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Tree Database

  • American Elm American Elm

    The American elm, which has been decimated all through its range by the ravages of Dutch elm disease, is alive and thriving in Central Park.

  • Callery Pear trees at Grand Army Plaza Callery Pear

    The tree is fast growing and is tolerant of pollution and other extreme conditions such as de-icing salt and compaction — it actually seems to thrive under those conditions. Consequently, the Callery Pear is easily grown; you can look at thousands of them in a nursery, and they all look alike.

  • Flowering Dogwood Flowering Dogwood

    One of the most spectacular small ornamental flowering trees, the graceful, compact Flowering Dogwood is strikingly beautiful in the spring.

  • Kwanzan Cherry Kwanzan Cherry

    An ornamental cherry tree from Japan that is admired for its spring blossoms.

  • Norway Maple Norway Maple

    The Norway Maple is a fast-growing tree that transplants readily and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, establishes quickly, and is adaptable to polluted atmosphere.

  • Pin Oak Pin Oak

    Pin oak - also called swamp oak - is a common component on wet clay soils, often on sites that are flooded for some time during the growing season.

  • Red Oak Red Oak

    One of our most important native trees, found throughout the eastern deciduous forest along with American beech, sugar maple, and black oak.

  • Saucer Magnolia Saucer Magnolia

    One of the three essential flowering trees - Magnolia, Cherry, and Crabapple - the Saucer Magnolia can bloom as early as late March, long before it, or anything else, has leafed out.

  • Shingle Oak Shingle Oak

    Shingle Oak is native to a much more limited area then either pin or red oak. It ranges from the Mississippi to South Jersey, growing on moist sites or adjacent to streams.

  • Silver Linden Silver Linden

    Native to southeastern Europe, the Silver Linden is a beautiful, stately shade tree that develops an oval symmetrical crown.

  • Sugar Maple Sugar Maple

    Not a common tree in Central Park, the Sugar Maple is much more at home in cool, moist soil throughout New England into Canada and into the Midwest.

  • Sycamore Maple Sycamore Maple

    Another European import - like the Norway Maple - this is an extremely aggressive tree. The Central Park Conservancy has removed thousands from our woodlands and replaced them with native oaks and maples.

  • Turkey Oak Turkey Oak

    The Turkey oak is seldom used outside large urban parks. It is one of the last trees in Central Park to drop its leaves in the fall.

  • Willow Oak Willow Oak

    The willow-like shape of the leaves and the thin twigs makes this a finer-textured tree than most other oaks. Its native habitat extends from New York south to Arkansas and Oklahoma.

  • Yoshino Cherry Yoshino Cherry

    The Yoshino Cherry is the most common ornamental flowering cherry in Central Park. It is a true harbinger of spring.


Things to See

  • Central Park's Harlem Meer Harlem Meer

    Central Park designers Olmsted and Vaux named this man-made water body "the Meer" - Dutch for "lake." It memorialized the former separate village of Harlem that was settled in the 17th Century by European settlers and included the upper regions of Central Park.