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

  • Early Lilac 381-2001*A
  • Dove Tree 5159*A
  • Wilson Spirea 20493*B
  • Felty Lilac 446-28*A
  • Wilson Pearlbush 11626*C
  • Caucasian Spruce 17639*B
  • Cultivar of Hyacinth Lilac 904-73*A
  • Korean Paulownia 326-97*B
  • Eastern Redbud 9042*A
  • Mountain Witch Alder 694-34*A
  • Syringa oblata 381-2001*A
    Early Lilac 381-2001*A
  • Dove Tree 5159*A
  • Wilson Spirea 20493*B
  • Felty Lilac 446-28*A
  • Wilson Pearlbush 11626*C
  • Caucasian Spruce 17639*B
  • Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Sister Justine' at the Arnold Arboretum
    Cultivar of Hyacinth Lilac 904-73*A
  • Korean Paulownia 326-97*B
  • Cercis canadensis Eastern redbud 9042-A by Ned Friedman
    Eastern Redbud 9042*A
  • Fothergilla major 694-34-A by Ned Friedman
    Mountain Witch Alder 694-34*A

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What’s New

2023 annual report, entrance improvement project, expeditions : the arboretum’s mobile app, equity, the roslindale gateway path project,

  • 2023 Annual Report

    Read about the plants, people, and projects that made 2023 a banner year at the Arnold Arboretum.

    2023 annual report cover
  • Entrance Improvement Project

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

    Street-view concept for possible improvements to the Arborway Gate entrance includes bollards to exclude traffic, planting beds that extend the Arboretum’s character to the street, and creating a space outside the entrance for the public to meet and embark
  • 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
  • Equity

    Founded on a set of democratic ideals, the Arnold Arboretum inspires as an enduring landscape dedicated to public access. We are continually reassessing and refining our efforts to make the Arboretum more welcoming to all. It’s a work in progress.

    Visitors at Dawson Pond by Bruce Wilson.
  • 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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Dove Tree

Scientific Name
Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana

“To my mind Davidia involucrata is at once the most interesting and beautiful of all trees of the north-temperate flora.” –Ernest Henry Wilson

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181-52*B Map it ↗

‘Mary Potter’ Flowering Crabapple

Scientific Name
Malus ‘Mary Potter’

A 75-year-old crabapple cultivar still dazzles and tells a fascinating Arboretum story.

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Community

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

  • Community Spotlight Daniel Faccini, PhD Candidate

    I think the Arboretum's most valuable impact is its role as a place where people can engage in a relationship with plants, something usually forgotten in big cities. The collection of hundreds of fascinating plant species offers each day a new flower, a bark you have not seen before, or a giant tree that has seen generations of visitors walking by.

  • Community Spotlight Sarah Nechamen, Manager of Adult Programming and Events
    Sarah Nechamen portrait

    I love creating programs that get people excited about plants and the Arboretum and seeing the participants’ reactions first-hand. When someone feels really inspired, or excited, or awestruck because of a program I planned, there’s no better feeling.

  • Community Spotlight Emily Hitchcock, Greenhouse Gardener
    Woman in greenhouse planting small seedlings

    I am so grateful to come to work every day in a place where so many people come to find joy, relaxation, healing, and learning. Working with seeds and plants in the beginning stages of their lives is a constant reminder of the miraculous and complex life cycles that plants carry out all around us.

  • Community Spotlight Jeffrey Scott Phillips, Assistant Manager of Horticulture
    Horticulturist smiles standing in front of pond

    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 Camilo Villouta, Putnam Fellow
    Man stands next to tree holding pruners

    There are not many other places where I could study such a diverse group of species. I love having such an exceptional collection next door to the lab, and despite spending so much time in the landscape, I still keep finding wonderful new spots with plants from around the world.

Student work by Sophie Geller, Dana Kash, Mary Miller