Woody Ornamentals

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  • Leptodermis oblonga Dwarf lilac Z 5-8

    fragrant lavender, lilac-like trumpets blooming in June – October.

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    Low mounding shrub with fragrant lavender, lilac-like trumpets blooming in June – October.  Leaves slow to leaf-out in spring but then blooms its heart out.

    Size: 12-18” x 18-24” spreads by suckers
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: No. & W. China & Himalayas.
    Wildlife Value: Attracts hummingbirds

    Leptodermis means “thin skin” and oblonga refers to the oblong leaves.
    Introduced by E.H. Wilson in 1905.

  • Liquidambar styrociflua Sweet gum Z 5-9

    Star-shaped leaves turn parti-color in fall – red, purple, orange.  Gum ball fruit matures in winter.

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    Star-shaped leaves turn parti-color in fall – red, purple, orange.  Gum ball fruit matures in winter.

    Size: 60-80‘ x 40-60’
    Care: sun in moist to moist well-drained acidic soil
    Native: Eastern US north to southern IL & west to Mississippi River.
    Wildlife Value: Deer resistant & black walnut tolerant. Seeds food for numerous birds.
    Size: Cherokee made a salve for wounds & sores from the tree & mixed it with sheep or cow tallow for itches.

    Collected before 1753. Grown at America’s 1st botanic garden, Elgin Botanic Garden 1811.

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  • Metasequoia glyptostroboides Dawn redwood Z 4-8

    Fast-growing, pyramidal-shaped deciduous conifer.

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    Fast-growing, pyramidal-shaped deciduous conifer.  The orange to brown trunk base tapers and thickens with up to a dozen large buttress-like root flares extending several feet up the trunk.  Feathery, fern-like, soft foliage emerges light green in spring, and turns red-bronze in fall before dropping.  Its branches are well-attached and make excellent climbing.

    Size: 70-90’ x 15-25’
    Care: sun in moist to moist well-drained, slightly acid soil
    Native: Szechuan China
    Awards: Royal Botanic Garden Award of Garden Merit, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens’ Theodore Klein Plant Awards & Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold

    From fossil records, dawn redwood is known to have existed as many as 50,000,000 years ago. However, it was not until 1941 that dawn redwood was first discovered growing in the wild near the town of Modaoqi China by Chinese forester, T. Kan. Seeds collected from the original site were made available to the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1947. Seedlings grown therefrom were planted in front of the Lehmann Building at MBG in 1952 where they have now developed into large mature trees (70’+ tall). Dawn redwood is a deciduous, coniferous tree that grows in a conical shape to 100’ tall. It is related to and closely resembles bald cypress (Taxodium) and redwood (Sequoia).

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  • Myrica pensylvanica syn. Morella pensylvanica Wax myrtle, Northern bayberry SHRUB Z 3-6

    Green flowers in summer then, "conspicuous in winter when covered with its grayish white fruits which stay on the branches until spring." Bailey

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    Green flowers in summer then, “conspicuous in winter when covered with its grayish white fruits which stay on the branches until spring.”  Bailey  “The leaves turn a fine brown-purple in the fall, but the berries are the thing – pewter in color, with a texture like those Fourth of July sparklers of childhood memory, they have a delicious fragrance.” Allen Lacy.

    Size: 9’ x 10’
    Care: sun in any soil
    Native: Canada to Southeastern U.S. No pruning needed but can be pruned at any time of year, if desired.
    Wildlife Value: Berries relished by chickadees, red-bellied woodpeckers, swallows, Titmouse, catbirds, bluebirds, Northern flicker & yellow-rumped warblers. Bayberry thickets also provide nesting sites for songbirds, offering excellent protection from predators.
    Size: Fragrant leaves used for potpourri, abundant berries used to make candles. Good road-side plant, salt tolerant.

    Probably 1st collected for gardens by John Bartram (1699-1776).  Offered for sale in Bartram Garden’s 1783 Broadside, America’s 1st plant catalog.  In 1800’s considered “very ornamental in the shrubbery.”

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  • Ribes aureum syn. Ribes odoratum Clove currant Z 3-8

    yellow flowers smother the shrub

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    Early to mid spring yellow flowers smother the shrub, giving off the most sweet, clove-scented fragrance – heavenly.  Ships only in spring.

    Size: 6' x 6'
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Immune to Walnut toxins.
    Native: west-central US
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

    Found by Meriwether Lewis in 2 locations -“near the narrows of the Columbia.” April 16, 1806, now Klickitat County, Washington, and on July 29, 1805 in Montana.  Many different tribes ate the berries – Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Klamath, Montana, Paiute & Ute.  Others, Shoshone and Paiute, used the shrub’s inner bark to heal sores and swellings.  English plantsman Wm. Robinson declared that it “deserves to be more commonly grown.” (1933)

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  • Rosa rubrifolia syn. Rosa glauca Z 3-9

    Medium pink single blooms in spring. Purplish foliage bearing red-purple hips in autumn.

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    Medium pink single blooms in spring. Purplish foliage bearing red-purple hips in autumn.

    Size: 7’ x 4’
    Care: Full sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil. Disease resistant.
    Native: Central Europe
    Awards: Plant Select; Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Pick & Great Plants for Great Plains; Royal Botanical Society Award of Garden Merit

    In garden cultivation since 1830

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  • Rubus odoratus Flowering raspberry Z 2-8

    Purple-pink saucer shaped flowers all summer

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    Purple-pink saucer shaped flowers from June to October.  Rarely seen shrub.

    Size: 7-8' x 8'
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. Immune to Walnut toxins.
    Native: Eastern North America

    For sale in an English catalog in 1730. William Robinson praised the flowering raspberry as bearing  “large clusters of rich purple flowers. Bearing scented leaves, the leaves and not the flowers being fragrant.”

  • Spiraea alba Meadowsweet, Du Roi Z 3-7

    This short shrub sports white flower spikes 4” long blooming from June to August, deadhead for rebloom.

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    This short shrub sports white flower spikes 4” long blooming from June to August, deadhead for rebloom.

    Size: 3-4’ x 3-4’
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Northeastern 2/3 of North America, WI native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies & hosts caterpillars of Spring azure butterflies

    1st described in literature in 1772.  Algonquin made a medicinal tea with Meadowsweet’s leaves and stems.  Iroquois administered a decoction of mashed and powdered dry roots to remedy pain in the sides.

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