One of the most outstanding features of the estate that became the Morris Arboretum in 1933 is the collection of large and stately trees. These sovereigns form the fabric that weaves together the Arboretum. Today, we continue the Morrises' legacy by caring for our mature trees and continuing to expand our tree collection.
These 17 trees are a sampling of the most outstanding and beautiful trees throughout the Arboretum. They represent the diversity of our plant collections by showing plants from North America, Europe, the Mediterranean, China, Japan, and Korea. Some of them are among the largest of their kind in North America. Others are exceedingly rare and may be among only a handful grown outside of Asia. Others are unusual horticultural forms. What all these awe-inspiring specimens share, is a connection to our past, hope for our future, and a testimony to the beauty and longevity of trees.
Anthony S. Aiello
The Gayle E. Maloney Director of Horticulture and Curator of the Living Collection
Please note, visitors are not allowed to climb or sit on the limbs of trees. The Arboretum is home to a number of champion trees, some of which are very old. With 130,000 visitors annually, climbing becomes a safety issue for both children and the trees. We don’t want any visitors or trees to break a limb. Thank you!
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.
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.