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Robin Hill Nature Preserve, Orleans County

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:25 pm
by ElijahW

I recently made two trips to the Robin Hill Nature Preserve, a beautiful privately owned arboretum in Orleans County, not far from the south shore of Lake Ontario and west of Rochester, NY. Established in the 1940s and ‘50s, Robin Hill is already home to several NY State champion trees.

Though my visits focused on just a handful of rare exotics, Robin Hill has a nicer collection of plants than most public arboreta I’ve been to, and the layout and landscapes are first class. Here’s a link to their website:

Some photos from my visit:
Epaulette Tree (Asian)
Epaulette Tree (Asian)
Japanese Stewartia
Japanese Stewartia
Lacebark Pine
Lacebark Pine
Dawn Redwood (left), Giant Sequoia (right)
Dawn Redwood (left), Giant Sequoia (right)
Giant Sequoia (foreground), Dawn Redwood (background)
Giant Sequoia (foreground), Dawn Redwood (background)
Measured trees:

Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides

102.1’ x 8.57’

Giant Sequoia Sequoiadendron giganteum (NYS Champion)

101.9’ x 10.61’

Baldcypress Taxodium distichum

78.3’ x 8.68’

Japanese Red Pine Pinus densiflora


Lacebark Pine Pinus bungeana

43.8’ x 2.62’

Cucumber Magnolia Magnolia acuminata


Bigleaf Magnolia Magnolia macrophylla


Saucer Magnolia Magnolia x soulangeana


Black Maple Acer nigrum

65.1’ x 5.90’

Japanese Stewartia Stewartia pseudocamellia

48.2’ x 2.47’ at 3’

Epaulette Tree Pterostyrax hispida


American Mountain-Ash Sorbus americana

27.6’ x 2.55’ at 3.5’

Highbush Cranberry Viburnum trilobum