Arthur Ross Pinetum

The Arthur Ross Pinetum is a four-acre arboretum north of the Great Lawn, featuring a collection of 17 species of pine trees. A walk through this hushed landscape is like stepping into the center of an evergreen forest. Visitors will also find several picnic tables and the all-ages Pinetum Playground.

As part of their original vision 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. They envisioned visitors enjoying the sight of snow-covered evergreens from the comfort of horse-drawn sleighs. But the importance of evergreens, once plentiful through the Park, dimmed over time. By the end of the 19th century, when the original evergreen 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. Ross had developed a passion for evergreens during his career in the pulp and paper business. He also believed the view of the Great Lawn was ruined by maintenance buildings on the 86th Street Transverse Road, and funded a modest planting of his beloved pines to shield them from view.

Those original Himalayan pines are now 30 feet tall. The stand has also grown across the Park, adding about 35 trees a year with species from Macedonia, Japan, and the Himalayas. The collection now stretches east to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and west to the former site of Seneca Village.


Mid-Park at 84th-86th Streets

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Pinetum Playground

West Side at 85th Street

Bridge 27

Mid-Park at 86th Street