Opening/Closure Status

The grounds of the USBG will be closed September 18, 2021. On other days, all outdoor gardens are currently open. The Conservatory and public restrooms remain closed, due to the closure of the U.S. Capitol campus buildings. Please monitor for updates on operating status. USBG resources can be accessed online, including educational materials, virtual tours, and online programs by visiting

Georgia plume

Plant Botanical Name: 
Elliottia racemosa
Plant Threat Level: 

Georgia plume is found only in the sandy soils of a few coastal plain areas of Georgia. This extremely rare tree has showy flowers and produces viable seed, although seedlings have never been seen in the wild. This endangered shrub occurs in natural areas historically dominated by fire, but today these areas are rarely burned, which raises concern. It is believed that this interruption in the natural fir cycle could undermine the fate of this species. As part of the important conservation work of public gardens, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the State Botanic Garden of Georgia, the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University are working to conserve the few remaining wild populations and develop methods for germinating the seed.