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BLOOM REPORT April 27, 2017 - May 4, 2017

Blooms are everywhere right now at The Morton Arboretum.
April 28, 2017

The redbud trees are in their full flowering glory at The Morton Arboretum. What’s the best redbud spot? It’s hard to beat the view of Lake Marmo, with the pink trees reflected in the still waters, but you’ll see clouds of lavender-pink bloom almost everywhere. Don’t miss the flowering dogwoods in the Appalachian and Japan collections or the crescendo of wildflowers in the East Woods. 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: Crabapple (pink, white), Redbud (lavender), Serviceberry (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Buttercup winter-hazel (yellow), Dwarf fothergilla (white), Gro-Low fragrant sumac (yellow), Burkwood’s viburnum, Judd’s viburnum (white), Korean spice viburnum (white), Large fothergilla (white), May Bouquet fothergilla (white), P.J.M. rhododendron (lavender), Slender deutzia (white), The Bride Chinese pearlbush (white)

Blooms along the ground: Bowles common periwinkle (blue), Cotton Cool lungwort (blue), Espresso wild geranium (lavender), Jack Frost Siberian bugloss (blue), Lily-of-the-valley (white), Snowdrop anemone (white), Virginia bluebells (blue), Yellow barrenwort (yellow)

Administration Building (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Crabapple (white), Downy hawthorn (white), Flowering almond (pink), Redbud (lavender), Serviceberry (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Dwarf fothergilla (white), Fothergilla (white), Fragrant sumac (yellow), Japanese flowering quince (red, pink, white)
Jetbead (white), Miss. Ellen Wilmot lilac (white), Oregon grape-holly (yellow), Showy cotoneaster (white), Spicebush (yellow), Viburnum (white), Winter honeysuckle (cream)

Blooms along the ground: Barrenwort (red, yellow), Celandine-poppy (yellow), Common periwinkle (blue), Daffodils (shades of yellow and orange), Green dragon (green), Sweet woodruff (white), Yellow corydalis (yellow), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Dwarf Woody Plant Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Double-flowered Higan cherry (white), Pink double-flowered Higan cherry (pink), Redbud (lavender)

Shrubs in bloom: Alabama snow wreath (white), Compact Lemoine’s deutzia (white), Flowering quince (red)
Quince (white), Professor Ed black chokeberyy (white), Purple early lilac (pale lavender)

Blooms along the ground: Barrenwort (yellow)

Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Donald Wyman crabapple (white), Serviceberry (white), Spindle tree (green), Yellow Bird magnolia (yellow)

Shrubs in bloom: Aurora Korean spice viburnum (white), Cayuga viburnum (white), Chardonnay Pearls® slender deutzia (white), Judd’s viburnum (white), Fothergilla (white)
Fragrant viburnum (pale pink), Grape-holly (yellow), Mount Airy fothergilla (white), Northern Gold forsythia (yellow), P.J.M. compact rhododendron (lavender), Red Monarch™, fothergilla (white), White fragrant viburnum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Barrenwort (pink, orange, yellow, white), Bleeding heart (pink), Compact goldentuft (yellow), Celandine-poppy (yellow), Common periwinkle (blue), Cypress spurge (yellow-green), Foamflower (white), Jacob’s ladder (blue), Large-flowered comfrey (white, blue), Long-leaved lungwort (blue), Lungwort (blue), Periwinkle (blue, white, purple), Red barrenwort (red), Siberian bugloss (blue), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Hedge Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Betty magnolia (pink), Crabapple (white, pink)

Shrubs in bloom: Black chokeberry (white), Carolina-allspice (dark maroon), Declaration lilac (dark purple), Dwarf fothergilla (white), Fothergilla (white), Hedge cotoneaster (white), Upright flowering quince (pink), Viburnum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Bloodred geranium (dark pink), Common periwinkle (blue), Dwarf crested iris (blue), White-flowered common periwinkle (white)

Main Route and Midwest Collection (Parking Lot 2)
Trees in bloom: Pawpaw (dark maroon), Redbud (lavender-pink), Sassafras (green), Wild plum (white), Wild sweet crabapple (white, pink)

Shrubs in bloom: Alabama snow wreath (white), American bladdernut (white), Black chokeberry (white), Black-haw (white)Chinese pearl bush (white), Choke cherry (white)
Deutzia (white), Highbush blueberry (white), Missouri gooseberry (white), Oregon grape-holly (yellow), Purple chokeberry (white), Showy cotoneaster (white), Twinflower abelia (white)

Blooms along the ground: Lakeside daisy (white), Periwinkle (blue)

Frost Hill (Parking Lot 3)
Shrubs in bloom: Carolina silverbell (white)

Rose Family (Parking Lot 4)
Trees in bloom: Crabapples (white, pink, magenta), Hawthorn (white)

Magnolia Collection, Crabapple Lake, and Crowley Marsh (Parking Lot 5)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender-pink)

Blooms along the ground: Spring beauty (white), Toothwort (white), White trout-lily (white)

Bur Reed Marsh (Parking Lot 6)
Shrubs in bloom: Carolina Silverbell (white)

East Woods (Parking Lots 9 to 15)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender)

Shrubs in bloom: American bladdernut (white), Black-haw (white), Choke cherry (white)

Blooms along the ground: Bellwort (yellow), Bristly buttercup (yellow), Celandine-poppy (yellow), Common blue violet (blue), Dutchman’s breeches (white), Jacob’s ladder (blue)
Jack-in-the-pulpit (green and maroon), Red trillium (maroon), Virginia bluebells (blue and abundant), White trout-lily (white), Wild geranium (blue)Woodland phlox (blue), Yellow violet (yellow)

Appalachian Collection (Parking Lot 16)
Trees in bloom: Flowering dogwood (white), Redbud (lavender), Pawpaw (dark maroon)

Blooms along the ground: Common blue violet (blue)

China Collection (Parking Lot 17)
Trees in bloom: Flowering dogwood (white), Redbud (lavender)

Shrubs in bloom: Winter honeysuckle (cream)

Japan Collection (Parking Lot 17)
Trees in bloom: Flowering dogwood (white), Pawpaw (dark maroon)

Elm Collection (Parking Lot 18)
Blooms along the ground: Christmas Pearl grape-hyacinth (blue), Grape-hyacinth (blue)

 

West Side Main Route

 

Olive and Ozark Collections Collection (just west of underpass)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender-pink)

Shrubs in bloom: Chinese pearl bush (white)

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

Flowering Trees (Parking Lot 19)
Trees in bloom: Crabapples (white, pink, magenta)

Founder's Grove (Parking Lot 20)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender)

Blooms along the ground: Daffodils (white), White trout-lily (white)

Thornhill Education Center Parking Lot (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender), Serviceberry (white)

Shrubs in bloom: First Snow™ spirea (white)

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

Four Seasons Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Serviceberry (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Fothergilla (white)

Blooms along the ground: Hidcote Blue large-flowered comfrey (blue), Siberian bugloss (blue), Wild-ginger (maroon)

Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender), Crabapple (white, lavender)

Shrubs in bloom: Fothergilla (white), Viburnum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Bowles common periwinkle (blue)

Joy Path and Thornhill South Lawn (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender)

Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender)

Shrubs in bloom: Burkwood’s viburnum (white), Dwarf Korean spice viburnum (white), First Snow™ spirea (white), Fothergilla (white), Judd’s viburnum, Korean spice viburnum (white), Primrose rose (yellow), Oregon grape-holly (yellow), Winter honeysuckle (white), Viburnum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Iris (yellow), Jack Frost Siberian bugloss (blue), Lily-of-the-valley (white), Purple Pixie longspur barrenwort (purple and white), Snowdrop anemone (white), Variegated Solomon’s seal (white)

Daffodil Glade (Parking Lots 22 and 23)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender-pink)

Blooms along the ground: Daffodils (white), Jacob’s ladder (blue), Virginia bluebells (blue), White trout-lily (white)

Schulenberg Prairie and Oak Savanna (Parking Lot 25)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender)

Blooms along the ground: Bristly buttercup (yellow), Red trillium (dark maroon), Spring beauty (pale pink), Toothwort (white)
Virginia bluebells (blue), White trout-lily (white), Woodland phlox (blue)

Sterling Pond (Parking Lot 28)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender), Wild plum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Bristly buttercup (yellow), Spring beauty (pale pink)Golden alexander (yellow), Jacob’s ladder, Red trillium (dark maroon)
Toothwort (white), Virginia bluebells (blue), White trout-lily (white), Woodland phlox (blue)

Pine Hill (Parking Lot 28)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender-pink), Wild plum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Golden alexander (yellow), Red trillium (dark maroon), Virginia bluebells (blue), Woodland phlox (blue)

West Du Page River (Parking Lot 32)
Trees in bloom: Crabapple (white), Redbud (lavender)

Shrubs in bloom: Carolina silverbell (white)

Godschalk Meadow (Parking Lot 33)
Shrubs in bloom: Black chokeberry (white), Boussingault common lilac (lavender), Chinese pearl bush (white), Flowering quince (red-orange, red-pink), Fuerst Buelow common lilac (lavender), General Sheridan common lilac (white), Korean early lilac (lavender and white), Manchurian lilac (white and lavender), Purple early lilac (purple), Swarthmore lilac (purple), Viburnum (white), White Persian lilac (white)

Blooms along the ground: Barrenwort (purple), Upright wild-ginger (yellow)

 

West Side Alternate Route

 

Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26)
Trees in bloom: Redbud (lavender-pink)

Blooms along the ground: Bristly buttercup (yellow), Daffodils (white), Virginia bluebells (blue)

Lake Marmo (Parking Lots 27 and 28)
Trees in bloom: Flowering dogwood (white), Redbud (lavender-pink)

Shrubs in bloom: Fothergilla (white)

Blooms along the ground: Bristly buttercup (yellow), Great white trillium (white), Red trillium (dark maroon), Spring beauty (pale pink), Virginia bluebells (blue), Woodland phlox (blue)