Glowing brilliant red Chinese endemic shrubs at the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 22, 2018

Glowing brilliant red Chinese endemic shrubs at the Arboretum

Heptacodium miconioides

Seventy-three years is a long wait. That’s what it took between the Arnold Arboretum’s Ernest Henry Wilson (the great explorer of Asian plant biodiversity in the early twentieth century) first observing seven son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) in Hubei in 1907 and its arrival in the living collections here in Boston. Only in 1980, with the […]

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Trapped for a noble cause

by Harold Suárez-Baron, Arnold Arboretum Deland Fellow
October 3, 2018

Trapped for a noble cause

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by Harold Suárez-Baron, Arnold Arboretum Deland Fellow Flowering plants represent nearly ninety-five percent of all described species in the plant kingdom and display extraordinary diversity in their floral anatomy. This astonishing variation is paralleled by the sophisticated ways in which flowers are pollinated. For many plants pollination occurs through an interplay of visual, olfactory, and […]

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September beauty

by Jonathan Damery
September 14, 2018

Secret scents

by Jonathan Damery
June 27, 2018

Spring larch pilgrimage

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 17, 2018

Spring larch pilgrimage

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My favorite sign of early spring is not the zen magnolia in flower, or the yellow-flowered dogwoods, or the smashing pussy willows with their catkins on full display – in fact it isn’t anything in flower.  Rather, it is something in “cone.”  For me, the absolute high point right now is to catch a glimpse of […]

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Catapulting pollen

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
March 1, 2018

Conifers from around the world; perennial wildflowers from New England

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 11, 2017

Conifers from around the world; perennial wildflowers from New England

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As autumn begins to set in, it is getting harder and harder to find woody plants in flower at the Arnold Arboretum. And, humans aren’t the only ones to lament the diminution of flowering in September – insects do too! Under the visionary leadership of Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture, the Arboretum has been working […]

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What’s Bugging You?

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 12, 2016

Focus on Phenology: Prescient Pollination

by Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator
March 22, 2016

Focus on Phenology: Prescient Pollination

Corylus heterophylla var. sutchuenensis (Szechuan Filbert)

It’s the first week of spring, and with the promise of longer days and warmer temperatures comes the annual plight of the allergy sufferer. Look carefully, and you’ll see the earliest flush of flowers dangling whimsically throughout the Arboretum. Perhaps you’ve wondered why some trees begin their reproductive cycles so early in spring, before hardly an insect has shown up to work, so to […]

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Pollination in gymnosperms

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
August 20, 2011