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Arbor Day Seedling

Fothergilla × intermedia ‘Alice’ LEGEND OF THE FALL© flowers appear in early spring. Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs

Each spring, as a part of our mission to promote the cultivation of exceptional woody plants in our region, the Arnold Arboretum invites members of The Friends of the Arnold Arboretum at the Sustaining ($100) level and above to receive a seedling through the Arbor Day Seedling Program.

Our 2021 Arbor Day Seedling is Fothergilla × intermedia ‘Alice’ LEGEND OF THE FALL©, a choice cultivar of a hybrid between dwarf and mountain fothergillas. This versatile, low-growing shrub with four-season interest and particularly beautiful fall color fits nearly every garden.

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Fothergilla × intermedia ‘Alice’ LEGEND OF THE FALL© displays vibrant fall color. Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs

An invitation letter with reply form will not be mailed this year. Members in the Greater Boston area are strongly encouraged to pick up in person at one of three pick-up events listed below. No reply is needed when picking up a plant in-person. Seedlings will be available while supplies last on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Thank you very much for your generous support of the Arnold Arboretum! We hope you will enjoy celebrating Arbor Day or Earth Day by planting a seedling with connections to the Arboretum in your home garden.   

Plant Pick-Up at the Arnold Arboretum

Events for contact-free seedling pick-up will be held in the parking lot of our Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre Street in Roslindale, on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 17, 9am–noon
  • Thursday, April 22, 9–11am
  • Friday, April 30, 1–3pm

There is no pre-registration for pick-up. When you arrive at Weld Hill please remain in your vehicle while our staff verify your membership and retrieve a seedling for you.

Not yet a member?

Join the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum at the Sustaining level ($100) or above to participate in the Arbor Day Seedling program this spring! To upgrade your existing membership to qualify, please email Wendy Krauss, Membership Manager, or call 617.384.5766.