Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Plant Collection

dawn redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Catalogue No. 1943-257*A
Height: 90 feet
Spread: 34 feet
DBH: 39.2 inches

Native to central China. This grove of dawn redwood trees has often been described as being like a Gothic Cathedral. The trees, with their beautiful straight trunks, are planted along our East Brook, and are a pilgrimage for many of our visitors, particularly when they are showing their fantastic deep orange-brown fall color. The dawn redwood was thought to be extinct by Western botanists until it was rediscovered in the 1940s. Loving moisture, and very fast-growing, our grove dates from the early 1950s.


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Construction Notice:

Parking Lot Closed September 21, 22 and 23.

Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved September 21, 22 and 23. Our parking lot is a demonstration lot for its sustainability. Installed 25 years ago as one of the first of its kind, the parking lot has filtered into the earth about 31,863,304 gallons of precipitation from the Wissahickon watershed. But the time has come for it to be renewed.

The entire parking lot will be closed September 21, 22 and 23. Auxiliary parking will be available at the bottom of the hill (near the kiosk) and shuttle service will be provided to the top of the hill. ADA access will be limited. No buses will be permitted beyond the kiosk.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are committed to keeping our parking lot sustainable and our visitors safe. Thanks for your patience.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

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.

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