The Arnold Arboretum is not alone in experiencing a “mast” year for acorns, which has implications both for wildlife and for forest ecosystems, according to Keeper of the Living Collections Michael Dosmann. Read more in the Boston Globe.
If you haven’t yet been beaned by a gravity-inspired acorn at the Arnold Arboretum, you are missing something wonderful. With 776 accessioned oak trees (genus Quercus) in the living collections, there are plenty of opportunities right now. For the past month, I have been enjoying everything from the majestic architecture of our older oaks such […]
Benjamin Franklin famously thought the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) would have been a more admirable symbol for America than the bald eagle. The large populations of wild turkeys that inhabited North America were greatly reduced through hunting and habitat destruction in the centuries following European settlement, but conservation efforts in the twentieth century successfully reintroduced […]
This week, as I wandered the Arboretum, I kept returning to the southeast side of Bussey Hill (just off Beech Path) to be among some venerable Asian oaks, and in particular, Quercus variabilis, the oriental oak or Chinese cork oak. I am drawn to these trees because of their deeply furrowed bark, their smooth brown […]