In the Spotlight

News From The Nursery: Propagated Blue Birch & Redbud Plantings

The first of trees to be propagated on-site at the UMass Nursery in many years or decades and grown to an  acceptable size has begun to be planted out to the campus. 

blue birch tree
champion sawtooth oak tree

The Waugh Arboretum is home to over 8,000 actively managed trees of more than 350 species.

The campus supports a community of 37,700, with an enrollment of over 32,000 students. It occupies over 13.4 million gross square feet of buildings over 1,450 acres of land in the campus core. More About UMass

The Sawtooth Oak, shown on the left, is one of the arboretum's State Champion trees. It is located along Hicks Way between Bartlett Hall and the Chapel. (Photo: Courtesy of Michael Amato. Zoom In.)

tree planting

Arbor Day

The University observes Arbor Day every April to encourage the campus community to engage with the arboretum. It is a full day of events including a tree walk, tree climber demos, cuttings and seedlings giveaways and refreshments. The photo on the left shows the crew planting a Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) class of 2023 tree. The planting took place on Arbor Day April 2023. This tree was slated for removal but was transplanted to a new location on campus.


Highest ArbNet Accreditation

Waugh Arboretum Awarded Level IV Accreditation By ArbNet 2018 News Release

ArbNet represents the international community of arboreta and offers standards of professional practice and four levels of accreditation. Its Level IV accreditation, the highest level, recognizes the arboretum’s tree collection diversity, management policy, public access and engagement with research. Jack Ahern, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture


trees on campus in spring

For Over 100 Years

Much of the mature canopy of our campus arboretum is over 100 years old including the Pin Oak, class of 1908, highlighted in this short video of a few of the legacy and champion trees in our arboretum.

The Pin Oak, 1908 Class Tree removes 2172 pounds of atmospheric carbon per year. The Japanese Elm was the first of its species in America with seed brought from Japan in 1890.

Other trees in this video include: The Fernleaf Beech planted in 1894, the Weeping Alaskan Cedar, the Thornless Honeycomb and Black Tupelo.

crew transplanting pin oak

Tree Preservation

Many of the arboretum's mature trees predate 1944.  They are greatly valued by students who study forestry and horticulture and have been since the days of The Massachusetts Agricultural College (founded 1863).

The class of 1909 students transplanted this Pin Oak tree by horse and trailer. The Pin Oak still stands tall today.  Class of 1909 hauling class tree, ca. 1909. University Photograph Collection (RG 130). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Generations continue to work to preserve, rather than remove, specimen trees like the Pin Oak. In this photo from April 2001, the University's Landscape crew saved and transplanted a 52-Year Pin Oak.

In the Spotlight

NATS Training Day At The Utility Arboretum

On June 27, 2024 North American Training Solutions held a training at the Eversource/UMass Utility Arboretum. The group in training of about 36 people included arborists, field supervisors, specialists and managers, line and utility pole workers from four different companies.

people training at utility arboretum