Blooms at Mount Auburn

June 16, 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 July 16, 2018

Silk tree, Albizia julibrissin, Fountain Ave.

Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboretum, Spruce Ave.

Goldenrain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, several locations

Bottlebrush buckeye, Aesculus parviflora, Fountain Ave.

Chinese beautyberry, Callicarpa dichotoma, Asa Gray Garden

Balloon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, several locations

Japanese spiraea, Spiraea japonica, several locations

Smooth hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescans, Chestnut Ave.

Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, many locations

Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, several locations

Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, Mountain Ave.

Fountain grass, Pennisetum ‘Karly Rose’, Flagpole

Bee blossom, Gaura lindheimeri, Flagpole

 ‘The Fairy’ rose, Rosa ‘The Fairy’, @ Sphinx

Catalpa, Catalpa xerubescans, Weigela Path

False aster, Boltonia asteroides, Greenhouse garden

Sea-holly, Eryngium amethystinum, Greenhouse garden

Love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascana sp., Greenhouse garden

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden

Gerbera daisy, Gerbera sp., Greenhouse garden

Snapdragon, Antirrhium sp., Greenhouse garden

Goldenrod, Solidago sp. Mountain Ave.

Astilbe, Astilbe sp., several locations

Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.

 ‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.

Rose, Rosa sp., many locations

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens, Mountain Ave.

Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Mountain Ave.

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, Mountain Ave.

Lanceleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, Mountain Ave.

Daisy fleabane, Erigeron annuus, Mountain Ave.

Yellow hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.

Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris, Mountain Ave.

Bellflower, Campanula persicifolia, Yew Ave.

Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, Sparrow Path

Golden St. Johnswort, Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst’ Laurel Ave.

Sweet bay magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, several locations

Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, several locations

Staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina, Spruce Ave.

Heather, Calluna vulgaris, Garden Ave.

Catmint, Nepeta xfaasenii, Garden Ave.

Sedum, Sedum sp., Garden Ave.

Bugbane, Actaea racemosa, Dell Path

Chinese chestnut, Castanea mollissima, Gladiolus Path

Lance-leaved loosestrife, Lysimachia hybrida, Dell Path

Petunia, Petunia sp., Lawn Ave.

Canna lily, Canna sp., Fountain Ave.

Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera amblyantha, Linden Path

Meadow sage, Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’, Azalea Path

Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa columbaria Azalea Path

Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path

Goat’s beard, Aruncus dioicus, Spruce Knoll

Water lily, Nymphaeaa odorata, Willow Pond, Auburn Lake

Pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, Auburn Lake, Willow Pond

Fleeceflower Persicaria affinis, Birch Gardens

Hosta Hosta sp., several locations

Sweet shrub, Calycanthus sp. several locations

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa, several locations

Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, several locations

Goldenstar, Chrysogonum  virginianum, Garden Ave.

Gaillardia, Gaillardia sp., Ash Ave.

Spotted dead nettle, Lamium ‘White Nancy’, Fountain Ave.

Begonia, Begonia sp., several locations

Daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’, Story Rd.

Beebalm, Monarda sp., Story Rd.

Yarrow, Achillea sp., Story Rd.

Lamb’s ears, Stachys byzantina, Story Rd.

Rhododendron, Rhododendron sp. several locations

Impatiens, Impatiens sp., Fountain Ave.

Creeping myrtle, Vinca minor, several locations


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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