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TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Common Bleeding Heart

    Lamprocapnos spectabilis
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Common bleeding heart is an early-blooming perennial for shady sites. The delicate, pink heart-shaped flowers hang on long arching stems.
  • Common Boxwood

    Buxus sempervirens
    Common boxwood is a broadly rounded evergreen shrub or small tree. Native to Europe, Asia and Africa found in open woodlands and rocky hillsides. A popular ornamental evergreen used as hedges, borders and topiary. Named because wood was popular for making boxes and cabinets.
  • Common buckthorn (Not recommended)

    Rhamnus cathartica
    Common buckthorn is an invasive plant in Illinois and should not be planted. It forms dense thickets and reproduces very freely, crowding out other plants and disrupting ecosystems in forest preserves and other natural areas. In woodlands it can completely replace existing understory plants, including native wildflowers.
  • Common Chokecherry

    Prunus virginiana
    A large deciduous shrub or small, 20 feet high, understory tree often forming a dense colony. Slender twigs form a oval to rounded crown. Clusters of drooping white flowers are followed by dark purple fruit. Native throughout most of the U.S. but difficult to find in the nursery trade.Susceptible to many insect and disease problems.
  • Common Flowering Quince

    Chaenomeles speciosa
    A tall, deciduous shrub reaching 6 to 10 feet high. Shiny, dark green leaves appear before the scarlet-red flowers emerge in spring. Dense tangles of stems have spiny thorns, best used as a hedge, back of the border or in mass. Edible fruit is used to make jam and jellies.
  • Common hop

    Humulus lupulus
    Common hop is the plant used to flavor beer, but it can also be an ornamental vine for the garden.
  • Common Juniper

    Juniperus communis
    The common juniper may be a shrub or small tree. This is one of the most commonly found junipers throughout the world. Typically in dry, rocky, wooded hillsides or exposed slopes. The oil from the fleshy cones is used as flavoring and to make gin.
  • Common lilac

    Syringa vulgaris
    The common lilac is an old-fashioned, long-lived, and well-loved lilac best known for its fragrant flowers. It is extremely hardy and thrives with little care which make it a lovely shrub for a specimen planting, in masses, screens, hedges, or mixed in shrub borders.
  • Common Milkweed

    Asclepias syriaca
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Common milkweed is a butterfly magnet and an important plant for the monarch butterfly eggs and larvae. This aggressive spreader reaches 3 to 5 feet tall and will grow in thickets, woodland borders, fields, fence rows, and areas along railroads and roadsides.
  • Common ninebark

    Physocarpus opulifolius
    Ninebark is a cold hardy, tough native shrub for mixed borders. Pinkish-white flower clusters in late spring, persistent seed capsules and exfoliating bark add to seasonal interest. Foliage of cultivars vary in size and color from purple to lime green.