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

  • Sargent Crabapple 20408*D
  • Ginkgo 205-93*D
  • Konara Oak 763-81*B
  • Franklin Tree 2428-3*A
  • Cultivar of Doorenbos Coralberry 185-2006*C
  • Green Ash 312-90*B
  • Eastern White Pine 259-2011*A
  • Cultivar of Sweetbay Magnolia 779-87*C
  • Red Spruce 1369-85*B
  • Broadleaf Euonymus 1481-23*A
  • Malus sargentii 20408-D by Ned Friedman
    Sargent Crabapple 20408*D
  • Ginkgo biloba 205-93-D Friedman
    Ginkgo 205-93*D
  • Quercus glandulifera 763-81*B by Ned Friedman
    Konara Oak 763-81*B
  • Franklinia alatamaha 2428-3-A by Ned Friedman
    Franklin Tree 2428-3*A
  • Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 185-2006-C Friedman
    Cultivar of Doorenbos Coralberry 185-2006*C
  • Fraxinus pennsylvanica 312-90-B Friedman
    Green Ash 312-90*B
  • Pinus strobus 259-2011-A Friedman
    Eastern White Pine 259-2011*A
  • Magnolia virginiana x virginiana 'milton' 779-87-C Friedman
    Cultivar of Sweetbay Magnolia 779-87*C
  • Picea rubens 1369-85-B Friedman
    Red Spruce 1369-85*B
  • Euonymus latifolius 1481-23-A Friedman
    Broadleaf Euonymus 1481-23*A

Announcements

expeditions : the arboretum’s new mobile app, growth spurts, knobs, and knuckles: an environment of trees by lizi brown, wonder spot: to mow or not to mow?, growing a museum specimen, watch with us!, virtual learning, arnold selects,

  • 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
  • Growth Spurts, Knobs, and Knuckles: An Environment of Trees by Lizi Brown

    Artist Lizi Brown details tree trunks in ink and paint, creating patterns in light and dark on paper panels.

    Photocollage of flowering trees
  • Wonder Spot: To Mow or Not to Mow?

    Visit Peters Hill to learn why we sometimes don’t mow lawns. 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.

Stories

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Today's Virtual Walks

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Plants & Collections

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'Schlesingeri' red maple

Scientific Name
Acer rubrum 'Schlesingeri'

‘Schlesingeri’ showcases the earliest fall color of all red maples. It was also one of the first cultivars that the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University introduced in the late 19th century.

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

  • 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.

  • Community Spotlight Larissa Glasser, Assistant Librarian
    Larissa-Glasser

    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).

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller