Running list for 2013 as of May 1 - please check for current availability
Acacia cultriformis2g @ $18
Acacia pravissima2g @ $28
Acca sellowiana5g @ $47, 10g @ $67
Acca sellowiana 'Coolidge'7g @ $125
Acer aff. sikkimense DJHV 1472g @ $37
Acer grandidentatum6in @ $11
Acer palmatum 'Filigree'5g @ $47
Acer palmatum 'Red Filigree Lace'5g @ $57
Acer pentaphyllum6in @ $14
Acer saccharum ssp. skutchii - Steven F. Austin Arboretum5g @ $47
Acer tegmentosum 'Joe Witt'5g @ $47
Aesculus californica - Oregon collection4D @ $14, 2g @ $24, 2g @ $24
Agonis flexuosa 'After Dark'1g @ $22
Alangium platanifolium5g @ $42
Alnus formosana [Tayuling 2004]5g @ $47
Araucaria araucana4D @ $18
Arbutus 'Marina'1g @ $14, 15g @ $125
Arbutus andrachne2g @ $32
Arbutus arizonica2g @ $26
Arbutus menziesii4D @ $15
Arbutus unedo1g @ $14, 5g @ $42
Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'5g @ $47
Argyrocytisus battandieri2g @ $28
Azara microphylla 'Variegata'4D @ $14, 1g @ $18, 2g @ $24
Buddleja colvilei2g @ $24
Carpinus caroliniana JSM5g @ $47
Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'6in @ $12
Cercis occidentalis1g @ $12
Cercocarpus ledifolius2g @ $18
Chilopsis linearis 'Burgundy'1g @ $18
Cinnamomum japonicum2g @ $28
Cinnamomum porrectum - Cliff Parks Coll/Avent5g @ $47
Citrus ichangensis1g @ $15, 2g @ $22
Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Spring Purple'4D @ $12, 5g @ $42
Comarostaphylis sp.1g @ $14
Cordyline australis 'Inner Glow'4D @ $14, 1g @ $12
Cornus mas 'Aurea'6in @ $16
Cornus sessilis2g @ $26
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'1g @ $14
Cryptomeria japonica 'Dacrydioides'2g @ $28, 5g @ $55
Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'10g @ $145
Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Greer’s Dwarf'5g @ $47
Cupressus arizonica 'Taylors Silver'5g @ $47
Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Blue Ice'1g @ $14, 2g @ $28
Cupressus arizonica var. montana 'San Pedro Centennial'2g @ $32
Cupressus bakeri5g @ $52
Cupressus chengiana var. kansouensis UCSC 91-8995g @ $52
Cupressus macrocarpa 'Citriodora'2g @ $24
Cupressus macrocarpa 'Wilma Goldcrest'4in @ $11
Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca'5g @ $47, 15g @ $195
Cupressus sempervirens 'Skinny Princess'4in @ $11, 6in @ $16
Cupressus sempervirens 'Swaine's Golden'2g @ $28
Dendropanax sp. EDHCH 973215g @ $47
Diospyros kaki5g @ $42
Drimys lanceolata1g @ $15
Drimys lanceolata 'Suzette'4D @ $14, 2g @ $32
Drimys winteri - cl 14D @ $12
Drimys winteri - Leonard Coates Nursery form5g @ $57
Drimys winteri var. chilensis5g @ $47
Eucalyptus mitchelliana2g @ $18
Eucalyptus parvula5g @ $42
Eucalyptus perriniana2g @ $22
Eucryphia 'Penwith'2g @ $26
Eucryphia lucida UCSC 75.6402g @ $24
Eucryphia milliganii2g @ $32
Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'10g @ $65
Euonymus myrianthus2g @ $24
Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'4D @ $10, 6in @ $16
Ficus carica 'Panache'2g @ $22
Fraxinus dubia2g @ $26
Fraxinus greggii6in @ $18
Fremontodendron 'San Gabriel'5g @ $47
Garrya wrightii2g @ $28
Huodendron tibeticum2g @ $28, 5g @ $47
Illicium henryi - Camellia Forest clone5g @ $42
Juniperus cedrus5g @ $42
Lagerstroemia 'Centennial Spirit' PP63637g @ $65
Lagerstroemia 'Dynamite' PP102965g @ $42
Lagerstroemia 'Natchez'15g @ $125
Lagerstroemia 'Sarah's Favorite'2g @ $24
Lagerstroemia 'Tuscarora'5g @ $42, 7g @ $65
Lagerstroemia 'Zuni'5g @ $42
Laurus nobilis 'Aurea'2g @ $22, 5g @ $47
Laurus nobilis 'Crispa'2g @ $24
Laurus nobilis f. angustifolia1g @ $14
Lyonothamnus floribundus var. aspleniifolius5g @ $47
Magnolia figo 'Port Wine'4D @ $13
Magnolia figo var. skinneriana1g @ $22, 5g @ $52
Magnolia grandiflora 'Jubilee'5g @ $57
Magnolia grandiflora 'Saint Mary'7g @ $57
Magnolia insignis1g @ $28, 2g @ $37
Magnolia laevifolia - large form1g @ $16, 2g @ $37, 15g @ $115
Magnolia lanuginosa5g @ $52
Magnolia maudiae4D @ $18
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'5g @ $57
Magnolia tamaulipana 'Bronze Sentinel'2g @ $32, 5g @ $57
Magnolia x foggii 'Jack Fogg'5g @ $47
Mahonia x media 'Charity'2g @ $24, 5g @ $42
Malus sp. - Taiwan5g @ $52
Maytenus boaria 'Green Showers'5g @ $55
Metapanax delavayi 'Stout'6in @ $18
Morus alba 'Chapparal'5g @ $47
Nyssa sinensis1g @ $18, 2g @ $28
Olea europaea 'Leccino'2g @ $28
Olea europaea 'Mission'15g @ $155
Photinia serratifolia var. serratifolia5g @ $42
Pinus eldarica7g @ $57
Pinus ponderosa - Willamette Valley Collection1g @ $16
Pistachia chinensis 'Keith Davey'15g @ $125
Polyspora macrocarpa DJHMV 0416in @ $21, 2g @ $24
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'6in @ $11, 2g @ $24
Prunus ilicifolia2g @ $24
Pseudopanax ferox1g @ $30
Quercus aff. rugosa - La Siberica strain2g @ $28
Quercus corrugata2g @ $28
Quercus glauca5g @ $37
Quercus hypoleucoides2g @ $24, 5g @ $47
Quercus ilex2g @ $28
Quercus phellos2g @ $32
Quercus sadleriana1g @ $18
Quercus suber6D @ $28, 20g @ $225
Quercus tomentella1g @ $16
Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata'1g @ $14
Rhamnus alaternus 'John Edwards'1g @ $14
Sequoia sempervirens 'Steel Blue'5g @ $47
Sycopsis sinensis5g @ $47
Taxodium distichum 'Pendens'2g @ $37
Taxodium distichum var. imbricatum15g @ $125
Taxodium mucronatum - historic New Mexico population2g @ $26
Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'1g @ $15, 2g @ $32
Toona sinensis 'Flamingo'2g @ $28
Trachycarpus fortunei15g @ $225, box @ $595
Trachycarpus fortunei - precocious fruiting form5g @ $57
Trachycarpus wagnerianus6in @ $19, 2g @ $37
Tsuga mertensiana2g @ $27
x Gordlinia grandiflora4D @ $14
Zanthoxylum piperitum5g @ $47
Retail Availability - Spring 2013: TREES
Running list for 2013 as of May 1 - please check for current availability
Widely cultivated tall shrub, 6-10 ft, from Australia. Drooping branches with blue-gray, almost triangular leaf-like phyllodes (flattened leaf stalks) held close to the stems. Perfumed, rounded clusters of bright yellow spring flowers on long sprays. Excellent for hedging. Full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Though to be frost hardy in USDA zone 8 but difficulties in the recent hard winters suggest upper zone 8, that is protected or where protection can be provided in cold winter moments.
Fabaceae 2g @ $18
Acacia pravissimapurple fernleaf acacia
A lovely mimosa. Large shrub or small multi-trunked tree to 15 ft with odd-looking soft, evergreen foliage -- actually small phyllodes or flattened leaf stalks -- held close to the stems. Loaded with fragrant yellow blooms in spring. Full sun with well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy for brief periods in the mid teens F, mid to upper USDA zone 8.
Fabaceae 2g @ $28
This gorgeous large shrub or small tree from southwestern Brazil and northern Argentina can be maintained as a shrub at 6 ft or pushed along into a tree of upwards of 12 ft. The attractions -- evergreen leaves backed in a powdery silver, orange-red shredding bark, and sweetly edible white petals surrounding a boss of red stamens. Also, delicious fruit in a good year if a partner is nearby. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae 5g @ $47, 10g @ $67
Acca sellowiana 'Coolidge'
A self-fruiting pineapple guava!!! This gorgeous plant can be maintained as a large shrub at 6 ft tall or pushed along into a small tree to upwards of 12 ft. These are stunning plants with bluish leaves backed in a powdery silver, orange-red shredding bark, and, in summer, exotic flowers with sweetly edible white petals surrounding a boss of red stamens. Best in sun to part shade with summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae 7g @ $125
Acer aff. sikkimense DJHV 147
Lovely small, evergreen maple from northern Vietnam, collected there by Dan Hinckley. Leaves are longish and un-maple-like, but handsome, with orange-red new growth changing to green. Reaches 20 ft or so in height in sun to dappled shade with plentiful summer moisture. We don’t know the ultimate frost hardiness but assume it to be 10 F, USDA zone 8.
Sapindaceae 2g @ $37
A western segregate of A. saccharum, the sugar maple, forming pure stands in the wild from the high, dry habitat of northeastern Mexico to central Utah. A small to medium tree, reaching 15-20 ft tall and wide in the garden. Deciduous with leaves, 3-5 lobed and deeply cut, that turn brilliant red-orange in autumn. At home in rocky, well-drained soil. Very drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Sapindaceae 6in @ $11
Acer palmatum 'Filigree'
laceleaf japanese maple
Mounding laceleaf maple, to 4-6 ft tall and spreading to 6-9 feet wide, with branches that droop and weep and deeply cut foliage, golden-green with darker veins. Fall color is golden. A a mounding, small tree and a lovely, lacy treat for morning and early afternoon sun or dappled shade with protection from strong winds. Rich soil and regular summer water for best appearance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Sapindaceae 5g @ $47
Acer palmatum 'Red Filigree Lace'
laceleaf japanese maple
Grafted, weeping maple, to about 6-8 ft tall after a long time, with fabulous dark, maroon-red, foliage, indeed filigreed and one of the most finely cut of the laceleafs. Found as a chance seedling in Sherwood, Oregon by William Curtis and distributed by Iseli Nursery in Boring. Full sun for best color but does well in brightly lit shade. Rich soil and regular summer water for best appearance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Sapindaceae 5g @ $57
Acer pentaphyllumasian maple
Deciduous and rare Chinese maple, with deeply cut, 5-lobed leaves - very un-maple-like and very graceful and charming, leafing out late in spring and showing off in autumn with bright colors. This delicate tree, nearly extinct in the wild, grows slowly, reaching perhaps 15 ft over a long time. A lovely addition to a garden of any size in sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Requires regular summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Sapindaceae 6in @ $14
Acer saccharum ssp. skutchii - Steven F. Austin Arboretum
skutcher's sugar maple
Sapindaceae 5g @ $47
Acer tegmentosum 'Joe Witt'
manchurian snakebark maple
A striking selection of the snake bark maple, named for the former Director of Seattle's Washinton Park Arboretum. Beautiful small tree to 25 ft (10 ft or so in 10 years) with startling white streaks in the pale bark. Pale yellow fall color. Sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Sapindaceae 5g @ $47
Aesculus californica - Oregon collectioncalifornia buckeye
Large deciduous shrub to small tree, typically multi-stemmed, native to dry slopes in California and southwestern Oregon. Compound leaves have 5 leaflets, dark green and finely toothed. Hummingbirds love the cylindrical panicles of sweet-scented, creamy white flowers, pink tinged in early summer. The fig-shaped fruits that follow open to a stunning, shiny chestnut...of the non-edible sort. Accepts summer moisture and tolerates heat and summer drought, often beginning to drop leaves in mid summer. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Sapindaceae 4D @ $14, 2g @ $24, 2g @ $24
Agonis flexuosa 'After Dark'
A stunning small evergreen tree from Western Australia with burgundy new growth that matures to a deeper purple over the summer. Covered with small white flowers in early summer, but the foliage is the main attraction here. Grows to 15 ft or so in the ground, but remains smaller in a container. Sun to part sahde and even moisture. Hardy only into the low 20s F,USDA zone 9. Beauty trumps practicality once again.
Myrtaceae 1g @ $22
Cornaceae 5g @ $42
Alnus formosana [Tayuling 2004]
Native to Taiwan at mid to high elevations, this was of interest to us for its evergreen habit, the glossy green leaves holding fast, we expect, in temperatures down to 18 to 20F. Though loving damp conditions, these do not require quite the riparian situation of many alders. Fast growing, to 30-40 ft tall, in sun to part shade with summer water. Stand back! Ultimate cold hardiness is not yet tested but these will remain healthy, though deciduous, to the bottom of USDA zone 8.
Betulaceae 5g @ $47
monkey puzzle tree
A heritage tree, given away as seedlings by the Chilean exhibition at Portland, Oregon’s 1905 World’s Fair and planted throughout the city. A coniferous evergeen growing slowly to a stately 30 ft tall x 15-20 ft wide or so in cultivation the crown rounding in maturity. Leaves are tough, dark-green, sharp-pointed, and triangular. Specimens should be carefully placed not to compete with other trees and to avoid nearby pathways as the 15 lb cones can maim! Full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil with regular summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Araucaria 4D @ $18
Cousin of the madrone, this stunning hybrid has handsome red bark that exfoliates to a smooth, glowing tan. Strongly upright, to 30 ft or more, with shiny, evergreen leaves and clusters of bell flowers, white blushed pink, followed by fat “strawberry” fruit. Excellent drainage is necessary for the survival of these wonderful creatures along with lean soil, hot sun and NO summer water after planting. Cold hardy to brief moments in the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae 1g @ $14, 15g @ $125
Beautiful and stout madrone from the central & southern Mediterranean, this collection from the high mountains of northern Israel grows to 20 ft or so with purply orange bark, flaking smooth annually, and red-tinted evergreen leaves and winter flowers tinted rose-pink. A bit easier in the garden than our own native A. menziesii, as it is more tolerant of summer garden water; still, good drainage and lean conditions make for a longer lived plant. Full sun to dappled shade. USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae 2g @ $32
Arbutus arizonicaarizona madrone
A small, delicate tree, to 15-20 ft in the garden and possibly taller with great age. As with others species, the leaves are glossy dark green with paler undersides, and the flowers are white to pale pink urns that appear in early spring and produce orange fruit lasting into winter. Young bark peels to a somewhat patchy cream color and older bark is mostly gray and plated with large areas of exposed reddish patches. Very picturesque. Though found in dry regions of the southwest and drought tolerant, this tree also enjoys regular garden water, but requires well drained soil. Frost hardy easily to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae 2g @ $26
This is the signature broadleaved evergreen of the Pacific Northwest, its sensuous, pealing, cinnamon bark easily capturing the heart of every passerby. White flowers in spring are followed by red berries adding color and texture. A choice tree for a spot in the garden that is not only NOT watered but never has to see a hose at all. Only needs water at planting time and none thereafter. Half to full sun, well-drained soil, and plenty of neglect. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae 4D @ $15
Large shrub to small tree, to 15 ft in 15 years and 30 ft eventually, with small pearly pink flowers in mid to late winter, followed by bright orange and red fruits -- food for birds and jam fruit for the enterprising cook. Full sun to dappled shade with good drainage and little summer water once established. Cold hardy in USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae 1g @ $14, 5g @ $42
Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'
compact strawberry tree
A rather compact-growing strawberry tree, to only 5-6 ft tall and wide in 10 years, eventually 10 ft or so, with small white-blushed-pink flowers in autumn, followed by bright orange-red fruits -- edible alone and tasty in preserves. Foliage is evergreen on red twigs and bark is handsome -- reddish, rough and shreddy. Full sun to dappled shade with good drainage and little summer water once established. Cold hardy in USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae 5g @ $47
Argyrocytisus battandieripineapple broom
The Moroccan pineapple broom is a shocker in bloom. You’ll be blown away by the fruity pineapple fragrance pouring out of the bright yellow Labur-num-like flowers. The silvery, fuzzy, evergreen foliage is very attractive as well as aromatic A large shrub or small tree, to 10-15 ft if allowed. Can be multi-trunked. For full sun and good drainage with water to establish. Drought tolerant thereafter. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Fabaceae 2g @ $28
Azara microphylla 'Variegata'variegated boxleaf azara
Extremely handsome, small and arching, evergreen tree, very slow-growing to 15 ft, with small leaves variegated green, cream and white, and, in late spring, tiny spring flowers that are intensely scented (with the aroma of white chocolate -- or so our friends insist). Orange berries follow for autumn interest. Site in cool sun or part shade in well-drained soil with regular summer water. Can be used in container as a showoff specimen. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8, suffering possible leaf damage below 15F.
Salicaceae 4D @ $14, 1g @ $18, 2g @ $24
Considered one of the best of the buddlejas, this large shrub to small tree, grows quickly to 10-15 ft, with handsome, felted leaves and astonishing, terminal panicles of large, deep rose flowers blooming for several weeks in summer. Very lush and lovely. This species resents the severe pruning that keeps its cousins smaller, so provide lots of room for this large, gorgeous creature in full sun and well-drained soil with regular summer water and protection from wind. Evergreen in mild climates and frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Resprouts from the roots in zone 7.
Scrophulariaceae 2g @ $24
Carpinus caroliniana JSM
Handsome, deciduous, single or multi-stemmed shrub or small tree, growing slowly up to 20-30 ft tall and wide, with gray, sinewy bark and simple, serrated, leaves, blue-green above and yellow beneath in summer changing to bright autumn colors in yellow, orange and red. A fine tree or screen for sun or shade in fertile soil with regular summer moisture. Tolerates some drought as well as occasional flooding. Frost hardy to -35F, USDA zone 3b. This clone collected by Joshua McCullough.
Betulaceae 5g @ $47
Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'
The golden catalpa makes a huge yellow ‘statement’ in the garden, the large yellow leaves keeping their soft color for most of the summer. Spring flowers are white, fragrant, large, and handsome. Can reach 30 ft tall by 20 ft wide in the garden over time and can be coppiced for a smaller, more manageable size. Full sun to part shade with average summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Bignoniaceae 6in @ $12
Cercis occidentaliscalifornia or western redbud
Lovely small tree or large shrub, 10-15 ft tall x 12 ft wide, from the southwestern USA. Leathery rounded leaves, green with paler undersides. Clusters of rose-pink flowers in spring. Little summer water once established. Cold hardy in USDA zone 5-9.
Cercidiphyllaceae 1g @ $12
curl-leaf mountain mahogany
Native, evergreen shrub to small tree, from 5 - 15 ft tall, a creature of high plains deserts or the steppe environment of mountains just below tree zone with shiny, dark green foliage against white bark, and small flowers that turn into interesting seeds, adding interest. Makes a perfect hedge or screen in a hot, sunny spot where soil is lean and drains well. Little summer water once established. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Rosaceae 2g @ $18
Chilopsis linearis 'Burgundy'
Burgundy Desert Willow
Gorgeous, tall, shrub to small tree for the hot, dry garden. Closely related to Catalpa, this US southwest native reaches 10 to as tall as 15 ft by 8 ft wide with a rounded form and bright green leaves on downy twigs, and clusters of purple to burgundy flowers. Late to leaf out with flowers from June to frost. Best in full sun and lean, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Bignoniaceae 1g @ $18
Cinnamomum japonicumKorean Camphor
This 25-40 ft tall, evergreen from southern Korea and Japan is an excellent choice for a specimen tree. Not the cinnamon tree from which the spice comes, but a near relation with prominently veined, mid-green leaves that contrast nicely with dark conifers. Very upright, somewhat narrow, and easily underplanted. Thrives in full or part sun with normal water. Frost hardy to 5F, mid USDA zone 7.
Lauraceae 2g @ $28
Cinnamomum porrectum - Cliff Parks Coll/Avent
One of the loveliest of the cinnamomums and, as luck would have it, the most frost hardy. This clone, a tree to 20-30 ft from Tony Avent's garden, has 2", quaking aspen-shaped leaves that are shiny green above and blue beneath – with, indeed the aroma of camphor where brushed or crushed. Stems, often red tinted, add to the excitement. This might be one of the best new broadleaved evergreens in … weeks. Happy if provided dappled shade to full sun and occasional summer water in driest places. Has been frost hardy – make that freeze hardy with no leaf damage -- to under 10F, uppermost USDA zone 7.
Lauraceae 5g @ $47
Citrus ichangensisIchang Papeda
Wonderful large shrub that can be pruned into a small tree, to 8-10 ft or more. Narrow, evergreen leaves and, believe it or not, attractive green branches and spines. Fragrant flowers produced in spring and summer become small orange ...uh... oranges that are a bit bitter for eating out of hand but fine made into juices in times of famine. Really, we grow it for the look. Sun to dappled shade. Has survived temperatures below 0F. We consider it hardy to the 10F, USDA zone 8, range if water has been withheld in autumn for hardening.
Rutaceae 1g @ $15, 2g @ $22
Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Spring Purple'spring purple glorybower
A purple-flushed leaf form of the classic harlequin glory bower. This form found in an old Portland garden courtyard by Josh McCollough. Having slightly smaller leaves with great purple coloring in the spring, slowly greening with more purple returning on new growth in summer. Likely the variety; C. trichotomum var. fargesii. A good street tree for Portland, though seldom used, with sweet smelling, white flowers in late summer, perfuming the neighborhood especially at night. Turquoise berries framed by crimson bracts add to fall fun. Foliage is aromatic as well -- think peanut butter. To 10 ft tall or so in full sun for best flowers and fruits and water occasionally in summer. Planting in reach of a lawn mower eliminates pesky suckers. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Lamiaceae 4D @ $12, 5g @ $42
From the dry, winter-rainfall mountains of northern Mexico come this small attractive tree, somewhat like its close relations, the strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) and manzanita (various arctostaphylos), with narrow, dark green leaves, smallish, white, urn-shaped flowers that turn into orange-red fruit, and shredding bark that almost peels to show off the smooth red beneath. Evergreen in sun and lean soil. Drought tolerant but accepts some summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae 1g @ $14
Cordyline australis 'Inner Glow'inner glow cabbage tree
Another wonderful selection of ths lovely accent plant for the garden -- this one having narrow, salmon colored leaves with a pronounced midrib. Can reach 10 ft tall if the winter weather isn't too harsh. Best in sun to part shade with average summer water but tolerates some drought once established. Can withstand short bouts of temperatures in the teens F, longer bouts if wrapped and mulched for protection. Resprouts from 10F, the bottom of USDA zone 8.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae 4D @ $14, 1g @ $12
Cornus mas 'Aurea'
cornelian cherry dogwood
Cornelian cherry with golden foliage and, in late winter, yellow flowers adorning bare stems. Very golden, indeed. his small deciduous tree, to 15 ft tall and wide, also produces red, edible, cherry-like fruit in late summer, striking against the bright foliage. Accepts sun to part shade with the leaves remaining more yellow in brighter light. Regular summer water for best appearance. Frost hardy to at least -20F, USDA zone 5.
Cornaceae 6in @ $16
Small, graceful, deciduous shrub to small tree, considered endemic to northern California -- this form found in Jackson County Oregon and shared with us by plantsman Frank Callahan. To 5-15 ft tall, with deeply-veined, oval leaves on dark green stems, the leaves turning bright red in fall. Flowers, appearing in March to April, are greenish white and produce small berries (drupes) that turn from red to shiny black and feed many kinds of birds. Best in part to full shade with regular moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Cornaceae 2g @ $26
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
purple smoke tree
Dark purple leaves, rounded and red-veined, emerge in spring turning bright red in fall before dropping. Panicles of tiny, white flowers in late spring to early summer surround the canopy with a smokey haze. Can reach 15 ft tall x 15 ft wide but easily coppiced, managing the size but losing the flowers. Sun to part shade in rich, well-drained soil with summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Anacardiaceae 1g @ $14
Cryptomeria japonica 'Dacrydioides'Whip-cord japanese cedar
Stunning shrub to small tree, to as much as 10-20 ft tall eventually, with long, pendulous branches and gray-green, aromatic foliage that adds brown overtones in winter. Needle-like leaves overlap, creating a rope-like, or whipcord texture. Best in full sun with adequate summer water in soil that drains well. Frost hardy to at least USDA zone 6.
Cupressaceae 2g @ $28, 5g @ $55
Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'
chinese blue fir
From a fine old specimen in the Medford, OR garden of Boyd Kline, this tropical looking redwood relative, to a pyramidal 30 ft or more in time, has coppery orange bark and luxurious powder blue branchlets that have a once-a-year partial shedding in mid fall. Able to withstand some drought once established. Frost hardy into the upper end of USDA zone 6.
Taxodiaceae 10g @ $145
Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Greer’s Dwarf'
Dwarf China fir that seems only to get about 6 ft tall, growing only 4-6" per year with the distinctive needles of the species, tightly held and only 4-6" long. The striking blue-green foliage turns a bronzy color in winter creating interest throughout the year. Happy in full sun or part shade with average summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Our plants received from their namesake, Harold Greer of Greer Gardens.
Taxodiaceae 5g @ $47
Cupressus arizonica 'Taylors Silver'
smooth arizona cypress
A very tough, drought tolerant cypress, usually of rugged, picturesque character, that is well adapted to the moderate and warmer regions of the west away from the coastal fog belt. This form, newly introduced from Europe, grows to 25 ft tall and is distinguished by its blue-ness and somewhat columnar habit. Sun to a little shade, with average drainage and little or no summer watering when established. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 5.
Cupressaceae 5g @ $47
Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Blue Ice'
Blue Ice Arizona Cypress
Wonderfully soft blue cypress for dry conditions that reaches up to 15 ft tall x 6-8 ft wide in bright sun with good air circulation and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established, forming deeper and more stable root structures in dryer conditions. Makes a striking accent or hedge. Beautiful and very frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Cupressaceae 1g @ $14, 2g @ $28
Cupressus arizonica var. montana 'San Pedro Centennial'
A Cistus introduction, this stately cypress from the Sierra San Pedro Martyr reaches 30-40 ft eventually remaining narrow with up-turned branches clothed in vibrant silver-blue, scaley needles. Deep orange bark adds to the fun. Quite drought tolerant in bright situations and lean soil. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 6.
Cupressaceae 2g @ $32
modoc or baker cypress
Native to northern California and southern Oregon, this slow growing cypress -- to 50 ft in several generations -- does well in tough, sunny situations as long as the soil is well-drained and it gets water until established. Foliage is Gray-blue, somewhat pendulous foliage, aromatic twigs, and red bark, are just a few of the pluses. Cold hardy to USDA zone 5.
Cupressaceae 5g @ $52
Cupressus chengiana var. kansouensis UCSC 91-899
Rare, found only in China and endangered there, this is a tall, graceful conifer, to 30 ft plus in the garden with branches that are densely arranged and spreading. Foliage is green against reddish bark that peels in strips with age. Does well in sun and well drained soil. Little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. Also known as C. chengiana var. chengiana.
Cupressaceae 5g @ $52
Cupressus macrocarpa 'Citriodora'Golden Monterey Cypress
This Monterey Cypress selection from the United Kingdom has luscious, dense foliage, both lemon-colored and deliciously lemon-scented. Somewhat smaller than other forms, this one can reach 20 ft tall eventually, but is easily kept smaller and maintained as a large shrub by pruning or perhaps through hedging. Best in full sun in well-drained soil, these need little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cupressaceae 2g @ $24
Cupressus macrocarpa 'Wilma Goldcrest'
Small, evergreen conifer with glowing, lemon-yellow and lemon scented foliage. Upright, narrow, and columnar, this is a slow grower, to 6 ft in 10 years and eventually to 15 ft, a perfect accent for the small garden. Sun with good drainage and very little summer water for best performance. Frost hardy at least into the low to mid teens, low to mid USDA zone 8 and, reported, into zone 7. A good pot specimen as well.
Cupressaceae 4in @ $11
Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca'
A lovely blue form of the classic Italian cypress. This landscape plant for Mediterranean climates grows to 10 ft tall x 18” wide in as many years, an excellent upthrusting element in your urban landscape. Full sun, well-drained soil and not much supplemental water once established. Also good in pots. Cold hardy to the single digits, mid USDA zone 7.
Cupressaceae 5g @ $47, 15g @ $195
Cupressus sempervirens 'Skinny Princess'
A Cistus introduction with a name that sounds good but has no particular meaning -- except that plants are skinny. This selection, chosen from a random planting of seedlings, produces, in ten years, plants 12-15 ft tall but no more than 12” in width. Skinny, indeed, with dense, dark green foliage and absolutely no inferiority complex. Seriously, we have repeated this in the garden to great effect, and recommend it over the very poor and disease-prone cultivar C. 'Tiny Tower.' Full sun for best effect with little to no summer water once established. Frost hardy in mid USDA zone 7.
Cupressaceae 4in @ $11, 6in @ $16
Cupressus sempervirens 'Swaine's Golden'
Fabulous form of the Italian cypress, to 15 ft or more, with bright yellow-dusted-blue-green foliage. Like its cohorts, very drought tolerant. We us it in our garden as an accent surrounded by lots of blue and dark green foliage. it's been around for awhile, but unfortunately seldom offered and, for us, a bit slow and difficult to root. Full sun. Careful drainage. Can easily be shorn or tied should it become shaggy looking. USDA zone 8; quite possibly zone 7 with a protected south wall.
Cupressaceae 2g @ $28
Dendropanax sp. EDHCH 97321
This collection in southern China by Eric Hammond exhibits characteristics of both Metapanax davidii and the genus Nothopanax -- basically any panax is good. This a glossy green shrub to small tree with thrice divided leaves in youth becoming single or double in age and forming an endearing, small, umbrella-shaped evergreen specimen that adds greatly to any lush tropical-leaning garden. White sputniky flowers followed by blue-black berries in fall. Lovers of shade to morning sun, and preferring consistently moist conditions. So far has proven frost hardy in the east into USDA zone 7 and has performed admirably on both left and right coasts.
Araliaceae 5g @ $47
Diospyros kakiJapanese Persimmon
The persimmon tree is small, to 20 ft tall or so and often smaller x 10-15 ft wide, and deciduous with dark green leaves that emerge bronze then turn orange and red in autumn. Small, white summer flowers produce the delicious persimmon fruits that ripen in the fall and remain decorative even after the leaves have dropped. Full sun and well-drained soil is best with little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Ebenaceae 5g @ $42
Drimys lanceolataTasmanian pepperwood
Fascinating group of plants ranging from southern Australia to South America with a couple as far north as Mexico -- all most closely resembling the northern hemisphere genus illicium. Drimys lanceolata, most often a shrub though can reach 8-10 ft or more, is most striking where the brick-red stems and leaf bases can be observed up close. The leaves are shiny and narrow -- to 2" -- with mostly spring clusters of lightly honey scented white flowers and clusters of black berries that have, historically, been ground and used as peppercorns. We have found the leaves ( just a few) to be a wonderful, spicy addition to salads -- though our plants are mostly for external use. Would prefer regular summer water. Not a lover of great heat and humidity or freezing, drying winds, but superb along the Pacific Coast where temperatures seldom fall below 15ºF, mid USDA zone 8; has survived close to 0ºF, zone 7, with protection.
Winteraceae 1g @ $15
Drimys lanceolata 'Suzette'variegated tasmanian pepperwood
An exquisite variegated form of the Tasmanian pepperwood, the foliage marbled cream and yellow throughout, the yellow variegation becoming even more striking against the red stems as plants mature. I first observed this form, still unnamed, at an exhibition in London by Bluebell Nursery. They sent us their first propagation with the only caveat that it be named after it's discoverer ... and here it is. Though requiring the same conditions as the species -- sun to part shade with regular garden water and protection from drying winds -- this garden seedling, now about 8 ft in our garden, is, luckily, from hardy stock and, so far undamaged by a windy 20F. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Winteraceae 4D @ $14, 2g @ $32
Drimys winteri - cl 1
Sometimes called South America’s madrone (Arbutus menziesii) this small, stately, evergreen tree has glossy, lightly fragrant, lanceolate leaves, up to 7 in" long, of medium green on top with very blue undersides - a lovely contrast. Native to rainforests in Argentina and Chile and reaching 65 ft tall in the wide, they remaining closer to 20 ft in the garden often as multi-trunked specimens with smooth, pungently aromatic bark, and, in late winter to early spring, clusters of sweet, white flowers. These, a selection from Vilches, Chile by plantsman Michael Remmick, need summer water in full sun to part shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Winteraceae 4D @ $12
Drimys winteri - Leonard Coates Nursery form
South America’s attempt at the Madrone., this a particularly weeping form. Stately, small tree, to 20 ft or so, often multi-trunked, with smooth bark, evergreen leaves with blue undersides, and clusters of white flowers in late winter to early spring. Full sun to part shade with some summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Winteraceae 5g @ $57
Drimys winteri var. chilensischilean winter bark
Gorgeous aromatic tree from Mexico, Chile and Argentina, with lance-shaped, lustrous leaves, green above and a stunning pale blue-white beneath. Smaller than the species, reaching 10-15 ft, rarely to 25 ft. Flowers are fragrant, creamy white, in umbels of up to 20 blossoms, in spring to early summer. Plant in sun to part sun with shelter from wind and provide regular moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zones 8.
Winteraceae 5g @ $47
Mount buffalo gum
This relatively rare and graceful species endemic to Mt Buffalo in northeastern Victoria, Australia, can be single or multi-trunked, reaching 15-20 ft fairly quickly in cultivation. Long, narrow leaves emerge maroon and mature to gray-green on weeping branchlets. Reddish brown bark peals on young specimens, adding to the enchantment. Needs sun, soil that is lean and well-drained, and, in the driest places, occasional and deep summer water. Frost hardy in mid USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae 2g @ $18
Eucalyptus parvulaSmall leaf gum, kybean gum
An extremely well-mannered, small tree, often multi-trunked, growing slowly to 35 ft or so with a broad, graceful form, somewhat flat-topped with age. Narrowly oval adult leaves of 2-3" -- deep, matte green with purple and blue overtones -- follow the rounded juvenile foliage. The bark is colorful as well, brown peeling to pink and green patches. These tolerate drought and somewhat poor drainage, though well-drained soil is best in full to part sun. Frost hardy to 5 F, mid USDA zone 7. Can resprout from the base.
Myrtaceae 5g @ $42
Eucalyptus perrinianaspinning gum
This is the eucalyptus most often seen as cut foliage at the florist, with the juvenile leaves that encircle the stem. Plants can be coppiced to maintain a smaller size as well as the attractive, juvenile foliage or grown into multi-trunked trees, quickly reaching 30 ft, with flaking bark and long, narrow adult leaves to 6" with juvenile foliage showing as well. Requires full sun, lean and well-drained soil, and little summer water once established. Easy and very frost hardy, to 0F, USDA zone 7, or lower.
Myrtaceae 2g @ $22
First discovered in Cornwall in the 1930s and not yet widely found in the United States, this evergreen hybrid has proven itself a dependable performer and refined texture in the garden. A large shrub or small tree, to 15-20 ft tall x 10 ft wide, exhibiting the upright form of its E. lucida parent and the shiny, dark green, wavy-edged leaves of E. cordifolia. Ever more attractive when the large, open, single white flowers appear in summer. Prefers sun to part or dappled shade and well-drained soil with regular summer water. Best kept out of wind in a sheltered position. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cunoniaceae 2g @ $26
Eucryphia lucida UCSC 75.640
The new growth on this large shrub to small tree is luscious with an almost resinous look. To 10-15 ft tall and very narrow and upright. Summer flowers are pink and very fragrant on mature plants. Full sun and some summer water. Wild collected clone from Tasmania. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cunoniaceae 2g @ $24
A rarely offered gem and a most dainty example of this genus of only a few species from Australia and the southern tip of South America. Evergreen shrubs to an eventual 6-8 ft at home on the Tasmanian plateau -- though several forms remain from 3-4 ft for many years -- with leaves under 1/2 “ appearing almost boxwood-like and clusters of nearly 1” white flowers in mid summer. Ours are cutting grown from mature specimens and should flower young. If attempted in the hot humid southeast, be sure to give mineral and very well-drained soil. Otherwise, regular water and full sun to part shade in areas along the Pacific West Coast in USDA zone 8 or above.
Cunoniaceae 2g @ $32
Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'
Wonderful, large evergreen shrub, upright to 20 ft tall over time x 6-8 ft wide, with large, glossy green leaves and, in late summer-early autumn, large, handsome, fragrant white flowers. A naturally occurring hybrid of two Chilean species, E. glutinosa and E. cordifolia, these enjoy bright light in part shade with regular summer water. Accepting of somewhat heavy soils. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cunoniaceae 10g @ $65
Euonymus myrianthusevergreen spindle tree
Bright yellow-orange fruit that opens to show off red seeds is a striking attraction of this evergreen shrub to small tree. Clusters of pale yellow flowers precede, of course. This native of western China, first introduced by famous plantsman Ernest Wilson, reaches 6 to 8 ft tall, the long, bright green leaves on branches with dark gray, smooth bark are lovely in their own right and provide the perfect background. Full sun to light shade in well-drained soil with average summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Celastraceae 2g @ $24
Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'
A Cistus introduction...yet another hardy fig. We wonder where it's been all our lives. Native from Northern India to western Iran and Afghanistan and a delicacy there with its small, dark, very sweet fruit. We have selected this form from seed for its entrancing, filigreed, silver-green leaves of about 5-7". So far, ours have been for external use only as we have not tasted the fruit. Eventually might reach 15-20 ft in height; can easily be kept smaller with pruning. Sun to part shade. Very drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to the upper edge of USDA zone 7 so far.
Moraceae 4D @ $10, 6in @ $16
Ficus carica 'Panache'
Striped Tiger Fig
Hardy fig tree with fruit that’s yellow and green striped on the outside and has dark red flesh on the inside. Rich and wonderful flavor. Late ripening, so plant it in a hot spot. Grows to 20ft high and wide, but can be pruned hard each winter. Full sun, summer drough tolerant. Hardy to USDA zone 7.
Moraceae 2g @ $22
Of all the ashes, including many we would not plant in our garden, we feel this one is quite worthy, bringing delicate spring green under the harshest conditions. From central and north central Mexico, this F. greggii relative grows to 10-15 ft, possible eventually to 25 ft, with a dainty structure dressed with 4” evergreen leaves consisting of multiple leaflets. Exceedingly drought tolerant.This is a fabulous addition to gardens in the southwest along with milder areas in the rest of the country. Evergreen to the upper teens F, it has not been tested below the low teens. So let’s stick with upper USDA zone 8 for the moment.
Oleaceae 2g @ $26
Rare, evergreen ash forming a dense shrub but easily pruned to small tree of 10-12 ft. One inch, pinnate leaves are shiny and often purple tinted. The winged fruit is attractive in late season. Native from Mexico into remote areas of the Southwest, this will prove to be a most useful garden subject, especially where drought is an issue. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6. Bright light with good drainage.
Oleaceae 6in @ $18
Fremontodendron 'San Gabriel'Flannel Bush
Wonderfully fuzzy leaves and deeply saturated golden yellow flowers -- to 5 in. across on this variety -- in mid to late spring. HEAT, SUN, DROUGHT. It thrives on them, demands them, won’t do well without them. This clone, a cross between F. californicum and F. mexicanum reaches to 12-18 ft tall and wide so allow lots of space. Avoid watering after the first summer. Blooms on previous year's wood. Frost hardy to 5F, mid USDA zone 7.
Malvaceae 5g @ $47
Evergreen shrub to small tree -- 6 ft up to a possible 15 ft over time -- native to Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Wonderful for those tough environments. Leathery leaves are yellow green above, light green and a nice, contrasing light green below. White tassels in late spring followed by purplish blue berries. Best in coarse, well-drained soil and sun. Low water requirements. Frost hardy to 12F, lower USDA zone 8.
Garryaceae 2g @ $28
xi shan mo il
Rarely offered evergreen shrub to small tree. Grows slowly. Can reach 30 ft, but 15 ft is more reasonable in the garden. Closely related to Styrax, this collection from Yunnan is frost hardy in USDA zone 8 if planted where it gets even moisture over the summer and isn’t soggy in the winter. Long, narrow leaves are shiny green with bronze coloration in new growth. White bell flowers are abundant in spring when mature. Best in sun to part shade.
Styracaceae 2g @ $28, 5g @ $47
Illicium henryi - Camellia Forest cloneHenry Anise Tree
Native to central and western China this evergreen shrub or small tree, shared with us by Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina, can eventually reach 7-15 ft tall and wide. Anise-scented leaves are about 6" long and slender, said to be deer resistant, and late spring flowers are cupped and copper to dark red. Part shade to shade; remains dense and shapely even in deep shade. Can be grown in full sun in milder climates. Good for screening. Frost hardy in USDA zones 7.
Theaceae 5g @ $42
canary islands Juniper
Endangered in its native habitats, the Canary Islands and Madeira, this evergreen conifer grows quickly to 20-30t tall by 10-16 ft wide, becoming a tall and broad tree with blue-gray-green needles and slightly pendulous branch ends. Handsome in sun to light shade where soil is well-drained and not amended with organic matter. Drought tolerant once established, requiring deep watering during the first year and occasional deep watering in subsequent summer. Frost hardy to at least 10F, and reported lower into zone 7.
Cupressaceae 5g @ $42
Lagerstroemia 'Centennial Spirit' PP6363
Another very successful crape myrtle for Portland, this early bloomer covers itself in July with deep crimson flowers held above blushed ruby new foliage. Nice yellow fall color. Keep as a standard, to 15 feet, or allow to shrub out. Summer water.
Lythraceae 7g @ $65
Lagerstroemia 'Dynamite' PP10296
Cherry Red Crape Myrtle
This somewhat shorter selection (to 10ft or so and fast-growing) is named for its pyroclastic red flowers, opening from bright red buds in August and September. New growth emerges red as well, making a handsome addition to a sunny spot with some supplemental summer water. Handsome peeling bark and bright orange fall foliage. A Whitcomb hybrid. Frost hardy in zones 6-9.
Lythraceae 5g @ $42
white crape myrtle
Beautiful, vase-shaped small tree (to 25-30 ft tall x 20 ft wide) that covers itself with trusses of pure white flowers in late summer. Dark green leaves in summer change to bright red in the cool of fall. Cinnamon pealing bark on mature plants adds to the appeal. of this wonderful garden specimen or street tree. Full sun, good drainage, and regular water for best blooms. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Lythraceae 15g @ $125
Lagerstroemia 'Sarah's Favorite'
White Flowered Crape Myrtle
A wonderful, white flowering, crape myrtle with large and abundant clusters of crinkly white flowers in late summer early fall. Best grown as a multi-trunked, small tree, reaching 10-12 ft tall with pale gray bark shedding to rich, cinnamon tones and dark green, maroon-tinted leaves, the perfect backdrop for white flowers. Similar to L. 'Natchez' but more upright. Bright light and heat, well-drained soil a bit on the lean side, and occasional summer water for best performance. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Lythraceae 2g @ $24
Pink Flowered Crape Myrtle
A cross between L. indica and L. fauriei, this small, upright tree, to 20 ft tall x 10 ft wide, has exfoliating cinnamon bark, curly, coral-pink flowers in late summer, and red to orange fall color. Excellent as a street tree. Full sun, good drainage and some summer water for best bloom. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Lythraceae 5g @ $42, 7g @ $65
One of our favorite crape myrtle’s for Portland. Reliable, dark lavender mid-summer flowers and vibrant orange-yellow fall color on a 16 ft shrub, somewhat rounded in age. Try as a small street tree. Full sun, good drainage, and some summer water for best blooms. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Lythraceae 5g @ $42
Laurus nobilis 'Aurea'golden bay
For the culinary gardener -- a densely branched, evergreen tree, 6-15 ft wide x 10-30 ft tall with bright yellow, aromatic leaves that can season soups and stews. Small, yellowish flowers and black, fruit. Native to the Mediterranean in moist valleys, so well-drained soil, sun to part shade, and some summer moisture is best, at least until well established. Frost hardy in USDA zones 8-11.
Lauraceae 2g @ $22, 5g @ $47
Laurus nobilis 'Crispa'undulate grecian laurel
Also known as "wavy bay," this selection of Grecian laurel has leaves that are not only tasty, used for flavoring meats and soups, but also handsome, the leaf edges crisply textured with tight undulations. Easy to grow, this large shrub to small tree, to 12 ft tall or so, is evergreen, upright and fast-growing in full sun, lean and well-drained soil, and little to no summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. Sometimes found as Laurus nobilis 'Undulata.'
Lauraceae 2g @ $24
Laurus nobilis f. angustifoliawillow-leaf bay
Narrow leaved form of the Grecian bay with willow-like evergreen leaves and a densely branched, more spreading canopy than the more upright species, to 20 ft tall and eventually 25 ft wide. Sun and well-drained soil is best with little summer water necessary once established. Has proven hardier than most selections and, though a warm sheltered spot is preferred, has survived temps nearing 0F, bottom of USDA zone 7, with little harm. We received this the Royal Horticultural Society garden at Wisley with the above name, a still current name there, but plants are also sold as L. nobilis 'Angustifolia.'
Lauraceae 1g @ $14
Lyonothamnus floribundus var. aspleniifoliusCatalina ironwood
Lacy, evergreen foliage and cool, honey-brown peeling bark set this California native apart. A large shrub or small tree, to 15 ft, it has large, Sorbus-like, white flower clusters. Best in full sun, with little summer water.
Rosaceae 5g @ $47
Magnolia figo 'Port Wine'banana shrub
This lovely evergreen, now included in the genus magnolia, grows to 6-10 ft, with shiny, slightly leathery leaves. Needs a warm, protected spot for producing the best flowers, those delicious creations of cream inner petals and and outer petals colored a dusky port-wine -- all with an intense strawberry banana bubble gum fragrance. Sun and well-drained soil with some supplemental water in summer. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Magnoliaceae 4D @ $13
Magnolia figo var. skinneriana
Handsome evergreen tree, once in the genus Michelia and now classified with Magnolias. To 15-30 ft, with fragrant, creamy flowers in early summer. Thrives in sun to part shade with consistent moisture. Has proved to be one of the hardiest to cold of the michelia grouping within the Magnolias, accepting USDA zone 7.
Magnoliaceae 1g @ $22, 5g @ $52
Magnolia grandiflora 'Jubilee'
Medium sized evergreen magnolia, with leaves typical of the species -- dark and shiny above with orange, fuzzy undersides -- and long-lasting flowers typically cup-shaped but especially large and fragrant. Medium tree, to 20-40 ft tall x 15-30 ft wide, flowering in mid-summer. Tolerates full sun to part shade and little summer water once established. A striking focal point or street tree. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Magnoliaceae 5g @ $57
Magnolia grandiflora 'Saint Mary'
Compact form of the southern magnolia, eventually to 20-25 ft tall with densely held branches forming a pyramidal shape. Perfect small tree for the small to medium garden. Shiny green leaves have bronze indumentum (think fur) on the undersides. Spring flowers are white and sweetly fragrant. Enjoys full sun to part shade with regular summer water at least until well established. Tolerant of dampish places and said to be deer resistant. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Magnoliaceae 7g @ $57
Exceptionally hardy evergreen magnolia relative with chalice shaped pink flowers in every leaf axil. Blooms at an early age. Full sun to part shade out of east winds. Regular garden water. To 30 ft tall. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Magnoliaceae 1g @ $28, 2g @ $37
Magnolia laevifolia - large form
Received as Michelia crassipes, this is clearly a steroidal form of the very lovely Magnolia laevifolia, larger in all its parts -- to 20 -30 ft tall x 10-15 ft wide with 4” leaves, the undersides clothed in coppery indumentum as are the stems and flowers buds, and abundant, sweetly fragrant white flowers in late winter and spring and often again in autumn. Successful and happy in full sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least 10F, USDA zone 8. (As mentioned elsewhere, originally named Michelia yunnanensis, then Magnolia dianica, and finally, we hope, M. laevifolia.)
Magnoliaceae 1g @ $16, 2g @ $37, 15g @ $115
Little known evergreen magnolia with little history in this country, perfect for those who love to experiment with these rewarding plants. What little information there is has been generously supplied by Dick Figlar, expert in all things magnolia. Once known as Michelia velutina, and still considered a member of the michelia group in the genus magnolia, these trees have narrow, strap-like leaves, to 4-7" long x 2-3" wide, pale matte green on top and paler on the underside. Autumn flowers are creamy white and scented cinnamon vanilla. Though frost hardiness is unknown these are suspected to be somewhat warm-blooded, USDA zone 9ish. Experiment and let us know.
Magnoliaceae 5g @ $52
Magnolia maudiaesmiling forest monkey tree
Also known as the "smiling forest lily tree", this is one of the best magnolias to arrive from China, though still not easily available. A member of the michelia group which includes some of the most floriferous of the evergreen magnolias, M. maudiae shows off an abundance of large, white, lemon-scented flowers in early spring, and from an early age -- a perfect contrast to the large, blue-green leaves that remain handsome all year long. Fast-growing, reaching 15-20 ft tall x a somewhat narrow 8-10 ft wide in 10 or so years. A stunning and rewarding tree for sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Magnoliaceae 4D @ $18
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'
Royal Star Magnolia
Star magnolias are a frequent sight in early spring with their showy and fragrant white flowers; 'Royal Star' is a popular cultivar with even larger and showier flowers and a slightly later bloom time that helps avoid frost damage to early blooms. A small deciduous tree, slow growing to 10-15 ft x 8-10 ft, these are best in rich, well-drained soil, with regular summer water and dislike extreme conditions, e.g., too dry or too wet. Perfect for a specimen tree or an informal hedge. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Magnoliaceae 5g @ $57
Magnolia tamaulipana 'Bronze Sentinel'
Fabulous early 90s discovery in the cloud forest of the Sierra Madre Oriental by the Yucca Do boys, this bold textured evergreen, to 30-40 ft x a relatively narrow 10 ft or so,-has green leaves with bronze tones that turn bronze-purple in cooler weather. White flowers appear in spring and early summer. For sun to part shade with summer moisture. Cold hardy to between 0 and 10F, USDA zone 7, possibly slightly colder.
Magnoliaceae 2g @ $32, 5g @ $57
Magnolia x foggii 'Jack Fogg'
A long ago hybrid of M. figo and the renowned M. doltsopa. In mild climates it reaches a narrow 15 ft or so with stems and buds bathed in coppery indumentum. Flowers are white tinged with purple-pink on the edges, abundant, and, like M. figo, fragrant with hints of banana cream pie. Best in rich, well-drained soil in sun to part shade where there is shelter from drying winds. Frost hardy to uppermost USDA zone 7 with good drainage, summer water, and feeding.
Magnoliaceae 5g @ $47
Mahonia x media 'Charity'
A candelabra of sizzling yellow flowers in winter is a very welcome sight on this handsome mahonia, a tall and vigorous evergreen plant that is quite architectural, flashy and easy to grow too. Fairly columnar and multi-stemmed, to 10 ft tall x 5 ft wide, these are best planted away from paths where their prickly foliage may be experienced too closely. Full to part sun with some summer water, though somewhat drought tolerant when established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Berberidaceae 2g @ $24, 5g @ $42
Malus sp. - Taiwan
Collected some time ago from the highlands of Taiwan by plantsman Philip McDougal, this small, 15 ft tree has been quite striking in our garden with its flattened top and deeply dissected leaves that begin turning saturated tones of orange and red in late December, usually holding through winter. Our plant has not yet flowered or fruited for us so stay tuned for more information. Full sun for best color and occasional summer water where dry. From our experience, frost hardy in USDA zone 8a.
Rosaceae 5g @ $52
Maytenus boaria 'Green Showers'
Evergreen tree, to 30 ft tall and wide over time, with a weeping habit and bright green, dense foliage, the leaves finely toothed. Flowers are small but fragrant, green and star-shaped in summer, and followed by a few red berries in this femal form. Grows fastest in good garden loam, up to two feet per year. Should be watered deeply every two weeks to encourage deep roots and discourage suckering. Best without mulch. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Celastraceae 5g @ $55
Metapanax delavayi 'Stout'
stout delavay false ginseng
A Cistus introduction. Selected from our seed grown plants, this clone of an already desirable evergreen aralia relative, has rather thickened compound leaves, more schefflera-like than its brethren. A graceful shrub or small tree, these have a sturdy form, maintaining an upright stance. Mature plants produce late summer clusters of white flowers that become black berries providing winter food for the birds. Dappled sun to part shade and rich, moist soil are best. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7 and possibly lower. (The species, until recently, was Nothopanax delavayi.)
Araliaceae 6in @ $18
Morus alba 'Chapparal'
We feel this is the best weeping mulberry, with its silvery bark and filigreed leaves on weeping stems, green in summer and golden in autumn before dropping. Blooms in spring but as a male form, does not fruit. Easily trained to stand to 6-12 ft tall and wide with branches reaching the ground, but also striking when allowed to spill over a a structure. Prefers full sun or dappled shade and summer water though tolerant of some summer drought. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Moraceae 5g @ $47
A lovely and vigorous form of the deciduous swamp tupelo, this chinese species grows taller, to 40 ft or more and half as wide, with apical dominance (uprighteousness...) maintained much more easily than our native North American species. Sun to dappled shade. Best with summer water but tolerates some drought. Also sits happily in winter water. Fall colors are vibrant red to deep oranges to gold. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Nyssaceae 1g @ $18, 2g @ $28
Olea europaea 'Leccino'Hardy Spanish olive
Possibly one of the best for the American West in general. Small, vigorous trees, 10 to 20 ft with 3"+, dazzlingly silver leaves with reflective undersides & contrasting dark fruit. Sun in well-drained soil. Supplemental water to establish; withhold in late summer to harden. Reliable in USDA zone 8; worth a try in zone 7.
Oleaceae 2g @ $28
Olea europaea 'Mission'
Long planted in North America, a reliable plant with an overall handsome habit. To 15-20 ft, though untended specimens have reached 40 ft, with 2" silvery leaves and deep black fruit ripening late. Sun in well-drained soil. Supplemental water to establish; withhold in late summer to harden. Has remained hardy to 10ºF, USDA zone 8 if fully ripened.
Oleaceae 15g @ $155
Photinia serratifolia var. serratifolia
From China, this handsome and useful big, bold, glossy leaved evergreen can be grown as a large shrub or trimmed as a small tree -- to 12-25 ft x 10-20 ft. Leaves, 4-8”, emerge light green and bronze tinged maturing to dark green and leathery with serrated margins and lighter undersides. Large clusters of bright red berries in autumn follow the early spring panicles of white flowers, lovely, though their aroma is not universally admired. Sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant but accepts and appreciates some summer water. USDA zone 6.
Rosaceae 5g @ $42
This dark-needled pine, from Russia and Afghanistan, loves dry conditions, growing quickly when young, eventually reaching 30-80 ft tall by 15-25 ft wide with a symmetrical form, rounding on top over time. Needles are 6" long in sets of two and occasionally 3. Tolerates poor soils but good drainage is best for long term health. Drought tolerant once established, but accepts occasional deep watering, in full sun inland or on the coast where plants tolerate windy conditions. Frost hardy to -10, USDA zone 6.
Pinaceae 7g @ $57
Pinus ponderosa - Willamette Valley Collection
Beautiful, massive native tree, these from plants that grow in the Willamette Valley. Needles are up to 10" long. Bark is very dark brown when young, maturing to a yellow-red-brown, becoming very thick and furrowed, breaking up into "jigsaw puzzle" like pieces. Eventually reaches 175 ft but not quickly. Adapted to full sun, well-drained soil and little or no summer water once established. Frost hardy to -40F, USDA zone 3.
Pinaceae 1g @ $16
Pistachia chinensis 'Keith Davey'
A most attractive deciduous tree, to 25 ft tall and slowly to 50 ft x 20-30 ft wide, known for its tolerance of dry, difficult sites and its florescent fall color, a particularly brilliant orange in this cultivar. This selection chosen from its maleness! (as in lack of fruit) and attractive, red-tinted leaves. Loves sun and an occasional deep watering to get established and speed growth. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 6.
Anacardiaceae 15g @ $125
Polyspora macrocarpa DJHMV 041
These are lovely Asian counterparts to the gordonia, large shrubs to small trees reaching 15-20 ft or more in a reasonable time with evergreen, glossy, 4-5" leaves emerging orange then, in late summer, framing clusters of 2-3" fragrant white flowers with a generous boss of yellow stamens. All of this and stewartia-like bark as well! Prefers full sun in coastal areas to dappled shade inland and well-drained soil with occasional summer water where dry. This form has so far proven frost hardy in the garden to the bottom of USDA zone 8 with overhead protection.
Theaceae 6in @ $21, 2g @ $24
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'hardy bitter orange
Ancient Asian selection of the bitter orange with lovely twisted stems and wicked thorns. Extremely hardy (to -20F), deciduous citrus, best in winter when the green stems and huge thorns are exposed and large orange fruits hang on. In spring, white flowers with a sweet fragrance. Plant in containers for the most drama; in the ground for easiest care. To 10 ft in time... a long time. Extremely frost hardy, to USDA zone 5.
Rutaceae 6in @ $11, 2g @ $24
Prunus ilicifoliaHOLLY LEAF CHERRY
A cherry for the dry garden with dark-green, holly like leaves and attractive, white flowers in July followed by late autumn fruit (more pit than cherry). A chaparral plant from Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains and southward, this dense, evergreen shrub or small tree, to 5-10 ft, is an important wildlife habitat and food source. Best in full sun with little summer water. Undamaged into the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8.
Rosaceae 2g @ $24
Pseudopanax feroxtoothed lancewood
One of those cool dinosaur plants found down Kiwi way that catches the eye and triggers the lust gene in plant geeks and adventurous gardeners. Juvenile leaves are dark brown, long, very narrow, stiff, and saw-toothed, growing downward from a central stem -- odd indeed. Slow growing, trees reach 20 ft in 20+ years, only then producing adult foliage, shorter, wider, and green. Sun to dappled or bright shade and regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8b in a sheltered location, though even in Portland we keep most of ours in containers and shelter during winter cold.
Araliaceae 1g @ $30
Quercus aff. rugosa - La Siberica strain
This is from our 1991 collection from high valley in Mexico's Nuevo Leon state and named for the town and the cold climate from which it comes. In habitat these form dense 6-8 ft shrubs with undulate and glossy fiddle-shaped leaves, deep green and ever so lightly furry above with a thick woolly coating of cream to light orange fur beneath. OoooH! Our original seed collections have grown in our somewhat more lavish conditions to 15 ft small trees just large enough tshow off the reflective undersides of the leaves. OoooH! OooH! From its habitat we suggest this might well be frost hardy into USDA zone 6 but we know zone 7 is a no-brainer. Ohhhhh, ohhh, ohhh!
Fagaceae 2g @ $28
Collected in Quetzalan Peublo from about 7500 ft by plantsman Allen Taylor. This is a most handsome evergreen oak grows to about 70 ft, though we expect a reasonable 30 ft in the garden in 10-15 years and slow growth thereafter. The silvery bark is a perfect backdrop for the attractive, 4" x 2" pleated leaves that emerge red and fade to a lustrous green. Can lose some leaves toward late winter, early spring. Drought tolerant though in dry climates summer water will push growth. The high elevation collection suggests frost hardiness to at least the bottom of USDA zone 8 and possibly a bit cooler.
Fagaceae 2g @ $28
japanese blue oak
Previously Cyclobalonopsis glauca. Beautiful oak, or oak relative depending on one's taxonomic belief, from southeast China to Japan and Taiwan. This blue-tinted creature can reach 60-80 ft but seems content at 20 ft in our part of the world. It had a brief stint of popularity in Portland in the 50s, then as far as we can tell, became almost completely unavailable. The silvered bark and blue undersides of the leaves make this one of the prettiest, medium-sized garden trees available for warmer climates. Not fussy but likes supplemental summer water in dry climates. Good for sun or shade. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7. (The beautiful specimen at the JC Raultson Arboretum in North Carolina was damaged severely but recovered quickly at around -8º F.)
Fagaceae 5g @ $37
Quercus hypoleucoidessilver oak
We first fell in love with this plant in the 1980s upon seeing a collection from an expedition of Boyd Kline and Frank Callahan to northeastern Mexico. Our first up close and personal experience was on New Year's Day, seeing these exquisite 25 ft tall by 15 ft wide trees in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Arizona where, under bright blue skies and with a few inches of snow on the ground, the dazzling sliver undersides of the leaves reflected as if illuminated by spot light. Fast growing when young. The narrow leaves are very leathery and shiny and can age to maroon on the upper surface in cold temperatures. A plant for sun, well-drained soil, and quite possibly hardy into low to mid USDA zone 6. But we are sure about zone 7. Our favorite oak, really.
Fagaceae 2g @ $24, 5g @ $47
Quercus ilexholly oak, holm oak
Native to the Mediterranean, frequently grown as far north as the British Isles and occasionally in the western US. This olive green, silver tinted, medium to large tree, to 25-40 ft ft (more in a few hundred years) is most exquisitely adapted to dry summer climates and is a wonderful constituent of that Mediterranean look, just throw in an Italian cypress and some olives. Requires only well-drained soil and temperatures not falling below 0 to 10F, USDA zone 7, for any length of time. Not absolutely happy with the summer heat and humidity of the US Southeast unless in well-drained, exposed situations.
Fagaceae 2g @ $28
Handsome and long-lived southern oak, deciduous with narrow, willow-like foliage, small leaves for easy raking. Grows somewhat fast, reaching 60-80 ft tall x 30-40 ft wide with a dense rounded crown. Produces small acorns that provide food for birds. A fine street tree tolerating heat, humidity, air pollution, and even standing water and compacted soils. Drought tolerant for brief periods but grows best in moist, well-drained soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Fagaceae 2g @ $32
Quercus sadlerianaSadler Oak, deer oak
One of the handsomest of the western, evergreen oaks, this native of southwest Oregon to northern California is a small shrub, to only 6-10 ft tall x 3 ft wide, with huge, shining leaves, oblong and serrated, dark green above and paler beneath. Best in well-drained soil in understory conditions in light shade. Tolerant of summer drought and hot conditions as well as heavy winter rains. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Fagaceae 1g @ $18
Quercus suberCork Oak
The famed cork oak from the savannas of southwestern Europe, indeed used for repeated harvest of the real thing! Coming from our mirror climate, this makes a most beautiful and useful street or garden tree, reaching an eventual 50 ft, with thickened, orangey bark and rounded, evergreen leaves, somewhat shedding briefly in early spring as the new leaves emerge. (By the way, pigs love the acorns ... just saying.) Accepts a fair amount of garden water but most at home with long summer drought. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae 6D @ $28, 20g @ $225
Quercus tomentellaisland oak
Quite rare in commerce, this striking tree, to 30 ft tall or so and endemic to the islands just off the coast of southern California, has 4" adult leaves that look very much like Lithocarpus densiflorus -- rather glossy green, rounded ovals with most attractive pleats particularly visible on the silvery undersides. Prefers sun and dry summers but tolerates average garden conditions as long as the drainage is good. These make good street trees or specimens for the mid-sized garden. Frost hardy to the upper end of USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae 1g @ $16
Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata'variegated italian buckthorn
This tough, evergreen, Mediterranean shrub has been grown since the 17th century for its handsome variegated foliage, pale green leaves with creamy white margins that echo the white, spring flowers. Handsome red berries in fall stand out against the pale foliage. To 12-15 ft tall and nearly as wide. Has the best form in full sun but accepts part shade as well. Requires little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae 1g @ $14
Rhamnus alaternus 'John Edwards'
One of the most versatile, durable, easy, and drought tolerant plants for Mediterranean climates, this selection having come from Tilden Park in Berkeley, California. Small tree, to 20 ft, or large shrub, to 12 ft, easily trimmed as a handsome hedge. Evergreen leaves are small, crinkley, and dark green; greenish white flowers also small, and produce black berries adding texture. Full sun with very little summer water. Frost hardy to 5F, USDA zone 7b.
Rhamnaceae 1g @ $14
Sequoia sempervirens 'Steel Blue'
Coastal Redwood cultivar with small textured, steely blue foliage, bluer even than the blue cultvar 'Glauca' , becoming more powdery blue with age. Slow growing and very slow to develop and upright leader -- hence the prostrate appearance. Can be kept quite low, by pruning out any serious upright that appears, or allowed to become a stylish tree, very slow growing - say 6 ft in 10 years. Sun to part shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Cupressaceae 5g @ $47
Sycopsis sinensisChinese Fighazel
Evergreen witch hazel relation, a small tree to 10-15 ft tall and as wide , found in central China and, though introduced by plantsman Edmund Wilson in the early 20th century is still something of an rarity. Oblong, 2-4” leaves are dark green above and lighter beneath. In early spring clusters of threadlike flowers open from fuzzy buds to yellow stamens and red anthers. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil in sun or part shade; best protected from harshest sun in hot climates. Regular water. Frost hardy to the upper teens, upper USDA zone 8. Some leaf loss or damage possible below.
Hamamelidaceae 5g @ $47
Taxodium distichum 'Pendens'
Deciduous conifer, a long-lived tree that can reach 40-50 ft in half as many years. Enjoys moist soil, even wetlands, but is successful in moist, well-drained soil as well, even tolerating occasional drought. The branch tips droop slightly on this cultivar, creating a graceful profile and cones are larger than the species. Sun to dappled shade. This North American native is frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5
Cupressaceae 2g @ $37
Taxodium distichum var. imbricatum
We saw this cypress all over the lowland areas of South Carolina on our last visit, standing like somber sentinels.... These are deciduous conifers, growing to 30 ft or so in the garden, taller in the wild. Leaves are needle-like, spirally arranged close to the stems, deep green in summer and turning lovely orange-brown in fall. Native to coastal areas of the American south, these love water, every kind of water. Easily grown in full sun in moist and water retentive soil -- even in occasional standing water. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Cupressaceae 15g @ $125
Taxodium mucronatum - historic New Mexico population
A tall, handsome, Mexican native tree, to 50 ft or more by 30-40 ft wide and semi-evergreen, with a spreading crown, horizontal branches, and weeping foliage. Prefers sun to part sun and lean soil with regular summer water, though tolerant of summer drought. The Montezuma cypress was once thought to grow only in warmer climes of USDA zone 9 or so, but these plants, cutting grown from seed collected off 500 year old trees at 5000 ft in New Mexico, are very happy in the Pacific Northwest USDA zone 8. Taxodium huegelii is a synonym accepted by some as the proper name.
Cupressaceae 2g @ $26
Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'
rice paper plant
A selected giant form of rice paper plant. HUGE 3+ ft leaves on stems to 15 ft. Can you say ‘statement’? Related to Fatsia japonica, but with larger leaves -- much larger -- very felted, and less cut. Best in sun to part shade with protection from wind. Rich soil and regular summer water to establish. Can be deciduous if temperatures drop below 15F but resprouts easily. Root hardy to 10F, bottom of USDA zone 8.
Araliaceae 1g @ $15, 2g @ $32
Toona sinensis 'Flamingo'
Lovely, tall, deciduous tree, native to China and much of Asia, with pinnate foliage emerging pink and aging through light yellow to bright green. Foliage is fragrant as are the lush, midsummer panicles of creamy white flowers. Peeling brown bark adds interest. Fast growing to 20+ ft in the garden, Enjoys heat, so sun to part shade with normal summer water. Frost hardy in USDA Zone 6.
Meliaceae 2g @ $28
Chinese Windmill palm
Hardiest and best palm for Portland. Medium growing to 20 ft or more. Best in full sun with ample moisture. Site out of wind to prevent tattering of leaves. Frost hardy to anything Portland can give it, easy in USDA zone 8; zone 7 and upper 6 with protection.
Arecaceae 15g @ $225, box @ $595
Trachycarpus fortunei - precocious fruiting form
Shared with us by great Texas plantsman, Scott Ogden, this little fella forms a short trunk that, though eventually growing to typical chusan palm size, forms a dense crown and flowers after only a few years from seed, producing heavy amounts of blue black fruit on yellow stems -- of great ornamental value. Full sun to only lightly dappled shade. Summer water for best growth. At least as typically frost hardy, to 0F with some reports of -10F. Five year old plants in 6" long pots.
Arecaceae 5g @ $57
Trachycarpus wagnerianusjapanese temple palm
To us the most exquisite of the Trachycarpus clan, found nearly 200 years ago in a temple in southern Japan and known only from cultivation. The stiff, symmetric leaves, looking as if shorn carefully at the ends, are lightly edged in white indumentum and often have most attractive pale blue undersides. Because of the rigidity of the leaves, they never tatter in high winds. Their most unique feature and what makes them most easily recognized is the several years spent resembling a miniature palm, as from very early on their fronds become "adult" -- even when only 4" or 5" across. Can be kept dwarf for many years but in the ground, with adequate summer water, they grow even more quickly than typical chusan palms, actually doubling in size for several years. Our 10 year old plants are now approaching 12-15 ft in height. (A small tidbit: though an incorrect entry, a palm book years ago confused T. wagnerianus with T. takil when actually they have little in common.) Best in bright sun. About as frost hardy as T. fortunei but shows damage less easily, e.g. no tattering. Our seed is produced from our own isolated plants. Woohoo! These plants already at least 4 years old and producing adult fronds. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Arecaceae 6in @ $19, 2g @ $37
Handsome, evergreen conifer, native along the Pacific Coast from southern Alaska to the mountains of central California. Can reach 20-30 ft tall x 10-15 ft wide in the garden. Enjoys cool temperatures and moist conditions; does well in part shade or in full sun if not allowed to dry out. Consistent summer water is best. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Pinaceae 2g @ $27
x Gordlinia grandiflora
A recent and long sought after cross between Franklinia alatamaha and Gordonia lasianthus by Dr. Tom Ranney at the North Carolina State University Station. Expected to be a lovely ornamental tree, to 15-20 ft tall x 12-18 ft wide, with shiny leaves of green with lovely red overtones, the red increasing in colder weather. Who wouldn't love a mostly evergreen tree that provides rich red fall color. Spring flowers are large, white, and showy. Easier than either of its parents in the garden in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardiness expected in USDA zone 7 if not 6.
Theaceae 4D @ $14
Japanese Pepper Tree
Deciduous ornamental shrub or small tree, to 6-8 ft tall x 4-6 ft wide at maturity, with densely held compound, pinnate leaves, dark green and glossy with a fern-like appearance that suggests one of the common names, Japanese prickly ash. Clusters of small, greenish yellow flowers appear in summer producing reddish fruit with the black pepper seeds of the name. Prefers full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Rutaceae 5g @ $47