Top Selling Plants [2020 Update]

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The top selling plants of 2020 includes a list of the most used plants in from all our customers including municipalities, land managers, and private homeowners. This is a fun insight into the most planted trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, and fruit trees in 2020.

An amazing realization is that people are choosing Wisconsin native plants like it's mainstream! Many of the top selling plants in 2020 include natives, including the iconic Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) which claims the #1 spot for the top selling tree.

Please don't misinterpret these lists for the "best" plants. The "best" plants will always be the ones that balance a range of variables, like soil type, light and water conditions, what's attractive to you, and a consideration to ecological impact.

Data used to compile list includes total YTD units shipped in 2020, as a summation of all sizes available within the genus, as of this posting in mid-November.

Top 10 Selling Trees in 2020

 
 
 

**NATIVE** The iconic oak of Wisconsin! Bur Oak is a pioneer species at the forest edge, identified by it's acorns, unique leaf shape, and corky bark. It affects nearly all parts of nature's web, including insects, birds, mammals large and small. Bur Oak is a large, long-lived tree, so be conscious of the available space.

Bur Oak is a pioneer species at the forest edge and will invade prairies along with Northern Pin Oak. The corky bark of Bur Oak protects it against the wildfires that distinguish our native tallgrass prairies, even when young. Of all the native North American oaks, Bur Oaks bear acorns the longest- a 400 year old tree will still reliably produce seeds. Bur Oak is a mast species- it produces acorns at irregular frequencies to help it reproduce.

Mature Height: 70-80 feet
Mature Spread: 75-90 feet
Utility: Shade Tree, Specimen, Restoration, Urban Approved
Our Seed Provenance: Waukesha, Milwaukee, Washington, Dodge, and Ozaukee Counties, WI


Top 10 Selling Shrubs in 2020

 
 
 

Historically the most popular hydrangea, noting it's very large mop-head flowers from late spring through early fall. Stunning pure white flowers, much larger than others of the species - up to 12 inches across! Strong, straight stems hold the huge flower heads up well, despite heavy rain. This full, lush shrub needs plenty of room to show off its spectacular beauty.

Know your plant, know your pruning, and blooming can be a breeze! How to prune your hydrangeas generally depends on which of the four groups it falls in: Smooth, Panicle, Bigleaf, and Oakleaf. Annabelle is a smooth hydrangea, which are generally simple to care for.

Mature Height: 4 feet
Mature Spread: 4-5 feet
Utility: Fast Growing, Cut Flower
Catalog: Typically #2 and #5 Containers


Top 10 Selling Evergreens & Conifers in 2020

 
 
 

When used in a hedge, many small native birds find shelter from predators, like finches, chickadees and sparrows. The closer clustered, dense branch structure allows this non-native plant to provide value to wildlife.

This broadleaf evergreen is versatile in poor to rich soil conditions, as well as full sun to slightly shady locations. A key plant in any historical or formal landscape!

Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 4-5 feet
Utility: Hedge, Foundation, Urban Approved
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B


Top 10 Selling Perennials in 2020

 
 
 

A versatile cool-season, clump forming grass. Its lustrous deep green foliage is strictly upright. Showy feathery plumes on erect vertical stems are followed by striking, wheat-colored seed heads that remain attractive into winter. A stunning vertical accent in any garden.

It may be used as a nesting and cover source for bird species. It tolerates the heavy clay soils of Southeast Wisconsin and performs well in most less-than-ideal sites. As it does not self-seed, you may leave it up over winter for a vertical accent.

Mature Height: 3-5 feet
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Utility: Vertical Accent, Urban Approved, Fall Garden
Catalog: Typically #1 and #3 Containers


Top 10 Selling Fruit Trees in 2020

 
 
 

Developed by Dr. David Bedford at the University of Minnesota in 1960, and released to the public in 1991. Aptly named for its sweet and extremely juicy fruit that is often described as “explosively crisp”. This variety stays crisp for a very long time in cold storage and is known for its excellent keeping qualities. A premium quality apple for fresh use and is the often "go-to" for cross pollinating with other apple varieties.

Like most Apples, We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing. However, Honeycrisp may also be available as an Espalier form tree. No matter which form, annual pruning is needed to promote better light and air flow through the canopy for the best colored and flavored fruits. Find more information on Training & Pruning Fruit Trees.

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Pollination: Must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit
Catalog: Typically #5 and #10 Containers (Single Stem), Espalier, Field Grown B&B


The top selling plants of 2020 includes a list of the most used plants in from all our customers including municipalities, land managers, and private homeowners. This is a fun insight into the most planted trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, and fruit trees in 2020.

An amazing realization is that people are choosing Wisconsin native plants like it\’s mainstream! Many of the top selling plants in 2020 include natives, including the iconic Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) which claims the #1 spot for the top selling tree.

Please don\’t misinterpret these lists for the \”best\” plants. The \”best\” plants will always be the ones that balance a range of variables, like soil type, light and water conditions, what\’s attractive to you, and a consideration to ecological impact.

Data used to compile list includes total YTD units shipped in 2020, as a summation of all sizes available within the genus, as of this posting in mid-November.
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#10 Musclewood

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J.N. Strain MusclewoodCarpinus caroliniana

Provides both food and habitat to wildlife in Wisconsin. The seeds, buds, and catkins are eaten by songbirds, grouse, pheasants, turkey, fox, and squirrel. A popular combination for uniform canopy, interesting bark, fall color, and ecological value.

Mature Height: 25-30 feet

Mature Spread: 25-30 feet

Utility: Fall Color, Mid-Story, Screening, Specimen

Catalog: Single Stem, Multi-Stem, Shrub Form

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#9 Eastern Redbud

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Eastern RedbudCercis canadensis

Provides habitat and food for many bird species. Bees love the flowers for a nectar source and will use plant parts for nesting structures. Also a food source for the Henry’s Elfin Buttefly (Callophrys henrici). Flowers edible by humans too.

Mature Height: 20-30 feet

Mature Spread: 25-35 feet

Utility: Spring Flower, Street Tree, Mid-Story, Urban Approved, Specimen

Catalog: Single Stem, Multi-Stem, Shrub Form

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#8 Red Oak

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Red OakQuercus rubra

**NATIVE** More bitter acorns than those in the White Oak group, but produces them more frequently. Expect to see turkey, deer, squirrels, and other small mammals feeding on the acorns.

Mature Height: 60-75 feet

Mature Spread: 60-75 feet

Utility: Fall Color, Shade Tree, Urban Approved, Specimen

Our Seed Provenance: Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Washington Counties, WI

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#7 Hybrid Swamp x Bur Oak

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Hybrid Swamp x Bur OakQuercus x schuettei

**NATIVE** A naturally occurring Wisconsin native hybrid between a Swamp White Oak and a Bur Oak. Trees have hybrid vigor and can have intermediate characteristics of both species. Better tolerance to alkaline soils than swamp white oak and easier to transplant.

Mature Height: 75 feet

Mature Spread: 70 feet

Utility: Shade Tree, Urban Approved, Specimen

Catalog: Typically #25 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#6 Autumn Blaze® Maple

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Autumn Blaze® MapleAcer x freemanii ‘Jeffersred’

While fruit production is minimal compared to other trees, it can provide good cover for birds and other wildlife in the canopy. Noted for their fast growth, uniform habit, and reliable fall color. Worth considering diversity after decades of popularity.

Mature Height: 40-50 feet

Mature Spread: 40 feet

Utility: Fall Color, Shade Tree, Street Tree, Urban Approved, Specimen

Catalog: Typically #10 and #25 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#5 Common Hackberry

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Common HackberryCeltis occidentalis

**NATIVE** The fruit is eaten by many animals, including Wild Turkey, Cedar Waxwings, Mockingbirds, Robins, and more. The berries of the tree are edible by people too and ripen in early September.

Mature Height: 40-60 feet

Mature Spread: 40-60 feet

Utility: Shade Tree, Street Tree, Urban Approved, Specimen

Our Seed Provenance: Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties, WI

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#4 Sugar Maple

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Sugar MapleAcer saccharum

**NATIVE** An important tree for our native wildlife. The flowers are an early season source of nectar for honey bees. The seeds are a food source for many animals Birds will also eat insects and arachnids found within the buds and bark.

Mature Height: 50-75 feet

Mature Spread: 50 feet

Utility: Fall Color, Shade Tree, Specimen, Maple Tapping, Restoration

Our Seed Provenance: Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Washington Counties, WI

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#3 Autumn Brilliance® Serviceberry

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Autumn Brilliance® ServiceberryAmelanchier x grand. \’Autumn Brill.\’

Birds will feed on insects when the tree is in bloom, but the real show begins in June when the fruit matures. Expect to see Orioles, Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, scarlet Tanagers, Northern Flickers, and Robins feasting on the berries in midsummer.

Mature Height: 20-25 feet

Mature Spread: 20-25 feet

Utility: Spring Flower, Fall Color, Mid-Story Tree, Specimen, Urban Approved

Catalog: Single Stem, Multi-Stem, Shrub Form

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#2 Quaking Aspen

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Quaking AspenPopulus tremuloides

**NATIVE** Tremendously valuable to birds, insects and mammals. It supports the larvae of the Great Ash Sphinx, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and Viceroy butterflies as well as a whole host of other insects. High value for our native Ruffed Grouse. Give this colonizer room to spread.

Mature Height: 40-50 feet

Mature Spread: 20-30 feet

Utility: Fall Color, Fast Growing, Colonizing, Restoration

Catalog: Single Stem, Multi-Stem

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#1 Bur Oak

**NATIVE** The iconic oak of Wisconsin! Bur Oak is a pioneer species at the forest edge, identified by it\’s acorns, unique leaf shape, and corky bark. It affects nearly all parts of nature\’s web, including insects, birds, mammals large and small. Bur Oak is a large, long-lived tree, so be conscious of the available space.

Bur Oak is a pioneer species at the forest edge and will invade prairies along with Northern Pin Oak. The corky bark of Bur Oak protects it against the wildfires that distinguish our native tallgrass prairies, even when young. Of all the native North American oaks, Bur Oaks bear acorns the longest- a 400 year old tree will still reliably produce seeds. Bur Oak is a mast species- it produces acorns at irregular frequencies to help it reproduce.

Mature Height: 70-80 feet

Mature Spread: 75-90 feet

Utility: Shade Tree, Specimen, Restoration, Urban Approved

Our Seed Provenance: Waukesha, Milwaukee, Washington, Dodge, and Ozaukee Counties, WI


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#10 American Elderberry

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American ElderberrySambucus canadensis

**NATIVE** Large stoloniferous shrub with beautiful 6-10\” clusters of creamy white flowers in June. The black BB-sized fruit can be used to make jelly and wine. Extremely important species for numerous frugivorous \”fruit eating\” birds. Tolerant of shade and wet soils.

Mature Height: 5-12 feet

Mature Spread: 5-12 feet

Utility: Screening, Wildlife Value, Edible

Catalog: Typically #2 and #5 Containers

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#9 Arctic Fire™ Dogwood

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Arctic Fire™ DogwoodCornus stolonifera \’Farrow\’

A dwarf redtwig dogwood cultivar that is primarily grown for its bright red winter stems. Tiny white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters in late spring, followed by clusters of whitish drupes in late summer. Although most noted for its red winter, the fruit is quite attractive to birds.

Mature Height: 3-4 feet

Mature Spread: 3-4 feet

Utility: Compact, Hedging, Borders, Cut Stem

Catalog: Typically #5 Containers

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#8 Tor Spirea

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Tor SpireaSpiraea betulifoliaTor\’

A multitude of tightly packed white flower clusters adorn this compact rounded shrub in late spring and are frequently visited by butterflies. Iridescent green foliage turns to an exceptional display of turns oranges, reds and purples in fall.

Mature Height: 2-3 feet

Mature Spread: 3 feet

Utility: Compact, Hedging, Borders

Catalog: Typically #2 and #5 Containers

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#7 Dwarf Bushhoneysuckle

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Dwarf BushhoneysuckleDiervilla lonicera

**NATIVE** Compact, suckering, densely branched, deciduous shrub. Small, trumpet-shaped yellow flowers in midsummer are a favorite of bees. The flowers give rise to fruits. Bronze-green foliage turns reddish-bronze in autumn. Insect and disease resistant. A great shrub for those difficult dry, shaded areas.

Mature Height: 3-4 feet

Mature Spread: 4-5 feet

Utility: Compact, Hedging, Colonizer

Catalog: Typically #2 Containers

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#6 Redosier Dogwood

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Redosier DogwoodCornus sericea

**NATIVE** The showy blueish white berries attract over 98 species of birds, like robins, bluebird, catbird, flicker, cardinals and more! The high fat content of the fruit is an important food source, and the thicket also provides shelter.

Mature Height: 7-9 feet

Mature Spread: 8-10 feet

Utility: Mass Planting, Specimen, Fall Color, Shade Tree, Street Tree, Urban Approved, Specimen

Our Seed Provenance: Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Washington Counties, WI

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#5 Gro-Low Sumac

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Gro-low SumacRhus aromatica \’Gro-low\’

A tough, fast-growing groundcover for slopes or banks, and areas with poor, dry soil. The glossy, green foliage displays an excellent red fall color and is fragrant when brushed against or leaves are crushed. Works well in border plantings, backed by taller shrubs and perennials.

Mature Height: 2-3 feet

Mature Spread: 6-8 feet

Utility: Low Growing, Fast Growing, Urban Approved, Fall Color

Catalog: Typically #2 and #3 Containers

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#4 Bobo® Hydrangea

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Bobo® HydrangeaHydrangea paniculata \’ILVOBO\’

Loads of flowers on a tiny plant! A head-turning, dwarf panicle hydrangea is fills up with large white flowers in summer. The flowers are held upright on strong stems, and continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom. No flopping, unlike some panicle hydrangeas! As blooms age, they turn pink.

Mature Height: 3 feet

Mature Spread: 3-4 feet

Utility: Compact, Dense, Specimen, Low Hedge, Borders, Cut Flower

Catalog: Typically #3 and #5 Containers

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#3 Jewel Bushhoneysuckle

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Jewel BushhoneysuckleDiervilla lonicera \’Jewel\’

An excellent low growing, suckering shrub for mass planting. Extremely tough and urban tolerant. This cultivar is noted for it\’s beautiful reddish maroon new growth. Mike Yanny, Propagator for Johnson Nursery named the cultivar in honor of the source of the seedlings.

Mature Height: 3-5 feet

Mature Spread: 3–5 feet

Utility: Low Hedge, Specimen, Fall Color, Mass Planting, Urban Approved, Colonizer

Catalog: Typically #3 and #5 Containers

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#2 Pink-a-licious™ Fritsch Spirea

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Pink-a-licious™ Fritsch SpireaSpiraea fritschiana \’J.N. Select A\’

A pink flowering cultivar of Fritsch Spirea, selected by Mike Yanny at Johnson’s Nursery. In spring, purple-pink buds explode into heavy clusters of purple-pink flowers in June and attract butterflies and bees. Originated at Johnson\’s Nursery!

Mature Height: 2-3 feet

Mature Spread: 2-3 feet

Utility: Dense Low Hedge, Fall Color, Urban Approved

Catalog: Typically #2 and #5 Containers

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#1 Annabelle Hydrangea

Historically the most popular hydrangea, noting it\’s very large mop-head flowers from late spring through early fall. Stunning pure white flowers, much larger than others of the species – up to 12 inches across! Strong, straight stems hold the huge flower heads up well, despite heavy rain. This full, lush shrub needs plenty of room to show off its spectacular beauty.

Know your plant, know your pruning, and blooming can be a breeze! How to prune your hydrangeas generally depends on which of the four groups it falls in: Smooth, Panicle, Bigleaf, and Oakleaf. Annabelle is a smooth hydrangea, which are generally simple to care for.

Mature Height: 4 feet

Mature Spread: 4-5 feet

Utility: Fast Growing, Cut Flower

Catalog: Typically #2 and #5 Containers


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#10 Densi Yew

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Densi YewTaxus x media \’Densiformis\’

A dense, shrubby form evergreen with dark green foliage. Yews are versatile in they will grow reliably in full sun and full shade. Compared to the other in the genus, Densi is a larger maturing version of Taunton, and Hicks Yew matures more columnar than Densi.

Mature Height: 3-6 feet

Mature Spread: 4-8 feet

Utility: Hedging, Foundation

Catalog: Typically #5 and #7 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#9 Norway Spruce

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Norway SprucePicea abies

Although not native, Norway Spruce provides cover to many avian species. Hawks, owls, and other birds of prey may be found roosting in the upper part of the tree. In a woodland setting, it provides habitat to furbearing species like the threatened American Marten.

Mature Height: 50-70 feet

Mature Spread: 25-30 feet

Utility: Fast Growing, Screening, Urban Approved, Specimen

Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#8 Black Hills Spruce

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Black Hills SprucePicea glauca var. densata

A highly desirable, naturally symmetrical cone-shape with a denser, more compact habit than the white spruce, making it very resistant to winter injury. New bright green foliage matures to blue-green. Provides winter cover, nesting sites and forage for wildlife. Fantastic as a landscape accent, or in groupings as a windbreak or screen.

Mature Height: 20-40 feet

Mature Spread: 15-25 feet

Utility: Screening, Specimen

Catalog: Field Grown B&B Only

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#7 Tamarack

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TamarackLarix laricina

**NATIVE** As a deciduous conifer, it turn a beautiful yellow fall color, then loses it needles for winter. Lowland Tamarack stands are habitat to Ospreys and the Great Gray Owl farther north. Most birds like Grouse, Sparrows, and Warblers use Tamarack for food and shelter. Keep an eye out for native Columbia Silkmoth larvae!

Mature Height: 30-50 feet

Mature Spread: 10-15 feet

Utility: Fast Growing, Fall Color, Specimen, Restoration

Our Seed Provenance: Door County, WI

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#6 Green Mountain Boxwood

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Green Mountain BoxwoodBuxus x ‘Green Mountain’

Hedges of boxwoods, though not a native plant, are excellent for small native birds, like finches, chickadees, and sparrows. Smaller birds can hide from predators in the tightly-clustered branches. Versatile because they grow in full sun to full shade sites. While Boxwood have bad press due to Boxwood Blight, we are seeing success with Boxwood Cleanliness Protocols.

Mature Height: 5 feet

Mature Spread: 3 feet

Utility: Hedging, Foundation, Specimen, Urban Approved

Catalog: Typically #3 and #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#5 Eastern White Pine

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Eastern White PinePinus strobus

**NATIVE** In youth a pyramid of soft, rich green to bluish-green foliage. With age the crown becomes open with strong horizontal branches. One of our most beautiful native pines. It was a major timber tree in Wisconsin during settlement of the northern areas and continues to be highly valued for its wood.

Mature Height: 50-80 feet

Mature Spread: 20-40 feet

Utility: Screening, Specimen, Restoration

Catalog: #5 Container, Mature Field Grown B&B

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#4 Star Power™ Juniper

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Star Power™ JuniperJuniperus x ‘J.N. Select Blue’

The fastest growing upright juniper we’ve evaluated. Blue-green, star-like juvenile foliage gives the tree a delicate, almost sparkling texture. Berries provide food for birds, including Cedar Waxwings and Cardinals. Especially popular during the migration period and winter months.

Mature Height: 17 feet

Mature Spread: 7-9 feet

Utility: Specimen, Screening, Deer Resistance, Urban Approved

Catalog: Typically #3, #15, and #25 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#3 Green Gem Boxwood

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Green Gem BoxwoodBuxus x ‘Green Gem’

This dwarf globe-shaped broadleaf evergreen is great for tight spaces. Its compact size allows for use where other common Boxwood varieties like Green Velvet may outgrow in time. When used in a hedge, many small native birds find shelter from predators, like finches, chickadees and sparrows.

Mature Height: 2 feet

Mature Spread: 2 feet

Utility: Compact, Low Hedge, Foundation, Urban Approved

Catalog: #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#2 Emerald Arborvitae

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Emerald ArborvitaeThuja occidentalis \’Emerald\’

A narrow, pyramidal evergreen with dense, emerald green foliage that holds its color throughout winter. Thrives in the heat and humidity of the south, and tolerates dry spells when established. One of the most popular and effective shrubs for screening or tall hedge use. An ideal specimen for topiary.

Mature Height: 20-25 feet

Mature Spread: 3-5 feet

Utility: Columnar Screening, Specimen

Catalog: Field Grown B&B Only

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#1 Green Velvet Boxwood

When used in a hedge, many small native birds find shelter from predators, like finches, chickadees and sparrows. The closer clustered, dense branch structure allows this non-native plant to provide value to wildlife.

This broadleaf evergreen is versatile in poor to rich soil conditions, as well as full sun to slightly shady locations. A key plant in any historical or formal landscape!

Mature Height: 3-4 feet

Mature Spread: 4-5 feet

Utility: Hedge, Foundation, Urban Approved

Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B


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#10 Walker\’s Low Catmint

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Walker\’s Low CatmintNepeta \’Walker\’s Low\’

Low growing, compact mounds of aromatic, soft gray-green foliage is covered with clusters of lavender-blue flowers from late spring through early summer. Lovely when cascading off walls or container edges. Use to create a showy, waterwise, small-scale groundcover, or as a lovely rock garden accent. An outstanding 2007 Perennial Plant Association\’s Plant of the Year.

Mature Height: 18-24 inches

Mature Spread: 18 inches

Utility: Compact, Aromatic, Long Bloom, Pollinator

Catalog: #1 Containers

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#9 Butterflyweed

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ButterflyweedAsclepias tuberosa

**NATIVE** Most common for being the host plant for Monarch butterflies. The flowers are of high value to native pollinators and hummingbirds. It\’s a larval host to the Monarch, Grey Hairstreak, and Queen butterflies, and is greatly important to our native bees and honeybees.

Mature Height: 2-3 feet

Mature Spread: 9-18 inches

Utility: Butterfly Gardens, Native Gardens, Natural Prairies, Dry Sites, Massing, Specimen, Border, Restoration

Catalog: #1 Containers

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#8 Millenium Ornamental Onion

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Millenium Ornamental OnionAllium ‘Millenium’

A hybrid allium of unknown parentage, selected for its tidy foliage and round, rose-purple flowers that bloom July-August. Flowers are attractive to wildlife and pollinators, and seeds are attractive to songbirds. Consider giving a nod to the native Nodding Pink Onion in future years.

Mature Height: 12-18 inches

Mature Spread: 12-18 inches

Utility: Rock Gardens, Border Front, Cottage Garden, Pollinator Garden, Container Garden, Cutting Garden

Catalog: #1 Containers

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#7 Stella De Oro Daylily

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Stella De Oro DaylilyHemerocallis \’Stella De Oro\’

A reblooming, dwarf miniature daylily with beautiful 2 3/4″ canary-yellow flowers and lightly ruffled petals. The canary yellow flowers of will attract hummingbirds and butterflies, although this plant is not of significant importance to any particular animal species.

Mature Height: 12-18 inches

Mature Spread: 16-24 inches

Utility: Border, Mass Plantings, Rock Gardens

Catalog: #1 Containers

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#6 Overdam Feather Reed Grass

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Overdam Feather Reed GrassCalamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’

An upright, arching, cool season grass that produces beautifully white variegated leaves. In midsummer, delightful feathery reddish-brown flower spikes emerge maturing to golden-brown. An excellent specimen for spaces needing vertical interest.

Mature Height: 3-4 feet

Mature Spread: 2 feet

Utility: Border, Mass Plantings, Rock Gardens

Catalog: #1 Containers

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#5 Montrose White Calamint

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Montrose White CalamintCalamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta

**2021 Plant of the Year Award**

Incomparable for attracting pollinators. A powerhouse perennial. The tiny white flowers attract beneficial insects – honeybees in particular – by the hundreds!

Mature Height: 12-18 inches

Mature Spread: 18-24 inches

Utility: Mass Plantings, Bee/Pollinator Gardens, Aromatic, Fall Pollinator

Catalog: #1 Containers

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#4 Shenandoah Switch Grass

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Shenandoah Switch GrassPanicum virgatum \’Shenandoah\’

Prized for its unmatched foliage color. A beautiful upright, clump forming, warm-season grass. In mid-summer the dark green foliage takes on dark red tones becoming more pronounced until it becomes a striking deep burgundy-wine by fall. Airy clouds of pinkish flowers rise 1-2\’ above the foliage in late summer. Great upright grass for prairie and meadow gardens.

Mature Height: 4-5 feet

Mature Spread: 2-3 feet

Utility: Mass Plantings, Background Plants, Vertical Accent

Catalog: #1 Containers

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#3 Rozanne Geranium

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Rozanne GeraniumGeranium x ‘Rozanne’

More drought tolerant than other plant options, and a worthwhile option when planting in tough, partially shaded areas. The prolific blooming period (early summer through fall) is great for a consistent mass of violet-blue flowers. The aromatic foliage resists deer and rabbit browsing. You will probably see bees visit the flowers. However, consider other options if you’re looking to attract a bevy of pollinators.

Mature Height: 15-18 inches

Mature Spread: 18-24 inches

Utility: Mass Planting, Borders, Groundcover

Catalog: #1 Containers

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#2 Prairie Dropseed Grass

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Prairie Dropseed GrassSporobolus heterolepis

**NATIVE** A warm season, clump forming native prairie grass! It forms cascading tufts of emerald-green foliage with airy, popcorn scented seed heads. Excellent heat and drought tolerance for tough, dry sites. Used by our native bees and other insects for nesting structure. The seeds are also a food source for native birds.

Mature Height: 24 inches

Mature Spread: 18 inches

Utility: Mass Planting, Borders, Native Garden, Pollinator Garden, Restoration

Our Seed Provenance: Waukesha County, WI

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#1 Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

A versatile cool-season, clump forming grass. Its lustrous deep green foliage is strictly upright. Showy feathery plumes on erect vertical stems are followed by striking, wheat-colored seed heads that remain attractive into winter. A stunning vertical accent in any garden.

It may be used as a nesting and cover source for bird species. It tolerates the heavy clay soils of Southeast Wisconsin and performs well in most less-than-ideal sites. As it does not self-seed, you may leave it up over winter for a vertical accent.

Mature Height: 3-5 feet

Mature Spread: 2 feet

Utility: Vertical Accent, Urban Approved, Fall Garden

Catalog: Typically #1 and #3 Containers


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#10 Bartlett Pear

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Bartlett PearPyrus communis ‘Bartlett’

A very old European pear known primarily as ‘Williams’ throughout Europe. When it was brought to America it was mislabeled and got re-introduced as ‘Bartlett’. Same great pear just a new name. This variety excels for canning and fresh use. Fruits are enjoyed by deer and small mammals.

Mature Height: 15-20 feet

Mature Spread: 12 feet

Pollination: Must cross-pollinate with another pear variety to produce fruit

Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#9 Heritage Raspberry

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Heritage RaspberryRubus \’Heritage\’

Among the most widely grown cultivars worldwide. The classic Heritage is the best fall crop selection! This ever-bearing vine produces a moderate summer crop, followed by an abundant fall harvest of sweet berries. Unlike some, the fruit will not fall to pieces if picking is delayed a day or two; it stays firm and juicy. Excellent flavor for eating fresh or in jams.

Mature Height: 3-4 feet

Mature Spread: 3-4 feet

Utility: Bird Friendly, Edible, Fast Growing, Showy Fruit

Catalog: Typically #1 and #2 Containers

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#8 Bartlett Pear

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Bartlett PearPyrus communis ‘Bartlett’

A dwarf tart cherry introduced by the University of MN in 1950. The shorter height makes it much easier to prune and pick the fruit for the home grower. Relished by birds and wildlife. Produces enough cherries for every conceivable purpose with plenty to give away to lucky friends and family.

Mature Height: 12 feet

Mature Spread: 10 feet

Pollination: Self-Pollinating

Catalog: Typically #5 Containers

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#7 McIntosh Appple

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McIntosh ApppleMalus x domestica ‘McIntosh’

Discovered as a chance seedling by John McIntosh in the early 19th century. Truly an heirloom apple that is still popular today. While excellent for eating and cooking, it is not a crispy apple. It excels for making a smooth textured applesauce that cooks up quickly. Ripens in mid-late September in SE Wisconsin.

Mature Height: 15 feet

Mature Spread: 15 feet

Pollination: Must cross-pollinate with crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit

Catalog: Typically #5 and #10 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#6 Contender Peach

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Contender PeachPrunus persica ‘Contender’

Developed and introduced by the University of North Carolina in 1989. Originally released for its late bloom time that made it more resistant to spring frosts as well as for its excellent fruit size and flavor. Contender was also soon found to be very cold hardy and has performed well in in many colder areas of the U.S. where most peach varieties do not survive. This variety was awarded the 2014 American Society for Horticulture Science Outstanding Fruit Cultivar Award.

Mature Height: 15 feet

Mature Spread: 15 feet

Pollination: Self-fertile

Catalog: Typically #10 Containers

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#5 Cortland Apple

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Cortland AppleMalus x domestica ‘Cortland’

Developed in 1898 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. Ripens late September/early October in SE Wisconsin. Often those that ripened in full sun will also have a purple blush on the top side of the fruit. Excellent for fresh eating and cooking. Fruit is juicy, moderately sweet and will store well if refrigerated until around Thanksgiving.

Mature Height: 15 feet

Mature Spread: 15 feet

Pollination: Must cross-pollinate with crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit

Catalog: Typically #5 and #10 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#4 Parker Pear

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Parker PearPyrus communis ‘Parker’

Developed by the University of Minnesota and released in 1934. The fruits are medium sized, green, and often develop a slight red bush on the sunny side of the fruit. While most pears need to be picked at the green/ripe stage and then slow ripened off the tree, Parker seems to be ok when picked fully tree ripened. Ripens in September in SE Wisconsin.

Mature Height: 15 feet

Mature Spread: 15 feet

Pollination: Must cross-pollinate with a different (non-triploid) pear variety to produce fruit

Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#3 Mount Royal Plum

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Mount Royal PlumPrunus domestica ‘Mount Royal’

So prolific in fruiting that planting a 2nd tree would be absurd. An heirloom plum variety that\’s extremely cold hardy. It\’s a European type prune plum that produces small to medium fruits that have blue skin, sweet yellow/green flesh and are round in shape. Excellent for all plum products like canning, plum pie, plum upside down cake, plum jam, and simply fresh eating. Ripens late August to early September in SE Wisconsin.

Mature Height: 12 feet

Mature Spread: 10 feet

Pollination: Self-pollinating

Catalog: Typically #5 Containers

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#2 Reliance Peach

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Reliance PeachPrunus persica ‘Reliance’

An extremely cold hardy peach that was bred for northern climates. Considered to be one of the best peach varieties for northern hardiness zones. The fruit is typically ready for picking in mid-August in Southeast Wisconsin. The fruit is soft, sweet and very juicy. The tree also offers a very ornamental, pink spring flower. Very popular because it grows fast, a benefit because peaches in general tend to be short lived.

Mature Height: 15 feet

Mature Spread: 15 feet

Pollination: Self-fertile

Catalog: Typically #7 and #10 Containers, Field Grown B&B

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#1 Honeycrisp Apple

Developed by Dr. David Bedford at the University of Minnesota in 1960, and released to the public in 1991. Aptly named for its sweet and extremely juicy fruit that is often described as “explosively crisp”. This variety stays crisp for a very long time in cold storage and is known for its excellent keeping qualities. A premium quality apple for fresh use and is the often \”go-to\” for cross pollinating with other apple varieties.

Like most Apples, We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing. However, Honeycrisp may also be available as an Espalier form tree. No matter which form, annual pruning is needed to promote better light and air flow through the canopy for the best colored and flavored fruits. Find more information on Training & Pruning Fruit Trees.

Mature Height: 15 feet

Mature Spread: 15 feet

Pollination: Must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit

Catalog: Typically #5 and #10 Containers (Single Stem), Espalier, Field Grown B&B


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