The dedication plaque at Wilde Lake reads:

"Wilde Lake
June 21, 1967
This lake and this village
are named for

Frazar Bullard Wilde

Chairman of the Board
Connecticut General
Life Insurance Company


Whose wisdom, foresight
and strong support
made Columbia possible"


Trees at Wilde Lake

In addition to providing lakeside recreational opportunities, Wilde Lake has a fine collection of both native and exotic trees and shrubs. Each tree below is linked to its Arbor Tag which describes the distinguishing features of the species. Those pages can be used to make your own laminated tree tags.

American Basswood Tilia americana
American Hornbeam Carpinus caroliniana
Black Cherry Prunus serotina
Black Locust Tilia americana
Black Walnut Juglans nigra
Black Willow Salix nigra
Boxelder Acer negundo
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Dogwood Cornus florida
Flowering Cherry Prunus serrulata
Flowering Plum Prunus cerasifera
Goldenchain Tree Laburnum x watereri
Gray Birch Betula populifolia
Green Ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Hazel Alder Alnus serrulata
Japanese Pagoda Tree Sophora japonica
Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Kwanzan Cherry Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'
Littleleaf Linden Tilia cordata
London Plane Tree Platanus x acerifolia
Norway Spruce Picea abies
Osage Orange Maclura pomifera
Paperbark Maple Acer grisium
Pin Oak Quercus palustris
Purple Plum Prunus cerasifera
Redbud Cercis canadensis
Red Buckeye Aesculus pavia
Red Maple Acer rubrum
River Birch Betula nigra
Sassafras Sassafras albidum
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua
Tulip Poplar Liriodendron tulipifera
Weeping Birch Betula pendula
Weeping Cherry Prunus subhirtella
Weeping Willow Salix babylonica
White Ash Fraxinus americana
White Mulberry Morus alba
White Pine Pinus strobus
White Oak Quercus alba
Willow Oak Quercus phellos
Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana
Yellwood Cladrastis kentuckea
Yellow Buckeye Aesculus octandra




Due to the imagination of the Rouse Company planners and planters there is a wide variety of exceptional trees at Wilde Lake. The Columbia Association has added to the collection around the lake and has been reponsible for maintaining the plantings around the lake, the pathways and other public areas throughout Columbia.

Of the many fine specimen around Wilde Lake, the Goldenchain Tree (Laburnum x watereri) is truely an exceptional example:

The Laburnum is one of the few trees with a trifoliate leaf: a leaf with only three leaflets. Each leaflet is more or less oval shaped. The petiole, or leaf stem is more than 2 inches long.

The flowers which bloom at the same time as Wisteria in May are brilliant yellow cascades, often 9-12 inches long. A member of the pea family, the pods contain 3-6 very poisonous black seeds.

A small tree, the Goldenchain Tree can grow 12 to 15 feet. The bark on young branches and even on older wood retains an olive green color.

Frequently seen in Europe, the Laburnum is somewhat a rarity in the U.S. The most widely planted Laburnum is a cross between the Common (anagyroides) and the Scotch Laburnum (alpinum) originally developed at Waterer's Nursery in Surry, England.



Wilde Lake is near the intersection of Route 175 and Route 29 in Columbia, MD. Visit Google Maps for directions.