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CHAVEZ RAVINE ARBORETUM  
Elysian Park is reached from the 5 or 110 freeways. The Chavez Ravine Arboretum is on the west side of Stadium Way near the Grace E. Simon Lodge.
(213) 485-5054
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Description:

The City of Los Angeles welcomes you to the first and oldest arboretum in Southern California . The Chavez Ravine Arboretum in Elysian Park was founded in 1893 by the Los Angeles Horticultural Society. Planting of rare trees in the Arboretum continued through the 1920s. Most of the Arboretum's original trees are still standing in their regal grandeur. Many of the trees are the oldest and largest of their kind in California and even the United States . Rich in history and displayed for your pleasure and education, these splendid, handsome trees are but an introduction to the more than 100 varieties from around the world that can be grown in our mild Southern California climate.

The Chavez Ravine Arboretum was declared a Historic Cultural Monument in 1967. Please help protect and preserve the Arboretum's trees so future generations can continue to enjoy these living legacies.

Admission to the Park and Arboretum is free. For more information visit the photo gallery or call (213) 485-5054.

Additional information about these and other trees, including their selection, planting, and care in the landscape, can be found in the following references:

Hodel, Donald R. 1988. Exceptional trees of Los Angeles. California Arboretum Foundation, Arcadia.

Hoyt, Roland E. 1958. Ornamental Plants of Subtropical Regions. Privately published.

Lane Publishing Co. 1988. New Sunset Western Garden Book. Menlo Park, California.

Mathias, Mildred E. (ed.). 1982. Flowering Plants in the Landscape. University of California Press, Los Angeles.

Staff of L. H. Bailey Hortorium. Hortus Third. Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., New York.

The authors are:

Teresa Proscewicz and Margaret Kelly Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles and Mary Brooks Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park.

The authors thank Donald R. Hodel, Environmental Horticulturist, University of California Cooperative extension, Los Angeles, and James A. Bauml, Taxonomist. The Arboretum of Los Angeles County, Arcadia for their assistance with this guide.

Design & Photography by Thos. K. Meyer.

The Trees

Numbers next to the names of the trees correspond to the numbers on the map on the other side of this guide. The numbers on the Map are the approximate location of the trees in the Arboretum.

NOTE: In order to download the map, it must be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. To Download Acrobat Reader CLICK HERE

An asterisk (*) preceding a number on the list and map indicates that tree is identified with a label.

Chavez Ravine Arboretum Trees Reference
Section 5. 6
Tree # Species Name: Tree # Species Name: Tree # Species Name:
* 1 Eucalyptus camaldulensis * 44 Eucalyptus robusta   87 Schinus molle
  2 Trachycarpus fortunei   45 Cupressus glabra   88 Sequoiadendron giganteum
  3 Phoenix rupicola   4 Archontophoenix cunninghamiana * 89 Chorisia speciosa
  4 Brahea edulis * 47 Phoenix dactylifera   90 Quercus rubra
* 5 Livistona chinensis   48 (site for future planting)   91 Dais cotinifolia
  6 Butia capitata   49 Rhapidophyllum hystrix * 92 Calocedrus decurrens
*  7 Jubaea chilensis * 50 Washingtonia robusta * 93 Quercus virginiana
  8 Chamaerops humilis * 51 Bauhinia forticata   94 Cupressus sp.
*   9 Pinus canariensis   52 Rhus integrifolia * 95 Chionanthus retusus
  10 Phoenix reclinata (seed from Zambezi River, Africa)   53 (site for future planting) * 96 Podocarpus totara
  11 Phoenix reclinata * 54 Cedrus libani * 97 Metasequoia glyptostroboides
  12 Phoenix roebelenii x rupicola * 55 Baphia chrysophylla   98 Quercus suber
* 13 Castanospermum australe   56 Eriobotrya japonica * 99 Acer campestre
  14 Syagrus romanzoffiana * 57 Brachychiton discolor   100 Dracaena draco
  15 Sabal sp. * 58 Brachychiton acerifolius   101 Bauhinia variegata
  16 Rhapis excelsa * 59 Ficus racemosa   102 Cryptomeria japonica
* 17 Acer paxii * 60 Calodendrum capense * 103 Pinus edulis
  18 Sabal causiarum * 61 Myrciaria cauliflora * 104 Eucalyptus globulus
  19 Trachycarpus wagnerianus   62 Eriobotrya deflexa   105 Erythrina humeana
  20 Trithrinax acanthocoma * 63 Juglans nigra   106 Lagerstroemia indica
  21 Caryota urens   64 Chorisia insignis * 107 Eucalyptus citriodora
* 22 Tipuana tipu * 65 Dalbergia sissoo * 108 Acer saccharinum
  23 Rhopalostylis baueri   66 Macadamia ternifolia * 109 Eucalyptus viminalis
* 24 Angophora costata   67 Tabebuia avellanedae   110 Salix babylonica
  25 Brahea brandegeei   68 Pittosporum tenuifolium * 111 Ficus religiosa
  26 (site for future planting) * 69 Betula nigra   112 Ehretia anacua
  27 Phoenix reclinata (hybrid)   70 Brachychiton acerifolius (Herman hybrid) * 113 Quercus agrifolia
  28 Brahea armata * 71 Umbellularia californica * 114 Fraxinus velutina
  29 Celtis australis * 72 Cupaniopsis anacardioides   115 Hetermeles arbutifolia
  30 Livistona   73 Liquidambar formosana * 116 Taxodium distichum
  31 (site for future planting) * 74 Agathis robusta * 117 Quercus palustris
* 32 Casuarina cunninghamiana * 75 Cedrela toona * 118 Pittosporum undulatum
* 33 Pinus halepensis   76 Psidium guajava * 119 Quercus coccinea
  34 Cedrus deodara * 77 Ehretia tinifolia   120 Jacaranda acutifolia
* 35 Brachychiton populneus * 78 Aesculus x carnea * 121 Acer negundo
  36 Pinus thunbergiana * 79 Washingtonia fillifera   122 Alnus rhombifolia
* 37 Erythrina coralloides * 80 Fraxinus uhdei * 123 Quercus alba
* 38 Phoenix canariensis *  81 Metrosideros excelsus * 124 Livistona australis
  39 Nyssa sylvatica * 82 Erythrina falcata * 125 Liriodendron tulipifera
* 40 Schinus polygamus * 83 Magnolia grandiflora   126 Ficus microcarpa nitida
* 41 Zelkova serrata * 84 Tristania laurina   127 Ficus sp.
* 42 Quercus macrocarpa * 85 Phytolacca dioica * 128 Eucalyptus cladocalyx
* 43 Ulmus americana * 86 Podocarpus gracilior * 129 Eucalyptus rudis
Section 1, 2, 3, 4
* 130 Rhodosphaera rhodanthema * 133 Pittosporum phillyraeoides   136 Ethretia tinifolia
* 131 Cryptocarya rubra * 134 Araucaria bidwillii * 137 Quercus cerris
* 132 Ficus religiosa * 135 Brachychiton populneus * 138 Acacia delbata