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  • Maples at The Morton Arboretum

    Maples are one of the most prominent trees in any Midwestern landscape, certainly on our grounds here at The Morton Arboretum.
  • A Special New Sugar Maple

    The new Crescendo sugar maple from Chicagoland Grows® could make an excellent replacement for ash trees lost to emerald ash borer.
  • Plan Ahead for a Living Tree

    Advance preparation is key to having a tree you can plant outdoors after the holiday.
  • Cutting Your Own Tree

    A family-fun trip to the tree farm goes best with this advice.
  • Bringing the Best to Your Neighborhood

    ‘China Snow’ tree lilac shows how long journeys can lead to good trees.
  • Where to Find Them

    Trees brought back from China find a home on the Arboretum’s grounds.
  • A World of Plants

    Intrepid collectors have brought plants from around the globe to the Arboretum and your garden.
  • Grant Funds Crowley Wetland Restoration Project

    The Morton Arboretum's innovative Wetlands Restoration Program is named as 2012 recipient of an American Water Environmental Grant.
  • Mulching for the Winter

    A layer of mulch can insulate and improve the soil.
  • Gardening in Autumn

    Wind up this year’s garden and get a start on next year’s.
  • Taking Stock of Your Landscape

    Now, at the end of the growing season, is the best opportunity to assess your garden and plan ahead as you do your last garden chores.
  • EAB Advice to Homeowners

    By the time symptoms are obvious, borers may have been at work on a tree for months or years and it may be too late to stop them. Treating while an ash tree still seems healthy may forestall an infestation.
  • Where have all the Ashes gone?

    Where did the emerald ash borer come from? Listen to this podcast on which Andrea Dierich, Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project Coordinator at The Morton Arboretum, explains about the origins and life cycle of this insect and how it destroys ash trees.
  • Get Help Making Ash Tree Choices

    If you have an ash tree, it’s time to make a decision about whether to try to save it from emerald ash borer infestation with insecticide treatments. The Arboretum has a new brochure for homeowners and a new guide for communities on how to deal with this insect scourge attacking one of our most common trees.
  • Symptoms of Emerald Ash Borer

    See if this is happening to the ash trees on your property.