Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa) is known for its showy perennial pink flowers and has excellent foliage that turns bright gold and auburn in fall. It is an uncommon shrub in the wild found in high quality wetland habitats, therefore it requires a moist setting for planting such as shorelines, around ponds, rain gardens, naturalized swale areas, or a water garden feature. Steeplebush flowers on new wood, so prune in late winter to early spring if needed. Benefits of Spiraea tomentosa include conspicuous flowers, bird and butterfly attraction, etc.
White oaks are a large tree usually growing in forests with other oaks, but can also be found on edges of lakes, ponds and streams. Leaves will often stay on the branches of younger trees in the winter.
Red Maple is one of the most common trees in our area. This tree can be found just about anywhere, including forests, stream banks and fields. It is a pioneer tree, which means it is one of the first to take over a field. It is also often an understory tree, growing beneath larger trees. Due to its adaptability has made this species a common tree in home landscape. Red Maples extend from Florida and west to Texas and Minnesota.
Native to central Asia, Nanking Cherry is a popular shrub for mass plantings and borders. It has fragrant white spring flowers, shiny reddish-brown bark, and edible fruit in July & August. These tart and tangy cherries can be eaten fresh or used in pies, jams, and jellies. Nanking cherry is very adaptable and best suited for cold winters and hot summers. The shrub also provides great wildlife habitat, with the fruit attracting birds and other wildlife.
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata) belong to the rose family and are known for their white and pink spring blossoms. These grow best in hardiness zones 5 through 8. These trees grow well along sidewalks or as patio shade trees and the small cherries produced provide a good food source for small birds and mammals. Because of the overwhelming floral display, plant these trees as a focal point in the middle of a yard or overhanging a water garden.