Ornamental Seeds, Berries and Catkins

acerhotwings (300x295)Acer tataricum HOT WINGS (syn. ‘GarAnn’) – This cultivar of Tatarian Maple is a great choice for smaller urban gardens and those in colder regions. The insignificant yellow flowers are followed by blazing red samaras in late summer that contrast nicely against the deep green foliage. Brilliant scarlet autumn tones. Grows 15-20′ high by 18′ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

vibbrandywine (291x300)Viburnum nudum BRANDYWINE (syn. ‘Bulk’) – A deciduous shrub with absolutely amazing bright pink and blue berry clusters that show in the fall – these are produced without a cross-pollinator. It also features glossy, dark green elongated leaves that shift to burgundy-red in autumn and clusters of white flowers in late spring. Grows 5-6′ high by 6′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

carpinusfargiana (300x292)Carpinus fangiana (syn. Carpinus wilsoniana) – Fang’s Hornbeam is still a rare tree species that is only now coming into cultivation. It features deeply veined, large dark green leaves and 16-20″ long tail-like yellowish-green catkins that trail downwards from the branch tips. Grows up to 70′ high in its native China but much smaller (about 20′) in cultivation. Hardy to zone 8.

acerbrilliant2 (300x286)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 maturing to lime green. It is an RHS Award of Garden merit winner and produces pendulous pink samaras. Grows 15-20′ high by 15′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

euonymus planipes (300x282)Euonymus planipes (syn. Euonymus sachalinensis) – The Winged Spindle Bush is a native of Korea, China and Japan. It is a large deciduous shrub that features lime green leaves that emerge from mahogany buds and brilliant red autumn tones, similar to Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus). Pendulous reddish-purple fruits with orange seeds appear late summer. Grows 10′ high. Zone 5.

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