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Trees & Shrubs

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA alnifolia ‘Einstein’ Summersweet

A floriferous compact form with flower racemes twice as long as the species. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade
Tree/Shrub CLETHRA alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ Summersweet

Compact shrub bearing very fragrant flower spikes in summer. Slowly spreading in consistently moist soils to form a grove in partly sunny areas. Attracts bees, butterflies & hummingbirds.

24-48" Full Sun/Part Shade 3
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/Part Shade 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 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 ‘Variegata’ Wedding Cake Tree

Leaves have creamy margins on this smaller tree with red stems and creamy-white flowers in flattened clusters turning into black berries loved by the birds.

35-40 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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘Radiant Rose’ Kousa Flowering Dogwood

Like C. kousa ‘Satomi’ this cultivar has striking pink flower bracts and attractive foliage, but it is perhaps more heat and cold tolerant.  Flowers hold their color through July. Bright red leaves in autumn.

20-25 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 var. chinensis Chinese Dogwood

Similar to the species but has slightly larger flower bracts, larger fruit, and larger, smoother leaves. Abundant white flowers in May; edible red berries which mature in summer; and orange-red fall foliage color.

15-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
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. Clump form.

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 stolonifera ‘Arctic Fire’ Redtwig Dogwood

A compact selection with bright red stems and bright yellow fall color.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORNUS sanguinea ‘Compressa’ Dwarf Redtwig Dogwood

Slow-growing fastigiate specimen with unusual contorted foliage. Great purple fall color.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CORNUS sericea ‘Cardinal’ Redtwig Dogwood

Selected by the University of Minnesota for its bright cherry red winter stems.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub CORNUS sericea ‘Firedance’ Redtwig Dogwood

A more compact cultivar with typical bright red twigs, white flowers and brick red fall color.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub Cornus rutgersensis ‘Celestial’ Hybrid Dogwood

Large and abundant creamy-white flowers.

20-25 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORNUS rutgersensis ‘Celestial Shadow’ Rutgers Hybrid Flowering Dogwood

A disease resistant upright tree with yellow and green variegated foliage. It has large white bracts in May or June. The foliage turns orange and red in the fall. It prefers full sun to partial shade, in a rich, well-drained soil. It is a sport of Cornus X ‘Celestial’ (a hybrid between our native C. […]

12-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORYLOPSIS spicata ‘Golden Spring’ syn. ‘Odon’ Aurea Winter Hazel

Racemes of pale yellow flowers hang from zig-zagging bare stems in late winter, then new leaves emerge bright, acid yellow with a red tint, then quickly turn golden yellow with partial sun or light green in full shade. Listed usually as a zone 6, but we have them successfully thriving here at zone 5 Rocky Dale!

4-8 feet Part Shade/Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORYLUS avellana ‘Burgundy Lace’ Filbert

A cultivar with dissected burgundy leaves on an upright spreading plant.  Red catkins provide interest in early spring.  Disease-resistant selection from Oregon State University.

25-30 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub CORYLUS avellana ‘Red Dragon’ Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

A cultivar with not only the twisted and contorted branches of C. ‘Contorta, but also deep red foliage!

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub COTINUS coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ Purple Smokebush

Grows to 8’, but for best purple foliage, cut to the ground in spring. It will then reach 4’-5’.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub COTINUS coggygria ‘Velveteeny’ Dwarf Purple Smokebush

This cultivar has the same burgundy foliage and smoky blooms of C. coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ but in a much more compact form.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub CONTINUS coggygria ‘Winecraft Gold’ Smokebush

Round, waxy leaves emerge a sunny orange, soon take on a golden hue, then mature to a cheerful chartreuse for the season. In early summer, cloud-like green flower clusters cover the plant, and these turn into the pink “smoke” plumes.

4-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub COTINUS ‘Grace’ Smokebush

A cross between the American Smoketree – C. obovatus, and C. Velvet Cloak.  Plum foliage and large pink smoke panicles.

12-15 feet Full Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub COTONEASTER apiculatus Cranberry Cotoneaster

Low, wide-spreading shrub with dense mounding habit and recurved branches. Excellent red fruit in fall and glossy foliage.

2-4 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub COTONEASTER apiculatus ‘Tom Thumb’ Dwarf Cotoneaster

After about 10 yrs. in our garden the plants are about 10″ high and 18″ across. Leaves are smaller than on other C. apiculata types. Typical red fruit and glossy foliage.

8-10 inches Sun 4
Tree/Shrub DAPHNE x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ Burkwood Daphne

Green leaves with cream edges. Pink buds open to intensely fragrant white flowers in spring.

3-5 feet Sun 3
Tree/Shrub DEUTZIA gracilis ‘Nikko’ Slender Deutzia

Dwarf shrub covered with white flowers in June. Forms a graceful spreading mound. Foliage turns burgundy in the fall

1-2 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub DEUTZIA ‘Yuki Cherry Blossom’ Deutzia

A Proven Winner selection similar to D. ‘Nikko’ with very profuse pink bell-shaped spring blooms.  Tidy mounding habit.

1-2 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub DIERVILLA lonicera ‘Copper’ Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle

Both the emerging leaves and fall color are coppery-reddish. Yellow flowers in late spring. Suckering growth and adaptability make it excellent for naturalizing and bank covers. Deer/drought/clay tolerant.

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub DIERVILLA rivularis ‘Kodiak Orange’ Bush Honeysuckle

Adaptable native cultivar that is deer resistant and drought tolerant.  Typical small yellow blooms in summer followed by striking orange fall color.  Emerging spring foliage is also russet orange.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub DIERVILLA rivularis ‘Ru-Bee Wren’ Low Bush Honeysuckle

New leaves emerge brilliant crimson in spring filling this dense spreading shrub with color. Leaves age to deep green followed by bright yellow, nectar laden bloom in late June, and native songbird sustaining fruit in fall. Attracts birds, bees & hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

24-36 inches Full Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub DIERVILLA splendens ‘Firefly Nightglow’ Bush Honeysuckle

This cultivar has dark burgundy foliage and vibrant yellow flowers throughout the whole season!

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Edibles DIOSPYROS virginiana ‘Golden Delight’ Persimmon

Prefers moist, sandy soils. Drought tolerant. Promptly remove root suckers unless naturalized effect is desired. Fragrant, white to greenish-yellow flowers in late spring, with the male flowers appearing in clusters and the female flowers appearing solitary. This should be a self-fertile cultivar. Edible persimmon 1-2″ fruits mature in fall to an orange to reddish-purple color.

35-60 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub DISANTHUS cercidifolius Redbud Hazel

Beautiful blue-green foliage similar to Cercis with fantastic fall color. Small dark purple flowers in the fall. A Witchhazel relative. In Vermont, best in moist, sheltered sites.

6-8 feet Part Shade 5