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

  • Parrotia persica 'pendula' 629-87-A Friedman
    Weeping Persian Parrotia 629-87*A
  • Maclura pomifera 471-36-B Friedman
    Osage Orange 471-36*B
  • Catalpa speciosa 2776-A Friedman
    Northern Catalpa 2776*B
  • Acer palmatum ssp. palmatum 560-71-C Friedman
    Japanese Maple 560-71*C
  • Ilex verticillata 1424-83-I by Ned Friedman
    Winterberry 1424-83-Mass
  • Pseudolarix amabilis 3656-B Friedman
    Golden Larch 3656*B
  • Oxydendrum arboreum 510-38-D Friedman
    Sourwood 510-38*D
  • Malus sp. 128-58-A by Ned Friedman
    Common Crabapple 128-58*A
  • Fagus sylvatica 'tortuosa' 14599-A by Ned Friedman
    Parasol Beech 14599*A
  • Quercus alba 1179-85-C by Ned Friedman
    White Oak 1179-85*C
  • Abies koreana 'silberlocke' 392-94-A by Ned Friedman
    Cultivar of Korean Fir 392-94*A
  • Symplocos chinensis f. pilosa 719-85-A by Ned Friedman
    Chinese Sweetleaf 719-85*A

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wonder spot | habitats for feathered friends, lilac sunday t-shirt design contest, wonder spot | squirrels, art show | the overstory by richard powers, handmade scroll by diane samuels, art show | intricate beauties: the lichen explorations of natalie andrew, wonder spot | rotting logs, wonder spot | bird eyes find bird food, storywalks, arnold selects, expeditions : the arboretum’s mobile app, growing a museum specimen, the roslindale gateway path project,

  • Wonder Spot | Habitats for Feathered Friends

    If you were a bird in Boston during the fall and winter, what would make a good habitat for you? Check out our latest Wonder Spot to learn more about the birds of the Arboretum and how they make it through winter.

    tan bird against red berries
  • Lilac Sunday T-shirt Design Contest

    Every year, we invite our community to contribute designs for our commemorative Lilac Sunday t-shirt. The competition is open to artists of all ages, and the winning selection will be printed on t-shirts for adults and children, available on Lilac Sunday: May 14, 2023.

  • Wonder Spot | Squirrels

    Have you ever wondered how squirrels get ready for winter? Watch squirrel activity at the Arboretum this fall with this Wonder Spot.

    squirrel with nut
  • Art Show | The Overstory by Richard Powers, Handmade Scroll by Diane Samuels

    Diane Samuels' incredible 20" x 160' scroll is a hand-transcription in micro-script of Richard Powers' The Overstory. The text side is made of strips of recycled drawings, prints, and papers from the artist's studio. The dimensions of the scroll correspond to a common vertical section of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). The non-transcribed side is collaged with 99 bookplates. Each bookplate is made by a rubbing from a piece carved with the image of the leaf/needles identified with each of the nine characters in the book.

    Art scroll with text and leaf prints
  • Art Show | Intricate Beauties: The Lichen Explorations of Natalie Andrew

    Ceramics provide a vehicle for Natalie Andrew's exploration into the sublime aesthetics inherent in lichen. An artist and a biologist, Andrew has been observing spontaneous flora of lichens in the landscape. The resulting works highlight the texture, depth, and form of lichen against the surface of ceramic.

    Art, three cube shapes
  • Wonder Spot | Rotting Logs

    Have you ever wondered what happens to a tree or branch after it falls over? Visit this Wonder Spot at the Arboretum to check out all of the living things that call fallen trees and branches home.

    Log covered in moss
  • Wonder Spot | Bird Eyes Find Bird Food

    Have you ever wondered why some seeds and fruits are brightly colored? Check out the fruits and berries around the Arboretum with our newest Wonder Spot.

    'Donald Wyman' fruit
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The Roslindale Gateway Path Project

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

    Map of Arnold Arboretum and neighborhood

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Plants & Collections

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Florida Yew

Scientific Name
Taxus floridana

The Florida yew is a critically endangered species, native to the Florida Panhandle. This specimen, wild-collected in 1989, endures the cold Boston climate.

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Golden Larch
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Golden Larch

Scientific Name
Pseudolarix amabilis

This rare native of East Asia puts on a golden show each fall before losing its needles. This specimen came to the Arnold Arboretum by way of the nearby Hunnewell Estate Pinetum in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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Mature Golden Larch (Pseudolarix amabilis)
Community

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

  • Community Spotlight Grace Burgin, PhD Candidate
    Grace Burgin

    For me, the Arboretum has both tangible and intangible impacts. As a scientist, I see the concrete potential our collections have for addressing important questions about biological diversity, changing climate, species interactions, and more. As someone who has spent hours simply wandering through the landscape, I know the impact this space can have on my sense of well-being, wonder, and connection with the world around me.

  • Community Spotlight Brendan Keegan, Horticulturist
    Man in blue jacket bending over in autumnal grasses

    I am inspired by the many different connections made possible at the Arboretum. The diversity of trees makes it a wonderful place to connect researchers with plants sourced from around the world. In turn, the habitat these trees provide create amazing potential for visitors to observe and study the wild plants and animals that thrive among them. Finally, the fact that our grounds are free to the public makes the Arboretum uniquely able to educate Bostonians on the important roles plants and animals play within our broader urban community.

  • Community Spotlight Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education
    Nancy Sableski

    What’s not to love? The ever-changing landscape and the opportunity to learn new things every day from passionate and caring people are the two most extraordinary aspects of the Arboretum.

  • Community Spotlight Vanessa Igoe, Gardener
    Vanessa Igoe

    Working at the Arboretum, I'm inspired daily by the passion my colleagues bring to their work and the deep history that is rooted here.

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller