Remembering the trees we grew up with, and the ones we lost

by Rebecca Pacheco for The Boston Globe
April 24, 2019

In deep winter, trees keep on giving

by Renee Loth for The Boston Globe
January 2, 2019

The American Woods

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 21, 2018

The American Woods

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The American Woods This online resource showcases pages from Romeyn Beck Hough’s unique fourteen volume work The American Woods, a collection of more than 1000 paper-thin wood samples representing more than 350 varieties of North American tree. Between 1888 and 1913, Hough published a total of thirteen volumes of the work, but died in 1923 […]

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What’s blooming?

by Terry Huang, Living Collections Fellow
May 31, 2018

Spring at last!

by Terry Huang, Living Collections Fellow
May 2, 2018

Felled by the wind

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 13, 2018

A Tangled Tree

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 3, 2018

Smooth and colorful bark

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 16, 2018

Smooth and colorful bark

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There is nothing quite so wonderful as the colors of smooth bark at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (we will deal with deeply furrowed bark another day). Without leaves and flowers to distract, bark can be the central focus of a winter outing. Here are twelve of my favorites in the digital equivalent of […]

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Thoreau and the Language of Trees

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 12, 2018

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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