Wrap-up on spring flowering at the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 3, 2017

Wrap-up on spring flowering at the Arnold Arboretum

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With temperatures regularly in the high 80s and into the 90s (F), spring is officially over at the Arnold Arboretum.  This was my seventh spring at the Arboretum and nothing in the past six years comes close.  Consistent cool and wet weather combined to allow almost every species to leaf out, flower and/or cone with […]

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Franklinia – first flower

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
August 6, 2016

Franklinia – first flower

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Yesterday, I had a hunch I might see the very first flower of the season on the Franklin trees at the Arnold Arboretum. So off I went to the Explorers Garden on Bussey Hill, where two of the largest Franklinia plants in North America reside (2428-3*A and 2428-3*B, accessioned in 1905). With temperatures approaching 90°F and a […]

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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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Tickled Pink

by Nancy Rose
July 29, 2015