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.
A choice shrub, rare in the wholesale trade because it is so very compact, no more than 3 feet in twenty years, producing almost no cuttings. Large, snow-white flowers and deep green foliage which turns brilliant red in autumn.
Fothergilla x intermedia 'Mt. Airy' (Mt. Airy Dwarf Fothergilla)
A select American native, 'Mt. Airy' merits wider use as compared to its close relatives, the witchhazels, which are much larger in mature stature. Exhibits excellent hardiness, attractive summer foliage and spectacular autumn color. The white bottlebrush flowers are borne in showy abundance during April/May.
A Pacific Northwest forest shrub, Salal's landscape potential is often overlooked. Shiny, long-lasting leaves, showy flowers and edible fruit. Low-maintenance landscape border. Prune low every 3-5 years.
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.
Very compact, to only 4 ft. tall; an abundantly flowering selection from the US National Arboretum - Dr. Sandy Reed in TN. Flowers held erect, emerging white and aging to an appealing light pink. Extraordinary plant!
A prolific bloomer, its stout stems ensure that the flowers don't droop. Although the coarse leaves give it an almost tropical appearance, the autumn leaf colors are a rich mix of red, burnt orange, and green. When the notably persistent foliage drops, the tan/brown exfoliating bark is a pleasing unexpected bonus.
The Oakleaf Hydrangeas share many desirable characteristics: white flowers with bold, trouble-free foliage that turns burgundy red in the fall. Double-flowered 'Snowflake' may have the largest inflorescences, which are usually upright. Prefers light shade.
Fairy Magnolia™ Cream is a new hybrid Michelia bred to produce masses of beautiful fragrant creamy-white flowers in early spring. With a little more yunnanensis in the parentage Cream's flowers are more cup shaped. These plants are so free flowering that they have a flower bud at each leaf axil and have been known to provide a light flush of flowers during summer too. The plants are bushy with rich evergreen foliage, which makes them ideal in the garden as a flowering hedge or specimen plant.
Magnolia hybrid Fairy Magnolia® White 'MicJur5' (Fairy Magnolia® White)
A new hybrid Michelia bred to produce masses of bright white flowers with intense fragrance in early spring. These plants are so free flowering that they have a flower bud at each leaf axil and have been known to provide a light flush of flowers during summer too. The plants are bushy with rich evergreen foliage, which makes them ideal in the garden as a flowering hedge or specimen plant. Tall than wide, 10' x 6'.
Very unique, this prostrate form only reaches 18-24 in. tall, but has a spread of 6-8 ft. Fragrant flowers are upward-facing and bloom prolifically from spring to early summer. A far reaching "free spirited" evergreen with fragrant, magnolia-like flowers, Free Spirit is in a class of its own. Can also be top grafted on Magnolia laevifolia, making one of the most striking standards in the plant world!
An upright grower with a dense habit, Inspiration™ adds a vertical effect for those tight areas in your landscape. Sweetly scented porcelain-like flowers bloom in spring. Not as tall as the species, reaching 8-10 ft. at maturity.
Imagine a 6-8 ft. evergreen shrub with a profusion of brown velvety buds that open to creamy-white, scented flowers. The dense habit of this variety puts it among the ranks of some of our favorite shrubs. Perfect for hedging.
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.
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.
2-4 ft. shrub native across a broad swath in the upper latitudes of North America. Small pink flowers emerge in summer followed by white berries in the fall. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Its strong root system makes this shrub useful to control erosion on steep slopes of an embankment. Tolerates wet soils as well, so it is frequently used in riparian restoration. Used as an ornamental, easy to grow and gratifying with its persistent winter fruits. Occasionally head it back for best ornamental performance.
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.