Catalpa bigrtonioides

Ever ask the local nursery for a catalpa Chances are it has none to offer, Southern Catalpa and the related species nearly qualify for dinosaur status in the landscape world. The flowers are quite attractive, however, and the bold coarseness of the large leaves adds t ex-tural interest. Catalpa bignonioides is a rounded to broad-rounded tree, with an irregular crown composed of short, crooked branches. The 4- to 8-in,- long and wide leaves are light green and seldom display a hint of fall...

Possum haw

At one time, I thought this species would become a popular Landscape plant because of its sho sy red iruil, rich silver-gray stems, and tolerance to dry, alkaline soils, I In fortunately the lack of hardiness to extreme cold and the fact that the fruit may drop or discolor, plus the immense si e and suckering habit of the plant, limit landscape uses, 1 he large specimens that I have observed in Oklahoma, Missouri, Georgia, and Washington. IK all 20 to 30 ftr high and wide, strongly suckering,...

Copyrtcjbied m arc rial

For some strange reason, this selection is commonly used in the Midwest but seldom in great Quantities anywhere else. The tijjit-knit branches are covered with J - to Jong, dark blue-green leaves. White flowers cover the branches in May and June, li is a superb plant for use on banks, In masses, or in groupings With time, it develops into a shapely, rounded shrub. Grows to 5 ft. high and wide. Zones 4 to K. Japan, Along with Spirdtv xwnhouttei* this is the sp*rea species with which the general...

Essk r r

Drr IH-ut ia as 4 ftllcr In rock gardens, in perennial and rub borders, and for mass plantings, c row* 2 u 4 ft. high, 3 to 4 ft. wide. Zones 4 to 'Kikko' (var nakaiana) 2 ire ' sma Meavcd .shrub. It irS' 'X'tu, *> ue-srern foil- Gr& dy fa co or. Almost a I' rt .s ft wide p*cte . un- V i s Selected eulti Of Myelin 'Mont I ' 4 VVri* Pompon * ill ln he fjreat French nurseryman Lemoine produced many hybrids between Deutzia iid ii and J, pant flora. Most oi these produce abundant white flowers...

Iv

his species ranks as one of the most cold-hardy maples, and certainly one of the most adaptable. Grown as a large shrub or small tree, it serves many landscape purposes. In its hnest form, the tree is NI imbed up, exposing the smooth gray bark and creating an artistic, sculptural element. The Lhree-lobed, 1 Vi- to 3-in.-long leaves change from a rich dark green to excellent shades of yellow, orange, and red in fall, fragrant, creamy white flowers appear with the new foliage in April and May,...

Maackia amurensis

Unheralded and unknown except in the gardens at a fortunate few. No singular quality sets this small tree apart, hut the sum of its features contributes to a pleasing landscape presence, A dapper, round-headed tree of uniform proportions in youth and at maturity, Ne* foliage is ducted with grayish pubescence that yields to rich green. The leaves are composed of five to seven leaflets, each 1 'rt to V S In, long. Fall color is virtually nonexistent and the leaves die off green. Dull white,...

Taxodium ascendens T distichum var nutans

TaxonomicaJJy this s tes has been juggled over the years Hvrtui Third (New York Macmillan, 1976) plants it js a variety of Taxodiuttt distichutn* From a landscape standpoint, it is mort3 columnar than 71 disiUhum, Secondary branches originate at right angies to the central leader, and the soft, appresved, rich green needles produce a foliage effect similar to that of CryjHotneriu or juniper. Uses are similar to that of T. dtirhhum. Grows 70 to 80 ft. high, 15 to 20 ft. wide. Zones (5)6 to 9,...

Cotinus obovatus C atnericanus

A choice native species thai occurs in limestone soils. In the wild, it is often a large shrub rather than a tree, but most cultivated specimens are small trees. J he habit is oval to rounded, with a dense crown. The gray-black bark develops a fish-scale constitution that is particularly noticeable In the winter landscape, I he rich blue-green, to i' tn -long, oval leaves torn magnificent yellow, orange, redh and reddish purple in fall, with no two trees exactly alike In latt, a single tree may...

Oakleaf Hydrangea

This is one of the most handsome plants that landscape designers have at their disposal, but It is not utilised to its fullest potential in American gardens. The full, founded-mounded our tine, lobed leaves, and magnificent white flowers provide full measure for the landscape dollar. The dark green, three- to seven-lobed leaves, i to ft in, long and wide, turn rich burgundy in lall and may persist into December The 4- to 12-in.-long, paniculate inflorescences are composed of 1- to 1 V -ln...

Higtionia capreolata Anisostichus capreolata

Although not well known in gardening circles, the Cms Vine offers worthwhile attributes. The semi ever green to evergreen, 2- 10 6 ln -long leaves are lustrous dark green in summer, turning bron y rt-d in winter Broad trumpet-shaped, brownish orange to orange-red Mowers, 1 Vi to 4 in. long and V' to 1 Vj in wide, open in May The flowers have a distinct mocha fragrance. Although found in the shade in Its native setting, Oossvine achieves best grow th in full sun. Prefers moist f acid,...

Rhus copaliina

Vt one time, I considered this species the best of the large-growing, muckering native sumacs, but now I deter to Rhus typhttM Laciniata', primarily because of availability. I he Flame I eat Sumac is a hirge. suckering, colonizing shrub with invasive qualities similar to that oJ the other sumac v I he leaves are composed of 9 to 21 lustrous dark green leaflets, each 1 Y to 4 in. long. Foliage changes to rich red. crimson, starlet, and maroon in autumn. Greenish yellow flowers are home m 4- to...

Rhododendron yedoense var poukhanense

Korean Az a lea displays excellent flower bud hardiness -20 ro-25 F . It is a compact shrub with a mounded-rounded outline. 1 he 2-in,-diameter, rose to lilac-purple, slightly fragrant flowers appear in May. The dark green foliage often develops orange to red-purple fall color. Grows 3 to 6 ft, high and wide. Zones 4 to ft. Korea. H fuhUhietu 1n gt n i vdoeti Yodoga wa A7 a I ea gt has double flowers of a similar color Rhododendron yedoeme, Yodogdwd A ale a. No wen Rhododendron yvdoeme uar...

Cutumbertree Magnolia

Seldom seen In North American gardens for want of flashy flowers. It ls a large native tree with dark green, 4- to lO-m.-iong leaves. Yellow-green flowers appear after the leaves and are followed by small if regular, cucumber-shaped fruit. Ojcumbertree Mag nolia will never rival a Saucer Magnolia or Star Magnolia for Mower effect, hut as a shade tree it deserves tonsi de ration. Distinctly pyramidal when young, it becomes round-headed with a e, bearing massive, wide-spreading branches....

Index of Plant Common Names

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