New Trees and Shrubs for 2017

Add one or more of these new plants to your garden palette in 2017.

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    Hydrangea Incrediball® Blush

    If you love the old stand-by 'Annabelle' hydrangea, this is even better! Boasting bigger blooms on very sturdy stems that won't flop, this new pink arborescens-type hydrangea is sure to please. Flowers begin a beautiful blush color that slowly fades to green as they age.

    Plant name: Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA4' PPAF

    Growing conditions: full sun to part shade

    Size: 4-5 feet tall and wide

    Zone: 3

    Season of interest: summer, fall

    Photo Credit: Proven Winners

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    North Wind® Maple

    As the start of a new series of very hardy Japanese maple-type trees, North Wind really puts on a show. This tree begins the year with red newly emerged leaves, which fade to light green in summer. Come fall, the finale ends in bright oranges and scarlet.

    Plant name: Acer x pseudosieboldianum 'IslNW'

    Growing conditions: full sun to part shade

    Size: 20 feet tall by 15 feet wide

    Zone: 4

    Seasons of interest: spring and fall

    Photo Credit: Iseli Nursery

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    Hydrangea Miss Saori

    With beautiful double blooms and a picotee edge, these blooms are sure to set this hydrangea apart. Unlike many other macrophylla-type hydrangeas, Miss Saori sports burgundy foliage in both spring and fall, adding to the already impressive floral display. Feel free to cut a few stems for a vase, as they also make great cut flowers.

    Plant name: Hydrangea macrophylla 'H20-02' PP26,657

    Growing conditions: full sun to part shade

    Size: 3-4 feet tall and wide

    Zone: 5

    Season of interest: summer, fall

    Photo Credit: Concept Plants

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    Buddleja Unique

    This is a wonderful new Butterfly Bush that doesn't stop blooming. Unique blooms on new wood, so you don't have to worry about winter die-back affecting your flower show. This plant is also a multitasker, performing great in the ground or in a pot. You don't have to worry about re-seeding, as this hybrid is perfectly sterile, but still attracting plenty of butterflies!

    Plant name: Buddliea alternifolia 'PMoore12'

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 3-4 feet tall and wide

    Zone: 5

    Season of interest: early summer through fall

    Photo Credit: Concept Plants

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    Viburnum First Editions® Opening Day™

    Just in time for baseball season, large snowball-like clusters of blooms begin in April and last several weeks. Once the show is done, this beautiful shrub maintains crisp, clean, pleated foliage throughout the growing season. Come fall with cold nights, the foliage is transformed into beautiful shades of cabernet.

    Plant name: Viburnum plicatum 'PIIVIB-II' PPAF

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 5-10 feet tall by 5-8 feet wide

    Zone: 5

    Season of interest: spring, fall

    Photo Credit: First Editions® Plants

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    Cercis Carolina Sweetheart™

    What could make a redbud tree even better? Variegated purple foliage! After it's lovely spring display of blooms, this newcomer continues to wow with foliage emerging purple and fading to green with bright white margins on heart-shaped leaves. A real stunner.

    Plant name: Cercis canadensis 'NCCC1'

    Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade

    Size: 20-30 feet tall and up to 30 feet wide

    Zone: 6

    Season of interest: spring blooms, spring-fall foliage

    Photo Credit: Star Roses and Plants

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    Coprosma Pacific Sunrise™

    A real attention grabber, this new coprosma has delicious chocolate brown foliage edged in glowing pink. Wonderfully low maintenance, this can make a bold statement on its own in a pot, or planted in mass as a hedge for even greater effect! Just when you think the show can't get any better, cool fall nights make the colors even more intense.

    Plant name: Coprosma repens Pacific Sunrise

    Growing conditions: full sun to part shade

    Size: 3 feet tall and wide

    Zone: 9

    Season of interest: spring, summer, fall, winter

    Photo Credit: Anthony Tesselaar Plants

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    Daphne Perfume Princess®

    Wow! The name truly says it all with this one. Unlike typical daphnes, this stunner boasts flowers up to 4 times larger than usual. These large blooms also cover almost the whole stem, filling a space with their heady fragrance. The plants themselves are also much more rugged and tolerant of many more conditions, including full sun!

    Plant name: Daphne ordora x bholua 'DapJur01'

    Growing conditions: full sun to part shade

    Size: 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide

    Zone: 7

    Season of interest: mid-winter through late spring

    Photo Credit: Anthony Tesselaar Plants

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    Distylium Emerald Heights®

    As a relative newcomer in the plant market, distylium is finding great use as a tough substitute for evergreen shrubs like hollies and boxwood. Emerald Heights® has glossy deep-green foliage and small maroon flowers in the winter. The shrub is an extremely low-maintenance powerhouse, withstanding heat, drought, wet soil, and even disease and insects.

    Plant name: Distylium 'PIIDIST-I'

    Growing conditions: full sun to part shade

    Size: 5 feet by 5 feet

    Zone: 6

    Season of interest: spring, summer, fall, winter

    Photo Credit: Gardener's Confidence® Collection

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    Diervilla Firefly™ Nightglow™

    Bush honeysuckles are steadily gaining popularity, and for good reason. With deep-red foliage throughout the growing season and enhanced crimson red glow in the fall, they have really come a long way. To add even more interest, Firefly Nightglow tops off each branch with a display of happy yellow blooms spring through summer.

    Plant name: Diervilla splendens 'El Madrigal' USPPAF

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide

    Zone: 4

    Season of interest: spring, summer, fall

    Photo Credit: Bloomin' Easy

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    Hibiscus Hollywood™ Runway Beauty™

    Runway Beauty is another wonderful addition to the new Hollywood Hibiscus line. These hibiscus boast loads of blooms that last more than the traditional one day for a hibiscus. The plant habit is also wonderfully compact, making them great for containers!

    Plant name: Hibiscus rosa sinensis 'C335-3' PPAF

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide

    Zone: 9

    Season of interest: spring, summer, fall

    Photo Credit: Hollywood Hibiscus

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    Hydrangea First Editions® Diamond Rouge™

    A new paniculata type hydrangea, Diamond Rouge brings its deep-red coloring to the table earlier than the rest of the group. Abundant blooms begin white and fade gradually through the spectrum of pink, raspberry, and finally wine red, making this new variety a real knockout.

    Plant name: Hydrangea paniculata 'Rendia' PP24,667

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 4-5 feet tall by 3-4 feet wide

    Zone: 3

    Season of interest: summer, fall

    Photo Credit: First Editions® Plants

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    Crapemyrtle Black Diamond® Lavender Lace™

    The newest member of the Black Diamond family, Lavender Lace™ boasts the trademark clean, black foliage of the group in a new color. These plants are great multitaskers; they make great hedges as well as accent plants. On top of that, they're extremely low maintenance and can stand up to both heat and drought.

    Plant name: Lagerstroemia indica 'CS2012-12'

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: up to 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide

    Zone: 6

    Season of interest: summer, fall

    Photo Credit: Black Diamond® Blooms

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    Magnolia Mercury™

    Hailing from breeding work at North Carolina State University, this new hybrid tree's best feature is that it blooms almost a month later than most other saucer magnolias, avoiding the threat of frost. Other defining features are it's great pyramidal form and velvety soft leaves. If all of this wasn't enough, it's also fragrant!

    Plant name: Magnolia 'NCMX1' P.A.F.

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 25 feet tall by 15 feet wide

    Zone: 5

    Season of interest: late spring

    Photo Credit: J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

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    Pinus 'Emerald Arrow'

    Standing a maximum of 15 feet tall, this emerald sentry of a plant makes a great statement in a garden. Touting both drought and insect resistance, the rich, dark-green needles are held on upright branches forming a dense canopy. An intermediate grower, Emerald Arrow adds 6-12 inches a year.

    Plant name: Pinus leucodermis (heldreichii) 'Emerald Arrow'

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 15 feet tall by 8 feet wide

    Zone: 5

    Season of interest: spring, summer, fall, winter

    Photo Credit: Iseli Nursery

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    Potentilla Bella Bellissima™

    An update on an old classic, Bella Bellissima brings some new life to potentilla. Deep pink blooms cover this plant from top to bottom, and the colors get better as they age. Not only that, but this plant has a great compact habit and is super hardy. All the way down to Zone 2!

    Plant name: Potentilla fruticosa 'Hachliss' USPPAF

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 2-3 feet tall and wide

    Zone: 2

    Season of interest: spring, summer

    Photo Credit: Bloomin' Easy

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    Rosa First Editions® Above and Beyond™

    A new addition to the climbing rose profile, Above and Beyond™ has great cane hardiness, making it sure to bloom in the spring. Numerous orange buds open to apricot semi-double blooms that cover the plant. This variety also has great disease resistance and vigorous growth. It can be trained as a shrub rose if climbers aren't your style.

    Plant name: Rosa 'ZLEEltonStrack' PP24,463

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 10-14 feet tall

    Zone: 3

    Season of interest: spring, summer

    Photo Credit: First Editions® Plants

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    Weigela Lemon Ice™

    Yellow blooms on this novel weigela start out earlier than most—as early as late April. Lemon Ice puts the majority of its show on in spring but continues to sporadically bloom throughout the summer into the fall. The immature red stems also add a splash of color to the clean, light green foliage.

    Plant name: Weigela florida 'Lemiczam'

    Growing conditions: full sun

    Size: 5-6 feet tall and wide

    Zone: 5

    Season of interest: spring, summer, fall

    Photo Credit: UpShoot LLC.

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