Woody Ornamentals

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  • Callicarpa dichtoma Beautyberry Z 5-8

    Tiny pale pink flowers in late summer turn to glossy, purple berries in fall

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    Callicarpa dichtoma   Beautyberry  Z 5-8
    Tiny pale pink flowers in late summer turn to glossy, royal purple berries in fall.  Grow this for the berries. Ships only in April.

    Size: 5' x 4'
    Care: Full sun to light shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Prune back in early spring nearly to ground.
    Native: China and Japan
    Awards: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant Award.

    Collected for gardens before 1800.

  • Calycanthus floridus Carolina allspice, Spicebush, Sweet betties Z 5-9

    Fragrant claret flowers in spring through summer.

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    Calycanthus floridus  Carolina allspice, Spicebush, Sweet betties Z 5-9
    Fragrant claret flowers in spring through summer with glossy foliage, fast growing

    Size: 6-8’ x 4’
    Care: Sun to part shade in rich moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Penn to FL west to IL

    Cherokee used Spicebush, medicinally to remedy sores on children, and bladder ailments, for hives, as an emetic and to improve poor eyesight.  They also poisoned wolves with the seed and concocted a perfume.  1st collected in 1726 then introduced by Mark Catesby who illustrated it in 1730.   Offered for sale in Bartram Garden’s 1783 Broadside, America’s 1st plant catalog.   Grown by Jefferson.  Crushed leaves give off the fragrance of strawberries with a hint of apple.  The bark smells like cinnamon and was used as a cinnamon substitute.  A favorite in antebellum gardens in the SE.   Mary Lacey Tandy reports that she loved Carolina allspice from the time when she grew up in Kentucky, “they used to pinch off a few flowers, crush them and put into a hanky which they pinned to their dresses for the smell.”  Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Caragana rosea – Pink peashrub Z 3-8

    Rose-pink , pea like flowers May-June on prior years wood. Flowers give way to slender yellowish-green seed pods that mature to brown in late summer. Yellowish fall color.

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    Caragana rosea –   Pink peashrub Z 3-8
    Rose-pink , pea like flowers May-June on prior years wood. Flowers give way to slender yellowish-green seed pods that mature to brown in late summer. Yellowish fall color.

    Size: 3-4’ x 3-4’
    Care: full sun to light shade in dry to medium, well-drained soil. Perfom well in areas with hot summers and cold winters.
    Native: Slopes and valleys in central and NE China, Japan and Russia
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant

    Plants are considered to be xerophilous (capable of thriving in dry, hot locations). Described by Nicolai Stepanowitsch Turczaninow in Primitiae Florae Amurensis 470. 1859

  • Cephalanthus occidentalis Button bush, Honey balls Z 4-10

    Perfectly round, white flowers perfume the air in Aug. & Sept. Red leaf stems contrast with green foliage.

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    Cephalanthus occidentalis  Button bush, Honey balls     Z 4-10
    Perfectly round, white flowers perfume the air in Aug. & Sept.  Red leaf stems contrast with green foliage.  Ships only in spring

    Size: 6' x 8'
    Care: Full sun to part shade in wet to moist well-drained soil
    Native: New Brunswick S. to Fla. W. to CA.
    Wildlife Value: Important shrub to maintain water quality and for wildlife habitat. Its roots absorb nutrients in water and reduce erosion along water's edges. Flowers attract butterflies. Birds nest in branches.

    Many medicinal uses for several tribes – Chickasaw, Choctaw, Kiowa, Meskwaki and Seminole, believed to remedy sore eyes, toothaches, dysentery, hemorrhages, headaches, nausea, fevers, constipation, ailments in horses and “wolf ghost sickness.” Rand 1866: “Valuable for blooming at a season when the shrubbery is bare of flowers.” Offered for sale in Bartram Garden’s 1783 Broadside, America’s 1st plant catalog.