What’s blooming?

by Terry Huang, Living Collections Fellow
May 31, 2018

Spring at last!

by Terry Huang, Living Collections Fellow
May 2, 2018

Magnolia salicifolia ‘Wada’s Memory’ by Arborway Gate, Spring 2018

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 2, 2018

Magnolia salicifolia ‘Wada’s Memory’ by Arborway Gate, Spring 2018

Magnolia salicifolia 'Wada's Memory'

Magnolia salicifolia ‘Wada’s Memory’ by Arborway Gate, Spring 2018 Photograph by Larissa Glasser Arborway Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA April 23, 2018 Warmer spring temperatures in late April brought this Magnolia specimen into bloom along the Arborway. This deciduous tree (a cultivar of Willowleaf Magnolia) is hard to miss when you enter through the […]

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Magnolia flowers fall apart beautifully

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 19, 2017

Magnolia flowers fall apart beautifully

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Things fall apart. That is the essence of a plant. I don’t mean the kind of falling apart of decay, but rather, the wonderful falling apart of the regular shedding of plant organs after they have served their given tasks. Bud scales after bud burst in the spring, petals after a flower is pollinated, leaves in […]

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Magnolia madness in April

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 19, 2017

Magnolia madness in April

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Magnolia trees surrounding the Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum unleash their flowering with shameless abandon throughout the month of April—and why not? This ancient family of deciduous trees is easy to fall in love with, if not for their fragrance then their variety—they subdivide into hundreds of cultivars and hybrids, and their colors vary […]

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Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca, original drawing by Charles Edward Faxon

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
June 30, 2016

Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca, original drawing by Charles Edward Faxon

Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca, original drawing by Charles Edward Faxon

Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca Illustration by Charles Edward Faxon (1846-1918) Original drawing for Silva of North America by Charles Sprague Sargent [Volume 1, plate 3] ca. 1890 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard Mirador Viewer. Charles Edward Faxon, in addition to acting as Assistant Director to Charles Sprague Sargent, also ran […]

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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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Hunnewell Building with Magnolias in bloom, 1940

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 26, 2016

Hunnewell Building with Magnolias in bloom, 1940

Hunnewell Building with Magnolias in bloom, 1940

Hunnewell Building, spring, magnolias, 1940 Alternate Title: Hunnewell Building with Star and Kobus Magnolias (Magnolia stellata and M. kobus) in bloom Photographer unknown Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States May 1940 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. The Hunnewell Building is located at the Main […]

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Still Hope for Magnolia Blooms this Spring!

by Kyle Port, Manager of Plant Records
April 15, 2016

Still Hope for Magnolia Blooms this Spring!

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  As the weather turns warm, one of the most anticipated sights of spring is the spectacular blooming of our beloved magnolias. Their showy flowers frame the Hunnewell Building and provide a striking welcome at the Arboretum’s Arborway entrance. Unfortunately, this year’s erratic weather disrupted our usual spring patterns just as the show was getting […]

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Magnolias for New England

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
April 11, 2016

Magnolias for New England

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Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall February 19-April 24, 2016 Reception, Saturday, February 20, 1:00-3:00pm Beautiful and often haunting, the photographs of Gunars Viksnins record the nuances, as well as the substantive changes, in the landscape as it evolves throughout the year. From the alterations of light, day to day, to the clear impact of the elements […]

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