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(Aesculus parviflora x 'Rogers')
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, of a 18" shrub that was planted in 2011). Expect bright yellow color in fall (see immediately above) most years. Growth is slow, at six inches annually on six shrubs growing throughout Cambridge. Reaches 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.
18" tall seedling (potted): $38
(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 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. Fruiting occurs on juvenile plants, so expect crops within several years of planting! 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.
2-3 ft. tall (potted): $45
(Cornus alternifolia) Native
This charmer offers attractively tiered, horizontal branching and fragrant white flowers (see middle picture above) that bloom from late May to early June. Small dark blue fruits positioned on reddish purple stalks (pictured immediately above) 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 morning sun followed by afternoon shade.
4 ft. tall (potted): $60
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(Lindera benzoin) Deer Resistant
No shrub can compete with the consistently impressive golden yellow fall color of spicebush (pictured at top, immediately above). It also produces adorably shiny red fruits on female trees (also pictured above). Muted yellow flowers appear in spring. Faster growing for a shrub (18 inches annually on juvenile plants) and very tolerant of shade, but also happy when sited in sunny spots. 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: spicebush shrubs are single sexed: if you're looking for the ornamental fruit, we recommend buying three to (hopefully) assure there's a female and male. With three shrubs there's an 80% chance that you'll receive both sexes.
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(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 great over summer months and consistently display golden yellow fall color in the Madison area (also pictured above, at bottom). 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.
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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.
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.
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