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 June 18, 2018

Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, many locations

Giant onion, Allium giganteum ‘Globemaster’, Flagpole

Virginia sweetspire, Itea virginica, many locations

Japanese spiraea, Spiraea japonica, many locations

Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, several locations

Washington hawthorn, Crataegus phaenopyrum, Central Ave.

Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, Mountain Ave.

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

Northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa, Spirea Path

Climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris,       Meadow Rd.

Love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascana, Greenhouse Garden

Foxglove, Digitalis sp., Greenhouse Garden

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse Garden

Gerbera daisy, Gerbera sp., Greenhouse Garden

Black-leaf elderberry, Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, Blue Jay Path

 ‘Aurora’ dogwood, Cornus xrutgerensis ‘Rutban’, Almy Rd.

Snowball viburnum,Viburnum plicatum ‘Grandiflorum’          Fountain Ave. , Swan Ave.

Weigela, Weigela florida, Sparrow Path

Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, Chickadee Path

Peony, Paeonia lactiflora, Sphinx

Japanese tree lilac, Syringa reticulata, several locations

Pinxterbloom azalea, Rhododendron periclymenoides, Azalea Path

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

Rose, Rosa sp., many locations

Partridge-berry, Mitchella repens, Sumac Path

Inkberry, Ilex glabra, many locations

Black-leaf elderberry, Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’, Blue Jay Path

Mockorange, Philadelphus sp., several locations

Arrowwood, Viburnum dentatum, several locations

Siberian iris, Iris  siberica, Azalea Path

Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, Mountain Ave.

Lanceleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, Mountain Ave.

Phlox, Phlox sp., Mountain Ave.

Pickeral weed, Ponederia cordata, Willow Pond

Sweet bay magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, several locations

Common privet, Ligustrum vulgare, several locations

Deutzia, Deutzia gracillis, several locations

Petunia, Petunia sp., Lawn Ave.

Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla mollis, Amaryllis Path

Columbine, Aquilegea canadensis, several locations

Mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia, many locations

Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, several locations

Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera  amblyantha, Linden Path

Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, several locations

Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path

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

Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa columbaria Azalea Path

False Indigo, Baptisia australis, Azalea Path

Water lily, Nymphaeaa odorata, Willow Pond

Linden, Tilia sp., several locations

Alpine aster, Aster alpina, Ash Ave.

Hosta Hosta sp., several locations

Cutleaf stephanandra, Stephanandra incisa, several locations

Creeping mint, Meehania cordata, Fountain Ave.

Sweet shrub, Calycanthus sp. several locations

Common alumroot, Heuchera americana, several locations

Linden viburnum, Viburnum dilatatum, several locations

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa, Field Rd.

Goldenstar, Chrysogonum  virginianum, Garden Ave.

Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin bldg..

Bellflower, Campanulaa persicifolia, Yew Ave.

Bloody cranesbill geranium, Geranium sanguineum, Yew Ave.

Creeping phlox, Phlox stolonifera, Garden Ave.

Wild bleeding heart, Dicentra eximia, Main office

Gaillardia, Gaillardia sp., Ash Ave.

Bugleweed, Ajuga reptans, Garden Ave.

Yellow hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.

Spotted dead nettle, Lamium ‘White Nancy’, Daffodil Path

Begonia, Begonia sp., several locations

Lamb’s ears, Stachys byzantina, Story Rd.

Rhododendron, Rhododendron sp. several locations

Yellow flag iris, Iris pseudacorus, Auburn Lake

Creeping myrtle, Vinca minor, several locations

Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris, Mountain Ave.

Ohio spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis, Mountain Ave.

Impatiens, Impatiens sp., Fountain Ave.

Wild ginger, Asarum canadense, Dell 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


  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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