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SHRUB: Clethra alnifolia (Sweet Pepperbush, Summersweet)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Summer sweet and spicy is the pleasant fragrance of this pollinator magnate. This tall shrub, common in the Coastal Plain of the Mid-Atlantic Region, naturalizes readily in shady, damp places as well as coastal landscapes. Though … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Fragrant, showy four-inch spires of white blossoms fall from arching stems in late spring. In autumn, the leaves of Virginia Sweetspire turn a vibrant red to orange. This native* favorite has graceful open growth habit and … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Hydrangea arborescens, Wild or Smooth Hydrangea

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic The Wild or Smooth Hydrangea is a fast-growing, deciduous shrub with cane-like branches, large handsome leaves, and a mid-to-late summer show of large flower heads composed of dozens of florets. Learn more . … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Kalmia latifolia, Mountain Laurel

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Mountain Laurel is a tall, exceptionally handsome, evergreen shrub with shiny, leathery leaves that make beautiful winter-season roping.  This native of eastern North America is one of the most beautiful native flowering shrubs … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Lindera benzoin (Spicebush)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This ornamental shrub, which is common throughout most of the Mid-Atlantic Region, produces small, fragrant yellow flowers that cluster at the nodes of bare stems before leaves appear in early spring. The Virginia Native Plant … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Fothergilla)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Native to southeastern coastal areas, Dwarf Fothergilla shines three seasons of the year. Spring brings sweetly-scented, white bottlebrush flowers that welcome pollinators. Its summer dress is a pretty green. Fall leaf color is spectacular, turning exquisite … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Lavender flower clusters appear on new growth on this shrub from June to August, followed by clusters of fruit in show-stopping magenta in autumn. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, American Beautyberry is reported to be native only … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This drought-tolerant, adaptable shrub is found in open woods, lake shores, stream banks, and rock outcroppings.  Its papery bark continually molts in thin strips, revealing multiple layers of reddish to light brown inner … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry Holly)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This native deciduous holly produces prodigious quantities of plump, red, berry-like fruit (called drupes), which decorate the plant from mid-fall into early spring. ‘Red Sprite,’ a female dwarf cultivar, needs the services of the … Continue reading

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