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The Lights Azalea hybrids are northern hardy azaleas developed by Dr. Harold Pellett and his associates from the University of Minnesota. The result is a series of azaleas with outstanding color and extreme hardiness. Azaleas are related to Rhododendrons, but drop their foliage in the winter. Azaleas also bloom later than Rhododendrons. Choose a location with well drained soil, and at least 3 hours of sun for best flower production.
WHITE LIGHTS (Rhododendron, 'White Lights') Height: 5'-6', Width: 5'-6'. Full sun to part shade. A loosely rounded shrub with flower buds that are a delicate pink in the balloon stage, opening to a pure white. Developed at the University of Minnesota, this hardy azalea performs best in well drained acidic soils. A deciduous shrub that is closely related to Rhododendrons. Trim immediately after flowering to promote a more dense habit and form. Fall foliage color is a poor yellow . Growing zones 4 to 7.
Barberry are popular because of their bright colored leaves. Relatively easy to grow, barberries can be difficult to work with because of the fine 1/4" long thorns that grow along the entire length of the stem. Barberry will grow best on average to slightly dry soils in full sun. They can be trimmed at any time to maintain size and shape.
CRIMSON PYGMY (Berberis thunbergii ‘Crimson Pygmy’) Height: 2’, Width: 2’-3’. Full sun to part shade. A compact growing barberry with deep reddish-maroon leaves. Very fine, 1/4" long thorns exist along the entire length of the branches. Ideal for small spaces and full sun where it will develop its best color. Avoid wet soils. Fall foliage is a deep red. Growing zones 4 to 7.
HELMOND PILLAR (Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond Pillar') Height: 4'-5', Width: 1'-2'. Full sun to part shade. A barberry with a narrow, upright, columnar form and red-purple foliage. Tiny yellow flowers in spring produce glossy small red berries that persist into winter. Prefers well drained soil, and will produce its best color in full sun. Perfect for narrow spaces, and can be incorporated into the perennial garden with great effect. Although rarely neede, it can be trimmed to control its shape. Does not display a change in foliage color in the fall. Growing zones 4 to 8.
ORANGE ROCKET (Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket') Height: 4', Width 18"-24". Full sun to part shade. A unique barberry with an upright growth habit and foliage that displays shades of red and orange. New growth emerges orange-red deepeing to dark red. Light yellow flowers in spring are followed by small maroon fruit. In fall the colors intensify, displaying the brilliant orange and reds seen in spring. Best on well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 8. Picture courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.
ROSE GLOW (Berberis thunberii “Rose Glow’) Height: 3’-4’, Width: 3’-4’. Full sun to part shade. A rounded Barberry with variegated leaves that emerge maroon, then become striped with shades of red and pink. Small yellow flowers in spring produce tiny red berries in fall. Very fine, 1/4" long thorns exist along the entire length of the branches. Best in full sun and well drained soils. Fall color is a rose-red. Growing zones 4 to 7.
Burning bush are common landscape shrubs sometimes used for hedges. The name comes from the brilliant fall color that resembles a shrub on fire. They can be trimmed at any time to control the size and shape.
BURNING BUSH, STANDARD (Euonymus alatus) Height: 10’, Width: 8’-12’. Full sun to full shade. Known for its unique, winged corky bark (which is where the name, "winged Euonymus" is derived from). A large rounded shrub with narrow dark green leaves and a medium growth rate. Fall color is best in full sun where it develops an intense brilliant red coloration, but will be more burgundy in shaded areas. Much more winter hardy than the dwarf form. Prefers well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 8.
Chokeberry are often confused with chokecherry. Chokeberries are not part of cherry family. They produce fruit in clusters of 3/8" diameter berries. Trim when dormant to preserve the flowering and fruiting characteristics.
GLOSSY BLACK (Aronia melanocarpa var. elata) Height: 4’-6’, Width: 4’-6’. Full sun to part shade. A hardy rounded shrub with glossy green leaves. Clusters of small white flowers in spring produce 3/8” purplish-black berries in late summer. Fall foliage is a brilliant red. Best on well drained soils. Studies into the antioxidant properties of the berries are still inconclusive, with some studies indicating health benefits and others indicating little or no benefit from their consumption. Growing zones 3 to 7.
Dogwood are easy to grow shrubs useful for foundation planting, screening, hedging, and naturalizing. These fast growing shrubs are most noted for their brilliant colored stems in winter, but all dogwood produce berries that the birds will consume in summer and fall. Dogwood can be trimmed at any time to control the shape and size. Best growth will be realized in average to moist soils, and partial sun to full sun. Some varieties will grow in complete shade with a corresponding reduction in growth rate and density.
CARDINAL (Cornus sericea ‘Cardinal’) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’-10’. Full sun to full shade. An extremely fast growing large shrub. A hybrid of yellow twig dogwood and red twig dogwood. Stems are a light greenish-yellow during the summer turning an intense reddish-orange in fall, with color persisting through winter. Large green leaves turn shades of yellow and orange in fall. Clusters of small white flowers in spring produce tiny white berries favored by birds. Best in average to wet soils. Growing zones 2 to 7.
ISANTI (Cornus sericea ‘Isanti’) Height: 5’-6’, Width: 5’-6’. Full sun to full shade. A slower growing dogwood with a dense, rounded form. Green leaves turn shades of reddish purple in fall. Deep red-burgundy stems in winter add interest to the landscape. White flowers in summer produce small white berries eaten by birds. Prefers moisture retentive soils. Growing zones 2 to 7.
IVORY HALO (Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo’) Height: 5’-6’, Width: 5’-6’. Full sun to part shade. A compact rounded shrub with green leaves edged in creamy-white. White flowers in summer followed by white berries. Maroon stems add winter interest in the landscape. Smaller and more compact than Variegated Dogwood. It can suffer from leaf spotting due to humid conditons or where air circulation is poor. Best on moisture retentive soils. Growing zones 3 to 7.
PAGODA (Cornus alternifolia) Height: 15’-20’, Width: 15’-20’. Full sun to full shade. A lesser known native dogwood with a unique horizontal branching similar to Japanese architecture. Clusters of pale yellow flowers in early summer produce blue berries in late summer that are highly sought after by birds. An often overlooked choice for form and flower. Average moisture to wet conditions. Growing zones 4 to 7.
RED TWIG (Cornus baileyi) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’-10’. Full sun to full shade. A fast growing, large rounded native shrub with medium green leaves and deep reddish maroon-stems. Clusters of small white flowers produce small white berries in late summer. The birds are fond of the berries and will consume them soon after they ripen. An excellent choice for winter impact in the landscape. Can be trimmed to maintain size and increase density, and makes an excellent option for larger screens and hedges. Fall foliage is a red-purple. Best in soils that stay moist. Growing zones 2 to 7.
VARIEGATED (Cornus alba ‘Argenteo-marginata’) Height: 6’-10’, Width: 6’-10’. Full sun to part shade. A large fast growing shrub with medium green leaves edged in creamy white. Maroon stems contrast nicely with the variegated foliage. Small white flowers produce tiny white berries. Does not exhibit leaf spot problems like Ivory Halo. Best in moist soils. Growing zones 3 to 7.
BLACK LACE (Sambucus nigra 'Eva') Height: 8'-10', Width: 8'-10'. Full sun to part shade. Dark purple foliage that is finely cut, making it an excellent alternative for anyone who wishes to have the look of a Japanese maple. Pink buds open to lacy white blossoms on May to June. Tiny blackish-red berries ripen in September, and are favored by birds, and can be used for winemaking and jellies as well. Prefers moist, well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 7. Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.
Honeysuckle are easy to grow and will tolerate wetter locations that other shrubs. Trim after spring flowering to control size and shape.
EMERALD MOUND (Lonicera xylosteum ‘Emerald Mound’) Height: 3’-4’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to full shade. One of the earliest shrubs to leaf out in spring. Small medium green foliage, pale yellow flowers, and tiny red berries adorn this well shaped plant. It naturally grows in a neat, dense mound that requires little pruning to maintain a near perfect form. Avoid dry soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
Our hydrangea can be divided into two types: Smooth Hydrangea which we treat as a perennial, and panicle types (identified by the word 'paniculata' in the botanical name), which do not get trimmed to the ground. All hydrangea perform best in moisture retentive soils, and can be grown in full sun if an even supply of water is provided. Hydrangea prefer a slightly acidic soil, but using fertilizers that increase acidity will not change the color of the flowers on the varieties that we carry. Trim the panicle types in spring before bud break, removing the old flower heads to clean them up, or more aggressively to control the size and shape.
ANNABELLE (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’) Height: 3’-4’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to full shade. Large clusters of white flowers adorn this plant in July and August. An old fashioned favorite that is hardy and vigorous. We treat it as a perennial by cutting the stems to the ground in spring. Prefers well drained, moist soils in part sun. Can be grown in full sun if it is not planted against a wall where the suns heat will reflect back onto the plant. Growing zones 3 to 9.
BOBO (Hydrngea paniculata 'ILVOBO') Height: 30" - 36", Width: 3' - 4'. Full sun to part shade. A dwarf panicle hydrangea perfect for smaller spaces. In summer large white flowers appear held upright on strong stems, and continue to lengthen as they bloom. Blooms earlier than other panicle type except for Quickfire. Best on average soils with even moisture. Growing zones 3 to 8. Picture courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.
BOUNTY (Hydragea arborescens 'Bounty') Height: 5', Width: 5'. Full sun to full shade. Part of the same family of Hydrangeas as 'Annabelle', Bounty has primarily sterile flowers that are smaller than those of Annabelle. Flower heads are diplayed on strong, sturdy stems, and combined with the sterile flowers make Bounty less likey to flop after a rain. Dark green foliage contrasts nicely with the white blooms. Best on average soild with adequate moisture. Growing zones 3 to 9. Picture courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.
GREAT STAR (Hydrangea paniculata 'Le Vasterival) Height: 6'-7', Width: 7'-8'. Full sun to part shade. Large white wavy star shaped florets up to 3" open in midsummer, lasting until a hard freeze. Because the flower panicles are more open than other hydrangeas, they don't droop and hang on the ground. One of the most unique panicle hydrangeas on the market. Performs best on loamy, moist well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
INCREDIBALL (Hydrangea arborescens 'Abetwo') Height: 5', Width: 5'. Full sun to part shade. Closely related to 'Annabelle', this selection features mostly sterile white flowers in the blossom cluster, with nearly 4 times the number of flowers in each flower head. Because of the smaller size of the sterile flower, however, the heads stand upright better, especially when combined with the strong flower stems. Dark green foliage provide a nice contrast to the flower heads. Best on well drained, moist soils. Cut down in spring to promote flowering on new wood. Growing zones 3 to 9. Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.
LIMELIGHT (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight') Height: 6'-8', Width: 5'-7'. Full sun to part shade. Limelight has bright lime-green to cream colored cone shaped flower clusters, adding brightness to the late summer landscape. Sturdy stems hold the flower panicles upright with less tendency to droop or lay on the ground. In fall the flowers show shades of pink, burgundy, and green. Best on loamy, moist well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 8.
LITTLE LIME (Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane') Height: 3'-5', Width: 3'-5'. Full sun to part shade. A dwarf form of 'Limelight' hydrangea for smaller areas, that is about one-third the size of 'Limelight'. Stunning, brilliant lime green flower panicles that gently blush to pink in late summer are produced on strong stems that resist flopping. Best on loamy, moist well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 8.
PEE GEE (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’) Height: 8’, Width: 8’-10’. Full sun to part shade. Medium growth rate shrub with large, conical flowers in July and August. White panicles change to pink-bronze in fall. Fall foliage is yellow. Best on well drained soils. Can also be grown in patio tree from. Fall foliage is a fair yellow. Growing zones 3 to 8.
PINK DIAMOND (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond”) Height: 6’-8’, Width: 6’-8’. Full sun to part shade. Extremely large panicles (8”-12”) of creamy white flowers open in late summer, gradually turning a rich shade of pink. Performs best in full sun, but will bloom well if given 4 to 5 hours of direct sun. Fall foliage is yellow. Flower clusters are held upright, rather than drooping like Pee Gee Hydrangea. May also be grown in patio tree form. Growing zones 3 to 8.
TARDIVA (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’) Height: 6’-8’, Width: 6’-8’. Full sun to part shade. Also known as ‘Late Panicle Hydrangea’, Tardiva has larger (8”-10”) and more open flower clusters than Pee Gee Hydrangea. Because the flower panicles are more open and the stems are more rigid, the blooms are held upright. Flower panicles open white, then fade to pink and bronze, with some fall weather conditions producing near red coloration. Best in well drained soils. Fall foliage color is a fair yellow. Growing zones 3 to 8.
VANILLA STRAWBERRY (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy') Height: 6’-7’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade. An upright form with a dark green leaf. The enormous flower panicles are a blend of white and pink, changing to an intense pink and holding their color for 3 to 4 weeks. Best on well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
Lilacs are classic landscape choices for hedges and screens. Smaller varieties are also excellent choices for foundation and specimen planting. Lilacs will perform best in well drained soils and full sun, but can be grown where they will receive a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of direct sun. Trimming lilac must be done within 4 to 5 weeks after blooming has finished, otherwise the flower bud for the following season may be removed and next seasons flowering diminished.
BEAUTY OF MOSCOW (Syringa vulgaris ‘Krasavista Moskvy’) Height: 10’-12’, Width: 8’. Full sun to part shade. A vigorous growing lilac with flower buds that emerge a delicate pinkish-white opening to reveal fully double near white flowers. The flower panicles are blocky and full. An upright plant that is a strong grower making it an excellent choice for hedges and specimen planting. Not as fragrant as other lilac varieties. Prefers well drained soils, but will grow in light soils if watered regularly. Growing zones 3 to 7.
COMMON PURPLE (Syringa vulgaris) Height: 12’-15’, Width: 8’-12’. Full sun to part shade. The classic lilac, Common Purple produces the most fragrant flowers of any lilac. Lavender-purple flowers on a medium growth rate plant. Often used for hedges, it can be sheared immediately after blooming to control size and shape. Best in well drained soils. Growing zones 2 to 7.
COMMON WHITE ( Syringa vulgaris var. alba) Height: 12’-15’, Width: 8’-12’. Full sun to part shade. A vigorous growing white flowered version of the old fashioned favorite. Flowers are as fragrant as common purple lilac, and provide an excellent contrast to darker colored lilacs. Best in full sun and well drained soils. Growing zones 2 to 7.
DWARF KOREAN (Syringa meyeri ‘Paliban’) Height: 4’-5’, Width: 5’-7’. Full sun to part shade. A compact and dense rounded form with small deep green foliage. Flowers emerge 1 week later than common lilacs. Profuse clusters of red-purple buds open to spicy, fragrant, single, lavender flowers. Best in well drained soils. Does not sucker like common lilacs do. Growing zones 3 to 7.
MISS KIM (Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 6’-8’. Full sun to part shade. A hardy fast growing lilac with fragrant lavender flower clusters. Foliage is a glossy deep green turning burgundy in fall. Leaves are larger than those on Dwarf Korean Lilac. Does not sucker like common lilacs. Best in well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 7.
MONGE (Syringa vulgaris’Monge’) Height: 10’-12’, Width: 8’-12’. Full sun to part shade. Showy panicles of single red-purple flowers are held on long stems perfect for cutting. Flower clusters are fragrant. Can be mixed with other colors of lilacs to create an outstanding contrast of colors. Prefers well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 7.
MONTAINGE (Syringa vulgaris 'Montaigne') Height: 8'-10', Width: 8'-12'. Full sun. One of the most stunning lilacs when in full bloom that must be seen to be appreciated! An upright growing plant with large pale lilac-pink double flowers creating panicles that are full and blocky. The flower panicle is perfect for cutting, with its full form and moderate fragrance. An excellent selection for a specimen lilac. Performs best on well drained soils, and can tolerate drier sites once established. Growing zones 3 to 7.
SENSATION (Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’-10’. Full sun to part shade. Perhaps the most unique lilac you have ever seen! Deep purple single flowers are edged in white. Does not have the fragrance of other lilac varieties. Slightly slower growing and smaller than other lilac varieties, and less likely to send up suckers. An ideal choice for a specimen lilac where a unique variety is desired. Prefers well drained soils, and can tolerate drier sites once established. Growing zones 3 to 7.
WONDERBLUE (Syringa vulgaris ‘Wonderblue’) Height: 4’-5’, Width: 5’-6’. Full sun to part shade. A Father Fiala introduction that is very compact. Unique true sky-blue single flowers adorn this excellent variety. Because of its smaller size, it can be used where other lilacs would be too large. Perfect for foundation planting and for small areas where a lilac is desired. Not as fragrant as other varieties. Performs best in full sun and well drained soils, but has a degree of drought tolerance once established. Growing zones 3 to 7.
YANKEE DOODLE (Syringa vulgaris ‘Yankee Doodle’) Height: 8’, Width: 8’. Full sun to part shade. Another Father Fiala introduction, this is among the deepest and darkest of the purples. A profuse bloomer with large clusters on an upright plant. Moderately fragrant flowers are excellent for cutting. Best on well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 7.
Magnolia are thought of as southern plants, but hybrid varieties developed for the north will provide a unique look in the landscape. Choose a location that provides winter protection (east or southern exposures are perfect), and avoid wet conditions. Trim immediately after flowering to control size and shape.
ANN (Magnolia x ‘Ann’) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 10’. Full sun to part shade. Can be considered either a large shrub, or a small tree. Part of the Little Girl series from the National Arboretum, Ann was selected for its late bloom (mid-April to mid-May) which allows it to avoid the hazards of late frosts. It has lightly scented red-purple 7” to 9” flowers, and will occassionally provide a limited secondary bloom in late summer. Glossy medium green leaves turn yellow in fall. Best in average soils and full sun. Growing zones 4 to 7.
ROYAL STAR (Magnolia kobus var. stellata ‘Royal Star’) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’-10’. Full sun to part shade. The most hardy varietyfor our area, Royal Star produces double white flowers of 25-30 petals and a diameter of 3 to 4 inches. Dark green foliage turns yellow to bronze in the fall. Average soils and full sun produce the best results. Growing zones 4 to 8.
Mockorange are named after the fragrant flower that has a fragrance similar to oranges. Trim to control size and shape after flowering.
GOLDEN (Philadelphus coronaries ‘Aureus’) Height: 6’-8’, Width: 6’-8’. Full sun to part shade. A large rounded fast growing shrub with golden yellow foliage and fragrant single white flowers in June. When used with maroon leafed shrubs the color contrast is outstanding. Size can be controlled with aggressive pruning after flowering. Prefers well drained soils and at least one half day of sun for best foliage color. The more shade it is grown in, the more green the foliage becomes. Growing zones 4 to 8.
Ninebark are fast growing shrubs grown for the vivid colored foliage. Best color is realized when planted in full sun. Trim after flowering to control size and shape.
AMBER JUBILEE (Phsocarpus opulifolius 'Jefam') Height: 5' - 6', Width: 4'. Full sun to part shade. A rounded and dense shrub with foliage that displays orange, yellow and gold tones as it emerges, changing to a more chartreuse color through the summer. In fall the foliage displays red and purple tones. Delicate white blooms are produced in late spring. Best color is diplayed in full sun. Growing zones 2 to 7.
DIABOLO (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo”) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’-10’. Full sun to part shade. A rapid growing shrub with red-purple foliage on long arching branches that exhibit some exfoliation. Clusters of white flowers occur in June and show nicely against the dark foliage. 'Diabolo' will benefit from agressive pruning which will help to control the size and shape. Will perform best on well drained moist soils. Will be browsed on by deer, so avoid planting if deer are present in your yard. Best color in full sun. Growing zones 3 to 7.
LITTLE DEVIL (Physocarpus opulifolia 'Donna May') Height: 3'-4', Width: 3'-4'. Full sun to part shade. Small deep burgundy foliage on a compact shrub. Creamy white flowers contrast nicely with dark leaves. More controlled and compact than Diabolo Ninebark, making it ideal in spaces where Diabolo will grow too large but a dark foliage color is desired. Best color is produced in full sun. Prefers well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 7.
Potentilla are easy to grow, compact shrubs with one of the longest bloom periods of any flowering shrub. They may be used as a specimen, or planted as a hedge. The key to keeping your potentilla looking neat and clean is to trim aggresively first thing in spring. Trim 1/4 to 1/2 of the plant before it begins to leaf out to remove the old dried flowers and shape the plant. The new growth produced by trimming will result in many more flowers and a neat clean plant with a more consistent shape.
ABBOTSWOOD (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Abbotswood’) Height: 2’-3’, Width: 2’-3’. Full sun to part shade. Pure white 1" flowers bloom from early summer to late fall. Foliage is a medium green with a slight tinge of blue. Trim aggressively in early spring for best flowering. Can also be used for hedging. Growing zones 2 to 7.
DAKOTA SUNSPOT (Potentilla fruticosa, ‘Dakota Sunspot’) Height: 2’-3’, Width: 3’-4’. Full sun to part shade. A compact variety with medium green foliage and deep golden 1” flowers produced all season. Hard pruning in early spring produces the best bloom and keeps the plant looking neat and compact. Growing zones 2 to 7.
GOLDFINGER (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldfinger’) Height: 3’, Width: 3’-4’. Full sun to part shade. One the largest flowered potentillas, with showy golden flowers up to 1 ½” that are produced all summer long. Foliage is a dark green. Trim aggressively in early spring to control size and shape and produce the best flowering. Growing zones 2 to 7.
MANGO TANGO (Potentilla fruticosa ‘UMan’) Height: 2’, Width: 2’. Full sun to full shade. Unusual bicolor flowers display orange centers radiating out from the center over a base of deep yellow. Colors may be more subdued in warm temperatures. A very compact variety with soft green foliage. Trim aggressively in early spring for best flowering. Growing zones 2 to 7.
McKAYS WHITE (Potentilla fruticosa ‘McKay’s White) Height: 2’-3’, Width: 2’-3’. Full sun to part shade. Creamy white flowers over medium green foliage. Stems are held more upright than Abbotswood potentilla. Trim in early spring to produce best flowering. Blooms from early summer to fall. Growing zones 2 to 7.
PINK BEAUTY (Potentilla fruiticosa ‘Pink Beauty’) Height: 2’, Width: 2’. Full sun to part shade. An extremely compact form with clear pink flowers and bright green foliage. Flower color fades when nighttime temperatures are extremely warm. Trim in early spring to produce best flowering. Blooms from early summer to fall. Growing zones 2 to 7.
The prunus family of shrubs is quite varied in their characteristics, with some grown for foliage color and others grown for fruit production. They should be grown in full sun and well drained soils for best performance. Trim while dormant to preserve fruit production, or after flowering if it is a variety that does not fruit.
CISTENA – PURPLE LEAF SANDCHERRY (Prunus x cistena) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’. Full sun to part shade. An upright rounded shrub with deep maroon leaves and light pink flowers in spring. Best foliage color is produced on new growth. Can be trimmed aggressively in spring to encourage new growth. Best in well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 8.
TOMENTOSA - NANKING CHERRY (Prunus tomentosa) Height: 8'-10', Width 10'. Full sun to part shade. A hardy and vigorous large growing shrub that produces bright red 1/3” diameter cherries in mid-July. Self fertile, requires no pollinator. Can be used for jellies, but may also be eaten fresh if you beat the birds to them. Performs best on well drained soils. Growing zones 2 to 6.
TRILOBA - ROSE TREE OF CHINA, DOUBLE FLOWERING PLUM (Prunus Triloba) Height: 8'-10', Width: 8'. Full sun to part shade. A large rounded shrub with double pink flowers in early spring. A fast growing shrub with medium green pointed leaves in summer that turn to yellow tinted with orange in fall. Best on well drained soils. Growing zones 2 to 7.
Rhododendron are related to azaleas and prefer similar growing conditions of well drained soil and at least partial sun exposure. Pinch the new growth back immediately after flowering if you wish to create a more compact and dense plant. Rhododendrons do not drop their leaf like azaleas, which makes them technically an evergreen.
P.J.M. ELITE (Rhododendron P.J.M. Elite) Height: 4’-5’, Width: 3’-5’. Full sun to part shade. One of the hardiest Rhododendrons for the north. Masses of mauve flowers in spring on an evergreen shrub. Glossy dark green foliage turns bronze in fall and winter. Requires well drained acidic soils. Growing zones 4 to 7.
GOLDEN SPIRIT (Continus coggygria 'Ancot') Height: 8', Width: 6'. Full sun to part shade. New foliage emerges bright yellow with just a touch of red. Smoky yellow flowers appear in June and July, followed by a fiery red-orange foliage color, changing from the bottom up. Very effective when planted next to burgundy foliaged plants such as Cistena Sandcherry, Diabolo Ninebark, and Black Lace Elderberry. A unique choice for a specimen plant in the landscape or shrub border. Prefers well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 8. Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.
Spirea are easy to grow choices for foundation, specimen and hedge planting. Trimming of spirea can be done in spring before the plants break dormancy (except for Renaissance Spirea), and after the first set of flowers are spent. Trimming immediately in spring can be as aggresive as cutting to a few inches from the ground, or simply a light trimming to shape the plant. After the first set of flowers have finished blooming, a light trimming of a couple inches to remove the spent flowers will produce a second set of flowers in late summer. Spireas will perform best with 4 hours or more of sun, although Little Pricess can tolerate full shade. Avoid excessively wet,heavy soils.
ANTHONY WATERER (Spiraea x bulmalda ‘Anthony Waterer’) Height: 3’, Width 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade. A wide mounded form with 4" to 6" rosy pink flower clusters in June and July. Will produce a second flush of flowers it the first set is removed when done blooming. Slightly more coarse in texture and has a less mounded shape than other spireas. The foliage is a dark green in summer turning burgundy in fall. Not particular to soils. Can be used to create a flowering hedge of moderate height. Growing zones 4 to 8.
FRITSCHIANA (Spiraea fritchiana) Height: 2’-3’, Width 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade. A low mounded form with 3" to 4" large flat topped clusters of white flowers in midsummer. Trimming the spent flowers will result in a second flush of flowers in late summer. Foliage is larger than other spirea varieties, and is a dark green with a green-purple fall color. Will grow in most soils, except for extremely sandy, dry conditions and very wet conditions. Growing zones 3 to 8.
GOLDFLAME (Spiraea x bulmalda ‘Goldflame’) Height: 3’-4’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade. Brilliant red new foliage changes to golden yellow and then to green. Deep reddish-pink flower clusters in summer. Fall foliage turns a rusty red orange. Will grow in most soils except for dry, sandy soils and wet, heavy conditions. Growing zones 3 to 8.
GOLDMOUND (Spiraea ‘Goldmound’) Height: 2’, Width: 3’-4’. Full sun to part shade. A bushy plant with bright yellow-green foliage and light pink flower clusters. Foliage will turn green if not given enough sunlight. Excellent for mass plantings and informal hedges. The brilliant colored foliage will attract everyone's attention. Growing zones 3 to 8.
LITTLE PRINCESS (Spiraea japonica ‘Little Princess’) Height: 2’, Width: 3’-4’. Full sun to full shade. An easy to grow and maintain flowering shrub with a compact mounded form. Small mint green leaves and clusters of light pink flowers adorn this plant. Fall foliage turns a deep green-purple. Can be used to create small, informal hedges. Growing zones 3 to 8.
MAGIC CARPET (Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’) Height: 2’, Width: 3’-4’. Full sun to part shade. Vibrant red foliage emerges in spring, turning chartreuse in summer. Deep rose-pink flower clusters are produced in summer, and fall foliage is a rusty red-orange. A good choice for small spaces where the color of Goldflame Spirea is desired, but a smaller plant is required. Growing zones 3 to 8.
RENAISSANCE (Spiraea x vanhoutei ‘Renaissance’) Height: 5’-7’, Width: 6’-8’. Full sun to part shade. Similar to the old fashioned Bridalwreath, but slightly smaller, Renaissance has more disease resistant foliage than Bridalwreath. A fast growing shrub with small white flowers that are borne profusely along the cascading stems in early summer. Fall foliage is red-orange. Is sometimes used for hedging and screening. Requires well drained soils, and will perform poorly if kept too wet. Growing zones 3 to 7.
Sumac perform best on well drained to dry soils. They spread by runner so select a location where the runners can be controlled or where spreading is not a concern.
TIGER EYES (Rhus typhina “Bailtiger’) Height: 8’-10’, Width: 8’-10’. Full sun. A golden leafed form of Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac. Maintains its bright yellow foliage all summer, then turns brilliant shades of oragnes and reds in fall. A suckering plant which spreads by runners. Its cutleaf foliage and growth habit are often used where an 'Oriental' look is desired. Plant where it can be controlled by removing the runners, or where its spreading habit is not a concern. Will grow on extremely dry soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
Tamarisk may look like evergreens with their fine foliage, but are deciduous flowering shrubs. They prefer well drained soils and full sun. Trim at anytime to controll size and shape.
SUMMER GLOW (Tamarix ramosissima ‘Summer Glow’) Height: 10’-15’, Width: 10’-15’. Full sun. A graceful and airy looking plant which looks very delicate, but is actually very hardy and fast growing. Light mint green fine foliage emerges in late spring, followed by clusters of tiny lavender-pink flowers throughout the summer, giving the plant a graceful look. Tolerant of most soils conditions, it will not perform well in wet, heavy soils. Provide plenty of space for this fast growing, large specimen. Growing zones 2 to 7.
Viburnum are more commonly known as cranberry. They can be used for specimen, screening and hedging, and foundation planting where space permits. All cranberry produce flowers in spring and berries that ripen in late summer and fall. Trimming is best performed after the flowers have finished blooming, although they can be trimmmed at any time with a corresponding loss of flower and/or fruit. Cranberry prefer moisture retentive soil, and can be grown in full shade to full sun unless otherwise noted.
AMERICAN HIGHBUSH (Viburnum trilobum) Height: 10’-12’, Width: 10’-12’. Full sun to full shade. Better known as American Highbush Cranberry. A large hardy native shrub with lobed leaves and clusters of white flowers in spring. Red berries last well into winter and are edible. Fall color is a deep red to maroon. Can be used for screening and hedges, as well as a specimen. Prefers moist conditions, and will not perform well in dry, light soils. Growing zones 2 to 7.
ARROWWOOD (Viburnum dentatum) Height: 10’-12’, Width: 10’-12’. Full sun to part shade. A large native shrub with deep green lustrous foliage. Clusters of white flowers in spring produce tiny blue berries in fall that are excellent for wildlife. Fall foliage color is a yellow and not as effective as highbush or Dwarf American Cranberry. More adaptable than other Viburnums, it will tolerate light soils, but performs best in evenly moist conditions. Can be used for hedging and screening. Growing zones 3 to 8.
DWARF AMERICAN (Viburnum trilobum compacta) Height: 6’-8’, Width 5’-7’. Full sun to full shade. A compact form of American Highbush Cranberry with a dense, oval-rounded form. Foliage emerges medium green with a reddish-burgundy tint, turning various shades of reds and burgundy in fall. Bright red fruit persists through the winter. Does not require trimming to produce a nearly perfect form. Produces fewer flowers and berries than the highbush form. Can be used to create mid-height hedges because of its dense form. Prefers average to moist soils. Growing zones 2 to 7.
MOHICAN (Viburnum lantana ‘Mohican’) Height: 6’-8’, Width: 6’-8 ’. Full sun to part shade. Leathery foliage appears medium green on top with silvery-green undersides. An upright-rounded plant that produces white flat topped flowers in spring. Berries turn from red to black in late summer, and persist through the winter. Much more tolerant of drier conditions than other viburnums. An often overlooked variety with disease resistant foliage that rarely displays any disfiguring spots or marks. Growing zones 3 to 7.
SNOWBALL (Viburnum opulus 'Roseum') Height: 10'-12', Width: 10'-12'. Full sun to part shade. A large shrub with rounded flower clusters of white flowers. A late spring/early summer bloomer which is sterile, so there is no fruit mess to be concerned with. A medium growth rate shrub with insignificant fall foliage color. Excellent for screening., or blocking views where a larger shrub is desired. Performs best where average moisture is available. Growing zones 3 to 8
Weigela (pronounced why-gee-lah) are among the most varied flowering shrubs, with a wide variety of plant sizes, foliage colors, flowers colors and bloom habits. Weigela will perform best with 4 or more hours of sun on well drained soils. Trim Weigela after the first set of flowers has been spent. For reblooming types, you can also trim in early spring with a corresponding reduction in flowering.
DARK HORSE (Weigela florida 'Dark Horse') Height: 2'-3', Width: 2'-3'. Full sun to part shade. Magenta pink flowers stand out against the bronze foliage and lime green veination. Forms a compact and dense mounded plant perfect for foundation planting, group planting and low hedges. Best on well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
HULS SELECT (Weigela florida) Height: 4'-5', Width: 4'-5'. Full sun to part shade. A seedling found growing here at the nursery. Outstanding dark glossy maroon leaves on a rounded form. Faster growing than Java Red Weigela, this selection features intense reddish pnk flowers with some rebloom in late summer. Grows on most soils, but like other weigelas will not tolerate excessively wet conditions. Growing zones 4 to 8.
JAVA RED (Weigela florida ‘Java Red’) Height: 3’-4’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade. A compact mounded form with deep green leaves that are tinted maroon. Pink trumpet shaped flowers appear in late spring. Does not rebloom. Fall foliage color is insignificant. Best in well drained soils. Avoid heavy, wet conditions. Growing zones 4 to 8.
POLKA (Weigela florida ‘Polka’) Height: 4’-5’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade. A 'dance' series weigela with attractive clear pink flowers with a yellow throat are produced in late spring, sporadically through the summer and again in fall. A prolific flowering selection that has a more upright form than other weigela varieties. Dark green foliage has a subtle tint of blue. Slower growing than other weigelas 'Polka' will benefit from pruning to create a more dense plant. Avoid wet soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
RED PRINCE (Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’) Height: 5’-7’, Width: 6’-8’. Full sun to part shade. Cardinal red trumpet shaped flowers are produced in late spring and again in late summer. A rapid growing plant with handsome medium green foliage. A great choice to attract hummigbirds to your yard. An impressive plant if given room to grow. Best on well drained soils, and will not perform well in wet growing conditions. Growing zones 4 to 8.
RUMBA (Weigela florida ‘Rumba’) Height 4’, Width 4’. Full sun to part shade. A compact Weigela from the 'dance' series with bronze-purple tinged leaves and dark pink flowers with a yellow throat. Perhaps the most floriferous of the weigelas, blooming on and off all summer long. Very receptive to shearing. Best in well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
TANGO (Weigela florida ‘Tango’) Height: 2 ‘-3’, Width: 2’-3’. Full sun to part shade. Another 'dance' series weigela with a compact bushy habit and excellent purple foliage. Flowers are a deep pinkish-red occurring in early summer and stand out well against the dark foliage. May produce a limited rebloom in later summer. Plant in full sun for best color. Growing zones 4 to 8.
WHITE KNIGHT (Weigela florida ‘White Knight’) Height: 5’-6’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade. A fast growing green leafed Weigela with pink flower buds opening to pure white in late spring. May produce a partial rebloom in late summer. Flower buds are similar in appearance to Azalea flower buds. Provides a nice contrast when planted with Red Prince Weigela. May suffer dieback after severe winters. Growing zones 4 to 8.
NISHIKI (Salix integra 'Hakura Nishiki') Height: 4'-6', Width 4'-6'. Part shade. Small leaves emerge in dappled colors of green, pink and white. The graceful stems create a loose rounded form. Will grow in full sun, but the best leaf variegation will occur with some shade. Best on moist soils. May experience dieback in severe winters, but will regrow form the base. Growing zones 4 to 7. Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.