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Flowering trees

Beautiful pink blooms of crabapple trees

The flowering trees collections at The Morton Arboretum are dedicated to our most ornamental trees—crabapples and magnolias, famous for their amazing floral displays and perfumed scents. Don't miss these collections in the spring, when the entire hillside is festooned in flowers.

This area of Flowering Trees is on the West Side of the Arboretum, at the beginning of the Main Route leading to the Thornhill Education Center. This south-facing hill was the original site where 200 crabapple cultivars were assembled for a crabapple (Malus) evaluation program in 1980. Many disease-resistant and highly ornamental varieties are featured. In this area you will also see a beautiful array of pear (Pyrus) and magnolia (Magnolia). The idea of grouping these collections together is to display small ornamental trees for home owners. Therefore, the featured specimens are all genera loved for their showy and often fragrant flowers, or ornamental fruits in the fall. Take a walk through this area in spring or fall for an experience that will dazzle your nose and your eyes. This is a great place to get ideas for a suitable ornamental tree for your home garden. 


The Morton Arboretum's Crabapple Collection was started in 1924 and now contains 60 different kinds and over 140 specimens with highly desirable qualities. learn more


Magnolias provide an amazing opportunity for large flowers and leaves and exotic scents to be a part of any garden. Additionally, their blooms can be found in a great diversity of colors. The Morton Arboretum exhibits 49 different kinds of hardy magnolia specimens. learn more


The Morton Arboretum's pear (Pyrus) collections are just north of the crabapples on the West Side and are also found in the Pyrus section of the Rose Family Collection on the East Side. The two collections exhibit 24 different kinds of pears, represented by many beautiful mature specimens. Learn more

Olive Family

The Olive Family (Oleaceae) at The Morton Arboretum includes more than 20 genera. The collection was started in 1923 and contains the oldest living accessioned plant in the Arboretum collections, swamp-privet (Forestiera acuminata). learn more