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TREES & Plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Gray Birch

    Betula populifolia
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Gray birch is a narrow, pyramidal tree of cool climates. Bright green leaves turn a yellow fall color. Older trees develop a chalky white bark that does not peel. A good selection for poor soils and other difficult sites.
  • Gray Dogwood

    Cornus racemosa
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Gray dogwood is a very adaptable, native shrub that is excellent for naturalizing, especially in difficult sites, such as along ponds and stream banks. Although its suckering, spreading habit makes it impractical for formal plantings, it can be incorporated into the shrub border and useful as a mass planting. Creamy white clusters of flowers in May are followed by white berries in late summer that are quickly eaten by birds.
  • Green Hawthorn

    Crataegus viridis
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Green Hawthorn offers beautiful flowers and fruit and is more disease resistant than other species of hawthorn.
  • Hackberry

    Celtis occidentalis
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Common hackberry is a Chicago-area native and a sturdy, tolerant shade tree for streets and parkways, or parks and other large areas.
  • Hardy kiwi

    Actinidia kolomikta
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: The hardy kiwi vine will twist and spiral up any support, but is best placed in a site where it can enjoy partial shade to avoid sun scorch.
  • Heart-leaved foamflower

    Tiarella cordifolia
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: This dainty perennial earns its name from the delicate clusters of white flowers that rise above the almost maple-like foliage. This is a good plant for shady gardens.
  • Hedge Maple

    Acer campestre
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Hedge maple is a broad-rounded tree that is useful as a specimen or, in groups, as a hedge. It can tolerate part shade, especially when young, and prefers moist, well-drained soil. It is relatively salt-tolerant, so it can be used near sidewalks and driveways. The leaves turn greenish yellow in fall.
  • Higan Cherry

    Prunus subhirtella
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Higan cherry offers pink to white, non-fragrant flowers in spring. The species is seldom sold. Plants offered as Higan cherry are generally cultivars of the species.
  • Hinoki-cypress

    Chamaecyparis obtusa
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Hinoki-cypress has dark green needles on graceful spreading branches that droop at the ends and attractive red peeling bark. A number of dwarf and compact cultivars add accent to the garden.
  • Hybrid leatherleaf viburnum

    Viburnum x rhytidophylloides
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: This plant is a large shrub that makes a good screen. Does not always fruit well unless another viburnum is close by to serve as a pollinator. This hybrid results from a cross between Wayfaringtree and leatherleaf viburnum.