Mark A. Miller
(American Skunkcabbage, Swamp Lantern, Yellow Skunkcabbage)
In early spring the foul-smelling wetland wildflower, American skunkcabbage, puts forth yellow aroid flowers followed by enormous ornamental clumps of large elliptical leaves that remain into summer. This herbaceous perennial grows from deep-rooted rhizomes, which are edible and helped sustain Native Americans in winter months. The foetid flowers actually emanate heat when they open in earliest spring and have been known to melt snow. This species is native to northwestern North America, from southern...
Clumped masses of Happy loosestrife's upright stems are topped by deep rosy pink flower spikes in summer, lasting long, often into early autumn. This hybrid herbaceous perennial will expand its clump, spreading out its roots and dropping seeds in fertile, moist soils to form a large colony.
The upright stems are lined with opposite pairs of small, lance-shaped dark green leaves. In summer, the stem tips or side branches will display a spike-like cluster of intense deep rose-pink flowers that...
Soothing dark green foliage is one asset of the amur maackia, additional qualities of bronze bark and creamy white summertime flowers also adds to its landscape value. Native to northeastern China, this tree has pretty, flaking bark that is bronze upon spreading branches that create an open, but rounded crown.
The young spring foliage is a ghostly light green and becomes a rich dark green or olive green and casts perfect shade. The leaf is compound - made up of five to seven pairs of oval leaflets....
(Adirondack Crabapple, Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple)
A narrow, upright small crabapple tree with dual seasons of interest, ‘Adirondack’ covers itself with pink flowers in spring, and oblong orange-red fruits from late summer to the winter solstice. This hybrid deciduous tree has dark green, oval leaves that emerge as the red flower buds open in mid-spring. The white flowers, tinged with red, are fragrant and attract bees. In autumn the leaves turn a mottled mosaic of green and yellow. The fruits are persistent on the tree into winter until birds eat...
(Brandywine Crabapple, Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple)
A small crabapple tree with dark green, red-tinged leaves, Brandywine fills its branches with double, rose-pink flowers in spring and yellow fruits in fall. This hybrid, disease-resistant deciduous tree has a rounded shape with broadly reaching branches. The large oval leaves are dark green but have a hint of burgundy and appear after the flowers. In mid-spring light pink buds arise all along the bare branches and open to double rosy pink flowers that are fragrant. Honeybees pollinate the flowers,...
(Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, White Cascade® Crabapple)
A medium-sized crabapple, White Cascade covers its branches with a spectacular display of white flowers in spring. This hybrid, disease-resistant deciduous tree has a rounded shape and gracefully weeping branches. The leaves are oval and green, and emerge just after the flower buds, which are bright, deep pink and arise all along the bare branches in early spring. Honeybees pollinate the flowers, producing a heavy crop of small, yellow apples that persist on the tree into winter. Birds are attracted...
(Crabapple, David Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple)
Showy from spring to fall, Red Jewel crabapple covers itself in flowers and cherry-like fruits. It’s a small, hybrid, disease-resistant, deciduous tree that has a pyramid shape and upward-reaching branches. Among the family of crabapples it is exceptionally hardy. In mid-spring, flower buds arise all along the bare branches and open to white flowers that are fragrant. Bees pollinate the flowers, producing heavy crops of small, shiny, fruits that mature to a dark red by early autumn and persist on...
(Crabapple, Dolgo Flowering Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple)
A large tree for a crabapple, 'Dolgo' has a spreading shape with weeping branches covered with white flowers in spring and sweet red fruits in fall. This hybrid, disease-resistant deciduous tree has light-green oval leaves that emerge just after the flowerbuds, which are pink and appear in mid-spring. The flowerss are fragrant and attractive to honeybees. They produce pollen for a long time and the tree therefore is a good pollinator other crabapples. It is also self-fertile, which means it bears...
(Crabapple, Flame Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple)
A robust tree with a round shape, ‘Flame’ crabapple fills its branches with white blossoms in springtime and plump, red fruits in fall. Pink flower buds cover the branches in mid-spring and open to fragrant white flowers. Bees pollinate the flowers, producing heavy crops of medium-sized, round, deep-red crabapples. This hybrid, disease-resistant, deciduous tree has oval green leaves that emerge just after the flower buds open. The fall foliage is a mosaic of green and shades of yellow. Birds will...
(Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Hopa Crabapple)
An old-fashioned crabapple selection, 'Hopa' fills its branches with pink flowers in spring and orange-red fruits in fall. This hybrid deciduous tree has a rounded shape with spreading branches and oval, green leaves that emerge just after the flower buds. In mid-spring, the buds, which are red, arise all along the bare branches and open to pink, fragrant blossoms. Bees pollinate the flowers, providing a crop of large crabapples that mature to bright red by mid to late summer. The fall foliage is...