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.
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.
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.
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.
A real dwarf at only 3-4 feet tall! Because of this smaller stature it will work in so many tight spaces that winterberry wouldn't fit into before. It has red fruit. From the European breeding program of Peter Kolster, brought to the USA by Plants Nouveau.
With fruit color that is a major departure from the normal reds these golden hued berries are quite desirable. In our experience they don't set as many berries per stem as standard cut branch varieties but the color alone is enough to make them serviceable for the market.
The extraordinary growth rate of this cultivar coupled with its precocious blooming character make it a lucrative item. Moonglow® will grow to 5 ft. and bloom within 2-3 years. Selected and named by Earl Cully, this clone is surprisingly hardy to -33ºF. Lemon-fragrant blooms over a long period in late spring.
Magnolia virginiana var. australis 'Northern Belle' (Northern Belle Magnolia)
A super hardy selection by Ned Rader that has withstood -35°F though it does drop its leaves at that temperature. The flowers are fragrant and the leaves are darker green than Magnolia virginiana Moonglow®.
Small to medium-sized shrub with fragrant foliage, often used for naturalizing in states along the Atlantic coast from MA to SC. Famed for its use in making candles using the waxy berries during colonial times, its best present use is as an easy foundation plant, where it will tolerate compact or infertile soils.
A graceful, slow growing native tree that tolerates shade and grows to 40 ft. tall. Bark peels in vertical strips. Very easy to grow in the nursery and relatively fast to finish. Pleasing yellow fall color.
Quercus bicolor (Missouri source) (Swamp White Oak (Missouri source))
Flaking bark texture, even on young trees. Although its common name indicates that it prefers moist areas, it is drought tolerant. The silver undersides of the leaves lend contrast to the upper leaf surface, prompting the species name "bicolor". Among the easiest of the oaks to transplant, it is also hardy and has few insect or disease problems.
Quercus macrocarpa (Northeast US) (Bur Oak (Northeast US))
Native across a broad range in the eastern US, it is consequently variable in leaf form, size and growth rate. These seedlings are Pennsylvania source. This patriarch forest tree is best for parks and large, open landscapes.
2-4 ft. shrub native across a broad swath in the upper latitudes of North America. Small pink flowers emerge in summer followed by white berries in the fall. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Its strong root system makes this shrub useful to control erosion on steep slopes of an embankment. Tolerates wet soils as well, so it is frequently used in riparian restoration. Used as an ornamental, easy to grow and gratifying with its persistent winter fruits. Occasionally head it back for best ornamental performance.
Symphoricarpos Magical® Pride 'KOLMPRID' (Magical® Pride Snowberry)
Magical Pride is a well-branched, upright form with plump, dark-pink berries that cluster along the stems. Plant in mass or use as a stand-alone specimen where needed. Excellent for cut stem, floral display.
With its tree-like form and lack of pest and disease problems, it has a secure place as a specimen tree in the landscape. Hardy and adaptable, it is best planted in full sun. Weaker branches should be thinned occasionally to highlight the strongest branches of its handsome form.
Syringa vulgaris Tiny Dancer™ 'Elsdancer' (Tiny Dancer™ Common Lilac)
Iconic lilacs - everybody's grandma had one, but this selection has a compact form; giving it strong modern appeal across a wide range. Memorable, pleasant fragrance. In addition to its expected cold-hardiness, Tiny Dancer™ boasts remarkable heat tolerance, growing and blooming well in the South. Even in Zone 8, violet-purple buds open into lavender flowers, joining dogwoods and azaleas as a marker of spring. Large panicles measure 4 to 5 in., the big florets making each cluster appear luxuriously full. Foliage and flowers are in perfect scale, one complementing the other. You know the feeling when everything is in balance with a plant: it exudes quality. We're inspired to bring Tiny Dancer™ to you, an updated version of an old classic for today's gardens.
Ulmus americana 'Princeton' (Princeton American Elm)
Selected almost a century ago by New Jersey nurseryman William Flemer for its aesthetic merit. By stroke of good fortune, 'Princeton' has demonstrated moderate resistance to Dutch elm disease. Typical of this iconic American species in form and hardiness, it is an important part of the American experience, a relic selection from America's urban forest history, still adapted to its future so many generations later.