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A docent-led theme tour in the Arboretum. Jeff Blackwell
Docent Chris McArdle leads an Arboretum theme tour

Visitor Info

Welcome to the Arnold Arboretum. Our 281-acre landscape featuring over 16,000 accessioned plants is open daily and free for all to explore. Whether coming for a stroll, on the look out for wildlife, or interested in learning the stories and science behind our plants, we have something for everyone. Explore our virtual walks, guided tours, Expeditions mobile app, and digital learning resources. If you're visiting with kids, check out a variety of self-guided family activities. Not sure where to start? Our visitor center staff is here to help.

   

Directions & Parking

You can get to the Arboretum by subway, bus, or car. Get directions to our main entrance at Arborway Gate, Peters Hill, Weld Hill Building, or Dana Greenhouses. Free parking is available along the Arborway, Bussey Street, and Walter Street.

Contact Us

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

125 Arborway Boston, MA 02130-3500

Phone
617.524.1718
Fax
617.524.1418

Hours & Admissions

The Arboretum landscape is free and open every day. The visitor center is closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

Landscape Hours
Sunrise-Sunset
Visitor Center Hours
Currently Closed
Admission
Always Free

Visitor Guidelines

Read about the Arboretum’s response to COVID-19 and safety guidelines for visiting here. Consider avoiding the following hours of peak visitation, 4pm-7pm on weekdays and 2pm-7pm on weekends. While here, we ask that you respect each other and the landscape. Read our visitor tips and guidelines to learn about bringing your dog, hosting events, riding your bike, and more so you can plan your best visit. Please see our tick warning.

1927 Map of the Arboretum
Accession Number
The alpha-numeric value assigned to a plant when it is added to the living collection as a way of identifying it.
Accession Date
The year the plant’s accession number was assigned.
Common Name
The non-scientific name for the plant.
Scientific Name
The scientific name describes the species of an organism. The first word is the plant's scientific genus and the second is the specific epithet. This two-word binomial is sometimes followed by other taxonomic descriptors, including subspecies (denoted by "ssp."), variety (denoted by "var."), form (denoted by "f." or "forma"), and cultivar (denoted by single quotation marks).
Plant Family
The family to which the plant belongs.
Propagation Material
The first part (material code) describes the material used to create the plant. The most common codes are "SD" (seed), "EX" (existing plant), "PT" (plant), "CT" (cutting), "SC" (scion), "SG" (seedling), and "GR" (graft). The second part describes the lineage the plant is derived from. The last part describes the year of propagation.
Collection Data
The first part indicates provenance (place or source of origin) using a letter code ("W" = wild, "G" = garden, "Z" = indirect wild, "U" = uncertain). The second part lists the plant source. For wild-collected material, the collector, collection number, and country are given.
Location
The location of the plant on the landscape.
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524-48*AA
Cupressaceae
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
SD - LINEAGE 524-48 - 1948
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1948
W - WILD ORIGIN - CHINA -
CHENG, W.C.
NATL. CTRL. UNIV., NANKING, CHINA
Dawn Redwood

Visiting with Kids

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  • Wonder Spots

    Wonder Spots give Arboretum families an opportunity to explore the landscape through weekly investigations about the natural world. Learn about plants and animals in locations throughout the Arboretum, getting to know our grounds while discovering and observing living things in new ways.

    A girl examines a rotting log
  • Arboretum Haiku and You

    Take a Haiku Hike then write your own haiku. Find out about haiku, and what you can do to submit your own haiku to be included on the Arboretum’s Haiku page. You may just be a poet and don’t know it!

    Maya with Haiku
  • Tree of the Month

    Our native Sassafras albidum can be one of the easiest trees to identify as you make your way through the Arnold Arboretum landscape. It has three distinct leaf shapes—mitten, oval, and trident. The mitten shape even includes both left- and right-handed versions! Sassafras is brilliant in the fall; foliage turns rich shades of red and purple. The tree was very useful to Native Americans, who used all parts (roots, stems, bark, flowers, and fruit) for numerous culinary, medicinal, and aromatic purposes. If you are visiting, use your phone and search on ArbExplorer to locate the 14 sassafras in our landscape.

    Leaves in fall with various shapes

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