Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'™ ('Autumn Brilliance'™ Serviceberry)
Excellent trade name recognition because it is clearly a superior clone across a wide variety of Midwest and Eastern US climates. Grows to 20-25 ft. and develops reliable red-orange autumn color. The showy multi-colored fruits are relished by birds, and it never becomes obtrusive in the landscape.
Shrubby tree with a prominently horizontal, tiered branch pattern, suggesting its common name. Flat clusters of fragrant May flowers add to its layered ornamental appearance. Blue-black fruits ripen in late summer, followed by bronze autumn foliage.
A real dwarf at only 3-4 feet tall! Because of this smaller stature it will work in so many tight spaces that winterberry wouldn't fit into before. It has red fruit. From the European breeding program of Peter Kolster, brought to the USA by Plants Nouveau.
With fruit color that is a major departure from the normal reds these golden hued berries are quite desirable. In our experience they don't set as many berries per stem as standard cut branch varieties but the color alone is enough to make them serviceable for the market.
The extraordinary growth rate of this cultivar coupled with its precocious blooming character make it a lucrative item. Moonglow® will grow to 5 ft. and bloom within 2-3 years. Selected and named by Earl Cully, this clone is surprisingly hardy to -33ºF. Lemon-fragrant blooms over a long period in late spring.
Magnolia virginiana var. australis 'Northern Belle' (Northern Belle Magnolia)
A super hardy selection by Ned Rader that has withstood -35°F though it does drop its leaves at that temperature. The flowers are fragrant and the leaves are darker green than Magnolia virginiana Moonglow®.
Small to medium-sized shrub with fragrant foliage, often used for naturalizing in states along the Atlantic coast from MA to SC. Famed for its use in making candles using the waxy berries during colonial times, its best present use is as an easy foundation plant, where it will tolerate compact or infertile soils.
2-4 ft. shrub native across a broad swath in the upper latitudes of North America. Small pink flowers emerge in summer followed by white berries in the fall. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Its strong root system makes this shrub useful to control erosion on steep slopes of an embankment. Tolerates wet soils as well, so it is frequently used in riparian restoration. Used as an ornamental, easy to grow and gratifying with its persistent winter fruits. Occasionally head it back for best ornamental performance.
With its tree-like form and lack of pest and disease problems, it has a secure place as a specimen tree in the landscape. Hardy and adaptable, it is best planted in full sun. Weaker branches should be thinned occasionally to highlight the strongest branches of its handsome form.
Ulmus americana 'Princeton' (Princeton American Elm)
Selected almost a century ago by New Jersey nurseryman William Flemer for its aesthetic merit. By stroke of good fortune, 'Princeton' has demonstrated moderate resistance to Dutch elm disease. Typical of this iconic American species in form and hardiness, it is an important part of the American experience, a relic selection from America's urban forest history, still adapted to its future so many generations later.