Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Notice: The garden will open late April 10 at 1:00pm


2014 Annual Plant Sale

Spring is here! After a long winter, it’s finally time to garden. As usual, the Morris Arboretum Plant Sale will have a fabulous selection to satisfy all your planting needs. Unusual annuals, new perennial cultivars, fabulous woody plants and heirloom roses will make this Plant Sale one you won’t want to miss!

Arboretum staff offer expertise you won’t find anywhere else. Professional horticulturists will be on hand throughout the sale to answer your questions and make recommendations for your home garden. Look for the folks in the red aprons!

View the 2014 Plant Sale Catalog


Plant Sale Luncheon (Oak Members and above only)

THURSDAY, MAY 8 | 12:30 - 3:00pm

Oak level members ($500) and above are invited to a lunch with Paul Meyer, The F. Otto Haas Executive Director. Following lunch, they will have the first opportunity to make purchases from a wide variety of plants at this year’s sale. Advance registration is required, contact Chelsea Melvin at 215.247.5777 x155 or email melvinc@upenn.edu.

Plant Sale Preview (Chestnut Members and above only)

THURSDAY, MAY 8 | 5:30 - 7:30pm

Chestnut level members ($165) and above will enjoy a casual evening of shopping. Morris Arboretum experts will be on hand to help you choose the perfect plants for your garden. Light refreshments will be served. Wagons from home are welcomed and encouraged. Advance registration is required, contact Chelsea Melvin at 215.247.5777 x155 or email melvinc@upenn.edu.


Plant Sale Members Only Day

FRIDAY, MAY 9 | 10:00am - 7:00pm

Bring your membership card, wallet and wagons. Shop early for the best selection. All members save 10% on their entire Plant Sale purchase and choose a free dividend plant. Holly members ($250) and above receive two dividend plants and Katsura members ($2,500) receive a special plant chosen by the curator of the living collections.

Click here for a list of this year's dividend plant choices.


Plant Sale Public Sale

SATURDAY, MAY 10 | 10:00am - 3:00pm

Plant sale is open to all members of the public.

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2014 Dividend Plant Selections

This year’s dividend plants cover a wide range of plant types from trees to houseplants. We have been very fortunate to find a new supplier and have even snagged a plant we haven’t given away in years!

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ - Ruby Slippers oakleaf hydrangea

Released in 2010, ‘Ruby Slippers’ was developed from a 1998 hybridization of oakleaf hydrangea cultivars ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘Pee Wee’. Its compact plant form and large, upright inflorescences (flowers) make it particularly suited for use in small residential landscapes. Large, upright nine-inch flower clusters open white in early summer, then become pale pink and finally, deep rose. Native to the southeastern U.S., it blooms in June-July, and should be grown in full or part sun.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Dawn-redwood

If you have the space to grow the dawn-redwood, you owe it not only to yourself but to your community to grow this exceptional ancient tree. Dawn-redwoods once blanketed North America (some 35 million years ago), but vanished long, long ago. They were believed to be extinct worldwide until 1943, when a grove was discovered in China. Planted in the early 1950s, the Arboretum’s grove is an example of the wonder of this tree. This plant is very fast growing, and will reach a height of 75 feet!!! It should be grown in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.

Lindera benzoin - Common spicebush

This dioecious (separate male and female plants) shrub has much to offer the garden. Male plants have showier, tiny, pale yellow flowers in early spring, but the female counterparts take center stage in early fall, when they’re laden with half-inch-diameter berries that turn from green to yellow to high-gloss crimson. About the same time, the leaves turn a soft yellow and make the red berries visually pop. It is the preferred food for the black and blue spicebush swallowtail butterfly larvae. These plants were grown from seed collected in the arboretum, so we don’t know if your plant will be male or female. Native to throughout the eastern U.S., it will grow to 6-12 feet, and should be grown in partial to light shade.

Surprise Dividends

Plant connoisseurs eagerly anticipate the plant sale every year to pick among the rare and unusual plants that we offer that are surplus from the greenhouse inventory. There is not enough of each to list. Come early to the members’ preview for the best selection.

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