A Pacific Northwest native, Vine Maple heralds the arrival of autumn as its colors light up the forest. Best grown in clump form, it lends a pleasing accent to larger trees in a border planting and requires almost no care.
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.
Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost' (Purple Ghost Japanese Maple)
A newer introduction from Talon Buchholz, it has attractive red purple leaves with black veins in spring. The colors are intense and the new leaves almost glow before they age to red in summer and then intense red and orange in autumn.
Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku' (Coral Bark Japanese Maple)
A small vase-shaped tree, the wintertime red and pink bark on young branches are its best features. As with most reddish barked maples, in cool moist areas it suffers from blight if it is fertilized too late in spring. Moreover, as the tree ages, its coral bark appeal diminishes. Since it is so popular, grow it for its youthful appeal, but offer your clients a few improved versions of this long-time classic.
Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' (Floating Cloud Japanese Maple)
In our judgment, the best, the most striking of white-variegated upright Japanese Maples. A big plus: almost no reversion to green but you receive them from us they will grow vigorously and it is fairly standard for them to be all green. In the years to come, when they settle down into slower growth and they will display the standard white and pink variegation.Though it is not a good choice for the deep South where the heat seems to keep the variegation permanently away. From a distance, the small green, white and pink variegated leaves have an ethereal effect. This conversation item is just perfect to showcase a shady spot in the garden, eventually reaching 16 ft. tall. No surprise here; its a Great Plant Picks selection.
Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum (Red Japanese Maple)
One-year plants are perfect for re-potting to grow on for a season; transplants are best for prompt resale. For best branching, lightly pinch the stem tips when they're in tender new growth. An inexpensive alternative to grafted varieties, they are often sold in the GC in a #1 or #2 pot.
"Variegated" doesn't begin to describe this extraordinary cultivar of a species that generally lacks ornamental merit. In addition to the leaves being purple beneath, they're a kaleidoscope of astonishing variegation throughout. It doesn't burn in full sun, and is exceptionally drought resistant and cold hardy. Whether placed as an accent against larger, darker trees, or as a specimen up front, it will elicit comments from all who enjoy seeing it for the first time. This goes on your 'buy list'. Make sure of it, OK? You'll be back for more.
The outstanding features of this small Asiatic maple are its extreme cold-hardiness and brilliant yellow, red and orange fall color. Not injured by wintertime lows down to -40°F. This is a full 20°F colder than the low temperature limit of other Japanese maples! Here's a fine plant to add some spice to gardens in the upper Midwest. Seed source is northeast China.
Knockout pink-orange new growth on lime-yellow older growth makes Carl Munn’s selection an enduring contribution to horticulture in a field already crowded with too many marginally different Japanese maple varieties. Moonrise is very hardy and a much tougher plant than ‘Aureum’, withstanding -26°F in Chicago and also adapted if in the shade in Dallas/Fort Worth. The amazing orange spring and summer foliage sets this selection apart as absolutely different. Order early to assure an annual supply.
This variety has a significant advantage over seedlings due to its prominent white stripes on green bark, so much so that the trunk appears mostly white. Twigs and young branches are covered with a waxy white bloom - as on a grape skin. In winter the tree evokes a chalk drawing look in the landscape. Exceptionally hardy.
Bark peels in tight vertical curls. September brings a muted blend of yellow and claret-red foliage, capturing the essence of autumn. During winter, tufts of snow lodge on the peels of grey and honey-colored bark, lending contrast. Often listed as hardy to Zone 5, growers report it hardy to -40°F - a full zone rating hardier than Acer griseum.
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.
Widely adapted and tolerant of damp soils, our US native Pawpaw has been under-used as a landscape tree but is attracting substantial attention. This genus is the exclusive food plant for native Zebra Swallowtail butterfly larvae in the East. Nodding purple flowers are unlike those of any other American tree - curious with their three-lobes, pollinated by flies. The perishable fruits have a memorably delicious taste, are nutritious, and resemble the tropical mango. Bold leaves turn a pleasing yellow in autumn. Our seedlings are greenhouse-grown in root-pruning containers for excellent transplant success.
Carpinus betulus 'Frans Fontaine' (Frans Fontaine European Hornbeam)
Similar to 'Fastigiata', but with slower growth habit and denser foliage. Its narrow columnar form grows to 40 ft. at maturity. The crispy serrated green leaves turn to gold in the fall, an attractive contrast to the smooth, gray bark.
Carpinus caroliniana WI Source (Hardy American Hornbeam, Musclewood)
A seedling strain selected over many years by Mike Yanny of Johnson's Nursery in Menominee Falls, WI. for improved orange-red autumn color. A small-scale (to 30 ft. x 30 ft.) tree with a dense canopy. Its leaf and bark characteristics resemble a small beech tree with fall color. Easy to transplant. Use as rootstock for Firespire™ to assure grafted plants will survive in zones 3-4.
For over 35 years Michael Yanny, Wisconsin, has been selecting and improving his native Musclewood. He started with a few trees that had some fall color and now he releases, with our help, the Wisconsin Red™ strain which has amazing fall color, so much so in fact, if you didn't know better you would suspect it was a different species. Raging reds, oranges and yellow autumn tones set this strain apart from normal seedlings and even his earlier work. Limited supply this year.
This hardy, medium-sized tree is truly distinctive. Heart-shaped leaves attract interest, changing from translucent bronze in spring, to summer green, to yellow and apricot-orange in autumn. Multi-trunked specimen trees with shaggy bark have eye-catching appeal. Throughout the seasons, it is among the most appealing of any hardy landscape tree. Dr. Mike Dirr names it his personal favorite. These liners are exceptional, with a strong central leader.
Cercis canadensis 'Ace of Hearts' (Ace of Hearts Redbud)
An exceptionally attractive, relatively new introduction from TN. With so many new redbuds in the trade, we have to wonder when they will start to look like re-runs, but this is clearly a fine variety. Smaller in stature (12-15 ft. at maturity) than the species, its foliage is set on its branches with Vegas dealer-like precision. This one will grab your heart.
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.
Result of a 'Forest Pansy' x 'Covey' cross, this is a hardy, compact genetic "combo" of purple foliage in a redbud weeper. If you don't mind staking it until it gets to 8 ft. or more, it will reward your efforts with small stature and clearly unique character to make your clients proud.
Aptly named, its fragrant pink flowers are a delight to the senses. This plant delivers exceptional value in performance for price paid. It is a clean, easily grown plant worthy of a prominent spot where you can appreciate it. Extremely hardy.
With attractive lacey foliage that is very sweetly scented this makes an attractive, colonizing, small shrub that should be planted where it can be seen closely and easily touched to release its fragrance into the air. It has a long history of medicinal uses but is seen less frequently than deserved outside the North East.
Shrubby tree with a prominently horizontal, tiered branch pattern, suggesting its common name. Flat clusters of fragrant May flowers add to its layered ornamental appearance. Blue-black fruits ripen in late summer, followed by bronze autumn foliage.
This handsome, wide-spreading Chinese tree reaches 30-45 ft. in height. It has a layered, horizontal branch habit, and showy 5-7 in. clusters of small white flowers that precede purple-black fruits in the fall. Taller and more tree-like than its American cousin, Cornus alternifolia.
Beautiful small American native with tiered branching. Wonderful floral display of white flowers and great fall color. Despite the enormous number of named selections out there, when one sees seedling specimens in the East in cemeteries or parks, there are always plenty of these that elicit, "Someone ought to name that one."
While Ragin' Red has the darkest red floral bracts of any C. florida it also has very dark red leaves, here in Oregon, nearly all summer long. Fall color is again red. So it really is in a red rage from spring until leaf drop.
Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'Snow Tower'® (Upright Chinese Dogwood)
It has all the features you've come to expect from Chinese dogwood: excellent white flowers followed by showy fruit, great fall color of orange red and narrower habit - to only 8 ft. wide in twenty five years. Snow Tower could easily be utilized as a street tree with such a habit!
With clean, dark green leaves through summer and large white flowers in abundance, many people are surprised by Mandarin Jewel's bright orange fruit. This color stands out much better against the foliage as compared to the usual red fruit color, more visible from a distance.
Another very fine hybrid from Dr. Orton, this kousa x nuttallii hybrid has stunning pink-red blossoms. One of the top reds on the market. A well branched and freely-flowering tree, it is disease resistant, hardy, and has great red fall color.
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.
Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea (Copper Beech, Purple Beech)
A relatively inexpensive alternative to more expensive grafted varieties, these beauties offer dark purple leaves in the spring draw customer attention in the garden center. Utilize them as specimens or to make a distinctive hedge. Seed is difficult to procure annually so our supply is hard to predict. So get these when you can, a few years' supply at a time.
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.
Witness to the birth and extinction of countless species over a period of 150 million years, Ginkgo survives to charm us with its unique fan-shaped leaves and butter-yellow fall color. Consider that even after Hiroshima was devastated by nuclear blast, fire and radiation in 1945, at ground zero it was the lone re-generating tree the following spring. Merits wider use: many new grafted male cultivars are becoming very popular. These are un-sexed seedlings, used almost exclusively for grafting.
Among the most popular of the fruitless male selections. Not as strongly upright as the variety 'Fastigiata', Liners require staking early. With age it attains a handsome form and consistent brilliant gold color in autumn. This clone and 'Saratoga' come from the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation.