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DECORATIVE TREES & SHRUBS

Viburnum lantana

Viburnum lantana
WAYFARING TREE Z2b/3m
Wide cymes of white flowers in June followed by red berries in Sept. which gradually turn dark to match the purple autumn leaves. Tolerates prairie winters and dry soils. One of the best looking wildlife plants; it attracts creatures all year long.

Euonymus sachalinensis
ASIAN SPINDLE TREE Z4b/2m

Another rare beautiful offering from that long misty island north of Japan. Sumptuous foliage, brilliant red in fall. Extravagant scarlet fruit. One of the showiest of all shrubs yet easy to grow.

Euonymus hamiltonianus
CHINESE SPINDLE TREE Z5/3m

Deciduous or small tree native to Japan & Korea. Very showy in the fall with outstanding reddish-pink foliage. Fruit is deep fuchsia with an orange aril.

Euonymus europaeus
SPINDLE TREE Z4a?/4m ‡
Named for its useful, hard, nonsplitting wood, this formal little tree is of great use in landscaping. Brilliant fall colour. Dangles of orange fruit. From a fine specimen at the Ottawa Experimental Farm.

Euonymus

Euonymus alatus var.
TWEED EUONYMUS Z4/2.5 m
After visiting many distinguished collections of euonymus, it is ironic to find the most beautiful form yet - probably a Burning Bush hybrid - growing & glowing in a nearby town. Neat, sturdy, straight stems literally light up in autumn with long-lasting rosy leaves. Top notch.

Prunus maackii
AMUR GOLDBARK CHERRY Z1b/8m ‡
An explosive grower, its satiny bark varies from muted gold to a radiant amber that seems to glow from within. The effect contrasts dramatically with snow or a grove of Birch. Features racemes of white flowers, fruit for wildlife, few pests and an arctic hardiness. From Manchuria.

Sorbaria sorbifolia flowersSorbaria sorbifolia

Sorbaria sorbifolia
URAL FALSE SPIREA Z2/1.5-3m ‡  
Rugged Siberian with lance-like leaflets & fleeces of cream-white flowers. If planted en masse it will handsomely cover rough ground. Tolerant of almost anything but grass competition.

             

Cotoneaster nitidus
SHINY COTONEASTER Z5/1.2m
Jaunty, medium-sized alpine shrub from S.E. Asia, named for its bright semi-evergreen leaves. All cotoneasters are attractive to bees.

Cotoneaster dammeri
BEARBERRY COTONEASTER Z3/30cm
This low-growing evergreen shrub is found creeping around the entire SE flank of the Himalayas. Cheerful red berries and purple fall leaves. Likes calcareous soils. A highly recommended ground cover, aggressive but not invasive.

Cotoneaster submultiflora
REDBEAD COTONEASTER Z3/2.5m

Central Asia. Arching shrub with gray-green foliage & bright red berries, attractive over many months. Our favourite large Cotoneaster. Can be trained into almost any shape. Prairie hardy.

Kolkwitzia amabilis "Pink Cloud"
PINK CLOUD BEAUTYBUSH Z5/3m

Named for its profusion of bell-shaped pink flowers in early June. Low maintenance. Tolerates clay, deer & light shade. Birds known to nest in its intricate branching.

Callicarpa bodinieri
BODINIER'S BEAUTYBERRY Z5/2m
Grown primarily for its decorative purple berries, so bitter they last through the winter. Small lilac flowers, red leaves in autumn. From central China. Attractive solo or in groups.

Rhodotypos scandens
BLACK JET BEAD Z5/1.8m

A popular ornamental with parchment-white, perfect flowers followed by shining black berries. Leaves & fruit persist well into winter. In the rose family, the only species in its genus. From N.E. Asia.

Yucca filimentosa

Yucca filamentosa
ADAM'S NEEDLE Z4/1m

Under-utilized in Canadian landscaping, this "arctic cactus" offers one of the few desert effect available to northern gardeners. The Navaho weave Yucca leaves into baskets & sandals. It flowers with a startling explosion of huge cream-coloured spikes. Prefers full sun & good drainage.


ROSE

Rosa rugosa
RUGOSA RED ROSE Z2/1.4m
As well as supplying hips for food, this densely flowered frangrant rose makes a carefree 1.2m hedge when planted 70cm apart. Vigorous, will tolerate even sea spray & is hardy to Zone 2. Rugosas are now grown as a cash crop in Nova Scotia. The odd 'sport' will have white flowers.


LILAC

Gardening, thankfully, is a way to combat the fast pace of life. "Sanity in the soil" we call it. When nature decides to go "on-line" you'll know it's time to throw in the trowel.
Plant & Garden Magazine

Syringa villosa
PINK VILLOSA LILAC Z2/3m
A Chinese lilac blooming in late June with copious pink flowers. Won't sucker. Transplants well. Trims easily to a small tree. Very hardy, thrives on most dry soils & blends well with wild lilacs. For hedging, plant 1m apart.      

Syringa reticulata
JAPANESE TREE LILAC Z2b/5m ‡
Late-blooming, tree-form lilac that pops out long plumes of creamy, fragrant blossoms in early July. Branches radiate, in the Japanese manner, giving dense shade. Patterned, cherry-like bark contrasts well with snow. Tolerates poor soils.

Syringa vulgaris
PURPLE LILAC Z2/4m
Ever popular Purple Lilac. Spreads to a 3-4m wide clump spiked with panicles of mauve flowers. Flourishes even on thin lime soils. Originally Persian, now naturalized in North America. Makes impenetrable hedging.

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