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.
To lump this distinguished small tree with more coarse horsechestnuts is inappropriate, as it has tremendous ornamental appeal. Shiny, scorch-free foliage and bright red spring flowers command attention. Tolerates heat well, stays small, and blooms freely even in shade. Among Aesculus this one is an aristocrat that merits far wider use in the trade. Truly a "Wow!" plant.
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.
Very compact, to only 4 ft. tall; an abundantly flowering selection from the US National Arboretum - Dr. Sandy Reed in TN. Flowers held erect, emerging white and aging to an appealing light pink. Extraordinary plant!
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.
Another USNA introduction - a cross of 'Snow Queen’ and ‘Pee Wee’. The upright, 9 in. inflorescences come out white but very quickly develop a pleasant rosy hue. To only about 3.5 ft. tall, it fits neatly into today's compact multi-family housing landscapes.
A prolific bloomer, its stout stems ensure that the flowers don't droop. Although the coarse leaves give it an almost tropical appearance, the autumn leaf colors are a rich mix of red, burnt orange, and green. When the notably persistent foliage drops, the tan/brown exfoliating bark is a pleasing unexpected bonus.
The Oakleaf Hydrangeas share many desirable characteristics: white flowers with bold, trouble-free foliage that turns burgundy red in the fall. Double-flowered 'Snowflake' may have the largest inflorescences, which are usually upright. Prefers light shade.
Attractive as a landscape tree for its bright golden summer flowers that stand erect above the distinctive foliage. Flowers mature into clustered, papery "Chinese lantern" seed capsules that droop from the branches mid-summer through autumn. Goldenraintree seems to do best if it is somewhat neglected.
Very unique, this prostrate form only reaches 18-24 in. tall, but has a spread of 6-8 ft. Fragrant flowers are upward-facing and bloom prolifically from spring to early summer. A far reaching "free spirited" evergreen with fragrant, magnolia-like flowers, Free Spirit is in a class of its own. Can also be top grafted on Magnolia laevifolia, making one of the most striking standards in the plant world!
An upright grower with a dense habit, Inspiration™ adds a vertical effect for those tight areas in your landscape. Sweetly scented porcelain-like flowers bloom in spring. Not as tall as the species, reaching 8-10 ft. at maturity.
Imagine a 6-8 ft. evergreen shrub with a profusion of brown velvety buds that open to creamy-white, scented flowers. The dense habit of this variety puts it among the ranks of some of our favorite shrubs. Perfect for hedging.
Scaled-down version of Magnolia macrophylla for the modern garden. A precocious bloomer, it sometimes buds up to yield a flower in a pot only 3 yrs. from seed. Fragrant flowers in June... what an early-evening close-up sight for tired eyes! Structurally, they're so fascinating, a delight for their delicate scent and always tempting to touch….reminds one of the biblical verse in praise of lilies "…Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these...” An 8 ft. multi-stem shrubby form in the Krautmann landscape produces 20 dinner plate-sized blooms over a 2-week period. For such ephemeral blooms, it's a wonder to contemplate that this plant and its cousins have populated the planet since before the dinosaurs perished. YOU NEED this plant, whether you realize it or not. Grow a few in your home garden where you can simply relish them with no prices on them. They are in fact, a priceless experience for any thoughtful nurseryman or gardener.
This species is prized for its small stature and remarkably beautiful flowers. The fragrant, nodding white blooms are accented by red stamens. Since this is a small tree, close inspection of the flowers is easy - a true delight! Although most references list it as zones 6-8, it has proved hardy at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, growing successfully in a windy Zone 4.
An exciting but seemingly unlikely combination this inter-generic hybrid from Thomas Ranney at NCSU combines the hardiness of Franklinia with the cultural ease of Gordonia. Early white 2 in. flowers, semi-evergreen foliage, and a robust tree-like growth habit make this an exciting new flowering tree addition to the trade. Growing quickly and branching sparsely, nursery training is important to get the best looking small trees in your nursery/ GC.