TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Cucumbertree

    Magnolia acuminata
    This large, deciduous magnolia tree is excellent for large properties such as parks, golf courses, and naturalized areas. Cucumbertree's wide-spreading branches are covered with dark green leaves that turn an attractive yellow-brown in the fall. The cucumbertree yields interesting pinkish-red fruit pods.
  • Cut-leaved Stephanadra

    Stephanandra incisa
    Plant advice for The Morton Arboretum: A small to medium-sized shrub with long arching stems forming large thickets. This graceful shrub is related to spirea, and is often grown for the maple-like leaves which turn a stunning orange-red fall color. Very nice for woodland gardens and mixed borders.

    Ulmus 'Morton Red Tip'
    The DANADA CHARM™ elm has very good Dutch elm disease (DED) and elm yellows resistance but is susceptible to elm leaf beetle. Its size makes it ideal for large yards and along streets. Its emerging leaves are glossy red, turning dark green in summer and yellow in fall. This tree is a Chicagoland Grows® selection.
  • Dawn redwood

    Metasequoia glyptostroboides
    A large, conical-shaped tree reaching 70 to 100 feet high, dawn redwood is closely related to bald cypress (Taxodium) and redwood (Sequoia). The fern-like feathery foliage emerges light green in spring, changing to dark green in summer, then a russet-brown in autumn. It grows best in large landscapes.
  • Devil’s Walking Stick

    Aralia spinosa
    This unusual U.S. native has a very exotic look, with large, compound leaves and late summer flowers. Devil's walking stick has coarse, thorny stems.
  • Dotted hawthorn

    Crataegus punctata
    Dotted hawthorn is named for its fruit which are red with white specks. This species has thorns that are up to three inches in length. Dotted hawthorn is very susceptible to the cedar rust diseases.
  • Doublefile viburnum

    Viburnum plicatum, Viburnum plicatum var tomentosum
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: The showy clusters of white flowers arranged along the top of the doublefile viburnum’s horizontal branches make it a wonderful choice for specimen planting, screening, or use in a shrub border. Although this shrub is well suited for the Midwestern landscape, it can occasionally winter kill to the ground.
  • Douglas-fir

    Pseudotsuga menziesii
    Douglas-fir is an excellent specimen plant or used in mass for screening. Although not a true fir, it is a beautiful evergreen for the larger landscape. It has a conical shape, similar to that seen on spruces.
  • Downy arrowwood

    Viburnum rafinesquianum
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Downy arrowwood is a little known native viburnum that has ornamental characteristics similar to the more commonly planted southern arrowwood (creamy white flowers and red fall color)
  • Downy hawthorn

    Crataegus mollis
    Downy hawthorn has the typical white flowers and red fruit of hawthorns, but is not always as thorny as other species. This native tree is beautiful, but is prone to the cedar rust diseases.