Very hardy with slender arching branches. Sun or light shade. Yellow spring flowers. Yellow, orange, and red fall color. Bright red berries fall through winter.
Japanese Green Leaf Barberry - dense, hardy. Pale yellow flowers in spring. Orange-scarlet foliage and bright red berries in fall.
Red Leaf Japanese Barberry (B.t. "Atropurpurea") - dense, hardy. Yellow flowers in spring. Bronzy-red to purplish-red foliage all summer. Burgundy foliage and bright red berries in fall.
Very hardy, earliest blooming shrubs with shiny green leaves. Picturesque, asymmetric growth. Easily grown and tolerant of heat, cold and any soil. Excellent for cut arrangements. Attracts birds.
Red Quince - scarlet-red flowers. Non-fruiting. 4' to 7' tall.
Pink Quince - rose-pink flowers. Non fruiting. 4' to 7' tall.
Compact Red Quince ("Texas Scarlet") - low to 3' high. Tomato-red flowers.
Compact Pink Quince ("Cameo") - low, compact to 2' high. Double soft apricot-pink flowers.
Thrives in all areas. Rapid growing, multi-stem shrub to 15' high. Two inch wide flower clusters throughout summer into fall. Tolerates shade.
Red Twig Dogwood (C.s. baileyi) - to 8" high. Exceptionally bright red branches in winter. Bright red fall foliage. Blue fruit .
Variegated Red Twig Dogwood - same as Red Twig except variegated foliage.
Yellow Twig Dogwood (C.s. "Flaviramea") - yellow branches in winter, red foliage in fall.
Kelsey Dwarf Dogwood (C.s. "Kelseyii") - dwarf seldom over 1-½' high. Bright red stems.
Unusual small shrub tree. Tiny greenish flower blossoms fade, stalks of sterile flowers elongate and become clothed with purple hairs. Rounded 1-½" to 3" leaves which turn red-orange in fall.
Common Green Smoke Tree - foliage bluish-green. Sun.
Royal Purple Smoke Bush (C.s. Purpureus) - purple foliage with richer purple flower puffs. Sun.
Russian Olive - small tree or shrub to 20' high. Angular trunk and branches, covered with shredded brown bark (picturesque in winter). Willow-like, 2" long silver gray foliage. Small, fragrant yellow flower in early summer, followed by berry-like fruit, which resemble miniature olives.
Blooms February through May. Can be forced indoors. Lush green foliage. Thrives in most soils and climates. Remove old and weak wood yearly.
Beatrix Farrand Forsythia - upright to 10' tall and 7' wide. Branches thickly set with 2' to 2-½' wide, deep yellow flowers marked orange.
Karl Sax Forsythia - resembles Beatrix Farrand but is lower growing, neater and more graceful.
Lynwood Gold - deep golden yellow profuse bloom in early April, 7' tall and 4' to 5' wide.
Spring Glory Forsythia - large, soft yellow flowers completely cover branches.
Arnolds Dwarf Forsythia - sparse yellow flowers in early spring. An excellent fast growing ground cover for very hard climates.
(Rose of Sharon, Althea) Summer flowering 10' to 12' shrub. Grows easily in sun to partial shade. Drought tolerant. Resistant to oak root fungus.
Double Pink Althea ("Pulcherimus") - large, double pink rosette-like blooms from June until frost.
Double Red Althea ("Amplissimus") - large double red blooms.
Double Violet Althea ("Ardens") - large double purple blooms.
White Althea ("Jeanne de Arc") - single white bloom.
Hydrangea paniculata "Grandiflora"
Peegee Hydrangea - upright 10' to 15' shrub. Leaves 5' long turn bronzy in fall. Flowers in upright 10' to 15' long clusters are white, slowly fading to pinky-bronze. Excellent flowering shrub.
White fragrant flowers in late spring. Vigorous plants of fountain-like form with medium green foliage. Versatile hedge, screen or background shrub.
Sweet Mock Orange (P. coronarius) - strong growing, 8' to 10' tall. Fragrant white single flower in June.
Minnesota Snowflake (P. x virginalis) - very sweet scented double white flowers. Vase shape to 8' tall, 5' to 6' wide.
Virginal Mock Orange (P. x virginalis) - pure white, very fragrant semi-double flowers. Broad, well branched to 6' to 8' tall, 5' to 6' wide.
Cistena, Dwarf Red Leaf Plum (P. cistena) Dainty multi-branched shrub, 6' to 10' tall. Purple foliage, light pink flowers in spring, blackish purple fruit in July.
Chokecherry (P. virginiana) - oval shaped shrub to 20' tall. Extremely hardy. Large red fruit in summer, maroon-red fall foliage.
Dwarf Flowering Almond (P. glandulosa "Sinensis") - very ornamental. Masses of double pink flowers in early April into May. Much branched vase shaped to 6' tall, 5' wide.
French Pussy Willow (S. caprea) - A large attractive shrub, primarily grown for its outstanding effect in floral arrangements. Large pink catkins appear in early spring, prior to the foliage. These same catkins are easily forced indoors for winter arrangements.
Anthony Waterer Spirea (S. x bumalda "Anthony Waterer") - upright rounded shrub to 3'tall. Attractive carmine pink flower clusters in June and July. Maroon tinged foliage, reddish-purple fall foliage.
Froebelii Spirea (S. x bumalda "Froebelii") - flat clusters of rosy-red flowers in May - June. Purple tinged foliage. Shrub 3' to 4' tall.
Gold Flame Spirea (S. x bumalda "Goldflame") - low mounded shrub to 2' to 3' tall spreading 3' to 4'. Bright gold spring foliage changing to green later in summer, fall foliage radiant copper-orange. Rosy-red flower clusters all summer long. An excellent dwarf shrub choice.
Snowmound Spirea (S. nipponica "Snowmound") - compact spreading growth to 2' to 3' tall, with dense dark green foliage and masses of pure white flowers in late spring.
Bridal Wreath Spirea (S. prunifolia "Plena") - graceful arching branches on a 6' by 6' shrub. Dark green foliage turns rich red in fall. Small double white flowers like roses line branches in spring.
Common Purple Lilac (S. vulgaris) - grows to 15' tall. Bluish- lavender flowers. Strong lovely fragrance. Flowers in May. Very hardy bush, hedge or screen. Excellent cut flowers.
Common White Lilac (S. vulgaris "Alba") - same as above except has pure white flowers.
Descanso Hybrid Lilacs (S. vulgaris)
Developed in southern California for mild winter (low chill) areas. An outstanding addition to any landscape where lilacs are difficult to grow due to excess heat, alkaline soil or insufficient winter cold temperatures. Best known varieties are:
Lavender Lady - Lavender
French Hybrid Lilacs (S. vulgaris) -Descanso Hybrid that flowers later. Larger clusters of single or double flowers in a wide range of colors. Varieties include:
Miss Kim Korean Lilac (S. patula "Miss Kim") - compact rounded shrub 3' to 4' tall. Fragrant pale lilac flowers bloom later than common lilac. Burgundy-red fall foliage.
Persian Lilac (S. persica) - graceful form to 6' tall. Many clusters of fragrant pale violet flowers in May.
Hyacinthiflora (S. hyacinthiflora) - Excellent for all low chill areas. An outstanding species of early blooming lilacs. Delicate in appearance. This hardy lilac offers excellent garden opportunities. Generally smaller in size than S. vulgaris. To 15', usually much smaller. Varieties include:
Aessippi - Single Lavender to Lilac
Common Snowball (V. opulus "Sterile") -very popular 10' rounded shrub. Blooms profusely with large double white flowers in mid to late spring. Excellent, showy variety.
Japanese Snowball (V. plicatum plicatum) - dark green foliage on a 15' shrub. Leaves turn purplish-red in fall. Snowball clusters of white sterile flowers 3' across, borne in opposite rows along horizontal branches. Fall color, and spectacular flowers make this an outstanding shrub.
Pink Princess (w. Florida"Rosea" "Pink Princess") - to 10' tall. Outstanding bloom of 1" long pink and rose-red flowers. Full sun to part shade.
Variegated Weigela (W. Florida"Variegated") - bright green foliage variegated with cream. Showy and popular.
Newport Red (W." Vanicekii") -to 6' tall with brilliant red flowers 1'to 1-½' across in spring/summer. Full sun to part shade.
Twining woody vines of great size, long life and exceptional beauty in flower. Wisteria needs good drainage and ample water during bloom. May be grown as a patio tree.
Blue Chinese Wisteria (W. sinensis) - rapid growing vine producing clumps of showy violet-blue flowers. Plants bloom before leaves expand in April and May. Slightly fragrant, will take considerable shade.
Royal Purple Wisteria (W. floribunda "Royal Purple") - a Japanese variety with fragrant, very long clusters of violet flowers. Long blooming period.
Pink Japanese Wisteria (W. floribunda "Rosea") - same as above variety only flower in lavender-pink.
White Silky Wisteria (W. venusta "Alba") - broad leaves and leaflets have silky hairs. Individual flowers are white, very large blooming in heavy clusters which open all at once. Very profuse bloom when leaves open in April. Plant in full sun for good bloom.