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Trees & Shrubs

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Tree/Shrub ACER shirasawanum ‘Moonrise’ Full Moon Maple

Emerging spring leaves are a vivid carmine red with lime green veins. Mature foliage is gold. More sun tolerant than A. shirasawanum ‘Aureum’.  Strong, upright branching form.

10-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub ACER shirasawanum ‘Mr. Sun’ Full Moon Maple

From Buchholz Nursery, a cultivar with very sharply pointed green foliage reminiscent of a child’s drawing of the sun.  Yellow to orange fall color.

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub ACER shirasawanum ‘Seasons of Change’ Full Moon Maple

Colorful red-toned foliage on either end of the season on this small upright tree.  New stems are also purple.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub ACER shirasawanum ‘Sensu’ Full Moon Maple

A Buchholz introduction with large, serrated green leaves tinted with red and brilliant fall color.  Forms a small upright tree.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub ACER sieboldianum ‘Mikasa Yama’ Siebold's Maple

A hardy cultivar with new growth pubescent pale green on a narrow upright tree.  Fall color brilliant yellow to orange.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub ACER sieboldianum ‘Seki no kegon’ Siebold's Maple

A low-growing Japanese maple with pendulous habit.  Green leaves turn orange-yellow in the fall.  Some listing hardiness as Zone 4!

3-4 feet tall by 6-7’ wide Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub ACER sieboldianum ‘Shoryu no tsume’ Siebold's Maple

‘Claw of the Dragon’ maple named for its foliage with very narrow elongated lobes. Fall color is a brilliant red.  Listed as hardy to Zone 4!

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub ACER triflorum Three-Flowered Maple

Similar to A. griseum but exfoliating bark is buff and tree is much hardier.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub ACTINIDIA arguta ‘Issai’ Hardy Kiwi

A self-fertile clone of hardy kiwi requiring no pollinator. Fruit is smooth-skinned and 1” in size.

10-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub ACTINIDIA kolomitka ‘Arctic Beauty’ Hardy Arctic Kiwi

A fast-growing vine with new growth tipped in pink and white. This is a male cultivar and won’t produce fruit.

10-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub ACTINIDIA kolomitka ‘Red Beauty’ Hardy Arctic Kiwi

Fruit-bearing selection of Arctic Kiwi. Fruit is small and smooth-skinned like a large grape. It does not have the dramatic spring variegation of A. ‘Arctic Beauty’ which is its pollinator.

10-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub AESCULUS parviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye

A large shrub with great foliage and white bottle-brush flowers in July. Wide-spreading, it will form a dense thicket.

8-12 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
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 5
Tree/Shrub AMELANCHIER alnifolia ‘Obelisk’ Standing Ovation Serviceberry

A new slender-growing form that only gets 4 feet wide. Also known as ‘Standing Ovation’.

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 laevis Allegheny Serviceberry

Small multi-trunked tree or large shrub bearing in mid-spring clouds of white flowers that produce edible fruit that is attractive to the birds.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub ARALIA elata ‘Silver Umbrella’ Japanese Angelica Tree

Magnificent, bipinnately compound leaves with fine silver edges. The leaflets on this cultivar are smaller than other forms.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
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 Aronia melanocarpa ‘Iroquois Beauty’ Black Chokeberry

A compact habit with fragrant flowers in spring, purple berries in summer and deep red fall foliage.

24-36 Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub Aronia melanocarpa ‘Lo Scape Hedger’ Black Chokeberry

A short columnar habit covered in clusters of white flowers in spring that turn into berries of bright red and orange. this is such an important source of nutrition of the birds. In fall the glossy green foliage turns brilliant red and gold.

3-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
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
Edibles ASIMINA triloba 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!  

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
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 5
Tree/Shrub Betula nigra ‘Little King’ Dwarf River Birch

‘Little King’ has a densely compact rounded habit compared to the species. The low branching makes this more of a large shrub than a tree. The bark exfoliates revealing cinnamon and peach hues – very showy, especially if the lower branches have been pruned.

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 papyrifera ‘Renaissance Oasis’ Paper Birch

Broad pyramidal birch whose bark turns white at an earlier age than the species. More resistant to birch borer and nice yellow fall color.

60 feet Sun/Part Shade 2
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 platyphylla ‘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 BETULA x plettkei ‘Cesky Gold’ Cesky Gold Birch

A dwarf shrub with small, serrated leaves that emerge in spring in shades of yellow, orange and red and mature to chartreuse.

2-4 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 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 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 ‘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 ‘Walkeri’ Weeping Siberian Pea

Weeping small tree with very finely cut ferny foliage and yellow pea-like flowers in the spring. 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 ‘Fastigiata’ European Hornbeam

An upright, dense, and narrow cultivar that eventually becomes oval. The dark green, ovate , sharply toothed leaves are disease-resistant and attractive through the season.

25 to 35 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 ‘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 CARYOPTERIS x clandonensis ‘Longwood Blue’ Blue Mist Shrub

Small shrub with gray foliage and blue flowers in late summer and fall.  Can be grown as a herbaceous perennial in Zone 4.

2-4 feet 5
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/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea

A great native shrub that will thrive in a sunny, well-drained location. Four inch long, deep green leaves with hairy, gray reverse tightly pack this branching plant to form a dense, compact, spreading plant that pushes flower stalks from leaf bases on the upper ends of branches in late May filling the garden with sweet […]

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 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
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/Part Shade 5
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/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum ‘Claim Jumper’ Katsura

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

40 feet or more Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum ‘Morioka Weeping’ Katsura

A large-growing weeper with stronger central leader.

40 feet or more Sun/Part Shade 4