Conifers from around the world; perennial wildflowers from New England

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 11, 2017

Conifers from around the world; perennial wildflowers from New England

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As autumn begins to set in, it is getting harder and harder to find woody plants in flower at the Arnold Arboretum. And, humans aren’t the only ones to lament the diminution of flowering in September – insects do too! Under the visionary leadership of Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture, the Arboretum has been working […]

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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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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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Stump speech

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 31, 2016

Stump speech

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The time seems right for just such a speech! Often overlooked, the remnants of Arnold Arboretum accessions can be found throughout the landscape – you just need to look down. A lightning strike killed the statuesque dawn redwood (Metaseqouia glyptostroboides, 740-62*E) at the beginning of Willow Path across from the Hunnewell Building. Left behind are […]

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Oaks

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 15, 2016

Oaks

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If you haven’t yet been beaned by a gravity-inspired acorn at the Arnold Arboretum, you are missing something wonderful. With 776 accessioned oak trees (genus Quercus) in the living collections, there are plenty of opportunities right now. For the past month, I have been enjoying everything from the majestic architecture of our older oaks such […]

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Junipers and water

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 9, 2016

Goatscaping – Biological Control for Invasive Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 4, 2016

Goatscaping – Biological Control for Invasive Plants

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For the past month, a team of four goats have been munching their way through weeds, overgrowth, and brush in the Arboretum landscape. This new pilot program offers a novel approach to controlling noxious and invasive plants that prove difficult to contain by other means. The goats are contained in a small, electrified enclosure, which is moved […]

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Post from the road – 11,500 feet up in China

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 15, 2016

Post from the road – 11,500 feet up in China

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I write from the airport near Songpan China, in the north of Sichuan Province. I was supposed to head out first thing this morning so that I could teach tomorrow, but the extreme fog hugging the mountain tops and airport laid waste to those plans. Tonight, with a bit of luck, I will make my […]

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“Great and curious blunder in dame nature”

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 7, 2016

“Great and curious blunder in dame nature”

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Think back to late spring and early summer, and conjure an image of the floral display in the buckeye and horse-chestnut (the genus Aesculus) collection at the Arnold Arboretum. The trees were filled with huge clusters (thyrses) of flowers. Now fast forward to September. The fruits are reaching their full magnificence: large and pear-shaped on the […]

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A close-up of Chinese catalpa

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 15, 2015

A close-up of Chinese catalpa

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This week at the Arnold Arboretum, Catalpa ovata (the Chinese or yellow catalpa) is beginning to release its stunning lighter-than-air seeds from hundreds of foot-long skinny pods. The trees are otherwise bare, leaves shed earlier in the fall, and each forlorn tree looks as if covered with woody icicles swaying in the breeze (bottom right, […]

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