One of the many benefits of the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm is the opportunity to view how different types of trees grow up in our local Ottawa environment. The trees include a wide range of shapes, sizes and colour, and some of them are extended beyond their normal climatic range. This Location Guide is intended to help visitors find most of the Arboretum’s shrubs and trees, some dating back as far as the late nineteenth century. The Arboretum is located on Prince of Wales Drive and is part of the Central Experimental Farm administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
The Location Guide can be searched directly by Common Name or Botanical Name, or by looking first at a Group of similar species. From there you go to a map that shows trees or shrubs by genus or species, using symbols to show approximate locations. Many of the actual trees in the Arboretum are also labeled to identify botanical names as well as other information.
The Arboretum includes around 3,000 trees, although there are many others in the collection across Prince of Wales Drive. Currently this guide deals only with the trees in the Arboretum, on the east side of Prince of Wales. Readers should also understand that trees are added, moved or removed from time to time, and some of these changes may not be captured in these maps at this time.
Since common names vary widely for different trees and plants, scientific names are more specific and accurate. A more complete list is published in The Living Collection of the Dominion Arboretum (2005), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa.
The Friends of the Farm help to promote the Arboretum through publications such as For the Love of Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm Arboretum by Richard Hinchcliff and Roman Popadiouk.
Eric D. Jones, March, 2011