The ornamental flowering trees collection at The Morton Arboretum showcases the most ornamental trees: crabapples, magnolias, pear, serviceberry, buckeye, horsechestnut, and dogwood, famous for their amazing floral displays and perfumed scents. Visit these collection in spring, when the entire hillside is festooned in flowers.
The area of Ornamental Flowering Trees is located 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. Today, the Arboretum continues to evaluate a broad range of ornamental flowering trees. 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). Homeowners can view a variety of ornamental trees in one place to get ideas for a suitable tree for their yard. 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.