Späth-Arboretum der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Institution Code: BHU

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

The former villa of F. Späth is now home of the systematic botany and water ecology working groups of Humboldt University's Institute of Biology.
The former villa of F. Späth is now home of the systematic botany and water ecology working groups of Humboldt University's Institute of Biology.

About the Späth-Arboretum der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Humboldt University's arboretum is named after Ludwig Späth, owner of what was once the world's largest tree nursery. It was founded by Franz Späth in 1879 and landscaped in the English style by Berlin's Garden director Gustav Meyer. Since 1961 the Späth-Arboretum is part of Berlin's Humboldt-University and provides plant material for research, academic teaching and public environmental education. Its roughly 4000 plant accessions include 1200 woody plants, among which there are many rare cultivars and hybrids. Reflecting its initial function as a presentation garden of Späth's tree nursery, the trees an shrubs are not arranged according to systematic or geographical relationship, but rather according to aesthetic principles. Both, its collection of woody plants and its landscaping earned the Späth-Arboretum in 1998 the International Dendrology Society's "Distinction for Merit".

Main Address:
Späth-Arboretum der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Biologie, AG Botanik & Arboretum
Späthstr. 80 / 81
12437 Germany - Deutschland

Telephone: +49 (0)30 6366941
Fax: +49 (0)30 6369446
Primary Email: arboretum@hu-berlin.de

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof. Dr. Kurt Zoglauer
    Curator's Name: Dr. Thomas Janßen
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 4
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1879
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 4 Hectares
  • Total Area: 4 Hectares
    Latitude: 52.5234
    Longitude: 13.4114
    Annual Rainfall: 580 mm
    Altitude: 35.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 100 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 5000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 3
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 5000
    Number of Volunteers: 4

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 4000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3900
  • Special Collections:woody plants (including many rare cultivars and hybrids; especially of L. Späth), hardy ferns, plants of Berlin and Brandenburg
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: No
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No