Prunus yedoensis, Japan, Yokohama by John Jack, 1905

April 27, 2017

Tree lined street with a man and a woman in rickshaws

Prunus yedoensis, Japan, Yokohama by John Jack, 1905

Tree lined street with a man and a woman in rickshaws

Prunus yedoensis, Japan, Yokohama. Avenue in park. Mr. And Mrs. A. W. Hartt in jinrikishas. Photo by J.G. Jack, Aug. 5, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Series: Eastern Asian Historical Photograph Collections, original library accession 15834. Subject: Prunus x yedoensis Matsum. ; Rosaceae ; Yoshino Cherry. 8 x 14 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Prunus yedoensis, Japan, Yokohama

[Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree lined street with a man and a woman in rickshaws
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949, American, Canadian)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
August 5, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library.

Prunus spp. “Cherry” is our Tree of the Month for April 2017. Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis, similar to the abundant and famous cherry blossoms of Washington DC), can be found in The Bradley Rosaceous Collection along Forest Hills Road, just inside Forest Hills Gate.

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 when he embarked on a year-long trip to the Far East 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].

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

The Yokohama Nursery Company: Japanese Plants for Western Buyers. Library Leaves, October 31, 2013.

Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.

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