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Trees & Shrubs

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
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
Edibles 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
Edibles 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
Edibles 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 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 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 AESCULUS neglecta ‘Erythroblastus’ Horse Chestnut

Magnificent silvery cream spring foliage turns lime green by midsummer. Slow-growing southeast native.

30-40 feet Sun 5
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 ARONIA melanocarpa ‘Ground Hog’

Tough native shrub that grows as a ground cover. Beautiful as a low maintenance cover for tricky sites. clusters of white flowers in spring give way to dark purple berries coveted by birds. In fall the glossy green foliage turns brilliant shades of red and orange.

Full 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. Deer and drought resistant

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. Deer and drought tolerant. Attracts birds.

3-5 feet 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!   All Paw-Paws produce best when planted near another cultivar.

15-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Edibles ASIMINA triloba ‘Ford Amend’ Paw Paw

An earlier fruiting selection, with mid-spring flowers developing into fall fruits. Fall foliage is golden yellow. Some reports of hardiness to zone 4.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Edibles ASIMINA triloba ‘Prolific’ Paw Paw

Can start producing fruits within 2 years of planting. Medium-large, sweet, early-ripening fruit in fall.

15-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Edibles 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’.

15-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Edibles ASIMINA triloba ‘Sweet Alice’ Paw Paw

More compact habit than other selections; large yellow-orange fruit in Sept/Oct.

15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Edibles ASIMINA triloba ‘Tollgate’ Paw Paw

Large yellow-fleshed fruit in Oct. Some reports of hardiness to zone 4.

15-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub BETULA alleghaniensis Yellow Birch, Swamp 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 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 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 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 utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Forest Blush’ Himalayan Birch

Smooth white bark with a hint of pink; some variation, and coloration can take a few years to develop. Slender growth habit. Green leaves appear in spring accompanied by long, yellowish-brown catkins. Moist,well-drained sites.

40-50 feet Sun/Part Shade 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 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 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 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 ‘Crimson Comets’ Buttonbush

Round heads of white flowers in August. Shiny green foliage changing to brilliant red in fall. Native to wet areas. Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.

6-8 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CEPHALANTHUS occidentalis ‘Fiber Optics’ Compact Buttonbush

Half the size of the species, this is a great plant for low areas in the landscape, tolerating flooding and wet spring soil, or along streams and pond banks. Fragrant globular white flowers in summer followed by showy fruits. Attracts butterflies/hummingbirds; fruits good for wildlife.

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. Attracts bees and butterflies.

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 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 CHAENOMELES ‘Double Take Orange Storm’ Flowering Quince

Double bright orange blooms with contrasting yellow stamens. Compact. Drought and heat tolerant once established.  

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CHAENOMELES ‘Double Take Scarlet Storm’ Flowering Quince

Double bright scarlet blooms with contrasting yellow stamens in early spring. Compact. Drought tolerant once established.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CHAENOMELES ‘Orange Delight’ Flowering Quince

A low-growing variety with bright orange flowers in early spring. Drought tolerant

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CHAMAECYPARIS pisifera ‘Sungold’ Dwarf Threadleaf False Cypress

Similar to C. ‘Gold Mops’, perhaps a bit more compact and a bit more lime green in the summer.  Hardy and sun tolerant.

Dwarf (3-6 inches/year)3-6 feet in ten years. Sun/Part Shade 3
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. Native.

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 CLADRASTIS kentukea Yellowwood

Wonderful tree with gray smooth bark, ash-like foliage, and 12-15″ drooping panicles of intensely fragrant pinkish-white flowers in June. May only bloom profusely every 2-3 years (once mature). Yellow fall color.

30-40 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CLERODENDRUM trichotomum Harlequin Glorybower

An open, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with large, heart-shaped leaves and fragrant blooms in autumn followed by stunning blue berries.

6-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA alnifolia ‘Anne Bidwell’ Summersweet

This selection has showy large, fragrant white flowers spikes. Shiny green foliage turns bright yellow in fall. site in a spot that doesn’t dry out. Attracts bees, butterflies & hummingbirds.

5-6 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. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

36-42 inches Sun/Part Shade 4