The Arboretum Today
The arboretum has 35 signed trees. There are 5 additions that are in the process of being signed. Of the 5 have identified three additional existing trees (Birch, Hemlock, Yellow Buckeye) and two planted trees (Red Maple, Witch Hazel).
Each species of tree is marked with a sign that specifies information about the tree, including a QR code that can be scanned with a mobile device to obtain additional information. There is also a tree tag attached to or placed by the same tree so that the sign and tree are easily identified.
Each Sign has a QR Code that when scanned will provide addtional information about the tree. It can be read from all smartphones and tablets. For the most part modern Iphones have the QR App built in. Android and others need an app to read a QR Code. Use the Google Play Store to download a Free QR Code Scanner.
A trail map of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum is available to be printed or downloaded. Use the link below.
Towsend River Walk & Arboretum Trail Map
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The following is a list of the 35 trees in the Arboretum, clicking on the tree name will provide additional information about that tree.
You can click on sort arrow next to the column name to sort.
|Marker||Common Name||Botanical Name|
|5||Franklin Tree||Franklinia alatamaha|
|7||Big Leaf Magnolia||Magnolia macrophylla|
|8||Black Oak||Quercus velutina|
|9||Slippery Elm||Ulmus rubra|
|10||Eastern Red Cedar||Juniperus virginiana|
|11||American Basswood||Tilia americana|
|13||Black Cherry||Prunus serotina|
|15||Winged Elm||Ulmas alata|
|16||Red Buckeye||Aesculus pavia|
|18||American Sycamore||Platanus occidentalis|
|20||Northern Red Oak||Quercus rubra|
|21||Pignut Hickory||Carya glabra|
|23||American Holly||Ilex opaca|
|24||Carolina Silverbell||Halesia carolina|
|26||Eastern Redbud||Cercis canadensis|
|28||Sugar Maple||Acer saccharum|
|29||American Hophornbeam||Ostrya virginiana|
|30||Red Mulberry||Morus rubra|
|32||Black Walnut||Juglans nigra|
|36||Flowering Dogwood||Cornus florida|
|37||Tulip Poplar||Liriodendron tulipifera|
|38||Eastern White Pine||Pinus strobus|
|39||Bald Cypress||Taxodium distichum|
|40||Black Locust||Robinia pseudoacacia|
|41||Green Ash||Fraximus pennsylvanica|
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.