(Katsura Tree, Red Fox Katsura Tree)
Regarded as one of the world's most beautiful small ornamental shade trees, the katsura tree has uniform heart-shaped leaves. The German selection 'Red Fox' produces new spring leaves of a burgundy-purple or bronze-red hue that mature to blue-green by early summer. In autumn the leaves turn pinkish apricot to gold and release a faint fragrance akin to burned sugar or caramel as they drop. The gray-brown bark exfoliates in vertical bands, adding winter and early spring garden interest on the upright...
James H. Schutte
(Weeping Katsura Tree)
An elegant and variable form of one of East Asia's most beautiful trees, weeping katsura bears dainty shimmering heart-shaped leaves on cascading, mounded branches.
The leaves of this deciduous tree emerge with a bronzy color before turning medium green. The leaf blades have tiny scalloped edges and are usually held in opposite pairs on the branches. In early spring, before the leaves emerge, tiny flowers appear, with red female flowers and green male flowers borne on separate trees. Fertile...
(Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura Tree, Weeping Katsura Tree)
Introduced into the American nursery trade by Kentucky nurseryman Theodore Klein around 1960, 'Amazing Grace' is a weeping katsura tree that bears dainty, shimmering, heart-shaped leaves on cascading, mounded branches. The selection reportedly originated as a seedling in the nursery of Jess Eliot in Indiana and the cultivar name reportedly coined by Bob Hill of Courier Journal/Hidden Hill Nursery.
The leaves of this deciduous tree emerge with a bronzy color before turning medium green with a...
(Jessamine, Newell's Red Jessamine)
Thought to be a hybrid between Cestrum fasciculatum and Cestrum elegans, this large tender evergreen shrub bears spectacular clusters of dazzling red blooms all along its arching branches. The tubular flowers continue in abundance throughout most of summer and fall, attracting hummingbirds. Flowering may continue through winter in mild climates. Red-purple berries follow the flowers. The downy, narrowly oval leaves are medium to dark green.
Plant this showy shrub in any well-drained...
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(Flowering Quince, Orange Delight Flowering Quince)
In late winter and early spring the hybrid flowering quince, 'Orange Delight', displays vibrant orange-red flowers that attract early-season bees. This medium-sized shrub has a rounded to spreading habit and dense, thorny twigs that make it useful for protective hedges or screens.
Clusters of semi-double, bowl-shaped flowers cover this quince in early spring both before and after the glossy leaves emerge. The simple leaves emerge slightly bronze in spring and turn dark green as the season progresses....
James H. Schutte
(Flowering Quince, Toyo-nishiki Flowering Quince)
Noted for its early spring clusters of bowl-shaped flowers in white, coral-pink and light pink, 'Toyo-nishiki' is considered one of the prettiest flowering quinces for the garden. Its buds and blossoms cover the plant while the oval, teethed, green leaves emerge on the zig-zagged, thorny branches. Fragrant yellow, apple-shaped fruits ripen in the fall and are cooked for preserves and jellies, but are not eaten fresh.
Though it grows and flowers best in full sun and well-drained, acidic-to-neutral...
James H. Schutte
(Japanese Flowering Quince, Maule's Flowering Quince)
Admired for its beautiful spring blooms, Japanese flowering quince is a spiny, compact to medium-sized, deciduous shrub native to Japan. Profuse clusters of small, salmon or orange, bowl-shaped flowers cover the plant very early in spring, before and after its smooth green leaves emerge. These are followed by gnarled, yellowish, apple-shaped fruits that are fully ripe by fall and may be used to make preserves or jelly. Of all the flowering quince species, this is considered the hardiest.