Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees

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Rows of Pink Snow Showers growing in a field

When you add a tree to your landscape, you’re making a long-term decision, so of course you want to pick the most reliable and best-looking plants. That’s why we’re pleased to announce Proven Winners ColorChoice Trees. You already know and trust Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs to outperform the rest; now you can pick trees that offer that same promise. They’re all been selected for the unique aesthetic qualities they bring to the landscape, and have been trialed and tested to make sure they’ll provide the performance you expect from the plants in the white containers.

The Proven Winners ColorChoice Tree line includes these varieties at present:

  • GOLDEN SHADOWS® Pagoda Dogwood

    Make a memorable, elegant statement in your landscape with Golden Shadows® pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia). This small tree gets the name “pagoda dogwood” from its strongly horizontal branching which give it a distinctive look that does indeed resemble the famous pagodas of Japan. Bedecking these branches are elegant variegated leaves that emerge orange and soon develop a mélange of cheery yellow and emerald green. In spring, clusters of white flowers are held above the branches for a truly unforgettable display you’ll look forward to every year.

    Though it sounds like Golden Shadows dogwood would hail from a faraway place, it is native to North America and brings with it excellent durability, hardiness (down to USDA zone 3), and heat tolerance (through USDA zone 8). As it grows in the understory of the forests of the eastern half of the US and Canada, it’s also far more shade tolerant than one might expect, and its golden foliage lights up dim spaces. This spectacular small tree deserves pride of place in your landscape or garden, where it will get you compliments for a lifetime.

    Why grow Golden Shadows dogwood?

    • Very shade tolerant
    • Super colorful foliage
    • Pretty spring flowers

    Golden Shadows dogwood is part of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees program.

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  • TEMPLE OF BLOOM® Seven-son flower

    Four seasons of beauty. Heptacodium has always been an under-used shrub: let’s change that! Temple of Bloom® heptacodium was years in development and improves on the straight species with a more compact habit and an earlier bloom, which means that its cherry-red bracts show up sooner for a memorable fall display. Handsome, high quality foliage and attractive peeling bark make this truly a plant for all seasons.

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  • METAMORPHOSA® Acer

    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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  • SPRING GLORY® Serviceberry

    If you only have room for one tree in your yard, make it Spring Glory® serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis). Why? First, though it is smaller and tidier than other varieties of serviceberry, it still packs a big punch when it comes to features: it explodes with delicate white flowers in spring, and those develop into luscious berries that start red and turn purple when ripe. They are edible, and delicious, but if you don’t want to harvest them, your local songbirds will happily do it for you. They go crazy for the fruits! Come autumn, the plant blazes in tones of orange, red, and yellow, and the leaves drop to reveal a handsome framework of silvery branches.

    As a North American native tree, serviceberry has acquired a number of common names that vary by region, including Juneberry, Saskatoon, shadblow, and sugarplum. Still, “serviceberry” is how it is generally sold at garden centers, and the name comes with an interesting, though unverifiable, origin: its early spring bloom time supposedly signaled to that the ground had thawed enough to be able to bury anyone who had died over the winter. Similarly, “shadblow,” which is used mostly on the East Coast, also speaks to its bloom time, with coincided with the running of the shad fish in rivers. So when you plant a Spring Glory serviceberry, you’re not just planting a beautiful tree – you’re planting a piece of history.

    Spring Glory serviceberry 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • LUSCIOUS LAVENDER™ Redbud

    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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  • MIDNIGHT EXPRESS™ Redbud

    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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  • 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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  • WEEPING EXTRAORDINAIRE™ Flowering Cherry

    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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  • 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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Proven Winners ColorChoice Trees will be available at better garden centers – click here to find one near you. 

How to Plant a Tree

  • Dig the hole your tree will go into. Make it 1.5x as wide as the container, but the same depth as you see in the pot.
  • Place the tree (still in the plastic nursery pot) into the hole. If the soil level of the pot matches the soil level around the outside, remove the tree and head to the next step. If you notice it’s too deep or too high, adjust the soil in the hole accordingly.
  • Gently remove the tree from the plastic nursery pot and scratch the rootball to loosen the roots. Place it into the hole and firm the soil around the rootball. Be sure not to leave any air pockets. Water your new planting thoroughly.
  • About an hour later, check that the soil is still level around the entire surface, as soil will occasionally settle and slightly expose the rootball. Fill in any exposed spots and lightly water again.
  • Place a 2-3” layer of mulch on the soil surface. Done! Just be sure to monitor your new tree for water for its first year or two. Once it has developed a good root system, it should need little to no supplemental water. 
Light pink blooms cover the arching branches of Pink Snow Showers weeping cherry in a garden.

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