Acer circinatum Three Cheers™ 'HSI2' (Three Cheers™ Upright Vine Maple)
A Heritage Seedlings selection, much more upright and tree-like. The dark green foliage is of normal size and shape, but its silhouette is an attractive flame shape, twice as tall as wide with unusually tight branch angles. If you're pruning wild seedlings into tree form, abandon that tactic to save labor. Upgrade your vine maple list to offer this new native selection and show your customers the benefit of predictable form in a residential landscape. It offers the prospect of uniformity and lower maintenance in a commercial job.
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.
Cercis canadensis 'Appalachian Red' (Appalachian Red Redbud)
Some plants are described as having red flowers, but the term "red" used here in the cultivar name misinforms those who have not seen it in flower. Many firms list flowers as "fuchsia pink". It's certainly not blood-red like Rosa moyesii, but this selection is a distinctively much brighter pink than seedlings. So it catches your eye - one of our favorites. Its flowers closely match the intense pink color of Prunus campanulata.
Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' (Avondale Chinese Redbud)
All Chinese redbud varieties are covered with flowers in early spring -even on old branches. This cultivar is more tree-like, has bright rose-purple flowers and shiny leaves. Less hardy than C. canadensis.
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.
Cornus elliptica Empress of China® 'ELSBRY' (Empress of China® Evergreen Dogwood)
An evergreen Chinese Dogwood with a graceful, yet vigorous habit and loads of flowers. Each branch holds dozens of white blooms that eventually transform into translucent strawberry-like fruit. Empress of China will light up your partly-shaded garden year-round color and excitement. It relishes heat.
Best known of the pink C. kousa selections. Flowers are a rich variety of muted pinks. Leaves also tinted with a bit of maroon, adding summer-long interest. Income potential matches its ornamental promise, as its growth is upright and strong. It is not patented, and almost never develops the disease problems associated with C. florida.
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.
Most often used as a rootstock for selected cultivars. This native American shrub can grow to 20 ft. with equal spread. Prefers moist soils, but full sun in the landscape encourages more compact growth. Trim branches just before the plant blooms to force indoor flowers.
Cameo is a sister seedling to Cleopatra and is the latest release from the New Zealand Magnolia Grove breeding program of Vance Hooper. A stunning bloom with a sculpted form like a cameo broach. Reddish purple exterior with clean white flushed red-purple interior. Cameo has exceptional flower power, second only to Genie for freeness of flowering. The high rate of flower production both in spring and summer keeps the plant as a small tree with a compact habit.
The culmination of 15 yrs. of breeding - a compact, small tree maturing at 10-13 ft. tall. Sensational black-red buds open to small, globular tulip-shaped blooms of deep rich, maroon-purple - both inner and outer surfaces. Reflexed tepal tips fade to a lighter magenta-rose. ‘Genie’ has lightly scented blooms.
Tinker Belle is a really beautiful Magnolia and we expect it to be in big demand. Fast growing it blooms well on young plants in the nursery. The buds open to numerous dark magenta, 3" upright flowers with pale pink interiors and a very sweet fragrance. Small in stature it will make an excellent specimen for smaller gardens, container culture or a shrubby boarder. The plants set buds readily in the nursery and the color and fragrance are unique attracting a lot of interest in the garden center. In Europe it is sought after for cut flower production.
Magnolia Black Tulip® 'JURmag1' (Black Tulip® Magnolia)
This tree has it all with dramatic, goblet-shaped blooms of black-purple, up to 6 in. across on quick-to-flower small trees. Larger growing, and with darker flowers than 'Genie'™. These flowers are by far the darkest colored of magnolia blooms. Their fragrance and dense presentation on small trees justifies planting Black Tulip® near doorways and paths.
Bred in New Zealand by leading magnolia breeder Mark Jury, Burgundy Star™ has large (up to 5inch diameter) gorgeous claret red, lightly fragrant blooms which cover the tree in early Spring. They seems to be exceptionally long lasting and the color is stable. The blooms cluster along the stems all leading to a very luxuriant look. As a 10 year old tree it grows up to 11 feet in height and 11.5 feet wide.
Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury, Magnolia Felix® is stunning. In early Spring the reward is a mass of magnificent, 12 inch large, open-faced hot pink flowers. It is an upright smaller tree growing to a height of 16 feet, making it suitable for smaller gardens or featured in larger landscape plantings.
A stunning addition to Magnolia collections and another introduction from breeders Felix and Mark Judy. It produce magnificent, 6 inch golden-honey, goblet-shaped flowers almost tulip-like, in early spring. Honey Tulip is an upright smaller tree growing to a height of 12 feet, making it suitable for smaller gardens or featured in a larger landscape plantings.
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.
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.
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' (Leonard Messel Magnolia)
A choice cultivar of early-flowering, double pink M. stellata. Compact in form, it flowers precociously and the leaves remain mildew-free throughout the summer. Wonderfully fragrant, frost-resistant flowers on this short, elegant tree means you need one by your own front door.
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.
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.
A weeping Baldcypress selection that distinguishes itself by its leader growing straight up while the branches droop. Fall color is bronze, and the reddish brown bark peels in strips. Tolerates both wet and dry conditions. Much superior to 'Cascade Falls' because it has an upright tendency as opposed to the groundcover character of the former.
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.