Magnolia macrophylla

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 13, 2019

Magnolia macrophylla

Magnolia macrophylla ssp. macrophylla 961-89*A

In a living collection comprising thousands of distinctive plants from around the world, bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) makes quite a big impression. Living up to its common and scientific names (“macrophylla” literally means “big leaf” in Latin), bigleaf magnolia bears the largest simple leaf (up to 30 inches long) and flowers (up to a foot […]

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Flowering habits

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
May 1, 2019

Forsythia

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 15, 2019

Forsythia

Ektachrome color image of Forsythia from 1940

April is the perfect month to catch the bright flowering of Forsythia. Spring is manifest in these golden-flowered, deciduous shrubs, and the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library curates a number of brilliant Ektachrome color images of Forsythia like the one featured here, captured by an unknown photographer on Beech Path looking toward the ponds, available through […]

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Spring stalwart

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
April 1, 2019

Winter patchwork

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
February 25, 2019

Bamboo sprawl

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
January 24, 2019

Bamboo sprawl

In many gardening circles, the mere mention of bamboo is enough to cause nightmarish shivers. Visions of voracious overgrowth devouring shrubs, birdbaths, and toolsheds inevitably haunt the mind. Here at the Arnold Arboretum, our largest stand of bamboo (Phyllostachys dulcis, accession 1019-89) covers a slope on Peters Hill, where it was planted thirty years ago. […]

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New Year’s elders

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
December 31, 2018

New Year’s elders

After you’ve sung “Auld Lang Syne” and shot confetti scraps into the air, eaten the silvery herring or popped the twelve grapes (whatever your auspicious New Year’s traditions may be), it’s time to start humming “Pomp and Circumstance.” One hundred years ago, the Arnold Arboretum received the final seed shipments from Ernest Henry Wilson’s sixth […]

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Tree on the move

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
December 3, 2018

Tree on the move

Hemlock on the move

Trees normally like to stay put. Some grow as colonial masses, pushing up new stems feet away from the original trunk, even covering a whole mountainside (as with the quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides)—all one plant, slowly spreading—yet it scarcely takes an experienced field botanist to know that tree locomotion is primarily the realm of whimsical […]

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Cracking a shellbark case

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
October 30, 2018

Fall feasting

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
October 1, 2018