Oaks, summer, 1977
Alternate Title: Oak (Quercus) Collection with no ground cover
Photograph by I. H. Burch, photographer
Oak Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
There are 41 different species of oaks at the Arnold Arboretum. Our largest accession is the Sargent Oak (Quercus x sargentii), with a trunk diameter of 4.6 feet which is more than 14 feet in circumference. The tree was grown from seed collected in 1877, and named for the first director of the Arnold Arboretum, Charles Sprague Sargent. The tree is accession number 5883*A on Beech Path off of Bussey Hill Road [at the ponds]. You can see images of this tree also by searching “5883*A” in our Plant Image Database.
This photograph was taken not long before the restoration of Oak Path at the Arnold Arboretum. In 1980, Richard E. Weaver, Jr. wrote about the restoration for Arnoldia [pdf].
Additional views of oaks and the Oak Path are available in The Arboretum Through Time: Historic Views of Our Landscape.
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