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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 shades of yellow, orange or red that brighten up the woodland garden. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Lindera benzoin (Spicebush, Northern 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 Society named Spicebush as Wildflower of the Year in 2006. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)

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 male ‘Jim Dandy’ to make fruit. Purchase at least two females and one male for a “berry” good show. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Callicarpa americana (American Beauty-berry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

The aptly named Beauty-berry has lavender flower clusters that appear on new growth from June to August, followed by clusters of fruit in show-stopping magenta in autumn. 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 and is often displayed in parks. The Virginia Native Plant Society named Mountain Laurel as Wildflower of the Year in 1994. 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 bark. Continue reading

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