New Trees and Shrubs for 2012

Add beauty and value to your landscape with these brand-new varieties of trees, shrubs, and vines for 2012.

By Karen Weir-Jimerson


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Hydrangea You-Me Passion
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You-Me Passion Hydrangea

    Hydrangea You-Me Passion happily blooms from April to September. Flowers are soft pink or blue, depending on soil pH. This hydrangea looks like a lace-cap type when it first opens with large flowers encircling the edge of the bloom. But unlike lace caps, the whole flower fills out with open double blooms, creating a mop-head effect. The compact shrub has a strong, upright growth habit with rigid branches. You-Me Passion is ideal for indoor and outdoor containers, mixed flower borders, and small-space gardens.

    Name: You-Me Passion Hydrangea macrophylla 'RIE 4'

    Growing Conditions: Partial shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: The Better Homes and Gardens collection at FTD.

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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Golden Crane Hydrangea

    Great color, early bloom, and sumptuous scent make this hydrangea a must-have for gardens. One of the earliest hydrangeas to bloom, Golden Crane produces large lacecap flowers in white and chartreuse and continues to flower through summer. Another unique characteristic of this hydrangea is its scent.

    Name: Golden Crane Hydrangea angustipetala 'MonLongShou'

    Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Growing Conditions: Partial shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 5 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 6-10

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit monrovia.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Monrovia Nurseries

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Sapphire Surf Bluebeard

    Infuse the cool color of blue into your garden or landscape with splashy Sapphire Surf. This compact mounding shrub is covered in frothy deep blue flowers from late summer through early autumn, from the top of the plant to the bottom. The spiky blooms attract butterflies and are beautiful in cut-flower arrangements. This easy-care shrub is also deer-resistant. Sapphire Surf is beautiful when planted in mass as a border or as a specimen plant in the landscape or flowerbed.

    Name: Sapphire Surf Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Blauer Splatz'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 2 feet tall, 3 feet wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: Find a retailer near you at www.baileynurseries.com

    Photo courtesy baileynurseries.com

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Snow Day 'Blizzard' Pearlbush

    Celebrate spring with this white-flowering blooming shrub. 'Blizzard' is smothered with small white buds (which is how it gets its common name pearlbush). The tiny buds open up to showy, single-petal flowers. This deciduous shrub is an easy-care option for flowerbeds and landscape borders.

    Name: Snow Day Exochorda 'Blizzard'

    Growing Conditions: Full to partial sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 5-6 feet tall

    Zones: 4-8

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

    Photo courtesy provenwinners.com

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Candy Coralberry

    This showy snowberry is a compact 3-foot-tall shrub with beautiful arching branches that bear dark green foliage all summer and plump, candylike pink berries in early fall. You'll enjoy the berries all winter because they stay on the bare branches, looking festive and colorful under a light dusting of snow or embraced in an icy frost. Plant Candy coralberry in shrub borders or as an anchor in a perennial border.

    Name: Symphoricarpos doorenbosii 'Kolmcan'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 30 inches tall and wide

    Zones: 4-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Photo courtesy baileynurseries.com

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'Miss Molly' Butterfly Bush

    Sure, it's a butterfly magnet, but 'Miss Molly' also has other charms. Its sangria-red blossoms cover a compact bush that's at home rubbing shoulders with perennials in flowerbeds or intermixed with landscape shrubs. Although deer-resistant, nectar-rich butterfly bush is attractive to hummingbirds and pollinating insects, so it's a must-have for wildlife gardens.

    Name: Buddleja 'Miss Molly'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 4-6 feet tall

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

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Lo & Behold Purple Haze Butterfly Bush

    This dwarf seedless butterfly bush blooms in an arresting purple-blue hue. Perfect for small-space gardens or containers, Lo & Behold Purple Haze blooms continuously through the summer, luring Monarchs, Swallowtails, and other beautiful butterflies to your yard. Hummingbirds love it, too. This easy-care bush doesn't require pruning to keep it looking nice. It makes a great edging plant because of its low -- but always-in-bloom -- stature.

    Name: Lo & Behold Buddleja 'Purple Haze'

    Growing Conditions: Sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 1-1/2 to 2 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

    Photo courtesy provenwinners.com

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Encore Autumn Sunburst Azalea

    The Encore series of azaleas is a best seller because shrubs bloom in multiple seasons. A new color for the series, Autumn Sunburst, features striking bicolor coral-and-pink flowers with white edges. The blooms are simply luminous in the landscape. Enjoy flowers from spring through fall with this sun-tolerant azalea. Use as foundation plantings to add color around your home. It's a great container planting, too.

    Name: Encore Autumn Sunburst Rhododendron

    Growing Conditions: Sun and moist, well-drained acidic soil

    Size: 4 feet tall, 3-1/2 feet wide

    Zones: 6-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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'Eternal Fragrance' Daphne

    A profusion of clustered pale pink blooms covers this compact shrub over many months. Plus, you get fragrance! The intensely scented blooms are lovely to enjoy from a porch container or as a patio edger. This rounded, compact daphne is ideal for small-space gardens -- it grows just 2 feet tall and spreads 3 feet wide. The semievergreen leaves are a pleasing contrast to the open, light pink flowers.

    Name: Daphne transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained slightly acidic soil

    Size: 2-3 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 6-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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Weeping Extraordinaire Flowering Cherry

    You'll be wooed and wowed by the giant pink blooms on this double-flowering, weeping cherry tree. As an ornamental element in the landscape, this flowering cherry can't be beat -- it offers color and structure. The fluffy pink flowers are large and abundant. The tree produces attractive copper-color new growth that fades to glossy green, then turns burgundy in autumn. The weeping shape looks lovely in a garden setting or as a landscaping element.

    Name: Weeping Extraordinaire Prunus 'Extrazam'

    Growing Conditions: Partial shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 15-20 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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Rhapsody in Pink Crape Myrtle

    Flowering from spring to frost, Rhapsody in Pink bears crimson buds that open into clusters of soft pink flowers, which stand out against the wine-red-purple leaves that fade to a dark green. A fast grower, this small tree can put on 3-4 feet of growth in one season. A beautiful landscape specimen, this crape myrtle grows 10-15 feet tall and is drought- and disease-tolerant.

    Name: Rhapsody in Pink Lagerstroemia indica

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 10-15 feet tall

    Zones: 7-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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Royal Raindrops Crabapple

    One of the showiest players in spring landscapes, Royal Raindrops produces fragrant, magenta-pink flowers. After the flower show fades, this upright, spreading tree displays lovely dark purple lobed leaves. In later summer, tiny bright red fruits appear. Then in fall, the foliage changes to a mix of bronze, orange, and purple. The red berries persist through winter, offering snacks for the overwintering birds in your yard.

    Name: Royal Raindrops Malus

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 20 feet tall, 15 feet wide

    Zones: 4-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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Sonic Bloom Pink Weigela

    This reblooming, pink-flowering weigela will jazz up your landscape with its gorgeous flowers from May through frost. In spring, hot-pink buds open to rich pink flowers that cover this shrub's branches from base to tip. And this shrub just keeps on blooming. Pruning is not required for rebloom: It blooms on old and new wood. The Sonic Bloom series features two other colors: Pearl and Red. For continuous bloom in landscape borders or flower gardens, add Sonic Bloom weigelas to your yard.

    Name: Sonic Bloom Pink Weigela florida 'Bokrasopih'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 4-5 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 4-8

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Proven Winners

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First Editions Glory Hypericum

    Cute little berries -- resembling mini caramel apples -- stud this adorable shrub. You might recognize the berried stems from commercial cut-flower bouquets (one reason to plant this shrub -- for homemade bouquets), but hypericum is also a great foundation or container shrub. First Editions Glory has an upright rounded shape. This shrub produces yellow flowers in spring and berries in autumn.

    Name: First Editions Glory Hypericum 'Kolmaglor'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 30-36 inches tall and wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy Bailey Nurseries

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Show Off Starlet Forsythia

    Spring thrills! One of the stunning sights of early spring, forsythia bursts into sunny yellow bloom to hail the opening of the gardening season. Starlet is an updated version of this old-fashioned favorite with bigger, brighter blooms. Yet it's more compact than other varieties, so it's a perfect fit for small areas. It's deer-resistant, too.

    Name: Show Off Starlet Forsythia 'Minfor6'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 2-3 feet tall

    Zones: 4-8

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Proven Winners

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'Dolly's Dress' Fuchsia

    Long-lasting bright pink tubular flowers appear in summer and are the calling card of this showy shrub. 'Dolly's Dress' has a round growth habit, making it ideal for a hedge or mass planting. It bears small leaves that grow on upright, twiggy stems. This fuchsia gets its name from the flowers' dress shape.

    Name: Fuchsia microphylla 'Dolly's Dress'

    Growing Conditions: Partial shade to full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 5 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 7-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit monrovia.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Monrovia

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Garnet Fire Chinese Fringe Flower

    Forget evergreen! Named for the deep red gemstone, Garnet Fire could be called ever-red: Its maroon leaves offer year-round color in landscapes. Also called Chinese fringe flower, this shrub produces hundreds of garnet-red, tasseled flowers in late winter through spring. This tough shrub tolerates heat, humidity, deer, and rabbits. It grows 5-7 feet tall in a rounded oval form.

    Name: Garnet Fire Loropetalum

    Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 5-7 feet tall, 4-6 feet wide

    Zones: 7-11

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy Greenleaf Nursery

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Pewter Pillar Winter's Bark

    This Chilean evergreen tree offers glossy green leaves, clusters of white flowers (in late winter/early spring), and a tight columnar growth habit. Use Pewter Pillar as an unclipped hedge; it offers privacy and screening.

    Name: Pewter Pillar Drimys winteri var. chiloense

    Growing Conditions: Partial to full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 20 feet tall

    Zones: 7-10

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit monrovia.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Monrovia

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'Whitewater' Weeping Redbud

    'Whitewater' is a splashy new redbud featuring the classic magenta flowers in early spring followed by surprising white-variegated leaves that ultimately turn green by summer. In a container, bed, or border, this tree will be an eye-catching addition to your yard. This weeping redbud is a rarity and has caused quite the stir among plant enthusiasts.

    Name: Cercis canadensis 'Whitewater'

    Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 5-7 feet tall

    Zones: 6-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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Wine Spritzer Beautyberry

    Enjoy this gorgeous new beautyberry with variegated leaves and wine-color stems. Plant it in full sun to bring out the strongest color. This beautiful shrub is ideal for wildlife gardens. In summer, Wine Spritzer features tiny lavender flowers that lure in butterflies and bees. In autumn, berries provide food for birds. Other wildlife, such as rabbits and deer, don't bother it. Wine Spritzer beautyberry is a vigorous grower and cold-tolerant. Use it in the landscape in a mixed border or foundation plant. Or enjoy its great color and wildlife appeal by planting multiple shrubs in mass or lined up as a screen. It grows in a rounded form.

    Name: Wine Spritzer Callicarpa dichotoma 'Shiji Murasaki'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 4-5 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 5-8

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy Greenleaf Nursery

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Summer Snow Beautyberry

    A new variegated form! This lovely beautyberry features summertime clusters of pink-lavender flowers that contrast nicely with its creamy white-green leaves. After the blooms fade, you'll be rewarded with rose-purple berries in autumn. Summer Snow is ideal for mixed borders and anywhere you want a dash of color.

    Name: Summer Snow Callicarpa

    Growing Conditions: Partial sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 5 feet tall, 4 feet wide

    Zones: 6-10

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit monrovia.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Monrovia

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Redpointe Maple

    Infuse your landscape with the brilliant red fall color of Redpointe. This upright, pyramidal maple offers a lovely, refined form and some of the best foliage of any red maple. It's a beauty of a shade tree! Redpointe features improved resistance to anthracnose, spider mites, and leafhoppers. The tree features a straight, dominant central leader that results in strong, elegant branch angles. Leaves are sharply lobed, petite, and dark green until the cool temperatures of autumn roll around. Then the leaves burn with brightness.

    Name: Redpointe Acer rubrum 'Frank Jr.'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 45 feet tall, 30 feet wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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'Jade Patina' Hedge Maple

    The perfect tree for small spots (including urban areas), this new hedge maple features attractive deeply lobed green leaves. It grows in an upright oval shape and thrives in a variety of soil conditions, including dry soils. 'Jade Patina' is extremely cold-tolerant -- and it's not affected by frost cracking, which can be a problem for some maples. The jade green leaves turn yellow in autumn.

    Name: Jade Patina Acer campestre 'BAIlee'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained to dry soil

    Size: 20-35 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 5-7

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy Bailey Nurseries

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Emerald Colonnade Holly

    This male holly (which produces no fruit) offers evergreen lushness for any landscape. It grows in a shapely rounded to pyramidal form. Plant Emerald Colonnade in a container, or group several in a line for an informal hedge or privacy screen. It also makes an excellent specimen plant in a mixed landscape border.

    Name: Emerald Colonnade Ilex 'RutHol 1'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 10-12 feet tall, 6-8 feet wide

    Zones: 7-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit monrovia.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Monrovia

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'Highlander' Boxwood

    One of the fastest-growing boxwoods, this upright shrub features dark green foliage that holds its color all winter. The leaves are slightly larger than common boxwood and feature the same dark green color. 'Highlander' can put on 2 feet or more of new growth per year. It has a lovely pyramidal growth habit that makes it an excellent choice for flanking entryways. Minimal shearing and shaping is needed to keep 'Highlander' looking handsome.

    Name: Buxus sempervirens 'Highlander'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 6-7 feet tall, 3-1/2 feet wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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Wildfire Winterberry

    Jazz up winter landscapes with the bright red berries of this wonderful winterberry. The compact rounded shrub offers year-round interest: white flowers in spring, verdant green leaves in summer, yellow-bronze foliage in autumn, plus berries in fall and winter. Enjoy them just in time for holiday decorating! Plant as a foundation plant, garden specimen, or hedge.

    Name: Wildfire Ilex verticillata 'Bailfire'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 6-7 feet tall, 8 feet wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Image courtesy Bailey Nurseries

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Good Vibrations Juniper

    Soft to the touch, Good Vibrations is a noteworthy juniper that provides a color show all season. In spring, the foliage is an attractive chartreuse. In summer, it changes to gold, which warms to orange in autumn. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for perennial borders or massed as a groundcover. Deer won't eat it.

    Name: Good Vibrations Juniperus horizontalis

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 1-3 feet tall, 4-5 feet wide

    Zones: 4-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Proven Winners

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Celtic Pride Siberian Cypress

    Siberian cypress is a hardy choice for beds and landscapes in need of fall and winter interest. This compact, low-growing shrub has a new, more disease-resistant variety: Celtic Pride. It is extremely cold hardy and holds its vibrant green color throughout winter. Another plus: deer won't eat it. Plant in mass or use as a foundation planting.

    Name: Celtic Pride Microbiota decussata 'Prides'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 1-3 feet tall

    Zones: 2-7

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Proven Winners

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Wedding Ring Boxwood

    Any boxwood adds evergreen structure to gardens and containers, but you get more than that with Wedding Ring. Its yellow-variegated foliage adds a sweet lemony hue to gardens. It's small in stature, too, growing only 12-36 inches tall. And it features a neat, mounded growth habit. Perfect for small hedges or containers.

    Name: Wedding Ring Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Eseles'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun to shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 1-3 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Proven Winners

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My Monet 'Sunset' Weigela

    Forget about flowers! The variegated foliage of My Monet 'Sunset' is a painterly mix of red, yellow, and chartreuse. (There are pink flowers in spring, too!) This dwarf shrub is at home in a flower border or in the landscape rubbing shoulders with other shrubs. 'Sunset' is amazing as a mass planting -- so colorful! It's deer-resistant, too.

    Name: My Monet Weigela florida 'Sunset'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 2-3 feet tall

    Zones: 5-8

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center or visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

    Image courtesy Proven Winners

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