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Tree and plant descriptions

  • Dawn redwood

    Metasequoia glyptostroboides
    A large, conical-shaped tree reaching 70 to 100 feet high. Dawn redwood is closely related to bald cypress (Taxodium) and redwood (Sequoia). The fern-like feathery foliage emerges light green in spring, changing to dark green in summer, then a russet-brown in autumn. It grows best in large landscapes.
  • Devil’s Walking Stick

    Aralia spinosa
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: This unusual U.S. native has a very exotic look, with large, compound leaves and late summer flowers. Devil's walking stick has coarse, thorny stems.
  • Dotted hawthorn

    Crataegus punctata
    Dotted hawthorn is named for its fruit which are red with white specks. This species has thorns that are up to three inches in length. Dotted hawthorn is very susceptible to the cedar rust diseases.
  • Doublefile viburnum

    Viburnum plicatum, Viburnum plicatum var tomentosum
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: The showy clusters of white flowers arranged along the top of the doublefile viburnum’s horizontal branches make it a wonderful choice for specimen planting, screening, or use in a shrub border. Although this shrub is well suited for the Midwestern landscape, it can occasionally winter kill to the ground.
  • Douglas-fir

    Pseudotsuga menziesii
    Douglas-fir is an excellent specimen plant or used in mass for screening. Although not a true fir, it is a beautiful evergreen for the larger landscape with a conical shape, similar to that seen on spruces.
  • Downy arrowwood

    Viburnum rafinesquianum
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Downy arrowwood is a little known native viburnum that has ornamental characteristics similar to the more commonly planted southern arrowwood (creamy white flowers and red fall color)
  • Downy hawthorn

    Crataegus mollis
    Downy hawthorn has the typical white flowers and red fruit of hawthorns, but is not always as thorny as other species. This native tree is beautiful, but is prone to the cedar rust diseases.
  • Downy serviceberry

    Amelanchier arborea
    Downy serviceberry is a four-season plant offering white flowers in spring, small red berries in summer, excellent fall color and gray bark in winter. The fruit is usually eaten very quickly by birds.
  • Dwarf Fothergilla

    Fothergilla gardenii
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Dwarf fothergilla is a great multi-season shrub offering white flowers in spring, good gray-green leaves in summer and yellow, orange and red color in autumn.
  • Eastern arborvitae

    Thuja occidentalis
    The eastern arborvitae is an extremely common evergreen tree or shrub, used often as a specimen, in hedges, or for privacy. The small cones that open up to look like small flowers and appeal to birds such as cardinals, grosbeaks, and chickadees. There are many cultivars that vary in height and other characteristics. On some varieties, the foliage may discolor in winter.