Black locust levitates over the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
August 7, 2018

Black locust levitates over the Arnold Arboretum

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It was a sight to see. The trunk of a black locust tree (Robinia pseudoacacia) floating over the Arnold Arboretum! This rogue unaccessioned (and declining) tree planted itself in the living collections of the Arboretum some decades ago along the border with Centre Street. Yesterday, its crown was removed and the entire trunk was lifted […]

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Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 19, 2018

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966 [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Conifer Collection in the snow Photograph by Howard, Heman Arthur, American Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States February 3, 1966 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Herman Howard joined the Arnold Arboretum staff in 1929 […]

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In the Pines

by Nancy Rose
January 17, 2018

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 11, 2018

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, ca. 1980 Photograph by Boston Review, Boston, MA, United States [1982] Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1980 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. The Conifer Collection of the Arnold Arboretum is comprised of 567 gymnosperm taxa (or kinds) […]

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Pinus cembra: From the Alps to the Arboretum

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
March 7, 2017

Pinus cembra: From the Alps to the Arboretum

Pinus cembra, Swiss Stone Pine

I recently caught up with some friends who had just returned from backpacking in the Austrian Alps. As we chatted about their trip, they opened a bottle of zirbenschnapps, a traditional Austrian spirit (often homemade) flavored with a distillation made from the cones of Pinus cembra, the Swiss stone pine. After a few sips, my first thought […]

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Japanese Yew in the Conifer Collection, 1925

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 3, 2016

Japanese Yew in the Conifer Collection, 1925

Japanese Yew in the Conifer Collection, 1925

Conifers, fall, yew, 1925 Alternate Title: Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata densa) in the Conifer Collection Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930, American, English) Yew Collection, Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States November 19, 1925 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library. Ernest Henry […]

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Leaf shadows on Peters Hill

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 18, 2016

Leaf shadows on Peters Hill

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This week, I wandered the east side of Peters Hill, admiring the landscape, taking in long views of the collections of crabapples, pears, poplars, and ginkgoes. I dove into the deep understory darkness of the old dawn redwood grove down near the railroad tracks. I was dazzled by the extraordinary work of the Arnold Arboretum […]

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Colorful Conifer Cones

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

Colorful Conifer Cones

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Six weeks ago, larches (Larix) were in full glory with their brilliantly colored young seed cones, just emerged from winter buds. Now, spruces and firs are on display. At left, a rainbow of colors on a young seed cone of the ‘acrocana’ form of Norway spruce (Picea abies; 475-36*B; map here). This wonderful droopy tree (in […]

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Larch cones in spring

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 2, 2016

Notes on the dawn redwood

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 22, 2015

Notes on the dawn redwood

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The first dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) seeds ever to journey out of China arrived in Jamaica Plain in early 1948. Today, thirteen trees grown from these seeds (collected on an expedition sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum) are still going strong on the grounds. My personal favorite of the 1948 dawn redwoods (524-48*L) is off by […]

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