Blooms at Mount Auburn

April 15, 2018

Mount Auburn’s landscape is composed of a diverse array of plants and trees that come into bloom at different times and in different seasons.  See both a calendar and a list view of What’s in Bloom below:

What’s in Bloom: Week of April 16, 2018

Lenten rose, Helleborus ‘Pink Lady’, several locations

Lenten rose, Helleborus ‘White Lady’, several locations

Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas, many locations

Japanese cornel, Cornus officinalis ‘Kintoki’, Azalea Path

White forsythia, Abeliophyllum distichum, Central Ave.

Forsythia, Forsythia sp., many locations

Japanese andromeda, Pieris japonica, many locations

Red maple, Acer rubrum, many locations

Dawn viburnum, Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’, Story Chapel

Squill, Scilla siberica, many locations

Crocus, Crocus sp., several locations

Striped squill, Puschkinia scilloides, Magnolia Ave.

Winter aconite, Eranthis hyemalis, Chestnut Ave., Birch Garden

Glory-in-the-snow, Chionodoxa luciliae, several locations

Pansies, Viola sp., several locations

Daffodil, Narcissus sp., several locations

Tulip, Tulipa sp., several locations

Korean Rhododendron, Rhododendron mucronulatum, several locations

Merrill magnolia, Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’, Spruce Ave.

Snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, Fountain Ave.

Anemone, Anemone sp., @Sphinx

Creeping myrtle, Vinca minor, many locations

Japanese spurge, Pachysandra terminalis, Story Chapel

Winter hazel, Corylopsis spicata, Pheasant Path


Mount Auburn Rap by Maria Lindberg

The squill is a thrill

Chionodoxa really rocks ya

Pansies and crocus bring it all into focus

Spice bush and lilacs delight the senses

Ivy twines around cast iron fences

Vinca hosta azealea silverbell

Escort the traveler on the way to the Dell

Orioles flit from spruce to beech

Hawks fly above with a warning screech

Turtles and bullfrogs and muskrats abound

Owls in their nests make nary a sound

Kingfishers herons and cormorants as well

Robins and phoebes have a story to tell

The Metasequoia of Auburn Lake

A perch for hawks and a migratory break

For warblers in May luring birders far and wide

Wonder and song are the gifts they provide

The American elm and the mighty oak

Guard the eternal sleep of the silent folk

Of Mount Auburn Cemetery


 If you see a tree or plant in bloom that is not on this list, please leave a comment below or email us at

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  1. Leslie Safford says:

    I saw a beautiful tree north side of the fountain, toward Mount Auburn St. It had delicate yellow-green leaves on branches that tipped upward and very beautiful greenish-cream bell-like blossoms. I’m guessing it’s a species of prunus, but I haven’t been able to track it down. I also thought it might be Carolina silverbell, though photos of the blossoms don’t quite match.

    I’m very curious to know what it is.


    • Stephanie Messina says:

      Hi Leslie, I consulted with one of our plant experts, Jim Gorman, and he said that it is indeed a silverbell, Halesia tetraptera. According to Jim, the blossoms turn pale as they mature, which may account for the confusion!

  2. Steve says:

    Good morning. I walked by an incredibly aromatic bush next to the staircase leading up from the parking circle to the monument near the chapel. Small clusters of pink and white tubular shaped flowers? Sorry for the weak description! Heavenly aroma!!!
    Thank you!

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      According to our Plant Expert Jim Gorman, “That is one of our Koreanspice viburnums. Truly one of the most fragrant viburnums, which also has great red fall foliage on its leaves. You will find many more planted throughout our landscape.”

  3. LaVonne Mountain says:

    Is there a walking path around the flower bed. Is there public transportation close to the cemetary? What would be blooming around June 20 until July 10? I remember being g there years ago, it was stunning in the Spring with the gorgeous trees blooming.

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      Hi LaVonne,
      MBTA Red Line to Harvard sq., then bus #71 or Bus #73 will let you off at our main entrance. Many paved roads going past beautiful trees, shrubs and perennials. Pick up a map at the visitor center. Blossoms change weekly… late June would include roses, kousa dogwoods, spiraea, stewartia, astilbe, coreopsis, hostas… Beginning of July would include hydrangea, goldenrain tree bottlebrush buckeye, linden, Chinese chestnut, daylily, sweetbay magnolia, and much more.

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