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.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Queen of Hearts' (Queen of Hearts Oakleaf Hyrdrangea)
Another remarkable release from the U.S. National Arboretum's shrub breeding program in McMinnville, Tenn. in 2013 for which they should be rightly proud. Blooming a week later than other sections and holding its mature inflorescences even longer it really extends the season. The inflorescences are 9 inches long and age to pink while the plant grows to 6 ft. tall by 9 ft. wide.
With fruit color that is a major departure from the normal reds these golden hued berries are quite desirable. In our experience they don't set as many berries per stem as standard cut branch varieties but the color alone is enough to make them serviceable for the market.
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.