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NATIVE TREES & SHRUBS

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Most of our stock is available in sizes easily shipped by mail, that is, under 1m.
This symbol indicates plants that are also available in sizes over 1m. The price is the same but you'll have to come and pick them up. Our Spring pick-up dates are April 21, 22 and 28, 29, 2018 between 8am and 4pm. Please see Specials or this map to Marlbank for directions.


I am fond of houses & flowers, even vegetables & fruit trees. I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it.
Gertrude Stein

Viburnum trilobum
HIGH-BUSH CRANBERRY Z2/2m
Panicles of snowy white flowers & miniature maple-like leaves make this one of the most ornamental of food bushes. Clusters of scarlet berries attract wildlife but enjoy mixed reviews as human food.

Viburnum lentago
NANNYBERRY Z3/2.5m
"A large, tree-like deciduous shrub with glossy green leaves that turn purple-red in fall. Large clusters of white flowers. Berries turn from yellow-green to red to blue-black." The Hillier Gardener's Guide.

Celtis tenuifolia
DWARF HACKBERRY Z3/6m
A small, nicely shaped, drought-tolerant shade tree or bush suited to sandy and calciferous soils. The think layer of edible flesh surrounding the seed attracts wildlife. Uncommon north of the Ohio River and rarely offered by nurseries.

Hypericum frondosum
GOLDEN ST. JOHN'S WORT Z5/80cm
Wide, handsome, upright Carolinian shrub. Bark reddish and exfoliating. Pretty blue-green leaves. Long-stamened, bright yellow flowers beloved by bumble bees. Very effective in mass plantings.

Aronia melanocarpa
BLACK CHOKEBERRY Z3/2.2m
Tall, open-limbed native shrub with lustrous dark-blue edible berries attractive to wildlife. Autumn leaves turn a vivid carmine. Prefers slightly acidic soils but will grow anywhere. Loves the Laurentians.

In Norse sagas, the river of fate rises from beneath the Ash.

Physocarpus opulifolius "Luteus"
GOLODEN NINEBARK Z2b/1.8m
Good-looking, old-fashioned native shrub once seen beside every Ontario farmhouse. Vigorous & pest-free. Exfoliating gold bark & bronzy leaves make a splash of yellow all summer. Decorative seed pods.

Physocarpus opulifolius "Diablo"
DIABLO PURPLE NINEBARK Z3/1.6m
A flashier slightly smaller Ninebark with wine-coloured leaves and pinkish-white corymbs. Rangy form can be pruned back after flowering. Needs only full sun and well-drained soil.

Rhus aromatica
FRAGRANT SUMAC Z3/1m
Glossy aromatic leaves. Small yellow flowers. Clusters of reddish berry-like fruit in late summer attract wildlife. Spreads readily through poor soil. Prefers full sun. Helps control soil erosion.

Lindera benzoin
SPICEBUSH Z4b?/2.5m
Early yellow flowers emerge in dense clusters before the leaves which, like the scarlet fruit, are aromatic when touched. Prefers moist lowlands but adapts to most terrains. A Carolinian native with a toehold in eastern Ontario.

Ptelea trifoliata
WAFER ASH Z5/2m
Attractive addition to the forest edge where it beckons all summer long with soft yellow flowers and hop-like seed. Leaves lustrous. Tolerant of poor soils. Native to S.W. Ontario.

Speak to the earth and it shall teach you.
Job 12:8

Cornus drummondi
ROUGHLEAF DOGWOOD Z5/3-4m ‡
Large decorative southern shrub native to S.W. Ont. but hardy north. Erect, multi-branched; grows in thickets. Numerous loose flat flower clusters; white berries with red stems. Good on sandy or clay soils. Seldom offered.

Birds and beasts and country folk love what is old. They all delight to live in what may be called the quiet crevices: birds in the thatch or the hollow tree: groundhogs in their mounds, swallows in the old cliffs, and city refugees in their antique homes. Only in country places that have been forgotten by a noisy world, do birds and beasts and men seem to enjoy each others company.
Bosworth Smith – Bird Life 1905

Cornus alternifolia
PAGODA DOGWOOD Z3b/4m ‡
Named for its elegant form & curiously tiered branches, this hardy native seems to have sprung from an oriental garden. Miniature leaves turn both yellow & scarlet. Blue berries on bright red stalks. An understorey species, very shade tolerant.

Liriodendron tulipifera
TULIP TREE Z5b/22m
Queen of the Carolinian forest able to survive north now thanks to global warming. Named for its tulip-shaped leaf and lovely yellow flower. Tallest hardwood in N. America. Wood used in cabinets, canoes and classic car bodies. Pest Free. Great in groves. Golden in autumn.

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