3238 E 800TH AVE




This is a listing of plants that we will have in the spring.  Not all items are kept in stock throughout the summer and fall, so please call before coming to inquire about availability.  Phone # 618-483-5798.

Photos courtesy of Bailey's Nurseries and Willoway Nurseries.


ACER (Maple)  

http://www.alphanursery.com/image?0=9360159919423848.jpg&1=Acer+miyabei+State+Street+Acer miyabei 'State Street' 
Perfect medium to small shade tree. Broad habit and thick foliage. Course bark gives winter interest. 30-40 ft. tall and wide. Zones 4-8


DETA-101342.jpgAcer rubrum ‘Red Point’
Bright red fall color with pyramidal growth habit. Central leader with strong braches that do not break easily. 40-45 ft. tall by 25-30 ft. wide. Zones 4-7


http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/0006-2_AcergriseumPaperbarkMaple.jpgA. griseum (Paperbark Maple)  
This small tree has rich red-brown exfoliating bark that is beautiful all year long, especially in winter. A slow growing tree, have patience it’s worth the wait. Grows to a mature 20-30’ and a spread of 10-15’. Zone 5-7. 

A. japonicum ‘Acontifolium’ (Fernleaf Full Moon Maple) This Japanese maple has fern like medium green leaves which are deeply divided into 9 to 11 toothed and cut lobes. Autumn color striking scarlet, with gold and orange or even purple-red. One of the most outstanding cultivars for larger gardens. Few Japanese maples surpass it in autumnal bril­liance. Grows up to 8’ tall and 10’ wide. Zone 5.

ACER PALMATUM (Japanese Maple)

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Bloodgood.jpgA. palmatum 'Bloodgood'  Robust and upright tree has large, deep red leaves which push a bright red and mature to a deep, rich purple. Retains color well, even during the heat of the summer. Grows 15-20' tall and 15-20' wide. Zone 5.


A. p. ‘Emperor I’  Rich red color that is darker than ‘Bloodgood’ and turns crimson red in fall. Good cold hardiness, buds appear later to avoid danger of frost. Grows 15’ tall and wide, excellent choice for small lawn tree. Zone 5-7.

A. p. ‘Fireglow’ 
 Maintains its deep wine red color well into the heat of the summer. A nice well branched shrub becomes tree like with age and holds in shape well. Fall color is a very nice crimson. Available also in a multi-stem form. Easy to grow. Mature height is 12-15’ and spreads 6-8’. Zone 5-9. When viewing the foliage through sunlight, it appears to burn fire red! 

A. p. ‘Koto No Ito’  Delicate green threadlike foliage has tinges of crimson in spring, turning curious tones of orange, peach and red in the fall, leaves are almost bamboo-like but can vary significantly on the same plant. Grows to 7 feet tall and wide. Zone 5-7. In the landscape, it lends an extremely fine and delicate texture and can make a great accent feature on this basis alone. In the winter the smooth light green bark is extremely showy. A low maintenance tree, pruning should only be done in summer after the leaves have fully developed.


A. p.  ‘Seiryu’ 
Has an upright vase shaped form, displays finely dissected, rich, green foliage. Excellent accent, wonderful focal point for the patio area. Fall foliage turns an interesting purple-brown. Grows to a mature 10-12 feet and spreads 6-8 ft. Grows 6-12 inches per year. Zone 5-7.

Acer p Shaina.jpgAcer palmatum ‘Shaina’ – This Japanese maple features dark red leaves all summer long and turning an intense crimson in fall. Growth habit is rounded and bushy, this dwarf stays small only growing 4-6 feet tall and wide. Plant in full sun to part shade in average, well-drained soil. Zone 5-7

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/japenesemaples_001.jpgA. p. ‘Shishigashira’  
This is a slow, upright grower with dense tufts of dark green crinkled foliage on each branch. This one tends to be of the last to show fall color of a golden yellow, tinged with red. Does best in part-sun. Grows to 10-12 feet tall and spreads 6-8 feet. Zone 5-7.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/shishio_improved.JPGA. p. 'Shishio Improved'  Multi-branched shrub that matures into an upright, rounded form. Beautiful red spring leaf color that turns green with summer and back to red in the fall. Grows to a height and spread of 6-9.


A. p. dissectum 'Crimson Queen' Especially noted for the persistence of exceptional deep red foliage. Holds the red color even in summer heat, brings bright scarlet tones in fall. Grows vigorously as a young plant maturing slowly to a cascading rounded habit wider than tall. Like all Japanese maples, this is a specimen showpiece and a focal point of four season distinction. Mature size is 10' x 14'. 5-year size 3' x 3'. Zone 5-8.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Inaba_Shidare.jpgA. p. d. 'Inaba Shidare'  One of the most dramatic Japanese Maples because of its deep purple-red foliage, large leaves and the cascading effect of its growth. Especially desirable because it is not widely known or available. Truly an accent plant for its delicate, cascading effect. Likes full sun. Five year size is 3' x 2.5'. Mature size is 12' x 10'. Use in border, foundation, and as specimen. Zone 5-8

Acer p. d. 'Jeddeloh Orange'   New spring leaves emerge with orange and red highlights changing  to green with orange-red margins and contrasting red new growth.  Turns to a bright pumkin orange in the fall.  Has a strong weeping habit similar to ‘Crimson Queen’.  Grows 5-7’ tall and wide.  Zone 5-9.

A. p. d. ‘Orangeloa’  Weeping lace leaf Japanese maple that is a fairly large shrub but not exceeding 6’ in height. Leaves are finely dis­sected, orange when young, turning to greenish yellow and persist late into the growing season. Fall color is red-orange.

A. p. d. 'Red Dragon' Introduced to the U.S. from New Zealand in 1990. This lace-leaf selection should become the nursery standard of the future. Dark purple maroon foliage color throughout the hot summer months on a vigorous yet well branched tree. Habit is cascading. Grows 10' high by 12' wide.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Tamakeyana.jpgA. p. d. 'Tamukeyama' 
 Dark purple-red, retained even in hot, humid conditions. Vigorous with long cascading branches. Leaves are bold and coarsely dissected compared with other selections. Grows 12' high by 10' wide. 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Viridis.jpgA. p. d. ‘Viridis’  
Most popular of the weeping green Japanese maples. Bright green, intricately divided leaves which turn golden-yellow with tints of red in the fall. This small tree has weeping branches creating a cascading, mounding form. Grows to a mature 12’ tall and 10’ wide.

A. p. var. atropurpureum Scolopendifolium Rubrum (Keiser Form) (Actual A. palmatum ‘Atrolineare’)
 Vigorous growth, deep maroon with narrow, strap-like leaves. Does not lose color, resembles Oriental bamboo. Zone 5. 

Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’  (Norway Maple) The dense foliage is an excellent maroon-red all season long. A slow growing shade tree to 35’ and wide with a oval well shaped head and straight trunk.

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90A. p. ‘Variegatum’
 All the great features of a Norway maple but with variegated leaves, green with a white margin. Grows 50-60’ tall and spreads 40-50’. Yellow fall color. Zone 4-7.


http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/4572-1_AcerrubBrandywineMaple.jpgA. rubrum 'Brandywine'  (Red Maple) Columnar slightly pyramidal. Seedless. Fall color begins red and gradually turns brilliant purple-red over a long period, often 14 days or more. Grows to a mature 25' and 12' wide. Zone 4.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/GreenleafBurgundyBelle.jpgA. r.  'Burgundy Belle' Fall color is especially nice, with the leaves initially turning a brilliant red and then changing to an intense burgundy. A great choice for street plantings and small landscapes with its excellent symmetrical branching habit. Also exhibits drought and heat tolerance. Grows to 45’ tall and wide. Zone 4-8.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/franks_red.jpgA. r. 'Franksred' (Red Sunset Maple) Outstanding Red Maple offers brilliant red autumn color that is retained longer than most other Rubrums. It has thick foliage and a dense upright branching habit that makes it a great choice for street and lawn use. Grows to a mature 50' and 30-40' spread. Zone 4-7. 

A. r. 'October Glory'
 This terrific Red Maple is most impressive for its intense crimson red fall color, even under less than perfect circumstances The color lasts much longer than many other Red Maples. Mature growth of 50'-60' and spread o 35'-40'. Zone 5-8. 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/acersunvalley-6308.jpgA. r. 'Sun Valley' A Red Sunset, October Glory cross. Symmetrical, ovate crown. Seedless Brilliant red, long lasting fall color. Thick foliage that makes for excellent leaf hopper resistance Grows to mature 25' and 15' spread. Zone 4.

http://alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/acerapollo-6971-_%281%29.jpgAcer Saccharum ‘Apollo’  Deep green foliage in summer turns to an intense array of brilliant orange, red and golden yellow.  Compact columnar form is great for use as a street tree or in a compact garden. Produces symmetrical growth, and a dense branching habit.  Grows 25’ tall and 10’ wide.  Zone 4-7.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/acerfallfiesta-0047.jpgA. saccharum 'Bailsta' Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple  Has beautiful thick leathery leaves of glossy green that are resistant to leaf tatter. A vigorous grower, it develops into a beautiful shade tree, and provides a sensational display of fall color in shades of yellow, orange and red. Grows to a mature 50'-75' and a spread of 50'. Zone 4-7

A. s. ‘Green Mountain’  This variety has excellent heat and drought tolerance. Thick, waxy leaves are green with a dominant yellow fall color. Grows60-70’ and spreads 40-45’. Zone 4-7

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Wright_Brothers.jpgA. s.  ‘Wright Brothers’  A fast grower with good resistance to frost cracking. Grows 50-75’ tall and 35-40’ wide with a broad, conical form. This sugar maple has brilliant yellow, orange and some red color dis­played in the fall. An excellent tree for large park-like areas, with unparalleled fall color and overall attractive appearance. Hardy Zone 4-8. 

A x freemanii ‘Firefall’ – a hybrid maple with a fast growth rate. Green foliage turns red in fall. Adaptable and tolerant, it prefers full sun and average to moist soils. Grows 45 feet tall and 30 feet wide, ideal for providing shade. Zone 4-7

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/acerautumnblaze3-0060.jpgA. x freemanii 'Jeffersred' (Autumn Blaze Maple) Hybrid of Silver and Red Maple with ascending branches, rapid growth, drought toler­ance, and ability to grow in most soils. Beautiful fall color of orange-red. The shape is of a dense oval head with a mature height of 50-60' and a spread of 40'. Hardy Zone 4-7.

A x freemanii First Editions®Matador™
- This hybrid maple features fast growth, an upright and symmetrical growth habit, and superior fall color. Grows 40-45 feet tall and 20-40 feet wide. Plant in full sun, average to moist well-drained soil. Zone 4-7

 ALBIZIA (Mimosa)

A. julibrissin   Fast grow­ing with a broad crown, grows best in dry, high ph soils in full sun. Fine, fern-like textured foliage Vase shaped form with a flat crown. Fragrant, light pink threadlike flowers in summer. Can grow to 35 tall with a spread of 30'. Zone 6.

http://alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/AlbiziaEHWilson.jpgAlbizia julibrissin ‘E.H.Wilson’  Dense fluffy cluster of bright-pink flowers bloom from May through August.  Foliage is graceful and lacy.  An easy to care for plant that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.  Fast growing and drought tolerant. Grows 20-35’ tall and 20-40’ wide.  Zone 5-10.

A. j. ‘Merlot Majik’
 – This mimosa tree boasts dark foliage like the ‘Summer Chocolate’ and with full sun, the foliage will hold its color better. Blooms pink flowers in summer. Grows 20-30 feet tall and wide. Plant in full sun with average, well-drained soil. Zone 6-10

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/albiziasummerchocolate-4570-.jpgA. j.  ‘Summer Chocolate’  
Fast growing deciduous tree has a wide, umbrella-shaped canopy with beautiful fern-like leaves. The bronze-green foliage color develops into a rich chocolate burgundy color in summer. Scented clusters of pink blooms attract butterflies. Grows to 20’ tall and 15’ spread. Zone 6-9.

AMELANCHIER (Serviceberry)

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/amelancher_autumn_brilliance.jpgA. x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance' Zone 3-8. The Amelanchier species as a group make excellent landscape plants. They offer four sea son interest and excellent edible fruit. A service-berry pie is the rival of the best blueberry pie. The showy fruit of 'Autumn Brilliance' is purplish black and sweet. Heavy stems are covered with white blossoms in spring. Holds leaves well for brilliant red-orange fall color. Moderate spreading branches with light grey bark and interesting branch pattern. The foliage is blue-green, small Mature height is 20-25'; spread 15'.

A. laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry)  Airy and open, large, white flowers, purplish-black fruit scarlet fall color, and striped bark create year round interest. We carry a multi-stem form. Grows 15-18' tall and 8' wide. Zone 4.  


http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/asimina_triloba_-_paw_paw_-7258.jpgA. triloba  Simply a great plant for foliage effect. Has droopy 6-12" long leaves. A beautiful native tree often found as an understory plant in cool, moist, alluvial soils along streams and the north side of woodland hills. Fruit has a banana-like taste. Leaves turn spectacular golden hues in fall. It prefers moist, well-drained soils, in shade to full sun. Grows 15-20' tall and wide. Will sucker and produce colonies of an enchanted forest quality.

BETULA   (Birch)

B. n. ‘Cully’ HERITAGE – A fast growing, medium-sized tree that features exfoliating bark. Available in single or multi-stemmed forms. A native to St. Louis, it can grow between 40-70 feet tall and 40-60 feet wide. Prefers full sun to part shade in moist to wet soils. Zone 4-9
http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Heritage_birch.jpgB. nigra 'Cully' (Heritage Birch)  Zone 4-8 A chance seedling found in 1968. Lighter bark color than River Birch, ranging from tan to creamy white to parchment white. Vigorous grower. Toler­ates wet, poorly drained soils; but does well in upland soils. Resistant to bronze birch borer Exfoliating bark. Fall foliage is golden yellow Mature height 45-50'; spread 30-35'.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/river_birch.jpgB. nigra (River Birch)  Pyramidal to rounded multi-trunk birch with cinnamon, exfoliating bark Adaptable to varying soil conditions. Borer resis­tant. Grows up to 40' tall and 35' wide. Zone 4. 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/4097-1_BetulaxRoyalFrostBirch.jpgB. x ‘Royal Frost’  Glossy deep burgundy red leaf color, white exfoliating bark. Grows 30-40 feet tall and a mature spread of 15-20 feet. Has resistance to the bronze birch borer. Makes an outstanding specimen tree. Zone 4-7.

CERCIS  (Redbud)

C. canadensis alba ‘Eastern Whitebud’   Beautiful small tree. Snowy white flowers, lighter green leaves. Grows to 25’. Zone 4. 

Redbud Merlot.jpg Cercis Canadensis ‘Merlot’ – Foliage holds it’s glossy purple color throughout the growing season. An improvement over older varieties, this one boasts better heat and drought tolerance. With a compact growth habit, this one grows 12-15 feet tall and wide. Plant in full sun to part shade with average, well-drained soil. Zone 5-7


http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/lavender_twist.jpgC. c. ‘Covey’ Lavender Twist Weep­ing Redbud  Weeping branches covered with purplish pink flowers in spring. Dark heart shaped leaves. Grows 8-10’ with a spread of 6-8’. Zone 5-7.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Eastern_Redbud.jpgC. c. ‘Eastern Redbud’  Purplish-pink pea like flowers in April, before heart-shaped leaves emerge. Grows to 30’. Zone 4.

http://alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/5844-1_CerciscanadensisHeartsofGoldPP17740.jpgC. c. ‘Heart of Gold’  Clusters of lavender purple flowers emerge along this trees branches in early spring for a heavenly show.  As the flowers fade the burgundy red foliage appears, changing to brilliant gold heart shaped leaves as they mature. 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/0109-1_CerciscanadensisForestPansy_CC.jpgC. c. 'Forest Pansy'   A very hand­some purple leaf type, the new foliage emerges a screaming, shimmering red-purple and changes to a maroon as the season progresses. A wonder­ful purple-leaf plant. Has pink flowers along stems in spring. Matures at 20' high, 25' wide with horizontally tiered reddish branches. Zone 4-9.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/0112-1_ChionanthusvirginicusWhiteFringetree_CC.jpgC. c. MN Strain Redbud  A strain grown from seed collected at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and selected for hardiness by the University of Minnesota. This tree bears small pink flowers in the spring before deep green leaves appear.  Turns a brilliant yellow in fall.  Grows to a height between 20-30' with a 20-25' spread.


C. c. ‘The Rising Sun’  A small redbud with an awesome foliage display. The leaves emerge in a dark, golden orange color then gradually lighten to a lime green. Blooms in early spring in a spray of purple flowers. Stays short, growing only 8-12 feet tall and wide. Plant in full sun with an average, well-drained soil. Zone 5-9

C. c. ‘Ruby Falls’   A gorgeous weeping redbud variety with purple leaves that bears lavender flowers in early spring. Stays short, ideal for the smaller landscape, growing 6-8 feet tall and spreading 4-6 feet. Prefers full sun to part shade with a moist, well-drained soil. Excellent resistance to heat, humidity, pests, and disease. Zone 6-8

CHIONANTHUS  (White Fringetree) 

Chionanthus virginicus   A slow-growing, native tree that is especially beau­tiful when it flowers in the spring. The slightly fragrant blooms are white and quite profuse, ap­pearing before foliage, making quite a show. The tree bears dark blue fruit later in the summer which is partially hidden by the foliage. The birds love the fruit. An open spreading, multi-stemmed habit. Prefers deep, moist fertile, acid soils and full to part sun. Grows to a mature height of 12-20' and spreads 12-20'. Hardy Zone 4-9.

CLADRASTIS  (Yellowwood)

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Cladrastis.jpgCladrastis kentuckea  A low maintenance Missouri native known for its yellow dye that gives it the common name Yellowwood. This tree flowers a spray of fragrant, wisteria-like blooms in white. Patience is required, trees may take years before flowering. Grows to heights between 30-50'. Zone 4-8.

CORNUS  (Dogwood) 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/0496-1_CornusaltPagodaDogwoodshrub.jpgC. alternifolia (Pagoda Dogwood)  Zone 3­-7.  A spreading, horizontal, low-branched tree or large shrub with broadly horizontal branches forming horizontal tiers; interesting branching habit. Flowers are yellowish white, sickeningly fragrant, effective 7 to 10 days, May to early June. Mature height is 15-20'; spread 20-25'. Fall foliage is red. 

C. kousa (Kousa Dogwood)  This small tree is covered with outstanding white star-like blooms 3 to 4 weeks after the White Dogwood blooms. A strawberry-like fruit decorates this tree in the fall. The lustrous dark green leaves tint red in the fall. Grows 20-30' with an equal spread. Probably a better choice than our native for most people. 

Cornus florida  White or pink flowering dogwood. Pyrimidal form with flat top growth habit. Grows between 15-30’ tall and wide. Zone 5-9


Cotinus x ‘Grace’ – Large, rounded leaves emerge wine red, mature into a deep plum-red, and turn orange-red in fall. Blooms feathery pink plumes in summer. Grows 12-15 feet tall and wide in full to part sun. Zone 4-8

CRATAEGUS (Hawthorn)

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/CratcrusgalliinThornlessHawthorn.jpgCrataegus crus-galli var. inermis Thornless Hawthorn   This Hawthorn is an excellent choice for a small ornamental tree. Grows 15-20 feet tall and wide. The dark green, glossy leaves turn orange in fall. Blooms white flowers in June which turn into red fruit in August. A drought tolerant variety, this tree does like a medium, well-drained soil and full sun. Attracts birds and butterflies. Although some species are susceptible to rust, this variety is rust-free. Zone 4-7

FAGUS  (Beech tree)

F. sylvatica ‘Tricolor’  Stunning foliage colors of green, white, purple, and pink. They typically grow 20-30’ tall and spread 10-20’. Excellent choice for small yard. Zone 4-7

GINKGO (Maidenhair Tree)

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/ginkgoautumngold1-0166.jpgG. biloba 'Autumn Gold'  Zone 4-8. A special selected male strain, non-fruiting, selected by the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in California. Very symmetrical upright branches form 35-50' high and 30' wide, broader with age. Lovely deep green fan-like leaves turn bright golden yellow in fall.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Gingko.jpgG. b. ‘Princeton Sentry’  Best of the columnar Ginkgos. Pollution tolerant male selection. Pest and disease resistant. Can mature at 60’ with a width of 15’. Zone 3.


GLEDITSIA  (Honey Locust) 

Street Keeper honeylocust.jpgGleditsia Street Keeper® – A honeylocust perfect for city streets with a tight, narrow growth habit and smaller canopy. Foliage is a darker green than other varieties turning yellow in fall. Prefers full sun in average to moist, well-drained soil. Grows 40-45 feet tall and spreads 15-20 feet. Zone 4-7



http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/skycole.jpgG. triacanthos inermis ‘Skycole’  Skyline Honeylocust.  A very popular vigorous grown cul­tivar, tolerates a wide range of soil types. Golden yellow fall foliage. Grows pyramidal to a mature 45’ and a spread of 40’. Zone 4.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Suncole.jpgG. t. in. ‘Suncole’ Sunburst Honeylocust  Broad, pyramidal. Golden yellow new growth, eventually turns to bright green in summer. Grows to a mature 35’ with a spread o 30’. Zone 4.

Gymnocladus dioica (Kentucky Coffee Tree) This picturesque tree has deeply furrowed bark and stout branches that are particularly handsome in winter. It prefers deep, moist soil and full sun, but is adaptable to many conditions such as alkaline soil, salt, and drought. The mahogany seed pods are long and leathery. Grows 50-60 feet tall and a spread of 40-50 feet. Zone 4-8.

HALESIA  (Silverbell)
http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/0178-1_HalesiacarolinaSilverbell.jpgH. carolina  An attractive tree has small white bell-shaped flowers produced freely in spring in small clusters, with or before foliage emerges Prefers rich, well-drained, moist acidic soils and sun or part shade. Exceptionally pest free, it will no tolerate high soil pH conditions. Grows to a mature 30-40' tall by 20-25' wide. Zone 5-8. 

Halesia Carolina ‘Arnold’s Pink’ – This Carolina silverbell is either a large shrub or small tree for the person who likes pink! Blooms pink flowers in spring on stems and twigs with a light tinge of pink. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun with average, well-drained soil. Grows 25-30 feet tall and spreads 20-25 feet. Zone 5-7 

HAMAEMALIS (Witch Hazel)

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Arnolds_Promise.jpgH. x intermedia ‘Arnolds Promise’  One of the best yellow-flowered cultivars with large flowers and reddish-yellow fall foliage. Blooms late winter after most witch hazels. Grows 12-15’ tall and wide. Zone 5-8. Does best as an understory tree in part shade. 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/HamamelisDiane.jpgH. x intermedia 'Diane'   Intersting winter bloomer. From late January to March, clusters of ribbon-like, red flowers appear along the stems. Grows 8-12' tall with a 10-15' spread. Zone 5-9. 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/witchhazel.jpgHamamelis vernalis (Vernal Witch Hazel) An unusual shrub or small tree because of its early flower date. The small ribbon-likebrilliant yellow flowers that are very fragrant open late January through February-March and are effec­tive for 3 to 4 weeks. The petals roll up on very cold days and in a protective sense, avoid freeze damage. Does well in full sun or three-fourths shade and likes moist situations and will grow admirably in poorly drained, clay soils. The leaves are medium to dark green in summer and turn to an outstanding golden yellow in fall that lasts for 2 to 3 weeks. An upright, rounded shape to 6-10' tall and wide. 

HIBISCUS   (Rose of Sharon – tree form)

Hibiscus syriacus 'Blushing Bride'  Tree form hibiscus with double flowers in a rich pink fading to white.  

H.s. First Editions®Bali™ - this rose of sharon features semi-double, white flowers with a purple-red center that bloom in summer. Grows 5-8 feet tall and 4-7 feet wide in full sun. Zone 5-8

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Hibiscus_FE_Hawaii.jpgHibiscus s. First Editions® Hawaii™    This variety of rose of sharon is in tree form, growing 5-8 feet tall and spreading 4-7 feet. The single flowers are a stunning blue-violet with a purple-red center and blooms from July to September. Takes full sun to part shade and likes an average, well-drained soil. Makes an excellent specimen plant for small yards. Zone 5-8


HYDRANGEA  (PeeWee Tree) 
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’  A continuous bloomer with lime green flowers that mature into burgundy. Grows 6-8’ tall and wide. Zone 4-8

H. p. ‘Phantom’   
Produces reams of massive and dense conical flower clusters, probably the fullest flower heads of the panicle hydrangeas. It does require some regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned and shaped in late winter. This variety is from the breeder of ‘Limelight’. The huge creamy white panicle blooms begin in July and bloom prolifically through September. In August the blooms begin to tinge deep pink and green. Grows 10 feet tall and can get quite wide; therefore pruning is needed. Zone 4-9.

H. p. ‘Pink Diamonds’   
Produces extra large panicles of white flowers that are sterile and fertile. Sterile flowers turn pink as they mature. Grows 10-15’ tall and spreads 8’. Zone 4-8

H. p. ‘Pinky Winky’ 
 Has unique, two-toned flower heads in mid-summer. The large, 12-16” long flowers emerge white, turn pink and continue to push new white flowers from the tip of the panicle. Blooms from July until frost. Foliage turns a stunning burgundy red in the fall. Grows to 10 feet tall and can grow wide so some yearly pruning in late winter is usually needed. Zone 4-9.

H. p. ‘Quickfire’  
Produces dark pink flowers. Grows 6-8’ tall and wide. Zone 4-8

H. p. ‘Snow Mountain’  Grown as a standard. Magnificent, large, lacy white flower heads make it a lovely accent in the garden. Grows 6-8’, spreads 8-10’. Zone 3-8.

  (Tulip Tree)

L. tulipifera  Zone 4-9. Best used as a speci men tree on a large property. It has great beauty and in the fall can be spectacular. In the late spring it has tulip-shaped flowers of yellowish-green with orange marks. The bluish-green leaves are rich butter yellow in the fall. Total mature height can be 70-90' with a spread of 35-50'. It is a fast grower. 

L. t. 'Aureo-marginatum' (Majestic Beauty) An unusually handsome appearance with its green leaves prominently edged in bright yellow. Othe features are similar to the species. This is one o the best of the variegated types. Zone 5-8.


M. grandiflora 'Bracken's Brown Beauty'  Evergreen Magnolia grows to 30' tall and is relatively dense and compact. Leaves are about 6 long, dark green above and rusty brown below Flowers at a young age. Likes full sun. Zone 5. 
M. liliiflora 'Jane'  Reddish-purple blooms, the heart of which are white, cover this deciduous magnolia in the early spring. A rounded, shrubby tree growing to 12' tall. The dark green leaves 5-8" wide are slightly pubescent. Likes full sun to half shade. Zone 5.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/0198-3_MagnoliaRoyalStarwhite.jpgM. stellata 'Royal Star'  Zone 5. Large, fra grant white star-like double flowers in spring Upright dense branching, multi-trunked form 8' high, 12' wide. Blooms late.


M. virginiana ‘Northern Belle’   This sweetbay magnolia boasts creamy white, fragrant flowers that bloom in June and July. Grows to 25 feet tall and spreads 15 feet. Foliage is dark green and semi-evergreen. Prefers a moist, well-drained soil with full sun to part shade. Deer resistant. Zone 4-9

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/butterflies_magnolia.JPGMagnolia x 'Butterflies' Neat growing, up right tree producing rich yellow blooms resembling a mass of butterflies. Grows 20' tall and 10 wide. Zone 4. 



5696_8.jpgMagnolia ‘Centennial Blush’
Incredibly full and fragrant flowers in early spring. Prolific bloomer. Can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. 12-18 ft. wide by 10-15 tall. Full sun to part shade. Zones 4-9






Magnolia Genie.jpgMagnolia ‘Genie’
Deep red buds open to maroon-burgundy, fragrant –tulip shaped flowers in early spring with sporadic reblooming mid-summer. Size is ideal for small landscapes. 10-13 ft. tall by 4-5 ft. wide. Full sun. Zones 5-9



Soft yellow flowers emerge in early spring. Large flowers can reach 7 inches in diameter. 20-25 ft. tall by 10-12 ft. wide. Full sun. Zones 5-8

M. x ‘Elizabeth’  A deciduous pyramidal tree that grows over time to 20-35’ tall and features fragrant yellow flowers in early spring. The yellow flowers (each to 3” across) have tinges of yellow green near the bases. An early bloomer and excellent for sunny areas in the landscape where spring flowers can be appreciated.

M. x ‘Galaxy’  Tree form, strong central leader. Late opening, large, reddish purple flowers Grows to a mature 25’ tall and 15’ wide. Zone 5.

M. x ‘Goldfinch’  A small tree perfectly suited for small landscapes. This magnolia only grows 10-12 feet tall and spreads 6-8 feet. Blooms large, 8-10 inch, light yellow, fragrant flowers in mid spring. Prefers full sun to part shade and an average, well-drained soil. Zone 4-8 

M. x ‘Marilyn’  Typically grows 10-15 feet tall as a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Features large, slightly fragrant, tulip-shaped, purple magnolia flowers (to 5” long) in spring and large, obovate leaves (to 7” long). An excellent specimen for lawns or shrub borders. Use in foundation plantings, near patios or on the periphery of woodland areas. Zone 6-8.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/magnolialeonardmessel6-0196.jpgM. x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'  Hand­some deciduous shrub having a multi-stemmed habit; beautiful deep pink buds open to pale lilac pink flowers at an early age. The petals are similar to Star Magnolia. Mature 20' tall and 25' wide. Zone 5. 

M. x. soulangiana (Saucer Magnolia)  Deciduous shrub or spreading tree with abovate, dark green leaves to 8” long. Large, goblet-shaped, fragrant flowers 3-6” across, are borne in mid and late spring before and with young leaves. Grows 20’ tall and wide. Zone 5-9.
MALUS  (Crabapple)

M. ‘Camelot’  Produces white flowers with red fruit. Nice rounded form and excellent disease resistance. Grows 8-10’ tall and spreads 6-8’. Zone 4-8

M. ‘Coralburst’  This small crab is a uniform grower that seldom requires pruning. It forms a compact rounded head with tiny dark green leaves. Resistant to scab. Grows 12-15’ tall and 8-10’ wide. Zone 3-7.

M. ‘Firebird’ -  a small crabapple with dark green foliage, blooms white flowers in spring followed by red fruit in summer. Excellent disease resistance. Grows 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide in full sun. Zone 4-7

Gala.jpgMalus domestica ‘Gala’
Red and yellow apple with firm, juicy texture. Sweet with slightly tart flavor. Requires a pollinator. Ripens early and stores well. 15-20 ft. tall by 10-15 ft. spread. Zones 4-8


http://www.alphanursery.com/image?0=9364622390206784.jpg&1=Malus+domestica+Honeycrisp+Malus domestica ‘Honeycrisp’
High quality apple which stores well. Crisp and juicy texture. Use fresh, for cooking, or cider. Tree is hardy and very cold tolerant. Full sun. 12-15 ft. tall and wide. Zones 4-9

http://www.alphanursery.com/image?0=9364630980526602.jpg&1=Malus+domestica+Yellow+Delicious+Malus domestica ‘Yellow Delicious’
A favorite for its sweet flavor both when eaten fresh and in desserts. Good for cider, cooking, canning, pies, and sauces. 8-10 ft. tall and wide. Full sun. Zones 4-8


M. ‘Lollizam’   Blooms pure white flowers that turn into yellow fruit. Rounded growth habit. Grows to 10’ tall and wide.

M. ‘Pink Spires’- Lavender buds open into soft, lavender pink flowers followed by purple-red fruit that stays on the tree to be enjoyed by birds. Disease resistant. Grows 20-25 feet tall and 12-15 feet wide in full sun. Zone 4-7

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/0235-7_MalusPrairifireCrabred.jpgM. 'Prairiefire' Prairiefire Crab  15-20' height. Spread 20'. New, three generation cross by Dr. Dan Day­ton, U. of I. Especially good foliage retention during summer. True red-flowers. Blooms later than most Crabs. Scab resistant. Fruit does not drop. The shape is upright, spreading, becoming rounded.

0250-2_MalusSpringSnowCrabwhite.jpg.jpgMalus Spring Snow Crab – White
Fruitless crab has prolific pink buds that open to fragrant white flowers in spring. Has good heat tolerance. Full sun. 25-30 ft. tall by 15 ft. wide.  Zones 4-7



M. s. 'Tina'  Dwarf Sargent type with pink to red buds opening into white flowers that are followed by tiny red crabapples. Disease resistant foliage. Highly ornamental small tree for limited spaces. Grows to 6-8' tall by 8-10' spread. Hardy Zone 4-7.

M. transitoria ‘Royal Raindrops’  Eye-popping magenta pink blooms, deep purple cut-leaf foli­age, sparkling red fruits and bright fall color give all season appeal to this easy care flowering ornamental. Superior disease resistance, adapt­ability, plus heat and drought tolerant make this unique crab apple a crown jewel among trees. Grows 20’ tall and spread of 15”. Zone 4. 

METASEQUOIA  (Dawn Redwood) 

M. glyptostroboides Dawn Redwood  70­-100' height. Spread 25-40'. Zone 5-8. Resembles and is related to the true Redwood. Deciduous conifer with a pyramidal to conical growth habit. Discov­ered in China and introduced into the U.S. by the Arnold Arboretum in 1944.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Metasequoia_Gold_Rush.jpgM. g. ‘Gold Rush’ A gold-foliaged form of Dawn Redwood. The tree produces yellow needles that are especially bright when young. Growth is slower than the species and the mature size will be smaller. Holds its color well into the summer and turns a burnt orange in the fall. Grows 15-20’ tall and spreads 10-12’. Zone 5-­7.

Nyssa (Black Gum)

N. sylvatica ‘Tupelo Tower’  This variety of black gum grows 30-40 feet tall and spreads 15-20 feet. Prefers full sun and an average, well-drained soil. This variety has a nice, upright growth habit featuring dark green foliage that turns orange and yellow in the fall. Dark purple fruit is appealing to birds. Zone 4-7

nyssa.wildfire.jpgNyssa sylvatica ‘Wildfire’
Bright red new growth matures to a deep green. Leaves turn a brilliant red in the fall. Sure to catch your eye! 35-5- ft. tall by 25-30 ft. wide. Zones 3-7



nyssa.zydeco.jpgNyssa sylvatica ‘Zydeco Twist’
An attention grabbing variety. Zig Zag stems show up particularly well in winter adding all season interest. 15-20 ft. tall by 12-15 ft. wide. Zones 5-7 



POPULUS  ( Aspen)

P. tremuloides  Quaking Aspen  This tree gets its name from the small leaves that tremble with the slightest breeze. Adaptable to most soil conditions. Growth habit is pyramidal at first then maturing to a more rounded habit. Yellow fall color. Grows 60-80’ tall and spreads 30’. Zone 2-7

PRUNUS   (Ornamental Plum, Cherry, Peach)

P. cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’  Purple Plum. Dark purple-black foliage preceded by showy light pink flowers. This is a rounded, deciduous tree that is very decorative with beautiful foliage. Showy! Grows 15-20’ tall with a width of 10-15’. Zone 5-9. 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Prunus_Newport.jpgPrunus cerasifera ‘Newport’ – MN strain  This small, ornamental plum, developed by the University of Minnesota, starts blooming in early spring with a spray of white-pink, fragrant flowers that develop into a dull purple fruit by summer. Grows 15-20 feet tall and wide. Prefers full sun and an average, well-drained soil. Use as a specimen planting or in a group.  Zone 4-8 

http://alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/GreenleafPinkPeach.jpgPrunus persica Corinthain ‘Pink Flowering Peach’  Pink double flowers in the spring make this ornamental flowering peach a real show stopper.  Flowers appear in april before lustrous, sharply serrated green leaves.  Grows 20-25’ tall and 10-15’ wide.  Zone 5. 


P. serrulata ‘Extrazam’ (Weeping Extraordinaire Kwanzan Cherry) Large, double pink blossoms in spring and copper-red new growth. A beautiful weeping form with burgundy fall color that lasts longer than most cherries. Grows 15-20 ft. tall and wide. Zone 5-7. 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/snofozam.jpgP. 'Snofozam' (Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry) Gracefully cascading branches from a 10'-15' high and wide crown; spectacular sight with snow white flowers covering the plant in spring. Lush green leaves become golden or­ange in fall. Grown on a stake to best display its naturally weeping form. Heat and drought toler­ant.  Blooms at a young age. Grows 10-12’ tall, 12’ wide. Zone 5-11.

P. subhirtella Double Weeping Higan Cherry  Bears pale pink to white flowers in spring. A weeper that is commonly grafted that reaches heights between 20-30'.

P. s. 'Pendula Plena Rosa’ Has double pink, long-lasting blooms. This popu­lar tree is usually grafted on a straight understock to form a gently weeping tree. Can grow 25’ tall and wide. Hardy Zone 5.

P. s. ‘Pink Snow Showers’   A mass of pink flowers cover this tree in spring. Green foliage turns yellow in fall. This weeping tree grows to 25’ tall and spreads 20-25’. Zone 4-8

PYRUS   (Pear)

http://alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/ChanticleerPear.jpgPyrus calleryana Chanticleer Pear  An upright, pyramidal pear that flowers later and better than 'Bradford'.  Fall leaf color is a nice red-purple. Grows 25-30 tall with a 15' spread. Zone 5-9.

P. calleryana 'Cleveland Select'  Zone 5. This disease resistant tree is more upright than the Bradford pear and blooms better. Outstanding in flower. White blossoms. The foliage is glossy green turning to an outstanding display of purple-­reddish-orange in the fall. Mature height 25-30'. Spreads 15'. Has an upright, pyramidal shape.


http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/quercusalba3-0342.jpgQ. alba (White Oak)  The standard by which all other oaks are measured! Majestic oak that grows best in deep, moist, acid, well-drained soils, but is adaptable. Difficult to transplant must be moved as a small tree, ideally of less than 2.5” caliper for best success. One of America’s most handsome native species. Grows 50-80’ tall and wide. Zone 3-8.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Red_Oak.jpgQ. rubra Northern Red Oak The fastest grow­ing Oak and one of the easiest to transplant, this tree is great for a landscape tree. The foliage is dense and lustrous and leaves hang on into winter. Fall foliage is red to reddish brown. Grows 60-80' with a 50' spread. Zone 4-8.

SALIX  (Willow)

Salix babylonica (Babylon Weeping Willow) Native to China, this weeping willow is said to have the best form of all. Fast growing, best suited near a pond. Bark is gray black with green or brown branchlets that reach the ground. Grows 30-50’ tall and wide. Zone 6-8

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/GreenleafWisconsinWeepingWillow.jpgS. x blanda (Wisconsin Weeping Willow) Rapid growing, smooth, green barked tree to 75 with pendulous branches reaching to the ground.


stewartiapse1-6680-.jpg pseudocamellia
Attention catching white camellia-like flowers mature into brown seed pods. Deep green leaves turn to bright shades of yellow, red, and dark purple in the fall. The exfoliating bark is an added interest. 40 ft. tall by 20 ft. wide. Full sun. Zones 5-8

SYRINGA   (Lilac) 

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Palibin.jpgS. meyeri 'Palibin' (Dwarf Korean Lilac-Tree Form)  Zone 4-7. A standard form that has the same fine features of the shrub form. Budded on Japanese Tree Lilac. Makes an excellent globe form for accent or interest.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/Ivory_silk.jpgS. reticulata 'Ivory Silk' (Japa­nese Tree Lilac) 2001 Illinois Nurserymen's Assoc. SHADE TREE OF THE YEAR Rounded, upright tree, growing 20-25' high by 15-25' wide. Excellent as a specimen tree, good in groups or near large buildings. Attractive white flowers in spring. Fruit is persistent. Trunk is showy with cherry-like bark. Flowers are most showy and prolific when located in full sun with good drainage. 

S. reticulata ‘Snowdance’ (Japanese Tree Lilac) Flowers well annually and begins flowering at an earlier age than the species. Selected because of its exceptionally heavy bloom. Large, fragrant panicles of creamy white blooms in June. A sterile variety that is pest and disease free. Grows 18 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide in a vase shape. Zone 3-7.


TAXODIUM  (Baldcypress)

Taxodium distichum  50-70' high by 30-40' spread. Pyramidal in shape. A distinctive handsome, large tree with fine textured foliage Loses foliage in winter. Very adaptable to wet or dry sites but will not tolerate alkalinity.

http://alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/IseliPeveMinaret.jpgT. d. 'Peve Minaret'  A naturally dwarf tree with a broad upright shape.  Soft foliage turns red brown in the fall and holds for weeks and its tiered branching gives it a winter appeal.  Adaptable for cold and hot areas. Zone 5.

http://www.alwerdtsgardens.com/attachments/Image/WillowayShawneeBrave.jpgT. d. 'Shawnee Brave'  A narrow, pyramidal growth habit with cinnamon-like exfoliating bark. Orange fall color. Grows 50-60' tall with a 20-40' spread. Zone 4-9.


ULMUS  (Elm)

U. ‘Frontier’ – This elm features an upright, pyramidal growth habit and superior resistance to Dutch Elm disease. Green leaves turn fall colors of red-purple. This fast grower reaches 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide in full sun. Zone 4-9