Tree habit with man behind row of smaller trees, Tokyo Botanic Garden, 1914

March 3, 2016

Tree habit with man behind row of smaller trees

Tree habit with man behind row of smaller trees, Tokyo Botanic Garden, 1914

Tree habit with man behind row of smaller trees

Tokyo – Botanic Garden. Ilex integra Thunb. with small conifers in front. Height 55 ft. Circumference 7 ft. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 20.5 x 15.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Tokyo – Botanic Garden Ilex integra

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree habit with man behind row of smaller trees
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American, English)
Tokyo Botanic Garden, Japan
December 24, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog.

Ernest Henry Wilson is one of the most prolific, renowned, and farthest traveled plant explorers associated with The Arnold Arboretum. It is not an overstatement to credit Wilson with bringing Eastern Asian botany, history, and culture to widespread interest in western society, nor to exaggerate the introduction of thousands of Asian plant species to western gardens.

In early 1914, Wilson sailed with his family to Japan. His objective for this trip was to study the native forests, cultivated plants, and Japanese horticultural practices. Wilson’s specific expedition goals included conifers, Kurume azaleas, and Japanese cherries. His collection notebooks from this time are digitized and available in Series W.VI: The Fifth Expedition to Japan—February 1914-January 1915 of Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Visual Archives.

Additionally, be sure to explore The Open Collections Program of Harvard University Library, which includes the online resource “Expeditions & Discoveries: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age. Ernest H. Wilson Expeditions to China, Japan, Korea, Formosa, and Islands in the Japanese Sea 1899–1919.”

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