Small shade tree with flaky, orange-gray bark. Colorful autumn leaves. Excellent patio specimen or bonsai subject. It is especially well adapted in the South, growing well even in full sun. A University of Georgia and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Winner.
Acer circinatum Three Cheers™ 'HSI2' (Three Cheers™ Upright Vine Maple)
A Heritage Seedlings selection, much more upright and tree-like. The dark green foliage is of normal size and shape, but its silhouette is an attractive flame shape, twice as tall as wide with unusually tight branch angles. If you're pruning wild seedlings into tree form, abandon that tactic to save labor. Upgrade your vine maple list to offer this new native selection and show your customers the benefit of predictable form in a residential landscape. It offers the prospect of uniformity and lower maintenance in a commercial job.
Among the rich variety of cultivated maples, this one is highly esteemed for its peeling tissue-thin coppery bark. Leaves turn scarlet and orange in fall. Easily grown on to larger size despite its propagation difficulty, and VERY tough and adaptable in the landscape.
With its delicate foliage, small crown, and naturally artistic form, it creates an Asian effect in any garden. Fall colors are inspiring in their brilliance. With their refined character, unlike grafted varieties, healthy specimen trees of seedlings seem to always be in short supply. Our pot-grown seedlings have been kept totally protected from frost to ensure that your rootstocks are free of Pseudomonas (black stem) blight.
Vigorous and easy to grow in the nursery, this gives the plant an aggressive tendency, especially in rocky, dry conditions where other trees fail. Accordingly, these are offered strictly for rootstock use. This maple has the remarkable trait of a “universal donor” as a rootstock for many but not all species. We've successfully grafted everything from Acer pentaphyllum to Acer griseum onto it with no sign of long term incompatibility.
"Variegated" doesn't begin to describe this extraordinary cultivar of a species that generally lacks ornamental merit. In addition to the leaves being purple beneath, they're a kaleidoscope of astonishing variegation throughout. It doesn't burn in full sun, and is exceptionally drought resistant and cold hardy. Whether placed as an accent against larger, darker trees, or as a specimen up front, it will elicit comments from all who enjoy seeing it for the first time. This goes on your 'buy list'. Make sure of it, OK? You'll be back for more.
This variety has a significant advantage over seedlings due to its prominent white stripes on green bark, so much so that the trunk appears mostly white. Twigs and young branches are covered with a waxy white bloom - as on a grape skin. In winter the tree evokes a chalk drawing look in the landscape. Exceptionally hardy.
Bark peels in tight vertical curls. September brings a muted blend of yellow and claret-red foliage, capturing the essence of autumn. During winter, tufts of snow lodge on the peels of grey and honey-colored bark, lending contrast. Often listed as hardy to Zone 5, growers report it hardy to -40°F - a full zone rating hardier than Acer griseum.
Resistant to drought and polluted air, this maple is gaining recognition as a promising ornamental. Its growth rate is relatively fast but it doesn't become as large as Norway maple. Its small size, hardiness, appealing Sweetgum-like leaves and brilliant fall color make it a logical candidate for high pH soils or for areas where a tough, yet highly ornamental tree is needed.
Cercidiphyllum japonicum Claim Jumper™ 'HSI1' (Claim Jumper™ Golden Katsura)
Distinctively unusual, this katsura has golden summer foliage. The leaves emerge with a pink blush and unfurl to soft yellow. Throughout summer the more shaded leaves turn green, while those in sun remain yellow or turn almost white. Autumn yields the characteristic sweet fragrance and buttery golden color of the species. Best for a site with some late afternoon sun protection to avoid foliage burn, as is typical for many yellow-leaved plants.
Of refined, delicate appearance year-long, this woodland shrub from Japan makes a great substitute for witchhazel in smaller gardens. It slowly mounds up, becoming more broad than tall, and is easily maintained. Primrose yellow flowers cover the branches in early spring. Prefers moist, partially shaded borders and open woods, but tolerates a sunny spot fine: it just grows more slowly in full sun.
In addition to complete Eastern Filbert Blight resistance, Dorris has smaller tree stature. The kernels have very high quality and great flavor. They will demand a higher price. These desirable traits and those of its pollinizers York and Felix, illuminate the future of the industry.
Shawn Mehlenbacher reports, "a high level of quantitative resistance to EFB, similar to ‘ Tonda di Giffoni," thought it isn't totally resistant. It too is 10-15 days earlier than Barcelona and has smaller nuts with a higher yield.
Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit® 'Ancot' (Golden Spirit® Smoketree)
Unusual for its yellow to lime-green summer foliage, and tufts of soft, smoky gray flowers. A small but vigorous tree, it grows best in full sun and closes out the summer with fall colors of pink, red, and orange.
Forsythia x intermedia Magical® Gold ‘Kolgold’ (Magical® Gold Forsythia)
First on market Forsythia variety to bloom on old wood in addition to new, so this is a huge improvement for a popular landscape plant that needs regular pruning to keep it looking its best. Imagine not having to cut your Forsythia back and lament cutting away the very reasons for growing it in the first place. Long, straight stems are perfect to cut for an indoor vase.
Most often used as a rootstock for selected cultivars. This native American shrub can grow to 20 ft. with equal spread. Prefers moist soils, but full sun in the landscape encourages more compact growth. Trim branches just before the plant blooms to force indoor flowers.
Attractive as a landscape tree for its bright golden summer flowers that stand erect above the distinctive foliage. Flowers mature into clustered, papery "Chinese lantern" seed capsules that droop from the branches mid-summer through autumn. Goldenraintree seems to do best if it is somewhat neglected.
Its autumn color, early spring flowers, small habit, ease of care, and fragrant foliage make this shrub highly ornamental. It is well-adapted in wet areas, great for naturalizing, and rarely taller than head-high.
Among the tallest of our native American hardwoods, it shares much in common with Magnolia acuminata. Intriguing cup-shaped flowers of orange, yellow, and green in early summer. Grows fast if planted in deep, moist soil, but it will languish if planted in a dry or compacted area.
One of the earliest-introduced yellow-hued magnolias, flowering precociously and reliably every year. 'Elizabeth' enjoys excellent name recognition. Well-known for its fragrant, creamy yellow flowers, pyramidal habit, and vigorous juvenile growth. M. acuminata x M. denudata
A vigorous tree of uniform, pyramidal habit, having light yellow frost-tolerant flowers. Even without its flowers, it is worth growing for its handsome, bronze new foliage. A choice plant, too-little known and used.
With a RHS Award of Garden Merit Lois, named in 1998, is a sister to 'Elizabeth', with more intense yellow flowers consistently opening a couple weeks later so more flowers come after spring frosts but still prior to the leaves. The flowers don't fade with age though they are slightly smaller than Elizabeth's.
During the 2011 Magnolia Society meeting in Rhode Island, a majority of ladies in the crowd raved about this abundant bloomer with its rosy-accented flowers. It's a wonderful selection due to the warm color tones, blooming later than any of the other yellows and before the emergent leaves. August Kehr, the hybridizer, would have never accepted much credit for this plant he created, but he deserves all our thanks for his exceptional work, including this plant.
Interesting story: On the way to see Augie from Raleigh, NC Pat McCracken and Mark Krautmann decided to accept August's invitation to name all of his (at that time, only numbered) superior yellows. Before we got to Hendersonville, where he and his wife lived, we came up with Stellar Acclaim, Sunsation, Solar Eclipse, Hot Flash, and Sunspire. Augie was too modest to name his own "children".
A pyramidal tree with dark green leaves. 'Yellow Bird's small flowers appear with the foliage and have a good deep yellow color. Trouble free in the nursery, a consistent seller. M. acuminata x liliiflora
A stunning addition to Magnolia collections and another introduction from breeders Felix and Mark Judy. It produce magnificent, 6 inch golden-honey, goblet-shaped flowers almost tulip-like, in early spring. Honey Tulip is an upright smaller tree growing to a height of 12 feet, making it suitable for smaller gardens or featured in a larger landscape plantings.
Upright evergreen shrub with spiny leaves. Native in the Northwest, it benefits from occasional pruning to keep foliage clean and diminish its tendency to become overgrown. Native Americans used the stems and roots to make a yellow dye.
Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies' (Arthur Menzies Mahonia)
With its origins on the West coast you might think that is why we are infatuated with this selection but really it is because of its unique attributes. It blossoms later than Charity and has bolder, broader leaves that, unbelievably, are more architectural. Also the flower clusters are a little fatter and shorter.
A hybrid of M. japonica and M. lomariifolia. Beautiful across all seasons for its architecturally bold and symmetrical form. Bright yellow late winter flowers. Here in the wet-winter Pacific Northwest, our 'Charity' stock block is totally free of leaf spot that infects M. bealei so severely.
Evergreen shrub with rich forest-green foliage to accent its bright yellow early winter flowers. Upright growth and drought/shade tolerance make this a great focal plant when winter's arrival means fewer possibilities to brighten the garden. Offers bloom succession after 'Charity'.
Quercus macrocarpa (North Dakota source) (Bur Oak (North Dakota))
Native across a broad range in the eastern US, it is consequently variable in leaf form, size and growth rate. Our seedlings are of Missouri source. This patriarch forest tree is best for parks and large, open landscapes.