Special Collections

NCBG - William Lanier Hunt Arboretum

From the 1960s into the 1990s, William Lanier Hunt donated over 100 acres of land to the North Carolina Botanical Garden, including several beautiful rhododendron bluffs located in a gorge along Morgan Creek. The purpose the William Lanier Hunt Arboretum is to protect natural areas and conserve a collection of the diverse woody plants of the southeastern United States. Upstream of and contiguous with the Hunt Arboretum lies the eight-acre Grey Bluff Garden that also protects the steep slopes along Morgan Creek and another extensive rhododendron bluff.

Last Update: 2016-08-29

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scientific common duration habit height thumb detail
Aesculus parviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye Perennial Tree, Shrub 6-12 ft. detail
Aesculus sylvatica Painted Buckeye Perennial Tree, Shrub 3-16 ft. detail
Albizia julibrissin Mimosa Perennial Tree, Shrub 33–50 ft. detail
Alnus serrulata Tag Alder Perennial Tree, Shrub 15 feet detail
Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry Perennial Tree, Shrub 15-25 ft. detail
Amorpha fruticosa Tall Indigo Bush Perennial Shrub 8-12 ft. detail
Anemone berlandieri Eastern Prairie Anemone Perennial Forb/herb 8-18 in. detail
Asimina triloba Common Pawpaw Perennial Tree, Shrub height and spread 15-30 feet detail
Aucuba japonica Japanese-laurel Perennial Shrub detail
Betula nigra River Birch Perennial Tree 50-80 ft detail
Bignonia capreolata Cross-vine Perennial Vine to 30 feet or more detail
Buddleja lindleyana Lindley’s Butterflybush Perennial Shrub detail
Camellia japonica Camellia Perennial Tree, Shrub 7-12 ft. detail
Campsis radicans Trumpet Creeper Perennial Vine up to 40 ft detail
Carpinus caroliniana Ironwood Perennial Tree, Shrub 13-50 ft. detail
Carya carolinae-septentrionalis Carolina Hickory Perennial Tree 65–100 ft. detail
Carya cordiformis Bitternut Hickory Perennial Tree 50–115 ft. detail
Carya glabra Pignut Hickory Perennial Tree 50–100 ft. detail
Carya ovata Common Shagbark Hickory Perennial Tree detail
Carya pallida Pale Hickory Perennial Tree detail
Castanea pumila Chinquapin Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Celastrus orbiculatus Oriental Bittersweet Perennial Vine detail
Celtis laevigata Southern Hackberry Perennial Tree, Shrub 65–100 ft. detail
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush Perennial Tree, Shrub 4-8 ft. detail
Cephalotaxus harringtonia Japanese Plum-yew detail
Chaenomeles japonica Japanese Flowering Quince Perennial Shrub detail
Chimaphila maculata Spotted Wintergreen Perennial Subshrub 4-8 in. detail
Chionanthus virginicus Fringe-tree Perennial Tree, Shrub to 25 ft. detail
Cornus amomum Silky Dogwood Perennial Shrub height and Spread 6 - 12 feet detail
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood Perennial Tree, Shrub 12-36 ft. detail
Corylus americana American Hazelnut Perennial Shrub 10-16 ft. detail
Crataegus crus-galli Cockspur Hawthorn Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Crataegus phaenopyrum Washington Hawthorn Perennial Tree, Shrub to 30 ft. detail
Decumaria barbara Climbing Hydrangea Perennial Vine Climbs up to 50 ft. detail
Diospyros virginiana American Persimmon Perennial Tree 35-60 ft. detail
Elaeagnus pungens Autumn Silverberry Perennial Shrub detail
Elaeagnus umbellata Autumn Olive Perennial Shrub detail
Epigaea repens Trailing Arbutus Perennial Subshrub, Shrub 4-6 in. detail
Euonymus americanus Heart’s-a-bustin’ Perennial Forb/herb, Subshrub 4-6 ft. detail
Euonymus fortunei Chinese Spindle-tree Shrub detail
Fagus grandifolia American Beech Perennial Tree 50-80 feet detail
Fraxinus americana White Ash Perennial Tree (15–)20–30(–50) m tall. detail
Fraxinus pennsylvanica Green Ash Perennial Tree (10–)15–25(–45) m tall. detail
Gaylussacia dumosa Southern Dwarf Huckleberry Perennial Subshrub, Shrub detail
Gelsemium sempervirens Carolina Jessamine Perennial Vine, Shrub Climbs 8-10 feet or more detail
Hamamelis virginiana American Witch-hazel Perennial Tree, Shrub 8-20 ft.; width 8-20 ft. detail
Hedera colchica Persian Ivy Perennial Vine detail
Hedera helix Common Ivy Perennial Vine detail
Hibiscus syriacus Rose-of-Sharon Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Hypericum hypericoides St. Andrew's Cross Perennial Subshrub, Shrub 1-3 ft. detail
Hypericum nudiflorum Early St. Johnswort Perennial Shrub, Subshrub detail
Ilex cornuta Burford Holly Perennial Tree, Shrub 8-15 ft. detail
Ilex crenata Japanese Holly Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Ilex decidua Deciduous Holly Perennial Tree, Shrub 7-20 ft. detail
Ilex montana Mountain Holly Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Ilex opaca American Holly Perennial Tree, Shrub 15-30 ft. tall, spread 10-20 ft. detail
Ilex verticillata Common Winterberry Perennial Tree, Shrub 6-10 ft. detail
Ilex vomitoria Yaupon Holly Perennial Tree, Shrub 12-20 feet, or more detail
Itea virginica Virginia Sweetspire Perennial Shrub 3-4 ft.; width 3-4 ft. detail
Juglans nigra Black Walnut Perennial Tree detail
Kalmia latifolia Mountain Laurel Perennial Tree, Shrub 10-15 ft. detail
Lespedeza bicolor Bicolor Lespedeza Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 3-10 ft. detail
Ligustrum ovalifolium California Privet Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Ligustrum sinense Chinese Privet Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Lindera benzoin Smooth Northern Spicebush Perennial Tree, Shrub 6-9 ft. detail
Liquidambar styraciflua Sweet Gum Perennial Tree (10–)15–35(–45) m tall. detail
Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip-tree Perennial Tree detail
Lonicera japonica Japanese Honeysuckle Perennial Vine detail
Lonicera sempervirens Coral Honeysuckle Perennial Vine Climbs 8-10 ft. or more detail
Lyonia mariana Piedmont Staggerbush Perennial Shrub 3-4 ft. detail
Magnolia acuminata Cucumber Magnolia Perennial Tree detail
Magnolia grandiflora Southern Magnolia Perennial Tree 60-80 ft. detail
Magnolia macrophylla Bigleaf Magnolia Perennial Tree 30- 40 ft. detail
Magnolia tripetala Umbrella Magnolia Perennial Tree 30-40 ft. detail
Menispermum canadense Moonseed Perennial Vine detail
Mitchella repens Partridge-berry Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb to 4 in. (trailing 1/2-1 ft.) detail
Morella cerifera Common Wax-myrtle Perennial Tree, Subshrub, Shrub 10-15 ft. detail
Morus rubra Red Mulberry Perennial Tree 5–20(–25) m tall. detail
Nandina domestica Nandina Perennial Shrub detail
Nyssa sylvatica Black Gum Perennial Tree 60 plus feet detail
Ostrya virginiana American Hop-hornbeam Perennial Tree, Shrub 25-40 ft. detail
Oxydendrum arboreum Sourwood Perennial Tree, Shrub to 30 feet or more detail
Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia Creeper Perennial Vine detail
Paulownia tomentosa Empress Tree Perennial Tree (5–)10–15(–30) m tall. detail
Photinia serratifolia Taiwanese Photinia Perennial Tree detail
Pinus echinata Rosemary Pine Perennial Tree (15–)20–35(–45) m tall. detail
Pinus taeda Loblolly Pine Perennial Tree (20–)25–40(–55) m tall. detail
Pinus virginiana Jersey Pine Perennial Tree (5–)10–20(–30) m tall. detail
Platanus occidentalis American Sycamore Perennial Tree 75-100 feet detail
Pueraria montana var. lobata Kudzu Perennial Vine to 100 ft. (long) detail
Quercus alba White Oak Perennial Tree to 100 feet detail
Quercus coccinea Scarlet Oak Perennial Tree detail
Quercus falcata Southern Red Oak Perennial Tree (15–)20–30(–40) m tall. detail
Quercus michauxii Swamp Chestnut Oak Perennial Tree detail
Quercus nigra Water Oak Perennial Tree detail
Quercus pagoda Cherrybark Oak Perennial Tree detail
Quercus phellos Willow Oak Perennial Tree detail
Quercus shumardii Shumard Oak Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Quercus stellata Post Oak Perennial Tree to 85 feet detail
Quercus velutina Black Oak Perennial Tree to 80 feet x 40 feet detail
Rhododendron arborescens Smooth Azalea Perennial Shrub 8-12 ft. detail
Rhododendron catawbiense Catawba Rhododendron Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Rhododendron periclymenoides Pinxter-flower Perennial Shrub 4-6 ft. detail
Rhus glabra Smooth Sumac Perennial Tree, Shrub 9-15 ft. detail
Robinia pseudoacacia Black Locust Perennial Tree detail
Rosa laevigata Cherokee Rose Perennial Vine, Subshrub detail
Rosa multiflora Multiflora Rose Perennial Vine, Subshrub detail
Rosa palustris Swamp Rose Perennial Subshrub 4-6 ft. detail
Rubus allegheniensis Allegheny Blackberry Perennial Subshrub detail
Rubus bifrons European Blackberry Perennial Subshrub detail
Rubus flagellaris Common Dewberry Perennial Subshrub detail
Rubus hispidus Swamp Dewberry Perennial Subshrub detail
Salix nigra Black Willow Perennial Tree to 60 ft detail
Sambucus canadensis Common Elderberry height and spread 8-12 feet detail
Sassafras albidum Sassafras Perennial Tree, Shrub to 30 feet detail
Smilax bona-nox Catbriar Perennial Shrub, Vine detail
Smilax glauca Cat Greenbrier Perennial Shrub, Vine detail
Smilax rotundifolia Bullbriar Perennial Shrub, Vine detail
Spiraea thunbergii Thunberg’s Meadowsweet Perennial Shrub detail
Staphylea trifolia American Bladdernut Perennial Tree, Shrub 10-15 ft. detail
Styrax grandifolius Bigleaf Snowbell Perennial Tree, Shrub 8-12 ft. detail
Thuja occidentalis American Arborvitae Perennial Tree 20-40 ft. detail
Toxicodendron radicans Eastern Poison Ivy Perennial Shrub, Forb/herb, Subshrub, Vine detail
Tsuga canadensis Eastern Hemlock Perennial Tree 60 ft. detail
Ulmus alata Winged Elm Perennial Tree (5–)10–20(–35) m tall detail
Ulmus americana American Elm Perennial Tree (10–)20–35(–50) m tall detail
Ulmus rubra Red Elm Perennial Tree (10–)15–25(–40) m tall detail
Vaccinium arboreum Sparkleberry Perennial Tree, Shrub 15 feet x 15 feet detail
Vaccinium pallidum Early Lowbush Blueberry Perennial Subshrub, Shrub detail
Vaccinium stamineum Common Deerberry Perennial Shrub 6 feet tall and wide detail
Vaccinium tenellum Small Black Blueberry Perennial Subshrub, Shrub detail
Viburnum acerifolium Maple-leaf Arrow-wood Perennial Shrub, Subshrub 5-6 ft. detail
Viburnum dilatatum Linden Viburnum Perennial Shrub detail
Viburnum prunifolium Smooth Blackhaw Perennial Tree, Shrub to 25 ft. detail
Viburnum rufidulum Rusty Blackhaw Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Vinca minor Common Periwinkle Perennial Vine, Forb/herb 4-8 in. detail
Wisteria sinensis Chinese Wisteria Perennial Vine detail
Xanthorhiza simplicissima Yellowroot Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail