TEXAS ARBORETUM

The 16-acre Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum is a classic arboretum featuring a diversity of Texas trees, from bigtooth maples and Texas madrones to pecans and live oaks. An approximately 1-mile looping path meanders through meadows of native grasses and wildflowers and connects visitors with groupings of trees.

Look forward to:

  • Our Texas Oak Collection (Texas has the greatest diversity of oaks in the U.S.)
  • The Hall of Texas Heroes, a collection of live oaks descended from famous Texas trees
  • Swings of all sizes in the Cathedral Oaks
  • Opportunities to learn about oak wilt, xeric trees and more
  • Shaded picnic areas

Opened in 2011, the Arboretum is a “lifetime project” that serves as a resource for tree identification, field trips, outdoor classes and tree-related events.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan 27

Winter Tree Fest

January 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Cathedral Swings are currently closed for maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Cathedral Oaks Swings

Bring a picnic and take a swing under these beautiful shady live oaks.

Hall of Texas Heroes

Texas history comes alive through this collection of historically significant trees from across the state. Oak trees are often identified with historic places and events because of their iconic nature and long life, and Texas has plenty of storied oaks. The Wildflower Center harvested acorns from many of these living legends and gave them a place of honor in our Hall of Texas Heroes.

Planted in 2016, these trees will continue to grow with the Wildflower Center. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to return throughout the years and witness their maturation from saplings to established oaks. Future generations will be able to stand beneath the great canopies and learn about the historical roots underfoot.

Volunteers and staff planting the first round of Hall of Texas Heroes Trees

What trees are growing in the Arboretum?

Central Complex

Central Complex

Iconic buildings welcome visitors and evoke a sense of place.

Theme Gardens at sunrise

Central Gardens

Sustainable gardens displaying 650 species of Texas native plants.

Family garden watering hole

Family Garden

Connecting families with nature through interactive features.

Texas Arboretum trees

Texas Arboretum

A classic arboretum featuring a diversity of Texas trees.

Restoration Trail

Trails

Explore natural areas on more than 2 miles of trails.

Restoration Research

Seventy acres devoted to land management research.