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Cary Pirone Research Pollination Experiment 2011

 Cutting Edge Research in the Living Collections

The Arnold Arboretum’s diverse Living Collections are a world-wide resource for investigations across the spectrum of botanical, environmental and horticultural sciences. With the addition of the Weld Hill Research Building and its state-of-the-art research facilities in 2011, the Arboretum’s capacity for conducting and promoting research in the collections continues to grow. The Arboretum also offers merit-based awards and fellowships to undergraduates, graduate students, and scientists to make use of the collections for their research. From the reproductive biology of one of our signature conservation plants—the Franklin tree—to exploring the fungal partners of trees in our landscape, Arboretum and visiting scientists rely on the extraordinary documentation of our curated organisms and laboratories to investigate important questions and increase our understanding of the natural world. See some of the research projects currently using our collections. more »

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Plant Profile

ghost bramble stems
October 25, 2016 Arnold Arboretum
Don't look now, but there's a ghost bramble behind you.

What's New

How can butterfly behavior influence plant evolution? On the latest episode of Science IRL, Arnold Arboretum scientists Robin Hopkins and Heather Briggs take us through their research investigating this question. Watch the episode to get an inside look at their research into the effects of pipevine swallowtail behavior on the evolution of flower color in the wildflower Phlox!
Fall Foliage in the Leventritt Garden 10/18/2016
10 Beautiful Plants to Look for on a Fall Foliage Walk
October 19, 2016 Arnold Arboretum
Make the most of your autumn strolls through the Arboretum with this handy guide to our top picks for interesting foliage!
October 15, 2016 William 'Ned' Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
There are times when oaks seem merely commonplace in our environments, from city trees to backyard plantings, and woodlands. But, there is something meaningful to experience if you just take a moment to stop and take in the unique and complex individuality of a single oak tree. That is exactly what I think each acorn bouncing off of our heads is trying to remind us of!
Junipers and water
October 9, 2016 William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
Last Monday, I headed out to see if last weekend's rains had revived the trees, shrubs and lianas, and came upon a wonderful scene in the juniper collection - it was magical. The interplay of water droplets on the strongly hydrophobic surfaces of plants is always amazing, and a reminder that the moment that rain ends is a perfect time for a walk in the Arboretum.