Trees of the Arboretum

The trees and shrubs found in the Varga Arboretum are grouped in three hydrozones, or according to the amount of water they require. The arboretum began in 1999 with 57 trees and shrubs that were moved, under Varga’s direction, from the former USU Botanical Garden in Farmington. During 2008 and 2009, more than 100 newer varieties were added to the original collection. Each year, more trees and shrubs are planted by dedicated USU BC staff and volunteers. Currently, there are 300 different species highlighted. Below are a few of our favorites.

Are you looking to add a specific type of tree to your landscape? Visit USU's Tree Browser, an interactive database, to search photos and descriptions of 245 tree species found in Utah and the Intermountain West, many of which are displayed in our arboretum.

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 Bristlecone Pine Tree

 Ginkgo Tree

Zelkova Tree

Bur Oak Tree

Paperbark Maple

Boxelder Maple

Lacebark Pine

Alaskan Weeping Cedar

Bald Cypress Tree