Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Remove suckers to prevent unwanted spread. Fairly adaptable.
This chokecherry cultivar (sometimes called purpleleaf chokecherry) is a deciduous, suckering tree or shrub with a pyramidal habit which grows 20-30′ tall. ‘Schubert’ is best known for its purple foliage: elliptic to obovate leaves (to 5″ long) emerge green in spring, gradually maturing to dark purple by early summer. White flowers in racemes in spring give way in summer to clusters of reddish fruit (1/3″ diameter cherries) which mature in fall to a dark purple. Fruit is very astringent, hence the common name. Fruit may be used in sauces, jellies and preserves, however. Fruits are attractive to wildlife.
Information source: University of Minnesota Urban Forestry Outreach, Research, & Extension https://trees.umn.edu/nursery-tour/species/caresech
Forsythia is a small but wide and fully hardy perennial deciduous shrub. This is an arching shrub that looks most attractive in spring. It can take 6 to 10 years to reach its ultimate height
The Common Lilac is a popular traditional plant with striking flowers. These blooms make for lovely flower arrangements. It is best planted in areas with good air circulation to reduce powdery mildew problems. They also tolerate road salt and exposed windy sites.
Best grown in organically rich, neutral to slightly acidic, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
Ann’ is a cross between M. liliiflora ‘Nigra’ and M. stellata ‘Rosea’. It is part of the Little Girl series (‘Ann’, ‘Betty’, ‘Jane’, ‘Judy’, ‘Pinkie’, ‘Randy’, ‘Ricki’ and ‘Susan’) of hybrid magnolias that were developed at the National Arboretum in the mid-1950s by Francis DeVos and William Kosar. Plants in this series flower about 2-4 weeks later than M. stellata and M. x soulangiana, thus reducing potential damage to flowers from late spring frosts. ‘Ann’ is primarily noted for its compact shrubby habit, slightly fragrant purple-red flowers and late bloom (mid-April to early May). It is a slow-growing, deciduous shrub or small tree that typically rises over time to 8-10’ tall and as wide. Chalice-shaped flowers (to 7-9” long) are slightly fragrant. Flowers may sporadically repeat bloom in mid summer. Ovate medium green leaves (to 6” long). Leaves turn yellow in fall.
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. Appreciates consistent and even moisture in summer. Generally intolerant of soil extremes (dry or wet).
It is a small deciduous tree that typically grows 15-20’ tall with a spreading, rounded crown. It is also often grown as a large oval to rounded shrub. It is noted for its compact size and late winter to early spring bloom of star-shaped white flowers. Each flower typically has 12-18 narrow strap-like tepals.
Information source: Missouri Botanical Garden https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c119
Few shrubs are easier to grow than ninebark. This North American native tolerates an array of weather conditions and is largely left alone by animal pests. Newer selections bear foliage in bold shades of purple and gold. It may suffer from powdery mildew, especially during extended periods of wet weather but is otherwise virtually carefree. The common name comes from the bark, which continually molts in thin strips, exposing a new layer of bark, as if it had “nine lives”.
Red-osier dogwood is a common shrub throughout Michigan. It is especially abundant in wet meadows, marshes, and swamps, but it does well if planted in an upland habitat. The stems are green in the summer and red in the winter.
Rose of Sharon is a hardy deciduous shrub. It is upright and vase-shaped. Individual flowers are short-lived, lasting only a day. However, buds are produced abundantly on the shrub’s new growth providing prolific flowering over a long summer blooming period. The Rose of Sharon requires ample moisture and some protection from midday to afternoon sun to flower at its best.
The Silky Dogwood is a large shrub grown in an upright rounded form. When young the stems are a stunning bright red in the fall, winter and early spring turning to a reddish brown come summer. As it matures, the stems remain the reddish brown year round until eventually maintaining a gray pigment. Although sometimes mistaken for Red Osier Dogwood, the brown pith and blue toned fruits distinguishes this from its lookalike. Although highly tolerant of shade, they do not thrive well in droughty conditions.
The Trumpet Vine is a deciduous vine found in thickets, dry woods, railroads and long fencerows. Vines should be thinned throughout the groFew shrubs are easier to grow than ninebark. This North American native tolerates an array of weather conditions and is largely left alone by animal pests. Newer selections bear foliage in bold shades of purple and gold. It may suffer from powdery mildew, especially during extended periods of wet weather but is otherwise virtually carefree. The common name comes from the bark, which continually molts in thin strips, exposing a new layer of bark, as if it had “nine lives”.