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Trees & Shrubs

Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
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 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 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.

6-8 feet Sun 4
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 4
Tree/Shrub CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum ‘Claim Jumper’ Katsura

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

40 feet or more Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum ‘Red Fox’ Katsura

New growth purple in spring and some color retained through the summer.

40 feet or more Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CERCIS canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’ Eastern Redbud

A beautiful and vigorous gold-foliaged variety with typical pink flowers.

20-25 feet 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 ‘Rising Sun’ Eastern Redbud

A striking foliage selection with amber leaves in spring turning gold then lime-green then back to gold in the autumn.

10-12 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 ‘Orange Delight’ Flowering Quince

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

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CHAENOMELES speciosa ‘Cameo’ Flowering Quince

Lovely peachy pink double flowers in early spring. Large yellow fruit in fall. Habit is low and spreading.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CHAENOMELES ‘Toyo-Nishiki’ Flowering Quince

Upright grower with pink, white and red flowers on the same branch.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
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.

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 white flowers in June.

30-40 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA alnifolia ‘Anne Bidwell’ Summersweet

This selection has showy large, fragrant white flowers.

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.

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 ‘Little Rebel’ Dwarf Redtwig Dogwood

A dwarf, dense-growing form with clean green foliage through the summer and bright red twigs in the winter.

3-4 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 alternifolia ‘Lemon Edge’ Pagoda Dogwood

A vigorous new variegated cultivar from Handy Nursery with light green leaves edged in light yellow.

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
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 florida ‘Little Princess’ Flowering Dogwood

A dwarf cultivar with typical large white bracts in spring on a more compact, denser-growing plant.  Foliage purple in the autumn.

7-8 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 ‘Mr. Greensleeves’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

A fast-growing, vigorous selection with dark green wavy foliage and creamy bracts. Habit is vase-shaped.

20-25 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 ‘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 mas ‘Variegata’ Corneliancherry Dogwood

Cultivar with white and green variegated leaves.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CORNUS nuttallii x florida ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’ Hybrid Flowering Dogwood

A floriferous hybrid between the eastern and western flowering dogwood with large, showy white bracts in spring.  Forms a narrow pyramid with attractive layered branching.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
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