Administration Building

Since the The Morton Arboretum’s founding in 1922, practical scientific research has been a cornerstone activity.  The Arboretum’s research supports its basic mission: to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.  

Research at the Arboretum is organized under six major areas:

Tree Care and Improvement

Dynamics of Forested Ecosystems    

Urban Forests and Ecosystems Services

Genetics and Biodiversity

Plant Community Ecology and Conservation Biology

Restoration Ecology and Natural Resource Management  

The Arboretum’s vision is to be the leading center of tree expertise, inspiring the world to plant and protect trees. To further this vision, planning is underway for a Center for Tree Science at the Arboretum. 

To learn more about current initiatives and projects, please see the links above or download the2014 Science and ConservationProject and Publication Summary.