Plant Types / Trees
Among the most permanent plants in the landscape, trees are the biggest and most enduring plants you can grow - and also the most expensive. Therefore, selecting the right tree is very important. Find beautiful, low-maintenance, pest- and disease-resistant trees that will provide four-season interest, color, and beauty to your landscape or small garden.
Noted for its dark foliage and excellent tolerance to drought and heat, Cercis canadensis 'Merlot' (Eastern Redbud) is a compact, deciduous tree with an upright, dense, vase-shaped habit. Masses of pea-like, bright pink flowers held in clusters cover the bare branches in the spring, before the foliage emerges, creating a most dramatic display.
Noted for its unique weeping habit, award-winning Cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls' (Redbud) is a compact, deciduous tree with profuse, pea-like, dark rose flowers that arise before the foliage in spring on bright red stems. The cheerful blossoms are on display for several weeks before being joined by glossy, heart-shaped maroon-red leaves
Cercis canadensis 'Tennessee Pink' (Eastern Redbud) is a compact, deciduous tree with a dense, dome-shaped canopy. Masses of pea-like clear pink flowers held in clusters cover the bare branches in the spring, before the foliage emerges, creating a most dramatic display. The cheerful blossoms are on display for 2-3 weeks.
Noted for its showy spring flowers, Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) is a deciduous, often multi-trunked tree with a graceful, rounded crown and horizontally tiered branches. Masses of pea-like rosy-pink flowers held in clusters cover the bare branches in the spring, before the foliage emerges, creating a most dramatic display.
Award-winning Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' (Chinese Redbud) is an upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with profuse, densely-clustered, tiny, rose-to-magenta flowers that arise before the foliage in spring. The cheerful blossoms literally cover the tree in a spectacular floral display. They last for several weeks before being joined by large, heart-shaped, glossy green leaves, tinted red-purple when they unfurl.
Free-flowering, award-winning Cercis chinensis 'Don Egolf' (Chinese Redbud) is a slow growing, compact, deciduous shrub or small tree with profuse, densely-clustered, tiny, rosy-mauve flowers that arise before the foliage in spring. The cheerful blossoms literally cover the tree in a spectacular floral display.
Providing four-season interest, Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) is a deciduous shrub or small tree of great beauty. In spring, its silvery-gray branches contrast beautifully with masses of brilliant magenta flowers which are attractive to hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and other native pollinators. The cheerful blossoms give way to long, purple-brown seed pods which adorn the branches in summer.
Noted for its spectacular floral display, Cercis siliquastrum (Judas Tree) is a deciduous, often multi-trunked tree with a rounded crown. Masses of pea-like purplish rose flowers held in clusters appear in the spring, before or with the leaves. Pretty on the tree and good in salads, they are larger than those found on most other Cercis species.
Regarded as the bluest of the Lawson Cypress cultivars, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pembury Blue' is a majestic, evergreen conifer forming a medium-sized, broadly conical tree. Its elegant, pendulous sprays of bright silvery-blue foliage scream for attention year round. It is of moderate growth, 6-12 in. (15-30 cm) per year. A popular choice in a number of gardens, this cultivar is ideal for providing year-round structure.
Quite stunning, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Aurea' (Nootka Cypress) is a tall evergreen conifer forming a dense, slender, pyramidal tree with drooping, flat sprays of scale-like, golden foliage. Lemon yellow during spring growth, the foliage gradually turns to yellow-green. When well sited, this Nootka Cypress is fast growing and may easily add one or more feet (> 30 cm) in height and width per year. A pleasure to look at year-round, this elegant selection makes an excellent specimen conifer.
Incredibly beautiful, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Glauca' (Nootka Cypress) is a tall evergreen conifer forming a dense, conical tree with graceful sprays of soft blue-green foliage. In summer, its blue tips stand out against the rest of the foliage and create a lovely effect. It bears an abundance of seed cones from a young age. When well sited, this Nootka Cypress is fast growing and may easily add one or more feet (> 30 cm) in height and width per year. A pleasure to look at year-round, this stately selection makes an excellent specimen conifer.
Quite majestic, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' (Nootka Cypress) is a medium-sized, evergreen conifer forming a strongly weeping, pyramidal tree. Hanging from spreading branches that sweep upwards at their tips, are long trailing curtains of dark gray-green foliage. When well sited, this Nootka Cypress is fast growing and may easily add one or more feet (> 30 cm) in height and width per year. A pleasure to look at year-round, this elegant selection makes an excellent specimen conifer.
Chionanthus virginicus (Fringe Tree) is a deciduous shrub or small tree which is spectacular in full bloom. In late spring or early summer, it is literally covered with delicate clouds of slightly fragrant, creamy-white flowers borne in long drooping panicles.
Remarkably cold-hardy, Citrus japonica (Kumquat) is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree prized for its glossy lance-shaped leaves and very small, oval, orange fruits. The orange rind is sweet and the light orange flesh is acidic. The fruit is unique in that you eat the whole thing, skin and all. Heavenly scented white flowers bloom in summer.
A popular blood orange variety, Citrus sinensis 'Moro' is a medium-sized, evergreen tree prized for its medium to large, juicy oranges with deep, wine-colored flesh. Frequently borne in clusters, they are the most intensely colored of the blood oranges.
A sport of the popular Eureka lemon, Citrus x limon 'Eureka Pink Variegated' is a medium-sized, evergreen tree prized for its variegated foliage and round fruits. When young, the fruit are covered with green and creamy-yellow stripes. When fully ripe, the stripes fade, and the rind turns creamy-yellow with distinct pink oil glands. The flesh is pale pink when mature, low-seeded, and very acidic.
A popular lemon variety, Citrus x limon 'Eureka' is a medium-sized, almost thornless, evergreen tree of spreading and open growth habit, prized for its abundant crops of oblong, bright yellow fruits. The fruit is pleasantly fragrant, thick-skinned, with a short neck and a conspicuous nipple. It is juicy, with a highly sour flavor, and noted for having very few seeds.
Delicious and easy to grow, Citrus × aurantiifolia (Key Lime) is a spiny evergreen shrub or small tree, prized for its rounded fruit, 2-3 in. across (4-6 cm), with juicy green pulp. Green and glossy when immature, the fruit turns pale-yellow when ripe. It is aromatic, juicy, very acid and flavorful. Valued for its unique flavor, it lends itself to many culinary uses.
The most widely cultivated lime, Citrus × latifolia (Persian Lime) is a medium-sized, nearly thornless evergreen shrub or small tree, prized for its oval fruit, 2-3 in. across (4-6 cm), with juicy light greenish-yellow pulp. Vivid green and glossy when immature, the fruit turns pale-yellow when ripe. It is aromatic, juicy, acid, but without the distinctive bouquet of the Key lime.
Prized for its lovely flowers and brightly colored fruit, Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower) is a deciduous large shrub or small tree of great ornamental interest. From midsummer to fall, large, loose clusters of wonderfully fragrant white flowers, subtended by balloon-like pink calyces, are produced in the upper leaf axils. Grabbing the attention, they attract hummingbirds, butterflies, honeybees, and other pollinators. The blossoms are followed by small metallic bright blue fruits adorned with contrasting star-shaped red calyces.
Prized for its lovely flowers and brightly colored fruit, Cornus capitata (Evergreen Dogwood) is a bushy evergreen tree or shrub of spreading habit, forming a low canopy of ovate, leathery, dark green leaves, that may take on purplish and reddish shades in fall. In early to midsummer, showy creamy-white, petal-like bracts surrounding insignificant, true flowers are on display, contrasting nicely with the evergreen foliage. Grabbing the attention, they are followed by clusters of fleshy, strawberry-like, red berries in fall.
Graceful and spectacular, Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree) is a small deciduous tree with beautifully layered horizontal branches. The stems are red and the ovate green leaves are adorned with bright creamy margins. In late spring, small, creamy-white flowers appear in flattened clusters and provide a great floral show.
Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) is a small, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub with 4 seasons of interest. In spring, a heavenly array of star-like blooms appear. They consist of four narrowly pointed white bracts which surround the center cluster of tiny yellowish-green flowers.