TREES & Plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Wahoo

    Euonymus atropurpureus
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Wahoo is a Chicago region native offering beautiful fruit in fall. It may be difficult to find this species in local nurseries.
  • Wayfaring tree

    Viburnum lantana
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Wayfaring tree is often chosen for planting because of its adaptability and reliability. However, plants often appear ‘leggy,’ so they look better near the back of the border, in mass, or in groupings. Wayfaring tree is also useful for naturalizing. The plant’s handsome fruit are an outstanding feature, beginning yellow and changing to red and black, often displaying all three colors on the same cluster.
  • White fir

    Abies concolor
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: The white fir is a hardy and ornamental North American native evergreen. This choice plant tolerates a wide range of conditions, including drought, heat, and cold temperatures.
  • White Oak

    Quercus alba
    Tree advice from The Morton Arboretum: White oak is a massive, long-lived stately tree with wide-spreading, horizontal branches and wine red fall color. This native tree provides shade for larger landscapes and parks.
  • White spruce

    Picea glauca
    Plant advice form The Morton Arboretum: White spruce is a medium to large-sized pyramidal evergreen with aromatic foliage, uniform habit. One of the more popular garden conifers. Native to Canada and northwestern United States. When sited properly the can be a long-lived attractive addition to any landscape.
  • White-forsythia

    Abeliophyllum distichum
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: The white-forsythia is a small shrub with a rounded to arching habit that is great for specimen planting.
  • Wild hydrangea

    Hydrangea arborescens
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Wild hydrangea is a hardy, adaptable shrub grown for its large, cloud-like clusters of early summer flowers that start out pale green and turn to white. It is native to woodlands in the eastern U.S. Since it flowers on branches that start growing in spring (new wood), its flower show is not diminished by harsh winters. For garden purposes; cultivated varieties are more attractive.
  • Wintercreeper

    Euonymus fortunei
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Wintercreeper is a fast growing, versatile ground cover. Many different cultivars are available. Wintercreeper should be used with care as it is considered invasive in some locations.
  • Witherod

    Viburnum cassinoides
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Witherod is a viburnum native to North America. It tolerates both shady and wet sites. It may be difficult to find in nurseries.
  • Yellowwood

    Cladrastris kentukea (formerly Cladrastis lutea)
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Choose a yellowwood tree for excellent shade in a smaller landscape. Though it is named for its wood, its yellow fall foliage color cannot be overlooked. Another useful quality of the yellowwood is its deep roots, which allow for other plants to be grown easily underneath its branches.