Fairview Cemetery, Hiram Ohio - Sugar Maple Treeline and Arborvitae
Plants in cemeteries commonly fall into three categories:
1) trees, meant to provide an overstory canopy or living fence, a specific form to be viewed from a distance or a color to add a dramatic quality depending on season;
2) shrubs ranging in size from small accents often planted as backdrops to gravestones or family plots to large monuments towering over gravestones or significant locations; and
3) herbs, either annual or perrenial flowers meant to enhance individual gravestones, family plots or public areas.
The location and type of plant is sometimes determined by strict regulations set by the organization responsible for the cemetery. In other cemeteries, no regulations limit what is planted and trees, shrubs and herbs follow individual desires and tastes.
In either case, those selecting plants should choose carefully, especially when envisioning long-lived trees and shrubs. Plants thrive best under conditions to which they are adapted, conditons that promote their culture. In addition, the size of the tree and shrurb as it reaches maturity needs to be taken into consideration if maintenance issues are to be avoided. Today many public landscapes are planned and planted for immediate gratification, leading to long-term chronic maintenance that will be a problem for cemeteries with restricted budgets.
The following species are found in the Hiram Fairview Cemetery. Click on them to find out more about them.
- Acer X Fremanii - Freeman Maple
- Acer saccharum - Sugar Maple
- Betula nigra - River Birch
- Celtis occidentalis - Hackberry
- Cladastris kentukea - Yellowwood
- Crategus viridis - Green Hawthorn
- Gymnocladus dioicus - Kentucky Coffee Tree
- Nyssa sylvatica - Black Gum
- Ostrya virginiana - Hop Hornbeam
- Quercus rubra - Red Oak
- Quercus sylvatica - Swamp White Oak
- Taxodium disticum - Bald Cypress
- Thuja occidentalis - Arborvitae
Detailed information about many of these plants can be found using the Ohio State Universities' Pocket Gardener, which can be downloaded to your computer or Personal Digital Assistant from the following site: