People don't remember each tree in a park but all of us benefit from the trees. And in a way, artists are like trees in a park. - Yoko Ono
Welcome to our tour of the Arboretum. The tour includes connected segments of the main trail starting and ending above. It includes 47 identified species of trees. For a tour of the trees of the gardens. CLICK HERE. For a self-guided tour check out the sidebar to the right !
Zoo Plaza (above) starts at the visitor's center. It includes the Plaza and Chris's Garden (on far left). Trees included (right side from back to front) : Honey Locust, Silver Maple, Sensation Boxelder. Trees on left : Norway Maples. Detailed information.... CLICK HERE
Zoo Plaza (above) heads southeast from Trail 1 view. On right from back to front : Autumn Blaze Maple, European Bird Cherry. Trees on left from back to front : Linden, Swamp White Oak, Linden (Memorial), Sensation Boxelder. Detailed information.... CLICK HERE
Zoo Plaza (above) continues past Children's Garden. On right from back to front: Black Locust, Ash. See Children's Garden for detail of trees on left: These include Autumn Blaze Pear, Ponderosa Pines, Plains Cottonwood. Detailed information... CLICK HERE
Zoo Plaza (above) continues towards playground. On right from back to front: Ash trees (unknown). Approach the Eagle Garden, look on right and you will see a line of Ponderosa and Serbian Spruce. Also on right look for a Kentucky Coffee Tree. Details...CLICK HERE
Bridge Crossing (above) at the Eagle Exhibit and Eagle Garden. At this point you will see a mix of trees previously viewed on other segments. Serbian Spruce will be on the left and right sides mixed with Cottonwoods on left. Details...CLICK HERE
Immediately after bridge crossing (above) stop and look for the "twin" Peach Tree Willows (Salix Amygraloides). Picture above shows one of the twins on the left. See if you can find the matching tree. Also ahead will be a nice Cottonwood grove. Details...CLICK HERE
After bridge, turn south (above) towards Bear Exhibit. Along this segment look on the left and right for White Ashes. On the right you'll see a healthy Austrian Pine grove, back-
dropped by Cottonwoods and another Sensation Boxelder. Details...CLICK HERE
As we arrive at the Bear Exhibit (above) you'll see a great mix of Rocky Mountain tree species. On the right look for Serbian Spruce, on the left you'll find a Quaking Aspen (photo above and on right), Colorado Spruce and Ponderosa Pine. Details...CLICK HERE
At the Lynx Exhibit (above right) you'll find a high density of species including the following: On right, Hybrid Maple (forefront), Common Alder and Serviceberry Tree. On the left, White Pine, Ornamental Pine and Aspen. Details...CLICK HERE
As you leave the Lynx and Aviary Exhibits you'll be passing through some of the best native and Rocky Mountain specimens at the Arboretum. Here you can see Serviceberry, Tamarac Larch, Staghorn Sumac and Black Hawthorn. Details...CLICK HERE
The trail (above) begins to open up and exposes more detail to the trees along the way. You'll see another fine Aspen specimen and more Black Hawthorn. As you get to the Wolf Exhibit (on right) look for a collection of "Shrub" Maple. Details...CLICK HERE
One of the more shady areas of the trail system (near Wolverine Exhibit), this segment offers many of the species previously seen up to this point. The exception is a "Canada Red"Chokecherry surrounded by a grove of Cottonwoods. Details...CLICK HERE
Taking a little side trip you'll find the Millennium Grove (see individual page for details) on the left. Here's a great collection of Serbian Spruce (planted in circle). Look closely and amongst the Serbians you can find a Crabapple. Details...CLICK HERE
Back on the trail as you approach the Tiger Exhibit you can find some of the same specimens seen previously with one big exception, a Narrow Leaf Cottonwood (above), also known as Populus X Anguvstifolia. Details...CLICK HERE
Take a Google tour of the Arboretum yourself. Follow the trails making a loop of the main pathway starting and ending at the ZooMontana visitor's center. Stop along the way, at your leisure, for a 360 degree view of the trees. Zoom in, zoom out, look up or look down. Get started by... CLICKING HERE
The most common species found on the grounds of the Zoo is the Plains Cottonwood (Populous Sergentii). In the Children's Garden look for an aging mature specimen. The open bark could be a home for wildlife.
Another common tree found scattered throughout ZooMontana, this Spruce survives quite well in Montana. It's distinctive deep green color stands out amongst other trees and is perfect for landscaping.
"PEACH TREE WILLOW"
The Willow tree is another common specimen found in Montana. It was used by Native Americans for it's medicinal value. In a natural setting it's sometimes found along riverbanks.
Found in several locations around the Zoo, this species has a fantastic display of Fall colors.
A favorite among Montanans for it's ornamental value and dependability.
The Serviceberry bush/shrub is common and native to Montana. The tree is unique and very safe in Monana climate. Blossoms are pinkish white.
The Larch, uncommon in this part of Montana, is found here along the trail (segment 10) and the pond behind the Homestead House.
The Black Hawthorn can be found throughout the trail system of the Zoo. It's rather non-descript and easy to overlook except when blossoming
A common landscape tree found throughout the Yellowstone valley it's very popular for it's durability and red leaves.
Look for a Crabapple hidden within the trees of the Millennium Circle. Best spotted during spring blossom season.
Located just southwest of the Millennium Circle look for 3 trees planted in Fall 2017 as part of the Botanical Society's "Plant Select" program. The trees planted are:
one Hot Wing Tartarian Maple and two Canada Reds.
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