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Plant Information

The purpose of UDBG’s living plant collection is to support its educational mission with emphasis on undergraduate education, outreach programming, and the horticulture industry. A diverse collection of plants displays unique specimens for comparative study, to inspire aesthetic design, and to illustrate ecological relationships. Its rich holdings include temperate plants from around the world, with strong emphasis on Holly (Ilex), Maple (Acer), Magnolia (Magnolia), Oak (Quercus), Viburnum (Viburnum), Snowbells (Styrax), and False Indigo (Baptisia). Selected representatives and locations are available on the Featured Plant Collections page.

The current Plant Inventory lists the accession number (first two digits are the year the plant was accessioned into the garden), scientific name, garden location (indicated by the bed code in the garden), common name, and plant family. The garden beds in the UDBG along with their associated codes can be found on this Location Map. Garden bed codes begin with the first letter of the garden they are located. The taxonomy of the Plant Inventory follows Michael A. Dirr’s Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, 6th edition, to provide consistency with plant materials courses and does not necessarily reflect recent taxonomic changes. Download to read the UDBG’s Museum Assessment Program (MAP), which evaluated UDBG’s plant collections stewardship.

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Aesculus hippocastanum flowers

Aesculus hippocastanum

Horse-chestnut

Aesculus pavia flowers

Aesculus pavia

Red Buckeye

Alnus glutinosa

Alnus glutinosa

Common Alder, European Alder, Black Alder

Aralia elata Variegata

Aralia elata

Japanese Aralia

Aralia spinosa bud

Aralia spinosa

Devil's-walking-stick, Hercules-club

Aronia arbutifolia

Aronia arbutifolia

Red Chokeberry

Asimina triloba fruit

Asimina triloba

Common Pawpaw

Berberis julianae

Berberis julianae

Wintergreen Barberry

Berberis thurbergii

Japanese Barberry

Betula alleghaniensis

Betula alleghaniensis

Yellow Birch

Betula lenta

Betula lenta

Sweet Birch, Cherry Birch

Betula maximowicziana

Betula maximowicziana

Monarch Birch