The Frank A. Waugh Arboretum at UMass Amherst

The Frank A. Waugh Arboretum at UMass Amherst This page will showcase the Frank A. Waugh Arboretum at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. This is a place for all things tree related.
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Paperbark Literary Magazine
06/21/2018
Paperbark Literary Magazine

Paperbark Literary Magazine

Catching shade from a tree today?
Admire the tree canopy while reading about "Origins of the Waugh Arboretum at UMass Amherst".

The Waugh now joins the ranks of the world's most professional botanic institutions. This network will connect us to con...
02/24/2018
Waugh Arboretum Awarded Level IV Accreditation by ArbNet

The Waugh now joins the ranks of the world's most professional botanic institutions. This network will connect us to conservationists, researchers, educators, and practitioners around the world who share our passion for healthy trees. Thanks to all for your continued support. Go UMass!

February 21, 2018 The Frank A. Waugh Arboretum, which covers most of the UMass Amherst campus, has been awarded a Level IV Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program for achieving high standards of professional practices for arboreta and botanic gardens. Jack Ahern, professor of lan...

See the biggest Chionanthis virginicus in the arboretum up in front of the Chancellor's house. This specimen was a state...
06/01/2017

See the biggest Chionanthis virginicus in the arboretum up in front of the Chancellor's house. This specimen was a state champion before the top broke out in a storm a few years back. It is still magnificent.

A few of our favorite early budders in the arboretum. Kudos to those that can identify the most flowers. We may even hav...
05/10/2017

A few of our favorite early budders in the arboretum. Kudos to those that can identify the most flowers. We may even have a few arboretum maps and a t-shirt for the lucky winner (if you are a size small or medium).

The Frank A. Waugh Arboretum at UMass Amherst
05/04/2017

The Frank A. Waugh Arboretum at UMass Amherst

The UMass Class Tree of 2017 is planted. Thank you all for your help. It is an Ulmus japonica or Japanese Elm grown from...
05/04/2017

The UMass Class Tree of 2017 is planted. Thank you all for your help. It is an Ulmus japonica or Japanese Elm grown from a cutting taken from the National Champion Japanese Elm on the side of South College. This tree was planted Near Munson Hall on the West lawn.

Please join us for Arbor Day weekend this year. We have a few events that are sure to be interesting. An arboretum tour,...
03/10/2017
UMass Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration with Dr. Michael Dirr

Please join us for Arbor Day weekend this year. We have a few events that are sure to be interesting. An arboretum tour, a book signing, a lecture by Dr. Michael Dirr, a Memorial Tree Planting for Gordon King, and a tour of our new Utility Arboretum at the Ag Learning Center. Plus we will be giving away some Arboretum Maps and maybe you can win a sweet t-shirt if your tree-via skills are better than ours! See you on the last Friday in April!

http://ag.umass.edu/landscape/events/umass-earth-day-arbor-day-celebration-with-dr-michael-dirr

Lecture, Walkabout, and Book Signing with Dr. Michael Dirr Grand Opening of the UMass/Eversource Utility Arboretum Gordon King Memorial Tree Planting Join us for an Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration with Dr. Michael Dirr!

It's that time of year when the Hamamelis x intermedia brings some much needed color to the landscape. Although it is a ...
02/23/2017

It's that time of year when the Hamamelis x intermedia brings some much needed color to the landscape. Although it is a bit early this year, we will take it as a sign of good things to come.

Some of us helped to plant a small percentage of about 4,000 American Elm Hybrids in a study being conducted by the Natu...
02/10/2017

Some of us helped to plant a small percentage of about 4,000 American Elm Hybrids in a study being conducted by the Nature Conservancy and their partners. They are looking for trees that show a very strong resistance to Dutch Elm diseases. I see a bright future for tree VFx25!

https://www.facebook.com/TreeSolutionsInc/photos/a.398463073635020.1073741828.395365997278061/769664936514830/?type=3
02/09/2017

https://www.facebook.com/TreeSolutionsInc/photos/a.398463073635020.1073741828.395365997278061/769664936514830/?type=3

This image reinforces the well known idiom "Don't judge a book by its cover". This Douglas-fir tree with a diameter just larger than a nickel is an astounding 103 years old! In some forests, trees can grow in the understory of more dominant trees for years without ever growing to a mature height or size. It isn't until the canopy structure changes, allowing more light, that this little tree could start putting on rapid annual growth. A good reminder that while that sapling tree might make great firewood, it could easily be older than you! This image is from Robert Van Pelt's "Identifying Old Trees and Forests", a fascinating guide if you are interested in old trees and all their unique characteristics!

We have some new arboretum paper maps available for all our fellow tree nerds out there. To get a PDF copy please see th...
11/04/2016
New Map Provides Guide to Notable Campus Trees

We have some new arboretum paper maps available for all our fellow tree nerds out there. To get a PDF copy please see the link below. We have printed copies available at the Robsham Visitors Center as well as the Campus Center near the information booth. If you are on campus and can't find a printed copy send us a message and we'll send some over. The map highlights over 150 different species around campus doing what trees do. Good job, Trees!

https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/new-map-provides-guide-notable-campus

October 20, 2016 Planting a tree on Arbor Day 2016.A new map of notable campus trees is available at no charge for anyone who wants to learn more about the thousands of trees that add beauty and history to the university and make up the Frank A. Waugh Arboretum. The map was funded by the university…

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07/22/2016
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Hi, y'all—we wanted you to know that the homepage story about you is LIVE and we hope you like it! Yours, Laura

On our daily stroll through the arboretum today we discovered a grove of Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) trees. This mature...
06/21/2016

On our daily stroll through the arboretum today we discovered a grove of Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) trees. This mature grove has 15 or so trees that we could see on the woodland edge varying in DBH from 4 in.- 36 in. and up to 75 ft. in height. We were very impressed.

Aaaahhhhhhh....,Spring decided to show up this week in the arboretum. We are all very grateful.
05/12/2016

Aaaahhhhhhh....,Spring decided to show up this week in the arboretum. We are all very grateful.

Came across these little beauties in the arboretum today. Anyone care to take a guess what tree these male catkins  belo...
05/09/2016

Came across these little beauties in the arboretum today. Anyone care to take a guess what tree these male catkins belong to? They aren't fully unfurled yet. They'll be much longer soon.

Friday April 29th is National Arbor Day and we are celebrating here at the arboretum with a full day of exciting tree re...
04/26/2016
April 2016 | UMass Calendar of Events

Friday April 29th is National Arbor Day and we are celebrating here at the arboretum with a full day of exciting tree related events. See the full itinerary at our events page at https://www.umass.edu/events/umass-arbor-day-celebration. There will be a table at the Durfee Conservatory Courtyard all day giving away tree-shirts and seedlings.

Come celebrate Arbor Day with UMass Amherst! Students, faculty, staff, and community members welcome! Leading up to Arbor day, every Friday in April in the Ccampus Center is a seedling give away. Arbor Day, Friday, April 29 will include guided walks, demonstrations, and a service learning project. C…

04/15/2016

We are in the Campus Center Concourse giving away free seedlings again today! Stop by and answer some tree-via questions to get a free Arbor Day tree-shirt!

Come and visit us in the UMass Campus Center on Friday April 1st and receive one of three tree seedlings, enter a trivia...
03/31/2016

Come and visit us in the UMass Campus Center on Friday April 1st and receive one of three tree seedlings, enter a trivia contest to win a free t-shirt, pick up an updated arboretum folding map guide, and learn more about our Arbor Day event scheduled for April 29th. We hope to see you there!

One of our own was recognized for his work helping to develop and maintain the online web application of the arboretum. ...
03/10/2016
Online Database Keeps Tabs on Health, History of Thousands of Campus Trees

One of our own was recognized for his work helping to develop and maintain the online web application of the arboretum. Here is the article from the UMass News Office; https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/online-database-keeps-tabs-health-history

The web application can be found here: www.tiny.cc/waugharboretum

Many students and employees have helped with this inventory over the years and we are lucky to have some of the best and brightest people in the world working with us. A big thank you to everyone who has helped care for all of our wonderful trees here at the arboretum.

A couple of our favorite trees are starting to wake up. Can anyone guess which tree these buds belong to?  With all the ...
03/09/2016

A couple of our favorite trees are starting to wake up. Can anyone guess which tree these buds belong to?

With all the sunshine we got today and all the rain expected to roll in tomorrow we should be well on our way into spring by next week!

This sitting area and deck between Berkshire DC & Hampden DC was designed to reduce the impact the built environment has...
03/04/2016

This sitting area and deck between Berkshire DC & Hampden DC was designed to reduce the impact the built environment has on tree root growth, health, and vitality in the landscape. The raised deck and benches allow the tree roots to grow without the typical restrictions pavement and concrete impose. The Tupelo, Freeman Maple, and Baldcypress planted here are growing like gangbusters which makes this area a cool and shady place to relax in the hot summer months.

To help promote awareness of trees and all they do for us, Arboretum Committee Members and a few arboriculture students ...
02/23/2016

To help promote awareness of trees and all they do for us, Arboretum Committee Members and a few arboriculture students have made these tree benefit signs to hang on trees throughout the arboretum. The values associated with each tree was calculated using the USDA Forest Service's i-Tree Design web application --> http://www.itreetools.org/design.php The arboretum provides over $650,000 annually in environmental benefits to the campus community. Thank You, Trees!

Another reason to preserve trees around campus is that they can influence the attention span and concentration of studen...
02/04/2016
New Research: Students Learn Better in Classrooms with Views of Trees

Another reason to preserve trees around campus is that they can influence the attention span and concentration of students.

http://dirt.asla.org/2016/02/01/new-study-students-learn-better-in-classrooms-with-views-of-trees/

What if what is outside a school's windows is as critical to learning as what's inside the building? A fascinating new study of high school students in central Illinois found that students with a v...

02/01/2016

It is the time of year when we start planning our Arbor Day celebration with workshops and information sessions. So far we have a tree walk around the arboretum, the planting of a new class tree, and a tree planting workshop scheduled just to name a few of the many activities you can be a part of. Is there a particular activity which you would like to attend or see on the list? Please post your suggestions and we will try and put it on the list. Think Spring!

Old school tree transplanting.Class of 1909 hauling class tree, 1909Members of the Class of 1909 pose with their class t...
01/28/2016

Old school tree transplanting.

Class of 1909 hauling class tree, 1909

Members of the Class of 1909 pose with their class tree, a pin oak which was planted at what later became northwest of Stockbridge House and southeast of Wilder Hall. In the background is the Botanic Museum (left), the Durfee Conservatory (right) and the President's house (Hillside House) above. "1909 Class tree, M L Blaisdell" written on back. Matthew Blaisdell was an Assistant Professor of Animal Husbandry and Farm Superintendent in 1946-74.

This tree still stands next to the University Club today.

Images like this can be found at:
http://credo.library.umass.edu/view/collection/murg110_176

University Photograph Collection (RG 130) Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

A beautiful picture from this past summer of one of our many state champions! Kudos to the first person to accurately de...
01/27/2016

A beautiful picture from this past summer of one of our many state champions! Kudos to the first person to accurately determine the species. Good Luck!

Trees can tell you where you are going and where you've been. http://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/the-history-of-m...
10/05/2015
The History of Marker Trees | DeepRoot Blog

Trees can tell you where you are going and where you've been.


http://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/the-history-of-marker-trees#.VhKw78CO2h0.facebook

The History of Marker Trees October 5, 2015 / Ronda Roemmelt History of Street Trees, Horticulture We are all searching for signs in our lives. Which way do I go on this highway? Where should I live? Where should I work? We take internet quizzes to tell us what career we should have and what kind of…

Many new trees have been planted around the Dubois library this year. The stunning red leaf of an Acer palmatum var. dis...
06/29/2015

Many new trees have been planted around the Dubois library this year. The stunning red leaf of an Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Tamukeyama', Tamukeyama Japanese Maple, was planted in a few of the planter boxes surrounding the library. This maple is a mound shaped dwarf tree with graceful, cascading branches. This species makes for an excellent specimen planting in smaller ornamental gardens while providing visual interest in the winter months.

Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino' that has been newly planted on the North side of the Dubois library in the Class of 1955 ...
06/26/2015

Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino' that has been newly planted on the North side of the Dubois library in the Class of 1955 garden.

Pinus cembra cones and a Stewartia pseudo-camellia flower at the arboretum today.
06/25/2015

Pinus cembra cones and a Stewartia pseudo-camellia flower at the arboretum today.

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