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Tree Collections

Resources related to establishing and managing living and non-living collections of trees. To contribute a resource to the Tree Collections database, please contact the ArbNet Coordinator at

Collections policy

               Sample Collections policy

               Collections policy overview

     Excellent resources from our ArbNet accredited arboreta

               Arboretum Plant Collections Policy (Connecticut College)

               Collections Management Plan (Newport Arboretum)

               Collections Policy (United States Capitol Grounds)

               Cemetery Collections Policy (Arlington National Cemetery)

               Collections Summary (Arlington National Cemetery)

               Collections Management Manual (Moore Farms Botanical Gardens)

               Living Collections Management Policy ( Springfield Botanical Gardens)

               Tree Care Plan (University of Pennsylvania)


               Plant Inventory Operations Manual

               Characteristics of an exemplary living plant collection

     Excellent resources from our ArbNet accredited arboreta

               Tree Inventory Analysis Report (Green-Wood Cemetery)

               Landscape Master Plan Appendix (Green-Wood Cemetery)

Database management

               Document your collections overview

               ESRI - APGA application process

               List of required information for plant records

               Collections Software Comparison

               Modernizing Plant Records Management

     Excellent resource from our ArbNet accredited arboreta

               Example Collections Species Listing (Providence Arboretum)

        Popular collections and database management software programs:                                           





Useful databases


               Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

               International Code of Nomenclature for algae, funghi and plants

               International Plant Names Index (IPNI)

               Identification Keys (Arboretum Wespelaar)

               Illustrated taxa (Arboretum Wespelaar)

               Morton Register


               Uploading collections data to Plant Search: tutorial - You tube video

               The Plant List

               World List of Cycads

Labeling & Walking Maps

               Image of example label

               How to attach an ID tag to a mature tree

               Collections Mapping Tool (PlantsMap)

               Interactive map (University of Hawaii Manoa Arboretum)

               Tree walking tour (The Arboretum at Salve Regina University)

               Walking Tour Map (The Arboretum Rhodes College arboretum)

               Tree Guide - Walking Map (Brookfield Zoo)


               Big Tree Program

               International Society of Arborculture (ISA)

               Sample Tree Care Plan

               The Morton Arboretum's Plant Health Care Clinic    

               Field Techniques User By Missouri Botanical Garden

               Tree Pruning Video (Purdue University)

Monitoring invasive species

               Invasive Plant Species - Voluntary Codes of Conduct For Botanic Gardens & Arboreta

               International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN)

               Sentinel Plant Network (SPN)

Seed collecting and plant propagation

               Seedlot Selection Tool

               Guidance briefs for non-specialists from the Global Trees Campaign:

                    How to design and manage a tree nursery

                    How to collect seeds from threatened tree species

                    How to store seeds and prepare them for germination

                    How to germinate seeds and care for young seedling

                    How to solve germination problems

International collecting expeditions

               Information on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

               BGCI Learning modules on Access and Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol of the CBD