Oyama magnolia in full bloom

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 12, 2016

Oyama magnolia in full bloom

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The spectacle of spring flowering magnolias at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a show to see. However, summer flowering magnolias such as the Oyama magnolia (Magnolia sieboldii), the bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla), and the sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana), while more subtle, are also worthy of a pilgrimage. Right now, one of the Arnold […]

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Mountain laurels fling pollen!

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

Mountain laurels fling pollen!

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This week has been close to perfect when it comes to rhododendrons and azaleas at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Both belong to the Ericaceae, a family of plants that also includes blueberries, cranberries, and the mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia. The Arnold has two stunning groupings of mountain laurels, and they are just beginning […]

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Willows in flower

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 26, 2016