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    Ever-changing color and intricate leaf texture make Metamorphosa® Japanese maple a fascinating specimen. It’s the kind of plant you’ll want to visit throughout the season to admire each subtle shift. In spring, the leaves emerge bright yellow and quickly develop a pink margin. The margin slowly shifts to white while the inside of the leaf changes to reddish-orange. For the finale in fall, the overall color deepens to a lovely shade of reddish-violet, which really pops when paired with plants that turn yellow or red. Its shrubby habit is quite versatile; you can easily leave it alone or train it into a small multi-stemmed tree. For a specimen that looks high maintenance, but performs well with very little effort, choose a Metamorphosa®.

    Why grow Metamorphosa® Japanese maple?

    • Colorful, changing foliage
    • Interesting texture for foliage
    • Versatile habit

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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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  • AVALANCHE™ Birch

    Want your garden to give the immediate impression of simplicity and elegance? Plant an Avalanche™ birch tree. This multi-stemmed specimen first pops out of the landscape as a juvenile specimen with creamy tan bark and hints of pale pink. As it matures, its relatively smooth bark brightens to a handsome stark white. Plant it as a specimen to provide structure to the space or as a group to give your landscape a naturalistic aesthetic. You’ll enjoy its easy-care nature, with good resistance to bronze birch borer and its seeming invisibility to deer, as they don’t care to eat its bark. In fall, its presence in the landscape intensifies as emerald green foliage develops a uniform golden color.

    Why grow an Avalanche™ birch?

    • Disease resistant
    • Durable for a landscape with deer
    • Handsome color show with bark and fall foliage

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    An excellent spring show awaits with Weeping Extraordinaire™ weeping cherry. Its slightly arched branches fill with double blooms in various shades of pink, verging on white. When the buds start to open, the flowers are a dark rosy pink and quickly mature to a light pink color. After the petals fall off, beautiful coppery new growth is revealed. As it grows, the foliage runs a lovely shade of bright emerald green until fall when it deepens to burgundy. It makes a lovely specimen plant or a line along a driveway or fence.

    Why grow Weeping Extraordinaire weeping cherry?

    • Extravagant flower show.
    • Cheerful summer foliage.
    • Interesting weeping habit.

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  • PINK SNOW SHOWERS™ Flowering Cherry

    Add an element of simple elegance to your space with Pink Snow Showers™ weeping cherry. Its thin, arched branches fill with lovely cotton candy pink single blooms in the springtime. These cheery blooms arrive by the thousands and complement the silver color of the trunk and stems beautifully. In the fall, the foliage turns to a blend of glowing orange and red. It looks lovely as a specimen or planted in a row along the road or driveway.

    Why grow Pink Snow Showers weeping cherry?

    • Fabulous weeping habit.
    • Great disease resistance, especially to shot hole disease.
    • Very low maintenance.

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  • SHOW TIME™ Flowering Crabapple

    When spring comes, it’s show time for all crabapples, but this one really grabs the spotlight. The large, densely clustered fuchsia-red flowers turn the branches into columns of lush color. Deep green foliage has red tones of its own, especially as it emerges. In fall, red fruits glisten among the bright orange and red leaves. Oval, upright habit lends a touch of formality as a specimen or street tree.

    Show Time™ crabapple is part of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees program.

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  • LOLLIPOP® Crabapple

    One look and it’s easy to see how Lollipop crabapple (Malus sp.) got its name: with its straight trunk and rounded canopy, it does indeed look like a lollipop in the landscape! But that’s not all that’s sweet about this space-saving small tree. It’s covered in deliciously fragrant white flowers in spring, which give way to small, shiny crabapples in summer and fall. Perhaps the best thing about Lollipop crabapple is that you don’t need to do a thing to enjoy its neat habit – it just grows this way naturally, creating a beautiful, low-maintenance accent in your landscape or garden that will make all your neighbors ask about it.

    Lollipop crabapple is part of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees program.

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    This specimen tree provides more than one season of interest! Midnight Express® redbud has you covered from spring ’til fall with its fabulous color show. It starts with an impressive number of bright pink, pea-shaped blooms lining each branch in the springtime. From there, it grows large, heart-shaped foliage with dark burgundy coloring that shifts to a dynamic show in summer with emerald green hints. The leaf coloring is the same as or a bit darker than Black Pearl™ redbud. It grows in a more upright manner and fills out faster than Forest Pansy redbud. The most dramatic show is saved for fall when the interior foliage lights up with butterscotch yellow coloring while the exterior leaves remain burgundy and red. You won’t be able to take your eyes off this native, color-changing tree!

    Why grow Midnight Express redbud?
    – Dramatic foliage color for the entire growing season
    – Excellent flower coverage in springtime
    – Convenient size

    Midnight Express redbud is part of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees program.

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  • SWEET SUGAR TYME® Crabapple

    Everyone knows that crabapples are fabulous in spring, and Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple (Malus sp.) is no exception. However, it one-ups all the others with its fruit: bright red berries on long stems that look great in late summer and fall and even beyond. Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple has the unusual ability to hold its fruit intact all through winter instead of shriveling. It’s like built-in holiday décor! In late winter/early spring, birds flock to them for a nutritious food source in otherwise lean times. Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple naturally grows with a tidy, pyramidal-oval crown atop a straight trunk for an appealing look in the landscape or garden.

    Lollipop crabapple is part of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees program.

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  • CRUSADER® Hawthorn

    Few other trees combine durability and beauty like Crusader hawthorn (Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis) does. This unique small tree bears hundreds of clusters of white flowers in spring, and they turn into red fruits that resembles clusters of tiny apples. Come autumn, it graces the landscape with a display of colorful foliage. And did we mention – unlike conventional hawthorns, it’s thornless! No worries about those big, pointy thorns injuring you, your pets, or scaring your children. Extremely glossy foliage and unique tan-silver bark provides contrast and grab attention.

    This species of hawthorn is native to North America, and shows incredible tolerance to the most challenging landscape conditions. Wet soil, dry soil, high or low pH, air pollution, compaction – Crusader hawthorn takes it all in stride. This disease-resistant selection is a great choice for your home landscape, as well as for street trees and commercial plantings like parking lots.

    Crusader thornless hawthorn is part of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees program.

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    With flowers the color of a purple neon sign, Luscious Lavender™ redbud will certainly help you and your garden wake up in spring. Its pea-like blooms grow right along each branch and arrive so densely that you’ll see the exact branching of its wide, rounded habit. This type of flower display brings a unique, architectural feeling to the garden in spring. Later in the summer, the view shifts to a verdant lushness when its shiny, heart-shaped leaves fill in. The leaves themselves are wide and thick, and remain free of blemishes thanks to excellent disease resistance. They make a handsome companion to plants with fine textured foliage like Happy Face® potentillas, elderberries, Bloomerang® lilacs, and Glow Girl® spirea, or flowers with a fine texture like Pugster® butterfly bushes, bluebeard, and hydrangeas.

    Why grow Luscious Lavender™ redbud?

    • Denser flower coverage
    • Brighter color
    • Benefits pollinators
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