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keith arboretum


A World of Beauty Close to Home

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keith arboretum


A World of Beauty Close to Home

keith arboretum overview

The mission of the C. R. Keith Arboretum is to create and preserve a large and diverse collection of temperate woody tree and shrub species for study and enjoyment by researchers, horticultural students, professional horticulturists, and the general public.

At the end of a long search for a new successor to take over the arboretum, we are delighted to announce that as of December 18, 2015, the Keith Arboretum has been acquired by Pickoretum, LLC, which by mutual agreement, has hired Dr. Charles Keith to continue his work in the role of Interim Director for the year 2016.   Also involved with the preservation and potential expansion of the Arboretum are our valued partners Unique Places, LLC, and Unique Places to Save, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

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History


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History


HISTORY of the arboretum

The Arboretum began in the 1970s on a small scale. It has grown in size over the years until it now comprises approximately 20 acres within 82 acres of conserved land located 7 miles northwest of Chapel Hill, NC. Currently, there are approximately 4,000 labeled species with an emphasis on diversity. In 2010, the Arboretum received the annual Jean Iseli Memorial Award.

This diversity includes ranges of temperature tolerance, e.g., zone 1-2 species usually grown in bog sites and zone 8-9 species. Another example of diversity is the presence of 23 Abies (fir) species which usually only grow in cool, mountainous regions. The majority of the world’s temperate genera are represented in the collection. Examples of genera represented are Pinus (76 species), Betula (24 species), Quercus (112 species), and Acer (103 species). These totals do not include numerous varieties. Species were obtained through personal collecting, commercial nurseries specializing in rare plants, and from overseas collectors, e.g., J.C. Raulston. Our plant inventory is listed in the Botanical Garden Conservation International (BGCI) database. Utilizing this database, horticulturists and botanists from around the world contact us with requests for information and plant material for research purposes. See our current BGCI listing of plants here. It was approximately 80 percent complete as of April 2012.

By 1990, garden clubs and horticultural groups began touring the Arboretum. Horticulturists noted that the plant collection had become one of the largest collection of temperate woody species in North America.

 

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arboretum Tour


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arboretum Tour


MAP TOUR

Click on a point on the map to learn more about the many wonderful tree species located within the Arboretum.


PHOTO TOUR


PLANT INVENTORY

With over 4,000 tree and shrub species from around the world, Keith Arboretum is a microcosm of temperate woody species that are represented throughout North America. 

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Events


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Events


EVENTS AT THE ARBORETUM

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Contact


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