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In 2017, The Woodlawn Cemetery was awarded the Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens.

The Woodlawn Cemetery Arboretum features more than 140 unique tree species and cultivars including an array of flowering, evergreen and shade trees originating from North America, Europe and Asia. The Arboretum harbors 11 specimens that are remarkable simply because of their overwhelming large size, measuring over five feet in diameter. These mature specimens include a Massive White Oak guarding the north edge of the Cemetery, a unique weeping European Beech (Fagus sylvatica), an unusual fine-leaved cultivar of the same species, an American Basswood (Tilia americana) , and a Black Oak (Quercus velutina) that measures 6 feet across its trunk.


The Arboretum also features five specimens identified in the “Great Trees of New York City” program, including a Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciadopitys verticillata) and a native Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus). The Arboretum collection contains several other introduced and native trees of note including one of the largest empress trees (Paulownia Tomentosa) in New York which is native to China, and a Native Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera ) that measures over 125 feet tall and 63 inches in diameter.

Each tree in the Arboretum collection is trunk labeled and mapped for easy identification and public access. Open our tree map to follow our Tree Walk and learn more about each of our unique trees by clicking here.

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