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Every fall, Fairview Cemetery hosts an annual arboretum walking tour, highlighting some of the 99 cataloged species of trees which reside within the Cemetery grounds. Led by Dr. Tom Ombrello, professor of Biology at Union County College, the tour is open to the community and is free to the

In 2002 Dr. Ombrello, along with his students worked diligently to catalogue and inventory 60 species within the cemetery grounds. This work enabled the cemetery to apply for and receive arboretum status, having been accepted as a member of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental conservation. In 2017 the number of cataloged species was increased to a total of 99. At the turn of the century, the Cemetery saw many changes and significant development as the City Beautiful movement – a time when governments and private individuals took an increasing interest in cemetery and park planning – took hold in Union County.

The Union County Park system was laid out by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, famous park planners of the day. Fairview's design and street scape mimicked the same design philosophy as fashioned by the Olmsted Brothers. Historically, cemeteries have been places of beauty and nature and offer
respite and quietude to its neighbors. Few cemeteries also qualify as an Arboretum, a distinction which Fairview can claim.

Fairview Cemetery was organized on January 13, 1868 under the statutes of the state of NJ and the grounds were dedicated in that same year on September 24th. Fairview will be observing its 150th anniversary in 2018 and the Board of Trustees are currently planning events to commemorate the milestone that will be open to the community.

The Trees of Fairview Cemetery

Common Name (Scientific Name)
1.  Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
2.  Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
3.  Red Maple (Acer rubrum) 4.  Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
5.  Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
6.  Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
7.  Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica glauca)
8.  Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana)
9.  Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
10.  Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
11.  European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
12.  White Ash (Fraxinus americana)
13.  Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
14.  Thornless Honey Locust  (Gleditsia triacanthos inermis)
15.  American Holly (Ilex opaca)
16.  Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
17.  Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
18.  Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
19.  Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
20.  Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
21.  Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana)
22.  Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
23.  Ornamental Crabapple (Malus spp.)
24.  White Mulberry (Morus alba)
25.  Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)
26.  Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
27.  Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
28.  Oriental Spruce (Picea orientalis)
29.  Colorado Blue Spruce
(Picea pungens glauca)
30.  Tanyosho Red Pine  (Pinus densiflora “Umbraculifera”)
31.  Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
32.  Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
33.  Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
34.  American Sycamore
(Platanus occidentalis)
35.  Thundercloud Plum (Prunus cerasifera “Thundercloud”)
36.  Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
37.  Kwanzan Flowering Cherry  (Prunus serrulata “Kwanzan”)
38.  Weeping Higan Cherry  (Prunus subhirtella pendula)
39.  Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
40.  Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
41.  White Oak (Quercus alba)
42.  Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
43.  Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)
44.  Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
45.  Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
46.  Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
47.  Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
48.  Japanese Pagoda Tree (Sophora japonica)
49.  Crimson King Norway Maple
(Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’)
50.  Pond Cypress (Taxodium ascendens)
51.  Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata)
52.  American Arborvitae (Thuja Occidentalis)
53.  American Linden (Tilia americana)
54.  Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata)
55.  Crimean Linden (Tilia x euchlora)
56.  Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
57.  American Elm (Ulmus americana)
58.  Dawn Redwood  (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
59.  Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
60.  Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis)
61.  Velvet Cloak – Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria)
62.  Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora f. glauca)
63.  Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
64.  Concolor Fir (Abies concolor)
65.  Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)
66.  Hardy Rubber Tree (Eucommia ulmoides)
67.  Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara)
68.  Natchez Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Natchez’)
69.  Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea)
70.  Common Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
71.  Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis)
72.  European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
73.  Weeping European Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’)
74.  Common Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)
75.  Leyland Cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii)
76.  Chanticleer Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’)
77.  Autumn Flowering Higan Cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’)
78.  Snowgoose Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Snowgoose’)
79.  Gray Birch (Betula populifolia)
80.  Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)
81.  Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba ‘Magyar’)
82.  Goldenraintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
83.  Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia ‘Allee’)
84.  Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra)
85.  Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)
86.  Red Horsechestnut (Aesculus x carnea)
87.  Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)
88.  River Birch (Betula nigra)
89.  Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicus)
90.  Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
91.  Hinoki Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa)
92.  Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia)
93.  Silk-tree (Albizia julibrissin)
94.  Oriental Arborvitae (Platycladus orientalis)
95.  Dragon’s Eye Pine (Pinus densiflora ‘Oculus Draconis’)
96.  London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia)
97.  Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
98.  Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) 
99.  Sawara Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera)

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