Corylus avellana 'Red Dragon' (Red Dragon European Filbert)
From Shawn Mehlenbacher's work here at OSU comes a prized, blight-resistant, contorted, red-leaf hazelnut. With moderately contorted growth, it has an arching grace. Its purple color is intense in spring and early summer, and still dark later in the year. These are expensive but worth it; they will attract a lot of attention at garden centers.
Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies' (Arthur Menzies Mahonia)
With its origins on the West coast you might think that is why we are infatuated with this selection but really it is because of its unique attributes. It blossoms later than Charity and has bolder, broader leaves that, unbelievably, are more architectural. Also the flower clusters are a little fatter and shorter.
A hybrid of M. japonica and M. lomariifolia. Beautiful across all seasons for its architecturally bold and symmetrical form. Bright yellow late winter flowers. Here in the wet-winter Pacific Northwest, our 'Charity' stock block is totally free of leaf spot that infects M. bealei so severely.
Evergreen shrub with rich forest-green foliage to accent its bright yellow early winter flowers. Upright growth and drought/shade tolerance make this a great focal plant when winter's arrival means fewer possibilities to brighten the garden. Offers bloom succession after 'Charity'.