Shrubs and Trees: 'Ci-E'
-- Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds, Chinese, Natives, Etc.
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Clematis are listed on the unless they are shrubby Clematis, in which case, they are listed below.
Virgin's Bower, Shrubby Clematis Z: 3-9
A non-vining or bush Clematis with lustrous, dark green leaves. In summer AND autumn it produces a profusion of small, pale violet flowers with very fluffy white stamens! Described by Christopher Lloyd as giving "a delightfully frosty look on a hot day." Good as a billowy ground cover or scrambling over tree stumps or fences or over stones. The flowers assert themselves strongly against the bold leaves. 5-6' long stems will reach 3' in height if not supported.
Soil: Rich, well-drained H: 3' W: 3' B/M: Pale violet/7-9
Shrubby Clematis Z: 4-8
An amazing new Bush Clematis that is self supporting, with a bushy habit that's terrific for the perennials bed where you need 'Bulk'. Vigorous clumps of dense foliage. 'New Love' has star-shaped indigo blue blooms with slender reflexed petals and a wonderful, sweet fragrance. Topping out at 35" tall and 20" wide, it fits well among taller perennials. Perfect in interwoven, tangled display of a lush cottage garden. Blooms are on strong stems that can actually be used as Cut Flowers! Pruning group 3.
Soil: Rich, well-drained H: 35" W: 20" B/M: Blue/7-9
Shrubby Clematis Zone: 3-9
Fragrant, lacy, white flowers in May-July, followed by fluffy, silvery seed heads. Maroon-ish gray foliage. Prefers alkaline, moist soil in sun. A NON-CLIMBING clematis. Long-lived. Keep mulch away from stems. FRAGRANT! Can be trained to a support if desired
Soil: Moist but well-drained, alkaline H: 3-4' W: 3-4' B/M: White/5-7
SUGARTINATM COMPACT Summersweet Z:3-9
A seedling selected from Clethra 'Ruby Spice' at NC State and patented because it's just Sugar Sweet. This form is compact, topping out at 2-3' and 3-4' wide. Flowers in bottlebrush-like, upright panicles to 6" tall for 4-6 weeks in July and August. Dark glossy, tight, dense foliage that warms to a yellow in Autumn. An improved dwarf selection that even works in the back of the Perennial Border.
Soil: Moist, acid best; Ave.moisture ok H: 2-3' W: 3-4' B/M: White/7-8
Compact Summersweet Zone: 3-9
A real winner, this new introduction! The dime-size blooms are about double the size of others. The bloom stalks reach a staggering 10-12" long and all this on a compact shrub, much more agreeable to smaller yards than the rangy species. It also blooms longer than most!
Soil: Moist, acid best; ave. moisture okay H: 3-6' W: 3-6' B/M: White/7-8+
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Carmine, Frankfort, NYCornus and Deer Resistance. The Cornus Genus is mixed. Some are 'seldom' severely damaged where others are 'occasionally' severely damaged (which is still a step above 'often' severely damaged which applies to none in the Genus - all are somewhat deer resistant) but those with a deer symbol are 'seldom' severely damaged (our criterion for putting the symbol up for any plant) and the rest are 'occasionally' severely damaged but not often (C. mas and C. alternifolia). If you have a high population, you might want to avoid those two.
GOLDEN SHADOWSTM Pagoda Dogwood Z:3-7
A new Pagoda Dogwood with beautiful leaf colors on the large heart shaped leaves that emerge from the distinct horizontal branching of Cornus alternifolia. The new growth is flushed with shades of reddish orange. The leaves then turn to a bright yellow color and are speckled with a irregular green thumbprints. Best in warmer areas in part-shade so leaves don't scorch and it's so pretty in some shade!
Soil: Moist but well-drained H:10-12' W: 12-14' B/M: White/4-5
Creeping, Dwarf Cotoneaster Zone: (4B)5-8
A very dwarf, tiny adorable Cotoneaster (pronounced ko-to-ne-as'-ter). Deciduous foliage following red Fall foliage. Rose tipped white flowers. From China. Root where the tips touch the soil so it's perfect for a ground cover. Dark, glossy green leaves. Stupendous in fruit!
Soil: Most any but boggy; even clay is okay! H: 12-18" W: 4-6' B/M: Rose tipped white/July
Cotoneaster Coral Beauty Zone: 5-8
Low growing evergreen shrub. Dense, prostrate branches covered by petite, rich green foliage with Coral Pink flower buds. A profusion of Coral Berries in the Fall. Excellent groundcover. Drought tolerant when established. AKA C. d 'Royal Beauty'.
Soil: Fertile, well-drained H:6-12" W:8-10' B/M: Coral pink buds open white/Early summer
Cotoneaster Mooncreeper Zone: 5-8
An evergreen or semi-evergreen (in cold areas) prostrate groundcover, 12-16" high in the species but much shorter in Mooncreeper with slender, creeping branches which root down readily where they touch the soil. Small bright red berries with lustrous dark green leaves. Makes a dense, beautiful carpet. White flowers in spring are larger than species and this is 'The' form of the species to grow! Successful in the Southeast where others are not happy.
Soil: Well-drained H: 4-6" W: Indef. B/M: White/Spring
Cotoneaster, Chinese Blue Zone: 6-8
Spreading, evergreen shrub with oval, gray-green leaves. Cymes of 15-40 white flowers are produced in midsummer, followed in late autumn by orange-red fruit to 1/4" long. From China and rarely seen in the trade. Our original cuttings came from the National Arboretum. So RARE it's not even in the' Bible of Shrubs' - the Dirr book!
Soil: Moist but well-drained H:10' W:10' B/M: White/7
Really Big Cotoneaster, Henry's Cotoneaster Zone:
Unlike the average, creeping, crawling, ankle- or knee-high cotoneasters, here's something totally different! So big, that it can be trained up over an arbor or a Pergola! Yeh, that big! Branches may reach 18' in length. (Not 18 inches but 18 feet!) So, everything about the Genus is about the same, berries and all that, so you just have to rethink how in the world you might use such a magnificent thing.
Soil: Moist but well-drained H: Varies with support, see above W: B/M: White/
Rockspray Cotoneaster Zone: 5-7
A slow-growing, prostrate, horizontally-spreading, deciduous shrub which can grow taller but generally it's 12-18" tall and spreads very wide. It has 5-petaled, small pink flowers in May/June, followed by bright scarlet berries in late summer to fall. It has tiny, round, shiny dark green leaves which turn reddish-purple in Autumn. Valuable in the landscape for banks or slopes where grass won't grow and for erosion control. Can also be espaliered and will scramble over rocks in the rock garden. Best with a fair amount of sun.
Soil: Well-drained H: 1-2.5' W: 5-8' B/M: Pale Pink/ 5-6
Variegated Rockspray Cotoneaster Z:5-7
Lot's of things about this plant are typical of Cotoneaster - white blooms in spring, red berries in fall and evergreen foliage but the big difference in this one is Variegated Foliage! Nice change. Tiny oval leaves to 1/2" with attractive creamy white margins. In Fall, leaves turn pink to red!
Soil: Well-drained soil is a must H:2' W: 5' B/M: Pink/Spring
Poet's Laurel Zone:6,7,8,9
Somewhat rare in the trade due to the extremely long period for propagation and growing on to a saleable size. Long, green stems arch outward from central clump and shinny green leaves through the winter months. Once established, they produce non-edible, marble size orange berries in the fall making this a favorite for gardeners and florists alike. Drought tolerant once established and thrives in even the darkest shade. Racemes of white blooms in the spring.
Soil: Well-drained H:3' W: 3' B/M: White/6-7
Slimleaf Ticktrefoil Zone: 6-9
Well the Botanists have just had a hayday with the name of this plants -- formerly Desmodium tiliifolium, Hedysarum tiliifolium, and Meibomia tiliifolia all are former names of this Chinese Native which is popular in Europe but virtually unheard of here. It's a deciduous sub-shrub with round soft green leaves and in late summer Fall has panicles/racemes of small rosy pink, peak-like blooms for a long period.
Soil: Well-drained H: 4-7' W: 4-7' B/M: Pink/8-10
Slender Deutzia Zone:4-8
Graceful, compact, spreading, shrub covered with showy white flowers in spring. Bright green leaves turn an excellent burgundy in the Fall. Best use is in a shrub border. Profuse white spring flowers in erect clusters (which are often used for forcing) Needs Sun or very light shade. Japanese Native.
Soil: Moist but well-drained H: 2-4' W:2-4" B/M: White/May
CREME FRAICHE® Variegated Slender Deutzia Zone:4-8
Very similar to renown D. 'Nikko' but the leaves are boldly splashed with cream white and it's just smothered with white blooms in spring. Because of it's size it both plays well and looks great mixed with Perennials. Like most variegated plants, it can have the stem revert to all green but not a big problem and just snip it out..
Soil: Moist but well-drained H: 1-2' W: 2-3' B/M: White/May
Deutzia gracilis 'White Splashed' Slender Deutzia Zone:4-8
Dark green leaves that are boldly splashed and spotted with creamy white. Profuse white flowers in spring. Similar to 'Variegata' but very different in appearance. 'Variegata' has more green right in the center where 'White Splashed' is dotted and spotted in white with reckless abandon!
Soil: Moist but well-drained H: W: B/M: White/May
Ningpo Deutzia Zone: 5B-8A
Open shrub with hanging clusters of starry pink to white flowers in mid summer. Received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit 2004 from the Royal Horticultural Society. Very graceful with branches that arch to all sides. Stem is gray-black with white to pink flowers produced in great abundance in June or July. Extremely rare.
Soil: Moist but well-drained H:5-8' W: B/M: White to pink/July
Deutzia, Magician Zone:5-8
A breathtaking show of large, pink w/ white edge flowers. Wow! A 1925 Lemoine hybrid which has stood the test of time. Small, bell-shaped flowers (to 3/4" ) are pink with white edging & appear in late spring in numerous racemes which cover the shrub for about two weeks. Lanceolate, opposite, bright green leaves. Burgundy fall color
Soil: Moist but well-drained H: 4-6' W: 4-6' B/M: Pink w/ white edge/5-6
YUKI SNOWFLAKETM Deutzia Zone:5-8
What can you do to improve the classic Deutzia 'Nikko' - make it and extra heavy bloomer! And that's what Award Winning Yuki SnowflakeTM is! Lovely white flowers in spring on a shrub with a neat, mounded habit and in fall, super attractive foliage. Stunning in mass. Bronze Medal, Plantarium 2016. Prune after blooming
Soil: Moist but well-drained H: 1-2' W: 1-3' B/M: White/ 5-6
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Southern Bush Honeysuckle Zone: 4-8
Terminal clusters to 3" wide of pale yellow flowers in late spring adorn this form of bush honeysuckle. With 'Butterfly' you get glossy green leaves emerge coppery bronze and have tapered ends with a darker bronze color and mature to mid-green on red stems to highlight the lance shaped leaves. Southern bush honeysuckle has an attractive thicket-forming habit. Tolerates poor soil conditions. Cut back in late winter for best flower production. Native to the Southeast. Tolerates Part Shade but best in full sun.
Soil: Moist but well-drained H: 3-5' W: 3-5' B/M: Yellow/5-6
OLIVE MARTINITM Variegated Silverberry Zone: 6B-9
Striking yellow-gold edge on green leaves with silvery new growth create a dazzling display in the sunny border. Useful as a hedge or specimen or barrier plant. A tad more winter hardy than some. Similar to 'Gilt Edge' but more stable - doesn't revert to solid green. Silvery white flowers.
Soil: Most any but shallow, chalky or waterlogged H:10-15' W: 10-15' B/M: White small/Fall
Hardy Rubber Tree Zone: 5-7
3-8" very lustrous dark green leaves look at those they've been waxed, they're so shiny on a medium size tree with Elm-like (ulmoides) ascending branches; rounded to board spreading form; low branching. Grown as an ornamental shade tree because of its attractive glossy green foliage and its excellent resistance to insect and disease problems. Probably extinct now in it's native China. Rubber can actually be made from the tree but the process is cost-prohibitive unfortunately. A wonderful, FAST shade tree for lawns or parks. Male or female BUT this only matters if you want seed - otherwise, the sexes are identical.
Soil: Well-drained H:40-60' W: 30-50' B/M: Non-showy, greenish-brown/April
Euonymus Scale -- for those who would love the charm and beauty of Euonymus but shy away because of worries of Euonymus scale on some varieties, note -- plants properly grown with adequate moisture rarely develop scale but that aggravating pest plagues stressed plants. Keep them happy (mostly, properly watered and not over-fertilized) and they'll remain pest free. Also, we only offer the most Scale Resistant varieties.
CHICAGO FIRETM Dwarf Burning Bush Zone: 3-8
A hardier selection of the classic 'Burning Bush' -- hardy to zone 3 with the same brilliant fire engine red, traffic stopping foliage in Fall AND the color display starts earlier. Abundant orange fruit. While it behaves well in urban areas, E. alatus planted near woodlands, mature second-growth forests, and pastures can be problematic from seeds.
Soil: Well-drained H: 8-10' W: 6-8' B/M: Insignificant
(E. alata) Dwarf Burning Bush Zone: 4-8
Red Fall foliage is the reason to have this plant. It's a knockout. Insignificant flowers produce interesting red berries which birds love. Best Fall color achieved in sun but develops acceptable color in shade. No wet soils for this one. (Note: This IS the dwarf form at 6-8'. The regular form is 15' tall!) While it behaves well in urban areas, E. alatus planted near woodlands, mature second-growth forests, and pastures can be problematic from seeds.
Soil: Well-drained H: 6-8' W: 6-8' B/M: Insignificant
Wintercreeper, Kewensis Zone: 5-9
Dainty, prostrate form of Wintercreeper w/ tiny leaves. Forms low mat, only several inches. If allowed to climb a tree, it develops the var. radicans character w/ much larger leaves, flowers & fruits. The basal portion however, retains the 'Kewensis' characteristics. So, if you like it little & cute, don't let it play in your trees. Forms little mounds. Great in a rock garden.
Soil: Any but permanently wet H: 2" W: Indef. B/M: Insignificant NA
SNOW DAY™ Pearl Bush Zone:4-8
Aptly named! When in spring bloom it's an absolute blizzard of extra large double white blooms. Great in the shrub border. Can be pruned to keep as a small shrub or even pruned to a small tree. Prefers acid soil, but is adaptable.
Soil: Moist but well-drained, (acid best) H: 5-6' W: 6-7' B/M: White/4-5
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