Passionflower is a fast-growing evergreen climber from South America. The flowers emerge in summer and are stunning and exotic. Bowl-shaped, white with blue centers, they bloom repeatedly through the fall. The yellow-orange fruit is edible but not particularly tasty.This fast-growing vine is one of the most hardy passionflowers, and tolerates many ..
The deciduous vine, Boston ivy, cloaks the walls of old university buildings across the north.Boston ivy is a close relative of the grape and originates from China, Korea and Japan. It is a vigorous self-clinging woody vine that attaches itself to surfaces by tendrils tipped with small disk-like adhesive pads called holdfasts. It bears beautiful th..
Grown for its beautiful clusters of elongated flowers, butterflybush is a tough medium-sized shrub with an upright to arching habit. Originating from China and Japan, it has green to gray-green leaves and produces large clusters of beautiful flowers at the ends of its branches. These appear from midsummer to frost, but will continue to bloom with g..
A mature, symmetrically rounded catalpa tree can be a tree of great beauty all season long: young leaves are bronze green, later - dark green and rosy pink flowers in June. Unfortunately, it is otherwise a rather coarse tree that does not always deserve a prominent place in the landscape. And in my garden in Lithuania it started to bloom in third ..
Cornus kousa, commonly called Kousa dogwood, is a small, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 15-30’ tall, with a vase-shaped habit in the early years but eventually maturing to a more rounded form. Bloom occurs in late spring. The showy parts of the Kousa dogwood “flower” (3-5” across) are the four narrowly pointed ..
A member of the witchhazel family, this medium-sized, broadleaf evergreen shrub is native to Japan and China. Fragrant, spider-like, white flowers appear in late winter and early spring and sporadically at other seasons. The arching, spherical habit and rich green rounded leaves are attractive year-round. Chinese fringe flower grows best in light s..
Larger in leaf and flower than eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), this Chinese native makes a beautiful shrub or small tree for sun or light shade. The bright purple-pink pea-flowers cluster along the upright gray branches in mid-spring, before the large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves emerge. Abundant green seedpods follow the flowers, maturing to b..
Shrubby cinquefoil is a compact perennial bushy flower with dainty foliage and buttercup-like flowers. This very hardy plant is native across all north temperate regions from Asia to North America. The yellow flowers appear in abundance in early summer and continue more sparsely into fall. They contrast nicely with the small dark green to gray-gree..
Despite the common name, Cornelian cherry is actually a dogwood. This deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub to small tree can become quite large with age. It is native to the woods of Europe and western Asian, and is one of the earliest shrubs to bloom there. Its small, yellow flowers appear in late winter to very early spring and are followed by red, che..
Dahurian larch is a deciduous conifer that is native to northeastern Siberia. Bright green needles turn yellow in fall before falling to the ground. This is a tree of very cold climates, ranging northward inside the Arctic Circle to tree line. In the wild, it grows to 12-18 m (40-60') tall with a broad conic but open crown and horizontal branching...
This deciduous conifer is a fast-growing, imposing relative of the redwood. Native to China, it was known only from the fossil record until a few trees were discovered in 1944 and identified in 1948. Today it is grown and loved the world over for its feathery foliage, muscular trunk and magnificent, narrow, pyramidal habit. The bark is shredded and..
Downy birch (Betula pubescens) is a fast-growing and relatively small deciduous tree. Although quite similar to silver birch (Betula pendula), downy birch is distinguished by its hairy leaves and shoots.The species’ native range overlaps with that of the silver birch, but reaches further north and east.Due to the tree’s small size and rather poor t..
Long grown in its native Europe as a hedge plant, this small, rounded, low-branched tree is still among the most popular garden hawthorns. It bears clusters of sweet-scented white flowers in showy abundance in late spring, followed by small spherical fruits that ripen red in fall. Some forms have pink blooms. The small, lobed, glossy dark green lea..
New leaves are light yellow-green and fuzzy but then mature to dark green and stiff on the stiff bottlebrush. It is showiest anytime from very late winter into late summer when branch tips are crimson-red spikes of bristled flowers. This evergreen large shrub is native to east-central Australia in Queensland and New South Wales. Its branches are a ..
Berberis vulgaris is also known as common barberry, European barberry or simply barberry, is a shrub in the genus Berberis. It produces edible but sharply acidic berries, which people in many countries eat as a tart and refreshing fruit.The shrub is native to central and southern Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. it is also naturalised in ..