Gerald L. Klingaman
The wispy branches of Thunberg's spirea teem with thousands of tiny white flowers in early spring. A round, mounding deciduous shrub from China, it often has out-spreading stems with arching tips. In early spring, before its narrow, green, willow-like leaves appear, its branches are engulfed by the small five-petaled flowers. Attracting butterflies, bees, and other colorful insects, the flowers last for a couple of weeks. In autumn the leaves typically turn shades of gold, rusty red and orange....
Thunberg's spirea is a small deciduous shrub from China. The wispy spreading branches of the cultivar 'Ogon' teem with thousands of tiny white flowers in early spring, just before the showy golden yellow leaves appear. Attracting butterflies, bees, and other colorful insects, the flowers last for a couple of weeks. The leaves mature to bright yellow-green in summer before turning shades of gold, rusty red and orange in fall.
This tough, adaptable shrub flowers most prolifically in full sun,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
A cold-hardy deciduous shrub introduced to gardens in the mid-nineteenth century and still prized by gardeners, this hybrid of Spiraea cantonensis and S. trilobata evokes memories of grandmother when its arching branches are laden with clustered white flowers in late spring and early summer. The dense domed flowerheads attract bees, butterflies, and ants in search of pollen and nectar. A twiggy plant that spreads by root suckers, this medium-sized shrub has small, blue-green, somewhat...
James H. Schutte
(Central Avenue Coralberry, Coralberry)
Showy in fruit and tough in constitution, 'Central Avenue' is a selection of coralberry, a small to medium-sized deciduous shrub from eastern North America. This cultivar is valued for its prolific display of small red fruits which bow the branches in fall. A rounded, suckering shrub of dense habit, it bears insignificant creamy white, pink-flushed flowers in summer. Pea-sized fruits develop in autumn, taking center stage once frost causes the small oval dark-green leaves to fall. The coral-red to...