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Special habitats

Special habitats
Several collections on The Morton Arboretum's grounds are grouped together based on features other than geography or taxonomy. Plants in this special habitats collection are grouped by such traits as plant size, plant soil requirements, and horticultural traits. The Arboretum's special habitats groups include:

Diversity Collection

The Diversity Collection at The Morton Arboretum was started in 1950, and is displayed across a visually pleasing slope that offers protection for the unusual plants in this collection, many of which do not belong in any of the taxonomic collections on the grounds. Learn More  


Plants of Acid Soil

Plants of Acid Soils was established by modifying calcareous soils (typical in the Midwest) on The Morton Arboretum grounds. Rhododendrons and azaleas are the dominant group in this collection and are represented by more than 67 kinds. Learn More  


Dwarf Woody Plants Collection

The Dwarf Woody Plant Collection at The Morton Arboretum covers only about one acre but it contains 127 different kinds of low-growing trees and shrubs. learn more

Hedge Collection

The Hedge Collection at The Morton Arboretum serves as a valuable resource for homeowners and green professionals seeking practical information on trees and shrubs that can be grown as hedges. Initially planted in 1934, this collection is considered to be the oldest, continuous hedge display among public gardens in the United States. learn more

Godshalk Meadow

At The Morton Arboretum, we want to make sure that the plants we recommend will thrive in local landscapes and gardens. Godshalk Meadow, located just south of the Ozarks Collection alongside the DuPage River, is where we put plants to the test. learn more