Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' (Edward Goucher Abelia) grows to 3-5 ft. tall x 3-5 ft. wide in the warm winter climates of the South. Features clusters of lavender-pink, funnel-shaped flowers (to 3/4" long) with orangish yellow throats. Flowers bloom from mid-summer into fall. Ovate, glossy, dark green leaves (to 1.25" long) turn purplish-bronze in autumn. A hybrid between A. x grandiflora and A. shumannii introduced in 1911 by Edward Goucher of the United States Department of Agriculture.  Zone:  6-9

Acer circinatum (Vine Maple) is a classic multi-stemmed native tree for the northwest garden, this durable native produces sprawling branches when growing in the shade of the conifer forest. Vine maple is very closely related to Japanese maples and has the same versatility in the small garden or woodland, but with a more relaxed feel. Its trunks are green when young and have architectural interest. Fresh, light green leaves turn orange and red with partial to full sun early in the autumn, and hold their color well though the season. Vine maple is one of our best native trees for the urban garden.  Growth habit is 15-20 ft. tall x 20 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-8

Amelanchier alnifolia 'Serviceberry' (Serviceberry) is a multi-stemmed native shrub or small tree which may grow to 18 ft. tall x 12 ft. wide. Features showy, 5-petaled, white flowers (to 3/4" diameter) in compact clusters which appear in early spring (April) before the leaves. Flowers give way to small, round, edible berries which ripen to dark purplish-black in June and resemble blueberries in size, color and taste. Berries may be eaten fresh off the plant or used in jams, jellies and pies. Finely-toothed, oval-rounded leaves are pale to dark green. Foliage turns variable shades of yellow in autumn. The species is commonly called Saskatoon serviceberry or western serviceberry, and some species cultivars have been grown commercially for fruit production.  Zone:  2-7

Amelanchier laevis 'Cumulus' (American Serviceberry) has a narrow upright form than average. ‘Cumulus’ is an exceptional small tree admired for its beautiful spring flowers, edible summer berries and glorious fall color. This multi-stemmed deciduous small tree is North American in origin and naturally inhabits moist open woods and meadows. Bronzy new leaves awaken in spring alongside its delicate white spring flowers. The simple oval leaves quickly turn medium green and burst into glorious shades of red, yellow and orange in fall. The showy flowers are white, five-petaled and held in pendent clusters. They are pollinated by bees and followed by small, round, berries that turn from rosy red to blue-black by summer. The fruit is edible to people and wildlife alike. In winter, its smooth gray bark adds stark winter interest.  Growth habit is 15-30 ft. tall x 10-20 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-9

Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance' (Apple Serviceberry Autumn Brilliance) is a hybrid cross between two species of North American serviceberry, namely, A. arborea (downy serviceberry) and A. laevis (Allegheny serviceberry). It is known in commerce today by several showy cultivars. This is a small, deciduous, usually multi-trunked understory tree or tall shrub which typically matures to 15-20 ft. tall x 15-20 ft. wide. Flowers bloom in April followed by edible fruits (3/8" diameter) in June (hence the common name of Juneberry for amelanchiers). Berries resemble blueberries in taste and may be used in jams, jellies and pies. Finely-toothed, oval-lanceolate leaves (to 3" long) emerge with bronze tints in spring, mature to dark green from late spring throughout summer before finally turning brilliant red to orange-red in fall.  'Autumn Brilliance' has brilliant orange-red fall color (hence the cultivar name).
Zone:  4-9(Photos | Frank Schmidt & Son)

Berberis darwinii (Darwin’s Barberry) is smothered in clusters of red burnished tangerine buds that open to vibrant orange flowers in March. The leaves are a dark shiny green that glisten in bright light. This tough shrub is easy to grow and drought tolerant once established. It is not as prickly as most barberries. Growth habit is 4-8 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide.  Zone:  7-9

Berberis gladwynensis ‘William Penn’ (William Penn Barberry) has gracefully arching branches display a profusion of bright yellow flowers in spring and brilliant bronze fall color. Wonderful fast-growing evergreen hedge for mass planting. Good barrier plant. Growth habit is 4 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide. Zone: 6-9

Berberis thunbergii ‘Aurea’ (Japanese Barberry) is a Japanese barberry cultivar that is noted for its bright yellow foliage. This is a compact, upright, somewhat slow-growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically grows 3-4 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide. Stems have sharp thorns. Variably sized leaves (to 1 1/4” long) emerge yellow and generally retain good yellow color throughout the summer when sited in proper locations. If grown in too much shade, however, leaves will turn yellow-green. Tiny, pale yellow flowers (1/2” long) appear from late April to early May in short racemes along the stems. Flowers are somewhat inconspicuous. Glossy, bright red berries form in the fall. Fall color includes orange and red.  Zone:  4-7

Berberis thunbergii ‘Crimson Pygmy’ (Atropurpurea Nana, Japanese Barberry Crimson Pygmy) is a dwarf, densely branched form displaying deep crimson colored foliage all season long. Best color when planted in full sun. Excellent color contrast against green or gold-leaved plants. Excellent for mass plantings, particularly as a low hedge or border plant. Deciduous.  Growth habit is 2 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-8

Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’ (Rose Glow Barberry) is a dense, deciduous cultivar which grows 3-6 ft. tall x 4-7 ft. wide. First leaves are purple, but new shoots emerge as a rose-pink mottled with bronzish to purplish red splotches. Leaves are of variable sizes (.50" to 1.25" long). Many branched, reddish-brown stems have sharp thorns. Tiny, yellowish flowers appear in late April to early May, but are often hidden by the foliage and are not considered showy. Bead-like, bright red berries form in fall and often last through the winter. The berries are attractive to birds.  Zone: 4-8

Berberis thunbergii ‘Rosy Rocket’ (Rosy Rocket Barberry) is a deciduous dwarf shrub characterized by striking deep red foliage but with leaves lightened by attractive white mottling, especially on the young foliage. Foliage color matures to deep burgundy purple, giving the mature plant a two-tone effect. The coloring deepens during the year with the same markings that have turned stronger and richer in the Autumn. In April-May, ‘Rosy Rocket’ will display pale yellow flowers that are followed by small, crimson red berries. This upright dwarf shrub is easy to grow and has a height three times its width. These traits set ‘Rosy Rocket’ apart from all other existing barberry varieties. It prefers full sun and adapts to most conditions. Growth habit is 3-6 ft. tall x 4-7 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-8

Berberis verruculosa’ (Warty Barberry) is a naturally dense grower with delicately arching branches. The small, dark evergreen leaves have bright, bluish-white undersides that add a dash of color to the shrub. However, all of this comes with a bite - the hidden stems are full of needle-sharp spines that make Berberis verruculosa an excellent barrier hedge. This tough, adaptable shrub with its distinct architectural form is a perfect choice for low-maintenance landscapes. In winter the foliage takes on a burgundy blush followed in spring by canary-yellow flowers that dangle along the underside of the stems.  Growth habit is 4-5 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide.  Zone:  6-9

Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’ (Summersweet) is a deciduous shrub that is native to swampy woodlands, wet marshes, stream banks and seashores, often in sandy soils, along the coast from Maine to Florida and west to Texas. It is a rounded, suckering, densely-branched, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3-6 ft. tall x 3-5 ft. wide  (less frequently to 8’) tall and is noted for producing a mid to late summer bloom of sweetly fragrant white flowers which appear in narrow, upright panicles (racemes to 2-6" long). Flowers give way to dark brown seed capsules (1/8" diameter) which may persist into winter. Mature stems have scaly, dark gray to brown black bark. Serrate, obovate to oblong, glossy dark green leaves (to 3-4” long) turn variable but generally attractive shades of yellow to golden brown in fall. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees.  ‘Ruby Spice’ is most noted for its fragrant rose-pink flowers that bloom in late summer. It was discovered in 1992 as a sport of C. alnifolia ‘Pink Spire’.  Zone:  4-8

Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ (Variegated Red Twig Dogwood) has variegated leaves, attractive berries, stunning fall color and showy red stems in winter make this wonderful shrub for all seasons! Vigorous and adaptable, naturally forms a thicket of upright, blood red stems. White berries are often tinged blue or green. Ideal for naturalizing. Best color in full sun. Deciduous.  Growth habit is 6-8 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide.  Zone:  2-8

Cornus alba ‘Red Gnome’ (Tatarian Dogwood) is a compact cultivar that typically grows in a rounded mound to 4 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide. Dark green foliage retains good color throughout the growing season before turning burgundy in fall. Creamy white flowers bloom in clusters at the branch ends in late spring. White berries mature in mid-summer. Bright red stems are particularly attractive in winter against a snowy backdrop. Zone: 3-7

Cornus alba ‘Stdazam’ (Strawberry Dogwood) is a colorful and extremely hardy accent shrub with green summer foliage edged in creamy white; fall color in tones of red and bright strawberry red stems in winter; very versatile from a landscape perspective and quite carefree.  Strawberry Daiquiri Dogwood has attractive green foliage edged in creamy white throughout the season. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It has clusters of buttery yellow flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It produces powder blue berries in mid-summer. The red branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.  Growth habit is 6 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide.  Zone: 4-7

Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ (Cornelian Cherry Dogwood) typically grows 15-20 ft. tall x 15-20 ft. wide (infrequently to 25') tall, and is somewhat more erect in appearance and more vigorous than the species. Can be trained as a small tree by removal of suckers and lower branches. It typically flowers more abundantly than the species.  Zone:  4-8

Cornus mas ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Dogwood) is noted for having excellent resistance to dogwood anthracnose and dogwood borer. When properly grown, this dogwood usually has few insect or disease problems. Stressed trees may become vulnerable to borers. Leaf miner, gall midge and scale are less serious potential insect pests. Potential disease problems include dogwood anthracnose, leaf spot, crown canker, root rot, powdery mildew and leaf and twig blight.  Growth habit is 15-25 ft. tall x 12-20 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-7

Cornus sericea (Red Twig Dogwood) is a loose, spreading, multi-stemmed shrub, 6-12 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide, with conspicuous red twigs. Dense, flat-topped clusters of creamy-white blossoms are followed by umbrella-shaped clusters of pea-sized white berries. Autumn foliage is colorful. Redosier is deciduous. Zone:  4-7

Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ (Yellow Twig Dogwood) is a yellow twig dogwood cultivar. It is a compact shrub which grows to a maximum size of 5-6 ft. tall x 5-6 ft. wide with a spreading, stoloniferous habit. The outstanding ornamental feature of this plant is its bright yellow winter stems.  Zone: 3-8

Cornus sericea ‘Kelseyi’ (Kelsey’s Dwarf Red-Osier Dogwood) is a dwarf form with lush green foliage perfectly foils the less attractive base of larger shrubs. Neat, rounded shape works well in mass plantings and border foundations. Excellent for erosion control on steep slopes. Bare red stems provide striking seasonal color to dormant winterscapes. Deciduous.  Growth habit is 24-30 in. tall x 24-30 in. wide.  Zone:  4-8

Cornus sericea ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Dogwood) has the vivid red stems of its parent and adds dark-green leaves that are edged by broad white margins. An upright, deciduous shrub, it produces many stems from its base at ground level, making a thicket shaped as a leafy mound. It spreads by stems that root where they touch the ground and by stems that arise from the roots. The parent species is called red osier dogwood because new stems grow long and unbranched, like those of the osier willows that are used in basket making. Plant ‘Variegata’ in almost any rich, moist to wet, well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. Use it for a specimen in a mixed bed or border, or grouped as a drift at the back of a bed or border.  Growth habit is 5-8 ft. tall x 6-8 ft. wide.  Zone:  3-8

Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’ (Golden Spirit Smoke Tree) has spectacular foliage emerges lime green and matures to brilliant gold and then coral, orange and red in fall. Smoke-like plumes of whitish-pink flowers add interest. The foliage will not scorch in the sun unless conditions are extremely dry. Deciduous.  Growth habit is 8 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-8

Cotinus coggygria ‘Old Fashioned’ (Old Fashioned Smokebush) has small flowers that produce puffy ivory, pink or purple clouds of smoky fruits that persist for a couple of weeks before dissipating. It does not become too large and may be multi-trunked and shrubby or single-trunked and tree-like. With age, most specimens will develop rounded, open crowns. The rounded, medium blue-green leaves of common smokebush are attractive, distinctive and turn shades of yellow, orange and red in fall. Some cultivars even sport show stopping gold, purple or burgundy foliage throughout the growing season. In summer, large panicles of inconspicuous flowers appear followed by long, curled, densely-packed, hair-like fruits that look like large puffs of smoke. These are highly ornamental and may be ivory, dusty green, pink, dusty rose or purple. Growth habit is 12-15 ft. tall x 6-12 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ (Royal Purple Smoke Tree) is a compact, purple-leaved version of the European species. It is a deciduous, upright, loose-spreading, multi-stemmed shrub that typically matures over time to 10-15 ft. tall 15-20 ft. wide. As is the case with all plants of this species, it gets its common name of smoke tree (or smoke bush) not from the tiny, insignificant, yellowish flowers which appear in branching, terminal panicles (6-8” long) in spring, but from the billowy hairs (attached to elongated stalks on the spent flower clusters) which turn a smoky pink to purplish pink in late spring, thus covering the plant with fluffy, hazy, smoke-like puffs throughout summer. But it is the foliage that particularly distinguishes 'Royal Purple'. Ovate to obovate leaves (to 3” long) emerge a rich maroon red in spring, and then gradually mature to dark purplish-red to purplish-black in summer. Foliage retains good color without much fading throughout the growing season.  Zone:  4-8 (Photo | Briggs Nursery)

Cotinus coggygria ‘Young Lady’ (Young Lady Smoke Tree) perhaps best noted for its more manageable size, its respectable bloom at an early age (hence the cultivar name) and its more floriferous and ornamentally attractive bloom. ‘Young Lady’ is a deciduous, upright, loose-spreading, multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 4-6 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide over the first 10 years. As is the case with all plants of this species, it gets its common name of smoke tree (or smoke bush) not from the tiny, insignificant, yellowish flowers which appear in branching, terminal panicles (6-8” long) in spring, but from the billowy hairs (attached to elongated stalks on the spent flower clusters) which turn a smoky pink to purplish pink in late spring, thus covering the plant with fluffy, hazy, smoke-like puffs throughout summer. ‘Young Lady’ reportedly has a much more prolific bloom than most other varieties, with terminal panicles appearing on most shoots. Ovate to obovate, medium green leaves (to 3” long) retain their color throughout the growing season, and turn an attractive yellow-orange-red in fall. Cotinus is in the same family as and closely related to the sumacs (Rhus).  Zone:  4-8

Cotoneaster horizontalis (Rockspray Cotoneaster) is a coarse, dense, slow-growing, semi-prostrate shrub that grows to 2-3 ft. tall and spreads over time to 6-8 ft. wide on stiff, flattened, horizontal branching that features branchlets arranged in fishbone patterns. Branching becomes somewhat tiered over time. Plants are deciduous in the northern parts of their growing range, but semi-evergreen in the far southern locations. Round to elliptic, glossy dark green leaves (to 1/2” long) are attractive throughout the growing season. Leaves on deciduous plants turn reddish-purple in fall. Five-petaled, tiny pink flowers appear singly or in pairs in late spring. Bees are attracted to the flowers. Flowers are followed by bright scarlet fruits (1/4” wide) that mature in late summer to fall.  Zone:  5-7

Euonymus alatus compactus  (Dwarf-winged Burning Bush) is a dense, mounded, spreading, flat-topped, multi-stemmed shrub that is particularly noted for its fiery red fall foliage color. This shrub will mature over time to 15-20 ft. tall x 9-11 ft. wide, but is often pruned shorter. Elliptic to obovate, crenulate to serrulate, green leaves (to 3” long) turn bright red in fall. Fall color can be spectacular. Small, yellowish-green flowers appear in May but are not showy. Small fruits (1/3” red capsules) ripen in fall. Fruit capsules split open when ripe to reveal the tiny seeds (each encased in a fleshy orange-red aril). Greenish-brown stems have distinctive corky ridges more noticeable in winter after leaf drop. Zone:  4-8

Hamamelis x ‘Arnold Promise’ Tree (Witch Hazel) is an upright, vase-shaped cultivar with ascending branches and a spreading habit. It will typically grow 12-15 ft. x 12-15 tall ft. wide and is noted for its sweetly fragrant flowers and later bloom than most of the other x intermedia cultivars. Axillary clusters of bright yellow flowers (to 1” long), each with four narrow, ribbon-like, crinkled petals and a reddish-green calyx cup, bloom along the stems in February to March. Broad-oval, green leaves (to 6” long). Yellow-orange to yellow fall color can be quite attractive.  Zone:  5-8

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ (Witch Hazel, Diane) is a red-flowered form with spreading branches. It typically grows to 8-12 ft. tall and to 10-15 ft. wide over 10 years. It is noted for its winter-blooming, mildly fragrant, red to copper-red flowers (to 1” long), each having four, narrow, ribbon-like, crinkly petals. Axillary clusters of these flowers bloom along the stems from late January to March. Broad-oval green leaves (to 6” long) turn attractive shades of yellow, orange and red in fall.  Zone:  5-9

Holodiscus discolor (Oceanspray) is a multi-stemmed upright native shrub with rigid young stems and arching older stems with peeling bark.  Leaves are dull green and hairy, broadly egg-shaped, lobed and coarsely toothed.  White flowers are in dense terminal pyramidal clusters, white petals that bloom May to June.  Growth habit is 13 ft. tall x 6-8 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-8

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea) is a vigorous, sprawling, deciduous, woody vine that clings and climbs by twining and aerial rootlets along the stems Horizontal lateral branching often extends several feet beyond supporting structures.  Opposite, simple, serrate, ovate, dark green leaves (to 4” long) have cordate bases. Non-showy yellow fall color. Fragrant white flowers in flat-topped clusters (to 8” wide) bloom in late spring to early summer (May-June).  Growth habit is 30-50 ft. tall x 5-6 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-8

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris ‘Miranda’(Climbing Hydrangea, Miranda) is a variegated form of the subspecies. It features serrate, heart-shaped, dark green leaves (to 4” long) with yellow margins. Leaf margins may fade to creamy white as summer progresses. Growth habit is 30-50 ft. tall x 5-6 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-8

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ (Smooth Hydrangea, Annabelle) is a smooth hydrangea cultivar which features much larger flowers than the species. It is a deciduous shrub with a rounded habit which typically grows 3-5 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide. Clusters of sterile, white flowers appear in huge, symmetrical, rounded heads (corymbs) which typically grow 8-12" across. Blooms in June for up to two months, sometimes with a small repeat bloom in the fall. Dark green, serrate leaves (3-8" long).  Zone:  3-9

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Mariesii’ (Bigleaf Hydrangea, Mariesii) is part of the lacecap group (flattened flower clusters consisting primarily of small fertile florets, with a few scattered, showy, sterile ones often forming a marginal ring). It is a deciduous shrub with a rounded habit which typically grows 3-4 ft. tall x 4-5 ft. wide. Features clusters of pink or blue florets in large, flattened corymbs (4-6" wide) which bloom in June for up to 2 months. Large, serrate, obovate to elliptic, lustrous, medium green foliage with nicely variegated white edges.  Zone:  6-9

Hydrangea macrophylla normalis (Lacecap Hydrangea) is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangeaceae, native to Japan. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 7 ft. tall by 8 ft. wide with large heads of pink or blue flowers in summer and autumn.  Zone:  6-9

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Oregon Pride’ (Bigleaf Hydrangea, Oregon Pride) bears mophead-type clusters of large raspberry pink flowers on showy burgundy-red stems. The flowers age to grayish mauve. They may be blue where soils are acid. Bigleaf hydrangeas prefer amply moist, well drained, humus-rich soil and will happily grow in full sun to partial shade. 'Oregon Pride' blooms on old wood only and will not flower if killed to the ground in winter. This is an outstanding landscape shrub for border edges, containers, partially shaded gardens and foundations. Its blooms make wonderful, long-lasting cut flowers.  Growth habit is 5-6 ft. tall x 5-6 ft. wide.  Zone:  6-8

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Hydrangea) is a handsome variegated shrub with bright green foliage surrounded by white margins and rounded clusters of pinkish white flowers. Ideal for borders, accent or mass plantings where it adds splashes of bold color to shady landscapes. Deciduous.  Growth habit is 6 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide.  Zone:  6-9

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bombshell’ (Panicle Hydrangea, Bombshell) is a dwarf cultivar that typically grows in a rounded mound to only 2-3 ft. tall x to 3-4 ft. wide. It is particularly noted for its dwarf/compact shape, abundant star-shaped sterile flowers with elliptic sepals, dense nearly round flower panicles, and free blooming habit. It blooms earlier and longer than most other panicle hydrangeas. Sterile flowers emerge white but slowly mature to a rosy pink, with the smaller fertile flowers being somewhat hidden beneath. Strong stiff stems hold the flower panicles upright with no drooping. Flowers typically bloom from July through September. Ovate, serrate, dark green leaves (to 2 1/2” long) produce generally undistinguished, yellow to purple-tinged fall color. Zone:  4-8

Hydrangea paniculata compacta ‘PeeGee’ (Hydrangea PeeGee) is a compact shrub that has large, white, cone-shaped flowers blooming in late summer that mature to a pinkish-bronze towards autumn.  The compact size makes it a great choice for a foundation or border planting and is the most cold-hearty of all hydrangeas.  It reaches 6 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-8

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Fire & Ice’ (Fire and Ice Panicle Hydrangea) is a compact, early blooming, heat tolerant selection with attractive greenish-red foliage all season. Blooms open creamy white in early summer, turn pink in mid-summer, becoming deep red in fall. A beautiful accent, foundation or border shrub for the garden. Deciduous.  Growth habit is 3-6 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide.  Zone:  3-8

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ (Limelight Hardy Hydrangea) is an exciting hardy hydrangea from Holland, Limelight has unique chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that change to pink in fall. Good massed, as a hedge, in containers or as a cut flower.  Growth habit is 6-8 ft. tall x 6-8 ft. wide.  Zone:  3-9

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’ (Panicle Hydrangea, Pinky Winky) is a compact cultivar that typically grows to 6-8 ft. tall and to 6 ft. wide. PINKY-WINKY is noted for producing dense, cone-shaped, exceptionally large panicles (to 12” long) of mostly sterile, two-toned, flowers that emerge white but mature to dark pink. Flowers at the base of the panicles rapidly change from white to pink while new white flowers are still emerging at the indeterminate panicle tips. Strong stiff stems hold the flower panicles upright with no drooping. The much smaller fertile flowers are hidden beneath the showier, sterile ones. Elliptic to ovate, serrate, dark green leaves (to 6” long) produce generally undistinguished, yellow to purple-tinged fall color. Panicles may be cut for fresh arrangements or for drying, or may be left on the plant where they will persist well into winter.  Zone:  3-8

Lonicera involucrata ‘Black Twinberry’ (Honeysuckle, Black Twinberry) is a long-lived native deciduous shrub which grows up to 10 ft. tall. Leaves are bright green, elliptical, and paired opposite each other on the stem. Flowering occurs in June-July. Small, tubular yellow flowers grow in pairs surrounded by two leafy bracts. The bracts turn from green to a striking dark red in late summer as fruits ripen. The name involucrata refers to these bracts, which are collectively called an “involucre”. The paired black berries are about one-third inch in diameter and are unpleasantly bitter tasting.  Zone:  4-10

Oemleria cerasiformis (Indian Plum) this native shrub has drooping clusters of small white flowers in early spring, blooming as leaves are emerging.  Leaves are large and elliptical.  Small fruits hang down in groups from slender stems, turning from red to blue-black.  Growth habit is 10-25 ft. tall x 12 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-10

Philadelphus coronarius ‘Mock Orange’ (Sweet Mock Orange) is a pretty shrub or small tree with fragrant, white flowers that appear in springtime and last until early summer. With their many yellow stamens, they might remind you of early blooming roses. But look again: These brilliant flowers have four petals and four sepals – quite distinctive on close inspection – and the leaves are oppositely placed on the stems.  Growth habit is 12 ft. tall x 12 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-8

Physocarpus capitatus (Pacific Ninebark) has deeply, veined, shiny dark green leaves, with light green and star-shaped hairs below.  Flowers are white blooming in May and June bearing red berries in fall.  Growth habit is 13 ft. tall x 6-8 ft. wide.  Zone:  6-8

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldstar’ (Goldstar Potentilla) is a densely-branched deciduous shrub valued for its beautiful display of golden-yellow blooms that cover the green finely textured foliage profusely throughout summer. Excellent as colorful border, accent or groundcover. Very tolerant to poor soils. Deciduous. Growth habit is 2 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide.  Zone:  3-7

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Pink Beauty’ (Pink Beauty Potentilla) is a prolific bloomer with clear pink flowers that cover the bright green foliage; flower color will soften when nights are extremely hot. A versatile shrub for borders, along walks, low hedges and as a mass or foundation planting. Deciduous.  Growth habit is 3 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide.  Zone: 3-7

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Sutter’s Gold’ (Sutter’s Gold Potentilla) is an excellent ground cover variety.  Flowers are a bright yellow.  Growth habit is 1 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-8

Rhododendron ‘Cannon’s Double’ (Cannon’s Double Azalea) is an extremely hardy selection which provides a massive display of multi-layered petals colored peach, pink, and cream. The foliage is very dark green with red-bronze highlights in fall. Small mounding form is excellent for massing in shrub borders. Deciduous.  Growth habit is 6 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Rhododendron ‘Evening Glow’ (Evening Glow Azalea) has dark yellow, lax trusses on a rhododendron often requested for its tolerance to heat. Narrow, shamrock colored leaves stay attractive year-round. The late flowering time is an asset for the garden.  Growth habit is 4-5 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide.  Zone:  6-9

Rhododendron ‘Silver Sword’ (Silver Sword Azalea) has vivid bright pink flowers age to red and practically smother the variegated foliage. Unique deep green leaves have narrow creamy yellow margins. An excellent foundation plant or low border hedge along walkways. Growth habit is 3 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide.  Zone:  3-9

Ribes sanguineum (Red Flowering Currant) is a deciduous shrub that grows with multiple or few stems in an upright to spreading form. Leaves are 3-5 lobed, with slightly toothed margins and indented veins, giving a wrinkled appearance.  Turning a yellow to red color in autumn, the leaves drop leaving the orangish-red bark behind.  In early spring, many clusters of small tubular pink flowers appear all over the plant with some congregations having up to 25 individual flowers.  Bluish-black edible berries follow, although have a very sour taste.  Growth habit is 3-10 ft. tall x 3-10 ft. wide. Zone: 5-8

Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward’ (King Edward VII Flowering Currant) has pendulous clusters of vivid, crimson flowers make this the most richly colored variety. Blue black berries are a favorite of birds. A more compact grower than most, excellent as a hedge or in a mixed shrub border in native landscaping in cooler climates. Northwestern U.S. native selection. Deciduous.  Growth habit is 3-6 ft. tall x 3-6 ft. wide.  Zone:  6-8

Rosa gymnocarpa (Bald-Hip Rose) is a beautiful native rose that is slender and delicate.  It grows rapidly to 3-5 ft. tall x 3-5 ft. wide and is adorned with tiny 1 in. pink flowers with single petals in attractive clusters.  The foliage is fine, even lacy and the branches are bristled rather than thorned.  The naked hips are a brilliant red and remain on stems throughout winter.  Zone:  7-9

Rosa nootkatensis (Nootka Rose) is a very hardy native deciduous shrub which flowers in small pink clusters, followed by red colored hips in winter.  Growth is 3-5 ft. tall x 3.5 ft. wide.  Zone:  7-9

Rosa pisocarpa (Clustered or Pea Fruit Rose) is a beautiful native rose that has several clustered instead of solitary pink flowers.  It blooms from May-July and often for a second time in fall.  The leaflets are sharply pointed and have hints of blue, while the branches are long and arch gracefully.  They are armed with vicious thorns, providing birds and small wildlife a safe haven from predators.  Growth habit is 3-5 ft. tall x 3-5 ft. wide.  Zone:  7-9

Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) is a dense, upright, multi-branched, thicket-forming, non-spiny, native deciduous shrub which typically grows to 4-8 ft. tall x 4-8 ft. wide. It is sometimes found on streambanks, lakeshores and along roads and railroad right-of-ways. Shrubs will typically naturalize to form thickets in the wild. Fragrant five-petaled white flowers (to 2" diameter) bloom in clusters in spring (May - July). Flowers give way to edible raspberry-like fruits which mature in mid-summer. Soft, velvety, 3-5 lobed green leaves (to 8" across) with sharp toothed margins turn attractive shades of gold and brown in fall.  Zone:  3-10

Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry) is an attractive native bramble shrub and is the favorite of hummingbirds. Growing fast and erect, bushes reach 6 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide.  The large, reddish-purple flowers give way to yellow-rose tinted, edible berries.  Their taste varies radically from bush to bush.  Zone:  5-9

Salix hookeriana piperi (Hooker Willow) is a native coastal wet habitat willow with cottony leaves and stems. Has a shrubby growth form reaching 20 ft. tall x 10-15 ft. wide, and produces a good spring bloom. Salix piperi is sometimes included with this species.  Zone:  5-9

Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ (Dappled Willow) is a more compact cultivar that typically grows to 4-6 ft. tall x 5-7 ft. wide (less frequently to 10’ tall) and features attractive variegated foliage throughout the growing season. New foliage emerges pink in spring, maturing to variegated shades of pink, creamy white and green. Narrow, lance-shaped leaves (to 4” long) are particularly attractive in spring to early summer, but gradually fade to mostly green as summer progresses. Stems turn red (primarily the new growth stems in Zones 4-5) in fall providing excellent winter interest. All stems turn red in warm winter climates. Trunk does not turn red but remains gray.  Zone:  5-7

Salix lucida ssp lasiandra (Pacific Willow) this native has leaves that are shiny, long and narrow, to 15 cm long, with a tapered tip. Catkins appear after leaves have expanded in spring. Pacific willow can be found in much of western North America from California to Alaska. The native plant gardener will appreciate its tolerance for wet and dry conditions, as well as its wildlife values. As with many other willows, it helps control erosion and shades fish habitat when planted near water.  Yellow flowers bloom in spring.  Growth habit is 40-60 ft. tall x 30-40 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-8

Salix purpurea ‘Pendula’ (Weeping Blue Arctic Willow) is an interesting form of Arctic Willow. It can be left to grow as a small weeping shrub or can be trained as a small weeping tree by removing lower buds/branches. Thrives with deep watering but can even stand periods of drought once established. Purplish stems in new spring growth with blue foliage. Insignificant light green blooms.  Growth habit is 8-15 ft. tall x 15 ft. wide.  Zone:  3-8

Salix scouleriana (Scouler’s Willow) is a slender crown with straight, multiple stems and few branches. Bark is red-brown and thin with flat ridges. The stripped bark of Scouler’s willow has a skunky odor. The blue-green leaves are slightly spoon shaped to widely oval closer to the tip, the leaf undersides are either smooth or covered in small reddish hairs. Flowers are small pussy willow-like catkins. The fruit is a small long capsule the opens releasing a white fluff with tiny embedded seeds. Blooms April through June.  Growth habit is 6-50 ft. tall x 6-50 ft. wide.  Zone:  3-9

Salix sitchensis (Sitka Willow) is a multi-stemmed shrub which grows up to 26 ft. tall. It is one of the most common willows in our region. The bark is gray to dark brown and smooth. Young twigs are usually densely velvety-short-hairy. Round galls that are red above and green below are common.  Zone:  3-9

Sambucus nigra ssp caerulea (Blue Elderberry) is a large shrub or small tree, blue elder grows 6-24 ft. tall x 15-30 ft. wide with flat-topped clusters of fragrant, creamy flowers followed by black berries which develop a white waxy bloom making the fruit appear blue when fully mature. Deciduous leaves are pinnately compound and somewhat persistent. The sweetish berries are used in preserves and pies but should never be eaten when fresh and raw. Lewis and Clark first reported Blue Elder as an alder with pale, sky blue berries. A remedy for fever has been concocted from the bark. Blue Elderberry is planted as an ornamental for the numerous whitish flowers and bluish fruits. Zone:  4-9

Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry) is often a treelike native shrub growing 6.6–19.7 ft. tall x 5-8 ft. wide. The stems are soft with a pithy center. Each individual leaf is composed of 5 to 7 leaflike leaflets, each of which is up to 16 centimeters long, lance-shaped to narrowly oval, and irregularly serrated along the edges. The leaflets have a strong disagreeable odor when crushed. The inflorescence is a vaguely cone-shaped panicle of several cymes of flowers blooming from the ends of stem branches. The flower buds are pink when closed, and the open flowers are white, cream, or yellowish. Each flower has small, recurved petals and a star-shaped axis of five white stamens tipped in yellow anthers. The flowers are fragrant and visited by hummingbirds and butterflies.  The fruit is a bright red or sometimes purple drupe containing 3 to 5 seeds.  Zone:  3-7

Spiraea japonica ‘Double Play Red’ (Red Double Play Spirea) has deep, crimson pink-red blooms in the late spring.  Foliage is dark burgundy in spring; green in summer; red in fall. Growth is 24-36 in. tall x 24-36 in. wide in mounded form. Zone:  3-8

Spiraea japonica ‘Little Princess’ (Japanese Spirea, Little Princess) is an upright, rounded, deciduous shrub which typically forms a compact mound to 1.5-2.5 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide. Features numerous pink flowers in flat-topped clusters (corymbs) in late spring to mid-summer. Attractive to butterflies. Oval, sharply toothed, mint green leaves take on attractive red hues in autumn.  Zone:  4-8

Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ (Snowmound Spirea) is a dense, upright, compact, mounded cultivar which typically grows to 2-4 ft. tall x 2-4 ft. wide with a similar spread. Profuse white flowers in small corymbs cover the arching stems of this plant in late spring. Flowers and leaves all appear on the same side of the arching branches. Flowers are attractive to butterflies. Narrow, dark blue-green foliage.  Zone:  3-8

Spiraea x bumalda ‘Goldflame’ (Japanese Spirea, Goldflame) is noted for the changing colors of its foliage. Leaves emerge bronze-red in spring, mature to yellow-green by summer and finally acquire interesting yellow-orange-copper hues in fall. This is a compact, mounded-to-spreading cultivar that grows to 3-4 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide with a somewhat irregular habit. Rose pink flowers in flattened corymbs (to 4-6” across) appear in late spring to early summer.  Zone:  4-8

Spiraea x bumalda ‘Goldmound’ (Japanese Spirea, Goldmound) is noted for its attractive golden foliage. It is cross between S. japonica ‘Alpina’ and S. japonica ‘Goldflame’. Leaves emerge golden in spring, but gradually fade to a gold-green as the summer progresses. Fall color may include interesting yellows, oranges and reds. This is a compact mounded cultivar that grows to 42 in. tall and to 48 in. wide. Small pink flowers in flattened corymbs (to 3” across) appear in late spring.   Zone:  4-8

Spiraea x bumalda ‘Anthony Waterer’ (Japanese Spirea, Anthony Waterer) is a compact cultivar that grows to 2-3 ft. tall and to 3-4 ft. wide. Carmine red flowers in flattened corymbs (to 6" wide) appear in a showy bloom from late spring to mid-summer. New foliage emerges with reddish purple tinting in spring, matures to blue-green by summer and finally turns reddish in fall.  Zone:  4-8

Symphoricarpos albus (Snowberry) is a bushy, rounded, native deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3-6 ft. tall x 3-6 ft. wide. Oblong-elliptic to rounded, dull green leaves (to 2" long) produce little fall color. Tiny, bell-shaped, pink flowers (to 3/16" long) bloom in clusters in the leaf axils in summer. Flowers are followed by clusters of globose berries (each to 1/2” diameter) that initially are pale green, but ripen to pure white by late summer to early autumn. Zone:  3-7

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (Coralberry) is a dense, suckering, native Missouri, deciduous shrub which typically occurs in open woods, fields, pastures and thickets throughout the State. Spreads by runners to form impenetrable thickets in the wild. Typically grows 2-5 ft. tall x 4-8 ft. wide with arching stems. Bell-shaped, white flowers with a pink tinge appear in summer along the stems in axillary clusters and in spikes at the stem ends. Flowers give way to clusters of round, coral-red berries (drupes) which mature in autumn. Berries persist through most of the winter providing excellent color and interest to the winter landscape. Oval to elliptic bluish-green leaves (to 2.5" long). Berry-laden winter stems may be cut for indoor floral arrangements. Zone:  2-7

Syringa bailbelle ‘Tinkerbelle’ (Tinkerbelle Lilac) is a rounded, upright, non-suckering, deciduous shrub which typically grows 4-6 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide. It is perhaps best noted for its compact shape and its wine-colored buds that open to sweetly-fragrant, pale pink flowers. Flowers appear in panicles (3-5” long) in mid- to late spring (typically May into June). Elliptic-ovate, dark green leaves (to 2.5” long). No fall color.  Zone:  3-7

Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ (Palibin Lilac) is a compact, low-spreading cultivar which typically grows 4-5 ft. tall x 5-7 ft. wide. Pale pink, sweetly-fragrant single flowers arranged in dense, terminal clusters (panicles to 4” long) cover this shrub with a profuse bloom. This shrub is sometime grafted to a 4’ standard and sold as a small tree with a dense, rounded crown. Zone:  3-7

Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’ (Miss Kim Lilac) is a compact, upright cultivar which grows 4-7 ft. tall x 4-7 ft. wide.  Lavender to ice blue, sweetly fragrant, single flowers are arranged in dense, terminal clusters (panicles to 3" long) which cover this shrub in May. Elliptic to ovate, dark green leaves (to 5" long) turn burgundy (often attractive) in autumn. A good selection for southern climates.  Zone:  3-8

Syringa x ‘Colby’s Wishing Star’ (Wishing Star Lilac) is a dwarf variety, it grows to a maximum of 4 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide. In the spring, it is covered with sweetly fragrant, light purple blooms throughout the last two weeks of May and the beginning of June.  Zone:  3-8

Syringa x meyeri ‘Josee’ (Josee Lilac) is a gorgeous, reblooming lilac with purple mauve blooms.  It has a dwarf habit of 4-6 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide.  Zone:  3-8

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘North Country’ (North Country Blueberry) has fruit that is medium sized and enveloped with a waxy bloom of attractive blue color. The flavor of the fresh fruit is sweet mild, typical of the lowbush blueberry. Mature plants are 18-24 in. tall x 30-40 in. wide. Productivity of North Country normally ranges from 2 to 5 lb. of fruit per plant. You will need 2-3 different kinds for cross-pollination.  Zone:  3-8

Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’ (Pink Lemonade Blueberry) has pinkish-white flowers produce pale greenish fruit that ripens to an astonishing deep pink color. All the antioxidants of its blue cousins but in an incredible new color. In the Fall, the leaves turn golden-yellow to brilliant-orange. Pleasant flavored, glossy fruit that ripens in mid-late season. High-bush variety.  Growth habit is 4-5 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide.  Zone: 4-8.

Viburnum davidii is a compact, rounded, evergreen shrub that typically grows in a mound to 2-3 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide. Small white flowers in showy rounded clusters (cymes to 2-3" wide) bloom in spring. Fertilized flowers on female plants give rise to showy round fruits that emerge green but change to pink, red and finally a metallic turquoise blue as they ripen. Fruits usually persist on the shrub into winter. Fruits are attractive to birds. Leathery, deeply-veined, elliptic-oval, blue-green leaves (to 3-6" long) are evergreen, but acquire burgundy tones in fall-winter.
Zone:  7-9

Viburnum davidii (David Viburnum) is a compact, rounded, evergreen shrub that typically grows in a mound to 2-3 ft. tall x 3-4 ft. wide. Small white flowers in showy rounded clusters (cymes to 2-3" wide) bloom in spring. Fertilized flowers on female plants give rise to showy round fruits that emerge green but change to pink, red and finally a metallic turquoise blue as they ripen. Fruits usually persist on the shrub into winter. Fruits are attractive to birds. Leathery, deeply-veined, elliptic-oval, blue-green leaves (to 3-6" long) are evergreen, but acquire burgundy tones in fall-winter. Zone:  7-9

Viburnum opulus var. ‘American’ (Cranberry Bush) is a deciduous shrub with a dense, rounded, spreading habit that typically grows to 8-12 ft. tall x 8-12 ft. wide. It features lacecap white flowers in spring in flat-topped 3” wide cymes of tiny fertile florets surrounded by larger sterile florets, drooping clusters of cranberry-like red berries (drupes) in fall and three lobed, maple-like, dark green leaves. The berries (drupes) are edible fresh off the shrub, and are much less bitter than those berries found on V. opulus. Berries are sometimes used to make jams and jellies. Foliage turns a sometimes attractive purplish red in fall. Zone:  2-7

Viburnum opulus v opulus (European Cranberry Bush) has leaves that are opposite, simple three lobed and coarse teeth with 1-6 small stalkless glands near the base of the blade.  The leaves are green during the summer and turn to a yellowish-brown in autumn.  White flowers emerge in spring forming deep red fruit in autumn.  Growth habit is 10 ft. tall x 5-7 ft. wide in arching, multiple stems.  Zone:  2-7

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum (Doublefile Viburnum, Mariesii) is a doublefile viburnum noted for its distinctively layered horizontal branching. It is a broad, dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically matures to 10-12 ft. tall x 15 ft. wide. Non-fragrant flowers in flat-topped, lacecap-like clusters bloom in profusion along the branches in April or May. Flower clusters appear in two rows or files, hence the common name. Each flower cluster (4-6” wide) has small non-showy inner fertile flowers with a showy outer ring of pure white sterile flowers. Pollinated fertile flowers give way in summer to red berry-like drupes which eventually mature to black. Fruits are ornamentally attractive and a food source for birds. Ovate, serrate, dark green leaves (to 5” long) turn reddish purple in fall. Zone:  5-8

 

Viburnum x carlcephalum ‘Cayuga’ (Koreanspice Viburnum, Cayuga) is particularly noted for its compact habit, abundant snowball inflorescences and dark green foliage. This is a moderately compact, deciduous shrub with spreading branches that typically grows 4-6 ft. tall x 6-11 ft. wide. Pink buds give way to mildly fragrant, white waxy flowers in snowball inflorescences (cymes to 4” diameter) that bloom profusely in late April to May. Buds and open flowers are often seen simultaneously on the same inflorescence. Flowers give way to fruits (drupes) that mature in late summer to black. Broad ovate to elliptic, glossy dark green leaves (to 4” long) turn orange-red (sometimes undistinguished) in fall.  Zone:  5-8

Weigela florida ‘Variegatus’ (Variegated Weigela) is a dense, rounded, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 6-10 ft. tall x 9-12 ft. wide. Branching is somewhat coarse, and branches on mature shrubs tend to arch toward the ground. Funnel-shaped, rose pink flowers (each to 1.25” long) bloom profusely in spring, with a sparse and scattered repeat bloom often occurring in mid to late summer. Elliptic to obovate, medium green leaves (to 4.5” long) with serrate margins retain good color throughout the growing season. Insignificant fall color. Fruit is inconspicuous.  Zone:  4-8

Wisteria floribunda ‘Black Dragon’ (Black Dragon Wisteria) is a popular climbing shrub or small tree produces long racemes of dropping pea-like, double violet purple flowers in summer. Wisteria floribunda Black Dragon, also known as Wisteria floribunda Violacea Plena will grow to 30 ft. tall x 20 ft. wide and is ideal for growing against a wall or over a pergola. With pinnate foliage emerging bronze in spring, maturing to bright green then buttery yellow in autumn, Purple Wisteria offers great seasonal interest.  Zone:  5-9