Tree Guide

The arboretum tour of The Lexington Cemetery includes forty-one trees. The tour begins at the Henry Clay Monument.

The tour may be taken as a whole or in two parts. The first half ends after the ginkgo, Number 23. The second half begins with the cucumber tree, Number 24, and covers a wider area of the cemetery.

All of the trees on the tour are marked with metal plates.

The trees in The Lexington Cemetery have been allowed to grow naturally with no use of insecticides or feritlizers. In most cases these trees are the best specimens of their species growing in this area, and some are the largest of their kind. That is because the cemetery was established in 1849, and the trees which have been planted have not been pruned or trimmed into artificial shapes.

1. Southern Magnolia 24. Cucumber Tree
2. Weeping Cherry 25. Tulip Poplar
3. Eastern Hemlock 26. Kentucky Coffeetree
4. European Hornbeam 27. European Larch
5. Eastern Redbud 28. Shellbark Hickory
6. Yellowwood 29. Amur Corktree
7. Common Hackberry 30. Japanese Maple
8. Osage Orange 31. Northern White-Cedar
9. Weeping Mulberry 32. Northern Catalpa
10. Panicle Hydrangea 33. American Elm
11. Eastern Redcedar 34. Sycamore
12. Baldcypress 35. Royal Paulownia
13. Red Buckeye 36. Baldcypress
14. Sycamore Maple 37. European Black Alder
15. Sweet Gum 38. Sugar Maple
16. Common Sassafras 39. European Ash
17. American Holly 40. Fern-Leaf Beech
18. Black Gum 41. Ginkgo
19. White Pine 42. Bur Oak
20. Flowering Dogwood    
21. American Basswood    
22. Pin Oak    
23. Red Oak