Betula nigra Dura-Heat® 'BNMTF' (Dura-Heat® River Birch)
Holds its yellow autumn leaves a full month longer than Heritage®. Has glossier leaves, a tighter habit, and better heat tolerance than Heritage® in Zone 9. You already know Earl Cully's Heritage® is a money-making super tree. Try this one for comparison, especially if you're in the Gulf States.
Betula nigra Heritage® 'Cully' (Heritage® River Birch)
Selected by Earl Cully almost 20 years ago for its outstanding peeling bark, extreme hardiness, resistance to borers, and ability to grow in waterlogged or dry soils.
Whether you clump them in a container or grow them as singles, this is among the easiest of plants to finish: even our smallest liners can grow to 5-6 ft. in a single season. Named Urban Tree of The Year for 2002 by the Society of Municipal Arborists.
The fruit of this beauty berry is more plentiful than any other . We would have counted them, but it would have taken too long! Clusters of purple berries cover the branches in fall, offering several options for use. Cut the stems to make exciting flower arrangements, or simply enjoy them in your garden as the days become shorter in autumn.
This hardy, medium-sized tree is truly distinctive. Heart-shaped leaves attract interest, changing from translucent bronze in spring, to summer green, to yellow and apricot-orange in autumn. Multi-trunked specimen trees with shaggy bark have eye-catching appeal. Throughout the seasons, it is among the most appealing of any hardy landscape tree. Dr. Mike Dirr names it his personal favorite. These liners are exceptional, with a strong central leader.
Cercis canadensis 'Ace of Hearts' (Ace of Hearts Redbud)
An exceptionally attractive, relatively new introduction from TN. With so many new redbuds in the trade, we have to wonder when they will start to look like re-runs, but this is clearly a fine variety. Smaller in stature (12-15 ft. at maturity) than the species, its foliage is set on its branches with Vegas dealer-like precision. This one will grab your heart.
Result of a 'Forest Pansy' x 'Covey' cross, this is a hardy, compact genetic "combo" of purple foliage in a redbud weeper. If you don't mind staking it until it gets to 8 ft. or more, it will reward your efforts with small stature and clearly unique character to make your clients proud.
A new selection that has proven itself with excellent color retention and added resistance to summer leaf scorch than older maroon-leaved cultivars, especially in the heat of the South East. Rosy-purple flowers are followed by red-purple new foliage turning to wine-red burgundy in summer that holds well throughout the fall.
Cercis canadensis The Rising Sun™ 'JN2' (The Rising Sun™ Golden Redbud)
Introduced by Ray and Cindy Jackson. New growth has a light, Pumpkin-orange tint that distinguishes it from the uniformly green-ish-yellow color of 'Hearts of Gold'. In the heat of the Midwest and SE, it doesn't burn; that just makes it grow faster. We think you'll be amazed at its incandescent attractiveness, whether in a wholesale nursery or potted up for direct sale in a GC.
Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Pink Pom Poms' ()
A phenomenal new development in redbuds with fully double, bright pink flowers more reminiscent of a flowering cherry than anything you know as a redbud. Truly remarkable. Long blooming and sterile. In other regards growth and habit are as you expect.
Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' (Avondale Chinese Redbud)
All Chinese redbud varieties are covered with flowers in early spring -even on old branches. This cultivar is more tree-like, has bright rose-purple flowers and shiny leaves. Less hardy than C. canadensis.
Heart-shaped light greenish gray leaves cover the thin brown branches in early spring, turning a darker shade of green later in the season, followed by gold and red leaves in autumn. Flower clusters of showy magenta color. Drought adapted and tolerant of much heat.
A relatively new dark purple-leaf cultivar, its Texas redbud parentage lends it more drought and heat tolerance, so it doesn't show leaf stress in the heat of summer. It has glossy, small rounded leaves, smaller than 'Forest Pansy', and it has an upright vase-shaped growth habit. Tighter, more dense habit than 'Forest Pansy'. Mature plants flower heavily with strong bright pink flowers that produce few pods; This maintains a clean look tot eh tree later in the season.
Aptly named, its fragrant pink flowers are a delight to the senses. This plant delivers exceptional value in performance for price paid. It is a clean, easily grown plant worthy of a prominent spot where you can appreciate it. Extremely hardy.
Rarely available; selected as a branch sport on 'Satomi'. It has white-variegated foliage similar to 'Wolf Eyes', but the flower bracts and foliage are irregularly specked with pink. With irrigation it is not as susceptible to sunburn in Oregon, but reports from TN growers suggest that it may do best there in partial shade or on a north facing slope to protect it from the worst of late afternoon summer heat.
Best known of the pink C. kousa selections. Flowers are a rich variety of muted pinks. Leaves also tinted with a bit of maroon, adding summer-long interest. Income potential matches its ornamental promise, as its growth is upright and strong. It is not patented, and almost never develops the disease problems associated with C. florida.
Cornus kousa Scarlet Fire™ 'Rutpink' (Scarlet Fire Dogwood)
This is the first kousa released from the fabled Rutgers dogwood breeding program. It was selected it for its deep pink to fuchsia colored bracts. They almost glow from a distance. The bracts are pointed and do not overlap, developing an attractive starry shape.
Another very fine hybrid from Dr. Orton, this kousa x nuttallii hybrid has stunning pink-red blossoms. One of the top reds on the market. A well branched and freely-flowering tree, it is disease resistant, hardy, and has great red fall color.
Cotinus coggygria var. purpurea (Purple Smoketree)
Deep purple leaves which hold color throughout the summer. Economical alternative to more expensive cultivars, these can be potted up for a popular, easy to grow promo item in the GC. The few greenish plants which emerge in our seedling benches are pulled out early, so you're assured of receiving plants with uniform, dark purple leaves.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Queen of Hearts' (Queen of Hearts Oakleaf Hyrdrangea)
Another remarkable release from the U.S. National Arboretum's shrub breeding program in McMinnville, Tenn. in 2013 for which they should be rightly proud. Blooming a week later than other sections and holding its mature inflorescences even longer it really extends the season. The inflorescences are 9 inches long and age to pink while the plant grows to 6 ft. tall by 9 ft. wide.
Another USNA introduction - a cross of 'Snow Queen’ and ‘Pee Wee’. The upright, 9 in. inflorescences come out white but very quickly develop a pleasant rosy hue. To only about 3.5 ft. tall, it fits neatly into today's compact multi-family housing landscapes.
Magnolia 'Blushing Belle' (Blushing Belle Magnolia)
Wow! A knock-out new hybrid from the late Dennis Ledvina, a result of his astutely crossing 'Yellow Bird' with 'Caerhays Belle'. The blooms are strikingly beautiful, aptly named for their soft blush-pink color.
The late August Kehr of Hendersonville, NC considered this his finest magnolia hybrid, and we whole-heartedly agree. Upright in form, the blooms are delightfully fragrant. It has two significant attributes. First, it blooms much later than M. x soulangiana (6 weeks) so the flowers seldom freeze. Second, the rich pink flowers have a crisp, translucent character to them that makes a dramatic contrast to the duller pink blooms of M. x soulangiana selections. These plants are quite a prize.
Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' and Magnolia sprengeri 'Diva' were crossed to make this handsome early hybrid. Very dark purple buds open to medium purple 8 in. flowers on this hardy upright tree. Consistently praised by our clients as a dependable money-maker for its precocious blooming habit, ease of care, and fast growth in the nursery.
Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury, Magnolia Felix® is stunning. In early Spring the reward is a mass of magnificent, 12 inch large, open-faced hot pink flowers. It is an upright smaller tree growing to a height of 16 feet, making it suitable for smaller gardens or featured in larger landscape plantings.
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' (Leonard Messel Magnolia)
A choice cultivar of early-flowering, double pink M. stellata. Compact in form, it flowers precociously and the leaves remain mildew-free throughout the summer. Wonderfully fragrant, frost-resistant flowers on this short, elegant tree means you need one by your own front door.
The Nation Arboretum's wisdom in testing this for over twenty years is rewarded by superior tree form, 30 feet tall by on 15 feet wide. It has semi-pendulous, single, dark rose-pink flowers opening late in March into early April. One of the best features are red calyces which provide an interesting post-bloom ornamental color boost for a further three weeks after petal drop.
Coarse and brittle, its blackish purple foliage, soft pink flowers and tough constitution still create big demand for it in commercial jobs and inexpensive landscapes across America. A favorite in the arid, hot Southwest where it tolerates blistering summer heat.
Symphoricarpos Magical® Pride 'KOLMPRID' (Magical® Pride Snowberry)
Magical Pride is a well-branched, upright form with plump, dark-pink berries that cluster along the stems. Plant in mass or use as a stand-alone specimen where needed. Excellent for cut stem, floral display.