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Azalea, Compact Orange Flowering

(Rhododendron x 'Mandarin Lights)

Vibrant orange color and extreme cold hardiness (to -40F) characterize this easy to grow, compact azalea developed at the University of Minnesota. Flowers immediately so no waiting around! Best landscape siting includes afternoon shade and deep, undisturbed garden soil. Reaches only five ft. tall and wide at mere three inches annually.

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Buckeye, Bottlebrush 

(Aesculus parviflora)

An outstanding specimen that thrives and flowers in sun or dense shade. White bottlebrush flowers arrive in June and combine with palmately compound leaves to create outstanding textural impact (see top pic, above). Leaves consistently turn bright yellow in fall (see immediately above) in shade or sun. Growth is slow, at six inches annually on six shrubs we're growing throughout Cambridge. Will reach ten ft. high and wide if left alone; or you can easily prune it back to a smaller size. Produces small quantities of buckeye nuts in fall which squirrels will immediately confiscate, so no worries. A great looking and trouble free shrub.

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Chokeberry, Black 

(Aronia melanocarpa) Native

One of the best shrubs for brilliant red fall color (see immediately above). Its glossy green leaves are also attractive throughout summer months and early fall. White flowers in spring (pictured at top above) are followed by glossy, edible fruits that can be eaten raw, added to oatmeal or preserved for jellies and jams. Fruits are considered a "super fruit" given the many health benefits. Grows in virtually all soils: wet, sandy, clay, sand. Locate in sun for best fruit production, though chokeberry will also grow in partial shade. Reaches eight ft. high and wide but will sucker and produce colonies if allowed (the birds will thank you).

NOTE: chokeberry shrubs are self-fertile: only one shrub is required to flower and set fruit.

  3 ft. tall: $38



Dogwood, Pagoda 

(Cornus alternifolia) Native

This charming native offers attractively tiered, horizontal branching and fragrant white flowers (see pics above) that bloom from late May to early June. Small dark blue fruits positioned on reddish purple stalks arrive in late summer and attract many species of backyard birds including blue jays. Mature size is 15 ft. high and 10 ft. wide at a growth rate of 12 inches annually. Like most understory plants, pagodas prefer life in the shade: best landscape conditions include a few hours of morning sun followed by afternoon shade.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of pagoda dogwoods until fall. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email:


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(Ptelia trifoliata ) Native

Unusual shrub that's a member of the citrus family; a trait that leaves all parts of the plant (leaves, flowers, fruits, bark) aromatic. Fruits were historically used as a hop substitute to brew beer. Its trifoliate leaves are attractive (see above) and not bothered by insects; in fall we consistently note bright yellow color locally. Hoptree can be found growing along the main trail of CamRock park in Cambridge. Happily grows in sun or even dense shade reaching a mature size of 15 ft. tall and wide. A hoptree planted in heavy shade in Cambridge has grown 14 inches annually.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of hoptree until fall. Please email us if you'd like to be notified when we have them in stock again:




(Shrub Form) Deer Resistant

Amelanchier canadensis Native

Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' 


Both of these easy to grow shrubs offer four season appeal: white flowers in spring; exceptional red fall color; ornamental smooth silvery bark and sweet, edible fruit that that ripen in June and taste like blueberries. Choose tree or shrub form based on the way you prune your serviceberry.


Native Serviceberry: Shadblow serviceberry grows throughout CamRock Park near Koshkonong Creek and reaches up to 20 ft. tall and with multiple erect stems. Excellent tasting fruit in June. 

  3 ft. tall: $38


Compact Serviceberry: 'Regent' is a smaller cultivar reaching only five ft. tall by six ft. wide. It has sweeter fruit and is adapted to more challenging conditions (compacted soil, dryness, and wind) than our native serviceberries. Great choice for recently built homes. 

  3 ft tall: $38




(Lindera benzoin) Deer Resistant

No shrub can compete with the consistently stunning golden yellow fall color (pictured at top, immediately above) of spicebush. It also has interesting shiny red fruits on female trees (also pictured above). Muted yellow flowers in spring. Aromatic light green leaves. Faster growth for shrub (18 inches annually on juvenile plants) and very tolerant of shade, but also happy in sun. Should be grown in good garden soil, not the best choice for newer subdivisions with thin, compacted soils. Grows to 10 ft. tall and wide.

NOTE: local spicebush were killed to the ground during the 2019 polar vortex when temperatures dipped to -30F. Despite this, their roots survived and plants recovered quickly.

Sorry, but we've sold out of spicebush until fall. If you'd like to leave us your email address we can notify you when they're back in stock:




(Hamamelis virginiana) Native and Deer Resistant

Common understory shrub that offers sweetly scented yellow flowers at an unexpected time of the year: October! (see picture at top, above). Lustrous, waxy leaves (middle picture above) look terrific over summer months and consistently display golden yellow fall color locally (also pictured above). Artistically crooked branching creates four season architectural impact. Easy to grow in sun or shade. Bark is used for manufacture of the common medicinal. Reaches 10-15 ft. high and wide.

Note: witchhazel have perfect flowers, meaning that only one plant is necessary for full floral effect.

 Sorry, but we've sold out of witchhazel until fall. If you'd like to leave us your email address we can notify you when they're back in stock:



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