PAUL STOVER ARBORETUM

NEW IN 2018

Welcome to the Paul Stover Arboretum located in Centralia Foundation Park.  

Here visitors can view and learn about trees; mainly species native to our area.  Specimen trees have been tagged with a sign that lists it’s common name, botanical name and its tree family. In addition, each tree sign has its own QR code where upon scanning, will take the user to a web page that has more detailed information about that particular tree.

The trees in the Arboretum can also be viewed via the internet by visiting:  

https:/www.plantsmap.com/organizations/centralia-foundation-park   

(Plantsmap.com is a website community that hosts botanical collections.)

The Arboretum is named in memory and honor of Paul Stover, the civil engineer who was instrumental in the design and physical development of the park. He supervised the construction of park roads and drafted plans for the stone entrance piers and shelters. 

In keeping with the original vision of an all-natural park, Mr. Stover deliberately selected a diverse collection of trees and supervised their planting to further enhance the park’s beauty. After the initial completion of the park, Mr. Stover continued as Park Superintendent for forty years until his retirement in 1986.

Arboretum Map

Arboretum Map

Attaching the new signs

Attaching the new signs

Park Superintendent, David Sachtleben is shown attaching the signs that are spring loaded, to accommodate the trees growth.

Newly placed tree sign

Newly placed tree sign

Newly placed tree sign

Newly placed tree sign

Cherry blossoms in spring

Cherry blossoms in spring

Spring growth

Spring growth

Tiny new leaves emerge on a Tulip Poplar tree.

White Dogwood

White Dogwood

Pink Dogwood

Pink Dogwood

Redbud blossoms

Redbud blossoms

Flowering White Crabapple

Flowering White Crabapple

Flowering Red Crabapple blossoms

Flowering Red Crabapple blossoms

Flowering Red Crabapple

Flowering Red Crabapple

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

White Oak, acorns and leaves

White Oak, acorns and leaves

Sawtooth Oak leaves

Sawtooth Oak leaves

Pignut Hickory

Pignut Hickory

Pin Oak

Pin Oak

Black Oak

Black Oak

American Hazelnut

American Hazelnut

White Pine

White Pine

Norway Maple

Norway Maple

Gingko leaves, fall of the year

Gingko leaves, fall of the year

Sawtooth Oak

Sawtooth Oak

Mimosa leaves

Mimosa leaves

Mature Oak

Mature Oak

White Pines atop Stover's Hill

White Pines atop Stover's Hill

London Plane Tree

London Plane Tree

White Oak

White Oak

Sycamore

Sycamore

Lacebark Elm

Lacebark Elm

Honey Locust trunk and thorns

Honey Locust trunk and thorns

Sweetgum Tree trunk

Sweetgum Tree trunk

Shagbark Oak bark

Shagbark Oak bark

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