"Perserve, Protect, Enhance and Educate"

Botanical Society of ZooMontana

Click here to edit subtitle

N O V E M B E R   2 0 1 8
"Fall Colors and Endangered Species Discovery"


October 2018 was a memorable color- laden tapestry of wonderment this year as the trees put on quite a show. Regular visitors to the Zoo commented that this was the best they've ever seen. The photo to the left was taken from Bear Meadows looking north. Look closely and you can count 10 different species of trees including a Callery Pear, Linden, Lacebark Elm, American Elm and Mountain Ash !


Scott attended the Northern Rockies Tree School in Cody,Wyoming in mid October. Speakers from throughout the Rocky Mountain region talked on a number of subjects from urban planning to the Emerald Ash Borer problem already a headache in northern Colorado. News of our Arboretum preceded the visit and Scott gave a brief comment on our Yellow Horn tree and it's unique survival in the Sensory Garden and the new planting of our Chinese Dawn Redwood in the Asian Garden thanks to Good Earth Works. 

Rocky Mountain College is in the early stages of creating their own arboretum and Scott looks forward to be in collaboration with them to get off to a good start.

M Y S T E R I E S   A N D    S U R P R I S E S

The Lost Has Been Found

Finally, after a season of trying to find the opportunity, a small grove of spruce trees located between the Lynx and Wolf buildings was investigated. Original tree tags were discovered on the bottom branches which confirmed the existence of Koyami and Serbian Spruces. Picea Koyamai (A#99-069) is on the "Critically Endangered Species" list as it's native growth near Hoshun Japan is decreasing mostly due to typhoon damage. Picea omorika, Serbian (A#98-040) is on the "Endangered Species" list. Not as serious as the Koyami but nevertheless a problem as it's native growth area, a small area of limestone mountains in the Drina River valley of western Serbia, is shrinking. Delicate cleaning and pruning of this grove is planned for the near future.These specimens have been labeled.

It Pays to Look Up

Look up in the sky...it's an Aspen..no it's a Pine...no it's a Spruce...no it's actually the Yellowstone Arboretum. This photo could have been in any mountain range in Montana but no it's on the plains at ZooMontana. It's just one of many photo ops the arboretum has to offer!

Another Study in Yellow

Sometimes it also pays to look down. This is just one of our small collection of Hedge Maples located along the pathway near Wolverine Junction. It's understory is a carpet of Plains Cottonwood leaves. The Hedge Maple was late to turn color this year but when it did it was worth the visit.

"Plaza Delight"

This photo of our Autumn Blaze Maple was actually taken in it's mature stage so you can imagine what it looked like this year just a week before this photo. It was holding on to it's leaves as long as possible but, alas, just 3 days after this photo was taken it was laid bare. It's a great performer and a wonderful compliment to the other trees in the Plaza.

"Mr.Larch Stands Tall"

How does he do it ? Every year this Larch performs it's magic on un-suspecting visitors when suddenly  someone stops, looks up and says...what's that ? It may need some explanation as it's far from home in this part of Montana but it's a fine specimen. Two more Larches can be found along bank of the

"new" Homestead ponds. 

If you have any Arboretum news you would like to share please feel free to e-mail us at: