Sciadopitys verticillata, Japanese Umbrella Pine, 1905

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 5, 2019

Sciadopitys verticillata, Japanese Umbrella Pine, 1905

Tree habit with wooden temple buildings, a lake and hills in the background

Sciadopitys verticillata [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree habit with wooden temple buildings, a lake and hills in the background Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), American, Canadian Chuzenji, Lake, Tochigi, Japan August 10, 1905 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. In April 1886, John George Jack visited […]

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Group of men sitting among trees, Ooryong-too [Ulleungdo Island], Korea, 1917

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 9, 2019

Group of men sitting among trees, Ooryong-too [Ulleungdo Island], Korea, 1917

Group of men sitting among trees

Ooryong-too (Dagelet Is.) Alternate Title: Group of men sitting among trees Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson, 1876-1930, American, English 1917 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 […]

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When spring is samara season

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
August 27, 2019

Eminent panicle hydrangeas

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 15, 2019

Eminent panicle hydrangeas

panicle hydrangea flowers

There are certain times of the year when the Arnold Arboretum must be inhaled to round out the full experience. Right now, different parts of the Arboretum are dominated by aromatic compounds volatilizing from the flowers of linden trees (Tilia spp.) and the magnificent panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata). With temperatures high and the sun intense, […]

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Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
June 10, 2019

Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

Several mature Acer pycnanthum (left side) growing among other broadleaved trees in Sendanbayashi – note the grayish-green leaves

Most of the temperate trees and shrubs that grow in the Arnold Arboretum’s living collections ripen their fruits in late summer or autumn. As a result, expeditions to wild places to collect seed take place around the same time. Unfortunately, this means our collections may lack species whose fruits are ripe for the picking much […]

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New Year’s elders

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
December 31, 2018

New Year’s elders

After you’ve sung “Auld Lang Syne” and shot confetti scraps into the air, eaten the silvery herring or popped the twelve grapes (whatever your auspicious New Year’s traditions may be), it’s time to start humming “Pomp and Circumstance.” One hundred years ago, the Arnold Arboretum received the final seed shipments from Ernest Henry Wilson’s sixth […]

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Notes from the field: The return to Japan

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, and Steve Schneider, Manager of Operations
September 20, 2018

Notes from the field: The return to Japan

The leaves and friable soil slipped beneath us as we climbed—hand over hand—up the slope, careful not to send more boulders ricocheting down the hillside. Luckily, our team was spread out in a near horizontal line, all wearing safety helmets in case more wayward rocks came tumbling down (they did). The bullseye above us was […]

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Cryptomeria fever

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
April 6, 2018

Cryptomeria fever

Cryptomeria japonica pollen cones

Cryptic flowers are often responsible for our sneezes. In Massachusetts, we have annual ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) to blame as one of the worst offenders. The small spikes of green flowers are so inconspicuous and drab, however, that it seems generations have attributed their runny noses in late summer and fall to more flamboyant suspects, like […]

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Prunus lannesiana f. albida Japan, 1914

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 6, 2018

Japanese umbrella pine, Japan, 1905

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 20, 2018

Japanese umbrella pine, Japan, 1905

Japanese umbrella pine, Japan, 1905

Sciadopitys vericillata [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Two tree trunks with a man standing in between and a wooden fence and building behind Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), American, Canadian Chuzenji, Lake, Tochigi, Japan August 10, 1905 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. In April 1886, John […]

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