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

  • Table Mountain Pine 10706*A
  • Big-leaf Witch Hazel 113-2009*A
  • Rosegold Pussy Willow 930-74*A
  • Variety of European Cranberrybush 719-88*B
  • Cultivar of Snakebark Maple 162-99*A
  • Chinese Plum Yew 1889-80*C
  • Jack Pine 350-82*C
  • Heavenly Bamboo 108-2015*B
  • Asian Black Birch 364-97*C
  • Paper Birch 12839*A
  • Swamp White Oak 22887*G
  • Winter Jasmine 603-81*MASS
  • Pinus pungens 10706-A by Ned Friedman
    Table Mountain Pine 10706*A
  • Hamamelis ovalis 113-2009*A by Ned Friedman
    Big-leaf Witch Hazel 113-2009*A
  • Salix gracilistyla 930-74-A Friedman
    Rosegold Pussy Willow 930-74*A
  • Viburnum opulus var. calvescens 719-88-B Friedman
    Variety of European Cranberrybush 719-88*B
  • Acer 'White Tigress' 162-99-A Friedman
    Cultivar of Snakebark Maple 162-99*A
  • Cephalotaxus sinensis Chinese plum yew 1889-80-C by Ned Friedman
    Chinese Plum Yew 1889-80*C
  • Pinus banksiana 350-82-C by Ned Friedman
    Jack Pine 350-82*C
  • Nandina domestica heavenly bamboo 108-2015-B by Ned Friedman
    Heavenly Bamboo 108-2015*B
  • Betula dahurica Asian black birch 364-97-C by Ned Friedman
    Asian Black Birch 364-97*C
  • Betula papyrifera 12839-A by Ned Friedman
    Paper Birch 12839*A
  • Quercus bicolor 22887-G Friedman
    Swamp White Oak 22887*G
  • Jasminum nudiflorum 603-81-MASS by Bob Mayer
    Winter Jasmine 603-81*MASS

What’s New

entrance improvement project, wonder spot | this bark doesn't bite, annual report, horticulture intern program, research intern program, research fellowship and awards, art show | the overstory by richard powers, handmade scroll by diane samuels, art show | intricate beauties: the lichen explorations of natalie andrew, storywalks, expeditions : the arboretum’s mobile app, the roslindale gateway path project,

  • Entrance Improvement Project

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

    View of the Hunnewell Building in June 1899 just after the iron gates were installed.
  • Wonder Spot | This Bark Doesn't Bite

    Have you ever wondered about the different types of bark you see on trees? Check out this Arboretum Wonder Spot for an up-close exploration of tree bark.

  • Annual Report

    Our online 2021-22 Annual Report reflects on the Arnold Arboretum’s mission-directed activities over the past fiscal year.

  • Horticulture Intern Program

    Apply by February 1 for our summer internship program in collections management with concentrations in horticulture, arboriculture, plant production, and collections curation.

  • Research Intern Program

    Apply for a paid undergraduate summer research internship with the Arboretum. Applications accepted through February 15.

    DaRin Butz Foundation Research Internship Program
  • Research Fellowship and Awards

    Apply for a research fellowship (by January 11) or a research award to fund your research at the Arboretum (by February 1).

    Research Awards at the Arnold Arboretum
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • The Roslindale Gateway Path Project

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

    Map of Arnold Arboretum and neighborhood

Stories

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Today's Virtual Walks

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Plants & Collections

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15390*B Map it ↗

Hubei Wingnut

Scientific Name
Pterocarya hupehensis

On New Year’s Day in 1920, Arboretum staff unpacked a shipment of seeds that had arrived from China. Seed for this Hubei wingnut—an unusual member of the walnut family—was among the lot.

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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 horticulturists, educators, researchers, and everyone in between.

  • Community Spotlight Jeffrey Scott Phillips
    Horticulturist smiles standing in front of pond

    My title is Horticulturist, but I would probably characterize my role here as being the caretaker to the roses, living mulch specialist, and native plant enthusiast. 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.

  • 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 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.

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller