A large shrub that spreads from root suckers, it is usually no more than 10 ft. tall. Tolerates deep shade and still flowers reliably. Although its suckering habit and small stature might suggest a tender nature, it is remarkably hardy, tolerating winter lows to -31°F. Rarely found in quantity in the wholesale trade, this is a choice American native to reserve for your best customers.
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.
Shiny dark green leaves and abundant, white, pleasantly fragrant flowers showcase this classy American native. Much hardier than C. retusus, it performs best in full sun and is remarkably versatile - from moist lowlands to dry hillsides. Among the finest of ALL landscape plants, not just natives.
Beautiful small American native with tiered branching. Wonderful floral display of white flowers and great fall color. Despite the enormous number of named selections out there, when one sees seedling specimens in the East in cemeteries or parks, there are always plenty of these that elicit, "Someone ought to name that one."
Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun' (Summer Fun Chinese Dogwood)
Introduced by Talon Buchholz, this brilliant, white-margin variegated clone seems perfectly sun tolerant and puts on a show to rival any of the daunting number of other white-variegated kousas. It is the most vigorous variegated clone we have grown.
Crispin Silva of Crispin's Creations, Molalla, OR has a sharp eye for plants of superior ornamental merit. This selection from him has an auspicious future and ours were the first ever offered to the wholesale trade. Distinctly upright in form, as opposed to the other gold-variegated dogwood, 'Gold Star'. Its uniform yellow variegation, unwrinkled leaves and strong growing habit qualify it a money-maker.
Originally a branch sport, this dogwood is strongly white variegated. It's fine in the sun, but should be used to brighten a shady spot in the landscape. 'Wolf Eyes' is a compact plant and has excellent pink and red fall color.
With clean, dark green leaves through summer and large white flowers in abundance, many people are surprised by Mandarin Jewel's bright orange fruit. This color stands out much better against the foliage as compared to the usual red fruit color, more visible from a distance.
A Rutgers selection with huge white flowers, foliage resistant to the leaf diseases that plague seedling flowering dogwoods. Here in Oregon, our stock plants flower for a month starting in early to mid-May. Its exceptional vigor can result in too-leggy growth, even with routine fertilizer use. Manage nitrogen application conservatively.
Due to its multi-season appeal, this multi-stemmed tree, introduced from China only in 1980, is finally starting to gain followers. Covered with large clusters of white flowers in mid summer, in late summer and fall it displays great masses of pink-red seeds. Finally, the winter season highlights its shaggy bark - the color of soft beach sand. It does require shaping to highlight its normally "stemmy" form - a central leader formed early helps to make it a highly marketable tree, but it cannot be reshaped if neglected when small.
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.
Small leaves and profuse white, bell-shaped June flowers. Best planted where the masses of pendant blossoms may be seen from below, such as along a rock wall or embankment. Pest-free, hardy, and rapid-growing. Occasional pruning when it is young encourages an open branch habit so that its flowers are more easily seen.
Styrax japonicus 'Evening Light' (Purple Leaved Japanese Snowbell)
The very limited supply of this plant serves to create a aura of mystery and in this case, wow, it is worth waiting for; foliage of a lovely chocolaty purple sets off fragrant white flowers. Small stature, precious blossoming, and pest free nature all lend a high degree of usability to Japanese Snowbell.
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.