Dubrava Arboretum is a dendrological collection in which native and introduced woody plants, valued as objects of research, studies and landscaping, are collected, conserved and exhibited.
Dubrava Arboretum was established in 1958 as a department of Dubrava Forest Investigation Station (now Dubrava Experimental – Training Forest Enterprise). In the period of 1996-2004 Dubrava Arboretum was administered by Lithuanian Forest Tree Breading and Seed Farming Center. Since 2005 the Arboretum belongs to Dubrava Experimental – Training Forest Enterprise. In 2000 by the order of Minister of Environment the Arboretum was declared a dendrological collection protected by state. Not only specimens of typical native and introduced species and registered cultivars are cultivated in the Arboretum, but examples of morphological forms of our native trees and different spontaneous varieties of native and introduced woody plants are collected too.
The Arboretum covers an area of 49.8 hectares in Kaunas district, near Vaišvydava village, between roads from Kaunas to Prienai and to Girionys. Together with botanical gardens it is one of the most important centers of research of woody plants. More than 1000 species and taxa of lower rank of woody plants, approximately 390 angiosperms and 650 gymnosperms, are collected in the Arboretum, together with some unique, very rare or nowhere else in Lithuania grown introduced plants as well as trees and shrubs of local selection among them.
The Arboretum is open to the public free of charge during daylight hours seven days a week all year around. Some sections of the Arboretum (the collection of Pinophyta and Ericaceae, the introduction-quarantine nursery, the exposition of rare trees and shrubs) are visited by appointment only. To schedule group tours, to get information, as well as for plant studies, collecting of seeds, propagating material or herbarium specimens please contact our staff.