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TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Amur corktree (male only)

    Phellodendron amurense
    Amur corktree can be invasive. Look for male cultivars which do not produce the messy fruit that females do.
  • Amur maple

    Acer ginnala
    Amur maple has invasive traits that enable it to spread aggressively. This tree is under observation and may be listed on official invasive species lists in the near future. Review of risks should be undertaken before selecting this tree for planting sites.
  • Angelica tree

    Aralia elata
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: This unusual plant is hard to define. It grows tall enough in the wild to be a tree, but is often a large shrub in landscapes. Large clusters of tiny white flowers appear in late summer followed by small, black fruit. Stems are thorny. Angelica tree has become invasive in a few areas.
  • Anglo-Japanese yew

    Taxus x media
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: This name covers a number of very popular hybrids between English and Japanese yew species that have many purposes in the landscape. These shrubs often are used as specimens, foundation plants, in groups, or sheared as a hedge.
  • Apple serviceberry

    Amelanchier x grandiflora
    Apple serviceberry is a wonderful four-season tree with white flowers in the spring, blue-green leaves that turn red in the fall, blue-black edible berries, and smooth silver-gray bark. Excellent for a woodland garden, naturalized setting, or as a specimen plant in a garden.
  • Austrian pine

    Pinus nigra
    Due to susceptibility to many diseases and pests, Austrian pines are not recommended for planting anywhere in this region and usually require removal and/or replacement. Disease-resistant cultivars may exist.
  • Bald-cypress

    Taxodium distichum
    This stately conifer, native to the Midwest, often is found in groupings in parks and larger spaces, along streets, and around lakes. Unlike most cone-bearing trees, bald-cypress loses its needles each winter and grows a new set in spring. Hardy and tough, this tree will adapt to a wide range of soil types, whether wet, dry, or even swampy.
  • Balkan pine

    Pinus peuce
    Balkan pine is not well known, but has potential to be an attractive landscape plant in residential yards. This tree may be difficult to find in local nurseries.
  • Bayberry

    Myrica pensylvanica
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: A pleasantly aromatic shrub, Bayberry can used in a shrub border, in mass, or informal foundation planting. The loose, open habit, small, waxy, persistent, gray fruit add winter interest and attract many species of birds.
  • Beauty Bush

    Kolkwitzia amabilis
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Beauty Bush lives up to its name in spring when it is covered with pink flowers. During the rest of the season it offers little in the way of ornamental appeal and best planted at the back of a border.