Tour the most botanically diverse regions of the United States when you visit the North American Collections at The Morton Arboretum. Your day trip to Appalachia, Eastern United States Wetlands, and the woods of the Midwest will introduce you to the important plants of these habitats.
Covering almost 5% of the Earth’s surface, North America has a vast temperate area, varied topography, and a range of climates that support plant life that is as exciting and beautiful as any in the world.
Through years of collecting and working with plants from the eastern, southeastern, western, and midwestern North America, Arboretum horticulturists have identified representative species that also perform well in northern Illinois’ climate and soil conditions. Enhancing the collections is an ongoing project; recent trips resulted in important additions to the collections.
Beyond highlighting the beauty of these plants and their environments, the collections conserve North American native plants and educate guests about native species.