Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers

The Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers is the largest and most well-known collection that the Bickelhaupt Arboretum has to offer. The initial planning, bed layout, and plant selection was done during the summer and fall of 1990. The first plants were planted in the spring of 1991.

Heartland Collection of Conifers signage      Heartland Collection of Conifers photo

Heartland Collection of Conifers photo      Heartland Collection of Conifers photo

The Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers includes a nice selection of older time-tested cultivars as well as some exciting newer ones. In addition to these cultivars, the collection has many one-of-a-kind plants that originate from witches brooms, made available to us by various collectors throughout the United States.

Today the heartland collection consist of 442 plants, continually changing as plants are removed to prevent them from crowding one another. Replacement plants are carefully selected that don’t have major insect and disease problems and are hardy to our area, USDA Zone 5.

The American Conifer Society named the Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers a Reference Garden in 2012. This was established to educate the public and promote conifers in various geographical locations across the United States. Each plant is labeled with Genus species, common name and the date it was planted in the collection. A complete listing can be found on our Master Plant list on this website.

The collection is located on the north east section of the Arboretum covering approximately 1.5 acres of rolling terrain. It has a waterfall and several benches located in key areas allowing visitors the opportunity to sit and enjoy the views. When visiting, a listing of the plants is available upon request to help make your visit more enjoyable.