The Arboretum has a large collection of filberts (Corylus spp.). The oldest, Corylus americana, Acc. # 1229*A, was collected in 1873, a year after the Arboretum’s founding, from Liberty, Virginia. Since then, the collection has grown to include species from Europe, Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea, totaling 51 plants. Most accessions have been wild-collected, with the data revealing a who’s who of Arboretum plant explorers and their colleagues at partnering institutions. Some form dense, ever-broadening rhizomatous shrubs while others are large pyramidal trees. The nuts are edible, if you can collect them before they are spirited away by local wildlife. Arboretum Gardener Robert Dowell has a fondness for filberts and wonders why they aren’t more commonly grown in Massachusetts. Robert will present an overview of the collection and visit several species located in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. Meet at 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 8 at Acc. # 1299*A.
Parking: Park on the Arborway and enter through the Arborway or Forest Hills Gates. Walk along Meadow Road or Forest Hills Road towards the ponds and follow signs to the gathering.
Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the upper level of the station and cross South Street and head uphill, parallel to the exit ramp, to the Forest Hills Gate. Take Forest Hills Road to the ponds and follow signs to the gathering.