Evergreens

'Frank' Austrian Pine

Pinus nigra 'Frank'

Zone: 3-7

Height: 10-20'

Spread: 3-6'

Shape: Upright

Exposure:  Full Sun to Part shade

Notes: Narrow, upright pine great for small spaces that need a strong vertical accent. Needles are short and stiff. Buds are brilliant white in fall and winter.

St. Mary's Broom Spruce

Picea pungens

'St. Mary's Broom'

Zone: 2-8

Height: 15-18"

Spread: 18-24"

Shape: Globe

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part shade

Notes: A dwarf blue colored specimen that has relatively long, widely angled needles maintains its mounding shape without tendency to develop an upright leader.

 
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Trees

Yellowwood

Cladrastis kentukea

Zone: 4-8

Height: 30-40'

Spread: 30-40'

Shape: Rounded, Upright

Exposure:  Full Sun

Notes: Large, upright tree with a rounded canopy. Fragrant panicles of white flowers emerge in spring developing into light brown, flat seed pods in autumn. Yellow fall color.

Perfect Purple Crabapple

Malus 'Perfect Purple'

Zone: 3-8

Height: 25'

Spread: 20'

Shape: Rounded, Upright

Exposure:  Full Sun

Notes: Glossy, deep purple foliage with uniform, upright growth with a rounded canopy. Pink flowers contrast leaves. Small purple fruit. Attracts birds and butterflies.

Starlite Crabapple

Malus x 'Jeflite'

Zone: 2-9

Height: 20'

Spread: 15'

Shape: Round, Upright

Exposure:  Full Sun

Notes: Covered in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers in mid spring, which emerge from red buds. Dark green foliage stays neat throughout the season with yellow color in the fall. Tiny, persistent, showy fruit. Offspring of 'Spring Snow'

Copper Curls Pekin Lilac Tree

Syringa reticulate ssp. pekinensis 'Sundak'

Zone: 3-7

Height: 20-25'

Spread: 10-15'

Shape: Rounded, Upright

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part shade

Notes: Large fragrant panicles  of creamy white flowers in June, 12-14 days after common lilacs. Attractive peeling coppery-orange bark. Attracts pollinators, tolerates shade, and drought tolerant.

Homefree Viburnum Tree

Viburnum lentago 'UMN870517'

Zone: 3-8

Height: 12-15'

Spread: 8-10'

Shape: Upright

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part shade

Notes: Native cultivar that grows well in a variety of sites including wet, dry, sun, or shade. Spring flowers are white followed by blue-black fruit that attract birds and are edible. Nice fall color.

Prairie Reflection Laurel Willow

Salix pentandra 'Silver Lake'

Zone: 2-6

Height: 35-40'

Spread: 25'

Shape: Oval

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part shade

Notes: Superior selection from NDSU. Fast growing, dense, rounded tree with dark, glossy green foliage. Shows resistance to iron chlorosis.

 
Shrubs

Limoncello Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Goruzam'

Zone: 4-8

Height: 3-4'

Spread: 3-4'

Shape: Dense, Rounded

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part shade

Notes: Compact shrub with charthreuse foliage accented with unique red, spotted margins. Bright orange to brick red in fall. Use as accent or plant in groups for minimal-care landscape.

 

Northern Gold Forsythia

Forsythia 'Northern Gold'

Zone: 3-8

Height: 6-8'

Spread: 5-7'

Shape: Upright, Spreading

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part shade

Notes: Gray-yellow branches that have golden yellows in early spring before leaves. Produces blooms to the top of the branches most years.

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Diamond Ridge Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Rendia'

Zone: 3-8

Height: 4-5'

Spread: 3-4'

Shape: Upright, Rounded

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part shade

Notes: Abundant, long lasting flowers on strong stems that start white and progress to pink, raspberry red, and finally wine red. Blooms begin in July and take red color earlier than other paniculata hydrangeas.

 
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Snowbelle Mockorange

Philadelphus 'Snowbelle'

Zone: 4-8

Height: 3-4'

Spread: 3-4'

Shape: Upright, Arching

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part shade

Notes: Canadian introduction that is loaded with clusters of deeply fragrant, double, white blooms. Ideal for small spaces. Prune after it blooms in the spring. Very adaptable to tough conditions.

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Happy Face Pink Paradise Potentilla

Potentilla fruitcosa 'Kupinpa'

Zone: 4-6

Height: 3'

Spread: 3'

Shape: Rounded

Exposure:  Full Sun

Notes: Clear pink flowers that hold their color better than others. Bright green, bushy, and full foliage. Adaptable to many conditions. Low maintenance with full season of flowers.

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Western Smooth Sumac

Rhus glabra

Zone: 3-8

Height: 6'

Spread: 6'

Shape: Mounding

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part shade

Notes: Very hardy native shrub that naturalizes through suckers. Branches are smooth. Finely divided leaves turn a bright red in fall. Green fruit turns scarlet in the fall. Excellent drought tolerance.

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Fruit Trees

Scout Apricot

Prunus 'Scout'

Zone: 3-8

Height: 10-15"

Bloom Period: Early

Ripening: Mid-to-late August

Flavor: Sweet

Use: Canning, Jam, Fresh

Exposure:  Full Sun

Notes: Requires well drained, sandy soil. Developed in Manitoba in 1937. Fruit is good for canning and jam, and fair for eating and desserts. Blooms early May.

 
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Parker Pear

Pyrus 'Parker'

Zone: 4-8

Size: Semi-Dwarf

Bloom Period: Early to Mid

Ripening: Mid August

Flavor: Juicy

Use: Fresh Eating, Canning, Jam

Exposure:  Full Sun

Notes: Upright and vigorous growth with stunning white flowers in the spring. Tolerates a variety of conditions and sites. Requires different species to set fruit.

 
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Edible Shrubs

LowScape Mound Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa 'UCONNAMI65'

Zone: 3-9

Height: 1-2'

Width: 1.5-2'

Flower Color: White

Fruit: 1/4" Black

Use: Fresh, Preserves, Juice

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part Shade

Notes: Clusters of white flowers in spring, black berries in summer, followed by brilliant red fall color. Tough, adaptable variety that will grow under wet or dry conditions. used as ground cover or edging plant.

 
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Perennials 

Pink Wing Daylily

Hemerocallis x 'VER0021'

Zone: 4-10

Height: 12-15"

Spread: 12-15"

Bloom Color: Pink

Exposure:  Full Sun/Part Shade

Notes: Dwarf re-blooming daylily with pink and cream flowers with a dark pink halo and yellow throat. Offspring of Stella D'Oro.

 
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Double Scoop Cranberry Echinacea

Echinacea x purpurea 'Balscanery'

Zone: 4-9

Height: 23-25"

Spread: 16-21"

Bloom Color: Red

Exposure:  Full Sun

Notes: Compact with large, cranberry-red double blooms. Continues to bloom for months when deadheaded. Dried flowers provide fall and winter interest.

 
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Double Scoop Mandarin Echinacea

Echinacea x purpurea 'Balscandin'

Zone: 4-9

Height: 22-24"

Spread: 18-20"

Bloom Color: Deep Orange

Exposure:  Full Sun

Notes: Compact with large, deep orange double blooms. Continues to bloom for months when deadheaded. Dried flowers provide fall and winter interest.

 
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Sombrero Blanco Echinacea

Echinacea x 'Balsamblanc'

Zone: 4-9

Height: 18-20"

Spread: 22-24"

Bloom Color: White

Exposure: Full Sun

Notes: Bright white blooms on compact plants that bloom for months. Deadhead for more blooms. Excellent cut flower.

 
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Stardust Hibiscus

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Stardust'

Zone: 4-10

Height: 36-48"

Spread: 36-48"

Bloom Color: Pink

Exposure: Full Sun

Notes: Large, lipstick pink blooms with a small red eye, darker veining, and pink stamens with yellow anthers. Upright rounded form with purple-tinged foliage. Dies to the ground each winter.

 
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Strawberry Swirl Hibiscus

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Strawberry Swirl'

Zone: 4-10

Height: 36-48"

Spread: 36-48"

Bloom Color: Pink

Exposure: Full Sun

Notes: Very large flowers with pink and pale pink alternating petals. Strong, upright form. Dies to the ground each winter.

 
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Colored Hulk Hosta

Hosta 'Colored Hulk'

Zone: 3-9

Height: 14-16"

Spread: 28"

Bloom Color: Lilac

Exposure: Part Shade/Full Shade

Notes: Bold hosta with sturdy clumps of chartreuse and lime green variegated foliage with deep green, irregular margins.

 
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Magic Island Hosta

Hosta 'Colored Hulk'

Zone: 3-9

Height: 10-14"

Spread: 16-22"

Bloom Color: Lavender

Exposure: Part Shade/Full Shade

Notes: Upright yellow leaves that change to cream with irregular blue-green margins that widen with age. Lavender flowers in summer.

 
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Vines

Clematis Diamond Ball

Clematis 'Diamond Ball'

Zone: 4-9

Height: 5-6'

Bloom Color: White-blue

Use: Twining, Trellis or Fence

Pruning Group: 3

Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

Notes: Cool white-blue flowers are round in shape, and reach 4-5" in diameter. Prolific bloomer from June through August. Vigorous and disease resistant.

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Clematis Hyde Hall

Clematis 'EVIpol009'

Zone: 3-9

Height: 8'

Bloom Color: White, Pink

Use: Twining, Trellis or Fence

Pruning Group: 3

Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

Notes: Compact clematis great for growing in containers or small spaces. Flowers are off-white with a green or pink tinge and light brown anthers.

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Sweet Tea Honeysuckle Vine

Lonicera periclymenum 'Inov71'

Zone: 4-9

Height: 5-6'

Bloom Color: Yellow, Pink, Wht

Bloom: June-Sept

Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

Notes: Creamy yellow, pink and white large fragrant florets adorn this compact vine. Sprawls gently along a fence or trellis with bright colors from spring through summer.

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