Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Plant Collection

Bender oak
Quercus x benderi

Catalog No. 32-0145-A
Spread: 90 feet
DBH: 6.2 feet

Native to eastern North America. This magnificent specimen is a natural hybrid between the native scarlet (Q. coccinea) and red oaks (Q. rubra). Although its exact age is unknown, we suspect that it well predates the Morrises and may be up to 250 years old. It anchors the 'top of the hill' of Compton and provides a dramatic gateway to the garden. Look for its wonderful branch structure in winter, lustrous green leaves in summer, and russet red fall color.

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Alerts & Updates

Monday the Arboretum's driveway was repaved. Today it is still drying, parking is limited, but we are open!

The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed due to renovations to the turf after a long, hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. While we will hope to reopen quickly, some variables are unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming visitors back on our newly restored Rose Garden turf soon.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.