Generally, madrone species are difficult to keep alive in the nursery for longer than 5-8 years because they're so susceptible to root rot. But this is a robust hybrid, a truly exceptional nursery plant. Drought tolerant, easily grown and attractive reddish flowers accent its handsome, orange-cinnamon bark. The biggest specimen in the US is 45 x 45 ft., but it is generally of smaller stature, a superb selection for CA and sunny south exposures in the PNW.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.