Ornamental Shrub with Tasty Fall Harvest American Cranberrybush is a deciduous shrub that (although not related to the true cranberry commercially grown for food), provides both ornamental interest and an edible harvest. Choose one as a specimen plant or use several as they’re also effective in small masses and borders. Your American Cranberrybush (also known as Highbush Cranberry), has a lot to offer. Round, flat flowerheads (consisting of tiny, white florets), will adorn your Cranberrybush in spring. What a delightful herald to the upcoming summer season! The flowers later give way to clusters of red berries that decoratively dangle from the bush in autumn. The lobed, dark green leaves are reminiscent of maple leaves, and contribute to the American Cranberrybush’s full, vibrant appearance. A purplish-red transition of the leaves for fall completes this remarkable shrub’s list of sterling attributes. American Cranberrybush has a spreading nature with dense foliage and a rounded habit. It will grow to 12 feet in height with an equal spread and has no significant disease or insect issues. The berries are edible directly from the bush and often used in jams and jellies. They are also a particular draw for your yard’s birds, as the berries tend to cling to the bush through the winter months. American Cranberrybush prefers well-drained soils with more moisture than is average, but is a relatively hardy shrub overall. It will do well in both full sun or shade and adapts well to occasional pruning. Overall, American Cranberrybush is an exceptional choice for a hardy shrub that presents ornamental interest, as well as providing a tasty fall treat for both yourself and your feathered friends. * Spring flowers and fall color* Edible harvest* Wildlife interest* Hardy.
Native Hedge Feeds Wildlife Nannyberry Viburnum, Viburnum lentago, is a native shrubby tree. It is a hardy upright growing shrub with glossy green foliage that turns red-purple in fall. The creamy white flat-topped flower clusters in spring mature into small blue-black fruit. They provide winter food for birds and wildlife. Nannyberry is a large native shrub that will mature to 20′ and 10′ wide. It can be used as a large shrub or pruned into a small tree. The tendency for this shrub to sucker lends itself to a more open and leggy form, which can be used for windbreaks, hedges, or as a screen. It prefers full to part sun and is one of the more tolerant woody plants in shady sites. Nannyberry prefers loam soil with ample moisture. Pruning is required to remove suckers if a tree form is desired. Viburnum tends to be multi-season plant with ornamental value throughout the season. *Heads of White Flowers in Spring*Suckering Habit*Large Shrub or Small Tree.
Compact Shrub with Orange Scented Blooms! The Bouquet Blanc Mock Orange, Philadelphus x cymosus ‘Bouquet Blanc’, is a small, very fragrant compact shrub with double, orange-scented, snow white flowers in large crowded clusters. This fountain-like, deciduous shrub with its late spring or early summer flowers is an old fashioned favorite. At home in a shrub border, ‘Bouquet Blanc’ needs ample room for its arching branches. To renew and keep the plants form, remove oldest branches (back to ground) right after plant has finished flowering. It is a reliable and absolutely maintenance-free shrub. It is soil adaptable, hardy, and does best in full sun. * Fragrant, with an orange scent!* Easy to grow* Thrives in the sun .
Bigger and Better Raspberries Caroline is a variety of everbearing raspberry of exceptional quality. Plant a patch to eat fresh or freeze for later. You can even make some into jams, preserves, pies, cobblers and sauce…the possibilities are endless! The new standard for fall-bearing raspberries, your Caroline has far better flavor and much larger berries, making this raspberry literally the one to pick if you’re planning a new patch. You’ll be amazed at the productivity of your Caroline when you see your plants literally laden with fruit each year. Caroline ripens in late August, producing large, conic berries with a pronounced raspberry taste well into fall. If you’re in a warmer climate you can start picking these tasty jewels as early as June. Caroline Raspberry will grow 4-6 feet in height with a 4-foot spread. It’s a hardy variety, able to fend off root rot and yellow rust better than Heritage, and that’s just for starters. It’s self-fertile, has good heat and humidity tolerance and deer tend to leave it alone. Raspberries have become increasingly popular for their nutritional and antioxidant properties. They are a rich source of vitamin C as well as being high in manganese and dietary fiber. Eat them for both taste and health…and grow Caroline for one of the best varieties available for your home. * Larger, more flavorful berries * Highly productive * Disease resistant.
The Frontenac Gris Grape, Vitis ‘Frontenac Gris’, is a coppery-peach colored grape with the aroma of peach and apricot. This muscat-like grape is desirable for white wine making, fresh eating and dessert. It is a reliable, outstandingly cold hardy, vigorous, heavy bearing grape. It has a growth habit that is sprawling and has a late harvest season. It is fairly disease resistant, apparently immune to Downy Mildew with only moderate susceptibility to Black Rot and Powdery Mildew. When made as a white, it is crisp and clean and quite delicious. It has also been used to make a good ice-type wine where in the color is more red and the flavor quite intensely cherry. Frontenac Gris appears to be a multi-use wine grape that is an important addition to northern viniculture. This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage. Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where they provide good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, showy fruit, some fall color and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. Grapes need a good support system like fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures. Grapes need full sunlight and high temperatures to ripen, so plant on southern slopes, the south side of windbreaks, or the south sides of buildings. The birds love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share. * Coppery Peach Grape* Disease Resistant* Cold Hardy.
Pink Berries Offer Dramatic Contrast to Deep Green Foliage The Snowberry ‘Magic Berry’, Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii ‘Magic Berry’, is a compact, spreading hybrid that has pink blooms in spring. In summer it has an abundance of rose-pink fruit showing color already in July. These masses of pinkish-purple berries line each branch in autumn. This striking crop of ‘Magic Berry’ fruits mature to deep claret in autumn, and may be retained well into winter. The berries are not considered edible. This compact, dense, thicket-forming deciduous shrub has ovate, dark-green leaves that turn dull yellow in autumn. The short racemes of pale pink flowers appear in summer. It matures to 4′- 6′ high with an equal spread. It grows well in full sun to partial shade. Its berries are dramatic against very dark green foliage and even more remarkable in snow! Use as a specimen, in groups, and on banks for erosion control. This plant is often planted over large areas of slopes or banks as a hardy ground cover. ‘Magic Berry’ is also mildew resistant. * Pink Flowers in Spring* Pink Berries Turn to Deep Red* Attracts Wildlife* Four season interest .
4-Season Interest and Tempting Fruit Cole Serviceberry is an ornamental shrub with exceptional features. Plant one as an accent in the front yard, or a few in the side yard for a naturalized effect. Your Cole Serviceberry features clusters of white flowers, even before the foliage appears. Leaves begin to sprout in early spring, each leaf featuring a slight reddish/grey tint, and slowly developing as times passes to a dark green. The green foliage fills the shrub out nicely as blueberry-like fruit develops in summer, referred to as juneberries–a tasty treat for both you and your feathers friends. As autumn approaches, foliage assumes a brilliant orange to decorate your landscape until the leaves fall to reveal smooth grey bark for the winter. Cole Serviceberry will grow up to 25 feet in height with a 15-foot spread. It has a multi-stemmed nature and lovely vase shape. Cole Serviceberry can adapt to a variety of conditions and is even shade and urban tolerant. Overall, Cole is very hardy, and under optimal conditions will even live up to 40 years. Cole Serviceberry seems to have it all—a hardy nature, 4-season interest and delicious fruit you can use in jams and jellies (or leave for your wildlife). It’s easy to see why Serviceberry shrubs have long been appreciated by gardeners…and why Cole Serviceberry is likely to be your favorite new planting this year. * Spring flowers* Summer berries Juneberries* Fall color* Shade tolerant* Adaptive to a variety of soils.
Hardy and High Producing! The Bristol Raspberry, ‘Rubus ‘Bristol’, is a fruit that is black and large with attractive, fairly glossy skin and firm flesh. Berries have excellent quality and good flavor and are good for canning and freezing as well as fresh eating. Bristol’s upright growth and cluster formation make its berries extremely easy to pick. Firm berries can be handled without bleeding. It is very hardy, high producing, vigorous and ripens in mid-July. Bristol shows tolerance to powdery mildew. The berries are versatile and can be used as fresh fruit, in preserves, or in pies and pastries. Raspberries may be grown successfully at an elevation as high as 7,000 feet. They do best in full sun on non-alkaline, fertile loam soil. However, they may be grown in partial shade or under other environmental constraints. Natural protection against strong winter winds are provided in some valleys, but in other areas it is necessary to provide artificial protection during winter months. Although a well-drained soil is essential for success, a sandy soil will need to have plenty of organic matter incorporated in preparation. Raspberries need a plentiful supply of moisture throughout the growing season. Raspberries take little space, live for years and produce crops the second season after planting. Birds also love the fruit, so you may have to share the harvest..
The Marquette Grape, Vitis ‘Marquette’ (PPAF), is a red wine grape that combines cold hardiness and disease resistance with excellent wine quality. Tasters noted a deep red color and desirable aromas. Perfect for the Upper Midwest, Michigan, New England and Quebec. The open, orderly, and somewhat upright growth habit of Marquette is considered highly desirable for efficient vineyard management, and fruit exposure to the sun conducive to maximizing wine quality. Marquette grape has proven to be an outstanding vine. In terms of cold hardiness, it has withstood temperatures as low as -36° F without serious injury. Resistance to common grape diseases such as, downy mildew, powdery mildew, and black rot, this grape has been excellent, and the vine requires only a minimal spray program. This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage. Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where they provide good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, showy fruit, some fall color and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. Grapes need a good support system like fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures. The grape vines can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home. Grapes need full sunlight and high temperatures to ripen, so plant on southern slopes, the south side of windbreaks, or the south sides of buildings. Considered to be a good grape for juices and jellies. Birds love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share. * Red Wine Grape* Cold Hardy* Diesease Resistant.
Fast Grower with Hot Pink Summer Flowers The Summer Glow Tamarisk, Tamarix ramosissima ‘Summer Glow’, (Formerly called T. pentandra ‘Summer Glow’), displays fuzzy, hot pink flower spikes which rise above the foliage from early to late summer above lacy silvery blue wispy foliage. It is a fast growing open shrub which may reach a height of 8-10 feet. Summer Glow Tamarisk is very tolerant of dry, alkaline, or salty soils and grows well in sun or shade. With its delicate silvery foliage and airy pink flowers all summer, Summer Glow Tamarisk can be an outstanding accent in your landscape! * Blooms All Season* Salt and Drought Tolerant* Vigorous Grower.
Beautiful Pink Blooms Twice a Year! The Pink Poppet Weigela, Weigela florida ‘Pink Poppet’, is the first in an upcoming line of weigelas with similar ground-cover habit. It has an almost trailing form reaching only 2’ tall and spreading up to 40. This dwarf, dense, rounded, deciduous shrub produces funnel shaped shell-pink flowers that are born in profusion in June, and then with a lighter re-bloom again in late summer. ‘Pink Poppet’ has emerald green foliage all season long that contrasts nicely with the flowers. It is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Needs full sun for best flowering and foliage color, but will tolerate very light or sun dappled shade. * Great as a groundcover* Easy to grow* Blooms in summer .
4-Season Shrub with Brilliant Color Prairie Fire Dogwood is a deciduous shrub with outstanding 4-season color and winter interest. Use several for a colorful hedge along your driveway, one as an accent in your front yard, or in mass plantings in a naturalized area. It’s as versatile as it is colorful. Your Prairie Fire Dogwood begins the season ablaze with golden-yellow foliage in the spring that gradually transforms into a softer yellow…before again bursting into flaming hues of bright red and orange for your autumn landscape. Prairie Fire Dogwood has delightfully pointy leaves that add an interesting texture to its rounded form, making it a lovely shrub even without its lively color. In late spring, clusters of creamy white flowers appear at the ends of the branches that eventually become white berries your wildlife will love. The most beloved feature of your Prairie Fire Dogwood is its winter interest. Just when you think the show is over for the year, this little gem will surprise you. It adds color every winter with its tomato-orange branches that are extremely showy and is sure to brighten up your drab, off-season landscape! Prairie Fire Dogwood is a multi-stemmed shrub that will reach 7 feet in height with a 5 foot spread. This is a relatively low-maintenance shrub. It can be pruned at anytime, or you can simply leave it alone for a natural appearance For brilliant, 4-season interest in a hardy low-maintenance shrub, you can’t go wrong with Prairie Fire Dogwood. * 4-season color* Winter interest* Wildlife interest* Hardy.