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An Arboretum is Certified

The path to the arboretum started in 2008 with members of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club meeting with Forestry Division representatives to identify trees and to come up with a method to label each of the trees to adhere to arboretum standards. After 3 years of hard work and diligence, the Townsend River Walk was certified an Tennessee Arboretum by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council in 2011 and re-certified in 2016. 

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A PECAN TREE IS DISCOVERED! Taken September 2008 with TN Department of Agriculture - Forestry Division (Tom Simpson, who certified the arboretum originally as well as the recertification, and Nathan Waters. They helped to identify trees and suggested how to label them. From left to right, Nathan Waters, Barbara Spence, Florence Byrd, Tom Simpson, Elaine and Bob Russell.  Charlotte Miller - Photographer.

 The Arboretum Today

The following labeled trees are located along the established River Walk Trail maintained by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club, a member of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs in collaboration with the City of Townsend.  Important Trees of the Eastern Forest, a US Department of Agriculture Forest Service Publication, was used in making the labels for the trees.

The following is a list of the 44 trees in the Arboretum.  Additional species have been identified and will be added to the trail in the future. A printable map of all the tree locations will be provided as a future enhancement to the website.

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Common NameBotanical Name
American BasswoodTilia americana
American BeechFagus grandifolia
American HollyIlex opaca
American HophornbeamOstrya virginiana
American SycamorePlatanus occidentalis
American Wild PlumPrunus americana
Bald cypressTaxodium distichum
Big Leaf MagnoliaMagnolia macrophylla
Black CherryPrunus serotina
Black LocustRobinia pseudoacacia
Black OakQuercus velutina
Black WalnutJuglans nigra
Bottlebrush BuckeyeAesculus parviflora
Box ElderAcer negundo
ButternutJuglans cinerea
Carolina SilverbellHalesia carolina
Carolina WillowSalix caroliniana
Eastern Red CedarJuniperus virginiana
Eastern RedbudCercis canadensis
Eastern White PinePinus strobus
Flowering DogwoodCornus florida
Fox Valley River Birch Betula nigra 'Fox Valley'
Franklin TreeFranklinia alatamaha
FringetreeChionanthus virginicus
Green AshFraximus pennsylvanica
HackberryCeltis occidentalis
Northern Red OakQuercus rubra
PawpawAsimina triloba
PecanCarya illinoinensis
Persimmon Diospyros virgininiana
Pignut HickoryCarya glabra
Red BuckeyeAesculus pavia
Red MapleAcer Rubrum
Red MulberryMorus rubra
Redosier DogwoodCornus sericea
SassafrasSassafras albidum
Slippery ElmUlmus rubra
SourwoodOxydendrum arboreum
Sugar MapleAcer saccharum
SugarberryCeltis laevigata
SweetgumLiquidambar styraciflua
Winged ElmUlmas alata
Yellow BuckeyeAesculus flava
Yellow PoplarLiriodendron tulipifera