The traditional source of beach plum jelly, this hardy, suckering, deciduous shrub is a signature plant of coastal dunes from New Brunswick to Maryland. Typically low-growing in its windswept native haunts, it can attain small-tree stature in less demanding conditions.
The toothed, oval, dull green leaves with paler fuzzy undersides emerge in mid-spring, shortly after the small, white, bee-pollinated flowers open. The abundant blooms occur in numerous small clusters on the previous year's...
(Bonfire Peach, Dwarf Peach, Ornamental Peach, Tom Thumb Peach)
The striking, strappy, garnet-red foliage and extra-short stature of this ornamental peach make it a stunning addition to smaller gardens and landscapes. Its long, wavy-edged, dark red leaves are held densely on the compact, shrub-sized plants, and hold their rich color throughout the summer months. These are preceded by a beautiful early-spring display of deep pink flowers. A crop of small, downy, inedible fruit is produced in early summer. A patented variety, ‘Tom Thumb’ was originally bred...
A dense medium-sized deciduous shrub valued for its cold-hardiness and its early bloom, this Asian native bears masses of scented pale pink flowers in earliest spring. Edible round red fruits follow the flowers. The reddish-brown bark provides winter interest. The oval leaves have fuzzy undersides.
This tough shrub relishes sun and well-drained soil, and thrives in areas with cold winters. Use it where its early flowers can be seen and smelled. It is also a candidate for the edible garden.
James H. Schutte
(Flowering Almond, Rose Tree of China)
In early spring the flowering almond's branches are densely lined with delicate pink blossoms that brighten the landscape. A cold hardy deciduous shrub from China, it attains a rounded mature shape with many vertical and twiggy branches. The single pink flowers open all along the young twigs in early spring, and are sometimes nipped by frosts. Pollinated by bees, the blooms are followed by small red fruits in summer. Leaves emerge just after flowering, becoming mid- to dark green, and are broadly...
In early spring the double flowering almond's branches are densely lined with fluffy, double, delicate pink blossoms. A cold hardy deciduous shrub from China, it attains a rounded mature shape with many vertical and twiggy branches. The rosy flowers open all along the young twigs in early spring, and are sometimes nipped by frosts. Leaves emerge just after flowering, becoming mid- to dark green, and are broadly oval with toothed edges, sometimes bearing up to three lobes. Their undersides are a...
(Purple Sand Cherry, Purpleleaf Sand Cherry)
Purpleleaf sand cherry is a medium-sized deciduous shrub resulting from the cross between sand cherry (Prunus pumila) and the cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'). The foliage emerges an intense purple-red and matures to coppery purple. Dainty, fragrant, pinkish flowers appear in spring, contrasting nicely with the purple foliage. Small, cherry-like, dark-purple fruit sometimes follows in summer that are favored by wildlife, tasting sweetly acidic to humans.
Forest & Kim Starr
Green to purplish green foliage topped by small, star-like flowers of pink or white and magenta makes Carruther's falseface pretty whenever temperatures are warm. A tender evergreen shrub native to New Caledonia and Vanuata in western Polynesia, it has today become naturalized in many parts of the tropical Pacific and South America.
The oval leaves have noticeable veins and often have gently wavy edges. They are yellow green (var. carruthersii), fully green in color (var. reticulatum)...
(California Sunset Pomegranate)
Grown primarily as an ornamental shrub, ‘California Sunset’ is a flowering, fruitless pomegranate. This bushy shrub has spiny stems and opposite, lance-shaped to oblong leaves. Its abundant summer blooms are vase-shaped, firm and fleshy. They have crinkled ivory petals with bright coral red stripes and are produced at the branch ends singly or in clusters.
An easy to grow plant, pomegranate requires full sun and will tolerate most soils with good drainage. It even tolerates rocky, poor soil...
Funky, oddly-shaped, thirst-quenching fruit and beautiful flowers define the pomegranate. This plant, long used by humans, is native to region from Iran to northern India including areas of the Himalayas. It is an evergreen large shrub to small tree. The leaves are held opposite each other on mostly spiny stems and are lance-shaped to oblong.
Brilliantly hued blooms are produced at the ends of the branches singly or in clusters. Many orange-red, crinkled petals are held close together in a...