Always sought after, this uncommon tree is celebrated because of its legendary origin in horticulture as well as its role as an extraordinary landscape plant. Camellia-like flowers are borne from early autumn until frost. Brilliant, shiny autumn foliage-a plant for your connoisseur clients.
Scaled-down version of Magnolia macrophylla for the modern garden. A precocious bloomer, it sometimes buds up to yield a flower in a pot only 3 yrs. from seed. Fragrant flowers in June... what an early-evening close-up sight for tired eyes! Structurally, they're so fascinating, a delight for their delicate scent and always tempting to touch….reminds one of the biblical verse in praise of lilies "…Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these...” An 8 ft. multi-stem shrubby form in the Krautmann landscape produces 20 dinner plate-sized blooms over a 2-week period. For such ephemeral blooms, it's a wonder to contemplate that this plant and its cousins have populated the planet since before the dinosaurs perished. YOU NEED this plant, whether you realize it or not. Grow a few in your home garden where you can simply relish them with no prices on them. They are in fact, a priceless experience for any thoughtful nurseryman or gardener.
This species is prized for its small stature and remarkably beautiful flowers. The fragrant, nodding white blooms are accented by red stamens. Since this is a small tree, close inspection of the flowers is easy - a true delight! Although most references list it as zones 6-8, it has proved hardy at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, growing successfully in a windy Zone 4.
Distinctive among magnolias for its shiny narrow leaves, dark green above and a downy white beneath. A refined small tree (best) or large multi-stemmed shrub if given a prominent place in the landscape where its wonderfully fragrant flowers can be appreciated.
Quercus undulata 'Dolores River' (Dolores River Southwest Oak™)
With small, startlingly blue tinted foliage and modest stature, features not previously available commercially in an oak, Dolores River Southwest Heritage Oak™ is very desirable. The autumn change from blue to red-mahogany comes very late, November or December. It broadens the market for small trees by reducing the shortage of oak trees which can be grown without high maintenance costs in the arid West. Appropriate for small sites, arid locations and alkaline soils which cause many oaks to suffer chlorosis because of its region-adapted rootstock. This grafted form will grow with a single stem to 15-18 feet tall, with a 15-foot spread. It could easily be grown as a low branched spreading tree.
Leaves with fuzzy underside, much larger than those of the far more common S. japonicus. Superb, fragrant flowers dangle in long showy clusters. Open branch habit; ultimately twice as tall as S. japonicus. Requires full sun and well-drained soil.
An exciting but seemingly unlikely combination this inter-generic hybrid from Thomas Ranney at NCSU combines the hardiness of Franklinia with the cultural ease of Gordonia. Early white 2 in. flowers, semi-evergreen foliage, and a robust tree-like growth habit make this an exciting new flowering tree addition to the trade. Growing quickly and branching sparsely, nursery training is important to get the best looking small trees in your nursery/ GC.