The Strawberry Hill Arboretum began as one of fifteen sites across the state of North Carolina chosen to be part of the North Carolina Urban Tree Evaluation Program in the 1990’s. The North Carolina Urban Tree Evaluation Program was a cooperative venture among cities, corporations, commercial nurseries, community groups, community colleges, professional associations, North Carolina State University, and the North Carolina Urban Forest Council.
The purpose of the program was to develop an information data base on the survival, performance, and limitations (disease, insect, and cultural problems) of a wide assortment of tree species and cultivars in North Carolina. The Program was coordinated by Dr. Thomas G. Ranney and Mr. Richard E. Bir, Department of Horticultural Science and was funded in part by the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.
Interactive Map of the Arboretum
Appalachian State University has created an interactive map which labels every tree and provides valuable information regarding the trees located in the Strawberry Hill Arboretum. This extremely helpful tool is meant to help educate whoever wants to explore this unique area located in the heart of Boone.