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Tree and plant descriptions

  • Prairie crabapple

    Malus ioensis
    Prairie crabapple was once commonly found throughout the Midwest prairies and savannas. Spectacular in bloom, deep pink flower buds open to white flowers. Their fruit is popular with a myriad of wildlife. Unfortunately, prairie crabapple is susceptible to many foliar diseases.
  • Princeton elm

    Ulmus americana 'Princeton'
    The Princeton elm exhibits a high resistance to Dutch elm disease (DED) and demonstrates resistance to elm beetles as well. This large, fast-growing tree is tolerant of many adverse site conditions.
  • Prospector elm

    Ulmus wilsoniana 'Prospector'
    The Prospector elm is a hybrid of Asian elm species; it is smaller than the American elm and exhibits a high resistance to Dutch elm disease (DED) and elm leaf beetle. This fast-growing tree needs regular pruning to maintain its vase form. Its leaves emerge orange red and mature to green; in the fall, it erupts in a brilliant yellow. Useful as street, parkway, or shade tree.
  • Pumpkin ash (Not recommended)

    Fraxinus tomentosa
    Due to susceptibility to emerald ash borer (EAB), pumpkin ash is not recommended for planting anywhere in this region and usually requires removal and/or replacement. Disease-resistant cultivars may exist. Pumpkin ash is a large tree found primarily growing in wet habitats. This U.S. native can reach 80 feet tall with a narrow crown. Currently, ash trees cannot be sold in Illinois. Check with your state for quarantine restrictions.
  • Purple Coneflower

    Echinacea purpurea
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Purple coneflower is a native wildflower of Illinois and the Chicago Region. It offers color in the middle of summer and cones full of seeds for birds during winter.
  • Purple-flowering raspberry

    Rubus odoratus
    Plant advise from The Morton Arboretum: A large leaved, flowering raspberry with rose-purple flowers and red, drooping clusters of fruit. A good plant for large shade border, natural area or wildflower garden. Suckering plants form large colonies.
  • Quaking aspen

    Populus tremuloides
    This fast-growing native tree has beautiful silvery gray bark and leaves that "tremble" in the wind due to flat leaf stalks. Unfortunately this tree is short-lived and prone to some disease and insect problems; it is also highly susceptible to ice storm damage.
  • Red buckeye

    Aesculus pavia
    Red buckeye is one of the earliest native trees to leaf out in the spring, followed by beautiful carmine-red flowers in late spring. It is a small tree, able to be planted under power lines. This tree is susceptible to leaf blotch.
  • Red Chokeberry

    Aronia arbutifolia
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: A tall, multi-stemmed native shrub with abundant white flowers, red glossy berries, and outstanding red fall color. Red chokeberry is a tough, dependable plant with three-season interest, especially in shady, wet sites. It works well in a naturalized landscape or garden.
  • Red hickory

    Carya ovalis (C. glabra var odorata)
    Red hickory is sometimes referred to as pignut hickory or false shagbark hickory. It has a slightly shaggy bark and good golden-yellow fall color. The nuts are edible and are attractive to wildlife.