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Tree and plant descriptions

  • Three-flowered maple

    Acer triflorum
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: The three flowers that give this small ornamental tree its name are inconspicuous, but the shaggy peeling bark and glorious yellow, orange and red fall foliage make up for it. Three-flowered maple tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and is a fine specimen tree for gardens, with a habit that can be upright or spreading.
  • Trailing juniper

    Juniperus horizontalis
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: These carpet-like evergreens, native to North America, are fine low shrubs or evergreen ground covers.
  • Trumpet Vine

    Campsis radicans
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Trumpet vine is a woody, clinging vine which attaches itself to structures by aerial rootlets. It can rapidly grow to 30 to 40 feet high. Terminal clusters of 2 to 3 inch long, red trumpet-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds throughout the summer.
  • Tulip-tree

    Liriodendron tulipifera
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: The tulip-tree is one of the largest native trees in North America. It is a member of the magnolia family and has distinct tulip-shaped characteristic in its leaves, flowers and fruit. The showy, goblet-shaped, orange-yellow-green flowers appear in late spring after the leaves. The cone-like seed cluster sit upright on the branches and golden yellow fall color make this an choice for large landscapes.
  • Tupelo

    Nyssa sylvatica
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Tupelo or sour gum is a striking pyramidal tree in its youth with horizontal branches growing from a typically straight trunk.As the tree matures it takes on more of an irregular habit. The dark green glossy summer foliage takes center stage in fall when the leaves turn bright scarlet.
  • Turkish hazelnut

    Corylus colurna
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Turkish hazelnut is an excellent hardy tree for lawns, street plantings, and urban conditions. Its heavy-textured, dark green foliage is free of insect and disease. This tree is also pH adaptable and tolerant of heat, cold, and drought once it is established.
  • Vernal witch-hazel

    Hamamelis vernalis
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: In late winter or very early spring, before the leaves unfurl, Vernal witch-hazel has yellow and orange-to-red flowers with a spicy fragrance that appear in late February and last three to four weeks. The new foliage is an attractive bronzy-red color that matures to dark green and then turns a rich butter yellow to golden yellow in fall. The dried leaves often persist into winter. The fruit capsules mature in September or October, when they split to expel black seeds that are attractive to robins, juncos, titmice, cardinals and other birds. The plants can sucker to form colonies. This is a great specimen plant, or can be used for screening, in masses, as an informal hedge or as part of a naturalized landscape.
  • Virginal Mock-Orange

    Philadelphus x virginalis
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Mock-orange is an old-fashioned, back of the border, mid-to-late spring flowering shrub with sweetly scented white flowers. Dark green foliage make attractive background for pure white flowers. It has limited ornamental value in other seasons, but the double-flowering cultivars are bringing popularity back to this plant.
  • Virginia Creeper

    Parthenocissus quinquefolia
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Virginia creeper is an aggressive, woody vine native to the Midwest and the Chicago region. This vine is often found growing up tree trunks in native woods, but it can be trained to grow on a fence or arbor. In early autumn the compound, 5-leaflet leaves turn a brilliant red.
  • Wafer-Ash

    Ptelea trifoliata
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Wafer-Ash is a small native tree or large shrub that produces small clusters of fragrant flowers and wafer-like winged seeds, similar to elms. A good plant for naturalizing or woodland landscapes. Despite the name, Wafer-Ash is not a true ash tree and is unaffected by the emerald ash borer.