Next Tree Mob™ -
4:00pm, September 8, 2015

Corylus avellana
Tree Mob™! Crazy for Corylus

The Arboretum has a large collection of filberts (Corylus sp.). The oldest, Corylus americana, Acc. # 1229*A, was collected in 1873, a year after the Arboretum’s founding, from Liberty, Virginia. Since then, the collection has grown to include species from Europe, Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea, totaling 51 plants. Most accessions have been wild-collected, with the data revealing a who’s who of Arboretum plant explorers and their colleagues at partnering institutions. Some form dense, ever-broadening rhizomatous shrubs while others are large pyramidal trees. The nuts are edible, if you can collect them before they are spirited away by local wildlife. Arboretum Gardener Robert Dowell has a fondness for filberts and wonders why they aren’t more commonly grown in Massachusetts. Robert will present an overview of the collection and visit several species located in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. Meet at 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 8 at Acc. # 1299*A.

Parking: Park on the Arborway and enter through the Arborway or Forest Hills Gates. Walk along Meadow Road or Forest Hills Road towards the ponds and follow signs to the gathering.
Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the upper level of the station and cross South Street and head uphill, parallel to the exit ramp, to the Forest Hills Gate. Take Forest Hills Road to the ponds and follow signs to the gathering.

Join us for a Tree Mob™!

What’s a Tree Mob™?

Tree Mobs are interactions with scientists or other specialists at the Arnold Arboretum, and provide another pathway to enjoy and learn in the landscape. Experts share little-known facts about our living plant collection, its relevance today, and its importance to future generations. A Tree Mob may attract a small group or a large gathering—we won’t know until it takes place. Join us in the landscape and discover something new.

What can I expect?

Plan to spend approximately 30 minutes learning about an interesting component of our collection. You can then continue your exploration of the Arnold Arboretum on your own. Tree Mobs are time, date, and location specific.

How does it work?

We will communicate about Tree Mobs by various means (see below). Using mobile technologies, such as a smartphone with location-awareness enabled, you will be able to navigate to the event location. You can also view and print a map we will provide with the day’s Tree Mob location on our website. With directions in hand, proceed to the designated meeting place to participate in our experiment for spontaneous learning.

How can I be notified?

  • Link to Tree Mob on your mobile device.
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