Botanical thermometers

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 9, 2019

The ultimate early bloomer

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 23, 2018

The ultimate early bloomer

Arnold Promise witch hazel

An interesting byproduct of planting related species side by side is that pollinating insects can become unwitting hybridizers. Such was certainly the case with one of the Arboretum’s most famous introductions, Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’. A beautiful and vigorous witch hazel, ‘Arnold Promise’ was named to honor the place where it began, a happy […]

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Ponds, spring, Rehder Pond, 1904

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 9, 2017

Ponds, spring, Rehder Pond, 1904

Ponds, spring, Rehder Pond, 1904

Ponds, spring, Rehder Pond, 1904 Title: Fothergilla and Japanese Witchhazel (Hamamelis japonica) next to Rehder Pond Photograph by Thomas E. Marr (active ca.1890-1910, American) Rehder Pond, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States May 21, 1904 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University Library’s catalog. Thomas E. Marr was a professional, […]

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Witch-hazels in bloom!

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 28, 2017

Witch-hazels in bloom!

Tree of the Month_witchhazels

They said it couldn’t be done: seeing all five extant species of witch-hazel (genus Hamamelis) in flower at the same time (indeed the same day). But, after three weeks of scouting, I have accomplished the impossible. This past Wednesday, with sun and brilliant blue skies warming the flowers (and me), I did it! Starting with the […]

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Hamamelis mollis, Arnold Arboretum, 1927

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 31, 2016

Hamamelis mollis, Arnold Arboretum, 1927

Hamamelis mollis

Hamamelis mollis Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts April 2, 1927 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 credit Wilson with bringing Eastern Asian botany, history, and culture to […]

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Hamamelis japonica arborea, 1915-1919

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 24, 2016

Hamamelis japonica arborea, 1915-1919

Hamamelis japonica arborea

Hamamelis japonica arborea Photograph by Camillo Schneider Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 1915-1919 Hamamelis spp. “Witch-hazel” is our Tree of Month for March 2016. Camillo Schneider was a German plant collector and dendrologist who, forced to abandon fieldwork in China, sought asylum and employment at the Arboretum during World War I. He worked as Research […]

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Hamamelis virginiana, Arnold Arboretum, 1900

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 17, 2016

Hamamelis virginiana, Arnold Arboretum, 1900

Hamamelis virginiana

Hamamelis virginiana Photograph by Alfred Rehder (1863-1949) Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts October, 1900 Hamamelis spp. “Witch-hazel” is our Tree of Month for March 2016. Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898 while on assignment for Moller’s Deutsche Gartner-Zeitungand where he held the position of Associate Editor. Intending only to stay in America […]

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Hamamelis japonica, Arnold Arboretum, 1926

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 10, 2016

Hamamelis japonica, Arnold Arboretum, 1926

Hamamelis japonica Photograph by George W. Root Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts February 15, 1926 Hamamelis spp. “Witch-hazel” is our Tree of Month for March 2016. The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives will feature a new view of a Hammaelis specimen every Thursday of this month, so keep checking back! Andrew Gapinski, Arnold Arboretum […]

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Witch-hazels in winter (Part 2)

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
March 9, 2016

Witch-hazels in winter (Part 2)

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'

With several specimens in hearty bloom now, the Arboretum’s witch-hazel collection includes some of the most diverse and fascinating plants in our winter and early spring landscape. In Part 1 of this series, Horticulture Manager Andrew Gapinksi offered an introduction to the genus, as well details on some standout specimens. Keep reading for more recommendations […]

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Witch-hazels in winter (Part 1)

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
February 23, 2016

Witch-hazels in winter (Part 1)

Hamamelis vernalis

“Whilst winter’s hand is yet heavy on the land the witch-hazels boldly put forth their star-shaped yellow blossoms but the native Hamamelis vernalis is over-shadowed by its more brilliant Chinese and Japanese relatives.” –Ernest H. Wilson, Plant Hunting, 1927 One of the amazing events each winter and early spring at the Arboretum is the blooming […]

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