Arthur Ross Pinetum
The Arthur Ross Pinetum is a four-acre landscape that features 17 different species of pine trees.
Evergreens played an important role in the original plan for Central Park. Designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux planned a "Winter Drive" of pines, spruces and firs that stretched along the Park's western carriage road from 72nd to 102nd Street. By the end of the 19th century, when the original trees needed replacement, they were replaced with deciduous trees.
In the 1970s, native New Yorker and philanthropist Arthur Ross set out to return pine trees to Central Park. Due to a professional background in the pulp and paper business, Ross developed a passion for evergreens and first decided to hide buildings on the 86th Street Transverse Road with pine trees. Eventually Ross decided to plant a Pinetum and added about 35 trees a year with species from Macedonia, Japan, and the Himalayas. The Himalayan pines were his favorite, known as a hardy evergreen that grows 30 to 50 feet tall, with soft, blue-green needles. You can see them lining the pathways from the East Drive (through East Pinetum), along the Great Lawn to the West Drive.