Trees & Shrubs
- Japanese Maples
- Ginkgo Tree
- Dawn Redwood
- and more!
- Small Conifer Collection
- South-East Lawn
- Vista Road
- Flowering Shrubs
- Small Trees
- Tree Peonies
- Weeping Cherry Trees
About the Collection
An arboretum is a living museum of trees and shrubs. Cylburn’s collections feature native and exotic species ranging from the delicate tree peony to the massive sugar maple. Some city and even state champions (the largest tree of its kind) call Cylburn home.
Cylburn’s tree collections were first planted in the late 1800s by Jesse Tyson, the original owner of the mansion and land, and his wife Edyth. During his tenure at Cylburn from 1958 to 1994, Gerald Moudry, Chief Horticulturalist for Baltimore City, helped turn the original plantings into a full collection.
Over 150 years old, the collections were honored when Cylburn was renamed Cylburn Arboretum in 1982. Over time, the collection has grown, but some of the original trees still stand.
Information for Visitors
For easier identification, the collections have been grouped with the mansion as the center point. There is also a section on notable trees that can be found throughout the grounds. Use the tree collections map to help.
- Free print maps of the tree and shrub collection and more at the Vollmer Center
- Tree & shrub collection map (download PDF) >
Please do not sit, climb, or hang from the trees. We know it is tempting, but some of our trees are over 100 years old, and they are easily damaged.