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Plant Name Habit Zone Character Color Description
Betula jacquemontii 'Tickle Creek' Broad Upright 4 Small Tree Green Coarse, lacy, deeply cut leaves fill out this new, slow growing dwarf birch. Young, rough textured white twigs turn to smooth copper the second season. Copper colored trunk and branches mature, in time, to the white bark similar to the parent tree. This exciting new plant was discovered at our Tickle Creek farm growing as a witches broom on a large Whitebark Birch. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil.
Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Morioka Weeping'  Weeping 4 Medium Tree Green This rare weeping form differs from 'Pendula' in that it has larger, puckered leaves and an informal habit. Spring leaves emerge with a reddish-purple cast that softens to blue-green in summer. Great fall color includes bright yellow with hints of orange and apricot. The tree grows vertically when young and matures to a more strongly weeping form with age. Best color and growth in full sun. From Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland.
Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Red Fox' Broad Upright 4 Medium Tree Red A medium-sized tree with multi-season appeal, 'Red Fox' should find a place in many of today's smaller gardens. Spring brings the emergence of soft, purple-red, heart-shaped leaves that mature through the seasons with subtle color changes to a crisp wine red and then blue-green in summer. As autumn arrives, the leaves make a drastic change to a bright golden yellow with hints of pinkish-orange. As an added autumn bonus, the foliage provides a delightfully sweet and spicy scent filling the air with an exotic perfume. 'Red Fox' responds well to thoughtful pruning which will encourage a majestic winter silhuoette.
Cornus kousa 'Summer Gold' Broad Upright 5 Small Tree Variegated This small upright tree is initially erect becomming broader as it matures. In spring, the foliage is soft yellow, brightening up to yellow-gold. Later new growth is darker yellow-orange, standing out against the yellow-gold of the mature leaves. Autumn color is orange-red and winter exposes its red twigs. ‘Summer Gold’ is known as the most resistant of the yellow leafed cultivars to direct sunlight and heat.
Davidia involucrata 'Iseli Fastigiate' Narrow Upright 5 Large Tree Green Discovered as a unique seedling, this selection of the Dove Tree has extremely upright growing branches giving it a distinctive narrow form. The large, white, tissue-like bracts are reminiscent of the wings of a dove and fill the tree in spring. This tree is somewhat shade tolerant and prefers a moist, acidic soil.
Davidia involucrata 'Sonoma' Broad Upright 5 Large Tree Green This exciting new cultivar of the Dove Tree is noteworthy for blooming reliably at an early age: even young, rooted cuttings will bloom. Extra-large, white bracts create a beautiful spectacle on the broadly pyramidal tree in spring. It prefers moist, acidic soil. 
Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain' Weeping 5 Large Tree Red Unlike its parent, this seedling selection of 'Purpurea Pendula' has an upright habit, so it grows tall and narrow without training. Weeping secondary branches and reddish-brown leaves create an outstanding specimen.
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula' Weeping 5 Small Tree Red Developed in Germany about 1865, this strictly weeping cultivar is a real beauty. Its flexible branches adapt well to training, or if left to grow naturally, the weeping branches arch and sprawl to create an impressive, purple-black mound.
Fagus sylvatica 'Red Obelisk' Narrow Upright 5 Large Tree Red Another fantastic selection from the Trompenburg Arboretum in Holland, this dark purple, columnar seedling has strong, reliable growth, but a more refined, compact habit compared to Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple'. Use the dramatic purple column as a striking accent plant.
Ginkgo biloba 'Chase Manhatten' Broad Upright 4 Dwarf Green Everything you want from a Ginkgo in a smaller version. A slow growing small tree, 'Chase Manhatten' is perfect for the patio or small urban landscape. The fan-shaped leaves are smaller than the species and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. Typical of other Ginkgos, it is widely adaptable to different soils, pH, and heat.
Ginkgo biloba ‘Mariken’ Globe Shaped 4 Dwarf Green This compact, bushy selection was discovered in 1995, a witch’s broom growing in a Ginkgo tree in the Netherlands. It has proven an excellent find, descended with the unique history of the species, with the same fan-shaped green leaves that turn bright yellow in fall. But ‘Mariken’ stays very small, its thick, spreading branches loaded with a dense arrangement of foliage. The slow-growing, deciduous conifer makes a high-interest architectural feature, a flat, rounded, form, for either small garden or container.
Salix caprea 'Pendula' Weeping 3 Small Tree Green A delightful ornamental tree that adds grace and beauty to the garden. Its slender, pendulous branches create the illusion of a living umbrella or fountain. As a willow, this tree naturally lends itself to use near ponds and other water features. The silvery catkins cover the stems in late winter, heralding the approach of spring.   
Stewartia koreana  Broad Upright  5 Medium Tree Green This extraordinary Stewartia displays renowned beauty and ornamental features. Its vigorous habit, glossy green leaves, exfoliating silvery bark and brilliant red autumn color work to produce exquisite four-season interest. Grow in full sun to parial shade.
Trochodendron aralioides  Broad Upright 6 Small Tree Green This broadleaf, evergreen tree has tiered, horizontal branches and changing seasonal bark colors. Leaves are held so the inner bark shows, and it glows with chartreuse in spring and summer, then mellows to yellow in winter. New glossy, leathery leaves emerge rich-green, later take on bronze highlights and go light-green in winter. Unassuming, petal-less flowers on erect racemes radiate like the spokes of a wheel and account for the common name, Wheel Tree. This rare, small, slow-growing tree needs fertile, moisture-retentive soil. Originally from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. 

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