The Conifer Collection was established in 1981 and is one of the original collections designed by George Hannum in 1977 as part of his landscape plan for the Arboretum. George was Landscape Architect for the Department of Parks and Recreation and oversaw the earliest design and layout of many of the botanical collections you see today.
This collection showcases a diverse planting of conifer species from Maine and around the world. Each of the conifers featured in this collection share a few common traits - evergreen needles, seed-bearing cones and scale-like bark. Many of these trees have adapted well to living in harsh environments such as cold northern climates and areas with frequent wildfire activity. As you explore this collection, see if you can guess what type of environment each of these unique species might call home. Well-sealed cones, thick bark and sparse branching is indicative of a species living in an environment prone to wildlife activity. Flexible limbs, and fuller branching is characteristic of conifers living in areas with frequent snowfall and shorter periods of sunlight.
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