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BLOOM REPORT: March 30 - April 7, 2017

A magnolia blooms in the Arboretum's China collection.
March 31, 2017

Chorus frogs are calling in Crowley Marsh and Bur Reed Marsh at The Morton Arboretum. Meanwhile, an increasing number of 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: White-forsythia (white), Japanese cornel (yellow), Golden Glory Cornelian-cherry dogwood (yellow), Japanese cornel (yellow), 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)
Trees in bloom: Cornelian-cherry (yellow)

Shrubs in bloom: Dwarf forsythia (yellow)

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

Shrubs in bloom: Japanese cornel (yellow), Winter honeysuckle (cream)

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

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

Hedge Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Cornelian-cherry (yellow)

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 (white, dark magenta, yellow, ivory), Allegheny pachysandra (white), 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)

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), Japanese cornel (yellow), Giraldi’s forsythia (yellow), Winter honeysuckle (cream), Korean azalea (lavender)

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)
Trees in bloom: Royal Star magnolia (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Pink-flowered white-forsythia (pale pink), Golden Glory Cornelian-cherry (yellow), Japanese cornel (yellow)

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

Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Golden Glory Cornelian-cherry (yellow), Japanese cornel (yellow)

Joy Path and Thornhill South Lawn (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Golden Cornelian-cherry dogwood (yellow), Winter honeysuckle (white)

Blooms along the ground: 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)

Blooms along the ground: Lenten-rose hellebore (magenta)

Daffodil Glade (Parking Lots 22 and 23)
Blooms along the ground: Daffodils (yellow)

DuPage River (Parking Lots 32 and 33)
Trees in bloom: Cornelian-cherry (yellow)

 

West Side Alternate Route

 

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

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

Blooms along the ground: Crocus (white, yellow, purple), Skunk cabbage (meat-red)