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1927 Map of the Arboretum

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Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana var. australis) 1275-80*A in flower. Ned Friedman

Background

The Arnold Arboretum’s living collections are celebrated as some of the most comprehensive and best documented of their kind. Its rich holdings include temperate ligneous plants from around the world. Many of the plants originate from collecting expeditions, others derive from horticultural experimentation, and some were existing vegetation when the Arboretum was founded in 1872. Each of these plants—over 15,000 in all—has a story to tell, and they are preserved as both scientific and horticultural specimens to enrich our understanding of biodiversity through the institution’s research, education, and outreach efforts.

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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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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

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Expeditions Unveiled

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Exploring the botanical diversity of Appalachia with international collaborators

Kang Wang uses an extendable utility pole with a Japanese harvest blade attached to the end to collect acorns from a Quercus coccinea in southern Ohio. Photo by Jared Rubinstein.