Plant Image Database of Arnold Arboretum

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The Arnold Arboretum Plant Image Database is a free resource of historical and contemporary images of accessioned plants as captured by staff and associates. Images detail the characteristics (morphology) and seasonal aspects (phenology) of temperate woody plants in the collections. This is a developing resource for reference and biodiversity discovery, with additional digital archives added as they become available.

Images are owned or held by The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, shared for non-commercial use with attribution under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license, and are a collection within the visual archives. Any other use, including requests for print publication or commercial reuse, requires permission from the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. You can contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library via email to submit a permissions request.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University “discovers and disseminates knowledge of the plant kingdom to foster greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Earth’s botanical diversity and its essential value to humankind.” The Arnold Arboretum occupies 281 acres of land in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. It is administered as an allied institution within the central administration of Harvard University. As of June 2015, the living collections consisted of some 14,760 accessioned plants representing 3,800 botanical and horticultural taxa.

The Arboretum maintains library, archival, herbarium and web resources to provide information, materials and support for Arboretum scientists and visiting researchers, as well as students and the interested public. These resources hold significant value as historical and/or biological records, and are managed and conserved utilizing the best available preservation practices. Information technology is critical both to the management of these resources and to the services that facilitate and promote their active use.

What you’ll find

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