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.
Chionanthus retusus var. serrulatus (Chinese Fringetree)
Even among experts, few seem to appreciate the distinctive character of this variety. We observe smaller, less glossy leaves that have serrate edges. Much flakier bark. Overall, the growth habit is more shrubby, almost bonsai-like for 10 yr. old 6 ft. seedlings. Flower character is essentially the same, so expect an abundant show of starry-white flowers at the new branch tips, followed by attractive blue olive-like fruit.
Flowers of exceptional size, 10 inches, and perfect form and purity - rounded, sumptuous tepals which are cupped just right. Buds are pinky-lavender and open to palest pink white. It's a stunner to be sure, around since the 70's.
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®.
Seedlings of the fertile hybrid, M. denudata x M. liliiflora. Many of the hybrids known and loved are Magnolia soulangiana, the saucer magnolia. Can be used as rootstock, sometimes preferred (vs. M. kobus) in the Southeast, given its warm and wetter summer soils.
Exceptional ornamental with handsome glossy summer foliage. A medium tree that grows to 45 ft., it prefers full sun and an acidic, well-drained soil. Honeybees relish the nectar of the delicate, heather-like blooms, borne on the branch ends like white bouquets in mid-summer. Sourwood honey is a particular delight, so special that it's sold only regionally in the Southeast, and fetches a premium at roadside stands. Oxydendrum in the autumn is a sight for tired eyes, as the foliage shows off rich blends of orange, red and yellow.
Quercus undulata 'Mesa de Maya' (Mesa de Maya Western Oak™)
Mesa de Maya Southwest Oak™ has large blue-gray leaves which hold their color late into autumn. The foliage lacks most prickles and the tree, reaching 25 feet in height at maturity, will be a stunning contrast to most background colors. In the arid and drought-prone West and the Southwest it will thrive because of it region-adapted, high pH tolerant rootstock. This grafted form will grow with a single stem to 25 feet tall with a 20-foot spread. It could also be branched low and grown as a multi-stemmed tree, as is common to its wild sisters.
A crowning jewel for the connoisseur's garden. Tall Stewartia differs from the larger, more commonly encountered species Stewartia pseudocamellia with its smooth, reddish brown bark and smaller leaves, Flowers are more abundant and smaller. Charming muted maroon fall color, even in the South. This tree is perfectly planted in afternoon-shaded loose, organic soil or near a woods edge. Alongside an old rotted tree stump is perfect. It will NOT tolerate wet or compacted soil in the immediate vicinity of home or street construction. Yet, with thoughtful planting care and judicious watering practice, few small trees are as tastefully gracious in their full-season garden appeal.
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.