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

  • Cultivar of Witch-hazel 678-89*A
  • Swamp White Oak 22887*G
  • Cultivar of American Holly 593-2010*A
  • Rosegold Pussy Willow 930-74*A
  • Plum Yew 1889-80*C
  • Cranberry Bush Viburnum 719-88*B
  • Dahurian Birch 364-97*C
  • American Beech 670-2008*A
  • Narrowleaf Spicebush 740-75*E
  • Nandina 108-2015*B
  • White Tigress Maple 162-99*A
  • Nordmann Fir 1077-69*A
  • Hamamelis 'Brevipetala' 678-89-A Friedman
    Cultivar of Witch-hazel 678-89*A
  • Quercus bicolor 22887-G Friedman
    Swamp White Oak 22887*G
  • Ilex opaca 'Robin Tree' 314-62-A Friedman
    Cultivar of American Holly 593-2010*A
  • Salix gracilistyla 930-74-A Friedman
    Rosegold Pussy Willow 930-74*A
  • Cephalotaxus sinensis Chinese plum yew 1889-80-C by Ned Friedman
    Plum Yew 1889-80*C
  • Viburnum opulus var. calvescens 719-88-B Friedman
    Cranberry Bush Viburnum 719-88*B
  • Betula dahurica Asian black birch 364-97-C by Ned Friedman
    Dahurian Birch 364-97*C
  • Fagus grandifolia 670-2008-A Friedman
    American Beech 670-2008*A
  • LIndera angustifolia 740-75-E by Ned Friedman
    Narrowleaf Spicebush 740-75*E
  • Nandina domestica heavenly bamboo 108-2015-B by Ned Friedman
    Nandina 108-2015*B
  • Acer 'White Tigress' 162-99-A Friedman
    White Tigress Maple 162-99*A
  • Nordmann firs 1077-69-A, B, and C
    Nordmann Fir 1077-69*A

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What’s New

lilac sunday, arboretum young scientists applications open, entrance improvement project, equity, the roslindale gateway path project, expeditions : the arboretum’s mobile app, storywalks,

  • Lilac Sunday

    Celebrate the arrival of spring and New England's finest collection of lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

    Photograph of lilac in bloom
  • Arboretum Young Scientists Applications Open

    We are taking applications for third year of our middle school summer program. Participants will learn about the hidden lives of plants and animals at the Arboretum, conduct hands-on experiments, and discover careers in live science.

    Arboretum Young Scientists show their hands
  • Entrance Improvement Project

    We are partnering with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to study and renew six historical entrances to our landscape.

    Street-view concept for possible improvements to the Arborway Gate entrance includes bollards to exclude traffic, planting beds that extend the Arboretum’s character to the street, and creating a space outside the entrance for the public to meet and embark
  • Equity

    Founded on a set of democratic ideals, the Arnold Arboretum inspires as an enduring landscape dedicated to public access. We are continually reassessing and refining our efforts to make the Arboretum more welcoming to all. It’s a work in progress.

    Visitors at Dawson Pond by Bruce Wilson.
  • The Roslindale Gateway Path Project

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

    Map of Arnold Arboretum and neighborhood
  • 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
  • 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.

Stories

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Today's Virtual Walks

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Plants & Collections

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500-2007*A Map it ↗

Forever Emerald™ Inkberry

Scientific Name
Ilex glabra ‘Peggy’s Cove’

Forever Emerald™ inkberry is a versatile evergreen treasure introduced by one of the great propagators of the Arnold Arboretum.

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396-69*A Map it ↗

‘Arnold Promise’ Witch-hazel

Scientific Name
Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’

This winter-blooming showstopper was born at the Arboretum almost a century ago.

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Community

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

  • Community Spotlight Ali Schade, Curatorial Assistant
    Person stands with clipboard in front of large flowering shrub

    My work throughout the grounds allows me to frequently interact with visitors, and I love how our shared curiosity and enthusiasm for this living landscape brings us all together.

  • Community Spotlight Emily Hitchcock, Greenhouse Gardener
    Woman in greenhouse planting small seedlings

    I am so grateful to come to work every day in a place where so many people come to find joy, relaxation, healing, and learning. Working with seeds and plants in the beginning stages of their lives is a constant reminder of the miraculous and complex life cycles that plants carry out all around us.

  • Community Spotlight Camilo Villouta, Putnam Fellow
    Man stands next to tree holding pruners

    There are not many other places where I could study such a diverse group of species. I love having such an exceptional collection next door to the lab, and despite spending so much time in the landscape, I still keep finding wonderful new spots with plants from around the world.

  • Community Spotlight Sarah Nechamen, Manager of Adult Programming and Events
    Sarah Nechamen portrait

    I love creating programs that get people excited about plants and the Arboretum and seeing the participants’ reactions first-hand. When someone feels really inspired, or excited, or awestruck because of a program I planned, there’s no better feeling.

  • Community Spotlight Daniel Faccini, PhD Candidate
    Smiling person in white shirt leans against brown tree trunks

    I think the Arboretum's most valuable impact is its role as a place where people can engage in a relationship with plants, something usually forgotten in big cities. The collection of hundreds of fascinating plant species offers each day a new flower, a bark you have not seen before, or a giant tree that has seen generations of visitors walking by.

  • Community Spotlight Jeffrey Scott Phillips, Assistant Manager of Horticulture
    Horticulturist smiles standing in front of pond

    The Arnold has an incredible history of plant-loving people that I really relate to. I feel lucky to work here and look forward to it every day.

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller