As a Level I Classified Arboretum, Pinelawn puts forth utmost effort in the care they provide their trees, which includes carefully transplanting them to locations that would be more optimal for their health as well as planting new trees to allow them to thrive on the grounds. This practice not only maintains their Arboretum status, but also adds natural beauty to the environment and helps native species in the area thrive.
Pinelawn Memorial Park And Arboretum typically receives two large deliveries of trees per year, which they plant during the Spring and Fall seasons. These deliveries will often contain rare trees, old and young, that would do well on the grounds. When purchasing trees, Pinelawn will look for a blend of flowering deciduous trees, understory trees (trees that grow under larger trees), and hearty evergreen trees. In a recent delivery, the truck of new trees Pinelawn received to add to their arboretum inventory included Taylor Junipers (juniperus virginiana ‘taylor’), Dragon Lady Holly (llex x aquipernyi ‘meschick’), Columnar Norway Spruce (picea abies ‘cupressina’) and Common Nine Bark trees (physocarpus opulifolius).
It is important that the trees that Pinelawn purchases are of high quality with healthy root collars and well-structured canopies. However, equally as important as the quality and health of the trees is the longevity. Pinelawn plants their new trees with the future in mind, meaning that they will continue to add beauty to the grounds for 50-100 years ahead so they can be enjoyed by many generations to come.
As a result of the careful selection Pinelawn makes when purchasing trees, visitors to the grounds will find rare species of trees such as Nikko Maple (acer maximowiczianum) and Katsura trees (cercidiphyllum), which are not typically found of the size they are on Pinelawn’s grounds. In addition to these rarities, Pinelawn’s grounds also consist of a heptacodium tree, which boasts fragrant white flowers in the summer that give way to small purplish-red fruits until late fall. Another more notable tree is the Common Nine Bark Tree, whose bark exfoliates into intriguing paper-like strips and can be found planted along the roundabout that circles our priceless 72’ wide Weeping Beech tree. These trees provide year-round beauty and tranquility to all those who visit the grounds.
“We are constantly working hard to add to the beauty of Pinelawn. Our efforts in purchasing and carefully transplanting trees throughout our landscape are one way we are able to contribute to the well-being of the environment as well as bring beauty and tranquility to all who visit us, which has been our objective since the inception of Pinelawn in 1902,” states Justin Locke, President of Pinelawn Memorial Park And Arboretum
Currently, Pinelawn has 25 registered Arboreta, but with the desire to constantly improve the landscape, plans to see that number grow is ever present. Pinelawn’s passion to add beauty to their grounds while helping native species thrive is evident in every tree delivery they receive.