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 | Quick Guide |  Plant Info  |  Resources


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
"A Man and a Tree: Cyril Bish and the 'Holden' Shagbark Hickory"

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

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

ConiferOther Conifers
About | Map | Inventory/Plants


NEW BROCHURE! "Spruces and other Conifers of the Yeutter Garden." Information on 13 great species.

→  Be sure to check out our new VIBURNUM PAGES for genus introduction, collection maps, resources , and individual species and cultivar information:

Pollintors of some Maxwell Arboretum trees and shrubs and the butterflies and moths for which they serves as larval hosts.

"A Man and a Tree: Cyril Bish and the 'Holden' Shagbark Hickory" (PDF)
A Man and a Tree Cover

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)
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
⋄ 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
⋄ 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





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.

APRIL 2nd, 2019

noon - 1:00 pm

click for 2019 flyer:
2019 tour flyer

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 natur

FOMA president's Citation

The 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!






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