Yes, there are a lot of acorns on the ground this season. Here’s why.

by Steve Annear for the Boston Globe
October 4, 2019

The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 1, 2019

Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 1, 2019

Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

Charles Sprague Sargent

Charles Sprague Sargent Photograph by J. E. Purdy & Co., n.d. A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence full-formed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50. Our founding director, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), prepared a 50-year report in 1922, […]

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Why do white oak species germinate in the fall?

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 20, 2017

Why do white oak species germinate in the fall?

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Over the past few weeks, I have been repeatedly drawn to the North American oak collection on the southwest flank of Bussey Hill. There is something truly grand about this cathedral-like space, with soaring trunks and arched canopies meeting to create a magnificent vaulted ceiling overhead. You enter this architectural and botanical space and are set […]

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Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo, 1905

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 26, 2017

Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo, 1905

Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo, 1905

Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree trunk with a horse, carriage and driver Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), American, Canadian Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan August 22, 1905 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis Images catalog. In April 1886, John George Jack visited the […]

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Peter’s Hill, spring, White Oak (Quercus alba), 1970

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 19, 2017

Peter’s Hill, spring, White Oak (Quercus alba), 1970

Peter's Hill, spring, White Oak (Quercus alba), 1970

Peter’s Hill, spring, White Oak (Quercus alba), ca. 1970 Alternate Title: Peter’s Hill with crabapples (Malus) and a White Oak (Quercus alba, center) Photograph by Pamela Bruns, American Peter’s Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1970 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis Images catalog. Our Crabapple […]

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Witness Tree

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
June 5, 2017

Paths, winter, Oak Path, snow, 1980

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 5, 2017

Paths, winter, Oak Path, snow, 1980

Paths, winter, Oak Path, snow, 1980

Paths, winter, Oak Path, snow, 1980 Alternate Title: Oak Path in the snow with a White Oak (Quercus alba) on the right Photograph by Gary Lee Koller (American) Oak Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States December 1980 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library. […]

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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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Oak Collection with no ground cover, 1977

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
June 16, 2016

Oak Collection with no ground cover, 1977

Oaks, summer, 1977

Oaks, summer, 1977 Alternate Title: Oak (Quercus) Collection with no ground cover Photograph by I. H. Burch, photographer Oak Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States August 1977 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. There are 41 different species of oaks at the Arnold Arboretum. Our largest […]

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