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BLOOM REPORT April 7 - April 13, 2017

Winter honeysuckle is blooming at the Arboretum.
April 7, 2017

The music of chorus frogs is swelling in Crowley Marsh and Bur Reed Marsh at The Morton Arboretum. Although cold, rainy, cloudy weather has slowed the progression of springtime, trees, shrubs, and flowers are coming into bloom. 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)
Shrubs in bloom: Meadowlark forsythia (yellow), Northern Gold forsythia (yellow), Sunrise forsythia (pale yellow)

Blooms along the ground: Hellebores (blue, pink, magenta), Green Carpet Japanese pachysandra (white)

Meadow Lake (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Dwarf forsythia (yellow)

Administration Building (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Kastura tree (red)

Shrubs in bloom: Spicebush (yellow), Winter honeysuckle (cream)

Blooms along the ground: Japanese pachysandra (white), Common periwinkle (blue)

Dwarf Woody Plant Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Klein Autumnal green-stemmed forsythia (pale yellow), Golden Times border forsythia (yellow), Citrus Swizzle® green-stemmed forsythia (yellow), Fragrant winter-hazel (yellow)

Hedge Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Golden Glory Cornelian-cherry dogwood hedge (yellow), Gold Tide® forsythia (yellow)

Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Kumson Korean forsythia (yellow), Northern Gold forsythia (yellow), Fragrant viburnum (pale pink), White fragrant viburnum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Hellebores (yellow, white, dark magenta, yellow, ivory), Allegheny pachysandra (white), Japanese pachysandra (white), Siberian squill (blue)

Midwest Collection (Parking Lot 2)
Trees in bloom: Pussy willow (silver fuzzy catkins), Blue-leaved willow (silver fuzzy catkins)

East Woods (Parking Lots 9 to 12)
Blooms along the ground: Bloodroot (white)

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

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

Shrubs in bloom: Fragrant viburnum (white), Giraldi’s forsythia (yellow), Winter honeysuckle (cream), Korean azalea (lavender)

Japan Collection (Parking Lot 18)
Shrubs in bloom: Leatherleaf (white), Dahurian rhododendron (lavender), Manchurian rhododendron (lavender), Sikhote Mountain azalea (lavender)

 

West Side Main Route


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)

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

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

Joy Path and Thornhill South Lawn (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Winter honeysuckle (white)

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

Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Star magnolia (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Winter honeysuckle (white), White Perfume™ fragrant viburnum (white)

Blooms along the ground: Japanese pachysandra (white), Lenten-rose hellebore (magenta)

Daffodil Glade (Parking Lots 22 and 23)

Blooms along the ground: Daffodils (yellow)


West Side Alternate Route

 

Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26)
Blooms along the ground: Daffodils, early (yellow), Siberian squill (blue)