Bark peels in tight vertical curls. September brings a muted blend of yellow and claret-red foliage, capturing the essence of autumn. During winter, tufts of snow lodge on the peels of grey and honey-colored bark, lending contrast. Often listed as hardy to Zone 5, growers report it hardy to -40°F - a full zone rating hardier than Acer griseum.
Betula nigra Heritage® 'Cully' (Heritage® River Birch)
Selected by Earl Cully almost 20 years ago for its outstanding peeling bark, extreme hardiness, resistance to borers, and ability to grow in waterlogged or dry soils.
Whether you clump them in a container or grow them as singles, this is among the easiest of plants to finish: even our smallest liners can grow to 5-6 ft. in a single season. Named Urban Tree of The Year for 2002 by the Society of Municipal Arborists.
Cercis canadensis The Rising Sun™ 'JN2' (The Rising Sun™ Golden Redbud)
Introduced by Ray and Cindy Jackson. New growth has a light, Pumpkin-orange tint that distinguishes it from the uniformly green-ish-yellow color of 'Hearts of Gold'. In the heat of the Midwest and SE, it doesn't burn; that just makes it grow faster. We think you'll be amazed at its incandescent attractiveness, whether in a wholesale nursery or potted up for direct sale in a GC.