Wrap-up on spring flowering at the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 3, 2017

Wrap-up on spring flowering at the Arnold Arboretum

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With temperatures regularly in the high 80s and into the 90s (F), spring is officially over at the Arnold Arboretum.  This was my seventh spring at the Arboretum and nothing in the past six years comes close.  Consistent cool and wet weather combined to allow almost every species to leaf out, flower and/or cone with […]

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13 reasons to visit the Arnold Arboretum today (or very very soon)

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 8, 2017

13 reasons to visit the Arnold Arboretum today (or very very soon)

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Rays of sunshine will appear. Mountain witch alder is in peak flower and extremely fragrant (Fothergilla major 23195*A). Note, these flowers lack petals – you are mostly looking at pollen-producing stamens. Young catalpa leaves are still deep red and emerging from their winter buds (Catalpa fargesii 394-2009*B). Nikko fir pollen cones are yellow – tap […]

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Alders erupt at the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 3, 2017

Alders erupt at the Arnold Arboretum

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With so much in flower right now at the Arboretum, it is hard to know where to begin or what to focus upon. Indeed, each walk is a chaotic overload of nature’s springtime ephemera. Maples (Acer) with their subtle but magnificent small flowers, chains of yellow flowers on the winter-hazels (Corylopsis), shadbush (Amelanchier), dogwoods (Cornus), […]

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Magnolia madness in April

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 19, 2017

Magnolia madness in April

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Magnolia trees surrounding the Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum unleash their flowering with shameless abandon throughout the month of April—and why not? This ancient family of deciduous trees is easy to fall in love with, if not for their fragrance then their variety—they subdivide into hundreds of cultivars and hybrids, and their colors vary […]

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Petal-less flowers at the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 18, 2017

Petal-less flowers at the Arnold Arboretum

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The beginning of spring flowering has fully launched at the Arnold Arboretum. And this is the perfect weekend to stroll through the collections and see what is on offer. While most of the show revolves around the myriad forms and colors of petals, step off the main path and have a look at a few […]

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Superbloom in the desert

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 21, 2017

Chestnuts in flower

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 16, 2016

Chestnuts in flower

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A century after an imported pathogenic fungus from Asia decimated billions of American chestnut trees (Castanea dentata) in the eastern United States, what remains of these once magnificent trees are the small root sprouts, easily found in forests if you keep an eye out for the distinctive toothed leaves. These sapling-sized trees grow some ten […]

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Still Hope for Magnolia Blooms this Spring!

by Kyle Port, Manager of Plant Records
April 15, 2016

Still Hope for Magnolia Blooms this Spring!

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  As the weather turns warm, one of the most anticipated sights of spring is the spectacular blooming of our beloved magnolias. Their showy flowers frame the Hunnewell Building and provide a striking welcome at the Arboretum’s Arborway entrance. Unfortunately, this year’s erratic weather disrupted our usual spring patterns just as the show was getting […]

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13 reasons to visit the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University today

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 14, 2016

13 reasons to visit the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University today

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1. High temperature around 60F 2. Perfect blue skies 3. Acer x freemanii (Freeman maple) 318-2006*A in flower (image here) 4. Acer saccharinum (silver maple) 1142-85*A in flower (image here) 5. Alnus serrulata (hazel alder) 389-2002*A in flower (image here) 6. Cornus officinalis (Japanese cornel dogwood) 8153-1*A in flower (image here) 7. Salix gracilistyla (rosegold […]

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