Bloom and Fall Color Reports

Bloom Report: May 6-12, 2022

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May 6-12

Bloom Report

Spring blooms are bursting out all over The Morton Arboretum, just in time for Mother’s Day! Daffodils are flowering in Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26) and Daffodil Glade (Parking Lot 22). There are blooming daffodils all around the grounds. Mid-spring magnolia trees are blooming in white, lavender, purple, and yellow in the Magnolia Collection on the East Side (Parking Lot 5) and the West Side (along Joy Path, Parking Lot 21). 

White serviceberry and pear blooms are on full display around the Visitor Center (Parking Lot 1); in the China Collection (Parking Lot 17); and in the Flowering Trees collection on the East Side (Parking Lot 5) and the West Side (Parking Lot 19). Buckeyes are flowering in the Midwest Collection (Parking Lot 2) and in the Buckeye Collection (Parking Lot 6). 

Colorful redbuds and quince are beginning to bloom as well in many locations. Watch for crabapples, flowering dogwoods, and pawpaws to start blooming with the warmer weather expected in the next week or so. 

Out in the woodlands, spring bloom is also in full array. Among the wildflowers, look for spring beauty, toothwort, Dutchman’s breeches, rue anemone, false rue anemone, ironwood, Virginia bluebells, buttercups, bellwort, jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium, violets, white and yellow dog-toothed-violets, and marsh-marigold. Many of these wildflowers can be seen along the trails between the Gateway to Tree Science (Parking Lot 8) and the Big Rock Visitor Station (Parking Lot 13). 

A variety of shrubs and other plants are in flower in the gardens. Stroll through the Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1) or the gardens near the Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21), including the Fragrance Garden, the Four Seasons Garden, and Joy Path. The containers and beds surrounding Thornhill and the Visitor Center (Parking Lot 1) are also bursting with blooms and color. 

It’s time to get out your walking shoes and camera and enjoy the sense of spring renewal as you wander the gardens, collections, and woodland trails and capture the beauty of the season.

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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