Monthly Archives: April 2015

Shrubs: Beautyberry, Wax Myrtle, Firebush, Walter’s viburnum and more!

Just a small sampling of the many shrubs which will be available at the sale.  Shop EARLY for best selection. Some sell out quickly.

© Maple Street Natives

© Maple Street Natives

Click on the name to learn planting conditions:

Beautyberry

False Indigo

Wax Myrtle

Simpson stopper

Firebush

Walter’s viburnum

Wild coffee

Elderberry

Bald Cypress Tree (Taxodium distichum)

bright green spring growth

bright green spring growth

Baldcypress tree is a wildlife playground!

Deciduous, great hurricane wind resistance, fall color, interesting foliage. Moth larval host.

Wildlife interaction: seeds are eaten by wild turkey, wood ducks, evening grosbeak, and squirrels.  The seed is a minor part of the diet of waterfowl and wading birds.  Yellow-throated warblers forage in the Spanish moss often found hanging on the branches of old cypress trees.  Cypress domes provide watering places for a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles of the surrounding pinelands. source: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/taxdis/all.html

Supports many species of wildlife

Supports many species of wildlife

Learn planting conditions:  http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/taxodium-distichum

Platanus occidentalis (AMERICAN SYCAMORE)

sycamoreBarkJune2013Stately, fast growing tree that can reach heights of 150 ft. Deciduous, but the flaking bark provides wonderful winter interest.

Give this beauty room to grow.  Also called ; AMERICAN PLANETREE

sycamore091511Wildlife interaction: seeds feed multiple types of wildlife and older trees can provide nesting locations. Hosts several species of moths and I personally find butterflies resting for the night under the huge leaves.

Learn more:  http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/platanus-occidentalis

Cercis canadensis (EASTERN REDBUD)

beeRedbud030911AGiving pollinators an head start, bright pink flowers greet you before the leaves develop each spring on the eastern redbud tree. Attains a height of 25-30 ft. making it a perfect specimen for a smaller garden.

Larval host: Henry’s elfin (Callophrys henrici) and io moth (Automeris io). Popular with bees.

Learn more:  http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/cercis-canadensis

Amorpha fruticosa (BASTARD FALSE INDIGO)

Amorpha fruticosa (BASTARD FALSE INDIGO) is a deciduous shrub with lacey leaves. It can be used as a specimen, screen, hedge, or background plant growing to a height of 6-12ft.

Larval host for butterfly: southern dogface (Zerene cesonia), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), and silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

Attracts pollinators

Learn planting conditions: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/amorpha-fruticosa