LISLE, Ill. (May 8, 2014) — Each spring, trees, shrubs, bulbs and wildflowers bloom throughout the The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres. 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.
What’s in Bloom
Week of May 8, 2014
East Side Main Route
Entrance Road: Buckeyes are blooming in greenish-yellow, redbuds in pink, Chanticleer callery pear in white, and magnolias in magenta and pale yellow. Flowering quince shrubs have pink and white flowers. P.J.M rhododendron has lavender flowers and Korean early lilac has blooms of pale lavender-blue. Juddii viburnum and spirea are white. Along the ground, Bowles common periwinkle has lavender flowers and barren strawberry has yellow ones.
Visitor Center (Parking Lot 1): Serviceberries have white flowers and redbuds’ pink flowers are opening. Fothergilla and viburnum shrubs are blooming in white, as is Usserian pear. The cream-and-white winter honeysuckle is very fragrant, and the spicebush has pale yellow blooms. Magnolias have flowers of dark purple and white or lavender. White crabapples are just beginning to bloom. Along the ground, find blue flowers of Jack Frost Siberian bugloss, yellow flowers of yellow barrenwort and blue and white flowers of lungwort.
Meadow Lake (Parking Lot 1): White serviceberries and redbuds are blooming. The wispy pink flowers of prairie smoke are in full bloom.
Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1): Among the blooms along the ground are blue Virginia bluebells and hellebores in yellow and dark red-purple. Bleeding heart has dangling pink or white flowers, while tiny blue blooms dance above the leaves of Siberian bugloss and lungwort. Celandine-poppy is in full bloom with yellow flowers, while Spring Symphony foamflower has a froth of white ones and common periwinkle has blue ones. Serviceberry, fothergilla, and viburnum shrubs have white flowers.
Hedge Collection (Parking Lot 1): Serviceberry, dwarf alpine currant, and spirea have white flowers, while Betty magnolia has blooms of dark lavender and maroon. Declaration lilac has its first dark purple flowers.
Administration & Research Center and Sterling Morton Library (Parking Lot 1): Fothergilla shrubs have white flowers, while various flowering quince varieties are blooming in orange, pink, salmon-pink, and red. Winter honeysuckle has very fragrant cream and white flowers. Serviceberries have white blooms and pink redbuds are coming into flower. Oregon grape-holly has yellow flower clusters while flowering almond has pink double flowers. Miss. Ellen Wilmot common lilac has white blooms, as do several varieties of viburnum. Prairifire crabapple is just beginning to have dark pink flowers.
Rare Plants (Parking Lot 2): Chinese pearl bush has white flowers. Lakeside daisy has yellow daisylike flowers.
Rhododendrons and Azaleas and Woodland Garden (Parking Lot 2): The white urn-shaped flowers of the leatherleaf are in full bloom. Fothergilla has white flowers and Oregon grape-holly has yellow ones. Rhododendrons are blooming in shades ranging from lavender through pink to white.
Northern Illinois and Midwest Collection (Parking Lot 2): Ohio buckeye has greenish-yellow flowers and redbuds are just opening their pink blooms. White plum is in full bloom with its white flowers. American black currant has yellow flowers and Missouri gooseberry and American red elderberry have white blooms.
Frost Hill (Parking Lot 3): Betty magnolia has dark magenta and white flowers while Elizabeth magnolia has pale yellow ones, Red Baron magnolia has dark-lavender-and-white ones and saucer magnolia has purple-and-white ones.
Rose family (Parking Lot 4): Serviceberries, cherries, plums, pears and apricots have white flowers, while crabapples are beginning to bloom in colors from white to deep pink. Gooseberries and currants have white blooms.
Magnolias & Relatives, Crabapple Lake and Crowley Marsh (Parking Lot 5): Manchurian pipe vine has opened its green and maroon flowers. Butterflies magnolia and Elizabeth magnolia have yellow flowers. Saucer magnolia has lavender-and-white blooms and Lenne saucer magnolia has purple-and- white ones. Several varieties of narcissus are in full bloom in shades of yellow, white and orange.
Buckeyes (Parking Lot 6): The buckeye trees have greenish flowers.
East Woods (Parking Lots 9 to 15): Many wildflowers are in bloom, including wood anemone, green dragon, jack-in-the-pulpit, white trout-lily, yellow trout-lily, wild geraniums, Virginia bluebells, woodland phlox, Jacob’s ladder, bristly buttercup, great white trillium, red trillium, celandine-poppy, and bellwort. Missouri gooseberry has white flowers.
Appalachia (Parking Lot 16): Allegheny serviceberry has white flowers, while spicebush has small yellow ones.
China (Parking Lot 17): Weeping forsythia has opened its yellow flowers while Callery pear and Ussurian pear have while blooms. Korean rhododendron has lavender flowers and early spirea has white ones.
Elms & Relatives (Parking Lot 18): Along the ground are purple grape hyacinths.
West Side Main Route
Olive Family (Parking Lot 19): Chinese pearl bush is just opening its white flowers.
Lake Japomaca and Ozarks (Parking Lot 19): Spicebush has pale greenish-yellow flowers white Allegheny serviceberry blooms in white.
Flowering Trees and Europe (Parking Lot 19): Crabapples are coming into bloom in colors from white to deep pink.
Founder's Grove (Parking Lot 20): Redbuds are opening their pink flowers, while red trillium is in full bloom.
Thornhill Education Center Parking Lot (Parking Lot 21): Among the trees and shrubs in bloom in the parking lot are pink-flowered redbuds and white Callery pears, viburnums, and spireas.
Thornhill Outpost Wild Garden (Parking Lot 21): Among the wildflowers in bloom are jack-in-the-pulpit, white trout-lily, yellow trout-lily, wild geranium, Virginia bluebells, woodland phlox, great white trillium, red trillium, celandine-poppy, and bellwort. Missouri gooseberry has white flowers.
Four Seasons Garden (Parking Lot 21): Princess Diana serviceberry and fothergilla have white flowers.
Thornhill Education Center and Thornhill Annex (Parking Lot 21): Fothergilla, Korean spice viburnum and Judd’s viburnum have white flowers.
Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21): Winter-honeysuckle is blooming in white, while weeping cherry is pink.
Joy Path and Thornhill South Lawn (Parking Lot 21): Along the path, find winter honeysuckle blooming in white, while Lenne saucer magnolia has magenta-and-white flowers.
Daffodil Glade (Parking Lots 22 and 23): Narcissus are blooming in many colors, along with Virginia bluebells and white trout-lily.
Pine Hill (Parking Lot 24): Allegheny serviceberry has white flowers, while along the ground are white trout-lily, Virginian bluebells, and yellow celandine-poppy.
Alders and Godshalk Meadow (Parking Lot 33): Serviceberries and Callery and Ussurian pears have white flowers. Pink blooms are opening on redbuds. Lavender flowers are opening on lilacs.
West Side Alternate Route
Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26): Among the wildflowers in bloom white trout-lily, Virginia bluebells, great white trillium, and red trillium. Narcissus are in bloom in various shades of yellow and white.
Lake Marmo and Pine Hill (Parking Lot 28): Wildflowers in bloom include white trout-lily, Virginia bluebells, great white trillium, and red trillium. Redbuds are opening their pink flowers while fothergilla blooms white.
Flowering Trees and Magnolias (Parking Lot 19): White-blooming magnolias include Gold Cup and Iuler, whole several other varieties have yellow blooms.