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The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a museum of trees teaching the world about plants.

  • Magnolia macrophylla ssp. macrophylla 961-89-B by Ned Friedman
    Bigleaf Magnolia 961-89*B
  • Cotinus coggygria 1465-80-A by Ned Friedman
    Common Smoketree 1465-80*A
  • Catalpa ovata 98-61-B by Ned Friedman
    Chinese catalpa 98-61*B
  • Cladastris kentukea 13055-B by Ned Friedman
    American Yellowwood 13055*B
  • Pinus heldreichii 1276-64-A by Ned Friedman
    Heldreich Pine 1276-64*A
  • Rhododendron 'Brookville' 133-63-A by Jon Hetman
    Cultivar of Rhododendron 133-63*A
  • Fagus sylvatica 14588-A by Ned Friedman
    European Beech 14588*A
  • Viburnum bracteatum 365-2005-B by Ned Friedman
    Bracted Viburnum 365-2005*B
  • Sequoiadendron giganteum 1320-72-A by Ned Friedman
    Giant Sequoia 1320-72*A
  • Chionanthus retusus 427-87-A by Ned Friedman
    Chinese Fringetree 427-87*A

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spring guided tours, wonder spots | bats!, art show | meaningful beauty: the vibrant vocabulary of honeysuckles, massq ball 2022: origin, storywalks, arnold selects, expeditions : the arboretum’s new mobile app, growing a museum specimen,

  • Spring Guided Tours

    Join us for a walk in the landscape! Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history.

    spring tour in the lindens
  • Wonder Spots | Bats!

    There are nine bats species in Massachusetts and six of them have been found on the grounds. Visit all six new Bat Wonder Spots to learn how each bat interacts with the environment, hear recordings of bat calls, and participate in some bat myth busting!

  • Art Show | Meaningful Beauty: The Vibrant Vocabulary of Honeysuckles

    This multimedia exhibition highlights the genus Lonicera (honeysuckle). Wendy Clement combines her Arboretum research on honeysuckle with the design initiatives of Chris Ault’s Interactive Multimedia class at The College of New Jersey, bringing an exciting insight into how plants use visual signals to communicate with the world around them.

  • MassQ Ball 2022: Origin

    Convene in our collections to celebrate what makes us both unique and unified. A MassQ is a ritual application of paint to the face in order to reveal one's inner state of being. MassQing derives from the ancient tradition of body decoration practiced by nearly every indigenous culture on earth. Join us for this intergenerational, cross-cultural exhibition of the arts and interact with the landscape in new, creative ways.

  • StoryWalks

    StoryWalks are a wonderful way for families to read and talk about nature in the Arboretum landscape. Each month we set out a seasonal story about nature by using children’s picture books with beautiful illustrations and kid-friendly language. The StoryWalks migrate weekly through locations just inside several of the most traveled gates in the Arboretum.

  • Arnold Selects

    Explore the past, present, and future of plant introduction at the Arboretum

    Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise' 195-2005*A in full flower in late winter.
  • Expeditions : the Arboretum’s new mobile app

    Explore stories about botany, horticulture, conservation, and Arboretum history through photos, text, and audio segments.

    Expeditions the app of the Arnold Arboretum
  • Growing a Museum Specimen

    Learn about the life of an Arboretum plant on Google Arts & Culture.

    A color photo of several people standing in a pine savannah.

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Plants & Collections

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Stewartia pseudocamelia illustration
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Japanese Stewartia

Scientific Name
Stewartia pseudocamellia

This Japanese stewartia—and its nearby sibling—was collected in Korea in 1917. Its taxonomic status has inspired the curiosity of generations of botanists. 

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Fallen flowers of Japanese stewartia
1251-83*B Map it ↗

Ulleungdo Hemlock

Scientific Name
Tsuga ulleungensis

In 2003, a researcher collected a sample from this hemlock. Genetic analysis revealed something unusual. This tree proved to be a new species, previously unknown to science.

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Community

We are researchers, gardeners, horticulturists, educators, growers, and everyone in between.

  • Community Spotlight Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation

    There is so much more happening at the Arboretum than people realize, from a beautiful landscape that encourages contemplation and discovery, to research in our laboratories, to education involving public school kids or undergraduates from around the world, to art exhibits and performances… and so much more.

  • Community Spotlight Raydaliz Cancel Vazquez, Seasonal Gardener

    As I care for our plants, I love seeing the other beneficial organisms that inhabit our landscape, especially those who live in our meadow areas. I also enjoy seeing so many people—and dogs!—visiting this place every day. It is amazing to know that all the hard work we do makes many people so happy.

  • Community Spotlight Chris Copeland, Greenhouse Horticultural Technologist

    I am responsible for the horticultural quality of plants that move through our plant production facility. This involves transplanting, careful watering, and managing pests/diseases of all woody and herbaceous plants in our greenhouses and nurseries. I think folks would be interested to know about the diversity and origin of plants in our landscape. It may be hard to tell without reading every tag, but many plants were wild-collected from countries and continents around the world.

  • Community Spotlight Ana Maria Caballero, Outdoor Educator
    Woman examining shrub

    I am inspired by the absolute passion that every staff member and our volunteers possess to make this place as beautiful and as accessible to the public as possible. There are multiple entry points to conservation, education, and research—our mission—but the Arnold Arboretum as a place and its people are the conduits that make our mission come alive.

  • Community Spotlight Tiffany Enzenbacher, Head of Plant Production

    What inspires me about the Arboretum is that each plant in the landscape has a story to tell: where it came from or where the species is native, the individual who harvested the seed in the field to grow it, how it was propagated—information that makes the plant unique. All of these narratives weave together to tell the 150-year account of the Arboretum.

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller