TREES & plants

TREES & plants

The Morton Arboretum's collections represent species from around the world.
The Morton Arboretum pursues its goal to create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. We have a rich history leading the charge to champion trees. 

At The Morton Arboretum, trees and plants are nurtured and studied. There are gardens, landscapes, and collections that represent species from around the world and here in the Midwest. These healthy examples of trees and plants are just the beginning, the Arboretum is dedicated to education and outreach that share the benefits of trees within all communities. 

Tree and plant collections

The Morton Arboretum's living collections represent one of the most comprehensive collections of woody plants in North America. Throughout the Arboretum's history, plants have been sought around the world within 40 countries in the northern temperate zone of the world. The collections today include more than 222,000 live plants. learn more

Arboretum gardens and landscapes

There are many gardens located on the east and west sides of the Arboretum. Each has a distinct theme or purpose, ranging from fragrance and color to education and adventure. These gardens come in many different sizes and shapes, including those which can be planted above ground. We encourage you to explore and learn more about each of these horticultural gems.  learn more

Benefits of trees

The Morton Arboretum works toward a greener, healthier, more beautiful world by conserving and caring for trees in urban areas as well as in wild forests. It’s not only for trees’ own sake, but because they provide many concrete benefits for people and society.  learn more

Community Trees Program

The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program helps communities, public and private landowners, land managers, tree professionals, and groups interested in trees effectively manage and care for our urban and community forest—from nature preserves to parks and office parks, along streets, in homeowners associations, along streets, and in private yards. learn more

Plant Clinic

The Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic provides a service to the community, members of the Arboretum, homeowners, professionals, and to the green industry. The Plant Clinic's purpose is to promote sound practices for tree and plant care including information on diseases, pests, and selection.  learn more


Northern Illinois Tree Selector

If you are looking for a tree that will thrive in your northern Illinois planting site, use the Tree Selector search. Enter the location, site conditions and preferences for options suggested by experts at The Morton Arboretum. A printable list will give you side-by-side comparisons for choosing the best tree for your circumstances. LEARN MORE


Tree and Plant Finder

Let The Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic guide the optimal choice for a tree or plant. Enter the particular characteristics you want in a tree or plant, and the Tree and Plant Finder provides information on plants that fit the bill. learn more

Tree and plant descriptions

Search for plants by name to discover descriptions and details that can help you make knowledgeable choices to plan and maintain your home, garden, or community landscape. This list of hundreds of trees, shrubs, and other plants is compiled by Arboretum experts. LEARN MORE >