July 4, 2014
A Few of Our Favorite Trees & Shrubs…
Published by Bucks Country Gardens in Plants
Shrubs and trees are the building blocks to every landscape providing the perfect backdrop for your favorite perennials and annuals. They can add variety throughout the year with texture and color. Some have early blooming flowers that usher spring in with beauty while others have brightly colored berries that provide a cheerful contrast against the gray and white tones of winter. Adding in shrubs or trees that have scented flowers can add an additional layer of enchantment to your landscape. There is nothing like waking up to the lush scent of a lilac in bloom. For me, the scent of lilacs brings back memories of visiting with my grandma in her Victorian home in Missouri. When creating your landscape, you aren’t just painting a pretty picture, you are creating memories for everyone who visits you.
When selecting trees and shrubs, follow your heart and pick ones that excite you, keeping in mind to choose plants appropriate to the soil, moisture and sun conditions in your location. I met with Bucks Country Garden’s Horticulturist and Arborist David Jones to find out which trees and shrubs are his most favorite. David says, “My favorite tree is…
Below is a guide to a few of David’s favorite trees and shrubs:
Paperbark Maple (Acer Griseum) My favorite part of the deciduous tree is its unique exfoliating bark. Its cinnamon brown color draws your eye in and adds texture to this slow growing tree. The soft green leaves change to a deep rich red in autumn. The average height it reaches is 25 ft. with a potential spread of 15-20 ft. The tree prefers full sun and average soil and moisture.
Winter King Hawthorn (Crataegus viridis) This charming is enveloped in white flowers in the spring and vibrant red berries in the fall. It’s also great for attracting birds, which is why I love having it in my yard. It is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun.
Winterberry Holly ‘Winter Red’ (Ilex verticillata) This holly variety is super easy to grow. In the fall, the green foliage turns a vibrant yellow providing a surprising contrast to the bright red berries. Don’t be surprised to find songbirds flocking to this classic shrub. This tree does require a pollinator planted in the same vicinity to produce fruit. Southern Gentleman Winterberry makes an excellent pollinator. The height and spread can range from 3-12 ft. This shrub prefers full sun to partial shade, medium to wet moisture, and can grow in most types of soil.
Endless Summer® Hydrangea ‘Twist and Shout’ (Hydrangea arborescens) I love the lacecap flower on this variety of hydrangea. It doesn’t require a lot of pruning and is perfect for cutting, you can do it yourself or you can request a free estimate on tree cutting services to get it done perfectly for you. What’s truly amazing about this hydrangea is that it was developed to bloom twice, providing floral enjoyment from early summer into fall. This shrub can reach an average height and spread of 3-5 ft. It prefers partial shade and moist soil.
Korean Lilac “Miss Kim’ (Syringa Patula) This showy lilac produces gorgeous purple flowers with a sweet fragrance that is mouthwatering. Definitely locate this plant near your patio so that you can relax with a glass of wine in the evening or cup of coffee in the morning and smell the sweetness in the late spring. An added benefit of this beautiful shrub is that it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. This shrub reaches an average height of 4-9 ft and spread of 5-7 ft. It prefers full sun and average moisture and soil.
Korean Spice Vibernum (Vibernum carlesii) Another deliciously fragrant shrub, the Korean Spice Vibernum has a fresh, sweet scent. It also has glorious pink blooms that slowly fade to a pleasant white. Like my other favorites, this shrub also attracts birds and butterflies. It is a low maintenance shrub that prefers full sun to partial shade and average soil and moisture.
Add one, two or all of these shrubs and trees to your landscape for years of enjoyment!
Dalissa Reeder | Marketing Assistant
David Jones | Horticulturist, Arborist & Customer Service Specialist