Name the shades

by Jonathan Damery
June 4, 2018

Whitesbog blues

by Jonathan Damery
May 18, 2018

Whitesbog blues

At the grocery store, it’s easy to take fresh blueberries for granted. Packed within plastic cases, the jewel-like fruits are available year-round, almost without question. But a collection of blueberries at the Arnold Arboretum—that is to say, highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum), which are now flowering—provides a reminder of the not-so-distant time when blueberries were just […]

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Yellowroot mystery

by Jonathan Damery
April 26, 2018

Cryptomeria fever

by Jonathan Damery
April 6, 2018

The ultimate early bloomer

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 23, 2018

The ultimate early bloomer

Arnold Promise witch hazel

An interesting byproduct of planting related species side by side is that pollinating insects can become unwitting hybridizers. Such was certainly the case with one of the Arboretum’s most famous introductions, Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’. A beautiful and vigorous witch hazel, ‘Arnold Promise’ was named to honor the place where it began, a happy […]

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Willows usher in spring

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia
March 9, 2018

The umbrellas of Jamaica Plain

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 12, 2018

The umbrellas of Jamaica Plain

Sciadopitys verticillata 503-70*C

In 1861, Dr. George Rogers Hall of Rhode Island sent the first shipment of living plants from Japan to New England. Consigned to Harvard historian and horticulturist Francis Parkman, the plants were cultivated with great success in his garden in Jamaica Plain. Hall returned from Yokohama a year later, bringing more plants with him. Some […]

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A giant among dwarf conifers

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 31, 2018

A giant among dwarf conifers

Dwarf Alberta spruce

The discovery and introduction of Picea glauca var. albertiana f. conica is a remarkable example of horticultural discovery as happenstance. In 1904, staff members Alfred Rehder and John G. Jack took a stroll while waiting at a train station near Lake Laggan, Alberta, and noticed some unusual dwarf spruces growing nearby. They speculated that a […]

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In the Pines

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia
January 17, 2018

In the Pines

pinetum [noun]: a plantation of pine trees; especially: a scientific collection of living coniferous trees The section of the Arboretum roughly west of Valley Road and north of Hemlock Hill Road is known as the Conifer Collection; it holds many accessions of conifers including pines (Pinus), spruces (Picea), firs (Abies), junipers (Juniperus), yews (Taxus), and […]

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Starry, Starry Plants

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia
January 5, 2018