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

  • Acer saccharum 342-2012-A Friedman
    Sugar Maple 342-2012*A
  • Crataegus nitida 85-85-B Friedman
    Shiny Hawthorn 85-85*B
  • Cedrus libani 271-47-A Friedman
    Cedar of Lebanon 271-47*A
  • Abelia chinensis 1023-85-A Friedman
    Chinese Abelia 1023-85*A
  • Carpinus betulus 377-90-B by Ned Friedman
    European Hornbeam 377-90*B
  • Pseudolarix amabilis 16779-A Friedman
    Golden Larch 16779*A
  • Viburnum erosum 963-85-C by Ned Friedman
    Beech Viburnum 963-85*C
  • Acer davidii ssp grosseri 2-95-D by Ned Friedman
    Snakebark Maple 2-95*D
  • Pyrus pyrifolia 7272-C by Ned Friedman
    Sand Pear 7272*C
  • Rhus typhina 290-97-MASS-A by Ned Friedman
    Staghorn Sumac 290-97-MASS*A
  • Pinus wallichiana 163-86-A Friedman
    Himalayan Pine 163-86*A
  • Juglans nigra 1181-A by Ned Friedman
    Black Walnut 1181*A

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wonder spot | rotting logs, art show | tree ring histories: the quilts of anna von mertens, wonder spot | bird eyes find bird food, storywalks, arnold selects, expeditions : the arboretum’s mobile app, growing a museum specimen, the roslindale gateway path project,

  • Wonder Spot | Rotting Logs

    Have you ever wondered what happens to a tree or branch after it falls over? Visit our newest Wonder Spot at the Arboretum to check out all of the living things that call fallen trees and branches home.

    Log covered in moss
  • Art Show | Tree Ring Histories: The Quilts of Anna Von Mertens

    Working with international dendrochronologists, Anna Von Mertens culled source images of tree ring cross-sections from studies connecting climate variability and periods of human instability. The events represented in her quilts correlate to periods of drought recorded by the tree rings. Fading thread colors mirror and highlight historical events.

    Art, hand stitched circle quilt
  • Wonder Spot | Bird Eyes Find Bird Food

    Have you ever wondered why some seeds and fruits are brightly colored? Check out the fruits and berries around the Arboretum with our newest Wonder Spot.

    'Donald Wyman' fruit
  • 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 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.
  • The Roslindale Gateway Path Project

    Improving carbon-free transportation and green space equity in Boston.

    Map of Arnold Arboretum and neighborhood

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Plants & Collections

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‘Schlesingeri’ Red Maple

Scientific Name
Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’

‘Schlesingeri’ showcases the earliest fall color of all red maples. It was also one of the first cultivars that the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University introduced in the late 19th century.

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Illustration of Kentucky Coffeetree fruit
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Kentucky Coffeetree

Scientific Name
Gymnocladus dioicus

Nearly a century and a half old, this Kentucky coffeetree was one of the first plants grown from seed at the Arnold Arboretum. It was collected in Virginia by an amateur botanist named Allen Curtiss.

 

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Ripening seedpods of Kentucky coffeetree.
Community

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

  • 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 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 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 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.

  • 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.

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller