Old gnarled catalpas, majestic sugar maples, huge American hollies, an American boxwood hedge around the Confederate Section, and the entrance drive lined with ancient Atlantic White Cedars—these formed the bones of the original landscape. In 1994 hundreds of new trees were planted throughout the cemetery. With the initial guidance of noted restoration landscape architect, Rudy J. Favretti, the varieties were selected to enhance this historic landmark both horticulturally and aesthetically.

There are now over 100 different varieties of trees, including noteworthy oak and magnolia collections, in this cemetery arboretum. Other 19th-century plantings to complement the arboretum collections include perennials, vines, and old varieties of daffodils (Rijnveld’s Early Sensation, Carlton, Telamonium plena ‘Butter and Eggs’, Narcissus biflorus, et al.). Some of the trees were difficult to obtain commercially and had to be started as seedling “whips”; others were transported from great distances.

The following list is of the unusual and specimen trees and shrubs found throughout the cemetery. It does not include those already listed in the Earley Memorial Shrub Garden. Refer to the map in the center of the Horticulture Guide booklet to coordinate locations.

Specimen and Unusual Trees, Large Shrubs & Vines in the Old City Cemetery

Location Botanical Name Common Name
3C Abies concolor White (Concolor) Fir
2E Acer platanoides Norway Maple
1E Acer saccharinum Silver Maple
2B Acer saccharum Sugar Maple
4F-G Acer rubrum Red Maple
7C Aesculus carnea Red flowering Horsechestnut
6A Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven
7B Albizia julibrissin Mimosa or Silk tree
4F Amelanchier arborea Shadblow, Serviceberry
3E Betula nigra River Birch
7E Broussonetia papyrifera Paper Mulberry
5B Buxus sempervirens American Boxwood
2B Buxus sempervirens suffruticosa Old English Boxwood
2E Carya illinoensis Pecan
2G Castanea mollissima Chinese Chestnut
1C-D Catalpa speciosa Catalpa, Indian Bean, Cigar-tree
6B Cedrus atlantica Glauca’ Blue Atlas Cedar
5C Cedrus deodara Deodara Cedar
3C Celastrus arbiculatus Bittersweet
2E Celtis occidentalis Hackberry
6C Cercidiphyllum japonicum Katsura
5F Cercis canadensis Redbud
5F Cercis canadensis alba White Redbud
1E Chamaecyparis obtusa Hinoki Falsecypress
1C Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Squarrosa’ Moss Falsecypress
Driveway Chamaecyparis thyoides Atlantic Whitecedar
4F Cladrastis kentuckea Yellowwood
6C Cornus florida White Dogwood
5B Cornus kousa Kousa Dogwood
5F Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’ Cryptomeria
5B Cunninghamia lanceolata Blue Chinafir
6C Cytisus scoparia Scotchbroom
6E Diospyros virginiana American Persimmon
6B Eleagnus augustifolia Russian Olive
4C Fagus grandiflora American Beech
3C Fagus sylvatica ‘Riversii’ Purple Beech
4F Forsythia intermedia Weeping Forsythia
5A Fraxinus pennsylvanica Green Ash
5B Ginko biloba ‘Magyar’ Maidenhair tree
6C Gleditsia triacanthos Honeylocust
3E Gymnocladus dioicus Kentucky Coffeetree
1E Hibiscus syriacus Althea, Rose-of-Sharon
5C Ilex cornuta burfodi nana Dwarf Burford Holly
2D,B Ilex opaca American Holly
6F Jasminum nudiflorum Winter Jasmine
4F Juniperus communis ‘Hibernica’ Irish Juniper
1B Juniperus virginiana Eastern Redcedar
6C-E Koelreuteria paniculata Goldenraintree
4G Laburnum x waterer ‘vossi’ Goldenchain Tree
2F Liquidambar styraciflua Sweetgum
3B Liriodendron tulipfera Tulip Poplar
4C Lonicera fragrantissima Winter Honeysuckle
4C Lonicera tartarica Tartarian Honeysuckle
4C Lonicera sempervirens Red trumpet Honeysuckle
4C Lonicera tartarica ‘Arnold Red’ Arnold’s Red Honeysuckle
3B Maclura pomitera Osage Orange
4A Magnolia acuminata Cucumbertree
4B Magnolia grandiflora Southern Magnolia
4B Magnolia soulangiana Saucer Magnolia
4B Magnolia stellata Star Magnolia
5B Magnolia tripetala Umbrella Magnolia
4B Magnolia virginiana Sweetbay Magnolia
2G Mahonia belei Mahonia
3G Malus floribunda Japanese Crabapple
4B Morus alba White Mulberry
5G Morus alba pendula Weeping White Mulberry
4E Myrica ceriferi Southern Waxmyrtle
5A Nyssa sylvatica Tupelo, Black Gum
3F,H Oxydendrum arboreum Sourwood
3A Paulownia tomentosa Empress or Princess tree
5B Photinia x frazeri Frazer Photinia, Red Tip
2G Picea abies Norway Spruce
2A Pinus strobus Eastern White Pine
3H Pinus sylvestris Scotch Pine
5G Pinus taeda Loblolly Pine
5G Pinus virginiana Virginia Pine, Scrub Pine
3H Platanus occidentalis Sycamore
2B Prunus serotina Black Cherry
5B Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’ Weeping Higan Cherry
3D Quercus alba White Oak
3A Quercus bicolor Swamp White Oak
2C Quercus coccinea Scarlet Oak
7D Quercus falcata Southern Red Oak
3B Quercus macrocarpa Bur Oak
4C Quercus nigra Water Oak
2E Quercus palustris Pin Oak
3C Quercus phellos Willow Oak
4B Quercus prinus Chestnut Oak
3C Quercus robur English Oak
2G Rhamnus frangula Glossy Buckthorn, Alder Buckthorn
3C Rhus typhina Staghorn sumac
1F Robinia pseudoacacia Black Locust
3H Salix babylonica Weeping Willow
6F Sassafras albidum Sassafras
5F-G Sophora japonica Japanese Pagodatree, Scholar-tree
3C Spiraea cantoniensis ‘Lanceata’ Double Reeves Spirea
3C Spiraea x vanhouttei Vanhouttei Spirea
3C Syringa vulgaris Common Lilac
4F Taxodium distichum Bald Cyrpress
2G Taxus x media ‘Densiformus’ Spreading Yew
5D Thuja occidentalis Northern Whitecedar
2B Thuja orientalis globasa Oriental Globe Arborvitae
4A Tilia cordata Littleleaf Linden
3E Ulmus americana American Elm
3F Ulmus species Elm
1D Wisteria frutescens American Wisteria
3G Zelkova serrata Japanese Zelkova


Memorial Trees

The renovations and establishment of the 19th-century cemetery arboretum were a project of the Southern Memorial Association and were begun in 1994 with the generous early help of the Easley Foundation, Hillside Garden Club, Keep Lynchburg Beautiful Commission, and numerous civic groups and individuals.

Many people have been remembered by the planting of a tree in their honor. Many others gave funds for general tree planting to ensure the future beauty of the cemetery.

Planting of memorial trees and shrubs continues on a seasonal basis using varieties chosen from a list of horticultural “needs and wants.” Please contact the office of the Southern Memorial Association in the Cemetery Center for more information.

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