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Larix dic Pend-pros form 400 2016

   Larix decidua ‘Pendula’ - prostrate form    

Kalmia angustifolia ‘Kennebago’     Glossier foliage that most other Sheep Laurel and dark pink flowers that bloom in late June in clusters 4"-5" across. 1'-3' tall, colony forming. Not a shrub for strong accent but one capable of bringing contrast to mixed evergreen and diciduous shrub plantings, or to add something a little different to foundation plantings. Especially valuable for naturalizing in acid, organic areas. Very hardy. The species is seen throughout New England at higher elevations where it can put the "wack" into bushwacking for those unfortunate hikers who stray from the trail. Zone 2.

Kalmia latifolia hybrids (Laurel)     Native broadleaved evergreen shrubs abundant throughout central New England  Traditionaly,their culture has been equated with that of Rhododendrons which calls for moist, well-drained, acidic, peat-amended soil. However this may be somewhat of an oversimplification since what Kalmia seem to need above all is excellent drainage. Peaty acidic soil is important, but good drainage is essential and plants are often observed doing very well in quite poor, surprisingly dry, well drained soil. Zone 4.

    ‘Bull’s-Eye    Purple/crimson colored buds open to creamy white flowers with a broad purple band around the inside. New foliage is reddish bronze.

    ‘Nathan Hale’    Beautiful dense, rounded habit complimented by exceptionally glossy, deep green foliage and striking red buds that open a lovely pastel pink, Grows 5-7ft. tall and wide. Zone 5.

    ‘Quinnipiac’ New    Bright red buds open to soft pink. Dark green foliage. Larger growing but not rangy, 6-8' high.

Kalmia 'Tinkerbell' 175

‘Tiddlywinks’    Dwarf, with a broad, full habit and pink buds that open a softer pink, 18-20" high by 30" wide.

Kerria japonica ‘Cat’s Eye™ New    A favorite shrub that I'm happy to be offering again after an absence of several years. Smoky, grayish-blue leaves delicately edged in white, lightly spaced along thin, spreading branches that gently arch at the tips conveying a sense of weightlessness characteristic this plant. Flowers are bright yellow, single, up to 1½" across, April-May. Grows to 3', possibly 4' tall with an airy, buoyant quality. One of the best varieagated shrubs for brightening shady gardens. Best in part to full shade with even moisture. A full sun exposure will only work with consistent moisture. Zone 5.

Kerria japonica ‘Golden Guinea’     Bright green leaves on gracefully arching green stems provide an effective foil for the profusion of large, single golden flowers up to 2” across, mid-April to late May. The bright, apple-green leaves and stems are attractive by themselves, even after the flowers have finished. Does best in part shade, 5’-6’ tall. For average soil with reasonable moisture, afternoon shade or all day shade. Responds well to pruning. Blooms on previous seasons wood so any pruning should be done immediately after flowering. Hardy, zone 5 and into parts of zone 4.

Koelreuteria paniculata New    (Goldenraintree)  Can reach 30’-40’ tall,(usually more towards the lower height range), with a wide, rounded habit and a dense canopy of 18” long, compound leaves. In July, very showy, 15” tall, generally erect panicles of ½" bright yellow flowers put on an impressive display. Very forgiving of poor conditions, tolerating just about everything bad that man and nature can throw at a tree, e.g.; drought, heat, wind, alkaline soil, air pollution plus others that I’m sure I’m forgetting. Best in sun. Very desirable for its summer flowers, its small, accommodating size, and its rugged, durable constitution. Hardy to at least zone 5, and possibly colder.

Lagerstroemia Red Rocket®     (Crapemyrtle) Produces cherry red flowers in hot, sunny conditions. New leaves are deep crimson and contrasts beautifully with older dark green foliage. Worth growing just for the dynamic, ever-changing foliage.  Form is upright, 6’-10’ with huge flower clusters, up to 2’ tall. Though officially designated zone 7(6) hardy, several gardeners just south of us report problem-free, consistent over-wintering. Until this year, we’ve grown it in a decorative container which we store over winter in a close-to-freezing, unheated basement. I’m going to get one in the ground this year with the expectation that it will behave as a die-back shrub that gets cut back in spring and quickly regrows I’ll keep you posted!    

Larix decidua ‘Pendula’     (Weeping European Larch)   This is a tree for accent and dramatic effect. Fast growing, needs to be staked to maintain the upright form. If not staked, plants will grow flat on the ground assuming a entirely different, not unattractive, demeanor. Branches are numerous and hang straight down from the main trunk. If correctly trained, the effect can be magnificent! This is a deciduous conifer whose emerging spring needles are a beautiful, vibrant green, becoming deep green in summer and, in fall, showing a final burst of golden color. Plants are attractive even in winter when the graceful downward swoop of the bare branches can be fully appreciated. Does not do well in shade. Tolerant of soil types as well as moisture levels from very wet to quite dry. Zone 3.

Larix d. 'Pendula'

Larix decidua ‘Pendula’ - prostrate form     Shows no inclination to grow upright, instead grows flat on the ground with an irregular, always appealing, “designer” outline. The needle-like foliage emerges light, vibrant green in spring, darkens in summer and, in fall, turns brilliant gold before falling to the ground. Zone 3a. 

Leptodermis oblonga    Another in the arsenal of small shrubs that are so useful for mixing with perennial and for facing down larger evergreen and deciduous shrubs. 18-24ins. tall and possibly 3ft. wide so it mixes nicely with perennials, lending bulk to the front and mid border. Tiny dark green leaves are densely borne and contrast nicely with the dark burgundy stems providing, the perfect background for the 1in. long, tubular, lavender, fragrant flowers that continue throughout the summer on new growth. Generally behaves as a die-back shrub in our -15 to -10(5b) garden with flowering beginning in early summer. Spreads by underground stems that are easily dug out when they overreach.

Lespedeza thun. 'Gilbralter'

Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar’     A glowing deep rosy/pink selection with a beautiful cascading habit, 4-5' tall. Its striking color and form add a dramatic flair to the late summer/ early fall border. Usually killed back to the ground in winter in zone 5, but regrows with great vigor into a graceful, fountain-shaped shrub. Blooms profusely in late summer at a time when color in the border is much appreciated. Grow in full sun, in ordinary, well drained soil. Deer resistent. Zone 5.

 

Leucothoe axillaris    2’-4’ tall and twice as wide.  Wide-reaching, gracefully arching branches are lined with leathery, glossy, dark green, evergreen leaves. In spring, white flowers dangle from the leaf axils in 2½ “ racemes. Requires rich, evenly moist acid soil. Best planted in shade or part shade where soil remains reasonably moist. Attractive as a specimen and massed for larger scale groundcover. Zone 5.

Leucothoe a Sparkle 175

Leucothoe x ‘Sparkle’     Bold white margins with cold temperatures bringing out hints of pink. Compact, slower grower than green forms but with the same graceful, arching habit, eventually 2'-4' tall spreading to 4' to 6' wide, Very showy, adds bling to shady locations where color is always in short supply. For shade, with evenly moist, acid soil. Nice as a specimen if space is limited and very effective massed for strong impact and even for groundcover. -15 to -10(5b).

Lonicera (YEZBERRY MAXIE   see under Edibles

Lonicera (YEZBERRY SOLO   see under Edibles

Magnolia virginiana ‘Henry Hicks’ (Sweetbay Magnolia)     A multi-stemmed, semi-evergreen shrub growing to 10ft. in the north, maybe somewhat higher. Foliage is large,(4-8ins. long), lustrous above and glaucous beneath. Flowers are white, 2-3ins. across and strongly lemon scented with blooms beginning in May, and, instead of opening all at once, continuing a few at a time throughout the summer. Should be located so that the fragrance can be thoroughly enjoyed such as by a patio or any other outdoor living area. Does best in moist, acid soil in sun to shade. Zone 5.

    x ‘Galaxy’ New     20’-30’ high with an upright, pyramidal form and large, 10” wide, purple to pink flowers in mid to late April. A U.S. National Arboretum intoduction considered in zone 5.

Magnolia x ac. Ultimate Yellow 175

Magnolia x ‘Ultimate Yellow’    (Cucumbertree Magnolia)  6" wide yellow flowers consisting of six broad petals displayed in an attractive open, cupped form. Flowers display strong yellow color. Leaves are large, from 5-10" long, dark green on top, fuzzy and light green underneath, deciduous. When young, trees maintain a compact, pyramidal form. As they age, the canopy widens and trees often become as broad as tall, 20’ tall and wide.  Full sun is best though light shade is OK, with rich, moist but well drained soil. Zone 4.

Oxydendrum arboreum-tree form    (Sourwood) A small tree that pretty much has it all, beautiful foliage and flowers, a neat pyramidal habit plus an adaptable, accommodating set of cultural requirements. Grows 25-30' tall with a pyramidal, rounded outline and branches that droop gracefully. Leaves are long and narrow, shinny dark green in summer, turning brilliant yellow, red and purple in fall. Flowers are small, white and fragrant, clustered in large, drooping panicles 6-10"long and wide that nearly obliterate the foliage for 3-4 weeks starting in June. Ideal locations would be those with rich, organic, acidic and moist but well-drained soil, in sun. Will do ok in less than ideal conditions such as part shade with less moisture. Zone 5 and probably 4.

Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ (Persian Ironwood)     A large shrub or small tree, 20-40ft. high, either single or multi-stemmed, still new to many gardeners but well worth getting to know. Unlike the species which has an oval silhouette, ’Vanessa’ develops a tighter, more upright, columnar habit, 40’ tall by 20’ wide. Leaves are Fothergilla-like, 5ins. long by 2½ins. wide, purplish when young, changing to lustrous green in summer and finally to brilliant yellow, orange and scarlet in fall. Another interesting feature is the attractive exfoliating bark which on older growth peels away revealing patches of colors in a montage of white, gray and several shades of brown. Still better, it appears to tolerate the stresses of drought, heat and cold, and, just to guild the lily, it has the added feature of being pest and disease free! Prefers rich, well-drained, slightly acid soil and full sun to light shade. Zone 5, possibly colder.

Philadelphus x Snowbelle

Philadelphus x ‘Snow Dwarf’   A Canadian selection noted for its dwarf habit and abundance of fragrant flowers. Flowers are pure white and up to 1½" in diameter. A great small border shrub. Developed by AGR Canada (Ottawa) so you know it’s hardy. Blooms late spring. 2’-3’ tall. Zone 4.

Physocarpus opulifolia ‘Ginger Wine’ New    A standout plant with rich hues of orange red and bright burgundy in summer. Large white flowers in late spring transform into bright red seed-heads for added interest. Sturdy stems and a compact upright growth habit. It has shown a very high level of mildew resistance. 5’-6’ tall. For sun and average, well-drained soil. Zone 3.

Physocarpus opulifolia Tiny Wine®      A smaller ninebark that’s extra bushy, with small, refined leaves. The dark bronze-maroon foliage is colorful all season, and contrasts beautifully with the white flowers in late spring. The flower show is exceptional, with dainty flowers blooming up and down the stem in a very showy display. At only 4’-5’ tall, it’s right at home in the mixed perennial border where its rich, dark foliage act as a foil for silver-leaved and other brightly colored and perennials. Also nice at the front of the shrub border and as part of carefree foundation schemes. Makes a bold statement when grouped for accent and will hold up well in sunny parking areas and other such uninviting locations. Zone 3.

Physocarpus opulifolia Tiny Wine Gold™     A gold version of Tiny Wine® Ninebark with the same bushy habit and small, refined leaves. Leaves are bright gold in spring, becoming chartreuse and then crisp apple-green in summer. Contrasts nicely with conifers and other purple and dark green leafed shrubs. Useful for low hedging. Full sun, heat and drought tolerant once established and tolerant of a wide range of soil types except overly wet places. 3’-5’ tall. Zone 3.

Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’    From late winter into early spring, plants shine with fantastic bright red, new leaves. This spectacular foliage alone would earn a prominent spot in the garden, but there are beautiful as well. In early spring, March-April, white, with a hint of pink, Lily-of -the-Vally-like flowers dangle in 6" long, gracefully drooping panicles clustered at the ends of the stems. Tidy, compact habit,(4' by 4'), that's perfect for foundation planting, mixed shrub borders and for eye-catching accent just about anywhere in the garden. Group plantings are particularly effective. Conditions for best growth are the same as for other ericaceous plants, rich, peaty, evenly moist but well drained, at least somewhat acidic soil. Full sun to light shade. An outstanding shrub that’s generally considered one of the best Pieris for its brilliant foliage, showy flowers and neat compact habit. Zone 5.

Potentilla fruiticosa ‘Dakota Sunspot’    A compact form with bright yellow 1” flowers all summer long. It only gets 30 to 36 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. It does its best flowering in full sun; a light pruning in mid-summer helps keep it blooming abundantly. A great low maintenance flowering shrub. Has out-bloomed all the other cultivars in our sales yard! Very impressive and highly recommended. Zone 2

Potentilla fruiticosa ‘Gold Finger’ New   Flowers are big, over 1" in diameter and show beautifully against dark green, fine textured foliage during their summer-long bloom. Easy care and a real summer show stopper with loads of flowering staying power. A good size for use in the perennial border, at the front of shrub borders, foundation plantings and for massing as ground cover. Tolerates hot, dry, poor sites making it a good choice for dressing up inhosbitable areas. A hard, annual cutting-back is recommended to promote fresh new growth. Very hardy, zone 2.

Potentilla fruiticosa ‘Mango Tango’     Orange and red bi-colored flowers are continually produced on these dense, compact plants starting in June and continuing non-stop till frost. Flower color is best during the cool periods of spring and autumn and will fade to yellow in the heat of summer. 2' tall. At its best in rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun, also tolerant of poor, dryer sites. Zone 3.

Potentilla Happy Face® Pink Paradise   A pink potentilla with clear pink, semi-doubled flowers that hold their color longer than other pink selections, although flowers may still fade under intense heat. 2’-3’ tall, blooms all season, deer resistant. For sun to light shade. Tolerant of poor, dry soil. Zone 2. 

Prunus maritima (Beach Plum)    A round, dense form with height not much over 6ft. White flowers 1/2in. across occur in May, 2-3 in a group, and, if not overwhelming, the display is very pleasing with a charm all its own. 1in., dull purple plums ripen in August and are highly prized for the making of jams and jellies, especially on Cape Cod where the preparation of these condiments is a cherished cottage industry. The beach plum is a tough little customer that shrugs off the assaults of salt spray and grows to a ripe old age in sandy, rocky soil. Sun, zone 3.

Prunus x Hally Jolivette175

Prunus x ‘Hally Jolivette’     A beautiful ornamental cherry created through a complicated cross made at the Arnold Arboretum. Can grow to 12’-15',(our 15 yr. old plant is 12’ high), assuming a rounded silhouette, densely branched with fine textured stems. Flowering begins in late April and continues for many weeks, as all the flowers do not open at once. The 1¼", double flowers are pink in bud, opening to pinkish-white, and are dispersed throughout the branches in a way that suggests they were sprinkled down, confetti-like, from above. Easy to grow in full sun, in reasonably good soil with adequate moisture. Zone 5.

Rhododendrons:

Rho Westons Aglo

Rhododendron ‘Aglo’ (Weston’s)  1½", pink, ruffle-edged flowers are held in ball-shaped trusses at the ends of the branches, up to 8 flowers per cluster. Attractive small, bronzy foliage, evergreen/semievergreen. Brings a strong flower display, and an accommodating small size to the landscape. At only 3' tall, with a wider spread, it fits nicely into foundation plantings, perennial and shrub borders and areas where strong color accent is wanted. Handsome, hardy and carefree. Performs best in full sun. Chosen as a Proven Performer by the MA chapter of the Am. Rh. Soc. -25 to -20(4b)

    calendulaceum (Azalea)   (Flame Azalea) A deciduous azalea native to the mountains of Pennsylvania south to Georgia with an upright habit 4'- 8' tall with an equal spread. Blooms in May-June with large trusses of 2in. wide flowers in shades of yellow, orange, scarlet and every imaginable hue in between, -one color per plant. Flowers are borne in. It's not called the Flame Azalea for nothing, which is apparent when its bold colors emblazen a woodland setting. -20 to -15(5a).

    diversiphilosum ‘Milky Way’ (formerly Ledum palustre)   A small ericaceous shrub that in mid spring is overspread with showy, 2" wide flower clusters, each consisting of numerous small, open-faced, white flowers. The evergreen foliage is small, dark, matte green on top with pronounced brown indumentum on the bottom, and the habit is upright, rounded to around 3' high. Requires rich, moist, acidic locations and is well suited to bogg gardens and other similar damp, acidic places. Excellent companions for heathes and heathers if site is moist enough. Also, suitable for moist alpine gardens. Best in northern, colder gardens. Very hardy, zone 3.

    groenlandicum     (Labrador Tea ) 2-4' high & wide, white flowers late May-early June, and leathery, dark green, evergreen leaves. Thrives in moist to wet, peaty locations, in fact, when kayaking during times of high water I regularly float right over them submerged under three feet of water. Extremely durable and hardy with a low, rounded form and dense, fine textured evergreen leaves. Obviously best suited for wet, acidic places where plant choices are limited, but not to considered a plant of last resort as it possesses considerable ornamental appeal. Sun to part shade. Zone 2.

Rh Handy Man

‘Dandy Man™ Pink    A unique combination of hardiness, heat tolerance and disease resistance makes this new hybird a garden workhorse. Pink flowers cover the attractive, dark green leaves, on well branched stems. Blooms early to mid spring, 6’-8’ tall. Has met and exceeded expectations and earned high praise for professional and home gardeners alike. Zone 5.

    ‘Faisa’ New    Bright, lavender-blue flowers, six flowers per truss, in May. Small, slow growing, with a tidy, compact habit, 4’ tall at maturity. Leaves are small, oblong, around 1½” long, glossy dark green, semi-evergreen in zone 5. Very handsome in flower and form, remaining compact\dense without pruning. An all-around excellent choice for its showy spring flowers and tidy, low maintenance habit. Benefits from being sited out of winter wind and full winter sun. Zone 5a-4b.

    ‘Girard’s Hot Shot’ (Azalea)     Dense and compact growing, 4-5' tall after 10 yrs and up to 8' at maturity without pruning. Large vibrant orange flowers open in early June in clusters at the ends of the branches over small to medium sized green leaves that are evergreen or more usually semi-evergreen. Foliage turns an attractive orange/red in fall. Site in full sun with even moisture or in part shade. Neat and compact, 'Girard's Hot Shot' is well suited to smaller spaces and to the front of shrub borders, in mixed perennial borders and in foundation plantings. Zone 5.

    ‘Hot Ginger & Dynamite’ (Azalea)   An arborescense selection valued for its white flowers with prominent pink stamens, and for its intense heliotrope-like fragrance. Blooms June-July, 6’ tall. For sun to part shade with evenly moist, well-drained, acid soil. A must-have shrub for its fragrance alone. Zone 4.

    ‘Jane Abbott’    Clear pink, funnel-shaped, very fragrant flowers are grouped in large clusters. Blooms late, later than most azaleas, late May. Habit is upright-wide to 4'-6' high and wide in 10yrs. Deciduous, with clean, mildew resistant leaves that take on attractive fall color in shades of red-orange before dropping. -25 to -20(b).

Rh Landmark 175

‘Landmark’    ¾", dark pink, approaching-red flowers, wavy edged, carried in dome-shaped trusses containing up to 25 flowers. 'Landmark' makes an amazing impression in early May with an explosion of nearly red flowers that demands you take notice. Think of this plant as "The red flowering PJM". Another exciting small leaved, small sized Rhofodendron from Weston Nurseries that's garnering a lot of attention from professionals and home gardeners alike. 4' tall in 10yrs, twice that at maturity. Pruning directly after flowering will hold plants at a desired height. -15 to -10(5b) and into 5a. Picture shows the gorgeous fall foliage.

    ‘Lemon Drop’ (Azalea)     A viscosum hybrid with the very desirable attributes of rock-solid hardiness and a late season bloom period that makes it possible to have Azaleas blooming into July. Flowers are preceded by orange buds that open yellow with a mild lemon scent, 9 flowers per cluster. Flowers hold up well in sun. Vigorous, upright-growing, after many years possibly reaching 12' though can easily be kept lower with occasional pruning. Zone 3.

Rh (Azalea) Lemon Twist 175

‘Lemon Twist’ (Azalea)    Another Summerhill Nursery introduction selected from a batch of yellow flowered, seed grown Azalea mollis, chosen for its attractively twistisng branches clear, mellow-yellow flowers in mid to late May. Stems to 5' tall with a wider spread,(6' ?). Sweet under high shade with average moisture. Also works in sun in decent, reliably moist soil. Solid in -15 to -10 (5b), and generally good in -20 to -15 (5a).

    ‘Pink ‘N Sweet’ (Azalea)    A Rh. viscosum hybd. with tubular flowers that are bright pink at their edges, shading to lighter pink which eventually dissolves into the yellow centers. Flowers emit a rich spicy aroma as they bloom over a long period starting in mid June and continuing into July. Deciduous, dark green foliage turns purple/red in fall. A hybd. of the native Swamp Azalea making it especially suitable for more naturalistic, less formal plantings.  Very effective at brightening a partially shaded spot. Zone 4.

Rh. p. 'Marie Hoffman' 175

prinophyllum ‘Marie Hoffman’ (Azalea)  A terrific selection of our native Roseshell Azalea with clear, true pink flowers that are two to three times larger than those of the species, and highly clove-scented. Bright green foliage in summer may turn bronze in fall. Can grow to 8' by 8' and rest assured that every additional inch of growth is a bonus, since, as regards this shrub, the bigger the better. A first rate shrub—a great favorite here at the nursery. Zone 4.

    schilippenbachii (Royal Azalea)      Unanimously regarded as one of the finest deciduous azaleas available to northern gardeners. In mid May, clear, rosy-pink, fragrant flowers open in clusters of 3 - 6 florettes per cluster. Can reach 6-8ft. at maturity though usually not much beyond 6ft. Exasperated catalogue, (or, web site), makers often find themselves at a loss when attempting to capture the charm of this special shrub. That's where I'm at right now.  But, if seeing is believing, one look at our border specimen should be sufficient advertisement. Very hardy, zone 4.

    ‘Summer Parasol’ (Azalea) New    Another arborescense selection, this one especially noteworthy for its small size, reaching only 4’ tall by 5’ wide at maturity. The low, wide-spreading habit provides the stage for the profuse and very fragrant white flowers that bloom from late June into July. Its late flowering extends the bloom, and heady fragrance, right into summer. The small size and late blooming, white, fragrant flowers come together to create a landscape gem, suitable for a variety of uses, especially valuable for brightening shady locations. Recommended for part to full shade with good quality soil that’s evenly moist through the season. Evenly moist soil is especially important if planting in full sun. Native. Hardy to -20,(5a-4b).

     

Rh towhead 175

‘Towhead’     A dense, low growing beauty highlighted in late April by a profuse display of soft yellow flowers. Its small-leafed, evergreen foliage and low, dwarf habit suit it perfectly for foundation plantings and mixed perennial and shrub borders Grows 1-3ft. high by 3-4ft. wide.

    viscosepalum (Azalea)    This deciduous Azalea has exceptionally fragrant and long lasting cream colored flowers with a yellow blotch, blooms in May. Plants grow to 5' high in 10 yrs and eventually to 8-10' without pruning. One of the earlier hybd. introductions but still one of the best. Zone 4.

    viscosum (Azalea)    (Swamp Azalea) The Swamp Azalea has a loose open habit, 5ft(8ft) tall x 3ft.(6ft) wide, deciduous.  White, clove-scented flowers are held 5-8 per cluster in May-June. As the common name implies, plants are well adapted to wet places though will do well in a variety of soils. Zone 4.

    viscosum ‘Bob’s Bayou Beauty’ (Azalea)     A selection of 'Pink Mist' with striped deep rose pink and white buds that open to very fragrant rose pink flowers with a lighter stripe down the center of each petal – very showy and very hardy – exceptional, shiny, dark green, trouble-free foliage. Blooms late June well into July. Native

    viscosum ‘Pink Mist’ (Azalea)    A northeastern native with a preference for moist places and most often found naturalized near water. Despite this preference, plants should not be sited so that their roots are actually under water. Clusters of pink, strongly clove scented flowers appear in late June-July at a time when many other shrubs are done flowering. The species can vary from 5 to 10 feet high but 'Pink Mist is smaller, reaching only 5-7' in height with a noticeably tighter, more upright habit. Very hardy, zone 4.

    viscosum ‘Summer Parasol’ (Azalea)     Clusters of white, super fragrant, trumpet-shaped, flowers after the leaves have unfurled, late June into July. Reaches only 4’ tall by 5’ wide at maturity. Best in sun to part shade with evenly most, well-drained, acid soil, (does not want to be dry). Just about everything you could ask for in an Azalea; highly fragrant flowers that bloom later thus extending the presence of azalea flowers in the landscape into early summer; attractive, dark green, glossy foliage; an accommodating small size that offers many landscape possibilities; and, a rugged constitution, hardy through zone 4.

Rh Landmark flower

‘Windbeam’     A lower growing, landscape-friendly, hardy Rhododendron with wide-flaring, funnel-shaped flowers that open apricot-white, phase to white and finally turn a lovely light, purplish-pink. Up to eight flowers per cluster. Blooms in late April-May. Foliage is evergreen to semi-evergreen, olive green, willowy. 3’-4’ tall. For sun to part shade with rich, acidic, evenly moist but well-drained soil. Zone 4.

    x ‘Amy Cotta’     A rich pink, heavy flowering and more compact growing form of 'PJM' rhododendron. ‘Amy Cotta' grows slowly but steadily into a semi-dwarf bush that's perfectly suited to spots where a compact, flowering evergreen is just the ticket. Dense, azalea-like foliage is smaller and darker than that of 'PJM', and plentiful ruffled blooms cover the plant in early spring. 2½'-3½' tall by 3½' -4½' wide. Zone 4. See a grouping in our parking lot border.

Rhododendron x 'Blue Baron'

x ‘Blue Baron’    Striking blue flowers on this selection in early May nearly obscure the small, elongated, shiny, evergreen leaves. Its compact, mounded landscape form is easy to work with and looks good year round, even in winter as its foliage takes on a decidedly reddish-bronze hue.  Grows 2ft. high in 10yrs, adding one to two feet at maturity for an overall size of 3-4ft. tall by 3-4ft. wide. Protect from winter wind. Official zone 6 but perfectly reliable here in our zone 5b garden.

    x ‘Fantastica’     Another terrific yakusimanum hybd. that flowers with a burst of bi-colored flowers showing creamy pink interiors outlined with a shiny red margin at the petal edges. Heavy blooming with large flowers in huge trusses of up to 20 flowers per truss. Blooms in May. Grows 3’ to 4’ tall with an equal spread. Zone 5b.

    x ‘Purple Gem’    Dense, dwarf habit plus good hardiness and, best of all, an abundance of purple/blue flowers in early to mid May all come together to make for an outstanding plant. Habit is low and wide, 2' high by 4' wide, with a dense canopy of small, fine textured leaves that are blue/green during summer turning bronze in winter. Its small size make it an excellent choice for foundation plantings, for the front of mixed shrub borders and for use in mixed perennial plantings. Likes organic, acidic, moist but well drained soil and does well in full sun. Zone 5.

    x ‘Skookum’     Dense and very compact growing with deep green, leathery foliage. Begins blooming as a young plant with big, rounded trusses of striking, bright red flowers that blanket the plant, virtually obscuring the foliage. Small and tidy, only 3-4' high and wide, but with an extravagant bloom that will dispense with any winter doldrums that may have lingered into its mid May blooming spectacle. Best in part shade with acid, organic soil that's moist but well drained. Zone 5.

    x ‘Yukon’ New     Small, 2”, dark green, leathery, semi-evergreen leaves provide the backdrop for clusters of white flowers with a hint of pink. Blooms late April. Will reach the moderately large size of 5’-6’ tall, with a upright rounded form. Hardy to zone 4. making it an excellent choice for gardeners who struggle to keep rhododendrons in colder parts of the country. Hardiness is contributed by R. dauricum, which was one the parents in the hybrid cross.  

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