The living collections of the Arnold Arboretum hold many important trees, but few are as significant as two of its paperbark maples (Acer griseum) which are celebrating their hundredth anniversary this year.
by Jake J. Grossman, Arboretum Putnam Fellow In the spring of 2020, when cities like Boston have ground to a halt due to the novel coronavirus, T. S. Eliot’s nomination of April as the “cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land” certainly feels apt. The arrival of flowers seems incongruous amidst […]
North Meadow, winter, maples, 1980 Alternate Title: Maple (Acer) Collection with the Hunnewell Building in the background Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947- ) Maple Collection, North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States March 1980 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. The Arnold Arboretum has an extensive collection of […]
Paths, summer, Willow Path restoration, 1982 Alternate Title: Willow Path view towards the Maple (Acer) Collection Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947- ) Willow Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States September 1982 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Sheila Connor began working in the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in […]
Most of the temperate trees and shrubs that grow in the Arnold Arboretum’s living collections ripen their fruits in late summer or autumn. As a result, expeditions to wild places to collect seed take place around the same time. Unfortunately, this means our collections may lack species whose fruits are ripe for the picking much […]
Paths, summer, Willow Path, 1979 Alternative Title: B. June Hutchinson and a man walking on Willow Path through the Maple (Acer) Collection Photographer unknown Willow Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library. Willow Path is one of the […]