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.
A favorite among those who have tasted different varieties of pawpaw fruit. The skin color is pale green with a waxy bloom. The flavor is mild and sweet; the texture of custard. Early season ripening, but harvest stretches into late season.
Carpinus betulus 'Pinoccheo' (Pinoccheo European Hornbeam)
Much less congested branch structure than seedlings or the varieties 'Fastigiata' & 'Frans Fontaine'. Observant nurseryman Lanny Rawdon of Arborvillage in Holt, MO reports that it's a robust grower back in the Midwest, with a strongly upright form as a young tree. One of the first specimen trees set out by the late Buddy Hubbuch at Bernheim Forest is distinctly pyramidal in winter branch structure. Clonal propagation assures its predictable landscape uniformity, and Lanny tells us it survived -35 F in the harsh winter of 1983. This is a really tough, handsome tree for any landscape in zones 5-8 and for potentially harsh landscape conditions in the Midwest.
Really large flowers, 8 inches plus, exterior of deep purple-pink and a lighter pink interior, open mid-season missing the early frosts. It is supposed to maintain a good leader though we can't be certain of this personally as we've cut our stock so hard to get this into production for you.
Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' (Columnar Persian Ironwood)
Upright form of a tough small tree that requires almost no care in return for its year-round appeal. Patchy bark, spring bronze-green foliage, exceptional month-after-month autumn color, and attractive winter branch structure put it into a class that almost approaches the perfection of Paperbark Maple and Stewartia. What it lacks in flower appeal is balanced by its extreme drought tolerance and overall tough character.
Parrotia persica Golden BellTower™ 'Chrishaven1' (Golden BellTower™ Columnar Ironwood)
A superior, tight form that stays columnar and flame shaped over the years. Clean, insect and disease resistant green leaves turn bright golden yellow and red-orange in autumn. Over time the bark handsomely exfoliates. Golden BellTower is a moderate grower and will reach 30 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide over time. Makes an excellent choice for smaller yards, tight spots and is a logical choice for commercial plantings or as a street tree. The best fall color will be achieved by growing it in full sun, however it will grow equally well in part shade. Drought resistant once established. Found and selected by our friend Ken Christianson over a decade ago.
Soft needles, pleasing form, and kind of pre-historic in its overall appearance, Umbrella Pine is somewhat slow-growing, but always in demand from those suppliers who invest in liners annually and hold them for 4-5 years. Best if not crowded or planted in a wet spot, or simply "let go". This is an expensive plant to buy but a profitable one to sell if you're patient and want to offer something other than red maples, crabapples and honeylocust.
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.