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    Coral Bark Willow ('Chermesina') has stunning orange to red bark coloration in winter on its first year stems, so in order to keep it looking its best, this is a Salix which needs to be cut back hard every spring. The summer foliage is the classic narrow green willow leaf we all know, but its color in the winter landscape will really stand out. Originally introduced from Germany. Wet site tolerant.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 3
    The large red flower buds of Japanese Pussy Willow open in early spring with long showy pink and silver fuzzy male catkins. Should be cut back hard every spring for best flower production. Salt and wet site tolerant.
    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Mt. Aso' Japanese Pussy Willow has beautiful bright pink male catkins appearing in March and April.  The fuzzy flowers slowly elongate as they open, ending up almost 2" long by the time the pollen is exposed.  Pussy Willows make great cut branches for forcing in January and February, and 'Mt Aso' is a particularly showy form.  It is named for Japan's largest active volcano.  Cut back the branches to 2' every 2 or 3 years to maintain good catkin production.

    PRN Preferred:  The prettiest and most showy of the Pussy Willows.

    Height: 12 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 4
    Spring male catkins are purple-black with red anthers, making a very showy combination. The twigs are also reddish-purple in winter, for added interest. Like other shrub willows, Black Pussy Willow benefits from being cut back hard in spring. It is also salt and wet site tolerant.
    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 4
    The narrow green leaves of 'Flame' Willow turn yellow in fall on curly tipped stems. The stem color is remarkable in fall and winter, turning an increasingly vivid orange-red as the weather cools. Found by Melvin Bergeson of Fertile(!), Minnesota. It is also salt and wet site tolerant. Cut back yearly for best winter color.
    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 3

    'Swizzlestick' Corkscrew Willow has twisted, upward-reaching orange-yellow stems that display themselves beautifully in fall, winter and spring. The narrow green leaves are attractive all summer, turning yellow in the fall. Salix 'Swizzlestick' thrives in wet locations and is also salt tolerant. The original plant was found and named by Darryll Probst, who saw it on a roadside and took cuttings. Cut back hard in spring to promote attractive new branches. They also make a great addition to cut flower arrangements.

    PRN Preferred:  Really fantastic as winter cut branches, for both color and structure.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Adams' American Elder is a fruit-bearing native with a long history of use in our country. The green pinnate leaves are borne on long pithy stems which grow in a suckering clump. The flowers are large flat white cymes blooming in June and July, covering the tips of the arching branches. They are followed by purple-black edible fruit in August and September. S. 'Adams' was selected by William Adams of NY for the size and quantity of the fruit, which has been an excellent source of wine, jam, and pies. Sambucus tolerates both wet and dry sites, and provides an important source of fall food for birds. It would be more attractive as an addition to the landscape if cut back hard every spring.
    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 4

    The showy pink and white flat topped cymes on Sambucus nigra Black Lace® ('Eva') appear in June, contrasting vividly with the lacy purple-black foliage. From the renowned plant breeders at East Malling, England. Profits from cutting back periodically to prevent legginess.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Zone: 4
    Fragrant Mountain™ ('SarSid2') Sweetbox is a very uniform selection from Canada which grows tall enough to make an excellent shade replacement for Skimmia since it is much more tolerant of varied conditions. The small white fragrant flowers appear in spring above the shiny dark green evergreen foliage. A fairly vigorous spreading groundcover for dry shade.
    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 5
    Fragrant Valley™ ('SarSid1') Sweetbox is also a very uniform selection from Canada, but its compact, thick habit is much lower growing, and makes a wonderful low evergreen groundcover. Its fragrant white flowers appear in spring over dark green shiny leaves, and its disease-resistant and deer-resistant qualities make it ideal for shady dry sites.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 5
    Skimmia japonica 'Female' has white flowers in spring, red fruit in fall and winter, and is evergreen. Needs male to fruit. Must have dry and shady locations.
    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 6
    Pink flowers in spring over evergreen foliage. Pollinator for female, and showy when in bloom. Must be in a dry and shady location.
    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 6

    The new leaves of 'Sem' False Spirea emerge orange-red, set off by chartreuse yellow older foliage in spring and early summer. Large fluffy white panicles start in July when the foliage has turned a uniform light green. Texture of plant is light and airy with delicate pinnate leaf form. Suckering habit.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 3

    'Tor' Birchleaf Spirea is a little-used tough plant with several attractive attributes. The white flowers appear in compact dome-like clusters in May, above increasingly dark green clean foliage. The foliage turns to lovely shades of gold, bronze, and red in fall, and is one of the showiest Spireas by far for fall interest. Our friend, John Story first brought it to our attention for its fall color, and since it is deer-resistant as well as very hardy, it deserves more usage.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Anthony Waterer' Spiraea has new growth that emerges reddish-purple in spring, turning to light green in summer and wine-red in fall. Flowers are rose-red and bloom for an extended period starting in June. Summer trimming increases the flower show.  'Anthony Waterer' shows good salt tolerance.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Double Play® 'Red' ('SMSJMFR') Spiraea has red to deep pink delicate flower clusters in May and June.  The foliage is burgundy as it emerges, and it matures to green.  In the fall the leaves of Spiraea japonica Double Play® 'Red' takes on lovely shades of red.  Since the habit is compact, Double Play® 'Red' Spiraea works well as a foundation plant or used for a short hedge.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4
    'Gold Mound' Spirea has pink delicate flowers in May and June. Its yellow-gold foliage remains colorful throughout the summer, turning orange-red in the fall.
    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 30 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Goldflame' Spirea foliage emerges in spring in shades of bronze and red, maturing to yellow-green. Since it produces new growth well into summer, it has a striking two toned effect. Flowers are pale pink in May through July. Fall color is a vivid orange bronze.
    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4
    'Little Princess' Spirea has small green leaves with pale pink flowers in May through June. This Spirea has a very compact, tidy habit.
    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Magic Carpet™ Spirea has deep pink flowers that start in May and continue through summer if trimmed after blooming. The new red foliage ages to chartreuse. It has great fall foliage, in shades of yellow and orange.  Introduced by David Tristram of the U.K.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Neon Flash' Spirea has rose-red flowers in May through July with new foliage emerging with a purple tinge before turning green in summer. It reblooms well, especially if trimmed after blooming. An improved form of Anthony Waterer, it was introduced by Barry Yinger and Brookside Gardens.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Double Play® Blue Kazoo® ('SMSMBK') Spiraea produces dusty blue foliage, with bronzy new growth in spring and early summer.  The delicate white flower clusters are produced in May and June, and make an attractive compliment to the bluish green leaves.  In the fall the foliage of Spiraea media Double Play® Blue Kazoo® takes on attractive shades of red.  A recent introduction from Spring Meadows, this Spiraea would be useful as a colorful low hedge or as a foundation plant.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4
    'Snowmound' Spirea is covered with beautiful delicate white flowers May to early June. The foliage is a clean dark bluish-green. It is a carefree classic shrub.
    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Ogon' Spirea has white flowers in March and April, with small narrow bright yellow leaves which turn to bronze in fall, odd but showy. It does best with repeated pruning. The deer resistance is excellent.  This is our favorite Spiraea by far.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    A fast growing shrub with delicate maple-like leaves, Cutleaf Stephanandra makes a very tough groundcover for banks, masses and shady locations. The new growth is bronze, turning to a clear light green. Flowers are an inconspicuous ivory-white in June. Daryl Kobesky was struck by its perfect use as a bank stabilizer at U.V.A.

    Height: 2 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Japanese Stewartia is almost identical to Stewartia koreana in habit and exfoliating back characteristics.  The only difference we have observed is that Stewartia pseudocamellia's lovely white flowers appear somewhat later in June, and are a little bit smaller.  The Camellia-like flowers are accented by showy yellow stamens, and are produced for several weeks.  They are a source of pollen for a number of native pollinators, and are followed by interesting printed brown seed capsules in fall.  The fall foliage is shades of yellow, red and purple, and the patchy multi-colored bark is beautiful all winter.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Found in Korea by the late, great plantsman, Dr. J.C. Raulston. 'Emerald Pagoda' ('Sohuksan') Japanese Snowbell leaves are bigger, glossier, and more leathery than typical S. japonicus. Growth is more rapid and tree-like, and the pendant slightly fragrant white bell flowers in May are larger and showier. This great ornamental tree also shows more heat and cold tolerance than the species.

    Height: 25 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Evening Light' Japanese Snowbell is an exciting new color break for this lovely small ornamental tree. The leaves emerge for a glossy purple in spring, followed be graceful hanging white bells. The growth habit is slow, resulting in an upright, vase shaped tree which fits well into small, sunny spots in the garden. When Styrax 'Evening Light' is in bloom, pollinators flock to the fragrant flowers. Found as a chance seeding by Henry Kolster of the Netherlands.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Proud Berry™ ('Sophie') Coralberry is an improved version of Amethyst™ Coralberry, bred by Catharina Hoekstra-Arisz of the Netherlands.  This lovely upright shrub produces round neat foliage in shades of blue green, which makes an attractive backdrop for the pink bell-shaped flowers in late summer.  The showy large berries are produced in fall in vivid shades of pink.  The color deepens as the weather cools, and the remaining fruit often provides food for birds in late winter.  Symphoricarpos Proven Winners® Color Choice® Proud Berry™ fruits most prolifically after an early spring pruning.

     

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 3
    The lavender flowers of 'Palibin' Meyer Lilac appear in April and May with a mild fragrance, dwarf habit, and clean mildew resistant foliage. The leaves are much smaller and more attractive than S. vulgaris foliage.
    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Proven Winners® Color Choice® Bloomerang® Dark Purple ('SMSJBP7') Lilac is a compact rebloomer, producing purple flower clumps in late spring and then again in late summer to early fall.  The fragrant flowers are plentiful, attracting butterflies and pollinators.  The leaves are small and neat, without the foliar problems of French Lilacs, and Syringa x Bloomerang Dark Purple can be pruned to make a neat, showy hedge as well as being used as a specimen.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 3
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