Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Renior’ New Creamy yellow flowers with a delicate wash of pink at the ends of the petals dangling in clusters at the ends of last year’s stems, May-June. 6-8’ tall, could be taller depending on growing conditions. Exhibits the desirable tiered branching habit shared by this species. Makes a showy flower display in late spring into early summer and follows up with a spectacular fall foliage display in shades of yellow/orange/amber. Excellent as a large anchor/specimen plant. Also for mixed shrub borders and, because of its need for acidic soil, for combining with Rhododendrons for some flower and foliage contrast. Sun to light shade, reasonably moist and fertile soil. Definitely calls for acidic soil. Hardy through zone 5 and into zone 4.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Summer Hill’ New Larger leaves, red stems, red-veined flowers and excellent fall color make this Enkianthus an excellent landscape choice. Smaller than many other Enkiantus, reaching 6-8' tall in 10 yrs. May be larger at maturity. Form is narrow, upright, notably architectural, with attractive layered branching. Light pink flowers with red highlights,1/2" long, dangle in showy clusters from previous year’s terminal buds, May-June. Foliage shows excellent fall color. Full sun to light shade with average or better, evenly moist, acidic soil. Striking focal/specimen/anchor shrub, mixed shrub borders. Zone 5 into warmer parts of zone 4.
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Fagus sylvatica ‘Purple Fountain’ New Striking upright form, narrow, with a central stem from which branches droop downward in a dense cascade of purple foliage. Leaves green up a bit in summer. Not large growing, suitable for smaller locations, 15-20’ high by 3-10’, wide. Hard to beat for accent/specimen use. Likes reasonably moist but well-drained soil, tolerant of a range of soil pH, notably more excepting of a higher pH than our native American Beech. Best in full sun though though some light is ok. Zone 4.
Fagus sylvatica ‘Tricolor’, (likely the same as “Purpurrea Tricolor” & “Roseomarginata”) Leaf color is a stunning blend of purple, pink, green & white; leaves somewhat narrower than other types. May grow to 30’ high by 20” wide and is happiest in rich, deep, evenly moist but well-drained soil. Doesn’t like excessive moisture. An understory tree whose leaves may burn somewhat in hot afternoon sun, so dappled shade or, at least, some relief from the hottest sun of the day is a good idea. At only 30’ tall it fits easily into the average residential landscape providing eye-popping accent. Deer resistant. Zone 4.
Ficus carica ‘Chicago Hardy’ (aka ‘Bensonhurst Purple’) Proven to be hardy in Chicago. May die back to the ground in colder areas but will still produce fruit by early fall on new shoots. If you have a warm garden niche where you traditionally succeed with tender plants, you might want to give this edible fig a try. Could reach 10’-20’ high in warmer places but probably no more than 6-10’ if it’s killed to the ground and has to regrow form the base. Recommended for zone 6 and no colder than 5b, which is our zone here at Bay State.
Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Fothergilla) Attractive dark-green leaves turn a brilliant combination of yellow/orange/red in late fall. In late April-early May before the leaves emerge, fragrant flowers appear in the form of 2" white, bottle brushes at the ends of the stems. Grows to 2-4' high or higher, with an attractive, tiered branching habit. Our plant is 12 yrs. old, 6’ tall with a wide, graceful habit. Has the appearance of being taller than it is wide. A gem for light shade though best flower and foliage color will occur in sun in rich, acidic, well drained soil. Zones 5-8.
Fothergilla major ‘Blue Shadow’ A blue-leaved form of F. 'Mt Airy' with honey-scented, bottlebrush flowers before its outstanding display of dusty blue foliage. The blue color of the leaves holds through summer, turning to beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow in fall. Height is 6’ tall, possibly up to 8’ tall, with a spread of 6-8’. Grow in average but acid soil in sun or shade. North American native. Zone 4.
Fothergilla major ‘Mt. Airy’ (Large Fothergilla) One of the best Fothergilla cultivars for its dark green/blue summer foliage, its spectacular fall foliage in shades of yellow & orange/red, and for its abundant white, fragrant, bottle-brush flowers for two weeks in early May. 5'-6' tall with a determined suckering habit. Site in sun or shade with reasonably moist, acid soil, A beautiful, three-season border or accent shrub. Requires a litte elbow room but worth the extra square footage. Zone 4.
Ginkgo Goldspire A dense, narrow, pyramid to 14'-16' tall by 5'-6' wide with bright green summer foliage that becomes golden yellow in fall. Short internodes create a full, dense canopy. Its tight, uprigjt form and smaller overall size make it an excellent choice for accent/specimen placement, for clustering in small groups for strong landscape impact, and for hedging and screening. Tolerant of heat and air polution, and, because it's a male, non-fruiting selection, there's no fruit to clean up. Ideal conditions are rich, evenly moist soil in sun to light shade, but plants are very forgiving of a wide rang of conditions. Hardy through at least zone 4b(-30 to - 25), and likely even colder.