Felled by the wind

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

Felled by the wind

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More than 20 large trees in the Arnold Arboretum came down or were severely damaged in the brutal Nor’easter on March 1, including several centenarians with important provenance. Most of the trees toppled by the winds had significant rot or underlying structural issues; it was only a matter of time. Like us, trees age, grow […]

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A Tangled Tree

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

A Tangled Tree

Yesterday, a genuine New England Nor’easter struck, with phenomenal winds and drenching rain, but fortunately for the trees, no snow. This storm brought to mind one of our old Japanese red pines (Pinus densiflora 16536*C), collected by Charles Sprague Sargent (first director of the Arnold Arboretum) in 1892 in Japan. It bears the scars of […]

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Smooth and colorful bark

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

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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Sophora japonica and Albizzia julibrissin Tientsin, China, 1907

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 17, 2017

Sophora japonica and Albizzia julibrissin Tientsin, China, 1907

Tree habit with three children in western dress

Sophora japonica and Albizzia julibrissin Tientsin, China [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree habit with three children in western dress Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Dutch, American. Tianjin, Tianjin Municipality, China June 9, 1907 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Frank Nicholas Meyer began his career at […]

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The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 5, 2017

The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors

The Songs of Trees

The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David Haskell David Haskell’s award-winning The Forest Unseen won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Now, Haskell brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees around the […]

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Twisted trees in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
February 27, 2017

Twisted trees in the Arboretum

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With snow still on the ground, but temperatures rising fast, last Monday I came upon the gnarled and pendulous cultivar of the white mulberry (Morus alba ‘pendula’ 5165*A) on Bussey Hill – acquired by the Arnold Arboretum in 1903. It appeared as some sort of sea serpent (well, snow serpent in this case) emerging from the lower […]

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Next Tree Mob™: Bark into Golden Hickory Syrup

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
December 4, 2016

Next Tree Mob™: Bark into Golden Hickory Syrup

Hickory Syrup

For many from New England, the only syrup approved for pancakes is that which is locally-tapped from a sugar maple (Acer saccharum). However, sap isn’t the only tree source for making syrup. Arboretum horticulturist Sue Pfeiffer took advantage of a downed shagbark hickory (Carya ovata), gathered some bark, and then proceeded to bake and boil. […]

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Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 19, 2016

Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

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  This week has offered spectacular blue skies to witness fall colors interacting with the low angle of the sun in the mornings and late afternoons. The near mythical golds of the hickories (bottom right; Carya glabra, the pignut hickory; 23166*A), larches (bottom left; Larix decidua var. polonica, the Polish larch, a red-listed taxon native only […]

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