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Pot Size= All Plants on this page are in quart pots (Qt.) which are 1.68Pints (794 ml) liquid measure.
Plant Size Most people have never seen a shrub in a quart pot. Many garden centers don't even offer Perennials in quarts any more.  In garden centers, shrubs are generally only available in much larger containers: 1-3 gallons.  Please take a look at this photo of Quart Shrubs to get a sense of what shrubs in a quart pot look like and read about Plant Size and Age on this page so that you have realistic expectations.   We want you to be happy!  If you're not familiar with a quart size shrub you should take the time to look at these links!

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  Some trees on this page may incur a $4.00   Oversize Plant Surcharge

 

$12.99 Qt.

Salix babylonica var. pekinensis      Corkscrew willow, Dragon's Claw Willow   Zone:  5-8   

Salix babylonica var. pekinensisAKA S. matsudana 'Tortuosa, Salix matsudana 'Golden Curls'.   A smaller, upright female clone of Corkscrew willow, that's great for bonsai or the smaller yard.  Eventually after many years, 20-30' tall. (the species is 40-50' tall.)  Golden new growth.  Both the 4" leaves and stems are twisted. 

Soil: Ave. to Moist        H:20-30'   W: 10-15'         B/M:    Yellowish/4-5

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

Butterfly and Larvae Food

 Attracts Hummingbirds

$11.99 Qt.

Salix chaenomeloides 'Mt. Asama'     Pink Tinged Pussywillow     Zone: 4-8    

Salix chaenomeloides 'Mt. Asama'     Pink Tinged PussywillowChosen by Japanese florists for it's pink-tinged flowers emerging from two-toned silver and dark burgundy buds which age to black-silver.  Compared to S. caprea, it has larger catkins

Soil:   Average to moist      H: 8-10'  W: 9-11'      B/M: Pink-tinged Grey/4

Butterfly and Larvae Food

 Attracts Hummingbirds

$12.99 Qt.

 

Salix cinerea 'Tricolor'   Variegated Grey Sallow       Zone:  2-7      

Salix cinerea 'Tricolor'   Variegated Grey SallowA smaller Sallow or Pussy Willow that's easily kept a manageable size with a light autumn trim. Can be pruned to a 'standard'.  It's distinctive foliage starts out in spring with a rusty red color and fades to a marbled pink and white over grey-green.  Often all green in hot weather.  It's natural habitat is marshes and fens.  Will tolerate poor drier soil than some willows after being established but appreciates regular moisture.  Used in the basket weaving trade.  Classic gray pussy willow catkins.

Soil: Average to moist      H: 10-15'  W:  10-15'      B/M:  Gray catkins/Spring

Butterfly and Larvae Food

 Attracts Hummingbirds

Butterfly and Larvae Food

Salix species are Host Plants for the Dreamy Duskywing, Striped Hairstreak, Mourning Cloak and Viceroy Butterfly Caterpillars.  These are great plants in the garden because they're rapid growers and can easily sustain the needs of the Caterpillars without damage to the plant and they feed the caterpillars lot of different and splendid Butterflies.  To REALLY have butterflies in your garden, you need to feed them at all stages of their life -- when they're flying AND when they're crawling!

 

$11.99 Qt.

 

Salix integra 'Pendula'     Weeping Smoothleaf Willow    Z:5-7      

Salix integra 'Pendula'     Weeping Smoothleaf WillowWhat an amazing new introduction.  It takes 'Weeping' to a whole new level. Put it in the right spot on a wall, cascading down a rock waterfall, and it will literally 'weep' flat against the surface and following it's shape!  If staked and trained to tree form initially, the branches still weep straight down.  If left to it's own devices, it makes a 'weeping' willow groundcover reaching out 5' from center.

Soil:  Ave. to moist      H:  3-5'  W: 3-5'      B/M:  Insig.

 

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

Attracts Hummingbirds

Butterfly and Larvae Food

$11.99 Qt.

Salix matsudana 'Golden Curls'     Corkscrew Willow    Zone: 4-8      

Salix matsudana 'Golden Curls'A small tree with amazing form -- everything about it looks like it went to a beauty salon -- every branch, twig and leaf is curly!  There isn't a time of the year that it isn't attractive - even in the dead of winter when you can really appreciate it's form and new yellow limbs.  Easy to grow and much cold hardier than it's one parent, S. matsudana 'Tortuosa', Peking Willow.  Beautiful golden leaf color in Fall.  Doesn't need soil as moist as the typical willow.  Does NOT show much curling as a year old plant.  Takes a few years.

Soil: Ave. to moist       H: 20-30'  W: 15'    B/M:  Typical willow catkins in early spring

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

Butterfly and Larvae Food

Attracts Hummingbirds

$11.99 Qt.

Salix purpurea 'Pendula'    Weeping Arctic Willow      Zone: 3-8

Salix purpurea 'Pendula'    Weeping Arctic WillowAn interesting form of Artic Willow.  It can be left to grow as a small weeping shrub or can be trained as a small weeping tree by removing lower buds/branches.  Thrives with deep watering but can even stand periods of drought once established.   Purplish stems in new spring growth with blue foliage.  Insignificant light green blooms.

Soil: Average to moist      H: 8-10'  W: 10-12'      B/M:  Light Green/ 4-5

Butterfly and Larvae Food

 Attracts Hummingbirds

$10.99 Qt.

Salix repens argentea     Argentea Creeping Willow          Zone: 4-8

Salix repens argentea     Argentea Creeping WillowA creeping willow showing yellow catkins in early spring that emerge from silver buds. Gold stems in winter with attractive grey-green foliage during the season on reddish branches. A good groundcover, perfect for trailing over walls or a rock garden. Tolerates salty coastal conditions.

Soil:  Average to moist      H: 18"  W:  6'      B/M: Yellow catkins/3-4

Butterfly and Larvae Food

$12.99 Qt.

Salix sepulcralis 'Erythroflexuosa'     Hankow Willow, Twisted-Twig Willow     Part Shade  Zone: (4B) 5-8

Salix sepulcralis 'Erythroflexuosa'     Hankow Willow, Twisted-Twig WillowContorted willows are always popular.  'Erythroflexuosa' has a columnar forms that cascades when mature.  Long curly orange branches when plant is naked of foliage just stops you in your tracks and turn progressively more red toward Fall!  Curly leaves and curly branches (which great dried in arrangements.)  Can reach 30' but not often and actually best if kept smaller.

Soil: Average to moist      H: 10-16' W:       B/M:  Insignificant

Butterfly and Larvae Food

 Attracts Hummingbirds

 

Sambucus - European Elderberry

If you love birds, then you MUST have one of these Elderberries.  More than 120 species of birds eat them!  And if they, by chance, leave any, you can make jelly or wine with them.  All but Liciniata are best cut back in late winter to promote strong, colorful shoot according to Dirr.  A replacement for but much quicker (and cheaper) than Japanese Maples.  

Throughout history, Elders have been considered powerful trees and shrubs both for good luck, to drive away serpents and robbers and for 'magical' medical properties to ward off rheumatism!   
For us now, they can offer wind protections, screening and a means for providing quick shade as well as for their beauty and maybe still, a little magic!

All elders are best and give the best foliar performance if cut back to the ground each year.  Yeh, that's scary but still a good than to do in late winter.  They usually take a year or two to settle in after planting and then take off.  Some plants are just like that.  In Zone 9 and even 8, should be planted in Part Shade.  They don't like hot roots!

 

$11.99 Qt.

Sambucus nigra f. laciniata   Fern Leaf Elder  AKA Sambucus canadensis 'Laciniata'    Z:3-9   Z9

Sambucus nigra f. laciniataAn Elderberry that looks like Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Filagree Lace' -- one of the best Japanese Maple.  This small tree/shrub has the most gorgeous, cut-leaf foliage.  No one passes buy it without taking a second look!

Soil: MOIST but well-drained      H: 6-10' W: 6'      B/M:  White/5-6

Attracts Hummingbirds

 

$15.99 Qt.

Sambucus nigra 'Sanivalk' ppaf     INSTANT KARMATM  Variegated Elderberry      Z:3-9   Z9

Sambucus nigra Instant Karma

Oh wow! This astounding new variegated Elderberry has beautiful bluish-green leaves with a tidy variegated leaf margin which starts the season out gold and then changes to a creamy white as it moves into summer.  Typical stunning (if you can put those two words together - which you can with Sambucus) white lacy blooms in early summer just adds to the beauty. Red edible berries help close the season with a bang!  A HUGE improvement over previous variegated forms!  Tolerates almost any soil

Soil: Most any     H: 6-8'  W: 7-9'      B/M: White /5-6

Attracts Hummingbirds

 

$17.99 Qt.

New 3/4

Sambucus racemosa 'SMNSRD4' PP26613    LEMONY LACETM   Elderberry     Z:3-9   Z9

Sambucus racemosa LEMONY LACE  Elderberry

The trademarked name says it all:  it's has lacey golden lemon leaves.  A dazzling, shaggy mound of golden threads with vibrant reddish new growth.  With foliage more cut than 'Sutherland Gold' it's a compact but 'free spirited' mound (not a tight ball!) with extremely fine texture.  White flowers of spring give way to red berries in fall (that are edible and used to make wine) and that's when it stops traffic. Tolerates full sun sun but appreciative of light shade in warmer zones.

Expensive but oh my this is THE most stunning Sambucus in the trade!

Soil: MOIST but well-drained      H:  W:      B/M:  White /5-6

Attracts Hummingbirds

$11.99 Qt.

 

Serissa foetida 'Variegata'    Yellow Rim or Tree of a Thousand Stars     Z:(6)7-9    

Serissa foetida 'Variegata'An absolutely beautiful shrub. Beautiful all summer, especially when the pink buds open to starry white flowers in late spring. Flowers profusely. Adaptable and adjusts to most any site except permanently wet.  We have this at our back door under planted with Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' (white with a hint of light pink)  They consistently bloom at the same time and it looks like there's been a small snow storm out our door.  See photo link with the plant name!

Soil: Well-drained     H: 12-24" W: 12-30"     B/M:  White/ May-June plus on and off later

 

The following choice vines are on the Vines Page

    Schisandra     Magnolia Vine   

    Schizophragma  Japanese Hydrangea Vines

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

 

Spiraea?  or Spirea? 

The Latin spelling is Spiraea.  The Common name doesn't have an a before the e - so it's Spirea. 

Regardless of how you spell it, these are some of the most easy care, longest blooming shrubs in the trade.  

 

$11.99 Qt.

Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'    Tor Birchleaf Spirea     Z:2-7A       

Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'Many of the large spiraeas bloom white, but in the small ones, most are pink, red or lilac.  Tor is an exception -- a smaller, white blooming Spiraea.  Noted also for it's blue-green summer foliage and great, mixed fall color.  Iridescent green leaves turn yellow, bronze and red in the fall.  In May the plant bears small, white flowers in showy clusters.  Asian native.  Very cold hardy.  

Soil:  Well-drained      H: 2-3'  W:2-3'      B/M:   White/4-5

Attracts Butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds

 

Double Play™ Spiraeas

The following two Spiraeas comes from a 6 year breeding program at Spring Meadow Nursery (wholesale supplier).  If you want the entire interesting story, see this Spiraea link.   If you just want to buy the two best out of 1500 plants trialed skip that and look at the following. :-)   Remember with Spiraeas to prune right after blooming.  They bloom on new wood, so if you prune in late winter, early spring, you may cut off your blooms!

 

$15.99 Qt.

Spiraea media 'SMSMBK' ppaf  DOUBLE PLAYTM BLUE KAZOO     Z:3-9         * 

Spiraea media 'SMSMBK'  DOUBLE PLAY BLUE KAZOOA stunning new Spiraea introduction with unique blue foliage with red tones.  This cool blue foliage is such a perfect pairing with the white blooms.  A lovely, mounded plant that will be a great addition to your garden, in mass plantings or even a low hedge.  Deadheading after first bloom will produce additional blooms. Sheering not recommended as that where the new growth, hence burgundy leaves, come from. *Most sources say Sun/Part Shade but Missouri Botanical Garden says full sun.

Soil: Well-drained      H: 2-3'  W: 2-4'     B/M: White/4-6

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

Attracts Butterflies Attracts Hummingbirds

$15.99 Qt.

Spiraea japonica 'Galen' ppaf   DOUBLE PLAYTM ARTIST    Japanese Spiraea    Z:4-9          

Spiraea japonica 'Galen'

Plants in the Double PlayTM series display superb characteristics, in this case better bloom color and improved foliage color.  'Galen' or under the trademarked name ArtistTM was a clear winner in Spring Meadow's field trials due to compactness, great foliage coloration and outstanding PURPLE flowers.  New foliage growth is vibrant purplish-red, maturing to an attractive bluish-green.  Unique to the species, the blooms are a rich purple.

Soil:  Well-drained      H: 24-30"  W:       B/M: Purple/4-5

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

Attracts Butterflies Attracts Hummingbirds

$15.99 Qt.

Spiraea japonica 'Minspi'    DOUBLE PLAYTM PAINTED LADY Japanese Spiraea    Z:4-9       

Spiraea japonica 'Minspi'    DOUBLE PLAYTM PAINTED LADY Japanese Spiraea 'Painted Lady' just takes Spiraeas to an entire new color dimension.  With brightly variegated yellow foliage and hot pink blooms in late spring, this little lady could hold her own, strutting her stuff on with the, ah.... 'Ladies of the Night' on Hollywood and Vine with the best of them - stopping traffic!  But she's accepted by genteel society as well!  The variegation is both clean AND stable. Introduced to the trade by Minier Nursery of France and to this country by Spring Meadows.  Wow!  Plants in the Double PlayTM series display superb characteristics.  Late to leaf out in spring.  Blooms on new growth.

Soil:  Well-drained      H: 2-3'  W: 2-4'      B/M: Hot Pink/4-5

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

Attracts Butterflies Attracts Hummingbirds

$10.99 Qt.

Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess'     Spirea, Little Princess      Z:4-9       

Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess'From Holland, this selection has larger leaves and deeper pink flower color than the species as well as grows faster. Blooms for a very long time -- deadheaded shrubs can bloom all summer. Faster than the species, with larger leaves. A great, truly 'Timex' plant -- takes a lickin' and... 

Soil: Any       H: 2 1/2'` W: 2 1/2'       B/M:  Pink/5-7+ if deadheaded or sheared after bloom

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

Attracts Butterflies Attracts Hummingbirds

$10.99 Qt.

Spiraea japonica 'Neon Flash'    Spirea, Neon Flash       Z:4-9       

Spiraea japonica 'Neon Flash'An Anthony Waterer type with rich, red flowers, reddish new growth, dark green at maturity and no branch reversions. Introduced into the US from Japan by Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD (visit if you get a chance!) Better bloomer than most S. japonicas -- will bloom all summer if deadheaded or sheared after bloom

Soil: Most any     H: 3' W: 3'       B/M:  Red/5-7+ if deadheaded or sheared after bloom

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

Attracts Butterflies Attracts Hummingbirds

$15.99 Qt.

 

Spiraea nipponica 'VERSPI 1' PPAF        GOLDEN GLITTER Admiral Spiraea     Z:4-9       

Spiraea nipponica 'VERSPI 1' PPAF        Golden Glitter™ Admiral SpireaSimilar to and with all the great attributes of S. 'Halward's Silver': tons of pure white blooms, a compact habit, easy to grow.  BUT Golden Glitter™ has beautiful green foliage speckled with yellow gold so even when not it bloom, she has something going for her.  With it's compact habit and dense branch structure, looks stunning in containers.  Trim after flowering.

Soil: Any but very wet       H: 3-4'   W: 4-5'      B/M: White/5-6

Butterfly and Larvae Food

$10.99 Qt.

Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound'    Admiral Spiraea  Snowmound       Z:4-9       

Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound'Admiral Spiraea; better than the similar Vanhouttei species because it maintains a neater, denser outline. Arching form displays dark, blue-green leaves and flowers, in white, hemispherical clusters. Easy & dependable.

Soil:  Any but very wet     H: 3-5' W: 3-5'     B/M: White/5-6

Attracts Butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds

$10.99 Qt.

Spiraea prunifolia 'Plena'     Bridal Wreath or Bridalwreath Spirea       Z:4-8       

Spiraea prunifolia 'Plena'A profusion of tiny, double white flowers totally cover this deciduous shrub in spring. Stems are erect. An old garden favorite w/ double white blooms. There's one directly across the road from the nursery & when it's in bloom, people drive in asking for the plant across the road! It's beautiful in bloom. 

Soil: Most any      H: 4-9' W: 6-8'      B/M:  Double white/5

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

$11.99 Qt.

 

Spiraea x billiardii 'Triumphans'      Billiard Spiraea     Zone: 3-6       

Softy, furry pyramidal panicles, rose-pink in color, are 4-8" long.  Bottlebrush-like, dense and fuzzy and almost iridescent when the sun hits them. From afar, you might mistake it for a Buddleia with more narrow blooms.    A hybrid between S. douglassi, a western North American species and S. salicifolia, a Eurasian species -- it's a wonderful union.  Pruning is important for best results: The oldest and less productive stems should be cut back to their base each year after flowering.  Needs ACID soil.  In fairness, we will mention that it does need to be deadheaded to maintain perfection (blooms don't drop on their own) and it does colonize.  If you're a person who likes to 'fuss' with plants, deadheading and such, and have some room or a space you need to cover, this is a great plant.  It is also capable of living in a large pot due to its extreme hardiness if you have a small garden and don't want a colonizing plant.

Soil: Well-drained, ACID       H: 5-7' W:      B/M: Rose-pink

Attracts Butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds

 

Spiraea x bumalda is a cross between S. japonica and S. albaflora.   It's deciduous but leafs out in early March.  They bloom from early summer through August.  Lots of bloom power with these.  Flowers are very abundant.  They like full sun but will be fine in LIGHT SHADE.  More than that and they don't bloom well.  More cold hardy than S. japonica.  Better Fall color and faster growers than the moderate growing  S. japonicas.  

Now, least you think we don't love Spiraea japonicas, take another look at how many offer above.  They are great, super plants.  It's just that the (very few) Spiraea x bumaldas that are available are even more wonderful.  There just isn't the color selection in bloom and leaf that is available for S. japonicas.

$10.99 Qt.

Spiraea x bumalda 'Candle Light' (Candlelight)    Spirea, Candle Light      Z:4-9       

Spiraea x bumalda 'Candle Light'Very popular in England! Soft, butter yellow foliage is not as harsh as other yellow leafed selections. Pink flowers and compact mounded habit. Selected by Peter Catt. 

Soil: Moist but well-drained    H: 2-3' W: 2-3'      B/M:  Pink/ 5-7+ if deadheaded or sheared after bloom

Attracts Butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds

$10.99 Qt.

Spiraea x bumalda 'Dolchica'     Dolchica Cut-Leaf Spirea      Z:4-9       

Spiraea x bumalda 'Dolchica'Ruffled foliage with frilly serrated edges with deep purple-red new growth separate this unusual Spiraea from others. This form is exceptional not only for its finely cut foliage, deep purple in new growth, but also for its abundant deep pink flowers produced most of the summer. Fall foliage is a rich red.  Similar to S. crispa, but apparently does not produce random variegated foliage as does Crispa and grows smaller, to 3' tall and wide.

Soil: Moist but well-drained      H: 3' W: 3'      B/M:  Pink/ 6-8

Attracts Butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds

$10.99 Qt.

Spiraea x vanhouttei 'Renaissance'    Improved Bridal Wreath Spiraea     Z:3-9      

Spiraea x vanhouttei 'Renaissance'An improved version of our grandmother's favorite - Bridal Wreath Spiraea. Claims to have mildew and rust resistant foliage. A Bailey Nursery introduction with blue green foliage and the cascading white 'Bridal Wreath' flowers in Spring and turns orange red in Fall.

Soil: Moist but well-drained      H:5-8'   W:6-10'      B/M: White/Spring

Attracts Butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds

$14.99 Qt.

Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Kordes'   AMETHYSTTM  Snowberry, Coral Berry    Z:3-7    

Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Kordes'-AmethystTN.jpgDeveloped for the Cut Flower Trade because it produces Berries in Abundance!  Has more uniform coloring of berries in a slightly blue shade of pink (mauve).   Makes a good short hedge and stunning in mass.  Blooms on current year's wood so prune late winter/early summer.

Soil: Fairly well-drained      H:36-60"  W: Indef.        B/M:   Greenish white/6

Attracts Hummingbirds

 

$11.99 Qt.

 

Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Magic Berry'   Snowberry, Magic Berry  Z:3-7     

Masses of vivid pinkish-purple fruit line each branch in autumn. This is not the wispy coral berry your grandmother grew! Magic Berry is compact and graceful, with a sturdy arching, thicket-forming habit. Developed by Mr. G. Goorenbox of the The Netherlands. "Impressive fruit display," Dirr. 

Soil: Fairly well-drained        H: 36-60" W: Indef.          B/M:  Greenish white/6

Attracts Hummingbirds

 

$24.99 Qt.

Syringa x 'SMSJBP7'  BLOOMERANG® DARK PURPLE    Reblooming Lilac     Z:3-7      

Syringa x 'SMSJBP7'     BLOOMERANG® DARK PURPLE LilacWith Bloomerang® Dark Purple Lilac, you can enjoy Lilac fragrance for MONTHS not weeks.  First, from very dark purple buds it blooms purplish Blue in early to mid-May, then reblooms from mid-summer through fall.  'Dark Purple' is larger than the original Bloomerang and bigger, more rounded blooms.  It's beautiful, it's fragrant and a vigorous grower!

Soil: Well-drained     H: 4-6'  W:4-6'     B/M:  Purple/Lilac/ 5 +7-10

Chinese Plants/Chinese Native

Attracts Butterflies Attracts Hummingbirds

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