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Silver Maple

Silver Maple

Fast-Growing Ornamental Tree with Silver Accents The Silver Maple is a fast-growing ornamental tree that is very popular in the United States.  It would look great planted in a row along your street or driveway, or in a place easily viewed from a window so you can enjoy its natural beauty year round. One of the most common trees in the US, the Silver Maple reaches a height of 80 feet with a 50 foot spread.  Its crown has a rounded open form, which will provide a lovely silhouette behind the other plantings in your landscape.  It’s a very adaptable deciduous tree, so you won’t have to worry about fussing over it once it’s established.   While it has several admirable features, the Silver Maple is prized by many for its leaves.  Imagine the typical Maple leaf shape, but with deeply cut lobes and a silvery underside.  The effect of the silver coloring is striking, and will set your Maple apart from the other trees in your yard. Early spring will bring small panicles of flowers.  A short time later you’ll note the seeds as they form what appears to be a pair of wings that often take flight to float gently to the ground.  An added treat will be the wildlife you can watch as they’re drawn to your Maple to enjoy the seeds, which are the largest of any native Maple. Autumn will cloak your Maple in lovely amber hues, calling a close to the warm summer season.  In late winter you can collect some sap to use as a sweetener or some people like to use the seeds in breads and other culinary dishes. The Silver Maple is a tree of uncommon beauty and with a variety of uses.  It would certainly be a beautiful addition to your home. Ships Fall 2013 * Fast-growing* Silvery hued leaves* Hardy

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Butteryfly Bush – Lo & BeholdA Lilac Chip

Butterfly Bush with Continuous Blooms until Frost Lo and Behold Lilac Chip is a deciduous shrub with exceptional flowers summer to frost.  These are perfect for your smaller garden spots where you want something showy but don’t have a lot of room.  Plant some in mixed borders, or make an outstanding low hedge. Imagine being able to have the uniquely elegant lilac flowers in your yard, only with less space requirements and continuous blooms right up until frost.  Your Lo and Behold Lilac Chip provides that boon, and far more.  The long spikes of lavender-pink flowers appear in summer and persist right up until frost.  Their fragrance is in keeping with their appearance, sure to draw you in for a closer look each time you step outside. Lo and Behold Lilac Chip is a more compact and rounded variety of Butterfly Bush, it’s also quite hardy and won’t require a lot of special care.  Lo and Behold Lilac Chip is drought tolerant during the summer and frost resistant later in the season.  It’s a seedless variety, and you won’t even need to worry about deadheading to ensure its continuous bloom.  Butterflies and hummingbirds will buzz around your glorious blossoms, but the deer will pass it by. If you’d love fragrant flowers reminiscent of classic lilacs all summer long on a diminutive, carefree shrub then Lo and Behold Lilac Chip is for you.  *Long-blooming lilac flowers*Hardy*Wildlife interest

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Grape – Canadice

The Canadice Grape, Vitis ‘Canadice’, is a very good red seedless variety with compact fruit clusters of large berries with a flavor similar to Delaware Grapes. Canadice is hardy to -20 F, very vigorous with good winter hardiness. It is a woody, deciduous, tendril climbing vine which typically grows 15-20 feet long, unless pruned shorter. Ripening in mid-September hrough October, it is considered to be a good grape for fresh eating. With its large, shallowly-three-lobed, green foliage, it has flowers that are attractive to bees and ripe fruit is attractive to some hornets and wasps. This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage. Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where they provide good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, showy fruit, some fall color and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. Grapes need a good support system like fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures. A single grapevine produces enough new growth every year to roof an arbor, arch a walkway, or shade over a terrace or deck. The grape vines can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home. Grapes need full sunlight and high temperatures to ripen, so plant on southern slopes, the south side of windbreaks, or the south sides of buildings. Birds love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share. *Red Color *Seedless *Hardy to – 20 F

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