Davidia involucrata (dove tree) in the fog, China, 1909

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 3, 2019

Davidia involucrata (dove tree) in the fog, China, 1909

Davidia involucrata

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American, English Changyang, Hubei Sheng, China January 30, 1909 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors of the early twentieth century. It is not […]

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E. H. Wilson’s search for Davidia involucrata

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 27, 2018

E. H. Wilson’s search for Davidia involucrata

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Each year, the Explorer’s Garden is a riot of white when the Davidia involucrata, or dove trees, are in bloom. Before his employment at the Arboretum, a young Englishman named Ernest Henry Wilson was hired in 1899 by the Veitch Nursery firm to collect plants in China. In particular he was tasked with bringing back […]

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Dove tree takes wing

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 22, 2017

Dove tree takes wing

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“To my mind Davidia involucrata [the dove tree] is at once the most interesting and beautiful of all trees of the north-temperate flora.” Coming from Ernest Henry Wilson, the intrepid early twentieth century plant explorer for the Arnold Arboretum (and Veitch Nurseries before that), that is some mighty high praise! Right now, our magnificent 1904 (5159*A) […]

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Bract Facts

by Nancy Rose
June 17, 2016

Bract Facts

Linden - Tilia by Robert-Mayer

Bracts are specialized plant structures that serve varied functions such as attracting pollinators and protecting inflorescences (flower structures). Often leaflike, bracts range from the inconspicuous to the wildly showy. Perhaps the best example of the latter is poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), whose bright red bracts surround the inconspicuous yellow-green flowers and are often mistaken for petals. […]

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How to follow in the footsteps of Ernest Henry Wilson

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 26, 2015

How to follow in the footsteps of Ernest Henry Wilson

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Three weeks ago, I spent a day in the field north of Chengdu with Michael Dosmann (Curator of Living Collections), Professor Yin Kaipu (of the Chengdu Institute of Biology) and several wonderful Chinese colleagues. There in the Duijiangyan Nature Reserve, I had the remarkable good fortune to see a dove tree (Davidia involucrata) in the […]

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Dove Tree Takes Wing

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
May 21, 2014