Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2018

Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

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2017 has been a magnificent year at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The trees, shrubs, and lianas dazzled, but of course, not in exactly the same way as in 2016, or for that matter, any other year since the dawn of time. To begin 2018, I share 12 moments from my wanderings in the […]

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Meet a Scientist: Jonathan Mahoney

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
December 16, 2017

Meet a Scientist: Jonathan Mahoney

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Jonathan Mahoney is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum and a recipient of the Deland Award for Student Research. Learn more about his work breeding the next generation of antioxidant-rich fruits in this interview for ARBlog.   What are you studying at the Arnold Arboretum? I’m studying applied plant breeding of Aronia (chokeberry), whose fruits are […]

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Heritage Apples at Royal Horticultural Society

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 16, 2017

Heritage Apples at Royal Horticultural Society

The Alexander Apple 1818. Watercolour by William Hooker (1779-1832)

Heritage Apples People have been growing apples for centuries – developing thousands of apple varieties, each with their own unique taste and appearance. Sadly, many of these varieties have disappeared or are very rare. In 1805 Thomas Knight, one of the founder members of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), encouraged gardeners to experiment with producing […]

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Better Than Blueberries?

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia
June 26, 2017

Gleditsia in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 5, 2016

Gleditsia in the Arboretum

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The Arnold Arboretum has two wonderful clusters of honey locust trees (genus Gleditsia); one on the west flank of Peters Hill, and the other appropriately embedded in the legume (pea family) collection next to Rehder Pond. Now is a great time to literally see the (pea pod-like) fruits of these trees’ labors, hanging (or on the […]

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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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Harlequin Glorybower

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia
August 18, 2016

Harlequin Glorybower

While some Arboretum plants are looking a bit worn out now in late summer, the fabulously named harlequin glorybower [pdf] (Clerodendrum trichotomum) is just coming into its own. Though its habit–a large, irregular, vigorously suckering shrub–leaves something to be desired, it more than makes up for that with late season bloom followed by showy autumn […]

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Focus on Phenology: Midsummer Marvels

by Danny Schissler, Research Assistant, Friedman Lab
July 29, 2016

Focus on Phenology: Midsummer Marvels

Legumes and loments, cypselas and capsules, samaras and schizocarps! Fruits (in the botanic sense) come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, many of which can be found growing inconspicuously among the shady canopies of the Arboretum. These hot and hazy summer days mark a critical transition period, as fertilized flowers transform slowly and […]

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End of Year Favorites Part 4 (of 5): Focus on Fruits

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 4, 2016

End of Year Favorites Part 4 (of 5): Focus on Fruits

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Day four (of five) of some of my favorite photographic memories of the venerable plants of the Arnold Arboretum in 2015, with a focus on fruits. Magnolia zenii, zen magnolia, in glorious fruit in August (430-91*A) Elaeagnus umbellata, Japanese silverberry, with peltate trichomes (hairs) on fruits in November (20889*C) Sorbus hybrid (parentage uncertain, but likely […]

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Notes on late-hanging crabapples

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 21, 2015

Notes on late-hanging crabapples

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Sooty blotch and fly speck – sounds bad, doesn’t it? While supermarkets encourage the worship of seemingly “perfect” blemish-free apples, the “imperfect” are often far more interesting. Weird shapes, surficial scars, and even a coating of fungi may have little or no effect on flavor. Recently, I have been enjoying the late-hanging fruits, in their […]

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