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There are more than 16,000 living plants on The Arboretum’s grounds, and most are hardy in central Ohio. Of these plants, 4,500 are unique names.

Plant Search

Records kept for each plant include specific location, scientific and common names, origin and age. The plants listed in our search results are not for sale. We sell plants at our spring and fall sales, Arbor Day and in the gift shop.

Accession Search

This search feature provides individuals or institutions having received plants or propagation material from The Dawes Arboretum with a accession number to reference source and other accession data. The accessions returned are not necessarily living in our collections now, but maintained for reference purposes.

Collection Groups

The Dawes Arboretum strives to provide the public, special interest groups, and scientific community, a well documented, well-labeled, accurate, and diverse collection. We obtain as many representatives of families, genera, species and infraspecific taxa as can be grown in central Ohio to facilitate education, conservation, and research.

Our goal is to obtain certain genera in comprehensive collections, which include all species, lower ranks, and registered or published cultivars hardy, or suspected hardy, in this climate. The comprehensive collections at this time include the following genera:

  • Acer (maple)
  • Aesculus (buckeye, horse-chestnut)
  • Buxus (boxwood)
  • Chamaecyparis (false cypress)
  • Ginkgo (ginkgo)
  • Hamamelis (witch-hazel)
  • Ilex (holly)
  • Picea (spruce)
  • Quercus (oak)
  • Spiraea (spirea)
  • Viburnum (viburnum)