Easy to grow as seedlings, but possibly problematical as older trees to keep them alive. Still fun to have one.
**Taxodium ascendens - pondcypress: 1 gallon
A close relative of the baldcypress, above, and sometimes included in that species. However, this has appressed scale-like leaves when mature, somewhat like arborvitae, rather than the flat needles of the classic baldcypress.
A tree native to the southeast US that can grow to be massive, living up to 1200 years old. This deciduous evergreen has nice yellow-brown fall color. Good for wet sites, but can be grown in dry areas. If growing by or in standing water, will send up "cypress knees." Grows 40'-50' or more.
A weeping form of the above: the central leader grows up, but the side branches grow down. A very picturesque specimen, to 20'.
*Thuja plicata - western redcedar: 2 gallon
It's confusing, but the western redcedar is not a cedar, but an arborvitae (whereas the eastern redcedar is not a cedar, but a juniper). We grow and offer this version of the tree because it's moderately deer resistant. Deer regard the almost identical eastern species, Thuja occidentalis as candy. However, this one grows much larger, sometimes being called giant arborvitae. Likes sun to high shade and average to moist soil. May tolerate dry sites, but growth will be retarded. Good for hedge (tolerates clipping), mass planting, or as stand-alone specimens. To 50' or more.
A medium to large shrub with strawberry-red flowers (also a variety with yellow-green flowers) that become more fragrant as the day goes on. It blooms in May and sporadically throughout the summer. Like sun to partial shade. Grows 6'-8' high and 4'-6' wide.
This grows to be a very large tree. Makes a nice shade tree.
***Celtis tenuifolia - dwarf hackberry: 1 gallon
A very well-behaved small tree, up to 20' high. Not subject to the leaf blight or galls of the common hackberry. Loves limestone but will grow in most soils. Berries turn orange then purple, with a sweet, edible rind.
***Cephalanthus occidentalis - buttonbush: 1 gallon, 5 gallon
A large multi-stemmed shrub with white fragrant flower panicles in May. Good for sun or filtered shade. Plant in moist, well-drained soil. Grows 15'-20' high by 10' wide. May be male or female, but both have showy flowers.
White flowers in May, similar to those of flowering dogwood, with large salmon to peach-colored edible raspberry-like fruit in fall and good fall color. Resistant to anthracnose. Does not do well in dry soils.
Cornus kousa "Gold Star" - Gold Star dogwood: 3 gallon
Yellow, especially showy flowers in May, similar to those of flowering dogwood, with large salmon to peach-colored edible raspberry-like fruit in fall and good fall color. Resistant to anthracnose. Does not do well in dry soils.
Masses of small yellow flowers in late winter with cherry-like edible fruit in late summer and good fall color. Large shrub or small tree, to 15'. Very similar to Cornus mas, the Cornelian cherry, but has a more open habit, blooms earlier, and has interesting bark. Widely used as a medicinal plant in Asia.
Masses of small yellow flowers in late winter with cherry-like edible fruit in late summer and good fall color. Large shrub or small tree, to 15'. This is an especially heavy-flowering cultivar, and has great fruit set.
Masses of small yellow flowers in late winter with cherry-like edible fruit in late summer and good fall color. Large shrub or small tree, to 15'. This is a cultivar with especially bright and larger flowers, and has great fruit set.
Often found in our woods along woods' edge or along fence lines. Pale orange, astringent wildlife-friendly fruit is edible (after first frost). Slow-growing, it is variable in height and spread. Old trees are very valuable because of the true ebony heartwood.
***Euonymus americanus - strawberry bush: 1 gallon
A curious native with glossy, deep green leaves, and eye-catching pinkish red fall fruit. Do not plant near wintercreeper or burning bush. Protect from deer! Likes moisture, and will tolerate clay soils and shade. Suckers to form clumps.
A sparse native with dark green leaves, and eye-catching pink fall fruit. Grows into a small tree. Do not plant near wintercreeper or burning bush. Protect from deer! Likes moisture, and will tolerate clay soils and shade.
A slow-growing, ultimately large specimen tree with edible seeds. Does not grow well in clay or compacted soils, but tolerates a wide range of soil pH. Grows 50'-60' tall by 30'-40' wide. Newly-emerging leaves are edible in salad or as a potherb.
Fagus orientalis - oriental beech: 3 gallon
Very similar to the American beech (above), but faster growing, and ultimately a larger tree. Newly-emerging leaves are edible in salad or as a potherb.
A nice small native, grows 2'-3' tall, with abundant frgrant "bottlebrush" flowers in May. Yellow, red and orange foliage in fall. Good for sun or partial shade and well-drained acidic soil. Does not tolerate dry soils.
Large picturesque tree with dark brown seed pods, used by genuinely desperate early settlers as coffee substitute (don't try this at home!). This tree has the largest compound leaves in North America, three feet long and two feet wide. Great profile in winter. Needs sunny site with deep, well-drained soil. Grows 30'-40'. Formerly the state tree of Kentucky.
Hamamelis Xintermedia - early witchhazel, hybrid between H. japonica and H. mollis: 1 gallon
Several named varieties of this large shrub (to 12') that blooms in February and March with yellow flowers that have narrow, twisted petals.
***Hamamelis virginiana - common witchhazel: 1 gallon
A small to medium native shrub with fragrant white flowers in Jule to July. Has a mounding habit and good red-purple fall color. This adaptable plant grows in sun to shade, given sufficient moisture. 3'x3'.
A native wetlands tree that does fine in normal soil. Corky bark and great fall color, with yellow, red, orange and purple. Prickly fall fruit can be a problem in high-traffic areas. This cultivar is very columnar, never spreading. Grows to 50' high, but no more than 6' wide.
The largest of all magnolias, and one that is harvested for lumber - a fast-growing tree that needs space. An attractive shade tree with large leaves. Inconspicuous yellow flowers in spring, followed by showy red gherkin-shaped fruit in late summer. Plant in deep, moist acidic soil. Grows 40'-60'.
Magnolia acuminata "Koban Dori" - Koban Dori magnolia: 3 gallons
A selection of the cucumbertree with bright yellow flowers.
Magnolia "Betty" - A hybrid of M. liliiflora and M. stellata: 3 gallon
A medium to large native with the biggest undivided leaves of any woody plant in North America, up to three feet long. Makes a rounded, medium-size tree in the open, with large white fragrant flowers followed in late summer by large red seedpods. Likes moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Amend with organic material, plant in sun or part shade in area protected from the wind. Grows 30'-35' high.
Magnolia "Rose Marie" - Rose Marie magnolia: 3 gallon
This magnolia has beautiful, bright-pink flowers. It is a cross between "Daybreak" and "Pink Surprise" (which are both four-species hybrids). It blooms later than most spring-blooming magnolias, is a heavy bloomer, and blooms over a long period, and attains large shrub size.
Magnolia "Spectrum" - Spectrum magnolia: 3 gallon
A hybrid of M. sprengeri and M. liliiflora, with large pink and white flowers. Habit similar to saucer magnolia, to 30 feet.
Magnolia stellata - star magnolia: 1 gallon, 2 gallon
Large leaves up to two feet long. Makes a rounded, medium-size tree, with large white flowers in late May to June, followed in late summer by large red seedpods. Likes partial sun to shade. Grows 20'-25'.
A fast-growing evergreen to semi-evergreen tree, usually small to medium-sized. Blooms at an early age and for a long spring period with white flowers followed by red seedpods in late summer. Likes sun to light shade.
A witch-hazel cousin from the Caucasus Mountains in southern Asia. A four-season plant wkith interesting exfoliating bark. Reddish-purple foliage when emerging and brilliant orange, red and yellow fall color. Grows 20'-25' high in sun to light shade and well-drained soil.
A member of the rose family, with clusters of small light pink flowers in summer. This cultivar has beautiful, deeply-cut dark red leaves. A very nice plant that grows 5'-6' high by 4'-5' wide in full sun. Tolerates wet soils.
***Platanus occidentalis - American sycamore: various
A magnificent, slow-growing specimen tree that needs a lot of space. Has a rough, corky bark, with the largest acorns of any oak, borne abundantly, and ones that are prized by wildlife for food. Prefers growing in the open. Grows 60'-80'.
Possibly the best of all oaks for a shade tree. One of the more reliable acorn producers. Sometimes has good red fall color. Grows 60'-80'. Can grow to be very large - county champion has a trunk almost six feet in diameter.
***Sambucus canadensis - American elderberry: 1 gallon
The regular native elderberry. Has broad, flat-topped clusters of deep purple berries in the fall after flat-topped clusters of small white flowers in the spring. Good for making elderberry wine, and the birds love the berries as well.
***Sambucus canadensis "Adam" - Adam elderberry: 1 gallon
A cultiver that produces heavily. Found in New York.
***Sambucus canadensis "Bob Gordon" - Bob Gordon elderberry: 1 gallon
A cultivar that will fruit on new wood, simplifying pruning regimens. From Missouri.
Ready in late spring of 2017. A tree with tiny yellow flowers in the spring and interesting black fruit on bright red pedicels in late summer, to 60'. Exceptional fall color. All around a beautiful lawn tree but suckers, so mowing around it is advised.
Spirea japonica Japanese spirea: 3 gallon, 5 gallon
The BEST of the linden bee trees, in fact, one of the world's best bee trees, blooming in summer. Originally thought to be a hybrid, now thought to be a variety of the native T. americana. Grows to be a large tree, up to 90'x80'.
Tilia americana fastigiata - fastigiate linden: 5 gallon
An excellent bee tree, but one with a narrow branch spread -- while tall, up to 80', only maybe 20' wide.
Tilia oliveri - silver linden: 3 gallon
Another excellent bee tree from central China, growing to 50' or more. The bright silver coating on the undersides of the leaves is striking.
The classic wild blueberry of New England. This is the species harvested in the blueberry berries, and sold as canned wild blueberries. Low-growing, to 2', produces small but tasty berries. Great to use as a shrub groundcover. Benefits by heavy pruning every few years.
**Vaccinium corymbosum - Jersey blueberry: 2 gallon
A white-flowering native shrub with purple berries in fall. This durable shrub is good in sun or shade as a hedge or for naturalizing. Glossy leaves in full sun, tolerates wet soils. Highly deer-resistant.
This tree has feathery leaves topped by pyramidal spikes of fragrant, small lavender flowers. Flowers begin in late summer and continue through the fall. May grow up to 12' tall but may be killed back to roots in severe winters. However, it will reliably resprout and bloom on new wood.
A vine with tasty, edible fruit, smaller than the store kiwi fruit. This vine is dioecious, so both a male and female are needed.
Actinidia arguta x melanandra "Ken's Red" - Ken's Red hardy kiwi (female): mum
A hybrid vine with tasty, edible fruit, smaller than the store kiwi fruit. This vine is dioecious, so both a male and female are needed. Can be fertilized by 74-32.
Actinidia cordifolia - hardy kiwi, female: mum
Also known as Actinidia arguta var. cordifolia. A vine with tasty, edible fruit, smaller than the store kiwi fruit. This vine is dioecious, so both a male and female are needed. Can be fertilized by 74-32.
The classic ivy seen on "ivy-league college" buildings. Can be safely grown on masonry without degrading the masonry or mortar joints. Great for summer shading, will keep a building much cooler. Great fall color.
***Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Virginia creeper: 1 gallon
Our native counterpart to Boston ivy. Can be safely grown on masonry without degrading the masonry or mortar joints. Great for summer shading, will keep a building much cooler. Great fall color. Also great for screening eyesores like old wood piles or junk cars.
***Passiflora incarnata - blue passion flower: 1 gallon
Note: Bamboos as a group will die back to the ground during our harder winters, but the roots live on to re-sprout the following year. They normally do not flower or produce seed until a clump is of a great age, possibly a century -- then the whole clump blooms simultaneously and dies after seeding. Don't worry, your clump will outlive you!
The most cold-hardy of the bamboos, and the one most commonly planted in the area. Will die back to the ground during severe winters, but regrows quickly from the roots. Aggressively forms dense canebrakes. Protect from drying winter winds. To 18', with 1.5" stems.
Phyllostachys bissettii - David Bissett bamboo
A bamboo with an upright, dense habit. A very strong plant which holds its leaves better than other bamboos during hard winters. To 15' with 1" stems.
Phyllostachys viridis “Robert Young” - Robert Young bamboo
More of a clumping bamboo than the other Phyllostachys species, with yellow canes that have a segmented green stripe, very striking. Tolerates heavy clay soils but will die back to the ground in hard winters. The tallest of our bamboo selection, to 35' with 3' stems.
A large grass forming large clumps topped by seed plumes; sometimes mistaken with pampas grass. Narrow leaves have a silver vein. Likes full sun and well-drained to dry soil. Highly deer-resistant. To 6'.
This is the common, coarse, spreading, orange daylily.
Hemerocallis "Raspberry Candy"
Hemerocallis "Lemon Lollipop"
Hemerocallis - daylily
This is the daylily that comes in yellow and orange, and is more narrow than the common daylily.
Hemerocallis - dwarf yellow daylily
This is the lily often seen in large beds at commercial sites.
Hieracium caespitosum - meadow hawkweed
A small plant with a basal rosette of hairy leaves and a 1-2-foot-tall flower stem in late spring to early summer with small dandelion-like flowers. Native to Europe, but widely naturalized here. A great plant to include in reclamation of abused land.
Hieracium pilosella - mouse-ear hawkweed
A small plant with a basal rosette of hair leaves and a flower stem a few inches tall with small dandelion-like flowers. Blooms from May through August. Will grow as a short groundcover, creating a large clump of new plants via stolons.
A very low-maintenance plant that attracts butterflies. Very flexible, tolerating partial shade and fairly dry conditions. Blooms late spring through September with flowers that may range from lilac to lavendar to deep violet.
An attractive and tall flower topped with large domes of pink flowers in late summer. Tolerates wet soils. Formerly in the genus Eupatorium.
***Hedeoma pulegioides - American pennyroyal
Although we don't usually grow annuals, this one is an exception. A small native mint that usually resides high on dry hillsides. Intense peppermint odor that is supposed to be useful in repelling insects. Warning: plant tissue can be toxic in larger quantities, do not use as a food.
Grown for its foliage, sometimes variegated. Makes a great sprawling clumping groundcover, but unlike its Japanese cousin, the stems do not root to spread. Interesting spikes of white flowers in early spring.
A beautiful fern of simple structure, sometimes called Tennessee ostrich fern. Will slowly spread to fill an area. With enough moisture, will tolerate high light levels. Also known as Diplazium pycnocarpon.
A large fern that will grow satisfactorily in the shade in garden soil, but will become spectacular in full sun or partial shade with wet feet year-round. Can grow six feet tall under those circumstances.
***Parathelypteris noveboracensis - New York fern: 1 gallon
An excellent fern to use as a groundcover in partial shade.