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BLOOM REPORT April 14, 2017 - April 20, 2017

Look for this beautiful blooming pink-flowered Weeping Higan cherry tree bordering the Concert Lawn.
April 14, 2017

The full spectacle of spring has arrived at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Daffodils are blooming all over. Magnolias are lush and colorful. Delicate blooms cover pear and cherry trees, and wildflowers are appearing under the trees in the woods. Chorus frogs and spring peepers provide the sound track. Overall, spring flowers are appearing about two weeks earlier this year than average. Buds are swelling on redbuds, serviceberries, and many other flowering trees, so the pageant will continue to unfold in weeks to come. Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records, reports on what’s blooming each week throughout the season.

Parking lots listed are along the Arboretum’s paved roads; some locations are within a short walk of the parking lots along paved or mulched trails. Take a springtime stroll and enjoy all the spectacle of spring at the Arboretum.

For the latest updates on what’s blooming at the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n’ Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.

 

East Side Main Route

Entrance Road, Visitor Center, and Arbor Court (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Alexandrina saucer magnolia (lavender and white), Ann magnolia (lavender and white), Katsura tree (red), Loebner’s magnolia (white), Ussurian pear (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Buttercup winter-hazel (yellow), Mt. Fuji early spirea (white), P.J.M. rhododendron (lavender), Spiked winter-hazel (yellow), Texas Scarlet flowering quince (orange-red)

Blooms along the ground: Daffodils (white, yellow), Green Carpet Japanese pachysandra (white), Hellebores (white, pink,), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Administration Building (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Katsura tree (red), Saucer magnolia (lavender and white)

Shrubs in bloom: Oregon grape-holly (yellow), Spicebush (yellow), Winter honeysuckle (cream)

Blooms along the ground: Common periwinkle (blue), Daffodils (shades of yellow and cream), Japanese pachysandra (white), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Concert Lawn (Parking Lot 1)
Can't-Miss Tree in bloom: Pink-flowered Weeping Higan cherry tree

Dwarf Woody Plant Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Citrus Swizzle® green-stemmed forsythia (yellow), Pink-flowered weeping higan cherry (pink), Sweet cherry (white), Tidal Wave weeping katsura tree (red)

Shrubs in bloom: Fragrant winter-hazel (yellow), Fujino early spirea (white)

Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Katsura tree (red), Saucer magnolia (lavender and white)

Shrubs in bloom: Fragrant viburnum (pale pink), Kumson Korean forsythia (yellow), Northern Gold forsythia (yellow), P.J.M. compact rhododendron (lavender), White fragrant viburnum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Bleeding heart (pink), Hellebores (yellow, white, maroon, ), Japanese pachysandra (white), Long-leaved lungwort (blue), Periwinkle (blue, white, purple), Siberian squill (blue), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Midwest Collection (Parking Lot 2)
Shrubs in bloom: Blue-leaved willow (silvery catkins), Leatherwood (yellow), Spicebush (yellow), Pussy willow (silvery catkins)

Blooms along the ground: Spring beauty (pale pink)

Frost Hill (Parking Lot 3)
Trees in bloom: Northern Japanese magnolia (white), Merrill Loebner’s magnolia (white), Pink star magnolia (pink and white), Saucer magnolia (dark lavender and white), Star magnolia (white)

Rose Family (Parking Lot 4)
Trees in bloom: Cherries (white, pink), Pears (white)

Magnolia Collection, Crabapple Lake, and Crowley Marsh (Parking Lot 5)
Trees in bloom: Anise magnolia (white), Barrington Belle saucer magnolia (white), Northern Japanese magnolia (white), Pink star magnolia (white and pink), Proctor’s magnolia (white), Wada’s memory magnolia (white), Wildcat Loebner’s magnolia (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Spicebush (yellow)

Blooms along the ground: Daffodils (white, yellow, orange)

Buckeye Collection, Oak Collection (Parking Lots 6 through 8)
Blooms along the ground: Spring beauty (pale pink)

East Woods (Parking Lots 9 to 12)
Blooms along the ground: Bloodroot (white), Dutchman’s breeches (white), Eastern false rue anemone (white), Rue anemone (white), Sharp-lobed hepatica (white, pink, blue),Spring beauty (pale pink), Toothwort (white)

Appalachian Collection (Parking Lot 16)
Shrubs in bloom: Korean azalea (lavender)

Blooms along the ground: Daffodils (yellow)

China Collection (Parking Lot 17)
Trees in bloom: Chinese willow-leaved magnolia (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Fragrant viburnum (white), Winter honeysuckle (cream), Korean azalea (lavender)

Japan Collection (Parking Lot 18)
Trees in bloom: Northern Japanese magnolia (white), Star magnolia (white), Ussurian pear (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Leatherleaf (white), Spiked winter-hazel (yellow)

Elm Collection (Parking Lot 18)
Blooms along the ground: Spring beauty (pale pink), Daffodils (white, yellow, orange)


West Side Main Route

Olive Collection (just west of underpass)
Trees in bloom: Pink star magnolia (pink)

Ozark Collection (Parking Lot 19)
Shrubs in bloom: Spicebush (yellow)

Europe Collection (Parking Lot 19)
Trees in bloom: Cherries (pink)

Flowering Trees (Parking Lot 19)
Blooms along the ground: Daffodils (white and yellow)

Founder's Grove (Parking Lot 20)
Blooms along the ground: Daffodils, early (yellow)

Thornhill Education Center Parking Lot (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Royal Star magnolia (white)

Blooms along the ground: Grape-hyacinth (dark blue)

Four Seasons Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Blooms along the ground: Siberian squill (blue)

Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21)
Blooms along the ground: Allegheny pachysandra (white), Bowles common periwinkle (blue)

Joy Path and Thornhill South Lawn (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Katsura tree (red), Northern Japanese magnolia (white), Merrill Loebner’s magnolia (white), Pink star magnolia (pink)

Shrubs in bloom: Winter honeysuckle (white)

Blooms along the ground: Japanese pachysandra (white), Siberian squill (blue)

Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Ann magnolia (lavender and white), Snow Fountains® weeping cherry (white), Star magnolia (white)

Shrubs in bloom: P.J.M. rhododendron (lavender), Winter honeysuckle (white), White Perfume™ fragrant viburnum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Jack Frost Siberian bugloss (blue), Japanese pachysandra (white), Purple Pixie longspur barrenwort (purple and white)

Daffodil Glade (Parking Lots 22 and 23)
Blooms along the ground: Daffodils (yellow, white, orange), Spring beauty (pale pink), Siberian squill (blue), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Sterling Pond (Parking Lot 28)
Blooms along the ground: Bloodroot (white), Spring beauty (pale pink), Toothwort (white), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Pine Hill (Parking Lot 28)
Blooms along the ground: Bloodroot (white), Spring beauty (pale pink), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Godschalk Meadow (Parking Lot 33)
Trees in bloom: Ussurian pear (white)

 

West Side Alternate Route

Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26)
Blooms along the ground: Daffodils, early (yellow), Siberian squill (blue), Spring beauty (pale pink), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Magnolias (Parking Lot 26)
Trees in bloom: Anise magnolia (white), Dwarf compact norther Japanese magnolia (white), Green Star magnolia (white), Iufer magnolia (white), Leonard Messel Loebner’s magnolia (lavender-purple and white), Lilliputin saucer magnolia (lavender-purple & white), Merrill Loebner’s magnolia (white), Northern Japanese magnolia (white), Rohrbach star magnolia (white), Star magnolia (white), Yulan magnolia (white)