George Washington Memorial Arboretum, NJ Barry Caselli
May 4, 2009


This past Saturday my father and I went to our state history fair (my first time). It was at Washington Crossing State Park (my first time at that park too). A section of the park is the 1932 George Washington Memorial Arboretum, and that's where the fair was held. So I got to walk around among these large and pretty trees. The dogwoods and redbuds were in bloom, and there were lots of good-sized maples, oaks and other things. Some trees had small plaques on them with the common and scientific names. Other trees had larger plaques mounted on signs at their bases, saying who planted them. Many trees were unmarked, plus there was some woods throughout the immediate area.

I didn't go there for the trees, since I didn't even know about the aboretum, but the trees were a nice bonus.
Attached are general views showing some of the dogwoods and some of the larger oaks and maples. In my estimation they were in the 10 to 11 foot range in CBH, possibly close to 12 foot. It was very, very pretty there.
By the way, I have a question about pink dogwood, but maybe no one knows this. Is pink dogwood a man-made cultivar, or was it a naturally occurring variety of the white dogwood? Anyone know? It's just something I'm curious about.
Thanks, and enjoy the pics.



Okay, now I've got some pictures of a flowering tree that I can't identify. The leaves looked almost dogwood-like. The first two pictures will be of this tree: there's a photo of some of the flowers, and a photo of the leaves.
After that, two photos of a beautiful large oak, marked as  Northern Red Oak.
After that, a Shagbark Hickory, though it wasn't marked.
Then finally, a large tree and its accompanying plaque.
One more message to come from this place.

Northern Red Oal

Northern Red Oak

Shagbark Hickory

These are the final pictures from this place.
Attached are photos of an unusual Scotch Pine, including the plaque that's attached to the tree.
By the way, for some reason the write-up on this park on the state parks website doesn't even mention the arboretum. How odd. But maybe the video clip does. I didn't watch it though.
Here's the index of parks on the website:
Just pick out Washington Crossing State Park on that page.


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