Trees with Interesting Foliage II

002 (300x291)Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Aureomarginatum’ (syn. Aureo-marginatum, MAJESTIC BEAUTY) – This variegated Tulip Tree does not grow as large as the species. The uniquely blunt-lobed green leaves emerge with generous yellow margins that fade as they mature. Unusual tulip-shaped greenish-yellow and orange blooms are produced in June. Grows 40-60′ high. Zone 5.

acerwinterorange (300x291)Acer palmatum ‘Winter Orange’ – This cultivar of Japanese Maple was actually discovered in coastal BC and features new growth of green leaves with reddish margins. The foliage continues to impress in the fall with golden-yellow and scarlet hues. Winter brings orange to light coral bare stems that brighten those dull days. Grows 20-25′ high by 15-20′ wide. Zone 5.

fraxinus (300x285)Fraxinus americana ‘Autumn Purple’ – A cultivar of White ash featuring glossy green compound foliage that changes to a dramatic long-lasting reddish-purple in autumn. This male clone produces insignificant greenish flowers from April to May. It was introduced back in 1956 and develops a rounded crown at maturity. Grows 40-60′ high by 35-50′ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

acerbrilliant (300x298)Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Brilliantissimum‘ – A dwarf form (usually top-grafted) of Sycamore Maple with a tight rounded crown. Starting in early spring the leaves emerge a brilliant shrimp pink colour, shifting to chartreuse and finally maturing to lime green. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and a good choice for smaller gardens. Grows 15-20′ high by 15′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

cornusalter (287x300)Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ – This Pagoda Dogwood is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with a distinct tiered growth habit and heavily variegated white-edged green leaves. It produces small white flowers in late spring, occasionally followed by bluish-black berries. This cultivar is notoriously difficult to propagate and hard to find. Grows 15′ high by 20′ wide. Zone 4.

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