Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 19, 2018

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966 [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Conifer Collection in the snow Photograph by Howard, Heman Arthur, American Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States February 3, 1966 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Herman Howard joined the Arnold Arboretum staff in 1929 […]

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Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the snow, 2018

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 13, 2018

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the snow, 2018

Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides Photograph by Larissa Glasser (197?-), American Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA March 8, 2018 Sometimes catching a moment in our landscape is a matter of opportunity and timing. With the lingering morning snow still fresh, the only sign of human intervention was the well-plowed Meadow Road (thanks to our Grounds crew). […]

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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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Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 1, 2018

Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966

Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966

Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966 Alternate Title: Meadow Road in the snow near the Linden (Tilia) Collection Photographer unknown Meadow Road, Linden Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States January 1966 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Commonly called linden, lime, and basswood, Tilia are mostly large, deciduous […]

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Smooth and colorful bark

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

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 11, 2018

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, ca. 1980 Photograph by Boston Review, Boston, MA, United States [1982] Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1980 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. The Conifer Collection of the Arnold Arboretum is comprised of 567 gymnosperm taxa (or kinds) […]

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Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2018

Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

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2017 has been a magnificent year at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The trees, shrubs, and lianas dazzled, but of course, not in exactly the same way as in 2016, or for that matter, any other year since the dawn of time. To begin 2018, I share 12 moments from my wanderings in the […]

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Bussey Brook, winter, beeches, 1924

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 7, 2017

Bussey Brook, winter, beeches, 1924

Bussey Brook, winter, beeches, 1924

Bussey Brook valley with American Beeches (Fagus grandifolia) in the foreground Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) American, English Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States January 24, 1924 Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors of the early twentieth century. It is not an overstatement to […]

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Mountain chestnut oaks outsmart squirrels!

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 2, 2017

Mountain chestnut oaks outsmart squirrels!

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Two weeks ago, I wondered why the acorns of mountain chestnut oak (Quercus montana), like most other species in the white oak section of the genus, germinate soon after hitting the ground in the fall. This week, I excavated a seedling, and as you can see, the root system is already well developed, although the […]

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