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

  • Sugar Maple 342-2012*A
  • Sargent Crabapple 20408*D
  • Ginkgo 205-93*D
  • Seven-son Flower 425-91*D
  • Chinese Abelia 1023-85*A
  • Glossy Hawthorn 85-85*B
  • Himalayan White Pine 163-86*A
  • Cedar of Lebanon 271-47*A
  • Golden Larch 16779*A
  • Staghorn Sumac 290-97*MASS
  • Acer saccharum 342-2012-A Friedman
    Sugar Maple 342-2012*A
  • Malus sargentii 20408-D by Ned Friedman
    Sargent Crabapple 20408*D
  • Ginkgo biloba 205-93-D Friedman
    Ginkgo 205-93*D
  • Heptadocium miconioides 425-91-D Friedman
    Seven-son Flower 425-91*D
  • Abelia chinensis 1023-85-A Friedman
    Chinese Abelia 1023-85*A
  • Crataegus nitida 85-85-B Friedman
    Glossy Hawthorn 85-85*B
  • Pinus wallichiana 163-86-A Friedman
    Himalayan White Pine 163-86*A
  • Cedrus libani 271-47-A Friedman
    Cedar of Lebanon 271-47*A
  • Pseudolarix amabilis 16779-A Friedman
    Golden Larch 16779*A
  • Rhus typhina 290-97-MASS-A Friedman
    Staghorn Sumac 290-97*MASS


wonder spots: bats at the arboretum, expeditions : the arboretum’s new mobile app, wonder spot: bird eyes find bird food, growing a museum specimen, watch with us!, virtual learning, arnold selects,

  • Wonder Spots: Bats at the Arboretum

    Our latest Wonder Spots are based on bat acoustic research conducted at the Arboretum this summer. Visit all six Bat Wonder Spots to learn how each bat interacts with the environment, hear recordings of bat calls, and participate in some bat myth busting! (Photos: Merlin C. Tuttle)

  • 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
  • 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. Bring a journal and your curiosity. #WonderSpots #GetOutside #OutdoorLearning

    Close-up of willows
  • 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
  • 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.


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Illustration of Ginkgo by Charles Faxon
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Scientific Name
Ginkgo biloba

In the early 20th century, American and European botanists believed that the ginkgo, while common in cultivation, was extinct in the wild. This ginkgo was collected from one of the few presumed wild populations of this species in China.

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Ginkgo biloba
Golden Larch
16779*A Map it ↗

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)

We are librarians, arborists, recordkeepers, volunteers, researchers, educators, artists, gardeners, and everyone in between.

  • Community Spotlight Larissa Glasser, Assistant Librarian

    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 A.J. Tataronis, Arborist
    arborist leaning on arborist truckbed

    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 Devika Jaikumar, Curatorial Assistant
    Devika Jaikumar

    Everyone here is so passionate about plants and how we can share that passion with the world. The impact of green spaces on mental and physical health is invaluable, and it is an honor to be part of an institution that has been committed to that mission for so long.

  • 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 Ben Goulet-Scott, PhD Candidate
    Ben Goulet-Scott

    Working in the Arnold Arboretum means I am immersed in a living museum of biodiversity and inspired every day to pursue my research. Because the Arboretum offers such a popular public good to people both near and far, being based here means that I also have an incredible outlet to share my passion for biodiversity.

  • 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 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.

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller