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The must-sees

Serres tropicales de l’Arboretum de Versailles-Chèvreloup © MNHN - S. Gerbault

If the main vocation of Chèvreloup is to present trees from temperate zones, the estate also showcases tropical collections in greenhouses, used for research and the conservation of endangered species. They are only accessible on guided tours.

Séquoias géants (Sequoiadendron giganteum) © MNHN - S. Gerbault

The silhouettes of the giant sequoias stand out at the centre of a meadow, in the American area of the Arboretum.

Prairie de la zone horticole fleurie de centaurées en septembre © MNHN - S. Gerbault

There are not only trees at the Arboretum! Between the wooded areas, Chèvreloup preserves vast natural meadows.

Dédale des Lawsons © MNHN

The Lawson cypresses (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), often simply called “lawsons” in France, gave their name to this area.

Un pavillon de la source du XVIIe s. dans l'Arboretum © S. Gerbault - MNHN

During your walk in the Arboretum, you will come upon one of the fountain pavilions, a vestige of the water system of the Versailles park.

 Les Clairières des Conifères © MNHN - S. Gerbault

On the southeast edge of the Arboretum, opposite the Trianon estate, this sector of more than 10 ha contains a “systematic” collection of conifers: this means that the species are grouped by botanical affinities.

Arbre aux mouchoirs, Davidia involucrata, Bois de l'ancienne Pépinière © MNHN - S. Gerbault

Located to the west of the Arboretum, the woods of the old nurseries promise a surprising walk.

Alignement de marronniers à fleurs rouges autour de l'ancien réservoir © MNHN - S. Gerbault

At the behest of Louis XIV, Chèvreloup Reservoir was built starting in 1680, according to Le Nôtre’s plans.

Allée des Cèdres bleus à l'Arboetum de Chèvreloup © MNHN

This majestic avenue of Atlas cedars (Cedrus atlantica) nearly 800 metres long is unique in the world. These trees are renowned for the magnificent grey-blue colour of their needles.

Vue de l'arboretum de Chèvreloup © MNHN

This grove of centuries-old trees is a remnant of the 18th century when Louis XIV had just acquired the Chèvreloup plain to extend his private hunting grounds.

Vue sur l'étang aux hérons à l'Arboretum de Versailles-Chèvreloup © MNHN - J. Munier

Encompassed on the north by a field of Japanese cherry trees, to the west by shrubbery and to the east by a collection of flowering apple trees, the Heron Pond is located at the centre of the horticultural area.

La collection de cultivars de conifères nains © MNHN - S. Gerbault

This collection of ornamental conifers is worth visiting any time of year.

Pommier du Yunnan, Malus yunnanensis © MNHN - S. Gerbault

Find our collection of ornamental apple trees near the Étang aux Hérons (Herons Pond).

Feuille de chêne Quercus rubra © MNHN - S. Gerbault

Centuries-old native trees dating from the time of the royal hunts, await you at the Butte aux Chênes (the Oak Tree Hillock), the largest and oldest trees of the area.

La prairie des cerisiers japonais en avril © MNHN - S. Gerbault

In the horticultural zone, north-east of the pond, a meadow is home to a collection of Japanese cherry trees.

Tilleul du Caucase, Tilia dasystyla © MNHN - S. Gerbault

Chèvreloup is home to one of the finest collections of lime trees in France (Tilia genus).

Collection d'érables japonais, près du Réservoir de Chèvreloup © MNHN - S. Gerbault

More than one hundred species of maple are waiting to be discovered!

Épicéas dans les Clairières des Conifères © MNHN - S. Gerbault

Conifers, and particularly spruce, are one of Chèvreloup’s specialities.