Collections Research

Living plant and dried herbarium specimen collections at The Morton Arboretum house biological information on over 4,300 plant taxa, representing almost 290,000 live plants and herbarium specimens.

These collections are a major resource for the community and researchers to understand global plant diversity, what different plant species need to be healthy, grow, and reproduce, and how to conserve plant species and restore plant communities.

Learn more about the Herbarium and Living Collections, their staff, and their scientific research. 

Explore plant databases for yourself. Access The Morton Arboretum’s database of living plants and herbarium specimens on the integrated plant records database.

Access a network of over 30 institutions’ herbarium specimens through the vPlants virtual herbarium.