December 1, 2010
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Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple Acer saccharum Description & Overview The Wisconsin State Tree, Sugar Maple is one of the hardiest and long lived of all the maples. Valued commercially for timber and syrup production, this tree is a staple of Wisconsin woodlands and fall color. With fall color ranging from gold to […]
November 30, 2010

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Celebration® Maple

Celebration® Maple Acer x freemanii ‘Celzam’ Description & Overview Celebration® Maple is a fast growing, seedless selection of Freeman Maple. Its naturally symmetrical habit with strong, open branching structure is well-suited for street and residential use. Crisp green foliage turns an attractive golden-yellow with red hues in fall. Introduced by […]
November 29, 2010
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Sienna Glen® Maple

Sienna Glen® Maple Acer x freemanii ‘Sienna’ PP11,322 Description & Overview Sienna Glen® Maple is an excellent alternative to the commonly planted Autumn Blaze Maple with stronger wood and denser branching. Its uniform pyramidal shape and strong central leader make it a close substitute for Ash trees, but with better […]
November 22, 2010
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Redosier Dogwood

Redosier Dogwood Cornus sericea Description & Overview Redosier Dogwood is a uniquely beautiful Wisconsin native shrub that provides food and shelter to nearly 100 species of birds. It can be used as a stunning hedge or border plant in just about any soil conditions. Thriving in wet areas, with suckering […]
November 21, 2010
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Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamomea Description & Overview Regarded as a living fossil, Cinnamon Fern makes a great border in a shady spot, like on the north side of a foundation. The light-colored leaves contrast beautifully with the cinnamon-colored stalks of the fertile spikes and the shade of the environment. As […]
November 20, 2010
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Sensitive Fern

Sensitive Fern Onoclea sensibilis Description & Overview Bearing its name from its sensitivity to frost and drought, Sensitive Fern capitalizes on wet and humid environments. The large textured leaves create a grand green expanse to an under-story or the north side of a foundation. Sensitive Fern is the perfect addition […]
November 20, 2010
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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris Description & Overview Growing up to 4 feet tall, Ostrich Fern is a dominant aspect of a woody landscape. The easy, maintenance-free perennial is a always a sure sign that spring has sprung. The delicate fiddleheads uncurling in the signature fern-fashion is a spectacular sight that […]
November 15, 2010
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Common Snowberry

Common Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus Description & Overview A Wisconsin native deciduous shrub, vigorously suckering and spreading, Common Snowberry creates a cohesive bridge between ornamental interest and wildlife value in the landscape. With blueish-green foliage and dainty light pink clustered flower, spring and summer interest is covered. As the leaves drop […]
November 15, 2010
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Common Witchhazel

Common Witchhazel Hamamelis virginiana Description & Overview A fall blooming large scale shrub, with native habitat and wildlife value, Common Witchhazel brings year round interest to wooded areas. Fragrant, four (4) crinkly petaled, ribbon-like flowers draw in your interest towards the end of fall. Its unique crooked branched crown is […]
November 13, 2010
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Lady Fern

Lady Fern Athyrium filix-femina Description & Overview Lady Fern is a Wisconsin native, clump-forming perennial with long upright-arching fronds and light green stalks that contrast beautifully in a shade environment. As a low-maintenance perennial, Lady Fern is also deer-resistant and can tolerate drier conditions than most ferns. Grow in mass […]
November 13, 2010
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Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern Adiantum pedatum Description & Overview Maidenhair Fern is a maintenance-free, Wisconsin native perennial that can tolerate minimal sunlight and grow to cover a foot and a half of space. This delicate fern will give a woodsy yard a tranquil transition. The soft-green fronds land softly upon each other […]
November 13, 2010
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Sweet Fern

Sweet Fern Comptonia peregrina Description & Overview Sweet Fern, despite its name is not actually a fern (or a perennial). Sweet Fern is a Wisconsin native shrub with aromatically pleasing foliage, especially when its leaves are crushed; this poses a great investment for wildlife and landscape use. Great for slopes […]
November 8, 2010
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Magyar Ginkgo

Magyar Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba ‘Magyar’ Description & Overview Magyar Ginkgo is an excellent choice for parkways, a street tree, as well a lawn/shade tree. One of the best performers in our fields, this hardy tree will create longevity in your landscape. Tolerant of compact soils, heat, air pollution and salt […]
November 6, 2010
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Princeton Sentry® Ginkgo

Princeton Sentry® Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba ‘Princeton Sentry’ Description & Overview This Urban Approved cultivar is perfect for the backyard of an urban home. With its tall, yet columnar form, and low maintenance habit, Princeton Sentry® Ginkgo is a great choice for a tree with unique fan-shape foliage and spectacular fall […]
November 1, 2010
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Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo

Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’ Description & Overview Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo, is a versatile tree with unique fan-shaped leaves. Whether you’re looking for a low maintenance shade tree for your yard or a boulevard street tree, you’ll find Autumn Gold™ can accommodate a wide range of needs. Easy […]
October 31, 2010
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Prairie Dock

Prairie Dock Silphium terebinthinaceum Description & Overview Portraying large leaves with a rhubarb-like appearance, Prairie Dock is a statement native that will flaunt it’s blooms through October. This beautiful fall-blooming perennial will give life to an otherwise fading garden during the chilly months of September and October. Once established, Prairie […]
October 29, 2010
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Compass Plant

Compass Plant Silphium laciniatum Description & Overview Creating a mass of up to 30 yellow, sunflower-like blooms, Compass Plant is a statement to any wildflower landscape. Serving as the focal point of the garden or the backdrop, there are many ways to incorporate this native into a landscape. Compass Plant […]
October 29, 2010
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Pagoda Dogwood

Pagoda Dogwood Cornus alternifolia Description & Overview Native to Wisconsin’s woodlands and forests, Pagoda Dogwood is an incredibly useful small tree or large shrub that provides year-round interest in the landscape. 2-inch clusters of slightly fragrant flowers in spring give way to blue-black berries on red peduncles (flower stalks) in […]
October 28, 2010
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Cup Plant

Cup Plant Silphium perfoliatum Description & Overview Attractive to us, attractive to wildlife; Cup Plant fosters a habitat with a native ecosystem and works in conjunction with the environment to create a full perennial hedge. The beautiful, large-yellow flowers have an analogous appearance to a Sunflower or a large, yellow […]
October 21, 2010
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Great Blue Lobelia

Great Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Description & Overview A native Wisconsin wildflower, Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) blooms in late summer with bright blue flowers on tall spikes that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Sometimes a short-lived perennial, Great Blue Lobelia can self-seed under the right conditions, forming attractive colonies in […]
October 21, 2010
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Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Description & Overview A native Wisconsin wildflower, Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is known for its bright scarlet-red flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Flowers appear on tall spikes in late summer and add a splash of color to the perennial bed or naturalized area. Often a […]
October 12, 2010
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False Blue Indigo

False Blue Indigo Baptisia australis Description & Overview False Blue Indigo is a shrub-like perennial with attractive, soft blue-green foliage all season. In spring, open spikes of 1″ indigo-blue flowers emerge, followed by attractive seedpods that can be used in dried arrangements. While the blooms are early-season, the unique texture […]
October 12, 2010
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Canadian Columbine

Canadian Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Description & Overview Canadian Columbine is an interesting shade plant with dainty, fan-shaped foliage. Numerous, nodding red flowers with yellow centers are borne on slender stems in late spring and early summer. Delicately beautiful, this plant is an excellent choice for alkaline environments in partial shade. […]
October 8, 2010
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Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke Geum triflorum Description & Overview Prairie Smoke is an excellent native perennial for all season interest! In spring sprays of pendulous pinkish-white flowers explode into a striking display of smoky-pink feathery plumes creating a billowy cloud of “smoke”. Its fern-like mounds of foliage remain attractive all season and […]
October 8, 2010
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Fischer Monkshood

Fischer Monkshood Aconitum fischeri Description & Overview CAUTION: All parts of this plant are poisonous. Handle with care. The stunning, deep-blue flower spikes of Fischer Monkshood provide a beautiful, (but deadly) vertical accent to the garden. Individual blooms are helmet or hood-shaped. Attractive, deeply lobed foliage makes this plant a […]
September 19, 2010
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Green Mountain Boxwood

Green Mountain Boxwood Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’ Description & Overview Green Mountain Boxwood is a pyramidal form that is a cross between English (B. sempervirens) and Korean (B. microphylla) species. The Korean parentage makes Green Mountain very cold tolerant. Unless they are planted on a very windy site or are […]
September 17, 2010
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Katsura Tree

Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum Description & Overview Katsura Tree is a first-rate landscape plant with four-season interest and a fine texture. In spring, minute inconspicuous flowers bloom just before the foliage emerges with a reddish-purple color, maturing to a cool-blue green. The heart-shaped leaves turn a spectacular display of yellow […]
September 11, 2010
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Common Hackberry

Common Hackberry Celtis occidentalis Description & Overview Common Hackberry, a large, vase-shaped shade tree, excels as an urban planting. It tolerates tough sites and provides interest with its wart-like bark. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: Yes USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 2 Mature Height: 40-60 feet Mature Spread: 40-60 feet Growth […]
August 11, 2010
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River Birch

River Birch Betula nigra Description & Overview Excellent for wet soil conditions. Beautiful exfoliating cinnamon-brown bark exposes the pink inner bark. Resistant to bronze birch borer. River birch is also known as Black Birch, Red Birch, and Water Birch. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: Yes USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 3 […]
August 5, 2010
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Tamarack

Tamarack Larix laricina Description & Overview A deciduous conifer, Tamarack possesses a narrow, open conical form with horizontal branching and drooping secondary branchlets. The soft, bright blue-green foliage turns a rich golden-yellow in fall. A great choice for wet sites! May also be known as Eastern Larch, American Larch, Hackmatack. […]
July 25, 2010
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Trevi Fountain Lungwort

Trevi Fountain Lungwort Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ PP13,047 Description & Overview Trevi Fountain Lungwort is an excellent low-maintenance perennial for use as a border or groundcover. Its intense blue flowers in early spring add a pop of color when few other perennials are blooming. The low foliage of Trevi Fountain shines […]
July 25, 2010
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Zagreb Coreopsis

Zagreb Coreopsis Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’ Description & Overview Zagreb Coreopsis is a compact, clump forming plant with airy, thread-like bright green foliage. Daisy-like golden-yellow flowers are borne above the foliage throughout the summer. This selection is longer-lived than ‘Moonbeam’, making it a fine replacement that has a place in any […]
July 25, 2010
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Ironwood

Ironwood Ostrya virginiana Description & Overview Ironwood is a small, slow-growing pyramidal tree native to the dry understory in our local oak woods. Its small mature size is great for restricted spaces and the tree will thrive in sun or heavy shade. While it has shown promise as a street […]
July 20, 2010
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St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort Hypericum kalmianum Description & Overview St. John’s Wort is a handsome dense, rounded shrub with charming blue-green foliage. Abundant bright yellow flowers bloom in summer. The stems and seedheads appear varnished in winter adding a unique texture to the landscape. May also be known as Kalm’s St. […]
July 13, 2010
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Butterflyweed

Butterflyweed Asclepias tuberosa Description & Overview Butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa, also known as Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower is a slow-to-emerge perennial bearing fragrant clusters of orange flowers which attract butterflies. The seedpods are quite ornamental. Drought tolerant once established, requiring well drained soil. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: […]