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Even with Moscow’s wild seasonal fluctuations from year to year, the rhythm of the seasons and accompanying shows in the Arboretum are repeated annually. The progression of the seasons and particularly the onset of spring affect blooming time significantly. Nonetheless, one can plan an Arboretum visit by noting the blooming and color guide below.

green and red botanical


Spring months are the peak flowering time for many trees and shrubs. The colors are spectacular and well worth a visit to the Arboretum. Also, be on the lookout for migratory birds and waterfowl.

Alders, Willows, Poplars, and early Viburnums

Forsythias, Red and Silver Maples, Star Magnolias, Flowering Quinces, Asian Cherries

Serviceberrys, Crabapples, Lilacs, Goldenchains, Purple Leaf Plums, Ohio Buckeyes, Shrub Peony, Hawthorns

Common Lilacs, Hawthorns, Common European Lilac, Water Iris, Asian Lilac, Beauty Bushes, Asian Roses, Peking Mock Oranges, Weigelas

yellow and red blossom


Enjoy the fragrant flowering of the Russian Olives.

Austrian Copper’ Roses, Hungarian Lilacs, Manchurian Clematis, Climbing Hydrangeas, Russian Olives, Deutzias

Elderberries, Spiraeas, Japanese Tree Lilacs, scarlet Nanking Cherry Fruits, Chestnut, Butterfly Bushes, Goldenrain Trees, Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Goldenrain Trees, Buttonbushes, Japanese Bush Clovers, Butterfly Bushes, Amur Maackias, Chaste Trees

Showy fruiting of Cornelian Cherry Dogwoods, European Mountain Ashes

red thorns


Autumnal leaf coloration of the maples, poplars, willows, aspens, and oaks in spectacular shades of red, yellow, purple, and brown make a breathtaking display. Larch (Tamarack) leaves turn yellow and fall into golden carpets.

Colorful shows of leaves of the Sugar, Red, and Silver Maples

Colorful Leaf Shows: Northern Pin Oaks, Western Tameracks and European Larches “Tamaracks”, Native, Japanese, European, and Eastern North American Larches, Norway Maples, Baldcypress

Colorful fruits of Bechtel Crabapples, Autumn Olives

snow dusted pine


Flocks of resident and migratory birds consume the red, purple, yellow, orange, and green fruits of Crabapples and Mountain Ashes. They also congregate around the various shrub roses and consume the rose hips. The frost covered plumes of grass fruits of the Xeriscape garden are simply amazing.

There is much to observe in the winter garden. The bark colors and textures are prominent, particularly the peeling bark of the birches and cherries and flaky bark of the Chinese elms. The cone laden pines, spruces, larches, and Douglas-firs make an interesting display, as well as the creamy white fruits of the Snowberries.

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