Native trees and shrubs of the Northeast, and their cultivated varieties, can be found throughout the Gardens.
This is the lovely golden form of our native hoptree, Ptelea trifoliata ‘Aurea’.
This young tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica, already provides a stunning splash of scarlet in the autumn landscape. Note the browse line, as the driveway is not fenced.
Cornus florida ‘Spring Grove’ overlooks Wood Frog Pond.
Magnolia acuminata var. subcordata, a cucumber tree for smaller yards
Vernal witch hazel, Hamamelis vernalis, is a great source of early nectar.
My favorite redbud blooms in soft pink: Cercis canadensis ‘Pauline Lily’.
Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’
A pink flowering form of Carolina silverbell, Halesia carolina, adds another color to the spring palette.
Wild raisin, Viburnum cassinoides, has lovrly cream-colored flowers and will produce showy fruits for the birds.
Strange weather caused blossom and leaf out to occur at the same time, unusual for redbuds.
Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Naree’, Golden Sweetgum, sports bright gold leaves from spring through the summer, with pink tints showing up in fall. The soft yellow blooms of Rhododendron austrinum complement in spring.
This unusual color variation of the common chokecherry, ‘Schubert’s Red’ or ‘Canada Red,’ rivals the foliage of invasive purple Norway maples and offers a more compact, flowering substitute which also provides plenty of bird food.
This dwarf form of river birch, Betula nigra’Little King,’ would work well in compact spaces and Asian-themed gardens.
Smooth sumac, Rhus glabra, provides a great source of winter bird food.
Winged sumac, Rhus coppalina, in flower, with common milkweed in the foreground left for the Monarch caterpillars.
Cerecis canadensis ‘Appalachia’ is a focal point in the spring landscape, as well as a prime source of early season nectar.
Close-up of Carolina Silverbell blossoms
Flowering dogwoods, Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’ and ‘Cherokee Chief’
Halesia carolina ‘UConn Wedding Bells,’ Carolina Silverbell
This small tree, Aesculus pavia, Scarlet Buckeye, serves as a giant hummingbird feeder.
‘Naree’ sweetgum showing pink tinted leaved in autumn.
Sweetgum and ‘Little King’ river birch show off complementary fall foliage.
Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance,’ shadbush, is one of our earliest and most spectacular spring flowering trees. It also has very pretty fall foliage, but I’m thinking we should rename it Spring Brilliance.
Hemlock frames this view of the heavenly ‘Cloud 9’ dogwood.