Guide to native plants suitable for southern Wisconsin


Those wishing to establish native plant gardens on their land can learn from Wisconsin Native Plants Gardens that surround the Arboretum Visitor Center.

The Arboretum’s Native Plant Gardener Susan Carpenter has put together a list of native trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, grasses, ferns, and forbs that have been tested here at the Arboretum.

The list indicates light and soil conditions most appropriate for each species.

Species lists for the Wisconsin Native Plant Garden at the Arboretum:

For more information about individual species, go to

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.