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Prized for its larger-than-average glossy purplish blue fruit, impressive cold hardiness and superb ornamental aspect, this versatile western and central North American denizen grows as a large multistemmed shrub or small, branching deciduous tree. Clustered self-fertile white flowers muster a sweet smell amongst handsome gleaming dark green leaves that signal autumn with orange and crimson shades. Adored by culinary buffs and wildlife alike, the nutritious sweet juicy berries are cultivated commercially in Canada, while ‘Smokey’s medium-sized upright and spreading habit makes an undemanding pollinator-friendly specimen in smaller gardens, edible landscapes, woodland peripheries and mixed borders. Medium Band.

Blooms April–May

Size: 10' 0" – 12' 0" high x 8' 0" – 10' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Amelanchier</i> x <i>grandiflora</i> ‘Autumn Brilliance’

Perfumed clusters of spectacular white flowers, succulent purplish black berries, dazzling orange-red fall color and excellent disease resistance assure ‘Autumn Brilliance’s ticket into your landscape. A small, multitrunked shrubby tree, this Serviceberry is the prized hybrid between 2 deciduous North American species, Amelanchier arborea and Amelanchier laevis, which Illinois’s Bill Wandell selected in 1986. Handsome, fine toothed, oval-lanceolate leaves, bronze-tinged when young, line its upright, closely arranged branches. Delectable to both people and birds, the small fruit can be added to jams as well as pies, tasting a bit like blueberries with subtle almond notes. It favors moderate moisture, abides most well-drained sites and makes a compelling understory tree for shrub borders, woodland peripheries plus informal screening or hedging.

Blooms April

Size: 15' 0" – 25' 0" high x 15' 0" – 20' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our feature plant: Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii

Precious Primulas, Prized Pulmonarias and Fabulous Foliage!

Primulas offer elaborately-crafted colorful blooms in varied shapes,……

including draped bells, candelabras, drumsticks and pincushions. Many Primrose flowers  waft a delectable scent. Second-to-none for the dappled recesses of your garden, these easily grown, cold-hardy Primulas crave well-drained, humus-rich niches with adequate moisture and good air circulation. They can grace containers or be planted in swaths along shady walkways or in woodland gardens. Be sure to peruse our online Primulas.

Prized Pulmonarias……

One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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