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TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Japanese silver grass

    Miscanthus floridulus
    Japanese silver grass, is also referred to as giant miscanthus to separate it from the smaller species of miscanthus that is commonly found in gardens. Giant miscanthus can grow up to 14 feet tall and can be overwhelming in smaller gardens. It is a warm season, clumping grass. Borderine hardy in zone 5.
  • Japanese Spirea

    Spiraea japonica (syn. spiraea x bumalda)
    Japanese spirea is a favorite of many gardeners, offering a wide range of sizes and cultivars. The dense, compact habit, large clusters of late spring and summer flowers in pink or white, with excellent fall color provides many seasons of care-free enjoyment in the landscape.
  • Japanese tree lilac

    Syringa reticulata ssp. reticulata
    Japanese tree lilac is larger than the shrub lilacs and it blooms a little later. It produces large clusters of small creamy-white, fragrant flowers.
  • Japanese umbrella-pine

    Sciadopitys verticillata
    Japanese umbrella-pine is not a true pine, but it is a needled evergreen. In northern Illinois, this tree is marginal and should be planted in protected site. Wind can be a problem in winter, so avoid windy sites.
  • Japanese white pine

    Pinus parviflora
    Japanese white pine is a dense, slow-growing evergreen with a smaller stature which makes it an excellent specimen for small landscapes or space restrictions.
  • Japanese yew

    Taxus cuspidata
    Japanese yews are a popular and versatile evergreen shrub. They make a good foundation or accent plant and dark green leaves make good background for colorful shrubs and perennials. There are numerous cultivars available, varying greatly in size, so choose carefully to find the right one for your site. Be aware that the leaves, seeds, and bark of yews are poisonous.
  • Japanese zelkova

    Zelkova serrata
    Japanese zelkova is closely related to elms but is resistant to Dutch elm disease (DED). It tolerates urban conditions well and can be used as a street tree. This tree has interesting bark, clean serrated foliage and good fall color.
  • Judd's viburnum

    Viburnum x juddii
    This hybrid viburnum produces early spring, snowball-type clusters of pink buds that open to white, highly fragrant flowers. A dense, rounded shrub reaching 6 to 8 feet high with blue-green leaves. Korean spice viburnum is one of the parent of this hybrid.
  • June grass

    Koeleria macrantha
    June grass is a native grass that can be very useful in tough sites like areas with dry conditions. It is a cool season, clumping grass.
  • Katsura tree

    Cercidiphyllum japonicum
    The katsura tree, native to Japan, makes an excellent specimen or shade tree in Midwestern landscapes. Its foliage offers an array of color throughout the year. In spring, heart-shaped leaves emerge reddish-purple, changing to blue-green as they mature. In autumn the color display changes again as leaves turn clear yellow or apricot color.