Trees and Shrubs

All information is current but may be updated if availability changes.

Trees and shrubs are available through Spring Valley Nature Center (847) 985-2100.  Price is $25 for 5-gallon pots.

Trees

713 – Serviceberry

©RA Howard, Botany Department, Smithsonian Institution

©RA Howard, Botany Department, Smithsonian Institution

Latin Name  Amelanchier arborea
Flower Color  White
Fall Foliage Color  Yellow/Orange
Height (in feet)  15 – 25
Spread (in feet)  15 – 25
Flowering Season  March – April
Moisture  Medium
Light  Full or Part Sun
Description
Also called Juneberry, this handsome small tree is an early bloomer with smooth gray bark. Edible fruit ripens in June and fall color is a highlight. Prefers well-drained soils and at least four hours of sunlight per day.

746 – Redbud

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Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder

Latin Name  Cercis canadensis
Flower Color  Pink
Fall Foliage Color  Yellow
Height (in feet)  20 – 30
Spread (in feet)  25 – 35
Flowering Season  April – May
Moisture  Medium
Light  Full Sun to Part Sun
Description
Numerous edible flowers coat the twigs in pink during late April or early May. This popular small tree grows quickly in rich soils and is especially striking used as a highlight planting in large beds or in shrub borders.

Shrubs

725 – Indigo Bush

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Latin Name Amorpha fruticosa
Flower Color  Violet/Blue
Fall Foliage Color  Yellow/orange
Height (in feet)  6
Spread (in feet)  3 – 5
Flowering Season June
Moisture Wet
Light Full Sun
Description
A low-growing native shrub with colorful 3-6 inch flower spikes attracting butterflies in June.  It is a legume which fixes nitrogen in the soil.

738 – New Jersey Tea

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Latin Name  Ceanothus americanus
Flower Color  White
Fall Foliage Color  Yellow
Height (in feet)  3 – 4
Spread (in feet)  3 – 5
Flowering Season  May – July
Moisture  Dry to Medium
Light  Full Sun to Partial Shade
Description
A compact native prairie shrub perfect for small sunny spaces with well-drained soils. Abundant white flower clusters attract butterflies and other native pollinators.

741* – ButtonBush

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Latin Name Cephalanthus occidentalis
Flower Color  White
Fall Foliage Color   Red
Height (in feet)  8
Spread (in feet)  8
Flowering Season July – August
Moisture Mesic, Moist Mesic, Wet
Light  Full Sun
Description
This shrub grows well in good garden soil. In swamps, Buttonbush will grow in standing water. The leaves are an eye-catching glossy green but has delicate fall red color. White flowers bloom in late July and early August.  Loved by birds.  Pollinator attractor.

752 – Red Osier Dogwood

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©GA Cooper, Botany Department, Smithsonian Institution

Latin Name  Cornus stolonifera
Flower Color  White
Fall Foliage Color  Dark Red
Height (in feet)  5 – 8
Spread (in feet)  5 – 8
Flowering Season  May – June
Moisture  Medium to Wet
Light  Full or Part Sun
Description
Brilliant red twigs in winter are a highlight. White flowers appear in June. Does best in moist or low-lying soils and benefits from pruning every three to four years.

755 – Pagoda Dogwood

©RA Howard, Botany Department, Smithsonian Institution

©RA Howard, Botany Department, Smithsonian Institution

Latin Name  Cornus alternifolia
Flower Color  White
Fall Foliage Color  Maroon/Red
Height (in feet)  10 – 15
Spread (in feet)  12 – 20
Flowering Season  May – June
Moisture  Medium
Light  Part Sun or Shade
Description
A very elegant dogwood, with beautiful lateral branching and white spring flowers. Birds relish fruit in late summer, and fall color is also outstanding. Requires moist soil or regular watering and prefers morning sun.

763 – American Filbert

©WS Justice, Botany Department, Smithsonian Institution

©WS Justice, Botany Department, Smithsonian Institution

Latin Name  Corylus americana
Flower Color  Green
Fall Foliage Color  Yellow/Orange
Height (in feet)  10 – 16
Spread (in feet)  8 – 13
Flowering Season  March – April
Moisture  Medium
Light  Full or Part Sun
Description
Also called Hazelnut, this excellent shrub produces edible nuts, though squirrels get most of them. Male flower catkins appear in early spring. Fall color is a highlight. Will spread when pruned or mowed back.

784 – Smooth Hydrangea

smooth hydrangea

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Latin Name  Hydrangea arborescens
Flower Color  white
Fall Foliage Color  yellow
 Height (in feet)  3 – 6
 Spread (in feet)  3 – 8
Flowering Season  June – July
 Moisture Mesic, Moist Mesic
 Light Full sun, Part Sun, Shade
 Description
One of the best shade tolerant plants. Typically, this plant is found in open woods, shaded wetlands, and along woodland streams. White corymbs bloom in June and July. Can form colonies, but not aggressively. The flowers can be used in dried arrangements. Loved by birds.  Pollinator favorite.

789* – Ninebark

ninebark

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 Latin Name  Physocarpus opulifolius
 Flower Color  pink to white
Fall Foliage Color
Height (in feet)  8 – 12
Spread (in feet)  8 – 15
Flowering Season  Late Spring
 Moisture  Dry Mesic, Wet Mesic
  Light  Full Sun, part Sun
  Description
This shrub is very durable large shrub. Ninebark blooms pink to white in June in umbel-like clusters. Great in shrub borders.

791 – Arrowwood

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 Latin Name Viburnum dentatum
 Flower Color   white
Fall Foliage Color maroon
Height (in feet)  6 – 10
Spread (in feet)  6 – 10
Flowering Season May – June
 Moisture Medium
  Light  Full Sun, part Sun
Description
Blooms in May with clusters of white flowers. Like most viburnums, it needs only a few hours of sun to do well. However, it will grow in full sun in good garden soil. Fruit is blue and devoured by birds during fall migration. Fall color is maroon-red.  Does well pruned to the ground every couple of years

All information is current but may be updated if availability changes.