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Quercus virginiana
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Juniperus virginiana
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Pistachia chinensis
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Loropetalum chinense 'Carolina Midnight'
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Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
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Juniperus virginiana 'Brodie'
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Taxodium distichum
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ElmAllee Elm
Ulmus parvifolia 'Emer II'
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MagnoliaBracken Brown Beauty
Magnolia grandiflora 'Bracken's Brown Beauty'
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Quercus macrocarpa
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MapleBrandywine Maple
Acer rubrum 'Brandywine' 
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Prunus caroliniana
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Magnolia grandiflora 'DD Blanchard'
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Ulmus parvifolia
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Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
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Lagerstroemia x 'Muskogee'
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Crape MyrtleNatchez
Lagerstroemia x 'Natchez’
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HollyNellie R Stevens Holly
Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'
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HollyOakland Holly
Ilex x 'Magland'
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MapleOctober Glory
Acer rubrum 'October Glory'
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Ilex decidua
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Quercus shumardii
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Magnolia grandiflora 'Southern Charm'
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Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek'
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Ilex x 'Eagleston'
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Ulmus crassifolia
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Juniperus virginiana ‘Taylor’
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Lagerstroemia x 'Acoma'
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Juniperus virginiana 'Burkii'
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Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred'
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Lagerstroemia x 'JM1'
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Crape MyrtleThunderstruck 'Lavender Skies'
Lagerstroemia x 'JM8'
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Crape MyrtleThunderstruck 'White Lightning'
Lagerstroemia x 'JM4'
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Crape MyrtleThunderstruck 'Ruby'
Lagerstroemia x 'JM7'
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HollyLiberty Holly
Ilex x 'Conty' PP #12,009
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Crape MyrtleThunderstruck 'Purple Sage'
Lagerstroemia x 'JM10'
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Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point'
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Juniperus chinensis 'Spartan'
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Hesperocyparis glabra 'Carolina Sapphire'
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Hesperocyparis glabra 'Blue Ice'
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Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzii Columnaris'
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Juniperus virginiana ‘Idyllwild’
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Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca'
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Juniperus x ‘J.N. Select Blue’
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Ilex vomitoria
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Cercis canadensis ‘JN21'
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Cercis x 'Merlot'
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Ilex crenata 'Steeds'
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Ilex crenata 'Compacta'
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Ilex cornuta 'Needlepoint'
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Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium'
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Osmanthus fragrans
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Ilex cornuta 'Dwarf Burford'
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Juniperus virginiana 'Corcorcor'
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Juniperus virginiana ‘Hillspire’
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Podocarpus macrophyllus
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Ilex x 'EN-6' PPAF
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Cedrus deodara ‘Patti Faye’
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Chionanthus retusus
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Ilex x 'Emily Bruner'
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Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide Candle'
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Camellia sasanqua 'Moonshadow'
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Ilex x 'EN5' PPAF
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Betula nigra 'BNMTF'
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Camellia sasanqua 'Rose of Autumn'
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Ilex x 'Savannah'
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Quercus muehlenbergii
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Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba'
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Chilopsis linearis 'Sweet Bubba'
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Ilex x 'Conaf'
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Camellia sasanqua 'Pink Snow'
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HollyPride of Houston Yaupon Holly
Ilex vomitoria 'Pride of Houston'
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Cercis canadensis var. texensis
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Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Traveller'
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BoxwoodWintergreen Boxwood
Buxus microphylla 'Wintergreen'
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RedbudBlack Pearl Redbud
Cercis canadensis 'JN16'
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AltheaAphrodite Althea
Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite'
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RedbudRuby Falls Redbud
Cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls'
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PlumMexican Plum
Prunus mexicana
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Crape MyrtleThunderstruck 'White Flash'
Lagerstroemia x 'JM6'
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AltheaLucy Althea
Hibiscus syriacus 'Lucy'
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YewMaki Japanese Yew
Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki'
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Distylium 'PIIDIST-IV'
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Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine'
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LoropetalumCarolina Midnight Loropetalum
Loropetalum chinense 'Carolina Midnight'
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MagnoliaClaudia Wannamaker Magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora 'Claudia Wannamaker'
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Live Oak Image

A symbol of strength and resilience in the Texan landscape, the Live Oak is a truly magnificent tree. Its sprawling canopy, formed by wide-arching branches, provides a welcome shade in the hot Texas sun. Some Live Oaks boast branches so long and graceful that they touch the ground, creating a living archway. The dense foliage consists of dark green, elliptical leaves with a waxy sheen. These stiff, leathery leaves can reach 5 inches in length and have a lighter, grayish-green underside. Despite shedding their leaves annually in spring, new growth emerges quickly, giving the Live Oak a near-evergreen appearance. Younger Live Oaks showcase smooth, light gray bark. As these titans mature, their bark transforms into a rugged, dark gray or even black, adorned with a network of ridges and furrows. This transformation reflects the Live Oak’s incredible longevity; some specimens are known to stand for centuries. These majestic trees are remarkably drought-tolerant and thrive in clay loam soil, making them perfectly adapted to the Texan climate. Whether known as a Live Oak, Coastal Live Oak, Virginia Live Oak, or Southern Live Oak, this iconic tree is a cherished part of the Texan landscape.

Eastern Red Cedar
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Eastern Red Cedar are attractive evergreens that are grown as a large shrubs or small trees with a dense pyramidal form. The Eastern Red Cedar is often used for windbreaks, screens and for median strip plantings in the highway. The Eastern Red Cedar will grow in a variety of soil types including clay and is very drought tolerant. The new foliage on an Eastern Red Cedar appears needle like with an attractive dark blue-green color. As the foliage on an Eastern Red Cedar matures they turn to a dark green color and appear scale like. The Eastern Red Cedar also has reddish-brown exfoliating bark that peels of in long vertical strips. In late fall the female Eastern Red Cedar produces an abundance of dark blue fruit.

Common Names: Virginia Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Carolina Cedar

Chinese Pistachio
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The Chinese Pistachio is highly recommended by horticultural experts at Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Kansas State Universities. The Chinese Pistachio is a medium sized ornamental tree from China and Taiwan that is extremely winter hardy and has a superior level of drought, heat and wind tolerance. The Chinese Pistachio is the first shade tree to receive the coveted “Earth-Kind” designation from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service for its high levels of genetic resistance to insect and disease problems. The Chinese Pistachio has extremely hard, durable wood which helps protect the tree from wind, ice and decay. Chinese Pistachio trees have a medium to fine textured foliage that remains an attractive deep green color during the growing season and a spectacular fall color in shades of orange, red, and crimson. In the summer the female Chinese Pistachio produces panicles of inconspicuous red dish flowers that are followed by small green berries that turn red to reddish-purple in the fall, which are relished by birds.

Carolina Midnight Loropetalum Espalier
Carolina Midnight Loropetalum Espalier Image

An espaliered Carolina Midnight Loropetalum is a stunning and unique way to showcase this beautiful shrub. Espaliering involves training the branches of the Loropetalum to grow flat against a wall or fence in a specific pattern, such as a fan, candelabra, or horizontal cordon. This technique creates a living architectural element that adds a touch of formality and elegance to your garden. The deep burgundy-purple foliage of the Carolina Midnight Loropetalum is particularly well-suited for espaliering. The rich color creates a dramatic focal point on your wall or fence, and the flattened form allows you to appreciate the intricate details of the leaves and branches up close. Throughout spring, the vibrant fuchsia flowers add another layer of interest, contrasting beautifully against the dark foliage.

Little Gem Magnolia Espalier
Little Gem Magnolia Espalier Image

Transform your outdoor space with the captivating Little Gem Magnolia espalier. Unlike traditional magnolia trees, this unique version is trained to grow flat against a wall or fence. This space-saving design (typically reaching 8-10 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide) allows you to create a stunning focal point in even smaller gardens, patios, or balconies. The Little Gem Magnolia espalier boasts more than just a compact form. Throughout spring, this evergreen beauty erupts with a dazzling display of creamy white, fragrant flowers. These delicate blooms stand out against the lush, dark green foliage, adding a touch of elegance and perfume to your landscape. Even after the flowers fade, the Little Gem continues to provide year-round interest with its glossy evergreen leaves. This easy-care option thrives in full sun and requires minimal pruning to maintain its espaliered form, making it a perfect choice for adding a touch of magnolia to any space.

Brodie Eastern Red Cedar
Brodie Eastern Red Cedar Image

The Brodie Eastern Red Cedar (often referred to as Brodie Juniper) is one of the most popular cultivars of Juniperus virginiana because of its narrow pyramidal growth habit. Traditionally Eastern Red Cedar (parent plant of the Brodie Juniper) have not has as much popularity in smaller landscapes due to their mature width of 25’. Brodie Junipers will reach a mature width of 12’ which gives them more versatility in smaller landscapes and they are often used as privacy screens in narrower landscapes. Brodie Junipers have naturally dense canopies with dark green foliage that have a very smooth feel which differs from it’s parent needle like foliage. Another plus to the Brodie Juniper is the uniformity of their canopies since they are all taken from cuttings; its parent, the Eastern Red Cedar, has been known to have a lot of variance in the shape and size of their canopies. Brodie Junipers have proven to be extremely drought tolerant, disease resistant and able to handle a wide variety of soil conditions. In late fall they will produce an abundance of dark blue berries.

Common Names: Eastern Red Cedar ‘Brodie’, Brodie Juniper, Brodie Cedar, Virginia Juniper, Red Juniper, Pencil Cedar, Carolina Cedar

Bald Cypress
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The Bald Cypress is native to central and east Texas and is one of only two species in the ancient Taxodium genus that now survives and the other species is Montezuma Bald Cypress found in south Texas. Bald Cypress trees grow in swamps and rivers and are excellent shade trees for areas with poor drainage or standing water. Bald Cypress trees maintain a straight trunk and layered branches giving it a pyramidal and moderately dense canopy. Bald Cypress trees have fine fern-like leaves giving it a graceful fine textured appearance. In autumn Bald Cypress leaves turn from deep green to a coppery-red color. Bald Cypress trees have cinnamon-brown colored bark with a thin and fairly smooth texture that exfoliates in long strips. Bald Cypress trees also produce small round cones that are blue-green and contain triangular seeds. Bald Cypress trees are fast growing, extremely long lived and relatively maintenance free.

Common Names: Bald Cypress, Southern Cypress, Swamp Cypress, Red Cypress, White Cypress, Gulf Cypress

Allee Elm
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The parent tree of the Allee Elm is located on the University of Georgia campus and is approximately 60 years old. The Allee Elm has a vase shaped form with long arching branches. The Allee Elm produces rich green and glossy foliage that changes to yellow during the fall. The Allee Elm has exfoliating bark which is outstandingly attractive. The bark on an Allee Elm peels off in a puzzle like pattern and exposes rich shades of gray, green, brown and orange. The best quality of the Allee Elm is its ability to withstand the harshest growing conditions by growing well in a wide range of soil types and in restricted soil spaces. The Allee Elm is also resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, Elm Leaf Beetles and Japanese Beetles.

Common Names: Allee Elm, Elm Tree, Texas Elm Tree

Bracken Brown Beauty
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The Bracken Brown Beauty Magnolia was discovered as a seedling by Ray Bracken in 1967 and is now located on their farm in South Carolina. The Bracken Brown Beauty has earned a dominant status among the Magnolia grandiflora cultivars and it has several unique qualities that are responsible for this popularity. The Bracken Brown Beauty has the widest hardiness range given to any Magnolia grandiflora cultivar being able to handle -20°F. The Bracken Brown Beauty has more durability than other Magnolias as it can handle a wider variance of soil conditions and water levels than any other Magnolia grandiflora cultivar. At an age of 42 years old, the mother tree of the Bracken Brown Beauty Magnolia stands at 30’ tall and 20’ wide producing a compact pyramidal-oval crown. The dense growth habit of the Bracken Brown Beauty is self perpetuated by its multiple branching breaks from each spent flower giving numerous shortened branches. The Bracken Brown Beauty has leathery textured 5 to 8 inch oblong leaves that appear glossy, dark green on top and the underside is covered with a fine cinnamon brown fuzz. In the spring and sporadically throughout the summer the Bracken Brown Beauty produces large fragrant creamy white saucer shaped flowers that are 8 inches wide. These qualities allow the Bracken Brown Beauty to have tremendous versatility from tall dense screens, landscape specimens or framing accents.

Bur Oak
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Native to the Blackland Prairies of central and north Texas, the Bur Oak reigns as a symbol of resilience and grandeur in the region’s landscape. These majestic trees boast stately figures with densely rounded crowns, exuding an aura of magnificence and strength. Their large, leathery leaves, measuring between 8 to 12 inches in length and 4 to 5 inches in width, showcase a dark green hue on their upper surface, contrasting elegantly with a lighter grayish-green tone beneath. What truly distinguishes the Bur Oak’s foliage is its variability in shape, featuring 5 to 9 lobes of varying sizes, with diminutive lower lobes and regal upper lobes that resemble a crown, epitomizing its noble stature.

Adapted to thrive in the harsh, arid conditions of the Texas prairies, Bur Oaks exhibit unparalleled drought tolerance, owing to their extensive taproots that delve deep into the earth. It is this remarkable adaptation that solidifies their status as the predominant tree species in north-central Texas, anchoring the landscape with unwavering resilience. Despite enduring harsh environmental conditions, Bur Oaks stand the test of time, boasting longevity that places them among the longest-lived oaks in Texas, a testament to their enduring legacy.

Renowned for their prodigious acorns, Bur Oaks produce the largest of any oak species, measuring a substantial 1 1/2 inches in length, nearly enveloped by a furry cap. This bountiful yield not only sustains countless wildlife species but also contributes to the intricate ecological balance of their native habitat. Revered by locals and affectionately known by various monikers such as Mossycup Oak, Mossy Overcup Oak, and Prairie Oak, the Bur Oak embodies the spirit of resilience and adaptability, enriching the Texas landscape with its majestic presence for generations to come.

Brandywine Maple
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A popular cultivar of Red Maple due to its densely oval to rounded canopy, heat tolerance and dependable fall color. Very similar to the October Glory Maple, but the Brandywine will have a slightly denser canopy and a deeper red leaf color in the fall. The Brandywine Maple produces small red flowers and samaras (helicopter seeds) in the spring before the buds appear. When the star shaped leaves emerge on a Brandywine Maple they are tinged with red and then develop into a medium green color. In the fall Brandywine Maples produce a deep orange to red fall color that persists well into November. Throughout the growing season Brandywine Maples maintain a very dense canopy despite their vigorous growth rates due to the short spacing between the branch points. Brandywine Maple trees are adaptable to dry or wet soil conditions and are better adapted to the warmer Texas climate than any other Red Maple cultivar. The Brandywine Maple also has winter interest because the new branch growth retains a red color after the leaves drop.

Cherry Laurel
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The Cherry Laurel is a handsome pyramidal shaped evergreen tree that is often used for privacy screening. With smooth dark green leaves and a dark brown colored bark it makes for the perfect backdrop for landscapes. Inconspicuous greenish-white flowers about 3/16” wide appear in clusters for a short time in the spring for pollination, followed by blue colored berries in the Winter. Many species of birds enjoy the berries including songbirds and gamebirds. Inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers appear for a short time in the spring for pollination. They can adapt to many soil types from sand to well drained clay soils, and they can handle full sun, to partial shade.

Common Names: Cherry Laurel, Carolina Cherry Laurel, Laurel Cherry, Carolina Laurel Cherry

DD Blanchard Magnolia
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The DD Blanchard Magnolia has distinguished itself from other Magnolia grandiflora cultivars with its ability to maintain a straight central trunk, which allows the DD Blanchard to be grown full to the ground or be pruned into tree form with a visible trunk. DD Blanchard Magnolias maintain an upright pyramidal-oval form with well spaced major branches that yield a more open canopy. The DD Blanchard has leathery textured 5 to 8 inch oblong leaves that have a glossy, dark green appearance on top which creates a vibrant contrast with the fuzzy orange-bronze underside. In the spring and sporadically throughout the summer the DD Blanchard produces large fragrant creamy white saucer shaped flowers that are 8 inches wide. These qualities allow the DD Blanchard to be planted as solitary specimens, tall screens or framing accents.

Lacebark Elm
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The Lacebark Elm is native to China and is cultivated throughout the United States in areas with similar hot, dry summers and mild rainy winters. The Lacebark Elm is a medium sized tree that forms a graceful rounded canopy with long arching branches. The Lacebark Elm produces rich green and glossy foliage with serrated edges. The Lacebark Elm has exfoliating bark which is outstandingly attractive. The bark on a Lacebark Elm peels off in a puzzle like pattern and exposes rich shades of gray, green, brown and orange. The best quality of the Lacebark Elm is its ability to withstand the harshest growing conditions by growing well in a wide range of soil types. The Lacebark Elm is also resistant to Dutch Elm Disease.

Common Names: Lacebark Elm, Chinese Elm

Little Gem Magnolia
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Dreaming of a Southern magnolia experience but lacking the space? The Little Gem Magnolia might be your perfect match. This charming dwarf variety offers all the elegance of its larger cousin in a more manageable package. Its upright form boasts an oval, rounded canopy, creating a classic silhouette that complements any garden design. Unlike its sprawling relatives, the Little Gem Magnolia stays compact, reaching a mature height of 20 feet with a width of 14 feet. But don’t be fooled by its size – the Little Gem packs a punch in the floral department. Renowned for its prolific blooms, this magnolia produces a breathtaking display of large, fragrant flowers for a staggering six months, from May all the way through October. Imagine your garden filled with the intoxicating scent of creamy white, saucer-shaped blossoms, each measuring a full 8 inches wide. The visual feast doesn’t stop there. Lush, deep green foliage complements the blooms perfectly. The Little Gem Magnolia boasts beautiful oblong leaves, 5 to 7 inches long, with a glossy sheen on top. Take a closer look, and you’ll find a fascinating contrast – the undersides of the leaves are a fuzzy bronze-brown, adding a touch of textural interest. Compared to its close relative, the Teddy Bear Magnolia, the Little Gem offers a more open and airy canopy, allowing for dappled sunlight to peek through. Plus, it’s a flowering champion, producing a significantly heavier volume of blooms. With narrower leaves and a faster growth rate, the Little Gem Magnolia offers a distinct yet equally captivating alternative for gardens of all sizes.

Muskogee
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Descended from a cross between the Japanese and common crape myrtles by the US National Arboretum, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle boasts stunning features. Its long-lasting lavender blooms erupt in massive clusters, each up to 16 inches long and packed with hundreds of individual flowers. These vibrant displays can last an impressive 120 days, making it one of the longest blooming crape myrtles. The Muskogee grows tall and vigorously with glossy green leaves that transform into a fiery mix of yellow and red in fall. Adding to its winter interest, the cinnamon-colored bark peels away to reveal a smooth, light gray trunk. This adaptable and low-maintenance tree thrives in various soil conditions, tolerates drought well, and resists powdery mildew.

Natchez
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The Natchez Crape Myrtle is a hybrid between the Japanese Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia faurei) and the common Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), which was developed by the US National Arboretum in 1978. The Natchez Crape Myrtle was one of the first hybrids released and is certainly the most popular. The Natchez Crape Myrtle produces long lasting clusters of white flowers. Each cluster within the Natchez Crape Myrtle has hundreds of white flowers and each cluster can range from 8” to 16” long. The Natchez Crape Myrtle also has one of the longest flowering periods of any Crape Myrtle, 110 days. The Natchez Crape Myrtle has a tall and arching growing habit with small alternate leaves that are rounded at the base and are 2” to 3” long. The Natchez Crape Myrtle has leaves that are glossy dark green in the summer and in the fall they turn a vibrant orange-red. Each summer the Natchez Crape Myrtle exfoliates its dark cinnamon-brown colored bark in thin strips to expose a smooth and cream colored bark. The Natchez Crape Myrtle is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, very drought tolerant and has a very good resistance to powdery mildew.

Nellie R Stevens Holly
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Standing out with its exceptional dark green foliage, the Nellie R. Stevens Holly is a captivating addition to any landscape. This vigorous hybrid, born from the English and Chinese Holly, boasts a naturally dense, pyramidal shape. Its glossy leaves are among the darkest in the plant kingdom, adding a touch of timeless elegance year-round. Come spring, the Nellie R. Stevens Holly produces a scattering of inconspicuous white flowers. While these blooms may be small, they play a crucial role in attracting pollinators. This ensures a vibrant display of bright red berries in fall and winter. These abundant clusters not only add a festive touch to the colder months, but also provide a valuable food source for winter birds. Adaptability is another key feature of the Nellie R. Stevens Holly. This champion thrives in a wide range of environments, tolerating both shade and drought with remarkable ease. This low-maintenance characteristic makes it a perfect choice for busy gardeners or those looking for a hassle-free pop of color in their landscape.

Oakland Holly
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The Oakland holly is unique as its new growth emerges as a reddish purple and ages to an emerald green. They have an emerald green foliage and a unique oak-shaped leaf, and as it ages it matures from a more columnar to a pyramid shape. Another notable characteristic of the Oakland is that it is a hermaphrodite, and it will be self-fruiting without need for a male pollinator. Beautiful greenish-white flowers appear in the spring, and red-orange berries in the winter. They can adapt to many soil types from sand to well drained clay soils, and they can handle partial sun to full sun.

October Glory
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The October Glory Maple is one of the most popular cultivars of Red Maple due to its densely oval to rounded canopy, heat tolerance and dependable fall color. The October Glory Maple produces small red flowers and samaras (helicopter seeds) in the spring before the buds appear. When the star shaped leaves emerge on an October Glory Maple they are tinged with red and then develop into a medium green color. In the fall October Glory Maples produce a deep orange to red fall color that persists well into November. Throughout the growing season October Glory Maples maintain a very dense canopy despite their vigorous growth rates due to the short spacing between the branch points. October Glory Maple trees are adaptable to dry or wet soil conditions and are better adapted to the warmer Texas climate than most other Red Maple cultivar. The October Glory Maple also has winter interest because the new branch growth retains a red color after the leaves drop.

Possumhaw Holly
Possumhaw Holly Image

Most known for their showy red berries in the winter, the Possumhaw Holly is a great ornamental accent tree to any landscape. This holly is deciduous and has glossy deep green serrated leaves and pale gray bark. In the Fall the leaves will transition to yellow and shed, followed by a flush of beautiful red berries that coat the tree in the Winter. Many species of birds enjoy the red berries including songbirds and gamebirds. Inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers appear for a short time in the spring for pollination. They can adapt to many soil types from sand to well drained clay soils, and they can handle full sun, to partial shade.

Shumard Red Oak
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Towering over the Texas landscape, the Shumard Red Oak, also known as the Shumard Oak, Swamp Red Oak, or Spotted Oak, is a truly majestic sight. This native Texan boasts a wide-spreading canopy that transforms from a narrow, open habit in its youth to a grand, rounded crown in maturity. Standing tall and proud, it offers a welcome respite from the Texas sun with its expansive shade. Despite its grand stature, the Shumard Red Oak is surprisingly easy to care for. A fast grower, it matures quickly and requires only moderate amounts of fertilizer and moisture once established. Its glossy dark green leaves, adorned with 5 to 7 deep lobes and bristly tips, provide visual interest throughout the spring and summer. But the true showstopper comes in fall, when these vibrant leaves transform into a fiery display of red to red-orange, adding a touch of brilliance to the autumn landscape. The Shumard Red Oak’s beauty extends beyond its leaves. Younger trees showcase a smooth, light gray bark. As the tree matures, this bark darkens to a dramatic gray or black, adorned with a network of ridges and furrows, creating a textural contrast that adds further character to this already magnificent tree.

Teddy Bear Magnolia
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The Teddy Bear Magnolia was discovered as a seedling by Robert and Lisa Head in 1985 at their farm in South Carolina (Head-Lee Nursery). At an age of 26 years old, the mother tree of the Teddy Bear Magnolia stands at 26’ tall and 14’ wide and it has a very dense and upright pyramidal crown. The dense growth habit of the Teddy Bear Magnolia is self perpetuated by its multiple branching breaks from each spent flower giving numerous shortened branches. The Teddy Bear Magnolia has beautiful oval shaped leaves that are 5 to 8 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide. Teddy Bear Magnolias have leaves that are dark green and glossy on top and the underside is covered with bronze brown colored fuzz and like all other grandiflora cultivars their leaves are thick and leathery. Starting in May and lasting through October the Teddy Bear Magnolia produces large fragrant creamy white saucer shaped flowers that are 8 inches wide. The Teddy Bear Magnolia differs from the Little Gem Magnolia in the following characteristics: Teddy Bear Magnolias have more compact and narrower canopies, they have stronger and more upright lateral branches, they produce fewer flowers, their leaves are wider, and they grow slower than Little Gems.

Vitex ‘Shoal Creek’
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The Vitex ‘Shoal Creek’ has earned a dominant status among the Vitex agnus-castus cultivars and it has several unique qualities that are responsible for this popularity. This cultivar of Vitex was selected for it vigorous growth habit, large flower spikes and it produces the best blue-purple flowers. Vitex are large multistemmed shrubs that maintain fairly dense, symmetrical and rounded canopies. Vitex also have some spring interest because the new branch growth has a showy purple color that turns red-brown and lastly a pale gray color as the branch matures. Vitex have medium to fine textured leaves that are 3 to 4 inches long with 5 to 7 leaves per stem. Vitex have a gray-green leaf with a lighter silver-gray color underside and in the fall the leaves develop a purple tint. In early summer Vitex begin producing silvery gray buds on the tips of each stem that open to a beautiful display of lavender blue flowers that are extremely fragrant. Each cluster of flowers that the Vitex produces has dense rings of lavender blue flowers and each cluster can range from 8 to 12 inches long. Vitex continue this process over several weeks until the clusters completely blanket the entire canopy which are relished by butterflies and hummingbirds. The Vitex can tolerate most soil conditions, provided they are well drained, and will flourish in full sun. The Vitex is designated as a Texas Superstar Shrub by Texas A&M University.

Eagleston Holly
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A stunning addition to any Texas landscape, the Eagleston Holly is a natural hybrid of the Dahoon and American Holly varieties. This versatile plant thrives as either a large shrub or a small tree, boasting a naturally pyramidal growth habit. Eagleston Hollies are particularly popular for privacy screens due to their dense canopy formed by slender, light gray branches. Adaptable to both sandy and clay soils, they offer moderate growth, making them manageable for most landscapes. Year-round beauty defines the Eagleston Holly. Its shiny, medium-green leaves stay vibrant throughout the seasons, accented by soft spines. Fall brings a delightful transformation, clusters of bright red berries emerge, adding a festive touch and a valuable food source for birds and other wildlife. Unlike some hollies, the Eagleston’s spines are mild, making it a more family-friendly choice. Low-maintenance and ecologically beneficial, the Eagleston Holly is a Texas favorite. Its dense root system minimizes the risk of invasiveness, while its vibrant foliage and winter berries create a visually stunning and wildlife-supporting addition to your property.

Cedar Elm
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A symbol of resilience in the Lone Star State, the Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia) thrives throughout the Gulf Coastal Plains. Also known as Texas Elm, Texas Cedar Elm, Scrub Elm, and Basket Elm, this adaptable and resilient tree is a true Texan treasure. This native Texan boasts an unmatched level of adaptability, tolerating a wider range of soil conditions than any other elm species in the state. From heavy clay and salty coastal soils to limestone outcroppings and even fairly wet areas, the Cedar Elm finds a way to prosper. This remarkable flexibility is a key reason why it reigns supreme as the most prevalent elm across Texas. Standing tall with an upright, rounded crown, the Cedar Elm offers a generous patch of shade. Its branches reach outward, creating a slightly weeping silhouette. Dense foliage of glossy green leaves fills the canopy. These small, 1-inch leaves have a surprising texture – rough and thick, similar to sandpaper. Their edges are serrated, adding a touch of character. While most elm species boast a vibrant fall display, the Cedar Elm keeps things simple. Come fall, its leaves transform into a beautiful shade of yellow before gracefully dropping to the ground. Young Cedar Elms possess a unique feature – corky growths resembling wings run along the sides of their branches. This characteristic earns them the nickname “Winged Elm.” As the tree matures, the rough bark weathers and thickens, eventually covering these wings and giving the trunk a mature look. Mature Cedar Elms boast a light brown to gray bark, deeply furrowed and ridged, adding a touch of rugged charm to the landscape. With its adaptability, resilience, and interesting features, the Cedar Elm is a true Texan treasure.

Taylor Eastern Red Cedar
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The Taylor Eastern Red Cedar (often referred to as Taylor Juniper) gets its name from where it was discovered in 1978 out of Taylor, Nebraska. This cultivar of Eastern Red Cedar was selected because of its narrow and upright growth habit which resembles the look of an Italian Cypress. For years Italian Cypress have been thrust into landscapes throughout Dallas Metroplex because of their unique shape but they have a lot of issues which include: Phytophthora Root Rot, Seridium Canker, Spider Mites and they are susceptible to cold weather. With this introduction of the Taylor Juniper all of those issues are solved while keeping the desired look of an Italian Cypress. Eastern Red Cedar (parent plant of the Taylor Juniper) are native throughout Texas and are extremely drought tolerant, disease resistant and able to handle a wide variety of soil conditions and all of these traits can be seen in the Taylor Juniper. Most landscapes incorporate Taylor Junipers by planted them as hedges in narrow areas between a pool and fence or as accent pieces flanking doorways.

Acoma Crape Myrtle
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Ideal for smaller gardens or containers, the Acoma Crape Myrtle offers a captivating display of color and form. This deciduous shrub or small tree typically reaches 6 feet tall and wide, boasting a mounded growth habit with slightly weeping branches. Unlike some Crape Myrtles susceptible to mildew, the Acoma is a disease-resistant variety, ensuring a clean and healthy appearance throughout the summer. The true showstopper of the Acoma Crape Myrtle is its abundant blooms. Dense clusters of pure white flowers grace the ends of new growth in mid-summer, creating a dazzling display that lasts well into fall. Removing spent blooms encourages even more flowering, extending the color show in your garden. The Acoma’s attractive bark also adds winter interest, making it a four-season performer.

Burkii Eastern Red Cedar
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The Eastern Red Cedar ‘Burkii’ are attractive evergreens that are known for their unique silver/blue green foliage. They have a dense pyramidal form and they are often used for privacy screen and ornamental accents in flower beds. They have a very smooth feel which differs from it’s parent needle like foliage. Another plus to the Burkii is the uniformity of their canopies since they are all taken from cuttings; its parent, the Eastern Red Cedar, has been known to have a lot of variance in the shape and size of their canopies. Burkiis are all females and they produce lots of blue green berries during the Fall. Burkiis have proven to be extremely drought tolerant, disease resistant and able to handle a wide variety of soil conditions. The Burkiis are the hardiest variety of the silver/blue trees on the market with the highest resistance to canker. Much hardier than the Blue Ice Arizona and Carolina Sapphire Cypress trees.

Common Names: Eastern Red Cedar ‘Burkii’, Burkii Cedar, Burk Eastern Red Cedar, Silver Cedar, Blue Eastern Red Cedar

Autumn Blaze
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The Autumn Blaze Maple has become one of the most popular hybrids of a Red maple (Acer rubrum) and Silver Leaf Maple (Acer saccharinum) and this particular hybrid was discovered by Glenn Jeffers in the 1960’s. Prior that that, Oliver Freeman had pioneered the first controlled crosses between the Red Maple and Silver Leaf Maple in 1933 and in honor of him all of these hybrids were given the scientific name Acer x freemanii. The Autumn Blaze combines some of the best features from both parents with beautiful fall color from the Red Maple and the fast growth from the Silver Leaf Maple. Autumn Blaze have a densely oval to rounded canopy and dependable fall color. Autumn Blaze Maples produce small red flowers and samaras (helicopter seeds) in the spring before the buds appear. When the star shaped leaves emerge on an October Glory Maple they are tinged with red and then develop into a medium green color. In the fall October Glory Maples produce a deep orange to red fall color that persists into November. Autumn Blaze also have winter interest because the new branch growth retains a red color after the leaves drop.

Scarlet
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The Scarlet Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating a Miss Sandra Crape Myrtle with an Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle. This new variety created a truly novel Crape Myrtle because up until this point there were limited options in terms of Crapes with deep red flowers. Most customers would go with Dynamite or Red Rocket Crape Myrtles if they wanted a deep red flower but they only reached a mature height of about 14’, they are very slow growing at about 1’ per year and they have a wider and bushier appearance. The Scarlet, however, grows about 2’ per year and they have more upright and rounded canopies like the Natchez Crape Myrtle which will get about 20’ tall at maturity. Scarlet Crape Myrtles also produce a deeper red flower without any of white flecks of flowers which are often produced by Dynamite and Red Rockets. On our farm, Scarlets have also shown a higher resistance to powdery mildew and more cold heartiness than Dynamite and Red Rocket.

Thunderstruck 'Lavender Skies'
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The Thunderstruck Lavender Skies Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating a Natchez and a Best Red Black Diamond. This is a very interesting cross because the Natchez has white flowers and the Best Red has deep red flowers and we ended up with a Crape Myrtle that has light purple flowers with pink notes. Like the Black Diamond, the Lavender Skies has dark burgundy-blackish plum foliage but it has a much fuller, more upright and rounded canopy. It has a faster growth rate as well and at maturity it will reach 20’ tall much like the Natchez Crape Myrtle. At our farm, the Lavender Skies has shown much more cold heartiness than the Black Diamond series.

Thunderstruck 'White Lightning'
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The Thunderstruck White Lightning Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating a Natchez and an Ebony Ivory Black Diamond Crape Myrtle. This cross resulted in a tree with very similar features to Ebony Ivory in that it has dark burgundy-blackish plum foliage and white flowers. The White Lightning, however, is a much faster growing at about 2’ per year and it reaches a mature height of 20’. It also has a more upright canopy and rounded canopy like a Natchez. At our farm, White Lightning Crape Myrtles have also shown much more cold heartiness than the Black Diamond series.

Thunderstruck 'Ruby'
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The Thunderstruck Ruby Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating a Purely Purple Black Diamond and a Scarlet Crape Myrtle. The unique combination created a Crape Myrtle with dark burgundy-blackish plum foliage and deep red flowers which is similar to the Best Red Black Diamond. The deep red and black colors are perfect for those looking to break up that “too much green” effect seen in typical flowerbeds. One major improvement of the Ruby vs the Black Diamond is that it grows about double the rate and they reach a height of about 20’ at maturity. The Ruby also has a more upright canopy which remains that way even when flowers are produced as opposed to Black Diamond which normally start to droop as the weight of the flowers pulls down the branches. At our farm, Ruby Crape Myrtles have also shown much more cold heartiness than the Black Diamond series.

Liberty Holly
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In 1989, Mitch Magee found an openly pollinated seedling of the Mary Nell Holly on his farm in Poplarville, Mississippi and this new variety of Holly was given the name Liberty Holly. This new variety has a larger leaf than the Mary Nell and it also has more spines, which average between 15-20 around the edge of the leaf. The Liberty Holly also has a very dense, upright and pyramidal shape which is great for privacy screens in areas that are very narrow or even as solitary specimens. In the spring Liberty Hollies produce small creamy white flowers and in the winter orange-red berries will appear. They can adapt to many soil types from sand to clay and from moist to very dry. Liberty Hollies also grown well in full sun to part shade. Their disease and pest resistance are comparable to Mary Nell Hollies.

Thunderstruck 'Purple Sage'
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The Thunderstruck Purple Sage Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating Scarlet x black diamond purley purple.

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Blue Point Juniper
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Blue Point Junipers are a cultivar of Chinese Juniper and they are known for their extremely dense canopy and beautiful blue-green foliage. Blue Points are produced from female cuttings so they all produce bluish berries which drop over the winter. They naturally maintain a broad pyramidal form with no pruning. Blue Point Junipers are able to withstand the alkaline soils of North Texas and is also quite drought tolerant. They perform best in full sun and in areas that are well drained. Blue Points are one of the smaller Juniper options at maturity so they can be used as accents and privacy screens where there is limited space.

Spartan Juniper
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The Spartan Juniper is a cultivar of Chinese Juniper that was selected by Monrovia Nursery. The Spartan Juniper has distinguished itself from other Junipers with its extremely handsome narrow pyramidal habit of growth. The Spartan Juniper has tight erect branches that allow it to naturally maintain a thick uniform shape without pruning. The foliage on a Spartan Juniper grows in dense sprays that are rich green in color and the individual leaves appear scale-like and are produced on rounded shoots. Spartans are produced from female cuttings so they all produce bluish berries which drop over the winter. They is able to withstand the alkaline soils of North Texas and is also quite drought tolerant. The Spartan Juniper performs best in full sun and in areas that are well drained. The Spartan Juniper can be utilized as a formal specimen in Mediterranean themed landscapes or to create formal hedges, screens and windbreaks for areas with limited space.

Carolina Sapphire Arizona Cypress
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The Carolina Sapphire was developed by Clemson University in 1968 after selecting it amongst a group of Arizona Cypress which were growing at Tom Wright’s Christmas Tree Farm in Ward, South Carolina. They maintain a broad pyramidal shape and know to be fast growers. Carolina Sapphires have beautiful silvery-blue scalelike leaves that have a very pleasant aroma. Unlike Cedars and Junipers they do not produce berries but they seed cones which are about an inch in diameter. Carolina Sapphires perform best in full sun and in areas that are well drained. Its most common uses are as privacy screens or a specimen tree. There is a lot of confusion in the industry regarding the scientific name and you could see any of the following names being used: Cupressus arizonica ‘Carolina Sapphire’, Cupressus arizonica var. Glabra ‘Carolina Sapphire’, Cupressus glabra ‘Carolina Sapphire’.

Blue Ice Arizona Cypress
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The Blue Ice was discovered in New Zealand in 1960 which was growing naturally in the wild. This cultivar is known for its stunning frosty blue color and upright pyramidal growth habit. The Blue Ice are much slower growers as compared to the Carolina Sapphire and at maturity they will not get as tall or wide. Unlike Cedars and Junipers they do not produce berries but they seed cones which are about an inch in diameter. They perform best in full sun and in areas that are well drained. Blue Ice are most commonly planted as privacy screens or specimen trees. There is a lot of confusion in the industry regarding the scientific name and you could see any of the following names being used: Cupressus arizonica ‘Blue Ice’, Cupressus arizonica var. Glabra ‘Blue Ice’, Cupressus glabra ‘Blue Ice’.

Hetzii Juniper
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The Hetzii Juniper, aka Green Columnar Juniper, is a cultivar of Chinese Juniper which is known for its rich bright green foliage and narrow pyramidal growth habit. Hetzii Junipers are produced from female cuttings so they all produce blue-green berries which drop over the winter. The leaves are very soft and the individual leaves appear scale-like and are produced on rounded shoots. Hetzii Junipers perform best in full sun and in areas that are well drained.  When compared to the Spartan Juniper it is smaller in height and width so they can be used as accents or privacy screens where there is limited space.

Idyllwild Eastern Red Cedar
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The Idyllwild Eastern Red Cedar is a unique cultivar of Juniperus virginiana due to their smaller stature and naturally dense canopies. At maturity Idyllwild will reach a mature width of 7’ and only 15’ in height and this offers customers a lot more flexibility in smaller landscapes. They have naturally dense canopies with upright branching and their foliage is deep green. Idyllwild are produced from cuttings and are all males which means they produce pollen in the spring and they have no berries. They have proven to be extremely drought tolerant, disease resistant and able to handle a wide variety of soil conditions.

Glauca Eastern Red Cedar
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The Glauca, aka Silver Eastern Red Cedar, is a cultivar of Eastern Red Cedar which is known for silvery blue new growth and narrow pyramidal growth habit. In the spring the new growth has a silver-blue color but fades slightly to blue-green as it warms up. Over the winter months it develops a purple hue like the Burkii and Taylor cultivars. Glaucas are produced from female cuttings so they all produce attractive blue-green berries which drop over the winter. They have a narrow pyramidal canopies and they are often used for privacy screen and ornamental accents in flower beds. Glauca and Burkii are the hardiest variety of the silver/blue trees on the market with the highest resistance to canker.

Common Names: Silver Eastern Red Cedar, Blue Eastern Red Cedar, Glauca Juniper

Star Power Juniper
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The Star Power Juniper was selected in 1998 at Johnson’s Nursery in Wisconsin and it is believed to a cross between the Common Juniper and Chinese Juniper. Like the Blue Point Juniper, it has a very dense canopy with blue green foliage with the differences being that the Star Power is taller (17’ tall vs 12’ tall) and it is faster growing. The Star Power are produced from female cuttings so they produce blue green berries in the winter months.

Yaupon Holly
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The Yaupon Holly, a native Texan treasure, adds a touch of elegance and year-round interest to any landscape. This versatile shrub boasts a dense, compact form adorned with glossy, dark green leaves. Unlike many hollies, Yaupon’s leaves lack sharp spines, making it a safe choice for gardens frequented by children and pets. But its beauty isn’t limited to foliage. In fall and winter, the Yaupon Holly puts on a stunning display of small, bright red berries. These clusters not only add a festive touch to the winter landscape, but also provide a valuable food source for birds during the colder months. Easy to care for and adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, the Yaupon Holly is a low-maintenance delight for Texas gardeners. With its timeless beauty, ecological benefits, and historical significance, this native shrub is sure to become a cherished addition to your landscape.

Oklahoma Sparkler Redbud
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The Oklahoma Sparkler Redbud was selected in 2015 by Ray & Cindy Jackson in Belvidere, TN as a chance seedling of Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis). This cultivar has shown to have a more compact and upright growth habit when compared to seedling Eastern Redbuds and they have shown more cold hardiness. When compared to the Oklahoma Redbud (Cercis reniformis ‘Oklahoma’) it has shown to have larger leaves, faster growth and more cold hardiness. Before any leaves are produced in the spring, they produce beautiful, pinkish-purple flowers which in then followed by glossy purple colored heat shaped leaves. As the leaves mature they turn to a green color which remain until the fall when they turn yellow.

Merlot Redbud
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The Merlot Redbud was selected by Dr. Dennis Werner from North Carolina State University in 2004 from 2nd generation descendants of a cross between a Texas White Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Texas White’) and a Forest Pansy Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’). The goal was to develop a redbud that had small glossy leaves and semi-upright growth habit of a like a Texas White Redbud but also have purple leaves like a Forest Pansy and that was accomplished. When compared to a Forest Pansy, the Merlot have lavender flowers as compared to purple flowers on a Forest Pansy. The leaves are smaller, thicker and glossier than that of a Forest Pansy which it gets from the Texas White Redbud. The Merlot are also more compact and upright than Forest Pansy which it gets from the Texas White Redbud. Before any leaves are produced in the spring, they produce beautiful, lavender colored flowers which are then followed by glossy dark purple colored heat shaped leaves. In the summer the leaves the leaves fade to a dark green color with a hint of purple which remain until they turn yellow in the fall.

Steeds Holly
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The Steeds Holly, also known as Steeds Upright Japanese Holly, is an easy-to-grow, densely branched evergreen shrub with an attractive upright, pyramidal form. It has dense, lustrous, dark green foliage that adds color to the landscape year-round. In the spring, tiny white flowers are produced throughout the tree which then transform into small, red berries that darken to a bluish-black color as winter approaches. This shrub is a shapely hedge or foundation plant that responds well to regular pruning. Steeds Holly can tolerate a variety of growing conditions, including full sun to part shade and well-drained soils.

Compacta Holly
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The Compacta Holly is a popular evergreen shrub valued for its dense, compact growth habit and glossy, dark green foliage. Thrives in full to part sun and prefers slightly acidic, well-draining soil. It typically matures to a height and width of 4 to 6 feet, though it can be pruned to maintain a smaller size. This makes it ideal for foundation plantings or hedges. While not a prolific berry producer, Compacta Holly can produce small, black berries in the winter. These berries are not particularly abundant and may not appear on all plants, but they can add a touch of winter beauty to your landscape.

Needlepoint Holly
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The Needlepoint Holly, also called Willowleaf Holly, is a popular evergreen shrub valued for its attractive foliage, ease of care, and adaptability. Unlike most hollies with spiky leaves, the Needlepoint Holly boasts smooth, glossy green leaves with just a single spine at the tip. In addition to its attractive foliage, the Needlepoint Holly produces clusters of small white flowers in the spring that develop into bright red berries in the fall. These berries persist throughout winter, adding a pop of color to the cold-weather landscape. This holly’s fast growth rate and dense branching make it a good choice for hedges and privacy screens. It can also be used as a foundation planting or a specimen shrub.

Curly Leaf Ligustrum
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The Curly Leaf Ligustrum, also commonly known as Recurve Ligustrum, Wavy Leaf Privet, Curled-Leaf Privet or Curly Leaf Privet, is a large, upright, broad-leaved evergreen shrub that offers year-round beauty and privacy screening for a variety of landscaping applications. One of its most recognizable features is its lustrous dark green leaves with a unique wavy or curly margin. This versatile shrub thrives in a variety of conditions, including full sun to part shade and well-drained soils. It’s also drought tolerant and resistant to many pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance choice for landscapes. In the spring, it produces clusters of small, white, fragrant flowers. These flowers give way to small, black berries in the fall that provide a food source for birds. While not particularly showy, the flowers and berries add to the overall seasonal interest of the shrub.

Sweet Olive Osmanthus
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Osmanthus fragrans, also commonly known as sweet osmanthus, sweet olive, tea olive, and fragrant olive, is a species of flowering shrub native to Asia. It’s known for its beautiful small white clusters of flowers that are produced in the spring and fall that have a delightful fragrance, often described as apricot or peach-like. Beyond its fragrant flowers, the sweet olive offers beautiful dark green, glossy leaves with a leathery texture. Adaptable to both full sun and partial shade, the sweet olive thrives in moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. With its low-maintenance requirements and year-round appeal, the sweet olive is a versatile addition to gardens, serving as a charming specimen plant, a fragrant hedge, a privacy screen, or even thriving in containers for patios and balconies.

Dwarf Burford Holly
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Dwarf Burford holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Dwarf Burford’) is a charming and versatile addition to any garden, particularly for those with limited space. This compact cultivar of the Chinese holly stands out for its manageable size, reaching a mature height and width of 6-8 feet. Its dense, bushy form makes it ideal for foundation plantings, adding year-round appeal near your home’s exterior. Dwarf Burford truly shines with its beautiful foliage. The glossy, deep green leaves remain vibrant throughout the year, adding a touch of evergreen elegance to your landscape. Beyond its attractive form, this holly offers a delightful surprise in fall and winter. Clusters of bright red berries emerge, providing a festive pop of color and a welcome food source for winter birds.

Emerald Sentinel Eastern Red Cedar
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The Emerald Sentinel was discovered by Clifford Corliss in 1967 as a chance seedling at Caroliss Bros. Garden Center in Ipswich, MA. Emerald Sentinel is a cultivar of Eastern Red Cedar. It has a narrow pyramid shape, making it ideal for smaller landscapes or as an accent plant in larger ones. This cultivar is admired for its dense, rich emerald green foliage that holds its color well throughout the winter. Emerald Sentinels come from female cuttings which produce a heavy crop of dusky blue berries in the summer. These berries mature and persist into winter, adding a touch of color and providing a food source for birds. Like other Cedars, the Emerald Sentinel is a low-maintenance plant. It’s tolerant of a variety of soil conditions, including drought and poor soil quality. It also resists pests and diseases and requires minimal pruning to maintain its shape.

Hillspire Eastern Red Cedar
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The Hillspire Eastern Red Cedar, also known as Hillspire Juniper, was discovered around 1925 at D. Hill Nursery and it got its initial name, Cupressifolia, due to its cypress-like foliage. However, this name already belonged to another plant and to avoid confusion, it was renamed to Hillspire, which became its accepted name today. Standing tall and graceful, the Hillspire Eastern Red Cedar adds a touch of elegance to any landscape. Hillspires come from female cuttings which produce a heavy crop of bluish-green berries in the summer. Its slender, conical form creates a vertical accent without overwhelming smaller spaces. Unlike its wider-growing Eastern Red Cedar cousins, the Hillspire maintains a manageable spread, making it ideal for flanking entrances, lining pathways, or privacy screens. The Hillspire thrives in various conditions. Its dense, bright green foliage remains vibrant year-round, adding a touch of life even in the colder months. Low on maintenance needs, the Hillspire tolerates drought and poor soil.

Japanese Yew
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The Japanese Yew, also known by its many common names like Podocarpus, Yew Podocarpus, Buddhist Pine, and False Japanese Yew, is an evergreen conifer known for its glossy, deep green slender leaves that are 3”-5” long and less than .5” wide. New growth emerges in a lighter green shade, maturing to a rich, dark green that persists year-round. It has a dense, upright branching habit that responds well to pruning. Per Neil Sperry, they’re best in morning sun with afternoon shade and they do suffer from freeze damage in extreme winters. Japanese Yews are dioecious, meaning there are separate male and female trees. An added bonus with female trees is the production of dark blue-purple colored berries in the fall and winter. It is important to note that all parts of the tree can be toxic to dogs if ingested, with even small amounts leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, possibly causing dehydration in your dog.

Monarch Holly
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Over a 10 year period, since 2014, Mitch Magee has been trying to develop a hybrid between the red and blue hollies from his farm in Poplarville, Mississippi. He took a cross between the Liberty Holly (Ilex x ‘Conty’) and a Blue Prince Holly (Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’) and the result is a dense, upright, conical growth habit with dark bluish-green leaves which he named the Monarch Holly. This new holly took the best attributes from each of its parents with the dark green foliage and cold hardiness from the Blue Prince and the dense, compact and heat tolerance of the Liberty Holly. It can be installed as a privacy screen, areas that are very narrow or even as solitary specimens. They can adapt to many soil types from sand to clay and from moist to very dry. Monarch Hollies also grown well in full sun to part shade.

Patti Faye Deodar Cedar
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The Patti Faye Deodar Cedar was discovered by Ralph Rushing of Rushing Nursery in 2000 amongst a group of seedlings and he named it after his wife Patti. The Patti Faye is a beautiful cultivar of the Deodar Cedar, known for its unique horizontal branching habit and stunning blue foliage. Unlike most deodar cedars that have weeping branches, the Patti Faye has branches that grow outwards, creating a nearly perfect Christmas tree shape without any pruning required. The Patti Faye deodar cedar features stunning steel-blue foliage. New growth emerges a silvery-gray, maturing to a rich blue-green, adding a captivating two-toned effect to your landscape. While most deodar cedars enjoy cooler climates, the Patti Faye cultivar is a heat-tolerant exception. This makes it a great option for gardeners in warmer regions who still desire the beauty of a deodar cedar. The Patti Faye deodar cedar is a low-maintenance tree that makes a great addition to any landscape. It’s ideal for use as a specimen tree, in groupings, as a background planting, or in tall privacy screen plantings. It also performs well near lakes and other bodies of water and around large boulders.

Chinese Fringe Tree
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The Chinese Fringe Tree is a versatile flowering tree native to eastern Asia. It’s prized for its ornamental features that offer year-round interest. In spring, the tree explodes with a profusion of fragrant white flowers. These delicate blooms are borne in clusters at the tips of branches, resembling fringes and creating a stunning display. After the flowers fade, the tree transitions to a lush green canopy throughout the summer. Come fall, the foliage puts on a final show, transforming into a vibrant golden yellow before dropping. Fringe trees are dioecious, meaning there are separate male and female trees. The females produce berries, technically called drupes, which are small, fleshy fruits that contain a single seed inside. The berries are small, typically around ½ inch to 1 inch in diameter, and have a similar color to a blueberry. Standing out for its adaptability, the Chinese Fringe tree can be trained to grow as either a large shrub or a small tree. This allows gardeners to incorporate it into landscapes of various sizes. Once established, it tolerates moderate drought conditions and requires minimal pruning. This makes it a great choice for gardeners who appreciate beautiful plants that don’t demand a lot of care and attention.

Emily Bruner Holly
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The Emily Bruner Holly was discovered and introduced by nursery owner Don Shadow while he was a student at the University of Tennessee. It is a hybrid between the Burford Holly and Lusterleaf Holly and it is known for its beautiful dark green, spiny leaves and its abundance of bright red berries in the fall and winter. Surprisingly low-maintenance, the Emily Bruner Holly thrives in various conditions. It adapts well to a range of soils, tolerates both full sun and partial shade, and boasts impressive cold hardiness. With minimal pruning required, this holly offers enduring beauty without demanding constant attention. If you are looking for a beautiful, low-maintenance evergreen shrub or small tree for your landscape, the Emily Bruner Holly is a great option.

Yuletide Candle Camellia Sasanqua
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The Yuletide Candle Camellia Sasanqua is a beautiful evergreen shrub that is known for its vibrant red flowers that bloom in the late fall and winter. The Yuletide Candle Camellia has glossy, dark green leaves that provide a handsome backdrop for the red flowers. The flowers are typically single, with five petals, and they can be up to 3 inches in diameter. The flowers have a bright yellow center that is filled with golden stamens. The Yuletide camellia sasanqua is a relatively low-maintenance shrub that is easy to care for. It prefers to be planted in a location that receives full sun to partial shade. It also prefers well-drained, acidic soil. Once established, the Yuletide Candle is drought-tolerant and does not need to be watered frequently. It is a versatile shrub that can be used in a variety of landscaping applications. It can be planted as a specimen shrub, used to create a hedge, or grown in a container.

Moonshadow Camellia Sasanqua
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Grace your garden with the captivating Moonshadow camellia sasanqua, a true showstopper known for its captivating blooms. This evergreen shrub boasts a stunning display of double flowers, each petal a perfect white with a striking, painted edge of rich fuchsia pink. Imagine a carpet of these 2-3 inch blooms blanketing the plant in fall and early winter, creating a mesmerizing contrast against the backdrop of its dark, glossy green foliage. Unlike its spring-flowering camellia kin, the Moonshadow brings a touch of magic to the colder months, adding a burst of color when most plants slumber. More than just beautiful, the Moonshadow camellia sasanqua is a gardener’s delight. This adaptable shrub thrives in a variety of conditions. Plant it in a location receiving full sun to partial shade, ensuring the soil is well-drained and acidic. Its moderate growth rate keeps it manageable, reaching a mature height of 8-10 feet and a width of 6-8 feet. This allows for creative use in your landscape. Showcase it as a stunning specimen plant, add a touch of elegance to a hedge, or even cultivate it in a container for patio enjoyment. The Moonshadow camellia sasanqua is surprisingly low-maintenance. Once established, it tolerates periods of drought, requiring minimal watering. Additionally, its amenable nature allows for easy pruning and shaping in spring, further enhancing its form and beauty. This combination of captivating blooms, adaptability, and ease of care makes the Moonshadow camellia sasanqua a perfect choice for adding a touch of sophistication and winter wonder to your garden.

My Lady Holly
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For over a decade, Mississippi farmer Mitch Magee has pursued a horticultural dream: creating a holly that combines the best traits of red and blue varieties. Since 2014, his efforts have culminated in the My Lady Holly, a hybrid born from the Liberty Holly (Ilex x ‘Conty’) and the Blue Prince Holly (Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’). This captivating new holly boasts a dense, upright form with a distinctive conical silhouette. Its dark bluish-green foliage inherits the cold hardiness of the Blue Prince, while maintaining the Liberty Holly’s dense growth habit and impressive heat tolerance. This versatility makes the My Lady Holly a perfect choice for various landscaping needs. It thrives in a wide range of soil conditions, from sandy to clay, and adapts to moisture levels from moist to very dry. Additionally, it flourishes in both full sun and partially shaded areas. Whether planted as a solitary specimen for a touch of elegance, used to create a privacy screen, or employed in narrow spaces where other plants struggle, the My Lady Holly offers a unique and adaptable solution for gardeners of all levels.

Dura Heat River Birch
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Beating the Texas heat can be a challenge, but the Dura Heat River Birch thrives in the sunshine state’s warm climate. Unlike traditional River Birches, this improved cultivar boasts exceptional heat and drought tolerance, making it a perfect choice for Texan landscapes. This medium-sized deciduous tree matures at a height of 30 feet with a 25 foot spread, offering welcome shade during scorching summers. Its true showstopper, however, is its captivating bark. As the Dura Heat River Birch matures, its outer bark peels away in thin, curly flakes, revealing a stunning display of creamy white beneath. This creates a captivating contrast with the reddish-brown inner bark, adding a year-round textural element to your garden. Beyond its resilience and visual appeal, the Dura Heat River Birch offers other benefits for Texas gardeners. It’s a fast grower, reaching maturity in a relatively short timeframe compared to other shade trees. Additionally, it boasts a resistance to the bronze birch borer, a common pest that can devastate other birch varieties. This low-maintenance tree adapts well to a variety of soil conditions, making it a hassle-free addition to your landscape. Whether you’re seeking a statement piece for your front yard or a source of cool shade in your backyard haven, the Dura Heat River Birch is a fantastic choice for Texas homeowners.

Rose of Autumn Camellia Sasanqua
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Breathe new life into your fall landscape with the Rose of Autumn Camellia. Unlike most camellias that bloom in spring, this captivating shrub explodes with color during the cooler months. From late fall to early winter, the Rose of Autumn Camellia transforms your garden with a breathtaking display of large, rosy-pink blooms. These semi-double to rose-shaped flowers boast ruffled edges, adding a touch of delicate charm. As the blooms mature, their color softens to a baby pink, creating a captivating color gradient within the flower itself. Each bloom measures a generous 3-4 inches, making a bold statement against the backdrop of the lush green foliage. The Rose of Autumn Camellia isn’t just a seasonal stunner; it offers year-round beauty. Its dark green leaves are glossy and evergreen, providing a vibrant backdrop throughout the year. This vigorous shrub grows in an upright habit, reaching a mature height of 6-8 feet within 10 years. Depending on your preference, you can maintain it as a beautiful specimen shrub or train it into a small tree by removing lower branches. This versatility allows you to incorporate the Rose of Autumn Camellia into various garden designs. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Rose of Autumn Camellia is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It thrives in well-drained, acidic soil and adapts to various sun conditions, doing well in both partial shade and full sun. With its cold hardiness and resistance to pests and diseases, the Rose of Autumn Camellia is a worry-free addition to your garden. So, if you’re looking for a burst of color and a touch of elegance in your fall and winter landscape, the Rose of Autumn Camellia is the perfect choice.

Savannah Holly
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Savannah Holly is a charming and versatile hybrid holly cultivar that combines the best traits of its parent species, American Holly and Dahoon Holly. This evergreen shrub boasts an elegant, pyramidal form, typically reaching a height of 20 feet at maturity with a spread of 14 feet. Its glossy, deep green leaves are ovate to elliptical in shape, providing year-round interest and serving as a lovely backdrop for its striking red berries, which persist throughout the winter months. Savannah Hollies are prized for their dense, compact growth habit, making it an excellent choice for hedges, screens, or specimen plantings in both residential and commercial landscapes. In addition to its ornamental appeal, the Savannah Holly; is valued for its exceptional tolerance to a wide range of environmental conditions. This cultivar thrives in full sun to partial shade and adapts well to various soil types, including clay, loam, and sand. Its ability to withstand heat, drought, and salt spray makes it particularly well-suited for coastal gardens and urban landscapes where other plants may struggle. Savannah Hollies are also relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal pruning to maintain its desired shape and size. Gardeners and landscapers appreciate Savannahs; not only for its aesthetic qualities and resilience but also for its wildlife benefits. The vibrant red berries produced by this cultivar serve as a valuable food source for birds during the winter months, attracting a variety of species to the garden. Additionally, Savannah Hollies have dense foliage provides shelter and nesting sites for birds, further enhancing its ecological value. With its year-round beauty, adaptability, and ecological benefits, the Savannah Holly; is a standout choice for any garden or landscape seeking enduring elegance and functionality.

Chinquapin Oak
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Thriving on the limestone outcroppings and dry landscapes of central and eastern North America, the Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) stands out for its unique charm. This medium-sized to large tree boasts a distinctive silhouette with large, low branches reaching out from a narrow, irregular crown. Unlike many oaks, the Chinquapin Oak isn’t afraid to embrace a bit of asymmetry, adding a touch of character to the woodlands. Its glossy green leaves, smaller than most oaks at 4 to 8 inches long, are another distinguishing feature. These leaves have a coarsely serrated edge, resembling a sawtooth, and earn the Chinquapin Oak its name due to their resemblance to the leaves of the Allegheny Chinquapin. Despite its elegant appearance, the Chinquapin Oak is a tough tree. Its alkaline-tolerant nature makes it a perfect fit for limestone soils, where many other trees struggle. Adding to its resilience is a long taproot that delves deep into the ground, securing vital moisture during dry spells. This impressive drought tolerance allows the Chinquapin Oak to thrive in areas where water is scarce, making it a valuable addition to these often-harsh ecosystems. In autumn, the Chinquapin Oak rewards patient observers with a bounty of acorns. These acorns, produced annually, are a welcome food source for wildlife and are even edible for humans after proper roasting.

Bubba Desert Willow
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Bringing a splash of color to hot, dry landscapes, the Desert Willow ‘Bubba’ is a true standout. This popular cultivar is prized for its stunning display of fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers. From late spring to early fall, the tips of its branches erupt in vibrant clusters of pink and burgundy blooms, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Unlike other Desert Willows, the Bubba; produces minimal seed pods, allowing you to enjoy the flowers without the mess. The Desert Willow boasts a graceful, airy form. Its rounded or spreading crown can be maintained as a large shrub or pruned into a picturesque tree, adding versatility to your landscape design. Remarkably tolerant of drought and heat, this low-maintenance beauty thrives in sunny locations with well-drained soil. If your soil drainage isn’t ideal, raised beds offer a simple solution for successful Desert Willow cultivation. The soft, fine-textured leaves, measuring 5 to 7 inches long and ¼ to ½ inch wide, contribute to the airy feel of the tree. In autumn, they transform into a simple yet elegant display of yellow, adding a touch of seasonal charm. An excellent choice for courtyards, patios, and landscapes with a West Texas theme, the Desert Willow goes by several names, including Flowering Willow, Willowleaf Catalpa, and Desert Catalpa. This versatile and visually striking tree is sure to add a touch of desert magic to your outdoor space.

Sweet Bubba Desert Willow
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Adorn your hot and dry landscape with the captivating beauty of the Sweet Bubba Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis ‘Sweet Bubba’). This low-maintenance bloomer is a superstar when it comes to drought tolerance and heat resistance. Unlike many flowering trees, the Sweet Bubba thrives in the very conditions that challenge other plants, making it a perfect choice for water-conscious gardens. But its resilience isn’t its only claim to fame. Throughout the spring, summer, and even early fall, the Sweet Bubba explodes with clusters of fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers. Unlike other Desert Willows, the ‘Sweet Bubba’ boasts blooms in a particularly striking shade of dark burgundy, adding a dramatic pop of color to your outdoor space. The fragrance of these flowers is another delightful feature, attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees for a vibrant display of life in your garden. This Texas native isn’t just about the flowers, though. The Sweet Bubba Desert Willow boasts a graceful and airy form. Its soft, light green leaves contribute to this feeling of lightness, and its rounded or spreading crown can be maintained as a large shrub for a relaxed aesthetic or pruned into a picturesque tree, adding a touch of elegance to your design. No matter your preference, the Sweet Bubba will bring both beauty and low-maintenance charm to your landscape. An excellent choice for patios, courtyards, and landscapes with a West Texas flair, the Sweet Bubba Desert Willow is also known as the Flowering Willow, Willowleaf Catalpa, and Desert Catalpa. This versatile and visually striking tree is sure to add a touch of desert magic to your outdoor space, all while requiring minimal effort on your part.

Oakleaf Holly
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The story of this new holly variety begins in 1989 at Evergreen Nursery in Poplarville, Mississippi. A Mary Nell Holly produced a surprise seedling through open pollination. This chance discovery would eventually become a prized holly known for its unique characteristics. The Oakleaf Holly, also commonly called Oak Leaf and Conaf Holly, stands out for its exceptional branching habit and vibrant winter display. The Oakleaf Holly boasts a superior branching structure. Its dense, pyramidal form develops strong, well-spaced branches that readily support the weight of its impressive foliage and fruit. This improved branching not only creates a more aesthetically pleasing silhouette but also reduces the need for pruning, making it a lower-maintenance choice for gardeners. The Oakleaf truly shines with its magnificent foliage. Larger than most hollies, its glossy, deep green leaves hold a special distinction. Measuring 3 to 4 inches wide and 4 to 6 inches long, they showcase the characteristic lobed shape reminiscent of oak leaves – hence the “Oakleaf” in its common name. The patent highlights the consistent leaf size and lobing pattern across the entire plant, ensuring a uniform and visually striking appearance. The underside of the leaves boasts a lighter, grayish-green hue, adding depth and dimension to the foliage. Adding to its winter charm, the Oakleaf Holly produces a bountiful display of bright red berries in the fall. These clusters of vibrant fruit not only bring a festive touch to the landscape but also provide a valuable food source for winter birds. The patent emphasizes the consistent and abundant berry production across the entire plant, making the Oakleaf Holly a reliable choice for those seeking a visually stunning and wildlife-friendly addition to their garden.

Pink Snow Camellia Sasanqua
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Unveiling its delicate beauty in fall and early winter, the Pink Snow Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Pink Snow’) is a captivating evergreen shrub that graces gardens with a touch of elegance. This variety of Sasanqua Camellia is the perfect choice for gardeners in warmer climates seeking winter blooms. Unlike its japonica cousins, Sasanqua Camellias can tolerate more sun, allowing them to flourish in locations with partial shade. Standing 8 feet tall with a mature width of 5 feet, the Pink Snow Camellia boasts an upright growth habit. Its dark, glossy oblong leaves, measuring roughly 2 to 3 inches long and 1 inch wide, create a lush backdrop for the star of the show – its captivating blooms. These semi-double pink flowers are the crown jewel of the Pink Snow Camellia. Measuring approximately 3 to 4 inches across, they boast a soft, delicate pink hue that adds a touch of romance to the winter landscape. While not as large as the blooms of some Camellia japonica varieties, the Pink Snow Camellia makes up for size with its prolificacy. This shrub explodes with a multitude of these charming pink flowers, creating a breathtaking display of color during the colder months. The Pink Snow Camellia is a slow grower, offering manageable maintenance for gardeners who appreciate a low-key approach to landscaping. Combined with its beautiful winter blooms and adaptability to various sun conditions, the Pink Snow Camellia is a valuable addition to any garden seeking winter beauty.

Pride of Houston Yaupon Holly
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The Pride of Houston Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria ‘Pride of Houston’) is a Texas native that lives up to its name. This improved selection of the Yaupon Holly boasts a combination of desirable traits, making it a popular choice for southern landscapes. Unlike some hollies that struggle in harsh conditions, the Pride of Houston thrives in the heat and drought that define much of Texas. This resilience, coupled with its beautiful form and adaptability, makes it a valuable addition to gardens across the region. One of the most striking features of the Pride of Houston Yaupon is its upright and neat branching structure. Unlike some Yaupon varieties that sprawl outwards, this holly develops strong, well-spaced branches that gracefully reach upwards. This form not only creates a visually pleasing silhouette but also serves a practical purpose. The well-spaced branches readily support the weight of the holly’s impressive foliage and abundant winter fruit. Additionally, this improved branching reduces the need for frequent pruning, further adding to the plant’s low-maintenance appeal. The beauty of the Pride of Houston Yaupon extends beyond its form. It boasts a dense covering of glossy, deep green leaves that persist year-round. These leaves are larger than some Yaupon varieties, measuring 2 to 3 inches long and 1 to 1.5 inches wide. This lush foliage adds a touch of vibrant green to any landscape, and its glossy surface reflects sunlight, creating a touch of sparkle in your garden. Come fall, the Pride of Houston lives up to its festive reputation by producing an abundance of bright red berries. These berries not only add a pop of color but also attract winter birds, creating a haven for wildlife in your backyard. Overall, the Pride of Houston Yaupon offers a winning combination of drought tolerance, low-maintenance beauty, and festive winter interest, making it a true Texan treasure.

Texas Redbud
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The Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis) brings a touch of magic to the Texas landscape. Unlike its Eastern cousin, the Texas Redbud thrives in the state’s hot and dry climate, making it a popular choice for gardeners seeking a vibrant spring display. This small, deciduous tree erupts in a breathtaking spectacle of color during the early months of spring. Before the leaves even emerge, tiny, rosy-pink buds burst open along the bare branches, transforming the tree into a cloud of delicate blooms. These pea-like flowers, a stunning shade of magenta or fuchsia, create a mesmerizing display that rivals the best cherry blossoms. Beyond its captivating spring performance, the Texas Redbud offers beauty throughout the year. Once the flowers fade, glossy green, heart-shaped leaves emerge, adding a touch of lushness to the landscape. As summer progresses, the foliage provides dappled shade, creating a welcome respite from the Texas heat. In autumn, the green leaves transform into a vibrant display of yellow and orange hues, adding a final touch of color before winter arrives. The bark also plays a role in the visual appeal. Mature trees boast a smooth, reddish-brown bark that adds a touch of rustic charm to the winter landscape. Standing 30 feet tall with a rounded crown that can reach 20 feet wide, the Texas Redbud is a versatile addition to any garden design. It can be planted as a single specimen tree, creating a stunning focal point, or used in groupings to create a vibrant border. Additionally, its moderate size makes it suitable for smaller gardens, where larger trees might overwhelm the space. The Texas Redbud is a low-maintenance beauty, requiring minimal pruning and thriving with minimal watering thanks to its drought tolerance. This combination of stunning spring blooms, year-round visual interest, and low-maintenance care makes the Texas Redbud a true Texas treasure.

Traveller Weeping Texas Redbud
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The Traveller Weeping Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Traveller’) adds a touch of elegance and drama to any garden with its unique weeping form. Unlike its upright counterpart, the Traveller boasts branches that gracefully cascade downwards, creating a soft, flowing silhouette. This characteristic weeping habit makes it a perfect choice for smaller gardens or for adding a touch of vertical interest in container displays. Maturing to a compact size of 5 feet tall with a spread of 10 feet, it offers a beautiful alternative to its larger relatives, fitting comfortably into areas with limited space. The weeping form also allows for planting closer to walkways or structures without overwhelming the surroundings. Beyond its space-saving size, the Traveller Texas Redbud stuns with a vibrant display of color in early spring. Just like the standard Texas Redbud, it erupts in a dazzling spectacle of tiny, pea-like flowers in shades of magenta or fuchsia. These blooms cascade down the weeping branches, creating a mesmerizing display that rivals cherry blossoms. This burst of color arrives when other trees haven’t yet leafed out, making the Traveller a true star of the spring garden. Once the flowers fade, the Traveller Texas Redbud continues to offer year-round beauty. Spring gives way to a mantle of glossy green, heart-shaped leaves, creating a lush backdrop throughout the summer months. As fall approaches, these green leaves transform into a vibrant display of yellow and orange hues, adding a final touch of color before winter arrives. Even in winter, the weeping form of the bare branches retains a certain elegance, adding a sculptural element to the landscape. The Traveller Texas Redbud is not only visually captivating but also surprisingly low-maintenance. It thrives in the hot, dry climate of Texas, requiring minimal watering thanks to its inherent drought tolerance. This, combined with minimal pruning needs, makes the Traveller Texas Redbud a gardener’s dream, offering year-round beauty with minimal effort.

Wintergreen Boxwood
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The Wintergreen Boxwood (Buxus sinica var. insularis, or you might see it listed as Buxus microphylla var. jap. ‘Wintergreen’ or Buxus microphylla var. koreana ‘Wintergreen’ – there’s some confusion in the plant world!) is a gardener’s delight. This slow-growing shrub thrives in zones 5-9, holding onto its rich green foliage even in winter, unlike some boxwoods that turn lackluster. This characteristic makes it a valuable addition to colder landscapes, adding a touch of life during dormant months. Beyond its winter resilience, the Wintergreen Boxwood is a champion of low maintenance. Its dense, compact form makes it ideal for shaping into hedges or topiaries. Whether you crave a sculpted masterpiece or a simple border, the Wintergreen Boxwood can be pruned to fulfill your vision. The slow growth keeps maintenance minimal, and its resistance to common boxwood problems reduces the need for fussing with chemicals. This combination of year-round beauty, easy care, and design versatility makes the Wintergreen Boxwood a popular choice for gardeners of all experience levels.

Black Pearl Redbud
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The Black Pearl Redbud, a new cultivar of Eastern Redbud, was created in 2012 by Ray and Cindy Jackson in Belvidere, Tennessee. This unique tree resulted from a carefully planned cross between two existing cultivars, Ruby Falls and The Rising Sun. Compared to its parent, Ruby Falls, the Black Pearl Redbud boasts a more compact and upright form. Unlike the cascading branches of Ruby Falls, the Black Pearl maintains a denser, bushier shape. But the most striking difference lies in the foliage. While Ruby Falls loses its vibrant color throughout the summer, the Black Pearl’s deep purple leaves hold their rich hue all season long. Another popular comparison for the Black Pearl Redbud is the Forest Pansy. Here too, the Black Pearl’s compact nature shines. It has shorter internodes, resulting in a denser and bushier plant compared to the sprawling Forest Pansy. The Black Pearl also takes the crown for color. Its leaves are a deeper, richer purple than the Forest Pansy, and unlike the Forest Pansy’s fading color, the Black Pearl maintains its stunning purple throughout the summer months.

Aphrodite Althea
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The Althea ‘Aphrodite’, also known as a Rose of Sharon, is a truly stunning flowering shrub that will add a burst of color to your landscape. Aphrodite flourishes in full sun to part shade, making it adaptable to a variety of garden settings. The true showstopper of the Aphrodite Althea lies in its captivating flowers. Unlike some hibiscus varieties, Aphrodite produces single, ruffled blooms, each measuring up to 4 inches in diameter. These eye-catching blossoms boast a clear pink hue, further accentuated by a dramatic dark red eye in the center. The long bloom period, stretching from early summer to fall, ensures your garden will be awash with color for months. This Althea is not only visually stunning but also surprisingly low-maintenance. It thrives in average, well-drained soil and tolerates poor soils and some drought conditions. This heat and humidity tolerant shrub is a perfect choice for gardeners in warmer regions. Additionally, it requires minimal pruning, needing only occasional shaping in spring for a well-maintained appearance. So, add a touch of elegance and long-lasting color to your garden with the captivating Althea ‘Aphrodite.’

Ruby Falls Redbud
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The Ruby Falls Redbud is a captivating ornamental tree prized for its unique weeping habit and stunning foliage. Developed in 2006 by Dr. Dennis Werner from North Carolina State University, this cultivar is a second-generation descendant of a cross between the Forest Pansy Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’) and the Covey Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’). This breeding program yielded a truly remarkable tree with a mesmerizing cascading form. Unlike its upright redbud relatives, the Ruby Falls boasts a graceful weeping canopy. Its branches cascade downwards, creating a soft, flowing silhouette that adds a touch of elegance to any landscape. In early spring, before the leaves emerge, the Ruby Falls comes alive with a profusion of lavender-pink blooms that delicately adorn its bare branches. These charming pea-like flowers create a delightful contrast against the dark, emerging foliage. The Ruby Falls Redbud’s captivating display continues throughout the growing season. Its heart-shaped leaves emerge a deep, rich purple, adding a touch of drama to the garden. As the summer progresses, the leaves transition to a stunning burgundy hue, providing a rich backdrop for the vibrant blooms. Even in fall, the show isn’t over. The leaves transform into a captivating blend of burgundy, orange, and gold, adding a final flourish of color before winter arrives.

Mexican Plum
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The Mexican Plum, scientifically known as Prunus mexicana, is a versatile tree that graces landscapes with its beauty and utility. It boasts a single trunk and an open crown, casting dappled shade. Early spring brings a captivating display of fragrant, white or pale pink flowers that blanket the branches, which attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Beyond its aesthetics, the Mexican Plum offers edible rewards. As summer wanes, the tree produces an abundance of dark red or purple fruits. While tart on their own, these juicy plums can be transformed into delicious jams, jellies, or other culinary creations. Additionally, the Mexican Plum’s adaptability makes it a low-maintenance choice. Thriving in full sun or partial shade, it tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and even shows remarkable drought tolerance once established. So, the Mexican Plum offers a combination of visual appeal, delicious fruits, and easy care, making it a valuable addition to many landscapes.

Thunderstruck 'White Flash'
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Combining bold foliage with dazzling soft powder pink blooms, the Thunderstruck White Flash Crape Myrtle is a true showstopper for your garden. This fast-growing tree matures to a height of 12 to 15 feet, showcasing its unique beauty throughout the summer and fall. Unlike many crape myrtles, the Thunderstruck White Flash boasts near-black, glossy foliage that creates a dramatic backdrop for its stunning flowers. These blooms aren’t your average white either. Clusters of pure white flowers blushed with a touch of pink emerge, adding a touch of elegance and whimsy to the dark foliage. This irresistible color combination ensures the Thunderstruck White Flash Crape Myrtle will be a captivating focal point in your landscape.

Lucy Althea
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Adorn your garden with the captivating blooms of the Hibiscus syriacus ‘Lucy’. This stunning deciduous shrub lives up to its name with a prolific display of vibrant, double pink flowers. Unlike many hibiscus varieties, ‘Lucy’ boasts a compact and manageable size, typically reaching 6 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. This makes it a perfect choice for smaller gardens or placement in containers. The flowers are the true stars of the show, emerging in midsummer and continuing their dazzling display well into fall. Their double blooms, measuring around 4 inches in diameter, adds depth and intrigue. Beyond its captivating flowers, the ‘Lucy’ offers low-maintenance beauty. This adaptable shrub thrives in full sun to part shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils. It’s also resistant to deer and drought, making it a worry-free addition to your landscape. Simply enjoy its vibrant blooms and lush foliage throughout the season, with minimal pruning needed to maintain its attractive form.

Maki Japanese Yew
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The Podocarpus macrophyllus ‘Maki,’ also known as the Shrubby Yew Podocarpus, is a versatile evergreen conifer that adds a touch of sophistication to any landscape. Unlike its larger tree relatives, the ‘Maki’ maintains a compact and manageable size, typically reaching 8 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide. This makes it a great choice for smaller gardens, foundation plantings, or even container placement. While Neil Sperry recommends morning sun with afternoon shade for optimal growth, Podocarpus macrophyllus ‘Maki’ can tolerate some shade. Be aware that they can suffer from freeze damage in very cold winters. An interesting fact is that these Japanese Yews are dioecious, meaning there are separate male and female trees. If you have a female tree, you’ll be rewarded with a bonus of dark blue-purple berries in the fall and winter, adding another layer of interest to your landscape. Despite its smaller stature, the ‘Maki’ boasts a captivating display of foliage. It features dense, upright branches adorned with narrow, deep green needles. These soft-textured needles have a pleasant fragrance when crushed and add year-round interest to your garden. Plus, the ‘Maki’ is a low-maintenance plant, tolerating shade, salt, and drought quite well. So, if you’re looking for a low-fuss evergreen that provides a touch of elegance and structure, the Podocarpus macrophyllus ‘Maki’ is a perfect choice. It is important to note that all parts of the tree can be toxic to dogs if ingested, with even small amounts leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, possibly causing dehydration in your dog.

Linebacker Distylium
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The Distylium ‘Linebacker’ is a standout choice for gardeners seeking a dense, evergreen screen. This exceptional hybrid of the witchhazel family boasts several features that make it a valuable addition to any landscape. Unlike some evergreens that can become straggly, the ‘Linebacker’ maintains a compact and upright rounded habit, typically reaching 8 to 10 feet in both height and width. This predictable growth pattern makes it ideal for creating a clean-lined hedge or privacy barrier. Be aware that they can suffer from freeze damage in very cold winters. Beyond its form, the ‘Linebacker’ impresses with its captivating foliage. New growth emerges in a beautiful reddish copper color, adding a touch of warmth and dynamism to the landscape. As the season progresses, these new leaves mature to a glossy, deep green that remains vibrant throughout the winter. This color combination, along with the plant’s dense branching, creates a visually striking and effective screening solution for your garden.

Sunshine Ligustrum
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The Sunshine Ligustrum is a vibrant evergreen shrub prized for its year-round golden foliage. Unlike many ligustrum varieties, ‘Sunshine’ boasts a captivating display of color. New growth emerges a light green, transforming into a brilliant yellow as the leaves mature. This sunny hue adds a cheerful pop of color to any garden, especially during the colder months when most plants lose their vibrancy. Standing out for its low-maintenance nature, the Sunshine Ligustrum thrives in various conditions. It flourishes in full sun to partial shade and adapts to well-drained soils. Plus, it’s resistant to pests and diseases, and doesn’t require deadheading or regular pruning to maintain its attractive form. This easy-care shrub is a perfect choice for gardeners who want to enjoy seasonal interest without a lot of upkeep.

Carolina Midnight Loropetalum
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The Carolina Midnight Loropetalum is a large, evergreen shrub known for its beautiful dark burgundy-purple foliage. It’s one of the darkest Loropetalum varieties and can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide, making it a great choice for planting a hedge, privacy screen, or foundation shrub. The leaves emerge a reddish-maroon color before maturing to a very dark burgundy-purple. This deep, glossy foliage is a beautiful backdrop for the shrub’s spring blooms, which are a vibrant shade of fuchsia pink. The Carolina Midnight Loropetalum is a low-maintenance shrub that prefers to be planted in acidic to neutral, well-drained soil. Prune the Carolina Midnight Loropetalum after it flowers in the spring to maintain its desired size and shape.

Claudia Wannamaker Magnolia
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The Claudia Wannamaker magnolia is a distinguished variety of Southern magnolia, celebrated for its vigorous growth, striking beauty, and resilience. This evergreen tree can reach impressive heights of 30 feet with a spread of 20 feet, making it a prominent feature in any landscape. Its dark green, glossy leaves provide year-round interest, while the undersides of the leaves are a contrasting, rich brown, adding depth and texture. The Claudia Wannamaker is particularly noted for its large, creamy white flowers that can span up to 12 inches in diameter. These fragrant blooms typically appear from late spring to summer, creating a stunning and aromatic display. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the Claudia Wannamaker magnolia is valued for its adaptability and hardiness. It thrives in a variety of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils, and prefers full sun to partial shade. This magnolia variety is also relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners and landscapers. Its rapid growth rate is another significant advantage, allowing it to quickly become an impressive focal point in gardens, parks, and along streets. The Claudia Wannamaker magnolia not only enhances the visual appeal of its surroundings but also supports local ecosystems by providing habitat and food for wildlife, particularly birds and pollinators.

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Live Oak
A symbol of strength and resilience in the Texan landscape, the Live Oak is a truly magnificent tree. Its sprawling canopy, formed by wide-arching branches, provides a welcome shade in the hot Texas sun. Some Live Oaks boast branches so ... Read More
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Eastern Red Cedar
Eastern Red Cedar are attractive evergreens that are grown as a large shrubs or small trees with a dense pyramidal form. The Eastern Red Cedar is often used for windbreaks, screens and for median strip plantings in the highway. The East... Read More
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Chinese Pistachio
The Chinese Pistachio is highly recommended by horticultural experts at Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Kansas State Universities. The Chinese Pistachio is a medium sized ornamental tree from China and Taiwan that is extremely winter... Read More
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Carolina Midnight Loropetalum Espalier
An espaliered Carolina Midnight Loropetalum is a stunning and unique way to showcase this beautiful shrub. Espaliering involves training the branches of the Loropetalum to grow flat against a wall or fence in a specific pattern, such as ... Read More
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Little Gem Magnolia Espalier
Transform your outdoor space with the captivating Little Gem Magnolia espalier. Unlike traditional magnolia trees, this unique version is trained to grow flat against a wall or fence. This space-saving design (typically reaching 8-10 fee... Read More
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Brodie Eastern Red Cedar
The Brodie Eastern Red Cedar (often referred to as Brodie Juniper) is one of the most popular cultivars of Juniperus virginiana because of its narrow pyramidal growth habit. Traditionally Eastern Red Cedar (parent plant of the B... Read More
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Bald Cypress
The Bald Cypress is native to central and east Texas and is one of only two species in the ancient Taxodium genus that now survives and the other species is Montezuma Bald Cypress found in south Texas. Bald Cypress trees grow in swamps a... Read More
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Allee Elm
The parent tree of the Allee Elm is located on the University of Georgia campus and is approximately 60 years old. The Allee Elm has a vase shaped form with long arching branches. The Allee Elm produces rich green and glossy foliage th... Read More
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Bracken Brown Beauty
The Bracken Brown Beauty Magnolia was discovered as a seedling by Ray Bracken in 1967 and is now located on their farm in South Carolina. The Bracken Brown Beauty has earned a dominant status among the Magnolia grandiflora cultivars and ... Read More
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Bur Oak
Native to the Blackland Prairies of central and north Texas, the Bur Oak reigns as a symbol of resilience and grandeur in the region’s landscape. These majestic trees boast stately figures with densely rounded crowns, exuding an aura o... Read More
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Brandywine Maple
A popular cultivar of Red Maple due to its densely oval to rounded canopy, heat tolerance and dependable fall color. Very similar to the October Glory Maple, but the Brandywine will have a slightly denser canopy and a deeper red leaf col... Read More
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Cherry Laurel
The Cherry Laurel is a handsome pyramidal shaped evergreen tree that is often used for privacy screening. With smooth dark green leaves and a dark brown colored bark it makes for the perfect backdrop for landscapes. Inconspicuous greenis... Read More
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DD Blanchard Magnolia
The DD Blanchard Magnolia has distinguished itself from other Magnolia grandiflora cultivars with its ability to maintain a straight central trunk, which allows the DD Blanchard to be grown full to the ground or be pruned into tree form ... Read More
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Lacebark Elm
The Lacebark Elm is native to China and is cultivated throughout the United States in areas with similar hot, dry summers and mild rainy winters. The Lacebark Elm is a medium sized tree that forms a graceful rounded canopy with long ar... Read More
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Little Gem Magnolia
Dreaming of a Southern magnolia experience but lacking the space? The Little Gem Magnolia might be your perfect match. This charming dwarf variety offers all the elegance of its larger cousin in a more manageable package. Its upright for... Read More
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Muskogee
Descended from a cross between the Japanese and common crape myrtles by the US National Arboretum, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle boasts stunning features. Its long-lasting lavender blooms erupt in massive clusters, each up to 16 inches long ... Read More
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Natchez
The Natchez Crape Myrtle is a hybrid between the Japanese Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia faurei) and the common Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), which was developed by the US National Arboretum in 1978. The Natchez Crape Myrtle was on... Read More
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Nellie R Stevens Holly
Standing out with its exceptional dark green foliage, the Nellie R. Stevens Holly is a captivating addition to any landscape. This vigorous hybrid, born from the English and Chinese Holly, boasts a naturally dense, pyramidal shape. Its g... Read More
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Oakland Holly
The Oakland holly is unique as its new growth emerges as a reddish purple and ages to an emerald green. They have an emerald green foliage and a unique oak-shaped leaf, and as it ages it matures from a more columnar to a pyramid shape. A... Read More
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October Glory
The October Glory Maple is one of the most popular cultivars of Red Maple due to its densely oval to rounded canopy, heat tolerance and dependable fall color. The October Glory Maple produces small red flowers and samaras (helicopter see... Read More
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Possumhaw Holly
Most known for their showy red berries in the winter, the Possumhaw Holly is a great ornamental accent tree to any landscape. This holly is deciduous and has glossy deep green serrated leaves and pale gray bark. In the Fall the leaves wi... Read More
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Shumard Red Oak
Towering over the Texas landscape, the Shumard Red Oak, also known as the Shumard Oak, Swamp Red Oak, or Spotted Oak, is a truly majestic sight. This native Texan boasts a wide-spreading canopy that transforms from a narrow, open habit i... Read More
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Teddy Bear Magnolia
The Teddy Bear Magnolia was discovered as a seedling by Robert and Lisa Head in 1985 at their farm in South Carolina (Head-Lee Nursery). At an age of 26 years old, the mother tree of the Teddy Bear Magnolia stands at 26’ tall and 14’... Read More
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Vitex ‘Shoal Creek’
The Vitex ‘Shoal Creek’ has earned a dominant status among the Vitex agnus-castus cultivars and it has several unique qualities that are responsible for this popularity. This cultivar of Vitex was selected for it vigorous growth habi... Read More
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Eagleston Holly
A stunning addition to any Texas landscape, the Eagleston Holly is a natural hybrid of the Dahoon and American Holly varieties. This versatile plant thrives as either a large shrub or a small tree, boasting a naturally pyramidal growth h... Read More
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Cedar Elm
A symbol of resilience in the Lone Star State, the Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia) thrives throughout the Gulf Coastal Plains. Also known as Texas Elm, Texas Cedar Elm, Scrub Elm, and Basket Elm, this adaptable and resilient tree is a true... Read More
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Taylor Eastern Red Cedar
The Taylor Eastern Red Cedar (often referred to as Taylor Juniper) gets its name from where it was discovered in 1978 out of Taylor, Nebraska. This cultivar of Eastern Red Cedar was selected because of its narrow and upright growth habit... Read More
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Acoma Crape Myrtle
Ideal for smaller gardens or containers, the Acoma Crape Myrtle offers a captivating display of color and form. This deciduous shrub or small tree typically reaches 6 feet tall and wide, boasting a mounded growth habit with slightly weep... Read More
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Burkii Eastern Red Cedar
The Eastern Red Cedar ‘Burkii’ are attractive evergreens that are known for their unique silver/blue green foliage. They have a dense pyramidal form and they are often used for privacy screen and ornamental accents in flower beds. Th... Read More
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Autumn Blaze
The Autumn Blaze Maple has become one of the most popular hybrids of a Red maple (Acer rubrum) and Silver Leaf Maple (Acer saccharinum) and this particular hybrid was discovered by Glenn Jeffers in the 1960’s. Prior that that, Oliver F... Read More
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Scarlet
The Scarlet Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating a Miss Sandra Crape Myrtle with an Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle. This new variety created a truly novel Crape Myrtle because up until this point there were limited op... Read More
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Thunderstruck 'Lavender Skies'
The Thunderstruck Lavender Skies Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating a Natchez and a Best Red Black Diamond. This is a very interesting cross because the Natchez has white flowers and the Best Red has deep red ... Read More
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Thunderstruck 'White Lightning'
The Thunderstruck White Lightning Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating a Natchez and an Ebony Ivory Black Diamond Crape Myrtle. This cross resulted in a tree with very similar features to Ebony Ivory in that it ... Read More
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Thunderstruck 'Ruby'
The Thunderstruck Ruby Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating a Purely Purple Black Diamond and a Scarlet Crape Myrtle. The unique combination created a Crape Myrtle with dark burgundy-blackish plum foliage and de... Read More
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Liberty Holly
In 1989, Mitch Magee found an openly pollinated seedling of the Mary Nell Holly on his farm in Poplarville, Mississippi and this new variety of Holly was given the name Liberty Holly. This new variety has a larger leaf than the Mary Nell... Read More
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Thunderstruck 'Purple Sage'
The Thunderstruck Purple Sage Crape Myrtle was developed by Mitch Magee by cross-pollinating Scarlet x black diamond purley purple. More information to follow. This page is under development.  
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Blue Point Juniper
Blue Point Junipers are a cultivar of Chinese Juniper and they are known for their extremely dense canopy and beautiful blue-green foliage. Blue Points are produced from female cuttings so they all produce bluish berries which drop over ... Read More
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Spartan Juniper
The Spartan Juniper is a cultivar of Chinese Juniper that was selected by Monrovia Nursery. The Spartan Juniper has distinguished itself from other Junipers with its extremely handsome narrow pyramidal habit of growth. The Spartan Junipe... Read More
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Carolina Sapphire Arizona Cypress
The Carolina Sapphire was developed by Clemson University in 1968 after selecting it amongst a group of Arizona Cypress which were growing at Tom Wright’s Christmas Tree Farm in Ward, South Carolina. They maintain a broad pyramidal sha... Read More
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Blue Ice Arizona Cypress
The Blue Ice was discovered in New Zealand in 1960 which was growing naturally in the wild. This cultivar is known for its stunning frosty blue color and upright pyramidal growth habit. The Blue Ice are much slower growers as compared to... Read More
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Hetzii Juniper
The Hetzii Juniper, aka Green Columnar Juniper, is a cultivar of Chinese Juniper which is known for its rich bright green foliage and narrow pyramidal growth habit. Hetzii Junipers are produced from female cuttings so they all produce bl... Read More
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Idyllwild Eastern Red Cedar
The Idyllwild Eastern Red Cedar is a unique cultivar of Juniperus virginiana due to their smaller stature and naturally dense canopies. At maturity Idyllwild will reach a mature width of 7’ and only 15’ in height and this offers cust... Read More
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Glauca Eastern Red Cedar
The Glauca, aka Silver Eastern Red Cedar, is a cultivar of Eastern Red Cedar which is known for silvery blue new growth and narrow pyramidal growth habit. In the spring the new growth has a silver-blue color but fades slightly to blue-gr... Read More
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Star Power Juniper
The Star Power Juniper was selected in 1998 at Johnson’s Nursery in Wisconsin and it is believed to a cross between the Common Juniper and Chinese Juniper. Like the Blue Point Juniper, it has a very dense canopy with blue green foliage... Read More
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Yaupon Holly
The Yaupon Holly, a native Texan treasure, adds a touch of elegance and year-round interest to any landscape. This versatile shrub boasts a dense, compact form adorned with glossy, dark green leaves. Unlike many hollies, Yaupon’s l... Read More
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Oklahoma Sparkler Redbud
The Oklahoma Sparkler Redbud was selected in 2015 by Ray & Cindy Jackson in Belvidere, TN as a chance seedling of Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis). This cultivar has shown to have a more compact and upright growth habit when compar... Read More
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Merlot Redbud
The Merlot Redbud was selected by Dr. Dennis Werner from North Carolina State University in 2004 from 2nd generation descendants of a cross between a Texas White Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Texas White’) and a Forest Pan... Read More
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Steeds Holly
The Steeds Holly, also known as Steeds Upright Japanese Holly, is an easy-to-grow, densely branched evergreen shrub with an attractive upright, pyramidal form. It has dense, lustrous, dark green foliage that adds color to the landscape y... Read More
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Compacta Holly
The Compacta Holly is a popular evergreen shrub valued for its dense, compact growth habit and glossy, dark green foliage. Thrives in full to part sun and prefers slightly acidic, well-draining soil. It typically matures to a height and ... Read More
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Needlepoint Holly
The Needlepoint Holly, also called Willowleaf Holly, is a popular evergreen shrub valued for its attractive foliage, ease of care, and adaptability. Unlike most hollies with spiky leaves, the Needlepoint Holly boasts smooth, glossy green... Read More
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Curly Leaf Ligustrum
The Curly Leaf Ligustrum, also commonly known as Recurve Ligustrum, Wavy Leaf Privet, Curled-Leaf Privet or Curly Leaf Privet, is a large, upright, broad-leaved evergreen shrub that offers year-round beauty and privacy screening for a va... Read More
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Sweet Olive Osmanthus
Osmanthus fragrans, also commonly known as sweet osmanthus, sweet olive, tea olive, and fragrant olive, is a species of flowering shrub native to Asia. It’s known for its beautiful small white clusters of flowers that are produced in t... Read More
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Dwarf Burford Holly
Dwarf Burford holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Dwarf Burford’) is a charming and versatile addition to any garden, particularly for those with limited space. This compact cultivar of the Chinese holly stands out for its manageable size, reaching... Read More
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Emerald Sentinel Eastern Red Cedar
The Emerald Sentinel was discovered by Clifford Corliss in 1967 as a chance seedling at Caroliss Bros. Garden Center in Ipswich, MA. Emerald Sentinel is a cultivar of Eastern Red Cedar. It has a narrow pyramid shape, making it ideal for ... Read More
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Hillspire Eastern Red Cedar
The Hillspire Eastern Red Cedar, also known as Hillspire Juniper, was discovered around 1925 at D. Hill Nursery and it got its initial name, Cupressifolia, due to its cypress-like foliage. However, this name already belonged to another p... Read More
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Japanese Yew
The Japanese Yew, also known by its many common names like Podocarpus, Yew Podocarpus, Buddhist Pine, and False Japanese Yew, is an evergreen conifer known for its glossy, deep green slender leaves that are 3”-5” long and less than .... Read More
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Monarch Holly
Over a 10 year period, since 2014, Mitch Magee has been trying to develop a hybrid between the red and blue hollies from his farm in Poplarville, Mississippi. He took a cross between the Liberty Holly (Ilex x ‘Conty’) and a Blue Prin... Read More
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Patti Faye Deodar Cedar
The Patti Faye Deodar Cedar was discovered by Ralph Rushing of Rushing Nursery in 2000 amongst a group of seedlings and he named it after his wife Patti. The Patti Faye is a beautiful cultivar of the Deodar Cedar, known for its unique ho... Read More
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Chinese Fringe Tree
The Chinese Fringe Tree is a versatile flowering tree native to eastern Asia. It’s prized for its ornamental features that offer year-round interest. In spring, the tree explodes with a profusion of fragrant white flowers. These delica... Read More
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Emily Bruner Holly
The Emily Bruner Holly was discovered and introduced by nursery owner Don Shadow while he was a student at the University of Tennessee. It is a hybrid between the Burford Holly and Lusterleaf Holly and it is known for its beautiful dark ... Read More
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Yuletide Candle Camellia Sasanqua
The Yuletide Candle Camellia Sasanqua is a beautiful evergreen shrub that is known for its vibrant red flowers that bloom in the late fall and winter. The Yuletide Candle Camellia has glossy, dark green leaves that provide a handsome bac... Read More
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Moonshadow Camellia Sasanqua
Grace your garden with the captivating Moonshadow camellia sasanqua, a true showstopper known for its captivating blooms. This evergreen shrub boasts a stunning display of double flowers, each petal a perfect white with a striking, paint... Read More
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My Lady Holly
For over a decade, Mississippi farmer Mitch Magee has pursued a horticultural dream: creating a holly that combines the best traits of red and blue varieties. Since 2014, his efforts have culminated in the My Lady Holly, a hybrid born fr... Read More
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Dura Heat River Birch
Beating the Texas heat can be a challenge, but the Dura Heat River Birch thrives in the sunshine state’s warm climate. Unlike traditional River Birches, this improved cultivar boasts exceptional heat and drought tolerance, making it a ... Read More
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Rose of Autumn Camellia Sasanqua
Breathe new life into your fall landscape with the Rose of Autumn Camellia. Unlike most camellias that bloom in spring, this captivating shrub explodes with color during the cooler months. From late fall to early winter, the Rose of Autu... Read More
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Savannah Holly
Savannah Holly is a charming and versatile hybrid holly cultivar that combines the best traits of its parent species, American Holly and Dahoon Holly. This evergreen shrub boasts an elegant, pyramidal form, typically reaching a height of... Read More
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Chinquapin Oak
Thriving on the limestone outcroppings and dry landscapes of central and eastern North America, the Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) stands out for its unique charm. This medium-sized to large tree boasts a distinctive silhouette w... Read More
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Bubba Desert Willow
Bringing a splash of color to hot, dry landscapes, the Desert Willow ‘Bubba’ is a true standout. This popular cultivar is prized for its stunning display of fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers. From late spring to early fall, the tips o... Read More
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Sweet Bubba Desert Willow
Adorn your hot and dry landscape with the captivating beauty of the Sweet Bubba Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis ‘Sweet Bubba’). This low-maintenance bloomer is a superstar when it comes to drought tolerance and heat resistance. Unl... Read More
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Oakleaf Holly
The story of this new holly variety begins in 1989 at Evergreen Nursery in Poplarville, Mississippi. A Mary Nell Holly produced a surprise seedling through open pollination. This chance discovery would eventually become a prized holly kn... Read More
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Pink Snow Camellia Sasanqua
Unveiling its delicate beauty in fall and early winter, the Pink Snow Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Pink Snow’) is a captivating evergreen shrub that graces gardens with a touch of elegance. This variety of Sasanqua Camellia is the pe... Read More
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Pride of Houston Yaupon Holly
The Pride of Houston Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria ‘Pride of Houston’) is a Texas native that lives up to its name. This improved selection of the Yaupon Holly boasts a combination of desirable traits, making it a popular choice for s... Read More
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Texas Redbud
The Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis) brings a touch of magic to the Texas landscape. Unlike its Eastern cousin, the Texas Redbud thrives in the state’s hot and dry climate, making it a popular choice for gardeners seeking... Read More
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Traveller Weeping Texas Redbud
The Traveller Weeping Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Traveller’) adds a touch of elegance and drama to any garden with its unique weeping form. Unlike its upright counterpart, the Traveller boasts branches that gracef... Read More
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Wintergreen Boxwood
The Wintergreen Boxwood (Buxus sinica var. insularis, or you might see it listed as Buxus microphylla var. jap. ‘Wintergreen’ or Buxus microphylla var. koreana ‘Wintergreen’ – there’s some confusion in the plant world!) is a ... Read More
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Black Pearl Redbud
The Black Pearl Redbud, a new cultivar of Eastern Redbud, was created in 2012 by Ray and Cindy Jackson in Belvidere, Tennessee. This unique tree resulted from a carefully planned cross between two existing cultivars, Ruby Falls and The R... Read More
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Aphrodite Althea
The Althea ‘Aphrodite’, also known as a Rose of Sharon, is a truly stunning flowering shrub that will add a burst of color to your landscape. Aphrodite flourishes in full sun to part shade, making it adaptable to a variety of garden ... Read More
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Ruby Falls Redbud
The Ruby Falls Redbud is a captivating ornamental tree prized for its unique weeping habit and stunning foliage. Developed in 2006 by Dr. Dennis Werner from North Carolina State University, this cultivar is a second-generation descendant... Read More
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Mexican Plum
The Mexican Plum, scientifically known as Prunus mexicana, is a versatile tree that graces landscapes with its beauty and utility. It boasts a single trunk and an open crown, casting dappled shade. Early spring brings a captivating displ... Read More
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Thunderstruck 'White Flash'
Combining bold foliage with dazzling soft powder pink blooms, the Thunderstruck White Flash Crape Myrtle is a true showstopper for your garden. This fast-growing tree matures to a height of 12 to 15 feet, showcasing its unique beauty thr... Read More
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Lucy Althea
Adorn your garden with the captivating blooms of the Hibiscus syriacus ‘Lucy’. This stunning deciduous shrub lives up to its name with a prolific display of vibrant, double pink flowers. Unlike many hibiscus varieties, ‘Lucy’ boa... Read More
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Maki Japanese Yew
The Podocarpus macrophyllus ‘Maki,’ also known as the Shrubby Yew Podocarpus, is a versatile evergreen conifer that adds a touch of sophistication to any landscape. Unlike its larger tree relatives, the ‘Maki’ maintains a compact... Read More
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Linebacker Distylium
The Distylium ‘Linebacker’ is a standout choice for gardeners seeking a dense, evergreen screen. This exceptional hybrid of the witchhazel family boasts several features that make it a valuable addition to any landscape. Unlike some ... Read More
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Sunshine Ligustrum
The Sunshine Ligustrum is a vibrant evergreen shrub prized for its year-round golden foliage. Unlike many ligustrum varieties, ‘Sunshine’ boasts a captivating display of color. New growth emerges a light green, transforming into a br... Read More
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Carolina Midnight Loropetalum
The Carolina Midnight Loropetalum is a large, evergreen shrub known for its beautiful dark burgundy-purple foliage. It’s one of the darkest Loropetalum varieties and can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide, making it a great choice for pl... Read More
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Claudia Wannamaker Magnolia
The Claudia Wannamaker magnolia is a distinguished variety of Southern magnolia, celebrated for its vigorous growth, striking beauty, and resilience. This evergreen tree can reach impressive heights of 30 feet with a spread of 20 feet, m... Read More