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A very special Crabapple, Coralburst is dwarf-growing with a dense rounded crown and tiny dark green leaves. Luscious, coral-pink colored buds open to double rose-pink flowers in spring, followed by small reddish-orange fruit. This small crab is a uniform grower that seldom requires pruning. Resistant to scab, fireblight, mildew and cedar-apple rust. A superb accent tree for smaller gardens.

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Think Cinderella If you want a crabapple tree but think your yard doesn't have room for one, take another look at Cinderella. This tiny tree fits almost any landscape, or even container gardens. It has good resistance to apple scab and excellent resistance to fire blight, powdery mildew, and cedar-apple rust.

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Outstanding fruiting qualities. Its small red crabapples (3/8-1/2” diameter) coat the branches of the tree throughout fall and winter. Firebird® Crabapple fruit retains its color through the winter. It's among the best crabapple cultivars for winter fruit color, rivaling Red Jewel and 'Donald Wyman'.

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Is a stunning groundcover Evergreen for home landscape use, featuring steel blue foliage which takes on a purplish tinge in winter. One of the finest trailing junipers because of its uniform, full centered growth habit. Use this striking silvery-blue groundcover in large masses accented by flowering plants such as a yellow Daylily, a purple Iris and for autumn excitement try pairing with the Burning Bush. An extremely hardy and widely adaptable evergreen that produces blue berries from late spring right through to late winter.

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A must have for its gorgeous fall color! Perhaps the most colorful of all shrubs, the Winged Burning Bush is valued for its striking rose-red autumn color and hardiness. It produces orange-red fruit that is ornamental if produced in quantity, but plants will vary in the amount of fruit they produce. The plant is shade tolerant but will have inferior fall color and reduced density in the shade. The corky wings on the twigs hold winter snow, outlining the branch structure for some lovely winter interest. Try planting with hardy broadleaf evergreens like boxwood and cypress.

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Pee Gee makes a magnificent tree-form hydrangea with arching branches that bears a cascades of showy blooms in July and August when few other shrubs do! Panicles of ivory flowers turn dusty pink towards autumn and finally become a warm wheat color by winter. Flowers often dry and remain on the plant, providing interest until spring. Pee Gee Hydrangea's cut blooms are lovely in fresh arrangements and the flower heads dry easily, making it perfect for dried arrangements also.

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Delightful bright flower panicles grace the tips of this rugged, reliable plant and open in late summer to a cream color, and then, gradually starting at the base of the panicle, turn a rich shade of pink. Produces valuable late season color over many months into fall with flowers that are a combination of white, pink and red. Large upright habit makes good background or easily trained as a small tree. Cut blossoms are suitable for drying, or prune off in late winter or early spring. Thrives in moist, acidic well drained soils.

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This icy blue Juniper spreads but is not ground hugging. Instead it makes graceful wide mounds that are particularly lovely as individual specimens in fields of gravel or bark. An unusual and highly ornamental ball-shaped juniper with dense, silvery blue foliage radically arranged around the branches, giving the appearance of stars. The foliage is quite attractive and creates a colorful contrast while making a bold statement. A good choice for banks and rock gardens, where it grows gracefully around landscape boulders. Prefers the cooler climates of the Northern States.

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Mint Julep is a solid informal hedge or shrub that is highly adapted to topiary forms. A standout because of its brilliant mint green foliage displayed on a compact, fountain-like form. Use as a rugged hedge along driveways and to divide properties. Helpful barrier to shield more sensitive planting from winter wind and snow drift. Exploit the blue coloring by blending with gold and dark green evergreens in mixed shrub borders.

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As the name implies 'Limelight' has exquisite, bright, lime-green to cream flowers, a beautiful color that adds a much needed brightness to the late summer landscape. In autumn the blooms display shades of pink, burgundy and green. Excellent vigor and floriferous blooming. Prefers loamy, moist, well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Flowers on new wood so it can be pruned in winter or early spring. Hybridized by Pieter Zwijnenburg, Jr. Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles. 2006 Gold Medal Plant Award. (CPBRAF)

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A compact rounded evergreen with striking steel blue foliage; grafted onto a single stem to form a blue lollipop, a great patio tree, particularly effective accent among lower growing perennials and ornamental grasses. Globe Blue Spruce (tree form) will grow to be about 6 feet tall and spread of 5 feet. It grows at a slow rate. This dwarf tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It tends to have 3 feet clearance off the ground.

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The creamy, airy-open flowers bloom July through September on an upright, rounded tree. The flowers are more fertile than sterile and fade to pink and then dry to brown on the plant. Prefers sun to part shade.

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A superb choice, this low-growing evergreen is an admirable grower in the Northwest. Its delicate, lacy foliage sits in graceful layers, each branch tip turns slightly down, adding a touch of elegance. During the growing season, Russian Cypress is bright green, but with the onset of cold weather its foliage changes to earth-toned purple-brown. Capitalize on this interesting winter color by planting it with ornamental grasses, with their straw-like winter tones.

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A tree rose hardy enough for zone 4, finally! Rose trees are often a bit of work in the North and Midwest, 'Polar Joy' is requires the least care, as easy as any tree or shrub. It was introduced in 2007 by Bailey Nurseries in Minnesota, experts in winter hardy plants. This diminutive ornamental, 4 to 8 feet, is covered with continuous clusters of pink blooms. Do protect this little darling, minimal to moderate just in case, 'Polar Joy' it WILL be. Gardeners who have grown 'Polar Joy' in Minnesota zone 4 have raved about its' hardiness even with no protection. A stunning accent to a front entry or patio, or under planted with groundcover roses or perennials. Does beautifully in a large container.

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Nannyberry is a very hardy upright, spreading shrub which opens up as it matures. Spring brings white flower clusters which turn into bluish-black berries in fall. The fall foliage is reddish-purple. Fall foliage is more vivid if planted in full sun. Adapts to all soils. Drought tolerant but will grow in moist areas. Valued for its fruit, this plant can be used for naturalizing and wildlife areas as well as backyards and hedges.

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The dark green, can be staked and trained into an outstanding upright specimen, or it can be allowed to grow as an undulating groundcover that drapes over slopes and walls. Plant a row of young 'Pendula' plants with stake and wire supports to train them into a narrow, living fence.

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