Tree Mob™

Next Tree Mob™

Tree Mob™!: Diversity and Dispersal Among Viburnums


Wendy Clement, PhD, Jewett Prize Recipient and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, The College of New Jersey

1 Session: Wednesday, November 6, 3:30pm
Location: Bussey Hill Road, Arnold Arboretum, Acc. # 5070-1*C


Autumn is a great time to appreciate the beauty of viburnums, with their vibrantly colored fruits and leaves. Join Wendy Clement to explore the diversity of viburnums and the hidden features of their leaves and fruits that facilitate interactions with other organisms in their communities. Hear about the important role the living viburnum collections at Arnold Arboretum have played in notable studies on the diversity, classification, ecology, and evolutionary history of this group. See for yourself why horticulturalist Michael Dirr wrote: "A garden without Viburnum is akin to life without music or art"!


Parking: Park along the Arborway to enter at Arborway Gate. Walk along Meadow Road to Bussey Hill Road and continue uphill following the Tree Mob signs. Or park along Bussey Street to enter at Bussey Street Gate. Follow Hemlock Hill Road to the intersection with Valley Road. Turn left. Follow the Tree Mob signs. 


Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forest Hills. At the upper level of the station, cross Washington Street and go to the right. Walk uphill on the sidewalk that parallels the down ramp. Continue until you reach the Forest Hills Gate (approximately a 10 minute walk). Take Forest Hills Road to Bussey Hill Road, following signs uphill to the meeting location. Or take the 39 Bus to South and Sedgwick Streets. Walk west on Custer Street to the Arborway and cross at the lights to the Arboretum. Or research the 35 or 38 buses to Faulkner Hospital, stopping near the Arboretum’s Centre Street Gate.


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Join us for a Tree Mob™!

What’s a Tree Mob™?

Tree Mobs are interactions with scientists or other specialists at the Arnold Arboretum, and provide another pathway to enjoy and learn in the landscape. Experts share little-known facts about our living plant collection, its relevance today, and its importance to future generations. A Tree Mob may attract a small group or a large gathering—we won’t know until it takes place. Join us in the landscape and discover something new.

What can I expect?

Plan to spend approximately 30 minutes learning about an interesting component of our collection. You can then continue your exploration of the Arnold Arboretum on your own. Tree Mobs are time, date, and location specific.

How does it work?

We will communicate about Tree Mobs by various means (see below). Using mobile technologies, such as a smartphone with location-awareness enabled, you will be able to navigate to the event location. You can also view and print a map we will provide with the day’s Tree Mob location on our website. With directions in hand, proceed to the designated meeting place to participate in our experiment for spontaneous learning.

How can I be notified?

  • Link to Tree Mob on your mobile device.
  • Sign up or manage email notification.
  • Visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
  • Keep an eye on our website.