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NATIVE TREES & SHRUBS

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Most of our stock is available in sizes easily shipped by mail, that is, under 1m.
This symbol indicates plants that are also available in sizes over 1m. The price is the same but you'll have to come and pick them up. Our Fall pick-up date October 7, 2017 between 8am and 4pm. Please see Specials or this map to Marlbank for directions.


I am fond of houses & flowers, even vegetables & fruit trees. I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it.
Gertrude Stein

Viburnum trilobum
HIGH-BUSH CRANBERRY Z2/2m
Panicles of snowy white flowers & miniature maple-like leaves make this one of the most ornamental of food bushes. Clusters of scarlet berries attract wildlife but enjoy mixed reviews as human food.

Euonymus astropurpureus
WAHOO Z5b/2m
This cheerfully named southwestern Ontario native survives in our rocky northern driveway, annually bearing hundreds of pink fruit capsules & scarlet seeds which hang well into winter. Blazing fall foliage resembles that of its cousin, the Burning Bush.

Hamamelis virginiana
WITCH HAZEL Z4b/3m
This fascinating native produces ribbons of bright-yellow flowers after the leaves drop. The fruits then ejects wee, shiny black seeds as far as 3m. A novel bush also valued for the medicinal extracts made from its bark & leaves. Excellent hedging: see the fine examples at Ottawa's Experimental Farm.

Aronia melanocarpa
BLACK CHOKEBERRY Z3/2.2m
Tall, open-limbed native shrub with lustrous dark-blue edible berries attractive to wildlife. Autumn leaves turn a vivid carmine. Prefers slightly acidic soils but will grow anywhere. Loves the Laurentians.

In Norse sagas, the river of fate rises from beneath the Ash.

Sorbus americana
AMERICAN MOUNTAIN ASH Z3/10m
Small flowering tree or large open shrub. Its clusters of cheerful red berries attract native birds. Prefers cool dampish soils. A natural for small cottage lots.

Rhus aromatica
FRAGRANT SUMAC Z3/1m
Glossy aromatic leaves. Small yellow flowers. Clusters of reddish berry-like fruit in late summer attract wildlife. Spreads readily through poor soil. Prefers full sun. Helps control soil erosion.

Lindera benzoin
SPICEBUSH Z4b?/2.5m
Early yellow flowers emerge in dense clusters before the leaves which, like the scarlet fruit, are aromatic when touched. Prefers moist lowlands but adapts to most terrains. A Carolinian native with a toehold in eastern Ontario.

Ptelea trifoliata
WAFER ASH Z5/2m
Attractive addition to the forest edge where it beckons all summer long with soft yellow flowers and hop-like seed. Leaves lustrous. Tolerant of poor soils. Native to S.W. Ontario.

Speak to the earth and it shall teach you.
Job 12:8

Cornus drummondi
ROUGHLEAF DOGWOOD Z5/3-4m ‡
Large decorative southern shrub native to S.W. Ont. but hardy north. Erect, multi-branched; grows in thickets. Numerous loose flat flower clusters; white berries with red stems. Good on sandy or clay soils. Seldom offered.

Birds and beasts and country folk love what is old. They all delight to live in what may be called the quiet crevices: birds in the thatch or the hollow tree: groundhogs in their mounds, swallows in the old cliffs, and city refugees in their antique homes. Only in country places that have been forgotten by a noisy world, do birds and beasts and men seem to enjoy each others company.
Bosworth Smith – Bird Life 1905

Cornus alternifolia
PAGODA DOGWOOD Z3b/4m ‡
Named for its elegant form & curiously tiered branches, this hardy native seems to have sprung from an oriental garden. Miniature leaves turn both yellow & scarlet. Blue berries on bright red stalks. An understorey species, very shade tolerant.

Staphylea trifolia
BLADDERNUT Z4b/4m ‡
Long-lasting papery seed pods hang like Chinese lanterns from the mottled green branches of this unique border shrub. Tolerates shade & rocky soils. Forms eye-catching groves.

Liriodendron tulipifera
TULIP TREE Z5b/22m
Queen of the Carolinian forest able to survive north now thanks to global warming. Named for its tulip-shaped leaf and lovely yellow flower. Tallest hardwood in N. America. Wood used in cabinets, canoes and classic car bodies. Pest Free. Great in groves. Golden in autumn.

Cercis canadensis
RED BUD Z5a?/4m
One of N. America's loveliest flowering trees. Cerise-pink, pea-like blooms precede the lustrous, heart-shaped leaves. Graceful, open form. Adapts to acid or alkaline loams. A Carolinian native from a northern seed source.

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