Variegated Aucuba (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’)

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Shining, shimmering, splendid… are the gold and white spotted leaves of the variegated Aucuba (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ and similar cultivars), also known as the variegated Japanese Laurel due to its look-alike waxy foliage. Aucuba are dioecious (separate male and female) evergreen shrubs with simple glossy leaves and arching stems. With insignificant purple flowers that appear […]

Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea tricolor’ or ‘Roseo-Marginata’)

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Tree… tree… tree… Green… green… green… Wait, does that tree have pink edges on its leaves? Why yes, I do believe it does! Characterized by strikingly variegated leaves in shades of green, white, purple, and pink, the European Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea tricolor’ or ‘Roseo-Marginata’) has an arresting presence that certainly grabs your attention. […]

Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia)

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Hmmm…. What kind of plant can we put in that deep, dark corner of the yard over there? A question many of us ask ourselves time and time again when designing outdoor spaces, because finding plants to fill the gloomiest corners and deepest shade areas can be the ultimate challenge for gardeners and landscape designers […]

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala spp. petiolaris)

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Although not used as commonly as its shrubbier cousins, the climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala spp. petiolaris) is definitely one of the more impressive members of the Hydrangea family. Stretching to over 75 feet in some cases, climbing hydrangeas are deciduous clinging vines that can scale vertical surfaces via twining (wrapping themselves around a structure) and […]

Greenspire Linden (Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’)

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Greenspire Linden (Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’), a cultivar of Little Leaf Linden, is basically the renaissance tree of city living. Although constrained somewhat by its sizeable proportions (it can reach up to 50 feet in height), Greenspires can not only tolerate, but thrive, in a multitude of climates, soils, and urban conditions that would leave similar […]