TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • ACCOLADE™ elm

    Ulmus davidiana var. japonica 'Morton'
    The ACCOLADE™ elm is a Chicagoland Grows® selection that demonstrates good resistance to Dutch elm disease (DED), elm yellows, and elm leaf beetle. It is useful as a street, parkway, or shade tree. This elm has glossy green leaves and yellow fall color.
  • Alaska cedar

    Chamaecyparis nootkatensis
    Alaska cedar in an interesting medium-sized evergreen tree with gray-green to blue-green foliage that droops from widely spaced branches. Native to moist bottomlands in the Pacific Northwest, it needs consistently moist soil. This plant is also known as false cypress.
  • Allegheny serviceberry

    Amelanchier laevis
    Allegheny serviceberry is a small native understory tree with four-season interest. The early white spring flowers, outstanding orange-red fall color, and striking gray bark make it a lovely specimen for any landscape. The edible purplish-black fruit in late summer is attractive to many birds.
  • American basswood

    Tilia americana
    American basswood is native to the Chicago area and is often used as a specimen or dense shade tree. Its heart-shaped leaves and fragrant flowers in June make it especially attractive for people, while songbirds and blue jays are attracted to its seeds and use the tree for shelter.
  • American beech

    Fagus grandifolia
    American beech is a large, graceful native tree, excellent for large, park-like landscapes where it has room to spread its wide, low-growing branches. The massive trunk has beautiful silver gray bark; the dark green summer foliage turns a golden bronze in the fall. Leaves typically hang on well into the winter months adding to the seasonal interest.
  • American bittersweet

    Celastrus scandens
    American bittersweet is a climbing vine that twines around its support. Its attractive feature is its autumn fruit, a yellow-orange three-lobed capsule with showy red seeds. For fruit, American bittersweet needs both male and female vines and should be should be sited in full sun and pruned in early spring. Do not confuse this vine with Oriental bittersweet, Celastrus orbiculatus, an invasive plant.
  • American black currant

    Ribes americanum
    American black currant is a thornless, erect native shrub with showy yellow flowers in early spring followed by edible black berries in mid-summer. Excellent for moist shady sites.
  • American bladdernut

    Staphylea trifolia
    American bladdernut is a large, native understory shrub or compact tree, often forming thickets in undisturbed landscapes. Beautiful clusters of drooping, tubular white flowers appear in early spring, followed by unusual bladder-like seed pods, which are persistent long into the winter months. A great plant for naturalizing or shady woodlands.
  • American chestnut

    Castanea dentata
    The American chestnut was once the king of the forest. It was a magnificent tree used for lumber and for food. Then the chestnut blight came in and began to decimate this species in the early 1900s. The American chestnut is not extinct. It survives in the wild in the form of root systems and stump sprouts. There are also ongoing efforts to develop trees that are resistant to the disease.
  • American cranberry-bush

    Viburnum opulus var. americanum (syn. Viburnum trilobum)
    This native viburnum offers ornamental interest throughout the seasons; flowers in spring, red fruit in late summer and red fall color.