Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ and Mountain Witch Alder, Arboretum Main Gate, 2018

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 27, 2018

Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ and Mountain Witch Alder, Arboretum Main Gate, 2018

Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow' and Mountain Witch Alder, Arboretum Main Gate, 2018

Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ and mountain witch alder, Arborway Gate, 2018 Photograph by Larissa Glasser Main Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts November 7, 2018 These two shrubs, just inside the Arboretum main gate (on your left), complement each other well as fall colors overtake the urban landscape. The Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ (holly) on the left […]

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Acer sacchrum, fall, Faxon Pond, 1936

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 7, 2017

Acer sacchrum, fall, Faxon Pond, 1936

Faxon Pond with Sugar Maples (Acer sacchrum) in fall color and the Shrub Collection in the background

Acer sacchrum, fall, Faxon Pond, 1936 Alternate Title: Faxon Pond with Sugar Maples (Acer sacchrum) in fall color and the Shrub Collection in the background Photographer unknown Faxon Pond, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1936 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog. Faxon Pond is named in […]

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Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 19, 2016

Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

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This week has offered spectacular blue skies to witness fall colors interacting with the low angle of the sun in the mornings and late afternoons. The near mythical golds of the hickories (bottom right; Carya glabra, the pignut hickory; 23166*A), larches (bottom left; Larix decidua var. polonica, the Polish larch, a red-listed taxon native only to […]

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Marginalia

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 6, 2016

Marginalia

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The Arnold Arboretum is nothing short of spectacular this week, with whole hillsides ablaze and astonishing landscape scale views everywhere. But, my mind kept focusing on the minute; the individual leaves and extraordinary beauty of their edges. Perhaps it is the brilliance of autumnal colors that brings leaf shape into such vivid display. Sugar maple […]

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Mendum Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Fall 1936

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 27, 2016

Mendum Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Fall 1936

Mendum Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Fall 1936

Gates, fall, Mendum Street Gate, 1936 Alternate Title: Mendum Street Gate covered in Virginia Creeper (Ampelopsis quinquefolia) Photographer unknown Mendum Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States October 14, 1936 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library. Also remember to visit our Visual Archives, […]

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10 Beautiful Plants to Look for on a Fall Foliage Walk

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
October 19, 2016

10 Beautiful Plants to Look for on a Fall Foliage Walk

Fall Foliage in the Leventritt Garden 10/18/2016

Leaf-peeping is a time-honored tradition in New England for visitors and residents alike. But you don’t need to leave the city to enjoy nature’s handiwork. Take a stroll through the Arnold Arboretum landscape to check out our tops picks for autumn color! 1. Cultivar of red maple (Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’; 3256*A) located directly across Meadow Road from the […]

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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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Beech Trees at Peak Foliage Color

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 9, 2015

Beech Trees at Peak Foliage Color

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Time is of the essence! Make your way to the beech collection at the Arnold Arboretum in the next few days to admire Fagus sylvatica ‘tortuosa’ (14599*A) at the peak of its fall colors. This magnificent specimen came to the Arboretum in 1888. Standing under the canopy is akin to entering a medieval cathedral with […]

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