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.
Generally, madrone species are difficult to keep alive in the nursery for longer than 5-8 years because they're so susceptible to root rot. But this is a robust hybrid, a truly exceptional nursery plant. Drought tolerant, easily grown and attractive reddish flowers accent its handsome, orange-cinnamon bark. The biggest specimen in the US is 45 x 45 ft., but it is generally of smaller stature, a superb selection for CA and sunny south exposures in the PNW.
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.
Cercis canadensis Black Pearl™ 'JN16' (Black Pearl™ Redbud)
This is another Ray Jackson section for very dark purple foliage which, in the right light, appears black even in our cool Oregon climate. It is going to bring a lot of excitement to this market and will create great value for the garden center trade. Lavender flowers. Supply is very limited.
A new selection that has proven itself with excellent color retention and added resistance to summer leaf scorch than older maroon-leaved cultivars, especially in the heat of the South East. Rosy-purple flowers are followed by red-purple new foliage turning to wine-red burgundy in summer that holds well throughout the fall.
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.
Rarely available; selected as a branch sport on 'Satomi'. It has white-variegated foliage similar to 'Wolf Eyes', but the flower bracts and foliage are irregularly specked with pink. With irrigation it is not as susceptible to sunburn in Oregon, but reports from TN growers suggest that it may do best there in partial shade or on a north facing slope to protect it from the worst of late afternoon summer 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.
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.
Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit® 'Ancot' (Golden Spirit® Smoketree)
Unusual for its yellow to lime-green summer foliage, and tufts of soft, smoky gray flowers. A small but vigorous tree, it grows best in full sun and closes out the summer with fall colors of pink, red, and orange.
Cotinus coggygria var. purpurea (Purple Smoketree)
Deep purple leaves which hold color throughout the summer. Economical alternative to more expensive cultivars, these can be potted up for a popular, easy to grow promo item in the GC. The few greenish plants which emerge in our seedling benches are pulled out early, so you're assured of receiving plants with uniform, dark purple leaves.
Stunning autumn color. Its flaming fall foliage rivals that of Sugar Maple. Thrives in rocky, dry areas where other trees languish. Larger leaves than C. coggygria and much taller in stature at maturity.
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.
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.
With all the great ornamental attributes of blackgum, including exceptional fall color and ease of care, this selection allows even more flexibility of location because of its columnar habit. Tupelo Tower™ was selected from a Zone 4 seedling population and is a full zone hardier than other available cultivars.
Mildew resistant, shiny green leaves above, silver beneath. A recent introduction of exceptional hybrid vigor - great nursery plant. Dense, uniform pyramidal crown. This is a Q. robur x macrocarpa hybrid.
Quercus Kindred Spirit® Q. robur var. fastigiata x Q. bicolor 'Nadler' (Kindred Spirit® Hybrid Oak)
Chief among its merits is strong mildew resistance, in contrast to columnar English oak, which often gets terribly infested with this leaf disease. Strongly columnar in outline, it's 4-5 times taller than wide in outline, significantly more columnar than the similar selection, Regal Prince®. Grafted onto vigorous Q. bicolor liners with mycorrhizal roots, these have excellent survivability without significant transplant shock. Q. robur var. fastigiata x bicolor.
Quercus Regal Prince® Q. robur var. fastigiata x Q. bicolor 'Long' (Regal Prince® Hybrid Oak)
Handsome, glossy deep green foliage and a bold, upright, oval silhouette. Leaf undersides are white with dense, downy hairs, helping keep the leaf dry - a significant factor in its resistance to mildew, to which Columnar English oak is so susceptible. Q. robur var. fastigiata x Q. bicolor.
Quercus undulata 'Coconino' (Coconino Western Oak™)
The small, prickly, holly-like leaves of 'Coconino' are silver-gray; the tree is hardy and fully evergreen in Zone 5B and below. At maturity, the grafted tree should be about 20 feet tall. The silver-gray leaves and the black fissured bark of 'Coconino' make it a striking subject as either a specimen planting or in a group. It is very representative of the mixed oak/pine forests of the upper Southwest, a lovely reminder of hikes and camping trips on the Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona. Will do well across the West because of its region-adapted rootstock which is tolerant to high pH soils and arid conditions.
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.
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.