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.
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.
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.
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.