Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN 37882

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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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MarkerCommon NameBotanical Name
5Franklin TreeFranklinia alatamaha
6PecanCarya illinoinensis
7Big Leaf MagnoliaMagnolia macrophylla
8Black OakQuercus velutina
9Slippery ElmUlmus rubra
10Eastern Red CedarJuniperus virginiana
11American BasswoodTilia americana
12SugarberryCeltis laevigata
13Black CherryPrunus serotina
15Winged ElmUlmas alata
16Red BuckeyeAesculus pavia
17ButternutJuglans cinerea
18American SycamorePlatanus occidentalis
20Northern Red OakQuercus rubra
21Pignut HickoryCarya glabra
22BoxelderAcer negundo
23American HollyIlex opaca
24Carolina SilverbellHalesia carolina
25SweetgumLiquidambar styraciflua
26Eastern RedbudCercis canadensis
27FringetreeChionanthus virginicus
28Sugar MapleAcer saccharum
29American HophornbeamOstrya virginiana
30Red MulberryMorus rubra
31PawpawAsimina triloba
32Black WalnutJuglans nigra
33HackberryCeltis occidentalis
34SourwoodOxydendrum arboreum
35SassafrasSassafras albidum
36Flowering DogwoodCornus florida
37Tulip PoplarLiriodendron tulipifera
38Eastern White PinePinus strobus
39Bald CypressTaxodium distichum
40Black LocustRobinia pseudoacacia
41Green AshFraximus pennsylvanica