The Wildflower Center’s newest feature is The Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. Developed as a classic arboretum, this is an interpreted collection where visitors can learn about the diversity of Texas trees in a relatively compact area. The ground plane is maintained in simple sweeps of native grasses and wildflowers, and pathways connect different groupings of trees. A major emphasis will be placed on Texas oaks, but many other woody species are included. The arboretum serves as a resource for tree-identification, field trips, and outdoor classes, and is the centerpiece of the Wildflower Center’s tree-related educational programs and events.
By the Numbers. Oaks (Quercus spp.) are without doubt one of the most important groups of plants the northern hemisphere.
Historically, oaks have been an important source of food, fuel and building materials throughout their range. But did you know that in the state of Texas you will find 53 different oak species which is 74% of all oak species in the United States? This collection of trees celebrates the diversity of oaks in Texas and serves as a repository of oak germplasm for future generations to study and enjoy.
View Texas Oak Collection Collection in Native Plant Information Network.
This is an open invitation to ISA Certified Arborists to showcase their skill in the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. We are seeking highly trained arborists with an interest in supporting this project to provide professional tree care service. All arborists must be licensed and insured and must complete an application form to participate. Preference will be given to arborists with Texas Oak Wilt Certification. For more information about the arboretum or to submit an application, please contact Joe Marcus at 512-232-0108.Tree Adopters