Prunus laurocerasus ETNA (syn. ‘Anbri’) – A dwarf form of English Laurel that can be grown as a solitary specimen plant or trained as an evergreen hedge. The new growth is an attractive bronzy-orange, maturing to the typical glossy bright green. With light pruning, fragrant white flowers are produced. Dense, self branching growth habit. Grows 6-8′ high by 4-5′ wide. Z6.
Physocarpus opulifolius AMBER JUBILEE – This showy cultivar of Ninebark was named in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee. It is a cross of ‘Diabolo’ and ‘Dart’s Gold’ that produces yellow and coppery-orange new growth that matures to lime green. Rounded white flowers are followed by reddish-purple seeds. Purplish autumn tones. Grows 5-6′ high with pruning. Z2.
Nandina domestica ‘Filamentosa’ (syn. ‘San Gabriel’, ‘Kirajuse’) – A fine-textured Heavenly Bamboo with thread-like leaves that emerge red-tinted, shifting to lime green in summer and a bronze-purple in colder weather. This cultivar originates in Japan and while I have yet to see it in flower, it apparently produces white flowers followed by red berries. Grows 2-3′ high. Z6.
Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak’ – A typical Smokebush with reddish-purple rounded leaves that turn a vivid reddish-orange to wine red in the fall. It bears billows of smoke-like rosy-pink flowers in early summer, hence the common name. These can be trained as a large bush or a small tree form. Deciduous in nature. Grows 8-12′ high and wide (depending on pruning). Z5.
Ligustrum ovalifolium LEMON AND LIME – A golden-leaved Privet that is semi-evergreen or deciduous in nature, with leaves flushing a bright chartreuse, maturing to lime green. It makes a fine hedge and will produce panicles of white flowers when lightly pruned. Grows much slower than the species. Takes on apricot tones in winter. Grows 5-6′ high (depending on pruning). Z5.