Cacti and other desert plantsCacti, agaves, and other desert species thrive in the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden (Credit: Tom Bulinski)

The Mesa Community College Arboretum, located at MCC's Southern and Dobson Campus, is free and open to the public. It is home to nearly 100 species of trees and over 80 species of cacti and succulents.

What is the MCC Arboretum?

An arboretum is an area devoted to specimen plantings of trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. Distinct from a forest, nursery or park, it is in a sense an outdoor museum of trees. It is a place where many varieties of trees are grown for research, educational, and ornamental purposes; where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition.

Mesa Community College, with its large collection of trees, has recently acquired Level I Arboretum accreditation from, the international accreditation program which facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals. MCC is the first college in Arizona to have achieved this honor.

Visit MCC and Explore the Collection

The Mesa Community College Southern and Dobson campus is home to thousands of plants from around the world. Visitors are welcome to explore the arboretum during normal school hours. The interactive online map of the arboretum can be viewed on any computer, or even on a mobile device while on campus. Use the map to search for specific trees by their common name, scientific name, or family. The map will be continuously updated as plants are added and removed.Trees in the MCC Rose GardenThe Rose Garden provides a shady respite from the summer heat (Credit: Tom Bulinski)

More Information

Sean Whitcomb, Life Science residential faculty
Steve Priebe, Applied Sciences and Technology adjunct faculty
Peter Conden, Landscape Horticulture residential faculty