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BLOOM REPORT: March 24 - March 30, 2017

Cornelian-cherry dogwood in full bloom.
March 24, 2017

As the weather warms, the first flowers are appearing. Some plants at The Morton Arboretum are two to three weeks ahead of their usual bloom time this year. 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), Golden Glory Cornelian-cherry dogwood (yellow), Northern Gold forsythia (yellow), Sunrise forsythia (pale yellow)

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

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

Blooms along the ground: Japanese pachysandra (white)

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: Golden Glory Cornelian-cherry dogwood (yellow), 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), Northern Gold forsythia (yellow), Fragrant viburnum (pale pink), White fragrant viburnum (white)

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

Midwest Collection (Parking Lot 2)
Trees in bloom: Cornelian-cherry (yellow), Pussy willow (silver fuzzy catkins)

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), Japanese cornel (yellow)

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


West Side Main Route

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

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

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

Blooms along the ground: Bowles common periwinkle (blue)

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)

Joy Path and Thornhill South Lawn (Parking Lot 21)
Blooms along the ground: Winter honeysuckle (white), Japanese pachysandra (white), Siberian squill (blue)

Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Winter honeysuckle (white), WHITE PERFUME™ fragrant viburnum (white), White-forsythia (white), Autumn Embers vernal witch-hazel (yellow)

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

 

West Side Alternate Route

Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26)
Blooms along the ground: Crocus (white, blue, and purple), Snowdrop (white)

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

Lake Marmo (Parking Lot 27)
Trees in bloom: Cornelian-cherry (yellow)

Blooms along the ground: Skunk cabbage (meat-red)