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.
Large fruits weighing up to a pound. Color is greenish yellow specked with fine black dots. The fewest seeds of any variety. Very sweet, savory flavor. Firm, smooth fruit with the consistency of Hass avocado. Late season ripening. Excellent blended with ice cream for an "Indian Summer" milk shake.
The fruit of this beauty berry is more plentiful than any other . We would have counted them, but it would have taken too long! Clusters of purple berries cover the branches in fall, offering several options for use. Cut the stems to make exciting flower arrangements, or simply enjoy them in your garden as the days become shorter in autumn.
Chionanthus retusus var. serrulatus (Chinese Fringetree)
Even among experts, few seem to appreciate the distinctive character of this variety. We observe smaller, less glossy leaves that have serrate edges. Much flakier bark. Overall, the growth habit is more shrubby, almost bonsai-like for 10 yr. old 6 ft. seedlings. Flower character is essentially the same, so expect an abundant show of starry-white flowers at the new branch tips, followed by attractive blue olive-like fruit.
For the milder parts of the country this evergreen dogwood is a real show stopper. The foliage is deep green and contrast very well with the large, rounded, overlapping white bracts which nearly obscure the foliage. Easily trained to very nice tree form. Fine with strong winds and not bothered by pests.
Chinese dogwoods are described as having edible fruits, but they'd rank only behind wild persimmons as a snack option for most folks. However, when you see the double-sized, soft ripe fruits of this dogwood for the first time, you'll be tasting them if you have any curiosity at all. Fruits are relished by birds, branches laden with them to almost the point of breaking. This tree is quite a remarkable sight in the fall.
Cappiello and Shadow, in their book, Dogwoods, call it one of the very best kousa varieties. Our own experience and that of growers across a broad range confirms their evaluation. Strong growth makes it a great nursery plant, and its handsome foliage and abundant flowers give it universal appeal. Flowers suffused with a hint of green on cream. Heavy fruit set against deep green waxy foliage that turns to robust autumn shades of red and purple.
Among the most prolific of all white-blooming kousas. These are vegetatively propagated from our original budwood accession - the original 'Milky Way' dogwoods at Wayside Gardens. After 50 years, the name is widely recognized and an easy sell to your clients, but pay no premium for Milky Way seedlings.
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.
Mostly free of anthracnose leaf disease, and always popular in the nursery trade because seedlings are so inexpensive and easy to grow in a pot. Spectacular when laden with masses of large-bracted flowers. Vase-shaped at maturity, it differs significantly from C. florida by blooming a full month later and has more attractive, strawberry-like fruits. Autumn color is a showy burgundy, and fruits ripen at different stages in colors of green, yellow, orange, and red. Differs from C. kousa, Japanese Dogwood, in its more upright growth, longer internodes, and larger leaves and flowers. These characteristics make it profitable as an ornamental GC promo item, and as a dependable rootstock.
The intriguing flowers of this Chinese native tree invite closer inspection. Similar to Flowering Dogwood and Chinese Dogwood, the "petals" are actually large white bracts that overshadow the inconspicuous actual flowers. Difficult to propagate and locate in the wholesale trade, Dove Tree is widely adapted and fast-growing to 40 ft. tall. Once established, it makes an strong specimen tree, seldom damaged by ice storms.
Native widely distributed in the East. Heat tolerant, tough and having more ornamental character to recommend it than is widely acknowledged. The astringent fruits are most attractive, accented on top with large, persistent calyces. Fruit can be abundant, but isn't usually messy because it persists late into winter, providing a tasty treat for wildlife after the first hard frosts. The deeply furrowed, blocky bark on mature trees is especially handsome when accented by winter snow. Its unobtrusive size and ease of care make this a tree that deserves more attention by designers and landscape firms, and our propagation numbers reflect big recent up-tick in demand.
A crowning jewel for the connoisseur's garden. Tall Stewartia differs from the larger, more commonly encountered species Stewartia pseudocamellia with its smooth, reddish brown bark and smaller leaves, Flowers are more abundant and smaller. Charming muted maroon fall color, even in the South. This tree is perfectly planted in afternoon-shaded loose, organic soil or near a woods edge. Alongside an old rotted tree stump is perfect. It will NOT tolerate wet or compacted soil in the immediate vicinity of home or street construction. Yet, with thoughtful planting care and judicious watering practice, few small trees are as tastefully gracious in their full-season garden appeal.
Among the most desirable of all deciduous landscape trees. Camellia-like flowers in early summer. Striking bark patches that resemble pieces of a puzzle. Diminutive mature size, ideal as a small specimen tree. Red, yellow, and orange autumn leaf colors. This taxon is the ideal landscape tree - the complete package. Our strain is originally from the vicinity of Nikko Park in Japan, and has survived the extremely harsh winter lows of the UP in Quinnisec, Michigan. We're talking 35 below zero! Check out their amazing root systems, pot up or plant them out, and make some money.
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.