VYING FOR YOUR ATTENTION
New colors. Plants with better manners. Increasingly compact shape. Extended seasons of interest. Improved landscape and production environment performance. These are just some of the compelling attributes you will find in this year's New Varieties Showcase selections. The growers and breeders of these 45 plants believe they will capture the attention of home gardeners, retailers, growers, and landscape architects, designers and contractors.
Take-it-with-you tags from Macore offer vital plant characteristics and make it easy for you to find the growers and/or breeders at the show, so you know where to place your order for the fall or next spring. Located between the 1000 and 3000 aisles, it's a not-to-be-missed destination on the Farwest Trade Show floor.
2013 New Varieties Showcase Selections
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Abelia 'Bella Donna' PPAF
Introduced by Ball Ornamentals. Originates from Lehnard de Vos, The Netherlands. Zones 6–9.
Bella Donna has bright and striking white and yellow on green variegation, red stems, and late spring pink buds and white blooms. Its compact shape, often with a prostrate growth habit, makes it useful in small yards and containers where it can drape over the sides of the pot. Grows 2–3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Plant in light shade to full sun in well-drained soil.
Available as 32-cell liners from Ball Ornamentals (Booth #5043).
Taylor Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Taylor' USPP #15943
Offered by Rare Tree Nursery. Discovered by D. van der Maat, The Netherlands, as a chance seedling and named after his granddaughter. Zones 6–9.
Leaves are either entirely pink, or have thick pink margins with green centers. Pink coloration lasts throughout the season. An upright dwarf tree with delicate branches grows to 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Plant in a part-shade, protected environment with good drainage. Brings brilliant color to a shade garden.
Available as #1 and #3 containers from Rare Tree Nursery (Booth #16027).
Armstrong Gold® Maple
Acer rubrum 'JFS-KW78'
Introduced by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Selected for superior performance and overall appearance from an evaluation of hundreds of seedlings of Armstrong maple by Keith Warren for J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Ore. Zone 4.
Brighter foliage color, greater foliage density, and a more compact, less leggy growth habit improve on the parent Armstrong maple. Medium green leaves are refined and denser, and the tree offers handsome golden-to orange fall color. Its improved columnar form recommends it for narrow street planting sites and other areas where space is limited. Its tightly columnar, dense and narrow form — 40 feet tall with a spread of 12 feet — brings a formal tone to the landscape. Strong branches with good crotch angles reduce pruning costs in the nursery and in the landscape. Plant in full sun. Adaptable to varied soils and moisture levels.
Available as bare root 5–7 foot whips and 6 foot to 1.25 inch caliper branched trees; and #5 (5 foot) to #7 (6 foot) containers from J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. (Booth #19026).
Wild Swan Anemone
Anemone x 'Macane001' USPP #25132
Introduced by Monrovia. Discovered by Elizabeth MacGregor, Scotland, UK. Zones 6–8.
Recipient of the Chelsea Flower Show 2011 "Plant of the Year" award, Wild Swan offers large white flowers with striking lilac blue color to the back of the petals. A. rupicola heritage makes it more vigorous than Japanese hybrids and provides a longer season of blooms. More prone to clumping than other varieties. Part shade to sun with moist but well-drained soil. Benefits from autumn mulching.
Available as #1 and #2 containers from Monrovia (Booth #17037).
Astilbe 'Delft Lace' USPP #19839
Offered by T & L Nursery Inc. The result of open pollination by Henricus Maria Joseph Holtmaat, The Netherlands. Zone 7.
Bright red stems rise above attractive reddish-green waxy foliage that gets darker the more sun it gets. Leaves are covered with a silver lacey overlay. Soft, peach-colored blooms appear in June and July. Use in groups in the woodland border, or mass them to create a ground cover. Plant in evenly moist, well-drained soil in light shade. Grows 2–3 feet tall in bloom.
Available as #1 container from T & L Nursery Inc. (Booth #13013).
Brugmansia 'Little Angel' PPAF
Introduced by Ball Ornamentals. Bred by Scott Trees, Ball Horticultural Company. Zone 10.
Full-size white pendulous blooms on a compact plant make it well suited for containers. Matures at 4–5 feet tall and wide. Intensely fragrant, especially at night. Performs best in full sun and re-sprouts well from a heavy prune. Needs well drained soil and a light fertilizer regime.
Available as 32-cell liners from Ball Ornamentals (Booth #5043) and as #1 containers from T & L Nursery Inc. (Booth #13013).
Coprosma 'Inferno' PPAF
Introduced by Ball Ornamentals. Originates from Kiwiflora, New Zealand. Zones 9–11.
Inferno's growth habit is upright and columnar with no pruning or staking. The dominant red and brick-red coloration accompanies the more standard Coprosma leaf variegation of yellow, green and black. 'Inferno' can be used as a specimen plant or hedged. It also makes a premium container plant, both as a specimen or as fill color. Requires full sun for best foliage color and well-drained soil. Mature height is 3–4 feet with a 2–3 foot spread.
Available as 72-cell liners from Ball Ornamentals (Booth #5043), as #1 containers from T & L Nursery Inc. (Booth #13013) and Youngblood Nursery Inc. (Booth #18045).
Li'l Bang Daybreak Tickseed
Coreopsis 'Daybreak' USPPP
Offered by Skagit Gardens Inc. Bred by Darryl Probst, Mass. Zone 5.
Long blooming, single red flowers have a vibrant, yellow orange edge. Short and very compact, like others in the Big Bang series, growing only 6–10 inches tall with a spread of 18 inches. Very adaptable as long as drainage is good. Does not reseed. Use in containers, smaller gardens or the front of a sunny border.
Available as 128-cell liners and #1 containers from Skagit Gardens Inc. (Booth #23037).
Red Pygmy® Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida 'Rednut' USPP #15219
Offered by Heritage Seedlings Inc. Bred by Dr. Elwin Orton, Rutgers University, New Jersey. Zones 6a–9.
Ideal for small gardens and containers, Red Pygmy is a rare genetic dwarf flowering dogwood, staying under 3 feet for the first five years or so and topping out at 7 feet after a decade. Full-size (3 inches or larger), deep pink-red blooms appear in late April into May. Young plants are floriferous. Dense branching with side branches gives a mounded appearance. Red Pygmy has an attractive orange and medium brown fall color; its fruit is bright red. Plant in full sun to part shade.
Available as 1–2 foot and 2–3 foot bare root field grafts from Heritage Seedlings Inc. (Booth #9037).
Firebird Variegated Red Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida rubra 'Fircomz'
Introduced by UpShoot LLC. Discovered as a sport of Cherokee Brave by Commercial Nursery, Tenn. Zones 5–8.
Variegated green-and-white foliage has red tones throughout the entire growing season. As the nights cool in fall, red tones overtake the entire leaf. Slower growing than other cultivars. Grows to 20–25 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil. Colorful flowers are red with white centers. Firebird would be an excellent focal point in the landscape.
Available as bare root, B&B and in containers from Van Essen Nursery Company (Booth #13037), J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. (Booth #19026), and Hans Nelson & Sons Nursery Inc. (Booth #17056). Visit UpShoot LLC for more information (Booth #2047).
Illumination Flame Digiplexis
Digitalis Illumination Flame USPPP
Offered by Skagit Gardens Inc. Hybridized by Thompson & Morgan, UK. Zone 8.
As an intergeneric selection, this tender perennial features foxglove like flower spikes in tropical shades of yellow and soft coral. Spikes are densely packed, and plants have multiple side shoots. Semi-evergreen with large deep green leaves. Individual flowers have a unique shape, and sterile flowers mean a long bloom time throughout the summer into fall. Illumination Flame is not biennial; it blooms the first year and is perennial where hardy. Plant in full sun or part shade in mixed borders or large patio containers. Grows to 36 inches tall by 18 inches wide. Prefers moist soil with good drainage.
Available as 72-cell liners, #1 containers and 10-inch deck pots from Skagit Gardens Inc. (Booth #23037).
Sombrero Flamenco Orange Coneflower
Echinacea hybrida 'Flamenco Orange'
Introduced by Darwin Perennials. Hybridized by Jian-Pin Ren, Panamerican Seed Company, Ill. Zones 4–9.
These sturdy, well-branched compact plants have proven hardiness to Zone 4. Very floriferous with bright orange red petals. Requires full sun and well drained fertile soil. Drought resistant. Dead-heading will prolong the flowering period. Grows 24–26 inches tall and 18–20 inches wide.
Available as 102-cell liners from Darwin Perennials (Booth #5043), and as #1 containers from T & L Nursery Inc. (Booth #13013).
Piccolino Double Coneflower
Echinacea hybrida 'Piccolino' USPP #23348
Offered by T & L Nursery Inc. Introduced by Darwin Perennials; a seedling cross by Marco van Noort, The Netherlands. Zones 4a–9b.
The first compact, floriferous, dwarf double Echinacea. Fully double, fragrant pink flowers re-bloom on sturdy stems. Requires full sun and well-drained fertile soil. Drought resistant. Dead-heading will prolong the flowering period. Grows 8–12 inches tall and 16–22 inches wide. Use in containers and plant in beds and borders.
Available as quarts and #1 containers from T & L Nursery Inc. (Booth #13013).
Helenium 'Short 'n' Sassy' USPPP
Offered and discovered by Skagit Gardens Inc. Zone 4.
Growing to a compact 12–18 inches tall with a spread of 24 inches, 'Short 'n' Sassy' flowers earlier than most Helenium and is long-blooming. Bright gold and orange flowers with a chocolate cone. Good in mixed borders, massed plantings and containers. Plant in full sun with well-draining soil.
Available as 72-cell liners and #1 containers from Skagit Gardens Inc. (Booth #23037).
Plum Passion® Hydrangea
Introduced by Monrovia. Discovered in central China by Mikinori Ogisu, then brought to the U.S. by Dan Hinkley. Zones 7–10.
Foliage is a dramatic deep purple on the upper side and rosy purple on the underside. Flowers, but foliage is the star of this plant. Use in a woodland setting as an understory plant or in a container. Place in a dappled or full-shade position in rich, slightly acidic soil. Slow growth to 6 feet tall and wide with an open spreading habit.
Available as #2 and #5 containers from Monrovia (Booth #17037)
Double Delights Star Gazer Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Kompeito' USPP #20998
Offered by T & L Nursery Inc. Introduced by Ball Ornamentals.
This re-blooming lacecap hybrid has large double flowers with mauve-blue or pink centers and white picotee edges. Compact habit requires less pruning and thick stems prevent flopping. Grows 3–4 feet tall and 3–5 feet wide. Suitable for the shade garden or as a container plant; mildew resistant.
Available as #1 containers from T & L Nursery Inc. (Booth #13013) and as 32-cell liners from Ball Ornamentals (Booth #5043).
Peppermint Swirl Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Dancing Angel' USPP #20140
Introduced by Agricola Management Group, the exclusive licensee of the HGTV HOME Plant Collection. Product of a controlled breeding program from a breeder in Japan. Zones 5–8.
Peppermint Swirl displays unique peppermint candy variegation on each floret in the re-blooming flower head. Mophead blooms appear on upright stems and are striking whether they are pink or blue. At 3 feet tall and wide, this plant is ideal for containers, in mixed borders or massed in the landscape. Requires part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Acidification of the soil is necessary to turn flowers from pink to blue.
Available as #2 containers from Ball Ornamentals (Booth #5043) and Van Essen Nursery Company (Booth #13037).
Hydrangea macrophylla 'MonMar' PPAF
Introduced by Monrovia. A chance discovery by Mr. and Mrs. Marc Urlich, Calif. Zones 5–9.
The first repeat blooming mophead hydrangea with dark stems. Ruby-black stems hold pink (in alkaline soil) or blue (in acidic soil) blooms. Pink blooms fade to green splashed with cream. Blooms on both old and new wood. Heavily-textured leaf. Use in a woodland garden, massed or as a container plant. Grows to 3–5 feet tall and wide. Grow in dappled shade and moist rich soils; will take some morning sun.
Available as #2 and #5 containers from Monrovia (Booth #17037).
Endless Summer® Bloomstruck Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'P11HM-11' PPAF
Offered exclusively by Bailey Nurseries Inc. Selected from open pollination progeny of H.m. 'P11HM-1' (Endless Summer® Twist n' Shout®) by Dr. Michael Dirr, Georgia, in 2009. Zones 4–9.
Depending on the amount of aluminum in the media, dark pink or violet-purple re-blooming inflorescence appears on most shoots, creating a mass of flowers on old and new wood. Flowers age to rose-red and remain showy for an extended period. Compact, rounded, spreading habit grows 2–4 feet tall and 3–4 feet wide. Dark green foliage turns burgundy-red in fall, blending well with its red stems. Resistant to powdery mildew. Plant in moist, well-drained soil in sun, or in hot areas, part shade.
Available as #2 containers from Bailey Nurseries Inc. (Booth #17019) in spring 2014.
First Editions® Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata 'Rensun' PPAF
Offered exclusively by Bailey Nurseries Inc. From a controlled breeding by Jean Renault in 1987, France. Zones 4–8.
Panicles of flowers emerge white, changing to pink and then red as they mature, creating a multi-color effect. Form is uniform and a compact 4–5 feet tall and 3–4 feet wide, making it suitable for small space gardens and containers. Flowers are primarily sterile, creating a dense panicle. Plant in full to part sun in loamy, moist, well-drained soil. Flowers grow on new stems; prune in winter or early spring.
Available as #2 containers from Bailey Nurseries Inc. (Booth #17019) in spring 2014.
First Editions® Jetstream Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'P11H1-1' PPAF
Offered exclusively by Bailey Nurseries Inc. Selected from progeny of an open pollination of unnamed and unpatented H.q. by Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Josh Kardos, Georgia, 2007. Zones 5–8.
Compact, non-flopping habit with flowers held high on strong stems. Lustrous, dark-green foliage is resistant to leaf spot in production environment and landscape, and turns orange-red in fall. Peeling, tawny-brown bark adds winter interest. Reaches 5–6 feet high and 4–5 feet wide. Plant in full sun or part shade in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Prune after flowering. Use in mixed border or mass plantings.
Available as #3 containers from Bailey Nurseries Inc. (Booth #17019) in spring 2014.
Impatiens x bicaudata hybrid
Introduced by Fry Road Nursery. Chance seedlings selected by Fry Road Nursery, Ore. Zone 10b.
More compact than previous introductions, with color departures from the typical I.b. red/yellow throat. Downy mildew resistant. Many in the series produce high bud counts at terminal ends. Colors in the series include Baby Lamb (a very compact 1 foot tall by 2 feet wide), Nectarine, Cherry Blossom and the lavender Double Up (each 2 feet tall and wide), and Peach Pie, Cardinal (aka Big Red) and Brick growing to 2–3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. An ever-blooming tender perennial for shade. Works well in containers or as a shade bedding plant.
Available as 50-cell liners and 5-inch finished pots from Fry Road Nursery (Booth #11027).
Introduced by Heritage Seedlings Inc. Developed into hybrid color swarms over the last decade by Eric Hammond for Heritage Seedlings Inc., Ore. Zones 7–10.
Flowers are a rich palette of orange, pink, yellow and purple. Exceptionally vigorous, they can be planted in almost any low border. Tolerant of dry or seasonally wet soil. Instead of time-consuming divisions, this series of hybrids is produced from seedlings that are mostly true to their parent's color. Plant in full sun or bright part shade in well-drained average or poor soils. Low-growing to 10 inches high and 18 inches wide. Evergreen.
Available as 40 cubic inch (3-by-3-by-7-inch) plugs from Heritage Seedlings Inc. (Booth #9037).
SuperBlue English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia 'SuperBlue' PPAF
Introduced by Darwin Perennials. Hybridized by Kieft Seeds, The Netherlands. Zones 4–9.
Excellent rain and weather tolerance improves performance. Rich, deep blue flowers exhibit less gap between florets, resulting in a larger flower presentation. Grows 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Requires full sun and well drained soil.
Available as unrooted cuttings and 102-cell liners from Darwin Perennials (Booth #5043).
Lavandula x intermedia 'Phenomenal' USPPP
Offered by Skagit Gardens Inc. Developed and introduced by Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farm, Penn. Zone 4.
A uniform plant both in production and in the garden. Extremely tolerant to heat and humidity with superior winter survival and hardiness. Also resistant to common root and foliar diseases. Blooms have high oil content, and the tight, dense foliage is aromatic. Grows to 18 inches tall (30 inches in bloom) with a spread of 36 inches. Blooms best after vernalization. Use in a sunny mixed border or container. Will tolerate overhead watering.
Available as 128- and 72-cell liners and #1 containers from Skagit Gardens Inc. (Booth #23037).
Leucothoe axallaris 'Squzam'
Introduced by UpShoot LLC for LCN Selections. Discovered by Patty Zampini, Ohio, growing among L. fontanesiana. Zone 4.
A selected woodland native that is slightly more compact with smaller and more narrow leaves than the species — up to 3 inches in length and up to 1 inch wide. New growth is rich mahogany with juvenile copper tones. Mature leaves are glossy hunter green. Medium growth rate with a spreading, fountain-like habit; 18–24 inches tall with a spread of 3 feet. Fragrant white flowers appear in April and May. Sun or shade. Prefers acidic soil (pH 4.5–6.0).
Available as liners and #3 containers from Van Essen Nursery Company (Booth #13037). Visit UpShoot LLC for more information (Booth #2047).
Little Volunteer Tulip Tree
Liriodendron tulipifera 'Little Volunteer' USPP #19581
Offered by Heritage Seedlings Inc. Released by PlantHaven; breeder is Harald Neubauer, Tenn. Zones 4–9.
A much smaller version of a native American tree. Foliage is only one-third the normal size and tighter internodes make this selection a tree for the modern garden. Upright and broadly columnar in habit, it grows to less than 20 feet tall. Use as a specimen in small gardens or commercial installations, or as a street tree. Plant in full sun or part shade with moist, well drained soils.
Available as 1–2 foot potted liners from Heritage Seedlings Inc. (Booth #9037).
Mint Crisp Variegated Honeysuckle
Lonicera japonica 'Mint Crisp'
Offered by T & L Nursery Inc. Originated from Ireland as a sport from L. 'Hall's Prolific'. Zone 4.
This semi evergreen climbing shrub has attractive cream-and green-speckled, ovate leaves that are pink tinged in winter. From June through October, it bears fragrant, white flowers that fade to yellow. The best foliage display is when it is planted in light-dappled or part-shade conditions against a wall or fence. Grows to 10 feet.
Available as #1 and #2 containers from T & L Nursery Inc. (Booth #13013).
Peaches and Cream Honeysuckle
Lonicera periclymenum 'Inov86' USPP #21839
Offered by T & L Nursery Inc. Introduced by Ball Ornamentals. Zone 3.
Huge, tropical-looking pink and white bi-color florets bloom all summer. The fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Compact evergreen vine for a trellis or ground cover. Mildew resistant. Grows to 8 feet tall. Full sun.
Available as #1 containers from T & L Nursery Inc. (Booth #13013) and Eshraghi Nurseries LLC (Booth #12025).
Sweet Lifeberry Goji Berry
Lycium barbarum 'SMNDSL'
Introduced by Proven Winners® ColorChoice®. Selected by Christian Kordes, Germany. Zones 5–9.
Selected for its extra sweet, bright red, nutrient-rich berries. Attractive purple flowers in early summer. Adaptable to full sun or part shade, although best fruiting will occur in full sun. For easy access to fruit, grow it staked. Vigorous to 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Use as a specimen plant or incorporate into an edible garden.
Available as 2 1/4 inch, 4 inch and quart liners from Proven Winners® ColorChoice® (Booth #3045) and #1 finished from Fisher Farms LLC (Booth #10029).
Spring Welcome® Loebner Magnolia
Magnolia x loebneri 'Ruth'
Offered by Heritage Seedlings Inc. A North Dakota State University introduction released in 2006. Zones 3–8.
Substantially hardier than other Loebner magnolias, blooming reliably even after early spring frosts. Flowers are pink in bud, gradually opening to clean white. Eleven or more tepals and up to 4 1/2-inch diameter blooms. Foliage is dark green, narrowly obovate, leathery and of high quality. Can be grown single or multi-trunked. A vigorous grower, it reaches a mature height of 15–18 feet. Plant in full sun to part shade with moist, well-drained soil.
Available as #1 2–3 foot tall liners from Heritage Seedlings Inc. (Booth #9037).
Starlite® Flowering Crabapple
Malus x 'Jeflite' COPF
Offered by Sester Farms Inc. Selected by Dr. Wilbert Ronald and Rick Durand from an open-pollinated cross between 'Rosthern' and 'Spring Snow'. Zone 2.
Starlite is highly resistant to apple scab and offers fire blight resistance. It is the first green-leafed, cold hardy cultivar to offer tiny, retained fruit. White flowers in spring, candy-like fruit, upright branching and dark green foliage. Grows best in full sun or part shade. Prefers well-drained soils with adequate moisture. Use in small gardens, under power lines or as a small street tree. Matures to 25 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Moderate growth rate is 15 percent stronger than Spring Snow, offering production value for the wholesale grower.
Available as #10, #15 and #20 containers from Sester Farms Inc. (Booth #16025).
Penwood Weeper Black Gum
Nyssa sylvatica 'Penwood Weeper'
Offered by Heritage Seedlings Inc. Stephen Foltz found the original 60-year-old, gracefully weeping tree in a cultivated area of Lakeside Park, Ky. Zones 5–8.
Pendulous, slender branchlets off an upright leader create a graceful appearance for this native American tree. A female selection, it is of great benefit to wildlife as well. Foliage is large, dark green and glossy all summer and has attractive yellow and orange fall coloration. Use as a specimen in the landscape. Grows 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide over 10 years in full sun. Tolerates heavy, wet soils.
Available as #1 2–3 foot liners from Heritage Seedlings Inc. (Booth #9037).
Variegated Black Gum
Nyssa sylvatica 'Sheri's Cloud'
Offered by Heritage Seedlings Inc. Found in 2002 by Jeff Flanagan near Mount Magazine State Park, Ark. Zones 5–8.
The first broadly variegated black gum. The striking, creamy-white margins on each leaf turn to pink and orange in autumn, giving this tree significant multi-season appeal. Tolerates heavy, compacted and wet soils. Use as a specimen tree in a large, full sun landscape. Grows to 40 feet tall and 20–25 feet wide.
Available as #1 2–3 foot liners from Heritage Seedlings Inc. (Booth #9037).
Persian Spire Parrotia
Parrotia persica 'JLColumnar' PPAF
Introduced by JLPN Inc. Chance seedling discovered by John Lewis at JLPN Inc., Oregon. Zone 5.
Persian Spire grows strongly upright with finer branches and smaller leaves than the species. Summer foliage displays wide, purple-tinted margins. In the fall, the green, fine-textured foliage turns brilliant shades of orange-red to red burgundy. Its flowers are typical showy red stamens. Use as a single specimen or in multiples to form an upright hedge. Columnar to upright oval, it grows to 25 feet tall with a 10-foot spread. Prefers a full sun location — though it will tolerate light shade — in well-drained, loamy, slightly acidic soil.
Available as liner, bare root, containers and B&B in various sizes from the following growers: JLPN Inc. (Booth #2049), Bailey Nurseries Inc. (Booth #17019), J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. (Booth #19026), John Holmlund Nursery (Booth #10048), KCK Farms LLC (Booth #12015), Kuenzi Turf & Nursery (Booth #16014), Miles Nursery (Booth #12043), Surface Nursery Inc. (Booth #15043), and Young's Ornamental Nursery (Booth #19063).
Red Tip Photinia
Photinia 'Fireball Red' USPP #17476
Introduced by Ball Ornamentals. Originates from Paradise Plants, Australia. Zones 7–11.
The only dwarf Photinia available in the U.S., Red Tip stays a compact 3–4 feet high by 3–5 feet wide with a slow to moderate growth rate. Dark green foliage with a thick cuticle offers bright red new growth. Exhibits good resistance to leaf spot. Young plants do best if black containers do not get too hot while root development is taking place. Use as a specimen or can be hedged.
Available as 32-cell liners from Ball Ornamentals (Booth #5043) and #1 containers from Eshraghi Nurseries LLC (Booth #12025).
Phlox 'Forever Pink'
Introduced by Chicagoland Grows®. Developed by Dr. Jim Ault, Chicago Botanic Garden, from a cross between P. glaberrima ssp. trifolora and P. 'Bill Baker' made in 2007. Zones 4–8.
Compact, carefree and long-blooming, 'Forever Pink' is covered with purplish-pink flowers for three weeks in June then repeat-blooms well into October. The stems remain upright and the olive-green foliage is mildew-free all season. Use in full sun toward the front of the perennial border. Good in mass plantings and as a container plant. Measures 16 inches tall by 18 inches wide in bloom.
Available as 6-inch pots from Blooming Nursery (Booth #19058) and #1 containers from Hines Growers Inc. (Booth #7037).
Lemon Spritzer Variegated Cape Fuchsia
Phygelius 'Lemon Spritzer' PPAF
Introduced and discovered as a sport of P. 'Sunshine' by Fry Road Nursery, Ore. Zones 7a–10.
The first variegated Phygelius on the market, its lemon-yellow leaves are dotted and splashed with bits of lime and pine green, and sometimes with a dollop of cream. Flowers are coral-orange trumpets that appeal to hummingbirds and butterflies. Use in containers or in the landscape. Fast growing to 3 feet tall and wide. Variegation is heightened in a sunny location, though it will grow in shade.
Available as 50-cell liners and finished 5-inch pots from Fry Road Nursery (Booth #11027) and 72-cell liners from Terra Nova Nurseries Inc. (Booth #14019).
Quercus greggii La Siberia strain
Offered by Heritage Seedlings Inc. Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery collected the parent trees from 10-foot-tall trees in a high mountain valley in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Now mature in Portland, Ore., these parent trees are now fruiting and yielding seedlings. Zones 7–10.
The evergreen leaves are attractively fuzzy and crinkled on this slow growing, widely adaptable tree. Under cultivated conditions, they form small statured trees to 20 feet. If grown in harsh or very dry environments, they become shrubs. Full sun, average to poor soils of moderate to low moisture. Tolerant of the high pH soils of the southwestern U.S. Drought tolerant.
Available as 40 cubic inch (3-by-3-by-7-inch) liners from Heritage Seedling Inc. (Booth #9037).
Pacific Brilliance Pin Oak
Quercus palustris 'PWJR08' USPP #20900
Introduced by UpShoot LLC. Natural cross discovered by Joseph C. Kelly and Peter J. Brentano, Brentano's Tree Farm LLC, Ore. Zone 4.
Unlike the species, Pacific Brilliance has upright branching that makes it more appealing for streets and tighter spaces. New growth is pubescent and leaves mature to a glossy green with silvery undersides. Fall color is a mixture of oranges and reds. Its upright pyramidal habit reaches 45–50 feet tall with a 20–25 foot spread. Needs full sun. Prefers moist, rich, acidic, well-drained soil.
Available as bare root and B&B from the following nurseries: Brentano's Tree Farm LLC (Booth #9030), Arrowhead Ornamentals Inc. (Booth #9025), Carlton Plants LLC (Booth #19055), J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. (Booth #19026), John Holmlund Nursery (Booth #10048), KCK Farms LLC (Booth #12015), Kuenzi Turf & Nursery (Booth #16014), Robinson Nursery (Booth #18028), and Surface Nursery Inc. (Booth #15043). Visit UpShoot LLC for more information (Booth #2047).
Skinny Genes® Oak
Quercus robur x alba 'JFS-KW2QX'
Introduced by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Selected from second generation seedlings of a sister of Crimson Spire Oak. Zone 4.
Columnar and fastigiate in form, it grows to a height of 45 feet and spread of 10 feet. The glossy, dark green summer foliage is mildew resistant and turns a tawny yellow in autumn. An excellent street tree for narrow roads, it can also be planted as a living wall or visual screen. Adds an exclamation point in the landscape when planted singly. Plant in full sun. Adaptable to varied soils and moisture levels.
Available from J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. (Booth #19026) as bare root 4–6 foot whips and 5 foot to 1.25-inch caliper branched; and #3 to #15 and 4-foot to 1-inch caliper containers.
Offered by T & L Nursery Inc. Originated in the Himalayas. Zone 7.
This hardy shrub or small tree has broad umbrellas of green leaves that emerge covered in a coppery indumentum. On mature plants, creamy-white blooms appear in fall. Mature height is 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Leaves can reach 2 feet in length. Requires dappled shade with evenly moist soil.
Available as #2 containers from T & L Nursery Inc. (Booth #13013).
Tiny Dancer Lilac
Syringa vulgaris 'Elsdancer'
Offered by Heritage Seedlings Inc. Discovered by John Elsley, South Carolina, and introduced by Plants Nouveau in 2011. Zones 4–8.
Remarkable heat and cold tolerance and a more compact growth form — only 5–7 feet tall by 4–5 feet wide — distinguish Tiny Dancer. Large panicles of lavender flowers measure 4–5 inches, and each cluster appears luxuriously full. Use in small urban gardens, in foundation plantings, cutting garden or mixed border. Plant in full sun to bright part shade in moist, well-drained soil.
Available as medium plug liners (9 cubic inch) from Heritage Seedlings Inc. (Booth #9037).
Thuja occidentalis 'Thusid 1' USPP #22003, CPBR #4117
Introduced and selected from T.o. 'Smaragd' by Sidhu & Sons Nursery Ltd., British Columbia, Canada. Zone 3.
New growth in mid-spring through mid-summer is a bright golden-yellow color, contrasting with its emerald-green mature foliage. New growth does not burn in sun. Same growth rate, shape, vigor and hardiness as parent. Grows 15 feet tall and 4 feet wide in full sun to part shade. Water regularly as needed. Feed in spring and summer; minimal pruning is required.
Available as 2 1/4-inch and quart liners and #1, #2, #5 and #7 containers from Sidhu & Sons Nursery Ltd. (Booth #18057).
Scarlet Ovation Evergreen Huckleberry
Vaccinium ovatum 'Vacsid 1' PPAF, CPBRAF
Introduced and selected from native evergreen huckleberry by Sidhu & Sons Nursery Ltd., British Columbia, Canada. Zone 7.
Brighter red new growth and more consistent dense, compact growth distinguish it from its native parent. Bright, bronzy red foliage in the spring matures to green in early-to-midsummer. Dark blue berries appear around August. Use as a specimen or in mass plantings. Water regularly as needed. Feed in spring and summer; minimal pruning required. Grows to 36 inches tall and wide in full sun to part shade.
Available as 2 1/4 inch, quart, #1, #2 and #3 containers from Sidhu & Sons Nursery Ltd. (Booth #18057).