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TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Freeman's maple

    Acer x freemanii
    This sturdy hybrid is very common in this region, often serving as a parkway or street tree. It has a brilliant, red-orange color in the fall. Freeman's maple is a hybrid of the red maple and silver maple; the cross yields both the strong branch attachment of the red maple and fast growth rate of the silver maple. Freeman's maple is also less susceptible to chlorosis symptoms than the red or silver maples.
  • Fringe tree

    Chionanthus virginicus
    Fringe tree grows as either a wide-spreading, multi-stemmed shrub or a small tree useful in native woodland gardens, as a specimen plant in groups, borders, or near large buildings. The fringe tree's most outstanding feature is the fragrant, strap-like, white flowers that are borne in six to eight-inch long fleecy panicles in late May to early June.
  • Giant arborvitae

    Thuja plicata
    Giant arborvitae is a dense, stately evergreen tree native to the Pacific Northwest, often used as a specimen or for screening. The fresh green foliage consists of flat sprays formed by overlapping scales. The tree supplies seeds and shelter for birds but is less appealing to deer.There are many cultivars that vary in height and other characteristics. On some varieties, the foliage changes color in winter.
  • Ginkgo

    Ginkgo biloba
    Ginkgo is a very pest-resistant tree. It has interesting, fan-shaped leaves that turn vivid yellow in fall. Only male trees should be purchased as the females produce messy fruit that have a potent odor.
  • Goldflame honeysuckle

    Lonicera x heckrottii
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: This twining vine twists and spirals around a supporting plant, trellis or arbor. In summer, Goldflame honeysuckle has clusters of fragrant tubular flowers in vibrant pink and yellow that bloom amid the vines. Unlike some species of honeysuckle, it is not invasive.
  • Gray birch

    Betula populifolia
    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, it also demonstrates some resistance to bronze birch borer (BBB).
  • 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
    Green hawthorn offers beautiful flowers and fruit and is more disease resistant than other species of hawthorn. The cultivar 'Winter King' is more commonly sold than the species.
  • Hackberry

    Celtis occidentalis
    The hackberry is a Chicago-area native and a sturdy, tolerant shade tree for streets and parkways, or parks and other large areas. Its fleshy, purple-brown berries ripen in late summer and persist through winter.
  • 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.