Trees and plants

How to read a plant label

The Arboretum grounds are divided into quadrants (see the  The Morton Arboretum Plant Collections map). Letters indicate the grid lines running from south to north, while numbers indicate those from west to east. To find a plant on the grounds, first consult the plant collections catalog for its scientific name and grid lcoations.


LISLE, Ill. (February 3, 2014) – To help communities effectively plan, manage and care for trees, the Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program is holding a series of outreach visits in cities across northern Illinois. Over the next few months, representatives from the Community Trees Program will offer workshops and resources to more than 50 cities to help provide guidance to ensure proper planning and maintenance for area trees.

Spring plant sales

Get the garden of your dreams with trees, shrubs, perennials and edible plants sold through The Morton Arboretum Members' Exclusive Plant Catalog Sale and Arbor Day Plant Sale. Arboretum members will receive the Members' Exclusive Plant Sale catalog by mail in January; advance ordering begins February 3, and plants are picked up on Arbor Day weekend. For more great plants, plan to shop the Arbor Day Plant Sale, open to members and the public, at the Arboretum April 24 through 26, 2015. Every plant you purchase at these sales supports The Morton Arboretum’s goal to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

Getting answers at the Plant Clinic

At any season of the year, the Plant Clinic of The Morton Arboretum is ready to help homeowners and professionals have lovely and useful gardens and healthy trees and plants.

- Representatives from The Morton Arboretum to visit five locations throughout Illinois -

LISLE, Ill. (January 22, 2014) – The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program will be conducting five workshops across northern Illinois over the next few weeks aimed at helping municipal professionals responsible for tree care and management in their communities. The goal of the workshops is to both explore the impact of emerald ash borer and other invaders on area trees and also to examine ordinances and management plans critical to helping communities protect and maintain their trees.

Let your garden bring the glitz to winter containers

The same pots that burst with bright annuals this summer can provide color, texture, and interest this winter, according to Abigail Rea, manager of horticulture at The Morton Arboretum. Many of the materials can be found right in your garden. Rea offers tips for interesting holiday containers.

Keep watering new plants and evergreens

Don’t forget to keep watering as the season draws to a close. It’s especially important to water evergreens and any trees, shrubs, or perennials planted within the last two years, says Sharon Yiesla, Plant Clinic assistant at The Morton Arboretum.

String holiday lights with care

The Morton Arboretum provides tips for safely decorating your yard with holiday lights this fall, taking care to avoid harming people or plants.


As Chicago presents a new plan to treat its ash trees for the Emerald ash borer, The Morton Arboretum wants to remind media and homeowners of the facts about these insects.


The Chicagoland Grows® plant introduction program will introduce three new plants at the Mid-Am American Horticultural Show in mid-January: Forever Pink Phlox, Phlox ‘Forever Pink’; Beijing Gold® (Syringa pekinensis ‘Zhang Zhiming’) Peking Tree Lilac and Crescendo™ (Acer saccharum ‘Morton’) Sugar Maple.