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Trees & Shrubs

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

Bronze spring foliage becomes yellow-green in the summer.  A sister seedling to A. ‘Moonrise’ and more chartreuse than A. ‘Aureum’.

10-15 feet 5
Tree/Shrub ACER shirasawanum ‘Jordon’ Full Moon Maple

A bright yellow foliage form that holds its color well through the summer.  Sun tolerant and vigorous.  Fabulous fall color in gold and reds.

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

A low, mounding cultivar with dissected foliage colorful through the season.  Emerging leaves are red, turning green with a red edge then back to red in the fall!

2 feet tall by 4 feet wide 5
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 ‘Red Dawn’ Full Moon Maple

Red, deeply palmate leaves are larger than other cultivars.

9-10 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 5
Tree/Shrub ACER sieboldianum ‘Kumoi nishiki’ Siebold's Maple

Green foliage is heavily mottled with white. Striking in the fall when the leaves turn shades of orange and red. Strong-growing small tree.  Considered hardier than some Acer palmatum varieties.

10-12 feet 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
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 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
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 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 pavia Red Buckeye

A shrubby horse chestnut with red flowers in the summer.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
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.

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 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 3
Tree/Shrub ARCTOSTAPHYLOS uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ Bearberry

A fast-spreading cultivar of the native Bearberry with dark green winter foliage. Pretty spring flowers and attractive rosy-red late summer thru winter berries. Likes acid soils. Good bird (and bear!) food.

4-6 inches 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
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
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 papyrifera ‘Renaissance Reflection’ Paper Birch

Borer resistant cultivar of the native paper birch with brilliant white bark and distinctive pyramidal habit. 

40 feet or more 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 BETULA x plettkei’Golden Treasure’ 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 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 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 ‘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
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