Welcome To The Groff Memorial Park Native Plant Index

This page is dedicated to showcasing the native plants that can be found at Groff Memorial Park.  Learn more about the native plants you can find in the park!

Take The Virtual Tour of the Park and Learn About The Plants in the Park

The park’s self guided tour offers you an interactive experience allowing you to get to know the native plants that are showcased here and learn more about the family that is a rich part of New Holland’s history.

If you love this park please get involved. We would love to post pictures you have taken of the park and of you and your loved ones enjoying the beautiful landscape.

A Year in the Life… of flowering trees

all trees flower, but these are the showy ones

April Blooms

Red Maple
Spice Bush
Serviceberry (Edible in June)
Carolina Silverbell
Blackhaw Viburnum
American Chestnut (male catkin flowers)

May Blooms

White Pine
Red Horse Chestnut (Buckeye hybrid)
Yellow Buckeye
Black Cherry
White Fringe Tree
Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Arrowwood Viburnum
Tulip Poplar
Umbrella Magnolia

June Blooms

Smoke Tree
Sweetbay Magnolia
Linden (aka Basswood)

Edible Plants

Elderberry (Ripe in July)
Cranberry (Ripe in July)
Walnut (Ripe in September)
Pawpaw (Ripe in September)
Persimon (Ripe in November)

American Chestnut Reforestation Project

Groff Memorial Park and Native Plant Arboretum is proud to be participant in the effort to reintroduce BLIGHT RESISTANT AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREES back into Lancaster County yards and forests.  Five American Chestnut tree seedlings were introduced into the Park in 2018.  Over the next four years, the Park will be working with State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) to create the first generation of open pollinated blight free American Chestnut nut since the turn of the 20th century. These nuts will be made available to the Friends of Groff Park.

Help Keep The Park Growing

You can help keep the park a sustainable part of the broader New Holland Community.  Take a minute to fill in our brief questionnaire and see how you can help keep this park thriving into the future.