arboretum and the arboretum itself won the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum's 2018 President's Citation.

l. to r. Eileen Bergt, co-director Landscape Services; Jeff Culbertson, co-director Landscape Services and Maxwell curator; Ted Hartung, President, Friends of Maxwell Arboretum (FOMA); Ron Yoder, Associate Vice Chancellor, IANR; Emily Levine, UNL Gardens and FOMA Board; Bud Dasenbrock, Vice President, FOMA.
A great way to end the Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum's 50th Anniversary year!
Thanks, NSA!

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2005-2020 MAXWELL ARBORETUM BLOOM TIME CHART AVAILABLE

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FIRST
FRIENDS OF MAXWELL ARBORETUM'S 

SPRING IN MAXWELL ARBORETUM TREE PLANTING EVENT:
"PLANTING FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE"

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