Acer palmatum 'Mikawa yatsubusa' (Mikawa yatsubusa Japanese Maple)
Thick stems, closely spaced buds, a naturally layered habit, and tolerance for pruning make this our top Japanese maple bonsai pick. Our plants are budded very low on the root stock to give an unobtrusive graft union. In the garden, it is a true dwarf, so it can be safely planted very close to a walkway or kept for years in a large container until just the perfect spot for it becomes obvious. Exceptional; it belongs in even a modest collection of Japanese maple varieties for its distinctive dwarf and trouble-free character .
Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' (Avondale Chinese Redbud)
All Chinese redbud varieties are covered with flowers in early spring -even on old branches. This cultivar is more tree-like, has bright rose-purple flowers and shiny leaves. Less hardy than C. canadensis.
Of refined, delicate appearance year-long, this woodland shrub from Japan makes a great substitute for witchhazel in smaller gardens. It slowly mounds up, becoming more broad than tall, and is easily maintained. Primrose yellow flowers cover the branches in early spring. Prefers moist, partially shaded borders and open woods, but tolerates a sunny spot fine: it just grows more slowly in full sun.
Ginkgo biloba 'Spring Grove' (Spring Grove Dwarf Ginkgo)
It seems there are several clones going around under this name because there are at least two different dwarf Ginkgo trees at Spring Grove Cemetery in Ohio. We don't know which this is or if it is both; we started with more than one plant. But we do know they are dwarf and very attractive in conical growth habit.
Due to its multi-season appeal, this multi-stemmed tree, introduced from China only in 1980, is finally starting to gain followers. Covered with large clusters of white flowers in mid summer, in late summer and fall it displays great masses of pink-red seeds. Finally, the winter season highlights its shaggy bark - the color of soft beach sand. It does require shaping to highlight its normally "stemmy" form - a central leader formed early helps to make it a highly marketable tree, but it cannot be reshaped if neglected when small.