The dedication plaque at Wilde Lake reads:
June 21, 1967
This lake and this village
are named for
Frazar Bullard Wilde
Chairman of the Board
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|
|Dawn Redwood||Metasequoia glyptostroboides|
|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|
|Red Buckeye||Aesculus pavia|
|Red Maple||Acer rubrum|
|River Birch||Betula nigra|
|Silver Maple||Acer saccharinum|
|Sugar Maple||Acer saccharum|
|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|
|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.