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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Tree/Shrub AESCULUS x carnea ‘Briotii’ Red Horse Chestnut

A hybrid with large panicles of deep red flowers in spring.  Habit is oval to rounded and compound palmate foliage is dark green.

30-40 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub AESCULUS x carnea ‘Marginata’ Red Horse Chestnut

Dark green palmate leaves are  irregularly edged in yellow.  Large showy panicles of deep red flowers in spring.  Habit is oval and rounded.

30-40 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub AMELANCHIER alnifolia ‘Obelisk’ Serviceberry

A new slender-growing form that only gets 4 feet wide.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 3
Tree/Shrub AMELANCHIER ‘Autumn Brilliance’ Serviceberry

A large multi-stem shrub or small tree with white flowers in very early spring. Foliage is blue-green turning red in the autumn. Red berries in summer mature to purple and are edible. Excellent native for groves or border.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 3
Tree/Shrub AMELANCHIER canadensis ‘Rainbow Pillar’ Serviceberry

A densely branched columnar form with excellent flowers, fruit and fall color.

15-20 feet tall by 6-8 feet wide Sun/Part Shade/Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ARCTOSTAPHYLOS uva-ursi Bearberry

Wide-spreading groundcover with lustrous green summer foliage, white bell flowers tinged pink followed by red berries. Bronze winter foliage.                                 

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ARISTOLOCHIA durior Dutchman's Pipe

Fast-growing vine with large heart-shaped leaves and pipe-like flowers. Seen on the porches of many older homes!

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub ARONIA melanocarpa ‘Low Scape Mound’ Black Chokeberry

A new low, mound-shaped cultivar from Proven Winners.  Same great shiny foliage, red fall color and black fruit of the species and just as tough.

12-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ASIMINA triloba ‘Shenandoah’ Paw Paw

An eastern native with large tropical leaves and custardy, banana-flavored fruits. A beautiful and exotic tree that has been hardy for us!  This cultivar with large, yellow fruit.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub ASIMINA triloba ‘Susquehanna’ Paw Paw

An eastern native with large tropical leaves and custardy, banana-flavored fruits. A beautiful and exotic tree that has been hardy for us!  This cultivar with large, sweet yellow fruit later than A. ‘Shenandoah’.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub BETULA alleghaniensis Yellow Birch

The largest growing of the birch, this native had beautiful exfoliating amber bark. Fall color is gold. Grows best in cool moist conditions.

40 feet or more Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub BETULA jacquemontii Himalayan Birch

Beautiful birch with compact habit and very white bark at an early age.

25-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub BETULA nigra River Birch

Native birch with reddish-brown exfoliating bark. Resistant to birch borer and excellent for moist sites.

25-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub BETULA nigra ‘Fox Valley’ Dwarf River Birch

A compact, low-branching version of the river birch with creamy tan exfoliating bark. For small gardens or hedging.

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub BETULA nigra ‘Shilo Splash’ River Birch

Cultivar with striking cream to white margins on the leaves. Typical exfoliating bark. Slower growing than the species.

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub BETULA platyphylla ‘Dakota Pinnacle’ Asian White Birch

A columnar version of the borer-resistant Asian birch with creamy white bark. Tolerant of heat and drought.

25-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub BETULA platyphylla ‘Parkland Pillar’ Asian White Birch

A selection of B. ‘Dakota Pinnacle’ discovered at Parkland Nursery in Alberta even more narrow, dense and upright.  Tolerant of tough urban sites.

40’ tall by 7’ wide Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub BETULA ‘Royal Frost’ Birch

A cross between Crimson Frost Birch and Whitespire Birch with a better upright habit. Purple leaves all summer and exfoliating white bark.

25-30 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub BETULA verrucosa ‘Youngii’ Weeping Birch

Irregular tree with weeping branches. Dramatic specimen.

15 feet by 15 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub BUDDLEIA alternifolia ‘Argentea’ Fountain Butterflybush

Gray leafed selection of weeping form with long wand-like spikes of lavender flowers in the spring.  One of the hardiest.

6-8 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub BUDDLEIA ‘Black Knight’ Butterflybush

Arching habit with fragrant, dark burgundy flower spikes all summer. Attractive to butterflies. Dies back like a perennial in Vermont.

2-4 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub BUXUS ‘Green Mountain’ Boxwood

A Sheridan Nursery selection growing to 5′ with a natural pyramidal shape.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub BUXUS ‘Green Velvet’ Boxwood

A vigorous Sheridan Nursery selection that’s great for low hedges. It holds its green color well in winter.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CALLICARPA dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ Beautyberry

Attractive rounded shrub grown primarily for the showy, late season striking amethyst purple fruit. On this cultivar, the fruit ripens earlier than on the species.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CALLICARPA ‘Purple Pearls’ Beautyberry

A Proven Winners intro with dusky purple foliage on an upright plant.  Pink flowers in late summer followed by amazing purple berries.

4-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CALYCANTHUS floridus Sweetshrub, Carolina Allspice

Interesting dense, round native with fragrant maroon flowers in May. Foliage is a shiny dark green that is also fragrant when crushed.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CALYCANTHUS floridus ‘Burgundy Spice’ Sweetshrub

A new selection with purple foliage!  Typical fragrant maroon flowers.  Listed as Zone 6, but we’re going to give it a try! 

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 6
Tree/Shrub CALYCANTHUS floridus ‘Edith Wilder’ Sweetshrub

A selection with larger, very fragrant deep maroon blooms.  Glossy foliage turns yellow in the fall.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CALYCANTHUS ‘Hartlage Wine’ Sweetshrub

An beautiful new cultivar with wine-colored, magnolia-like blossoms in early summer. The large foliage is a dark glossy green. From a cross with Sinocalycanthus.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CARAGANA arborescens ‘Pendula’ Weeping Siberian Pea

Bright yellow flowers in May on stiffly weeping plants. Hardy and adaptable.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CARPINUS betulus ‘Columnaris Nana’ Dwarf Hornbeam

A dwarf columnar form of dense habit.

6-8 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub CARPINUS betulus ‘Pendula’ Weeping Hornbeam

A weeping, umbrella-shaped cultivar that makes an attractive accent in the garden.

10-12 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub CARPINUS caroliniana American Hornbeam or Musclewood

Small tree with smooth gray “muscled” bark for winter interest.Bright gold fall color. Very hardy VT native.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CARPINUS caroliniana ‘Ball O’ Fire’ American Hornbeam or Musclewood

A compact, rounded form with excellent orange-red fall color. Selected by Johnson Nursery in Wisconsin.

25-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CARPINUS caroliniana ‘Firespire’ American Hornbeam or Musclewood

A new selection with red fall color and narrow habit!  Introduced by Johnson Nursery in Wisconsin.

20 feet tall by 10 feet wide Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CATALPA bignonioides ‘Aurea’ Golden Catalpa

Gold foliage form.  Treat as a large shrub in our climate by coppicing each spring.

20-25 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CEPHALANTHUS occidentalis ‘Fiber Optic’ Buttonbush

Round heads of white flowers in midsummer.  This cultivar from Bailey Nursery is more compact than the species.  Great for wet areas.

5-6 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CEPHALANTHUS occidentalis ‘Sputnik’ Buttonbush

A larger-flowered, long-blooming selection. Round heads of pinkish white flowers in August. Shiny foliage. Native to wet areas.

6-8 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum Katsura

Heart-shaped leaves emerge red, then turn green. Fall color gold.  Very fast-growing to 30′ then growth slows. Becomes quite large in old age.

40 feet or more Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum ‘Claim Jumper’ Katsura

A new gold foliage form with new growth tinged with pink.

40 feet or more Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum ‘Morioka Weeping’ Katsura

A large-growing weeper with stronger central leader.

40 feet or more Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum ‘Red Fox’ Katsura

New growth purple in spring and some color retained through the summer.

40 feet or more Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CERCIS canadensis ‘Burgundy Hearts’ Eastern Redbud

A scrumptious plant with beautiful purple foliage and dark rose flowers in spring.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CERCIS canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’ Eastern Redbud

A beautiful and vigorous gold-foliaged variety with typical pink flowers.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CERCIS canadensis ‘Northern Strain’ Eastern Redbud

Showy pink flowers before the heart-shaped leaves in early spring. Selected in Minnesota.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CERCIS canadensis ‘Pink Heartbreaker’ Eastern Redbud

A weeping form with a stronger central leader than other pendulous varieties. New growth emerges red and foliage is smaller than the species. Lavender-pink flowers before the foliage in early spring.

10-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CERCIS canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ Eastern Redbud

Lavender-pink flowers before the large maroon purple foliage on a weeping plant!

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CHIONANTHUS virginicus Fringe Tree

Fragrant, white flowers hang in lacy clusters in late spring before the leaves appear. Multi-branched and slow-growing to 25′. Very attractive.

20-25 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CHIONANTHUS virginicus ‘Emerald Knight’ Fringe Tree

A heavy blooming male selection on a vigorous plant. Form is more tree-like than the species.

20-25 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CHIONANTHUS virginicus ‘Spring Fleecing’ Fringe Tree

A floriferous male selection with attractive waxy, green foliage.

20-25 feet Sun 4