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.
For the milder parts of the country this evergreen dogwood is a real show stopper. The foliage is deep green and contrast very well with the large, rounded, overlapping white bracts which nearly obscure the foliage. Easily trained to very nice tree form. Fine with strong winds and not bothered by pests.
Chinese dogwoods are described as having edible fruits, but they'd rank only behind wild persimmons as a snack option for most folks. However, when you see the double-sized, soft ripe fruits of this dogwood for the first time, you'll be tasting them if you have any curiosity at all. Fruits are relished by birds, branches laden with them to almost the point of breaking. This tree is quite a remarkable sight in the fall.
Cappiello and Shadow, in their book, Dogwoods, call it one of the very best kousa varieties. Our own experience and that of growers across a broad range confirms their evaluation. Strong growth makes it a great nursery plant, and its handsome foliage and abundant flowers give it universal appeal. Flowers suffused with a hint of green on cream. Heavy fruit set against deep green waxy foliage that turns to robust autumn shades of red and purple.
Among the most prolific of all white-blooming kousas. These are vegetatively propagated from our original budwood accession - the original 'Milky Way' dogwoods at Wayside Gardens. After 50 years, the name is widely recognized and an easy sell to your clients, but pay no premium for Milky Way seedlings.
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.
Mostly free of anthracnose leaf disease, and always popular in the nursery trade because seedlings are so inexpensive and easy to grow in a pot. Spectacular when laden with masses of large-bracted flowers. Vase-shaped at maturity, it differs significantly from C. florida by blooming a full month later and has more attractive, strawberry-like fruits. Autumn color is a showy burgundy, and fruits ripen at different stages in colors of green, yellow, orange, and red. Differs from C. kousa, Japanese Dogwood, in its more upright growth, longer internodes, and larger leaves and flowers. These characteristics make it profitable as an ornamental GC promo item, and as a dependable rootstock.
The intriguing flowers of this Chinese native tree invite closer inspection. Similar to Flowering Dogwood and Chinese Dogwood, the "petals" are actually large white bracts that overshadow the inconspicuous actual flowers. Difficult to propagate and locate in the wholesale trade, Dove Tree is widely adapted and fast-growing to 40 ft. tall. Once established, it makes an strong specimen tree, seldom damaged by ice storms.
Native widely distributed in the East. Heat tolerant, tough and having more ornamental character to recommend it than is widely acknowledged. The astringent fruits are most attractive, accented on top with large, persistent calyces. Fruit can be abundant, but isn't usually messy because it persists late into winter, providing a tasty treat for wildlife after the first hard frosts. The deeply furrowed, blocky bark on mature trees is especially handsome when accented by winter snow. Its unobtrusive size and ease of care make this a tree that deserves more attention by designers and landscape firms, and our propagation numbers reflect big recent up-tick in demand.
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.
Among the most desirable of all deciduous landscape trees. Camellia-like flowers in early summer. Striking bark patches that resemble pieces of a puzzle. Diminutive mature size, ideal as a small specimen tree. Red, yellow, and orange autumn leaf colors. This taxon is the ideal landscape tree - the complete package. Our strain is originally from the vicinity of Nikko Park in Japan, and has survived the extremely harsh winter lows of the UP in Quinnisec, Michigan. We're talking 35 below zero! Check out their amazing root systems, pot up or plant them out, and make some money.
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.
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.