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BLOOM REPORT: March 17 - March 23, 2017

March 17, 2017

Trees, shrubs, and the first perennials are beginning to bloom at The Morton Arboretum. 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: White-forsythia (white), Japanese cornel (yellow), Witch-hazels (yellow, red)

Blooms along the ground: Hellebores (blue, pink, magenta)

Administration Building (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Cornelian-cherry (yellow)

Dwarf Woody Plant Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: White-forsythia (white), Klein Autumnal green-stemmed forsythia (pale yellow), Prairie willow (silvery catkins)

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

Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Witch-hazels (yellow, red), Kumson Korean forsythia (yellow)

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

Main Route (Parking Lots 3 to 6)
Trees in bloom: Cornelian-cherry (yellow)

Shrubs in bloom: Witch-hazels (yellow, red)

China Collection (Parking Lot 17)
Shrubs in bloom: Fragrant viburnum (white)


West Side Main Route


Olive Family (Parking Lot 18)
Shrubs in bloom: White-forsythia (white)

Thornhill Education Center Parking Lot (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Pink-flowered white-forsythia (pale pink), Brevipetala witch-hazel (yellow)

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

Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Sandra vernal witch-hazel (yellow)

Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: White-forsythia (white), Autumn Embers vernal witch-hazel (yellow)

Blooms along the ground: Winter aconite (yellow), Lenten-rose hellebore (magenta)

 

West Side Alternate Route


Witch-Hazel Dell (Parking Lot 27)
Shrubs in bloom: Witch-hazels (yellow, red, orange)

Lake Marmo (Parking Lot 27)
Blooms along the ground: Skunk cabbage (red)