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.
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.
The Kentucky coffeetree's tolerance to pollution and a wide range of soils makes it a suitable tree for urban environments. Native to the Midwest, this tree bears leathery, reddish-brown seed pods that add winter interest to the Midwestern landscape.
Showy yellow flower clusters, reddish-purple fall color, and persistent egg-shaped red berries make Korean boxwood an attractive year-round shrub. May be difficult to locate in nursery trade. Barberry are also on some state lists as invasive.
Buxus microphylla var. koreana
Korean boxwood is a small, mounded, broad-leaf evergreen shrub with small, glossy, light green leaves and a broad uniform formal habit.
Korean mountain-ash is a medium sized tree with interesting ornamental features. The tree flowers white in spring and the white flowers are followed by red fruit. Yellow fall color and gray bark complete the picture.
Korean reed grass
Korean reed grass is a warm season, clumping grass. This non-native grass provides multiple seasons of interest in the home landscape.
Korean spice viburnum
Korean spice viburnum is a practical choice for the landscape as specimen, in a shrub border, and as a foundation plant, but is also planted for its ornamental characteristics. Its most notable characteristic is the semi-snowball shaped white flowers that cover the shrub. They have a pink blush and outstanding fragrance. It also has a wine-red fall color and bears red to black-colored fruits.
Kousa dogwood is an excellent small specimen tree. Two of this plant's outstanding characteristics are four-petaled, white flowers that appear above the foliage in June and reddish-purple fall color. This tree benefits from a layer of mulch to maintain a cool root environment.
Chinese or lacebark elm stands out from other elms. It has an unusual mottled bark, leaves that are smaller than those of other elm species and good resistance to Dutch elm disease (DED) and elm leaf beetle.