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  • Help Your Community Help Trees

    The Community Trees Program supports towns, parks, school districts, community groups, and individuals in caring for the urban forest.
  • Dormant Pruning Tips

    Kunso Kim, head of collections and curator, suggests you consider these different approaches.
     
    Selective pruning: To shape the shrub or control its size somewhat, go branch by branch, choosing the branches you want to keep and removing those that are too long, superfluous or causing a tangle. Using sharp, clean pruners, prune just above the place where one stem branches off from another; don’t cut in the middle of a branch between joints, which will cause bristly, unsightly growth.
  • Prime Time for Pruning

    Late winter is an excellent time to prune shrubs and trees, while they are safely dormant.
  • Bringing Bloom Indoors

    Force branches of flowering shrubs indoors for an early shot of spring bloom.
  • 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.