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!
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.