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Woody Plants: Trees, Shrubs, Evergreens and Vines

Shrubs, trees, and conifers form the backbone of a landscape, creating the feeling of permanence and advancing maturity. Their flowers, leaves, berries, and bark herald the changing seasons.

  • See individual listings of the woody plants we offer for sale for the suggested sun, shade, soil requirements, and the recommended USDA Hardiness Zones.

  • We ship nicely established, 2- to 3-year-old plants in 2.59 quart/2.45 liter containers, except where indicated in listings.
    Planting information

    Fagus (Beech)

    Few if any tree can equal the year round beauty and majesty of a mature specimen Beech! Lovely foliage and striking light grey bark that is very smooth with a distinct, refined character. The Common or European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) exhibits an extraordinary wide range of form and color. For a beautiful, tapestry-like hedge, choose varieties with foliage in different colors, plant together and prune to create a dense row.

    >Fagus Varieties

    Ginkgo (Maidenhair Tree)

    A picturesque deciduous tree, closely related to the conifers, with an ancient history that can be traced back in the fossil record. Ginkgos are easily grown and tolerant of a wide range of conditions, including air pollution. Ginkgos are instantly recognizable by their thick, leathery unique fan-shaped leaves that turn a beautiful yellow in fall. Our selections are desirable male forms with an amazing number of distinct selections that display variable sizes, form, and growth habit with various shaped and colored leaves. Many of the smaller selections are ideal for small home landscapes. Ginkgos are immune from insect and disease predation.

    >Ginkgo Varieties

    Hydrangea (Hydrangea)

    Few groups of shrubs create such a floral impact in the landscape from mid to late summer, as do Hydrangeas. They are reliable, easily grown, and tolerant of sun or light shade and can be grown as individual specimens or massed in formal or informal groups. The large bold flowerheads can also be enjoyed indoors in cut arrangements. Bold attractive foliage frequently enhances the floral display and extends seasonal ornamental interest. Two North American native species, the Oakleaf Hydrangea (H. quercifolia) and the Smooth Hydrangea (H. arborescens) are represented by several outstanding selections with the strikingly shaped foliage of the Oakleaf Hydrangea assuming beautiful fall colorations.

    >Hydrangea Varieties

    Magnolia (Magnolia)

    Spectacular, breathtaking spring blooms qualify Magnolias as aristocrats of the landscape. We offer the finest new introductions, including many from North American hybridizers, plus a choice selection of time proven classics. In addition to their beautiful flower forms and colors, many varieties are also fragrant. Our Magnolia are grown on their own roots. Plant a Magnolia and watch the gorgeous floral display unfold each spring!

    >Magnolia Varieties

    Malus (Flowering Crabapple)

    Flowering Crabapples have beautiful spring blooms and small, colorful fall fruit. These ornamental trees in the apple family (Malus) are highly valued for their two outstanding seasons of interest. In full bloom, few trees can surpass the beauty of a Flowering Crabapple. Their fruits attract a range of birds and wildlife into the landscapes. Many have compact habits that are ideal for smaller gardens. Our Flowering Crabapples are hardy, disease resistant, and easy to grow.

    >Malus Varieties

    Syringa (Lilac)

    Lilacs are among the most beloved of all flowering shrubs for their wonderfully fragrant spring blooms. Our selection includes both choice classics and the outstanding recent advances in Lilac breeding. Lilacs create sumptuous bouquets and are wonderfully nostalgic, evoking lovely memories of time spent in a garden.

    >Syringa Varieties

    Dennis Ledvina

    We offer a superb selection of hybrids from the late Dennis Ledvina. Well known internationally for his work with Magnolias, he specialized in introducing cold-hardy cultivars from his extensive hybridizing work in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We are fortunate to have grown and introduced many of his selections. His Magnolias are sure to be enjoyed each spring, now and in the future!

    >Dennis Ledvina Varieties

    Father Fiala Crabapples and Lilacs

    For over 40 years Father John L. Fiala (1924-1990) worked as a scholar and plant breeder to enrich the horticultural world. His two great interests were Lilacs and Flowering Crabapples. Working in Ohio, Father Fiala developed Lilac hybrids that set new standards with their improved disease resistant foliage, superb floral features, and outstanding form. His Flowering Crabapple introductions are among the finest choices for the garden, with outstanding flowers and fruit, excellent disease resistance, and pleasing growth habits.

    All of Father Fiala's remarkable horticultural achievements were accomplished in addition to his professional life as a Parish Priest, High School Principal, and College Professor. In his later years, he wrote two internationally acclaimed books: Lilacs-The Genus Syringa and Flowering Crabapples-The Genus Malus.

    >Father Fiala Crabapples and Lilacs Varieties

    Attract Butterflies or Hummingbirds

    Winged visitors add magic to the garden! Attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators with colorful, nectar rich blossoms. For further appeal, leave an area of the garden undisturbed to provide shelter and add a bird bath or create a few puddles for water. Avoid chemical sprays. Plant early, mid, and late season bloomers to provide a long season of nectar. Include plants that provide fruit or seedheads for birds.

    >Attract Butterflies or Hummingbirds Varieties

    Best Sellers 2016

    Most popular with our customers! It is always interesting to see what plants other enthusiastic gardeners choose most frequently. Some best sellers are new this year, some are returning favorites, but each has something special to offer in your garden.

    >Best Seller 2016 Varieties

    Container Planting

    CONTAINER PLANTING TIPS
    How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Plants in Pots and Containers.

    Many of our plants are great choices to grow in containers. Clematis are wonderful on patios and balconies. Miniature Hosta and dwarf evergreens can be enjoyed at close range when grown in a pot. Heuchera, Hosta, and ferns will add a leafy abundance to a container that includes annuals. Grasses add fine texture; the cascading types make great "spillers", uprights add valuable height. Beautiful container plantings add character and interest to a setting. Here are some tips to help plants grow well in a container.

    Choose a plant that is adaptable to a container. Generally most plants with a moderate to small root system will grow in a pot, some larger growing specimens, such as shade trees, large shrubs, and deep-rooted large perennials are best planted in the ground. We have many noted for "container planting" among our selections.

    Select a pot that corresponds to the size and quantity of plants you have chosen. Use a quality commercial potting mix in a pot with holes to ensure good drainage. If the holes are on the bottom of the pot, use supports for a slight lift to keep them off the ground so water can flow out. Fertilize and water carefully as needed, since containers create a smaller root zone for plants.

    In cold zones, consider a plant’s hardiness. Some plants will need to be moved to an enclosed area for winter, such as a garage or cold frame, and given minimal water. Some plants will survive in a sturdy wooden planter (clay pots can crack) in a sheltered location, especially if they are rated for a zone or two hardier than the zone where they are being grown. Large pots provide better root protection than small pots. For added protection pots can be wrapped in frost blankets, or plastic pots can be sunk into the ground and mulched. Protect pots from strong winds, excessive moisture, and full winter sun, which can scorch plants. Another option is to enjoy your plants for a season in a container and then approximately 6 weeks before the ground freezes remove it from the pot, plant it in the garden and mulch around the root zone. Look for additional information specifically for your hardiness zone from your nearest arboretum, public gardens, or university extension services.

    >Container Planting Varieties

    Good for Cut Flowers

    Enjoy fresh cut blooms right from the garden! Experiment and have fun: store-bought blooms need to withstand storage and shipping, but home gardeners can use almost any flower for bouquets.

    Tips for cut flowers: Cut blooms in the cool of the day. Leave plenty of stems and foliage to nourish the plant for future growth, (cut no more than 1/3 of the plant's growth). Re-cut stems at an angle under water just before putting in a vase. Change water in the vase frequently. Pick both large and small bouquets - even a single flower adds a nice, fresh touch.

    >Cut Flower Varieties

    Deer Resistant

    Deer generally avoid scented, fuzzy, and tough to chew plants, but there are also many other plants that they pass by. Although deer can be unpredictable, we have compiled this list of plants that they usually ignore.

    Peonies are deer resistant (all of the types - herbaceous, tree, and Itoh).

    For a region specific list, check with your local university extension service, they often provide information about deer resistant plants.

    >Deer Resistant Varieties

    Drought Tolerant

    Save time and water with drought tolerant choices. Drought tolerant plants are especially appreciated growing along the outer edges of a garden, beyond the easy reach of a hose. Drought tolerant plants sometimes do need watering when newly planted or during periods of extreme drought, but overall, they need less watering than typical plants.

    >Drought Tolerant Varieties

    Fall Color

    Plan ahead for great fall color! Leaves that turn bright colors, colorful fruit, and interesting seedheads all add interest to the garden. We have many great choices to ensure a strong finish to the season!

    >Fall Color Varieties

    Fragrance

    Fragrance completes a garden, and makes it all the more memorable! We offer a wide variety of scented plants so you can have fragrance all season long, in sunny and shady sites. Plant near a sitting area or walkway to fully enjoy their lovely scent.

    >Fragrance Varieties

    Newly Listed Winter Additions

    Plants recently added to our offerings. We add plants through the year, some are brand new, some are returning favorites.

    >New Listing--Winter Varieties

    New Listing-Spring

    Plants recently added to our offerings. We add plants through the year, some are brand new, some are returning favorites.

    >New Listing-Spring Varieties

    New Plants for 2016

    We are happy to offer our customers new plant varieties including many that are exclusive to Song Sparrow or rare and hard to find. Our selections are based upon many outstanding features including flowers, foliage, form, and extended seasonal interest, combined with ease of culture. We hope you enjoy these new plant selections!

    >New Plants for 2016 Varieties

    Only Available on the Web 2016

    We have many more plants than we are able to fit into our catalog! Please browse here to see the plants that are listed only online and to find new items that have been added through the year.

    >Only Available on the Web 2016 Varieties

    Proven Winners®/Color Choice® Shrubs

    Shrubs chosen as Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs are selected for their quality characteristics, performance, and low maintenance. This fine selection comes from propagators around the world and has been tested to ensure top performance in the garden.

    We also offer perennials in the Proven Winners® line.
    Proven Winners® Perennials >

    >Proven Winners®/Color Choice® Shrubs Varieties

    Evergreens/Conifers

    Evergreens in the garden offer year-round color and beauty, create structure and a sense of permanence, and provide beautiful texture from a variety of foliage.

    Choose from a wide range of ultimate sizes for the perfect addition to your garden. Use large growing evergreens to create stately, prominent focal points. Mid size evergreens are excellent to anchor mixed plantings of shrubs and perennials, or to create stunning low evergreen borders with a mix of forms, texture, and colors. Small and miniature varieties are perfect for containers, bordering patio gardens, and as design elements in railroad and other miniature settings.

    >Evergreen/Conifer Varieties

    Junior Conifers

    These evergreens are shipped in a smaller, "Junior" pot size compared to our other evergreen pots. Their ultimate size can vary from miniature to large, please check individual listings. Their unique characteristics will enrich areas such as rock gardens, troughs, containers, raised beds, and outdoor railroad gardens.

  • The smaller pot size allows us to offer Junior Conifers at lower prices than our other conifers, making it easier to add them to an evergreen collection.
  • Select a location with open sun or light shade location with a well drained, moisture retentive soil.
  • Small gravel chips in the soil or compost, together with a thin layer on the soil surface will aid in drainage and aesthetic appeal.
  • Shipped in 1.68 pint/798ml pot size.

    >Junior Conifer Varieties

    Ornamental Maples

    Japanese and other smaller growing, ornamental-type Maples are among the most desirable of small specimen trees. Their foliage choices include a spectacular and broad range of textures and colors throughout the growing season. Fall color effects are especially outstanding. In addition to the foliage, they exhibit a variety of graceful forms, plus uniquely colored and textured bark to create year-round ornamental interest in home landscapes. Give these deciduous trees well-drained soil and a sunny to partly shaded location.

    >Ornamental Maple Varieties

    Shrubs

    Shrubs fill the intermediate niche in the garden. Larger than than perennials, they have a woody structure that gives them a year-round presence. Shrubs offer a variety of beautiful traits to choose from: flowers, fragrance, fall color, fruit, and attractive foliage. There is a shrub to fit every garden, even patio gardens with containers as planting beds can include a dwarf selection or two. Shrubs can be planted on their own to enjoy as a specimen, as wonderful anchors for perennial beds, natural supports for Clematis, or to create a lovely screen when privacy is appreciated. We offer a fine selection of colorful shrub choices to enhance your garden.

    >Shrub Varieties

    Trees

    Trees add not only beauty from foliage, flowers, fruit, form, and bark, the larger selections also offer restful shade and coolness. Woody plants have a structure that grows in beauty every year, no landscape is complete without a tree to add a feeling of permanence to the setting. We offer a fine selection of smaller ornamental trees, trees to provide shade, and unique specimens known for their small stature or unusual form. Choose trees to enjoy now and for many years to come.

    >Tree Varieties

    Vines


    Vines add vertical interest and can provide a big impact from a small footprint. Find more vines in the Clematis section.

    >Vine Varieties

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