Japanese umbrella pine, Japan, 1905

February 20, 2018

Japanese umbrella pine, Japan, 1905

Japanese umbrella pine, Japan, 1905

Japanese umbrella pine, Japan, 1905

Sciadopitys vericillata. Japan, Lake Chuzinji. Two tall trees photographed at Temple. Trunks of the two trees. Photo by J.G. Jack. 8/10/05 [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Subject: Sciadopitys vericillata (Thunb.) Seib. & Zucc. ; Pinaceae ; Japanese Umbrella Pine. Original library accession M15877. 13.5 x 8 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Sciadopitys vericillata

[Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Two tree trunks with a man standing in between and a wooden fence and building behind
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), American, Canadian
Chuzenji, Lake, Tochigi, Japan
August 10, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images.

In April 1886, John George Jack visited the director of the Arboretum, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) at his Brookline, Massachusetts estate, Holm Lea. Promised only manual labor at small compensation, he began working at the Arnold Arboretum, but within a short time his botanical knowledge became apparent, earning Sargent’s confidence and an increase in his pay to a dollar a day.

Jack continued his education at Harvard and became Assistant Professor of Dendrology at the Arnold Arboretum. Already experienced in plant exploration, he embarked on a year-long trip to Eastern Asia in 1905. Jack became the first staff member after Sargent to visit Asia.

You can read more about Jack’s life, expeditions, and value as an educator in Lisa Pearson‘s profile, “John George Jack: Dendrologist, Educator, Plant Explorer” in Arnoldia 71(4), 2014 [pdf].

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990 [pdf].

The Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciandopitys verticillata) is our Tree of the Month for February 2018.

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