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Paperbark Maple

Acer griseum

Few trees are as showy as the Paperbark Maple, with its cinnamon colored exfoliating bark. The fine-textured leaves have 3 leaflets and change from dark green with silvery undersides in summer to shades of red and bronze in fall. Acer griseum makes a neat oval-shaped small tree which fits into both small and large scale landscapes well.

H: 30 Feet  ·   S: 20 Feet  ·   Zone: 5


Betula nigra Dura-Heat®

Dura-Heat® ('BNMTF') River Birch has lighter bark than Heritage® Birch, showing lovely whitish tan exfoliating bark at a young age. Since it hails from Georgia, its heat tolerance is excellent, with the result that its compact dark green leaves are retained all summer. The fall color is yellow, and its striking bark makes it a particularly welcome addition to the winter landscape. Like all River Birches, Dura-Heat® is very tolerant of wet sites and resistant to typical Birch diseases.

H: 40 Feet  ·   S: 25 Feet  ·   Zone: 5


Betula nigra Heritage® PP4409

Heritage® ('Cully') Riverbirch is one of the best Birches for the Northeast, from extraordinary plantsman Earl Cully. Beautiful creamy exfoliating bark, disease and borer resistant, wet site tolerant, fast growth habit, we could go on and on...

H: 50 Feet  ·   S: 30 Feet  ·   Zone: 3

European Hornbeam

Carpinus betulus

Neat green lanceolate leaves are held on tight fine twigs until late fall. The easily pruned and upright habit makes this an excellent large screen or formal hedge.

H: 40 Feet  ·   S: 30 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

American Hornbeam

Carpinus caroliniana Rising Fire® PP27655

Neat green serrated foliage is held on a columnar habit. Fall color is shades of orange and red. A good native choice for tall hedges or street trees.

H: 30 Feet  ·   S: 15 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Chinese Fringetree

Chionanthus retusus 'Tokyo Tower'

Chionanthus retusus 'Tokyo Tower' becomes covered with white panicles in May and June. This Chinese Fringetree is a shiny leaved fastigiate form, with beautiful tan and gold exfoliating bark. Harald Neubauer of Hidden Hollow Nursery in Tennessee brought it back from Japan, under the original name of 'Ivory Tower'.

H: 10 Feet  ·   S: 4 Feet  ·   Zone: 6

American Yellowwood

Cladrastis kentukea

American Yellowwood is a beautiful native tree that should be used in more landscapes. The flowers are very fragrant, with lovely white pea-shaped flowers appearing in May and June on long pendulous panicles. They provide excellent food for bees and other insects, and they resemble a more refined Wisteria flower. The foliage emerges in spring as a chartreuse green during the summer, finishing up as a bright yellow in fall. The bark is an attractive grayish brown, very smooth textured and closely resembling Beech bark. Cladrastis kentukea tolerates both acidic and alkaline soils, and prefers adequate moisture.

H: 40 Feet  ·   S: 40 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Kousa Dogwood

Cornus kousa var. chinensis

Cornus kousa var. chinensis becomes covered with white flowers in June, followed by showy pendulous red fruit that attracts birds. Fall color is a showy deep red, and exfoliating bark on mature plants adds to winter interest.

H: 30 Feet  ·   S: 25 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Corneliancherry Dogwood

Cornus mas 'Golden Glory'

Small but plentiful yellow flowers in March, with green ovate leaves appearing in April and May. Red drupes in midsummer. An upright form of Cornelian Cherry.

H: 20 Feet  ·   S: 15 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Japanese Cornel Dogwood

Cornus officinalis 'Kintoki'

'Kintoki' Japanese Cornel Dogwood has small brilliant yellow flowers in March, interesting multi-colored bark, and vivid red fruit in fall. It blooms 2 weeks earlier than Cornus mas and was selected in Japan as an excellent cut flower plant. 'Kintoki' was introduced into the US by Barry Yinger through Brookside Gardens.

H: 20 Feet  ·   S: 10 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Green Hawthorn

Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'

'Winter King' Green Hawthorn has white flowers in late spring, brilliant orange fruit well into the winter, and silver bark. Crataegus viridis 'Winter King' is one of our favorite multi-season small trees. It is also salt tolerant.

H: 30 Feet  ·   S: 25 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Korean Sweetheart Tree

Euscaphis japonica

Euscaphis japonica is called the Korean Sweetheart Tree because of its rose red fruit pods which look like little hearts as they open. The broad ivory yellow flower panicles appear in June, and are followed by the showy fruit displayed August through September. When the red pods open, they are made even more showy by revealing large shiny blue-black seeds. The bark is also attractive, with white striations on the purplish brown coloration. This was one of Dr JC Raulston's favorite exotic tree introductions.

H: 25 Feet  ·   S: 15 Feet  ·   Zone: 6

American Beech

Fagus grandifolia

American Beech is one of our most stately native trees, and also one of the most problematic ones to transplant B&B. As a result, we are growing it in containers so everyone can have a chance to marvel at its beauty in their own landscape. The bark is beautiful all year, maintaining its silver-gray color throughout its lifespan. The summer leaves are a large and glossy dark green, often turning an attractive golden bronze in the fall. The juvenile beeches usually retain their foliage throughout the winter, turning to a soft whitish-tan after the fall. When Fagus grandifolia is mature enough to bear fertile nuts, it is a very important food source for birds and mammals.

H: 60 Feet  ·   S: 40 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Kentucky Coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus Espresso™

Inconspicuous white fragrant flowers over large green pinnate leaves in late May. 'Espresso' is a male form so there are no large cumbersome seedpods. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions.

H: 50 Feet  ·   S: 35 Feet  ·   Zone: 3

Carolina Silverbell

Halesia carolina 'Jersey Belle'

'Jersey Belle' Carolina Silverbell has very large white bell-shaped flowers that hang thickly under the branches in May. Foliage turns an attractive yellow in fall and the bark adds winter interest with its contrasting striations. Halesia carolina (formerly tetraptera) 'Jersey Belle' was named and introduced by Princeton Nurseries.

H: 25 Feet  ·   S: 20 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Carolina Silverbell

Halesia carolina 'U.Conn. Wedding Bells'

'U.Conn. Wedding Bells' Carolina Silverbell has white bell-shaped flowers that are significantly larger and more numerous than those of the species. The yellow fall color and interesting striated bark add multi-season interest to this charming native tree. The plant was spotted in Ohio by Mark Brand and introduced through the University of Connecticut.

H: 25 Feet  ·   S: 20 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Seven-Son Flower

Heptacodium miconioides

Seven-Son Flower has fragrant white flowers, followed by striking red calyxes in mid summer and fall. The exfoliating bark of Heptacodium miconioides adds winter interest. A good substitute for a Crapemyrtle in a more northern climate. We have found Heptacodiums thriving in both Vermont and Maine.

H: 20 Feet  ·   S: 15 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Climbing Hydrangea

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

The white flat hydrangea flowers of Climbing Hydrangea appear in mid summer. It is a vigorous woody vine for sun and shade locations. Fall color is yellow and exfoliating bark adds winter interest.

H: 60 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Amethyst'

'Amethyst' Oakleaf Hydrangea has upright white panicles that age to a gorgeous wine red, retaining this color even when used as a dried cut flower. The branching is denser and more upright than other Oakleafs, making this cultivar more suitable for smaller gardens. The fall color is an added asset, turning a lovely burgundy-red. Another great selection by the Hydrangea king, Dr. Michael Dirr, which we first admired at the Scott Arboretum.

H: 6 Feet  ·   S: 4 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia Gatsby Pink® PP27879

Large white flowers held upright over large green leaves in June take on shades of pink as they age. Fall color is shades of reddish burgundy.

H: 6 Feet  ·   S: 6 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia Gatsby Star® PP25412

White hose-in-hose panicles crown green Oak-like leaves in mid summer to fall. The long double flowered blooms take on shades of rose pink as they age, and the fall color is showy.

H: 8 Feet  ·   S: 8 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee'

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee' has white panicle flowers in June and July and is a compact form of the Oakleaf Hydrangea. It has burgundy-red fall foliage. Introduction by Aldrich Nursery in Alabama. One of our favorite Oakleaf Hydrangeas, because the foliage is so neat and clean.

H: 4 Feet  ·   S: 4 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Queen of Hearts'

'Queen of Hearts' Oakleaf Hydrangea comes from the exciting US National Arboretum breeding program in McMinnville, TN. This lovely cross between H. 'Pee Wee' and H. Snow Queen™ starts blooming a week or more later than most other Oakleafs, with large upright white panicles which slowly age to a deep rose pink. The fall color is mahogany red, and winter interest is provided by tan exfoliating bark on older plants. This is a sister seedling of H. 'Ruby Slippers'.

H: 7 Feet  ·   S: 9 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

'Ruby Slippers' Oakleaf Hydrangea is another introduction from the National Arboretum's McMinnville shrub program, chosen for its small stature and showy display. The 9" upright blooms are white when they first appear in June and July. They rapidly turn pale pink and then age to a deep rose. The fall color is also attractive, in shades of red and purple. Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers' is a cross between H. Snow Queen™ and H. 'Pee Wee', which accounts for the upright flower panicles and the compact habit. Great plant, great name.

H: 4 Feet  ·   S: 5 Feet  ·   Zone: 5