TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Common ninebark

    Physocarpus opulifolius
    Ninebark is a cold hardy, tough native shrub for mixed borders. Pinkish-white flower clusters in late spring, persistent seed capsules and exfoliating bark add to seasonal interest. Foliage of cultivars vary in size and color from purple to lime green.
  • Common winterberry

    Ilex verticillata
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: The bright red fruits of common winterberry against a gray landscape are one of the grand sights of a Midwestern winter. This deciduous species of holly, native to the Northeastern US and Canada, also offers food to more than 20 species of birds. Both male and female plants are needed for fruit to be set.
  • Common witch-hazel

    Hamamelis virginiana
    The yellow, strap-like flowers of this native shrub are among the last blooms to appear in fall, but are often hidden by the leaves. Common witch-hazel is a large shrub with a picturesque irregular branching habit that naturally grows along woodland edges. The large, rounded, dark green leaves often hang onto the winter branches. The fruit capsules mature a year after flowering, splitting open to expel seeds that are attractive to robins, juncos, titmice, cardinals and other birds. Tolerant of road salt and clay soil, this is a great specimen plant, or can be used for screening, in masses, or as part of a naturalized landscape.
  • Coralberry

    Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Coralberry is a low-growing shrub that produces purplish red fruit that are a food source for several species of bird. This shrub is native to Illinois.
  • Cornelian-cherry dogwood

    Cornus mas
    Cornelian-cherry dogwood is a small, 20 to 25 foot tree that thrives in well-drained urban conditions as a specimen plant, in masses, near a patio, or as a hedge. The tree is native to Europe and Asia.
  • Cotoneaster 'Hessei'

    Cotoneaster 'Hessei'
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: Hesse cotoneaster is considered a hybrid between Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster adpressus var. praecox. This low-growing cotoneaster can be used as a woody ground cover.
  • Crabapple cultivars

    Crabapples are a varied and diverse group. They include a number of species, hybrids, and cultivated varieties (cultivars). The mature size of the plant should be considered in your selection, as should the cultivar's disease resistance in relationship to its site (dry versus wet, for example).
  • Cranberry Cotoneaster

    Cotoneaster apiculata
    Plant advice from The Morton Arboretum: The stiff, arching branches of the cranberry cotoneaster form an impenetrable mass, making it very effective cascading over a wall, in a shrub border, as a foundation plant, or a ground cover. Small, dark green, glossy leaves and cranberry-red fruit make it a nice addition to the landscape.
  • CRESCENDO™ sugar maple

    Acer saccharum 'Morton'
    The CRESCENDO™ sugar maple was introduced by The Morton Arboretum through Chicagoland® Grows. Its dark green leaves turn an orange-red in the fall. Once established, this tree is tolerant of heat and drought.

    Quercus 'Crimschmidt'
    CRIMSON SPIRE™ oak is a hybrid between English oak and White oak. It was selected for a narrow form (15 feet wide) and good red fall color. It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions.