Leaf Trail is Cleveland Botanical Garden’s fall leaf identification trail. Follow along to discover 10 of the garden’s most iconic tree specimens and learn about what makes them unique.

As you follow the Leaf Trail, look for trees marked with these tags.

Leaf Trail Rules

  • Collect only on the designated trail, from marked trees or groups of trees. If possible, collect from leaves that have already fallen.
  • Make only one leaf collection per group/family.
  • There are 10 deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves) marked with numbered tags and flagging tape.
  • Use the map in this brochure and the trail markers to guide yourself along the trail.
  • This is an easy trail and the approximate walking and collecting time is 45 minutes.
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Share a few of your identified leaves on social media and use the hashtag #Gardenleaftrail

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One of the most significant things we can do to combat the effects of a changing climate right here in Northeast Ohio is to plant a tree. 

The 10 trees along the Leaf Trail, as well as all of the other trees and plants at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, play an important role in the fight against climate change.

Trees use energy from the sun and the process of photosynthesis to absorb carbon dioxide from the air to be captured in the soil. Despite being a natural occurring gas, in large quantities, carbon dioxide has become one of the major greenhouse gas contributors to climate change. On average, a single tree absorbs 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

“We are inviting every member of our community to take notice of the trees around us, grow in our appreciation and love of trees, and make a pledge to plant a tree in your yard, at your business, or in your neighborhood,” said Jill Koski, president and CEO of Holden Forests & Gardens. Maybe one of these 10 trees caught your eye?

Make your pledge at holdenfg.org/people-for-trees and you will become a part of the regional movement to reverse the trend of tree loss in Northeast Ohio. After you pledge, you will receive information about:

  • Which trees are best to plant in Northeast Ohio
  • Where to purchase your tree
  • When and how to plant your tree
  • Tips for caring for your tree as it’s growing

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