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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Tree/Shrub CLADRASTIS kentukea Yellowwood

Wonderful tree with gray smooth bark, ash-like foliage, and 12-15″ drooping panicles of white flowers in June.

30-40 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA alnifolia Summersweet

Stoloniferous native shrub with fragrant white flower spikes in July-August.  Grows in moist sites.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA alnifolia ‘Compacta’ Dwarf Summersweet

The most compact of the summersweets. Fragrant white flower spikes and shiny deep green foliage. Prefers consistently moist soil.

36-42 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA alnifolia ‘Einstein’ Summersweet

A floriferous compact form with flower racemes twice as long as the species.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’ Summersweet

The deepest pink cultivar now available. Shiny deep green foliage on a suckering plant. Makes a fragrant hedge. Prefers consistently moist soil.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA barbinervis Japanese Clethra

Horizontally drooping, fragrant white flower spikes in July on a large upright shrub.  Added interest comes from exfoliating bark and glossy foliage which turns yellow in the fall.

10-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA barbinervis ‘Takeda Nishiki’ Japanese Clethra

Beautiful variegated foliage is pink, green and white in the spring maturing to green and white.  Form and flowers typical of the species.

10-20 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub COMPTONIA peregrina Sweetfern

Aromatic fern-like foliage on flat-topped mound. Good naturalizing shade plant for acid or infertile soils. Suckers.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 2
Tree/Shrub CORNUS alba ‘Bud’s Yellow’ Yellowtwig Dogwood

A selection of yellowtwig dogwood with better disease resistance than older varieties.  Great for naturalizing in moist areas.  Cut back regularly for more yellow stems.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORNUS alba ‘Golden Prairie Fire’ Redtwig Dogwood

Large bright yellow leaves in spring and bright orange-red stems in winter. Its foliage turns fiery red in the fall. Excellent for color contrast in mixed borders.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORNUS alba ‘Neon Burst’ Redtwig Dogwood

Like C. alba ‘Golden Prairie Fire’, this cultivar has chartreuse foliage, red stems and great fall color, but habit is more compact.

4-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORNUS alternifolia Pagoda Dogwood

Native tree with horizontal branching and interesting black fruit.

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORNUS amomum ‘Cayenne’ Silky Dogwood

Fast growing native shrub with cream white flowers and blue fruit in late summer.  Good plant for wet sites and naturalizing.  This cultivar has bright red stems and orange-red fall color.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CORNUS controversa ‘Janine’ Giant Dogwood

A variegated selection with horizontally spreading branches. The foliage is gold with green centers. White flowers with red fruit turning to blue-black in fall.

25-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS florida ‘Cherokee Brave’ Flowering Dogwood

Striking bright red flower bracts in spring.  New foliage is also tinted red and fall color is maroon red.  Red berries in the fall.  Gray bark is also attractive.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa Kousa Flowering Dogwood

Beautiful star-like white bracts in June, followed by raspberry-like pinkish red fruit.  Attractive mottled bark provides winter interest.  Makes a lovely round to spreading tree.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa ‘Akatsuki’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

A striking sport of C. Satomi with green foliage edged in white and white bracts in spring fading to pink.  Foliage also takes on a pink tinge as the season progresses turning to purple in the fall.  Habit is tidy and compact.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa ‘Girard’s Dwarf’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

A dwarf form with abundant small white flowers and typical red fruit.  Very cute!

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa ‘Kristin Lipka’s Var. Weeper’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

A small weeping tree. Dark green leaves with cream margins. Typical white dogwood flowers in June, outstanding purple fall color.

5-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa ‘Milky Way’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

Profuse white flowers bracts in spring followed by red fruit.   A vigorous cultivar that is eventually wider than tall.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa ‘National’ Kousa FloweringDogwood

Large white flowers bracts in spring followed by red fruit . Growth is vase-shaped.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa ‘Radiant Rose’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

Like C. kousa ‘Satomi’ this cultivar has striking pink flower bracts and attractive foliage, but it is perhaps more heat and cold tolerant.  Flowers hold their color through July.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa ‘Satomi’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

Striking pink flower bracts in spring and rich maroon fall color. Form is upright and spreading.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa ‘Scarlet Fire’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

An intro from Rutgers University with glowing deep pink star-like bracts for a long period in the spring.  New growth tinged purple and fall color is red.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa ‘Summer Fun’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

Striking cultivar with elongated, white-edged foliage and white flowers. Foliage flushed pink in the autumn. An improved C. kousa ‘Wolfeye’.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa x nutt. ‘Rosy Teacups’ Hybrid Flowering Dogwood

A very floriferous hybrid with lovely pink bracts blending to deeper pink at the edges.  Habit is dense and compact and fall color is red.  Listed at Zone 6, we’re going to see if it is hardier!

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 6
Tree/Shrub CORNUS kousa x nuttallii ‘Venus’ Flowering Dogwood

A new hardy hybrid covered with large white flowers in the spring. Anthracnose resistant and drought tolerant.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS mas ‘Golden Glory’ Corneliancherry Dogwood

Early small yellow flowers before leaves followed by bright cherry-red fruit in the summer. Rich brown exfoliating bark.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CORNUS pumila Dwarf Redtip Dogwood

Dwarf shrub with irregular spreading habit and clean foliage. New growth is tipped in red.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CORNUS sanguinea ‘Arctic Fire’ Redtwig Dogwood

A compact selection with bright red stems and bright yellow fall color.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORNUS sanguinea ‘Compressa’ Dwarf Redtwig Dogwood

Slow-growing fastigiate specimen with unusual contorted foliage. Great purple fall color.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CORNUS sericea ‘Cardinal’ Redtwig Dogwood

Selected by the University of Minnesota for its bright cherry red winter stems.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORNUS sericea ‘Hedgerow Gold’ Redtwig Dogwood

Green leaves are edged with a broad band of gold. Red stems are prominent in the winter.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORNUS stolonifera ‘Pucker Up’ Dwarf Redtwig Dogwood

A selection from Proven Winners with dense, glossy puckered foliage that is resistant to leaf spot.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CORNUS x rutgersensis ‘Aurora’ Rutgers Hydbrid Flowering Dogwood

C. florida x C. kousa with excellent anthracnose resistance, lustrous foliage and rapid growth. Large white flower bracts.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS x rutgersensis ‘Celestial Shadow’ Rutgers Hybrid Flowering Dogwood

Lovely bright green and lemony yellow variegated foliage and showy white four-petaled spring flowers.  Foliage turns maroon-red in fall.  Hybrid between our native C. florida and  C. kousa.  Disease resistant.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS x rutgersensis ‘Stellar Pink’ Rutgers Hybrid Flowering Dogwood

A vigorous C. florida x C. kousa hybrid with excellent anthracnose resistance.  Large blush pink flower bracts in spring.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORYLOPSIS spicata ‘Aurea’ Winterhazel

Creamy yellow bells very early spring followed by rich yellow foliage on a spreading plant.

4-6 feet Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORYLUS americana ‘Purpleleaf Bailey Select’ American Hazelnut

Large shrub with interesting catkins in spring and edible nuts in the fall. This selection from Bailey Nursery has purple foliage.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORYLUS avellana ‘Burgundy Wine’ Filbert

A cultivar with dissected burgundy leaves on an upright spreading plant.  Red catkins provide interest in early spring.  Disease-resistant selection from Oregon State University.

25-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CORYLUS avellana ‘Red Dragon’ Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

A cultivar with not only the twisted and contorted branches of C. ‘Contorta, but also deep red foliage!

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub COTINUS coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ Purple Smokebush

Grows to 8’, but for best purple foliage, cut to the ground in spring. It will then reach 4’-5’.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub COTINUS coggygria ‘Velveteeny’ Dwarf Purple Smokebush

This cultivar has the same burgundy foliage and smoky blooms of C. coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ but in a much more compact form.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub COTINUS coggygria ‘Winecraft Black’ Purple Smokebush

The darkest cultivar to date, the foliage becomes almost black in midsummer.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub COTINUS ‘Flame’ Smokebush

From a cross between C. coggygria and C. obovatus, this hybrid has brilliant orange-red fall color and pink “smoke” in June.

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub COTINUS ‘Golden Spirit’ Gold Smokebush

A cultivar with lime-green to brilliant gold foliage in spring, green summer foliage coloring to coral, orange and red in the fall.  Coppice for best effect.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub COTONEASTER apiculatus ‘Tom Thumb’ Dwarf Cotoneaster

After about 10 yrs. in our garden the plants are about 10″ high and 18″ across. Leaves are smaller than on other C. apiculata types. Typical red fruit and glossy foliage.

8-10 inches Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CRATAEGUS crus-galli ‘Inermis’ Cockspur Hawthorn

Small native tree with abundant June flowers followed by red berries.  Dense-growing with distinctive horizontal branching. This form is thornless.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub DAPHNE burkwoodii ‘Emily’s Glow’ Burkwood Daphne

A variegated selection from Cobble Creek Nursery with better branching than D. ‘Carol Mackie’.  Same fragrant spring blooms and green and white foliage.

3-4 feet Sun 3
Tree/Shrub DAPHNE x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ Burkwood Daphne

Green leaves with cream edges. Pink buds open to intensely fragrant white flowers in spring.

3-5 feet Sun 3