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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New Year’s elders

by Jonathan Damery
December 31, 2018

E. H. Wilson’s search for Davidia involucrata

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 27, 2018

E. H. Wilson’s search for Davidia involucrata

Dove tree

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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Glowing brilliant red Chinese endemic shrubs at the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 22, 2018

Glowing brilliant red Chinese endemic shrubs at the Arboretum

Heptacodium miconioides

Seventy-three years is a long wait. That’s what it took between the Arnold Arboretum’s Ernest Henry Wilson (the great explorer of Asian plant biodiversity in the early twentieth century) first observing seven son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) in Hubei in 1907 and its arrival in the living collections here in Boston. Only in 1980, with the […]

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Quercus sargentiana Massachusetts, 1925

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 24, 2018

Quercus sargentiana Massachusetts, 1925

Quercus sargentiana Massachusetts, 1925

Quercus sargentiana Massachusetts, 1925 Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson Brookline, Massachusetts November 28, 1925 A larger version of this image is available at Ernest Wilson’s New England Trees, hosted by Digital Commonwealth. Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization, founded in 2006, that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of […]

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Hemlock Hill, summer, ferns, 1923

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 16, 2018

Hemlock Hill, summer, ferns, 1923

Hemlock Hill, summer, ferns, 1923

Hemlock Hill, summer, ferns, 1923 Alternate Title: Woman wearing a hat standing among the ferns on Hemlock Hill Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson, 1876-1930 (American, English) Hemlock Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States June 15, 1923 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Ernest Henry Wilson is one of […]

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Bonsai trees outside Weld Hill Building, 2018

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 31, 2018

Bonsai trees outside Weld Hill Building, 2018

Bonsai trees outside Weld Hill Building, 2018

Bonsai trees outside Weld Hill Building, 2018 Photograph by Larissa Glasser Weld Hill Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA May 22, 2018 On the occasion of a late May visit to Arnold Arboretum by delegates from The Chengdu Institute of Biology (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Wilson Botanical Garden (Chengdu), and Huanglong Nature Reserve, Arboretum Director […]

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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

Prunus lannesiana f. albida Japan, 1914

:Tree habit with man by road and car in background

Prunus lannesiana f. albida Japan [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree habit with man by road and car in background Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson, 1876-1930 (American, English) Koganei, Japan April 9, 1914 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Ernest Henry Wilson is one of the most prolific, […]

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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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