The fragrant seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) has started to bloom. Over the month of September, the calyces (collective term for sepals) do not fall off but persist and continue to grow. The fruits develop from the flowers; light green at first, they ripen to a rose-purple. A large cluster of sepals is more spectacular than the blossoms at the peak of flowering. Download the latest Tree-of-the-Month [pdf] to explore seven-son flower in the landscape and find a hidden letterbox. Check out the Current Plant Highlights from the Arboretum’s Flickr site (at right) to see what else is in bloom. Use your mobile device to see seasonal plant highlights plus thousands more!
This September, show up for A Night Under the Stars, drop in for a Tree Mob, check out a discovery backpack in the Visitor Center, join a guided family walk or take an adult guided tour. Arboretum Interpreters are back in the landscape on weekends through October. Check out classes and other activities on the calendar.
The current art show, Arnold Arboretum in Plein Air: Paintings by Kathy Rubado and Carol Schweigert, will be on view through September 7. Artists in the Arboretum: A Juried Exhibit in Conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios will open on September 18. Join the artists for an opening reception on September from 6:00 to 8:00pm or Jamaica Plain Open Studios weekend September 20 and 21.
Note the Visitor Center and Art Exhibit are now open 10:00am–5:00pm, closed Wednesdays.