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. Our unparalleled collection—189,000 specimens strong—makes a compelling argument for why trees matter to each visitor and the world.

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

Tree and plant finder

Let the The Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic guide the optimal choice for a tree or plant. Learn the characteristics and terms used to search for the ideal solution for your garden, landscape, or community.  learn more

Tree and Plant Selection

The experts at the Arboretum have compiled lists of trees and plants to assist with choosing the right addition to your home, garden, or community. The Arboretum's online tree and plant descriptions provide the details needed to make educated and knowledgeable choices.