Friday, November 30, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm – Naked Shrubs: Identifying Shrubs in Winter

No leaves? No problem! Use a combination of branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, persistent fruits, galls and marcescent leaves to identify shrubs in winter. The Friday, November 30 program will begin at 9:30 am at the Acton Arboretum in Acton, Massachusetts, with a short session indoors. Then you’ll head outside for a field trip to the Acton Arboretum and Bog for a close look at 15 to 20 native New England shrubs plus a couple of non-native invasives. A boardwalk through the bog will allow you to stay high and dry, yet give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with several obligate wetland species. Bring lunch and a hand lens if you have one. Be sure to dress for the weather. “There is no bad weather, only improper clothing!” Instructor: Boot Boutwell, Naturalist. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. Coffee and morning refreshments will be served. Bring a notebook and pencil or pen. MACC members $55, non-members $75, students $35. Register at, or email Photo from