Top Selling Plants [2020 Update]

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The top selling plants of 2020 includes a list of the most used plants 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