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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

               Collections policy overview

               Connecticut College Arboretum plant collections policy

               Sample collections policy

               Newport Arboretum collections management plan

               Cemetery collections policy - Arlington National Cemetery Living Collections Policy

               Arlington National Cemetery Collections Summary

               Moore Farms Botanical Gardens Collections Management Manual


               Arnold Arboretum Plant Inventory Operations Manual 

               Characteristics of an exemplary living plant collection

               Green-Wood Tree Inventory Analysis Report

               Green-Wood Landscape Master Plan Appendix

Database management

               Document your collections overview

               ESRI - APGA application process

               List of required information for plant records

               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

               Interactive map - University of Hawaii Manoa Arboretum

               Tree walking tour - The Arboretum at Salve Regina University

               The Arboretum Rhodes College arboretum walking tour map


               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

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