Native Plants

At Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs, we don’t look to improve on nature; we look to find new ways to make it a part of people’s everyday lives.

Our goal is to create new applications for native shrubs, with sizes and habits that are in scale with residential landscapes. We seek to offer a diversity of species, bloom times, habits, and sizes, providing native options for every garden project.

Nearly a quarter of our 325 proprietary flowering shrub varieties are North American native species, grown by people who value plants and nature as much as you do. Get inspired and share in the vision!

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    ANNA’S MAGIC BALL® Arborvitae

    Dwarf conifers are cute, space-saving and so versatile in the landscape – and Anna’s Magic Ball® is the epitome of all of these things! This super-hardy selection of our native arborvitae naturally grows as a dense little globe of golden yellow foliage. It’s a fantastic choice for landscapes and gardens, as well as containers.

    Why grow Anna’s Magic Ball arborvitae?

    • Dwarf conifer provides year-round beauty in very little space
    • Versatile habit works in ings and gardens
    • Native plant for sun or Part Sun

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  • CHEER DROPS® Arborvitae

    Tired of all of the same choices among evergreens? Cheer Drops® arborvitae brings new energy to the market! It naturally grows with a droplet-like shape that works well in gardens and landscapes, as well as for windbreaks and hedges. It needs no pruning to keep this handsome form, and grows well in sun or Part Sun.

    Why grow Cheer Drops arborvitae?

    • Unique teardrop-like shape
    • Versatile habit
    • Lush coral-like foliage

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    FLUFFY® Arborvitae

    Fluffy® Western arborvitae (Thuja plicata) is a beacon of color and touchable texture in the landscape or garden. It naturally grows as a narrow pyramid of shiny “fans” of golden foliage that have an unusual braided look to them. As a Western arborvitae, it is more resistant to deer damage than the standard Eastern arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), but it should still be protected in areas where deer visit, especially as a young plant. Though it resists burning, a good 2-3″/5-7cm layer of shredded bark mulch over the roots is recommended to help retain soil moisture, especially in winter.

    Why grow Fluffy arborvitae?

    •  Evergreen foliage is a bright, cheerful gold all year-round
    • Thick, glossy foliage has a braided texture
    • Equally suited to being grown as a dramatic specimen, paired at an entryway for formality, or as an unexpected hedge or screen

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  • NORTH POLE® Arborvitae

    Whether you have a small yard or just don’t want to spare any more of your precious real estate, North Pole® arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is the perfect choice. Growing just 3-5′ wide but 10-15′ tall, it’s a space-saving evergreen that can be planted in so many different ways: as a distinctive specimen, in sculptural groups, as a narrow hedge, or paired for a touch of formality at entryways. This native arborvitae is very hardy (down to USDA zone 3)  and adaptable to various soils and conditions.

    Why grow North Pole arborvitae?

    • One of the most space-saving varieties – requires only 3-5′ square feet of ground space
    • Keeps a lush green color all year-round
    • Native to North America

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  • POLAR GOLD® Arborvitae

    Hard working and colorful, Polar Gold® arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is the ideal evergreen for all sorts of landscape and garden applications, from a hedge, to screening off an unsightly view, to creating an anchoring, eye-catching specimen. This hardy native arborvitae naturally grows as a tall, dense pyramid of golden foliage yet is durable, adaptable, and easy to grow.

    Why grow Polar Gold arborvitae?

    • Nice golden foliage all year-round
    • Naturally grows as a tall, dense pyramid
    • Durable and hardy native evergreen

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    SPRING GROVE® Western Arborvitae

    Spring Grove® arborvitae might be the largest shrub in the line of Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs, but it has a lot to offer! It’s a fast-growing selection of the beautiful, striking North American native Western arborvitae (Thuja plicata). That makes it an ideal choice for planting a lush privacy hedge that creates a storybook setting for any home, business, museum, or church. Though Western arborvitae aren’t quite as hardy as their Eastern counterpart (Thuja occidentalis), they do show better deer resistance, so with protection, may be a better choice as for an evergreen hedge for those who struggle with deer damage to their plants and landscapes.

    Why grow Spring Grove arborvitae?

    • Fast growing for speedy coverage
    • Evergreen foliage has a thick, glossy, “braided” look
    • Tall, broad habit provides privacy from the side and from above

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  • STING® Arborvitae

    Where drama and utility meet. Sting® arborvitae is a thrilling statement plant, it literally looks like an exclamation point in the landscape, and it takes up less than 2 square feet of space. You get all the interest a 20 foot tall plant has to offer and you’ll still have space for close companion planting. This narrow evergreen defines spaces as a foundation plant, space-saving hedge, and of course as a specimen.

    Why grow Sting® arborvitae?

    • Tiny footprint, easy to pop into the garden
    • Totally unique way to bring structure to a space
    • Evergreen for year-round interest

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  • TATER TOT® Arborvitae

    Got a spot in your landscape that needs a little something to make it more interesting? Plant a Tater Tot® arborvitae! This cute little dwarf evergreen naturally grows in a dense ball shape without the need for pruning or training. Lush “fans” of evergreen foliage give it appealing texture and year-round interest. Tater Tot arborvitae works nicely as an edging in a landscape, providing structure and winter beauty in a flower garden, or in containers. It also provides excellent structure for lighting.

    Why grow Tater Tot arborvitae?

    • Naturally dwarf evergreen keeps its shape without pruning
    • Lush fan-like foliage provides texture
    • Native to North America

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    GROUND HUG® Aronia

    You’re looking at a real problem-solving shrub. Ground Hug® aronia quickly covers problematic areas, thriving even in very difficult conditions and looking great while doing it. Spring brings clusters of white flowers that attract all sorts of pollinators, and these become black-purple berries by late summer. Come autumn, it lights up in tones of red, orange, and yellow for an unforgettable season finale, before taking a rest and doing it all again the following spring. Aronia is a North American native that can grow in just about any spot, including the worst: pH extremes are no problem, nor are excessive moisture or dryness. It can grow in sun or shade, though in shade, flowering will be diminished, and fall color not as vivid.

    Why grow Ground Hug aronia?

    • Transforms any area into a low-maintenance carpet of green
    • Spring flowers, summer berries, and colorful fall foliage
    • Native shrub supports pollinators and wildlife

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    Fire and ice, or in this case snow, are a classic combination, but seeing them perfectly embodied in a plant never gets old. Low Scape Snowfire® aronia exhibits these extremes perfectly. Among its fellows in the Low Scape® series, it is the heaviest bloomer yet! Its spring bloom is fluffy and white and almost obscures the shiny green foliage. You won’t be able to pass by the planting without hearing the steady hum of happy pollinators amongst the flowers. By late summer, an equally abundant crop of dark blue berries arrives, now to the delight of birds and other wildlife. It’s in fall though when the gardener’s gift is delivered – the foliage ignites in a jaw dropping color show of glowing red and burgundy. Altogether this plant is an incredible performer, it gives three solid seasons of interest with very little work to maintain it.

    Why grow Low Scape Snowfire® aronia?

    • Three seasons of interest
    • Native plant beneficial to pollinators and wildlife
    • Extremely low maintenance

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    Stabilize soil, keep down weeds, and transform just about any spot – no matter how problematic – into a carpet of green with Low Scape Mound® aronia. Called “chokeberry” by some, this native flowering shrub has an unusual mounded habit that expands the applications for this durable species in the landscape. In spring, it is covered in white flowers; glossy green foliage carries it through summer, accompanied by attractive blue-black berries. Come autumn, the whole plant lights up in red and orange. Low Scape Mound aronia can be planted as an edging, Mass planting, or included in wildlife, pollinator, and native plant gardens. It does sucker somewhat, which increases the overall size of the plant over time, but suckers can be readily pulled or cut out if desired.

    Why grow Low Scape Mound aronia:

    • Multi-season interest in a durable, problem-solving package
    • Native to North America
    • Can grow in nearly any condition, even very challenging conditions

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    LEGEND OF THE FALL® Bottlebrush

    Demand more from your fall color display with Legend of the Fall® fothergilla! It lights up with every gorgeous hue a leaf can be, starting with purples and reds, intensifying to oranges and yellows. Happily, it’s not just a one note plant. Its fragrant white flowers in spring are the ideal way to welcome the season, and provide sustenance to pollinators as they wake up or migrate back to the area. A rather neat habit makes this plant easy to work into your landscape or garden. Like other fothergilla, it may put out some suckers, but these can be easily controlled by pulling, cutting, or severing with a sharp spade. Plant in sun, shade, or anywhere in between, but fall color will be most vivid in spots that get at least some sun each day.

    Why grow Legend of the Fall® bottlebrush?

    • Super low maintenance
    • Spring pollinator plant
    • Quite shade tolerant

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    LEGEND OF THE SMALL® Bottlebrush

    Little habit. Little leaves. BIG fall color display. When you consider that a typical fothergilla can reach around 10 feet tall and wide, you might be rather shocked to learn that Legend of the Small® only grows to a third of that size. You get all the vibrant, eye-popping, jaw-dropping fall color, but in a manageable package. Plant it in the middle of your border or as a low hedge and watch it show off from spring until late fall. Spring is for milky white, bottlebrush shaped flowers, summer is for blue-green matte foliage, and fall is for the explosion of yellow, orange, and red leaf color. Like other fothergilla, it may put out some suckers, but these can be easily controlled by pulling, cutting, or severing with a sharp spade. Plant in sun, shade, or anywhere in between, but fall color will be most vivid in spots that get at least some sun each day.

    Why grow Legend of the Fall® bottlebrush?

    • Very small habit
    • Spring pollinator plant
    • Quite shade tolerant

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    ESTRELLITA™ Scarlet Bouvardia

    Enjoy the reddest of reds with Estrellita™ Scarlet firecracker bush. Truly red. Startlingly red! As you may know, hummingbirds are very drawn to the color, so they practically swarm this dazzling little shrub. Thankfully you won’t have to fight with them to get in there and maintain it. It doesn’t need deadheading to bloom continuously. If you are the type of garden who enjoys shaping, snipping, trimming, etc. then you will enjoy just how quickly it bounces back. With a super fast growth rate, you can plant it and watch it quickly fill in over the span of one season. Use it as edging, low hedging, filler in pollinator gardens, and even as seasonal color for your containers if you live in a cool, northern climate.

    Why grow Estrellita Scarlet firecracker bush?

    • Continuous color from spring to frost
    • Native to Southwest United States
    • Super compact habit

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    Color so vibrant it’s almost unreal! The bright reddish-orangey-hot pink color of Estrellita Little Star® firecracker bush blows us away every time we see it. With such showy flowers, you might find it hard to believe, but it’s actually native to Southwest North America. Its long history of growing in those conditions gives it a rather rugged nature, perfectly suited for areas with drought, high heat, and even clay soil. It’ll look good while beating those conditions too, flowering continuously from spring ’til fall without a bit of deadheading. If you need constant color to raise your spirits and constant flowers to feed pollinators, plant Estrellita Little Star™ in your landscape!

    Why grow Estrellita Little Star firecracker bush?

    • Continuous color from spring to frost
    • Attracts pollinators
    • Tough and easy-care

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    SUGAR SHACK® Buttonbush

    Buttonbush is an excellent native plant for wet, even boggy, sites. Its perfectly round, fragrant flowers support pollinator populations and delight gardeners who enjoy a bit of whimsy. However, the original was just really big. Much larger than most folks could fit in their gardens! Sugar Shack® was selected for its naturally compact habit – it is about half the size of typical buttonbush. It also has showy red fruit in the fall rather than the typical green fruit. It makes a lovely addition to manicured and wild landscapes alike.

    Why grow Sugar Shack buttonbush?

    • Plentiful summer blooms for pollinators
    • Compact habit
    • Native to North America

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