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TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Hardy kiwi, Kolomikta kiwi

    Actinidia kolomikta
    The hardy kiwi vine will twist and spiral up any support, but is best placed in a site where it can enjoy partial shade to avoid sun scorch.
  • Hardy rubber-tree

    Eucommia ulmoides
    Hardy rubber-tree, a native of China, can be used in the landscape as a shade tree. It has an attractive round to broad-spreading form, but little else in the way of ornamental interest. During summer, the thick leaves are a very glossy green.
  • Heart-leaved foamflower

    Tiarella cordifolia
    This dainty perennial earns its name from the delicate clusters of white flowers that rise above the almost maple-like foliage. This is a good plant for shady gardens.
  • Hedge Cotoneaster

    Cotoneaster lucida
    Hedge cotoneaster is an upright shrub with spreading branches reaching 8 to 10 feet high. Attractive dark green foliage turns a yellow to red in the fall. Makes an excellent screen or tall hedge. Attractive black fruit persist into winter.
  • Hedge maple (Not recommended)

    Acer campestre
    Hedge maples have invasive traits that enable them to spread aggressively. While these trees have demonstrated invasive traits, there is insufficient supporting research to declare them so pervasive that they cannot be recommended for any planting sites. Review of risks should be undertaken before selecting these trees for planting sites.
  • Hesse cotoneaster

    Cotoneaster 'Hessei'
    Hesse cotoneaster is a hybrid between Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster adpressus var. praecox. This low-growing cotoneaster was selected byThe Morton Arboretum and introduced through the Chicagoland Grows ™ introduction program. Hesse cotoneaster makes a wonderful ground cover, draped over a wall, or used in mass.
  • Higan cherry

    Prunus subhirtella
    Higan cherry is a small- to medium-sized tree known for its early pink to white flowers in spring. The weeping form is most popular in the nursery trade.
  • Highbush blueberry

    Vaccinium corymbosum
    Highbush blueberry is an acid-loving, medium-sized shrub for extremely wet sites. Clusters of white urn-shaped spring flowers, edible blue fruit, and reddish fall color add year-round appeal.
  • Hill's oak

    Quercus ellipsoidalis
    Hill's oak, a Chicago-region native, is very similar in appearance to pin oak, but has the advantage of tolerating a higher soil pH. This means that the chlorosis (yellowing) that is common in pin oak is not a problem for Hill's oak. Hill's oak can be used in parkways and has excellent fall color.
  • Himalayan birch (Not recommended)

    Betula utilis (Betula jacquemontii, Betula utilis var jacquemontii)
    Due to susceptibility to bronze birch borer (BBB), Himalayan birch is not recommended for planting anywhere in this region and usually require removal and/or replacement. Himalayan birch has yellow fall color.