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

  • Liquidambar acalycina 1634-80-A Friedman
    Sweet Gum 1634-80*A
  • Metasequoia glyptostroboides 3-48-A Friedman
    Dawn Redwood 3-48*A
  • Ilex verticillata 1297-80-C Friedman
    Common Winterberry 1297-80*C
  • Cedrus libani 271-47-A Friedman
    Cedar of Lebanon 271-47*A
  • 501-90-B Callicarpa dichotoma Schissler
    Purple Beautyberry 501-90*B
  • Tsuga canadensis 144-2011-A Schissler
    Canadian Hemlock 144-2011*A
  • Sorbus aria 433-88-B Schissler
    Whitebeam 433-88*B
  • Viburnum dilatatum 1804-77-A Friedman
    Linden Viburnum 1804-77*A
  • Pinus wallichiana 163-86-A Friedman
    Himalayan White Pine 163-86*A

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arnold selects, wonder spot: living leafless, art show | hidden worlds: a new herbarium, expeditions : the arboretum’s new mobile app, growing a museum specimen, watch with us!, virtual learning,

  • 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.
  • Wonder Spot: Living Leafless

    Check out our newest Wonder Spot with your family to learn about deciduous trees in the colder months. Explore the Arboretum and look for differences between dormant trees and downed logs, snags, and other features of a forest ecosystem!

  • Art Show | Hidden Worlds: A New Herbarium

    In our latest exhibition, Artist Madge Evers uses foraged mushrooms and plants from the Arboretum to make art. The resulting exhibition is lush with otherworldly light and shape.

    light and dark leaves in black and white
  • 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.
  • Watch With Us!

    Learn about plants and wildlife from Arboretum specialists.

    flower dissection hopkins
  • Virtual Learning

    30 minutes of nature learning can inspire a lifetime of nature noticing for children and their families.

    child drawn frog

Stories

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Plants & Collections

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Illustration of paperbark maple by Charles Faxon
12488*B Map it ↗

Paperbark Maple

Scientific Name
Acer griseum

A remarkable and rare species native to central China, this maple is most known for its striking copper-colored papery bark. Plant collector Ernest Henry Wilson introduced it to North America in 1907. The Arboretum is home to some of the oldest paperbark maples outside of China.

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Paperbark maple
913-67*B Map it ↗

'Prostrate Beauty' Korean fir

Scientific Name
Abies koreana 'Prostrate Beauty'

‘Prostrate Beauty’ Korean fir is an extremely dwarf form of the species. This cultivar is cutting grown from a low horizontal branch off of a Korean fir.

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Community

We are researchers, growers, educators, horticulturists, recordkeepers, arborists, librarians, volunteers, and everyone in between.

  • Community Spotlight Antonio Capuchina-Serrato, Post-doctoral Fellow

    I view myself as an explorer of questions that remain unanswered or poorly understood, striving to help understand the natural world. The Arnold Arboretum showcases the beauty of nature and offers world-class research facilities to explore the source of the biodiversity on display. It’s much more than a beautiful place to walk—it’s a place for everyone and a valuable natural resource in the city.

  • 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.

  • Community Spotlight Laura Mele, Lead Horticulturist

    The Arboretum holds 16,000 plants but there is also cutting edge research, children’s outdoor education training, art exhibits and installations, interns learning about horticulture, plant collecting trips, international exchanges, and much more. In short, the Arboretum is more than meets the eye: the more you look, the more you see.

  • Community Spotlight Kathryn Richardson, Curatorial Assistant

    I love the work I do, benefiting the scientific community and the public in so many ways with the plants and data we share. The Arboretum is always striving to improve the way we share our knowledge to make the world a better place. From the very beginning our founders understood the value of documentation. Each plant we grow has incredible value, and every piece of data we attach increases that value. In essence, the Arboretum is living laboratory of plants with many stories yet to be told and be inspired by.

  • Community Spotlight A.J. Tataronis, Arborist

    The Arboretum makes connections between people and trees, which is so important in an urban environment. I have the privilege of climbing and working directly with these trees. I love being part of this community and helping to maintain this beautiful collection.

  • Community Spotlight Larissa Glasser, Assistant Librarian
    Larissa-Glasser

    Any walk or bike ride through the landscape is physically and spiritually restorative, all year round. I love teaching horticultural interns and students about our archives, Harvard’s shared online resources, and the importance of diversity and equal opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

  • Community Spotlight Chris McArdle, Volunteer Tour Guide
    Chris McArdle leads a tour.

    Every tour brings a surprise, even after 36 years! It might be the sun catching the “Ruby Glow” witch hazel in February or the smell of toasted marshmallows from trodden katsura leaves in the fall. A squirrel running up a visitor’s trouser leg was perhaps the biggest surprise of them all.

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller