TREES & Plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • 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.