April 12, 2018
Also known as Sour Gum, this spectacular native tree is underused in our modern landscapes. As the importance of biodiversity becomes more apparent, it is important to have a variety of plant material in all of our landscapes. Natives get a bad rap for being messy or for the gardeny types, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many natives, like the Black Tupelo that will fit right in to a contemporary landscape. The Black Tupelo, a slow-growing shade tree, has beautiful glossy green leaves for the summer. The flowers aren’t showy, but provide an excellent nectar source to local bees and the fall fruit are devoured by birds and other animals. The fall color is out of this world, and with shades of orange to scarlet red, it is sure to stop you in your tracks.
This lowland tree is perfect for those wet areas of the yard or that low spot that is subject to periodic flooding. It is tolerant of poor soils and works well as a street tree. Black Tupelo makes an excellent specimen shade tree when planted in groupings. Our landscape designer prefers it as a native substitute to the overused Maples and Pear trees.
We have had hydrangea fever for some time now! What is not to love about these vigorous growing, heavy blooming garden plants?
Chicagoland green boxwood was introduced in 1994. Chicagoland grows as a hardy, dense growing hybrid of boxwood. A broadleaf evergreen with foliage typical of most deciduous plants, boxwood retains its leaves year-round, which are dark green, small and curved.
A female cultivar of the red maple, the October glory maple is a medium sized deciduous tree with glossy green leaves containing three main triangular lobes.