The largest of the cherries, this fast-growing, medium to large deciduous tree is valued not only for its ornamental attributes but also as a timber tree. It is native from central and eastern North America to Guatemala.
The tapered, oval, saw-edged leaves are glossy dark green above and paler underneath. New leaves are often bronze-tinged, and fall color is typically bright yellow. In mid to late spring, upright to horizontal, cylindrical clusters of white five-petaled flowers adorn the branches,...
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...
Dazzling with very fragrant white flowers in spring, chokecherry also produces dark red berries and a pretty fall foliage display in autumn. Native to central North America, this deciduous large shrub to small tree typically suckers to form a thicket. An individual tree's canopy is typically pyramid-like, with a smooth to slightly platy gray-brown bark. If its twigs are broken, they may emit a somewhat unpleasant odor. Glossy green to dark green leaves emerge in spring, unfurling to become broad...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Canada Red Chokecherry, Chokecherry, Purpleleaf Chokecherry)
'Canada Red' is a vigorous chokecherry variety whose foliage is striking deep burgundy in summer. A sport of the older cultivar 'Schubert', it is faster growing and has a straighter trunk and more deeply colored foliage. Its parent is a deciduous small tree native to central North America which typically suckers to form a thicket. An individual tree's canopy is usually pyramid-like, with a smooth to slightly platy gray-brown bark.
The glossy leaves of 'Canada Red' emerge green in spring,...
James H. Schutte
(Chokecherry, Purpleleaf Chokecherry, Schubert Chokecherry)
Introduced in 1943, ‘Schubert’ is a chokecherry cultivar which has long been valued for its striking red-purple summer foliage. Its parent is a deciduous small tree native to central North America which typically suckers to form a thicket. An individual tree's canopy is usually pyramid-like, with a smooth to slightly platy gray-brown bark.
The glossy leaves of 'Schubert' emerge green in spring, changing to an appealing wine-red as they mature. Overall, the tree grows its finest in regions...
(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.
(Bracken, Bracken Fern)
Pteridium aquilinum is a vigorously spreading, medium to large fern of worldwide distribution. Most taxonomic references split this highly variable species into two or more species or subspecies and numerous varieties.
This sun-tolerant fern is among the first plants to invade disturbed soil, quickly forming extensive colonies via long, deep-running rhizomes. The fronds of this deciduous fern emerge as coiled, three-pronged "fiddleheads" in spring or early summer. They soon unfurl into...