Bloom and Fall Color Reports

Bloom Report: April 29–May 5, 2022

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April 29–May 5, 2022

Bloom Report

Daffodils are in full bloom throughout The Morton Arboretum, with the largest displays in Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26) and Daffodil Glade (Parking Lot 22). Other splendid daffodil displays are at Crabapple Lake (Parking Lot 5), in our Appalachian and Midwest collections (Parking Lot 16), near the Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21), and near Founder’s Grove (Parking Lot 19).

Magnolia trees are in flower on the East and West Sides. Although recent cold temperatures have slightly discolored flowers of some early-blooming varieties, the blooms that have opened more recently are fresh and lovely. Look for blooming magnolias in the Magnolia Collection (Parking Lot 5); along Joy Path (Parking Lot 21), easily seen across the meadow from Parking Lot 19; in the China Collection (parking lots 16 and 17); and on Frost Hill (Parking Lot 3). Cherry and pear trees are just beginning to bloom near parking lots 3 and 4, with other specimens in our Korea and China collections (Parking Lot 17).

In the woodlands, wildflowers have really opened up. Spring beauty, toothwort, Dutchman’s breeches, white and yellow dogtooth-violet, rue- and false rue-anemone are in full bloom. Virginia bluebells have started to open their blue flowers in the woods (parking lots 10–14), at Lake Marmo (Parking Lot 27), and in the Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1). A visit to the Lake Marmo area will find skunk-cabbage leaves expanding to the west of the lake and yellow flowering marsh-marigolds in full bloom below the dam.

Many plants are blooming in the Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1), along Joy Path (Parking Lot 21), and in the Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21). In the area around the Visitor Center (Parking Lot 1), brightly planted flower beds and container gardens are full of color.

Spring blooms change almost daily with the shifting weather. Plan to visit often so you don’t miss each new experience of color and fragrance.

About the Bloom Report

The Bloom Report is written by the Arboretum’s Manager of Plant Records, Ed Hedborn. It is typically published on Fridays through spring to give members and guests a chance to plan their weekend visits. The Arboretum also publishes a weekly Color Report in the fall.

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