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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA paniculata ‘White Moth’ Pee Gee Hydrangea

Very large florets create a lacy effect midsummer into fall.  Before H. ‘Quickfire’ this was the earliest blooming Pee Gee type.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA paniculata ‘Yuki Gessho’ Pee Gee Hydrangea

Foliage is variegated with splashes of cream.  Typical white cone flowers turn pink as they mature.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA petiolaris Climbing Hydrangea

Large woody vine with lacy white flower heads in summer and attractive peeling bark.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA quercifolia ‘Munchkin’ Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea

A compact, dense-growing form with large pyramidal panicles of white flowers in summer fading to rose. Attractive exfoliating bark and brilliant red fall color.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA quercifolia ‘Sike’s Dwarf’ Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea

A compact, dense-growing form with large dome-shaped panicles of white flowers cover the plant to the ground. Summer blooms fade to dusty rose. Attractive exfoliating bark and brilliant red fall color.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA serrata ‘Blue Billow’ Mountain Hydrangea

A hardier blue lace cap. Has bloomed in the garden for many years with no winter protection.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA serrata ‘Preziosa’ Mountain Hydrangea

Small mopheads of white to pink flowers on maroon stems age to deeper rose-purple as the summer progresses.  

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA serrata ‘Tiny Tuff Stuff’ Mountain Hydrangea

Like H. ‘Tuff Stuff’, this blooms on old and new wood, but on a more compact plant.  It has the same  blue (or pink) lace cap flowers.

18-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA serrata ‘Tuff Stuff’ Mountain Hydrangea

A new cultivar of the tough mountain hydrangea that reblooms on new wood.  Lace cap flowers have pink (or blue) florets with contrasting white eyes.  Color varies with soil acidity.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub HYDRANGEA serrata ‘Tuff Stuff Red’ Mountain Hydrangea

A new cultivar of the tough mountain hydrangea that reblooms on new wood.  Lace cap flowers open two-toned green and red maturing to all red.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Golden Verboom’ Winterberry

Vivid golden yellow fruit held through the winter.  Try with some red-twig dogwood to brighten up the winter blahs.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Jim Dandy’ Winterberry

A pollinator for I. ‘Red Sprite’. Dwarf form.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Little Goblin Orange’ Winterberry

A Proven Winners selection with large bright orange berries on a more dwarf plant.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Little Goblin Red’ Winterberry

A Proven Winners selection with extra large red berries on a smaller-growing plant.

3-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Red Sprite’ Winterberry

Female selection, dense and compact with bright red berries. Pollinate with I. ‘Jim Dandy’.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’ Winterberry

A male pollinator for I. ‘Winter Red’ and other later flowering cultivars.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Spritely Couple’ Winterberry

A male and female plant in the same pot, so you only need to buy one!

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Wildfire’ Winterberry

A Bailey Nursery selection with large red fruit and compact rounded habit. We’re curious to see how it will compare to I. ‘Winter Red’. Use I. ‘Southern Gentleman’ as a pollinator.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Winter Gold’ Winterberry

Lustrous green leaves are accompanied by pinkish-orange fruit. Use I. ‘Southern Gentleman’ as a pollinator.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ILEX verticillata ‘Winter Red’ Winterberry

Rounded shrub, with darker green leaves and abundant bright red fruit. Pollinate with I. ‘Southern Gentleman’

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub ITEA virginia ‘Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia Sweetspire

Rounded shrub with fragrant, drooping, white flower spikes in early summer. Great red fall color. Tolerant of wet soils. Very adaptable and good for“problem” sites. Spreads to form colonies.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub KALMIA latifolia ‘Carousel’ Mountain Laurel

Flowers have intricate cinnamon-purple banding on white background.

4-6 feet Part Shade/Shade 5
Tree/Shrub KALMIA latifolia ‘Sarah’ Mountain Laurel

Red buds open to reddish-pink flowers. Vigorous grower.

5-6 feet Part Shade/Shade 5
Tree/Shrub LESPEDEZA thunbergii ‘Gibralter’ Shrub Bushclover

The rosy-purple pea-shaped flowers are so numerous that the branches arch over forming a fountain-like effect in August-September.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub LIRIODENDRON tulipifera Tulip Tree

A fast-growing magnolia relative native to the northeast. Leaves tulip-shaped, flowers creamy yellow. Great specimen tree to 100′.

40 feet or more Sun 5
Tree/Shrub LIRIODENDRON tulipifera ‘Aureomarginata’ Variegated Tulip Tree

Green tulip-shaped foliage accentuated by a broad band of yellow around the leaf margin.  A magnolia relative with large creamy yellow flowers in the spring.

40 feet or more Sun 5
Tree/Shrub LIRIODENDRON tulipifera ‘Little Volunteer’ Tulip Tree

For smaller sites, a cultivar that won’t get as large, though hardly a dwarf!  Leaves are smaller too.  Forms an upright pyramid.

30-40 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub LONICERA periclymenum ‘Peaches and Cream’ Climbing Honeysuckle

Fragrant 2″ flowers are pink to yellow and bloom through the summer. Vigorous vine and extremely mildew-resistant.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub LONICERA periclymenum ‘Scentsation’ Climbing Honeysuckle

Fragrant lemon yellow tubular blooms from mid-spring to late summer.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub LONICERA sempervirens ‘John Clayton’ Trumpet Honeysuckle

Bright yellow tubular flowers on vigorous twining vine.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub LONICERA sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’ Trumpet Honeysuckle

A mildew resistant cultivar with bright red trumpets produced in abundance from late spring through to fall! Hummingbirds will love you!

6-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub LONICERA x heckrottii ‘Gold Flame’ Climbing Honeysuckle

Rose-pink fragrant, tubular flowers are centered in yellow and bloom through the summer.  A vigorous, twining fine.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Ann’ Magnolia

Large reddish purple flowers from pointed buds. Later blooming, so avoids spring frosts. Habit is compact.

8-10 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Betty’ Magnolia

A later-blooming Little Girl magnolia with large flowers that are rosy-purple on the outside and creamy white inside.  Nice compact habit is great for small spaces.

10-12 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia

One of the darkest purple cultivars with large tulip-shaped blooms and compact habit

15-20 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Blushing Belle’ Magnolia

Large blooms are a beautiful soft blush-pink on the inside, darker pink on the outside.

20-25 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Butterflies’ Magnolia

Deep yellow 3″-4″ flowers sit atop bare branches in early spring.

15-20 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Daybreak’ Magnolia

For sheltered Zone 5 sites, we couldn’t resist this plant with its large and luscious, fragrant pink flowers. Upright habit.  There is quite a nice specimen growing in Bristol now, that flowers beautifully every the spring.

25-30 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Elizabeth’ Magnolia

Beautiful yellow flowers before leaves on a rapidly growing tree. Has flowered after minus 30!

25-30 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Galaxy’ Magnolia

Fabulous red-purple blooms are 8-10 inches in size. Blooms later in the spring so less prone to frost. Ascending branches create an attractive pyramidal habit.

15-20 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Genie’ Magnolia

Large, dark maroon goblet-shaped blossoms in spring with some repeat bloom.  Compact size makes it a plus for small gardens.

10-12 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Golden Gift’ Magnolia

One of the smaller-growing yellow magnolias. Blooms are abundant and lemon yellow.

8-10 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Jane’ Magnolia

A hybrid of M. liliiflora and M. stellata. Large lily-shaped flowers, white with purple exterior open before foliage emerges in early spring. Round habit.

10-12 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Lois’ Magnolia

A sister to Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ with smaller, later-blooming flowers that are a more intense yellow.

20-25 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Paul Cook’ Magnolia

Large 10” blooms with beautiful, rounded, blush white tepals from pink buds.

20 Sun 5
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Ricki’ Magnolia

Very large flowers are red-violet on the outside and paler inside.  Habit is compact and shrubby.  One of the Little Girl series that bloom later in the spring than star and saucer magnolias.

8-12 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA stellata ‘Centennial’ Star Magnolia

An Arnold Arboretum intro with large white, many-petalled blooms tinged pink on the outside.

15-20 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA stellata ‘Centennial Blush’ Star Magnolia

From Michael Dirr, a blush-pink star magnolia! Profuse blooms are many-petaled and fragrant.

15-20 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA stellata ‘Royal Star’ Star Magnolia

Rounded large shrub to 10′ with fragrant white flowers in April.

8-10 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub MAGNOLIA ‘Sunburst’ Magnolia

Tulip-shaped buds open to bright canary yellow flowers on an upright, pyramidal tree.

25-30 feet Sun 5