Our free Weekend Walks topic for the month of July is conifers, therefore it seems appropriate to feature one of my favorite trees in the arboretum collection: the Montezuma Pine located in crabapple meadow. The Pinus montezumae var. lindleyi is a stately tree with defined, tiered branches which droop down and then rise back up in a “J” shape at the end where the clusters of needles 10-12” long drape elegantly. It reminds me of a waterfall. This tree was added to the collection in 1965 and is native to Mexico and Central America, where it is called the ‘Ocote’ tree.
One of the websites I visited while researching the Montezuma Pine featured a full picture of our very own arboretum tree! (my camera could not do it justice).
Please join us on a free Weekend Walk this month to see this and other amazing conifer trees in our collection. Walks meet at Graham Visitors Center at 1 pm every Sunday.