Most landscape designs have one or two specimen trees, something that the homeowner can get excited about and that’s one of a kind on the property. They’re usually a three or four season tree, with cool flowers and bark, great fall color and maybe an interesting leaf form or habit.
Some people are satisfied with a Japanese Maple or a Himalayan Birch clump, and others go for something different, like this Weeping Japanese Snowbell seen to the right (Styrax japonica ‘Fragrant Fountain’). It has a small stature which is helpful for both siting and up-close viewing, meaning you can plant it near a walkway or entryway, and you can easily fit it into a foundation planting. The main features being the graceful weeping habit, the white pendulous bell-shaped flowers and the light green, hanging fruit called a drupe which persists usually through fall and is quite pretty. They’ll grow 12′ high x 7′ wide. Plant in sun to partial shade in well-drained soil. Zone 5.
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We currently have a wide selection of specimen or focal point trees that will work in any landscape, big or small. Here’s some more gems to get you started:
‘Ruby Falls’ Weeping Redbud (Cercis canadensis) Maroon foliage, 6-8′ x 4-6′. Flowers early spring with small pink flowers along the branches before it leafs out. Plant in a protected full to partial sun location in well-drained moist soil. Zone 6.
‘Koto No Ito’ Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) A green, very narrow-leaved variety known as Liniarlobum with awesome orange fall color. Approx 15′ high x 10′ wide. The name Koto No Ito = Strings of a Harp. Zone 6
‘Spring Grove’ Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba, seen to the left) The unique Ginkgo leaf in a dense, compact habit only growing to about 6′-8′ with bright butter-yellow fall color!
‘Peve Minaret’ Dwarf Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) A deciduous conifer that has interesting bark, compact habit, great copper fall color and tolerates different soil conditions, so it’s highly adaptable to many sites. Grows 10′ high x 5′ wide.
These are just a few – stop by and look for your favorites!