Horticulture Report: Disanthus cercidifolius

Plant Name: Disanthus cercidifolius
Common Name: Redbud Hazel

Plant type: Broadleaf deciduous shrub
Height: 6-10 ft
Spread:   8-10 ft
Bloom Time: Fall
Flower Color:  Dark purple
Exposure: Part to Full Shade
Soil Requirements: Acidic well-drained soil
Water Needs: Even Moisture
Attributes:   Dramatic kaleidoscope of fall color. Multi-stemmed shrub with heart-shaped leaves. Interesting slightly aromatic miniature 5 petal star shaped flowers. Tolerates full shade.
Note:  Deer love to eat it!  Protect from wind. Reportedly not easy to establish.
Uses:  Woodland gardens, Shade garden, Naturalized Gardens
Native to:  Japan & China
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-8

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Horticulture Report: Fothergilla gardenii

Plant Name: Fothergilla gardeniiFothergilla_flower
Common Name: Dwarf Fothergilla
Plant type: Deciduous Shrub
Height: 2-3 ft
Spread:   2-3 ft
Bloom Time:  April – May
Flower Color:  White
Exposure: Full sun to part shade ( blooms best with full sun morning, afternoon shade)20171103_154812
Soil Requirements: Moist, acidic, organically rich, well-drained soil.  Grows well in sandy soils, but not clay.
Water Needs: Medium
Attributes:   Interesting bottle-bush fragrant flowers, Fall color, multi-stemmed, attracts birds, deer resistant,  year round interest.
Note: Easy care
Uses:  Shrub border, Foundation planting, Cottage Garden, Woodland Garden, Native Garden, Small hedge.
Native to: Southeastern U.S.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Dappled Japanese Willow

Plant Name: Salix Integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’Salix integra Hakuro nishiki
Common Name: Dappled Japanese Willow
Plant type:  Deciduous shrub
Height:  4-6 ft
Spread:  5-7 ft
Bloom Time:   March- April
Flower Color:   Yellow with small catkins (insignificant)
Exposure: Full Sun (with afternoon shade) – Part Shade
Soil Requirements:  Fertile well-drained
Water Needs: Medium to Wet
Attributes:   Colorful Variegated Leaves which are pink in the spring, then mature to variegated shades of pink, creamy white & green, Fall Color of yellow leaves

Uses: Hedge, Shrub Borders,  Stream or Pond Edges, Rain Garden, Wet areas, Erosion control, Winter Interest with gray/green bark
Note:  Tolerates Black Walnut, Tolerates wet areas
Native to: China, Japan, Korea & southeastern Siberia
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Crepe Myrtle

Plant Name: Lagerstroemialagerstroemia_dynamite
Common Name: Crepe Myrtle
Plant type: Deciduous Ornamental Tree
Height: Large trees 20 ft & up,Small trees 10 -20 ft,
Shrubs 5-10 ft, Dwarf shrubs 2-3 ft
Bloom Time:  Late Summer  
Flower Color: White, Pink, Red, Purple
Exposure:  Full Sun (afternoon shade in hot summer areas)
Soil Requirements: Well Drained Acidic Soil
Water Needs: Moist
Attributes:  Very Showy Flowers, Fall Leaf Color
Note: Blooms on new growth. Prune late winter or early spring before leaves form. Lightly fertilize with balanced fertilizer 10-10-10 in the spring, do not over fertilize.
Uses: Accent Tree, Ornamental, Shrubs & small trees in perennial beds, small shrubs as border planting
Native to: China
USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-9