1917-1919 Ernest H. Wilson Expedition to Eastern Asia

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 23, 2018

1917-1919 Ernest H. Wilson Expedition to Eastern Asia

Overview Additional Resources Overview 1917-1919 Ernest H. Wilson Expedition to Eastern Asia First World War national loyalties brought tensions to the Arnold Arboretum staff. By later 1916, Charles Sargent thought it wise to dispatch Ernest Henry Wilson to Eastern Asia, again accompanied by his family, on what would become his most successful expedition to date. […]

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Prunus lannesiana f. albida Japan, 1914

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 6, 2018

The ultimate early bloomer

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 23, 2018

The ultimate early bloomer

Arnold Promise witch hazel

An interesting byproduct of planting related species side by side is that pollinating insects can become unwitting hybridizers. Such was certainly the case with one of the Arboretum’s most famous introductions, Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’. A beautiful and vigorous witch hazel, ‘Arnold Promise’ was named to honor the place where it began, a happy […]

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Nor’easters exact toll on Arboretum trees

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 15, 2018

Nor’easters exact toll on Arboretum trees

Picea x notha 13406-A

Three consecutive nor’easters in March left their mark on the renowned tree collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, with some 30 Arboretum accessions lost or slated for removal due to major damage. The most devastating of the three storms at the Arboretum was the first, Winter Storm Riley, which slammed Boston and much […]

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Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 20, 2018

Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

Sciadopitys verticillata Japan [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree trunk with man Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) American, English Koya-san, Kii province, Hondo, Japan. December 3, 1914 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Ernest Henry Wilson is one of the most prolific, renowned, and farthest traveled plant […]

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Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
January 10, 2018

Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

China Expedition 2017_Jonathan Shaw

With three to four times the botanical diversity of North America, China is a hotspot in our search for rare and unusual plants. Last September, the Arboretum joined a two-week expedition in Sichuan with the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC). Harvard Magazine’s Jonathan Shaw shares the compelling story of the team’s journey, unforeseen challenges, […]

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Post from the Field: Chasing Wilson in Northern Sichuan

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, and Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
October 16, 2017

Post from the Field: Chasing Wilson in Northern Sichuan

NACPEC Sichuan 2017

After mentioning plant collecting in China, we often get the question: “Why there?” Well, some 30,000 species are native to the Middle Kingdom, many growing in temperate climates quite similar to that of New England. Illustrating this point is that among the Arboretum’s wild-collected plants, over 25% hail from China, second only to the United […]

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Quercus major Korea, 1917

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 12, 2017

Quercus major Korea, 1917

Quercus major Korea, 1917

Quercus Baronii China [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree trunk with man Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American, English Korea July 9, 1917 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and […]

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Tomb with stone effigies, China, 1909

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 28, 2017

Tomb with stone effigies, China, 1909

Tomb with stone effigies, China, 1909

Tomb with stone effigies China Western Hupeh [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tomb with animal statues in front and man beside Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American, English China February 28, 1909 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest […]

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Silk tree, Albizzia julibrissin, near Hunnewell Building, 1989

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 25, 2017

Silk tree, Albizzia julibrissin, near Hunnewell Building, 1989

Albizzia julibrissin

Silk tree, Albizzia julibrissin, near Hunnewell Building, 1989 Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States December 13, 1989 Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest-traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers of the early twentieth century. In 1918, Wilson collected seeds of Albizia juibrissin in […]

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