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

  • Jack pine 350-82*C
  • Cultivar of London plane tree 1984-65*A
  • Linden viburnum 1804-77*A
  • Bald cypress 674-88-*D
  • Tibetan filbert 113-98*A
  • Hardy rubber tree 14538*A
  • Table mountain pine 10706*A
  • Ozark witch-hazel 6099*D
  • Pinus banksiana 350-82-C by Ned Friedman
    Jack pine 350-82*C
  • Platanus x acerifolia 'Suttneri' 1984-65-A by Ned Friedman
    Cultivar of London plane tree 1984-65*A
  • Viburnum dilatatum 1804-77-A
    Linden viburnum 1804-77*A
  • Taxodium distichum var. distichum 674-88-D by Ned Friedman
    Bald cypress 674-88-*D
  • Corylus tibetica 113-98-A by Ned Friedman
    Tibetan filbert 113-98*A
  • Eucommia ulmoides 14538-A by Ned Friedman
    Hardy rubber tree 14538*A
  • Pinus pungens 10706-A by Ned Friedman
    Table mountain pine 10706*A
  • Hamamelis vernalis 6099-D by Ned Friedman
    Ozark witch-hazel 6099*D

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expeditions : the arboretum’s new mobile app, spring hides inside winter, watch with us!, the introduction of paperbark maple to the united states, if winter comes...the promise of each year in the paintings of anthony apesos, resilience: art in the time of covid-19, virtual learning,

  • 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
  • Spring Hides Inside Winter

    Have you ever wondered where next spring's leaves and flowers will come from? Check out our newest Wonder Spot. Bring a journal and your curiosity. #WonderSpots #GetOutside #OutdoorLearning

    Buckeye buds against blue sky
  • Watch With Us!

    Learn about plants and wildlife from Arboretum specialists.

    Silk moth
  • The Introduction of Paperbark Maple to the United States

    Read about the Arboretum's introduction and conservation of this rare and remarkable Chinese species on Google Arts & Culture.

    Peeling bark of Acer griseum
  • If Winter Comes...The Promise of Each Year in the Paintings of Anthony Apesos

    A selection of winter scenes of the Arboretum landscape highlighting the quiet calm, dappled light, and deep shadows of the season.

    Tree silhouettes and shadows
  • Resilience: Art in the Time of COVID-19

    Art of the Arnold Arboretum by Lois Cremmins.

    artwork, collage and paint, grass with flowering trees in background
  • Virtual Learning

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

    child drawn frog

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Stories

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Plants & Collections

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Metasequoia
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Dawn Redwood

Scientific Name
Metasequoia glyptostroboides

This dawn redwood was grown from seed brought to the Arboretum in 1948 from China. Widespread during the Mesozoic Era (around 252 to 66 million years ago), dawn redwood narrowly escaped extinction. Today, it is a common feature among botanical gardens and parks across the temperate world.

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Illustration of Cercidiphyllum by Charles Faxon
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Katsura

Scientific Name
Cercidiphyllum japonicum

The Arnold Arboretum’s oldest katsura arrived as seed in 1878. The story of how it came here is the opening of long series of exchanges between the Arboretum and researchers in Japan.

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Form of katsura from distance, showing red haze of spring flowers
Community

We are students, educators, artists, plantswomen, caretakers, volunteers, professors, and everyone in between.

  • Community Spotlight Jacob Suissa, PhD Candidate
    Jacob Suissa

    As a researcher, I am very fortunate to be part of the Arnold Arboretum community because it feels like a unique place where the advancement of science and knowledge is deeply enmeshed with the endeavors of a public garden.

  • Community Spotlight Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
    Ana Maria Caballero McGuire

    As an Outdoor Educator, I love that I get to translate science and horticulture into hands-on teachable moments for children in our landscape! I also enjoy working with teachers to promote the use of outdoor spaces for meaningful life science education in schools.

  • Community Spotlight Lawrence Mullings, Artist and Volunteer
    Lawrence Mullings

    This Place nourishes the Soul as well as the Body. I returned for my health and rediscovered such beauty openly observed and freely given by all who crossed my path. This Palace of the Senses allowed me to create The Path Taken. Maybe my Exhibit can serve as a remainder of days passed, soon to return.

  • Community Spotlight Rachel Lawlor, Arboretum Gardener
    Rachel Lawlor

    The community spirit at the Arboretum is truly palpable. From my first exposure as an Aggie intern in 2014, to being a full-time Gardener now, this has only grown. The folks who work here truly care about the Arboretum’s mission—and maybe even more so—about their colleagues.

  • Community Spotlight Jim Papargiris, Working Foreperson
    Jim Papargiris

    For the last 41 years, it has been an honor and privilege to contribute to the stewardship of the collections and landscape of the Arnold Arboretum. I feel a sense of gratitude and accomplishment each day and although there have been challenging times from winter storms, drought, and plant pests, to the world we find ourselves in today, the trees have provided me unwavering inspiration and pride.

  • 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.

  • Community Spotlight Rosetta Elkin, Harvard GSD Professor
    Roestta Elkin, Harvard GSD Professor Headshot

    Many students have never held a root in their hand, never looked at a flower very carefully, never even thought about tree architecture the study of plant form. We’re opening their eyes.

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller