University of Southern Maine Arboretum

Sugar Hackberry
Sugar Hackberry
Northern Catalpa
Northern Catalpa
Carolina Silverbell
Carolina Silverbell
Rhododendron Garden
University of Southern Maine
Flowers around campus.
University of Southern Maine
Golden Chain Tree
Golden Chain Tree
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The University of Southern Maine Arboretum is located in Gorham, Maine, just a short trip inland from Portland. It encompasses USM's historic Gorham Campus and currently includes more than 110 trees with new species being planted, catalogued and added all the time. The diversity of living specimens represented in the arboretum is crucial to the longevity of the local tree population and creates a rich environment for humans and many other creatures.

University of Southern Maine Arboretum

Goals and Objectives of the USM Arboretum

 ● To create a diversity of species that reflects the history of the campus and provides a botanical teaching tool

 ● To develop a master plan for green space management and preservation, including a complete inventory of each tree that incorporates plant identification, location, age, growth, and management records

● To promote horticultural awareness within the University and local community, through the maintenance of a self-guided walking tour

● To qualify and capitalize on campus microclimates in order to foster the growth of species not common to the southern Maine area