13 reasons to visit the Arnold Arboretum today (or very very soon)
by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 8, 2017
- Rays of sunshine will appear.
- Mountain witch alder is in peak flower and extremely fragrant (Fothergilla major 23195*A). Note, these flowers lack petals – you are mostly looking at pollen-producing stamens.
- Young catalpa leaves are still deep red and emerging from their winter buds (Catalpa fargesii 394-2009*B).
- Nikko fir pollen cones are yellow – tap them for a cloud of pollen (Abies homolepis var. homolepis 22767*A).
- Morioka weeping katsura by Dawson Pond with iridescent green of young leaves (Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Morioka weeping’ 134-98*B).
- World’s finest maple collection in bloom or early fruit (Acer cissifolium 216-2008*A).
- Pinkshell azaleas are at their peak of color intensity (Rhododendron vaseyi 1355-85*A). Royal azaleas (Rhododendron schlippenbachii) on Chinese Path are magnificent.
- Quinces in flower in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection (Chaenomeles x superba ‘crimson beauty’ 733-82*A).
- The rosy dipelta is fragrant (Dipelta floribunda 160-80*B).
- Ants are all over the young flowers of the wheel tree (Trochodendron aralioides 332-2001*B) on Chinese Path.
- The Sargent crabapple in the Explorers Garden on Bussey Hill has more flowers that can possibly be imagined (Malus sargentii 286-89*B).
- The viburnum collection is dazzling and some are worth a smell (Viburnum carlesii ‘aurora’ 2163-65*A).
- The only four-petaled member of the rose family (sometimes called jet bead for its fruits) is in bloom (Rhodotypos scandens 680-79*MASS).