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Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. An award-winning outdoor exhibit shows that trees that we know and love are endangered in the wild. By protecting them, we help ourselves and the entire planet.

"To save trees, we can accomplish more together than we can individually," said Gerard Donnelly, President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum. "With 8,000 endangered tree species worldwide, it's a huge issue with a direct link to climate change and other factors affecting the health of plants, people, and the planet."

Just a few examples of the trees you'll learn about at Vanishing Acts:

  • Wild Apple. Apple pie. An apple for the teacher. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. The apple's delicious sweetness anchors our American traditions. The world's last remaining wild apple trees are being cut down to make room for houses.
  • Fraser Fir. At Christmas time, many enjoy Fraser fir's soft, fragrant foliage and perfect shape. A non-native insect has killed up to 95 percent of wild Fraser firs growing in the Appalachians.
  • Pacific Yew. Many cancer survivors and their families can thank the Pacific yew tree for a cancer-fighting compound discovered in its bark. Wild Pacific yews are recovering from overharvesting after the discovery.


Vanishing Acts was developed by The Morton Arboretum and is exhibited on site and will also tour nationally. This traveling exhibit is organized and circulated by The Morton Arboretum, in partnership with the Global Trees Campaign, and made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.




Daily, 7:00 a.m. - sunset
Conifer Collection
The Vanishing Acts exhibit is located in the Conifer Collection, just a short stroll off the Conifer Walk.


FREE with admission to The Morton Arboretum.