Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 20, 2018

Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

Sciadopitys verticillata S. & Z. Koya-san, Kii province, Hondo, Japan. Trunk 13 ft. in girth. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Gelatin silver process. Original library accession 5280. Photograph X-589. 20.5 x 15.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Sciadopitys verticillata Japan

[Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree trunk with man
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) American, English
Koya-san, Kii province, Hondo, Japan.
December 3, 1914

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

Ernest Henry Wilson is one of the most prolific, renowned, and farthest traveled plant explorers associated with The Arnold Arboretum. It is not an overstatement to credit Wilson with bringing Eastern Asian botany, history, and culture to widespread interest in western society, nor to exaggerate the introduction of thousands of Asian plant species to western gardens.

In early 1914, Wilson sailed with his family to Japan. His objective for this trip was to study the native forests, cultivated plants, and Japanese horticultural practices. Wilson’s specific expedition goals included conifers, Kurume azaleas, and Japanese cherries. His collection notebooks from this time are digitized and available in Series W.VI: The Fifth Expedition to Japan—February 1914-January 1915 of Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Visual Archives.

Additionally, be sure to explore The Open Collections Program of Harvard University Library, which includes the online resource “Expeditions & Discoveries: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age. Ernest H. Wilson Expeditions to China, Japan, Korea, Formosa, and Islands in the Japanese Sea 1899–1919.”

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

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