The arboretum at Tridelphia Reservoir was created during late 2015 and early 2016 and is located along the Pig Tail Trail. It was created by Eagle Scout Connor Bruce and was made possible by the help and support from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee, the Howard County Forestry Board, and Boy Scout Troop 649.
Along a 3/4 mile hike from a parking lot to a beautiful cove 20 different species of trees are identified and signed with Arbor Tags. Three trees are located in the parking lot and the rest are along the trail. These trees support the ecosystem of the Tridelphia Reservoir by providing food for squirrels and whitetail deer and shelter for birds. They also contribute to the quality of the 800 acres of land and 21 billion litres of water by slowing and filtering the water that enters the reservoir.
Trees at Tridelphia Reservoir
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 Chestnut||Castanea dentata|
|American Hornbeam||Carpinus caroliniana|
|American Sycamore||Platanus occidentalis|
|Black Gum||Nyssa sylvatica|
|Black Willow||Salix nigra|
|Eastern Red Cedar||Juniperus virginiana|
|Flowering Dogwood||Cornus florida|
|Hazel Alder||Alnus serrulata|
|Mountain Laurel||Kalmia latifolia|
|Northern Red Oak||Quercus rubra|
|Pignut Hickory||Carya glabra|
|Pin Oak||Quercus palustris|
|Red Maple||Acer rubrum|
|River Birch||Betula nigra|
|Tulip Tree||Liriodendron tulipifera|
|Virginia Pine||Pinus virginiana|
|White Oak||Quercus alba|
The Pig Tail Trail area is located near the intersection of Green Bridge Road and Tridelphia Mill Road in Howard County. Visit Google Maps for directions.