TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • 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. This tree is a hybrid of two native species of serviceberry.
  • Atlantic white-cedar

    Chamaecyparis thyoides
    Atlantic white-cedar is an attractive plant, but is not commonly found in landscapes. It may be difficult to find in nurseries as well. This tree requires moist to wet sites and is very intolerant of drought.
  • Austrian pine (Not recommended)

    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.
  • 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.
  • Balsam Fir

    Abies balsamea
    Balsam fir is native to the far northern parts of the United States, up into Canada. This evergreen tree has flat, dark green needles with a strong balsam scent. Balsam fir makes a striking figure in the landscape with its narrowly-pyramidal shape, but it does best in cooler northern climates.
  • 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.
  • BEIJING GOLD™ Peking lilac

    Syringa pekinensis 'Zhang Zhiming'
    This cultivar has creamy-yellow flowers; attractive, cinnamon-colored bark; and unique yellow-gold fall color. The Peking lilac is a dependable urban tree and a great choice even for parking lot, boulevard, and parkway plantings. Native to Asia, it is both hardy and beautiful, with attractive, amber-colored, peeling bark.