Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Plant Collection

Tabletop Scotch elm
Ulmus glabra 'Horizontalis'

Catalogue No. 1932-1106*A
Height: 20 feet
Spread: 36 feet
DBH: 2.1 feet

Horticultural variety, native to eastern Europe and Asia Minor. Standing watch near the Swan Pond, the Tabletop Scotch elm is a Pennsylvania state champion tree. This specimen appears on the 1909 Atlas of Compton and was planted by John Morris during the Victorian-era vogue of weeping and contorted trees. The weeping portion of the plant was grafted high onto its understock, allowing one to look up into the cascading canopy. A plant of curiosity and fascination for visitors, it remains a continual reminder of our horticultural heritage.

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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.