The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is the official arboretum of Pennsylvania. It is located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, northwest of the city center. The arboretum is open daily except for major holidays and an admission fee is charged at the gate.
The arboretum was formerly the estate of John T. and Lydia T. Morris, a brother and sister who purchased and landscaped much of the arboretum's current site starting in 1887. John Morris was interested in growing plants from around the world, especially from China. Many o the plants in the arboretum today come from Morris' original plantings. The estate became a public arboretum in 1933, after Lydia Morris' death.
Today the arboretum contains more than 13,000 labeled plants of over 2,500 types, representing species from North America, Asia, and Europe, with a primary focus on Asia. Significant collections include native azaleas, conifers, hollies, magnolia species, maples, roses, and witch hazels. The arboretum has identified 17 trees in its collection as outstanding specimens such as Abies cephalonica and Acer buergerianum. Find out what these trees look like by visiting the arboretum!
The arboretum is set within a mature landscape, primarily designed in the English park style but with Japanese influences. It includes winding paths and streams, a swan pond, formal rose gardens, and large areas of azaleas, rhododendrons, and magnolias.
Morris Arboretum also owns Springfield Mill, which is located opposite the main entrance. The grist mill has been restored and is open to the public once a month for grinding demonstrations.
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