The Native Plant Collection



Trees and shrubs native to eastern North America

The Native Plant Collection was established in 1931. At the time, 60 acres had been set aside to create the Connecticut College Arboretum. Twenty acres of this original allotment, between Williams Street and Gallows Lane, were dedicated as the Native Plant Collection. This long-standing commitment to native plants is a mainstay of the Arboretum.

View a winter panorama of the pond, recently featured in the New London Day.

As of June 2014, the Native Plant Collection contains more than 295 taxa with 1,021 trees, 1,255 shrubs and 22 woody vines native to eastern North America and hardy in southeastern Connecticut. Accessioned plants are from both wild and cultivated origins. The various species take turns displaying their beauty throughout all the seasons: shadbush in April; dogwood and azaleas in May; mountain laurel in June; giant rhododendron, sourwood and sweet pepperbush in July; brilliant autumn foliage in October; evergreens and conifers year-round.

Blooming plants in the Native Plants Collection.
A checklist of plants found in the Native Plant Collection is available from the Arboretum Bookstore or can be easily downloaded.

In addition, an online master plant list ("Find a Plant") allows you to search the Arboretum's living collections database by entering one or more words from the plant's scientific or common name (e.g. "hydrangea").

Take a self-guided tour of the Collection

Path through the Native Plant CollectionThe self-guided tour is an excellent way for visitors to experience many interesting Arboretum features in the Native Plant Collection. Tour pamphlets are located in a small box on the notice board just inside the Native Plant Collection entrance on Williams Street. The trail leads off to the left (south) from the head of the Laurel Walk, a long, sloping trail lined with mountain laurel. The route skirts the rose family collection and the Gries conifer collection. Next, the trail circles the south side of the shallow man-made Arboretum pond and gives the visitor a choice of loop trails to a small bog and to the oak and hemlock-forested Bolleswood natural area. It continues past Buck Lodge, a rustic stone building used for various social activities, and into the grassy outdoor theater overlooking the pond. The conclusion of the walk traverses the holly, viburnum and azalea plant collections on the way back to the entrance.

 

Looking for native trees and shrubs for your natural landscape?

View the Connecticut Native Tree and Shrub Availability List which cross-references native species with nurseries where they may be available. This list was produced by the Connecticut DEP, Bureau of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division.


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Contact Information:
Phone:
860-439-5020
Email
Connecticut College
Arboretum
Box 5201
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320