SHRUBS & TREES

Acer carries many different types of trees and shrubs.  If you are looking for a specific plant, please contact us.  Our stock is always changing

 

Check out our shrub inventory.  Not all varieties we carry are listed on our inventory. 

EVERGREENS

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pinus parviflora

Grown in full sun, this short-needled pine can withstand salt, wind and, once established, drought.  In fact, don't over water this pine.  A wide range of cultivars gives this evergreen a true oriental garden feel.  Use with other sun-loving plants as an accent or specimen.

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prunus laurocerasus

One of the few deer resistant, evergreen shrubs that thrives in light to heavy shade, Cherry Laurel produces creamy white flowers in the spring.  Birds love this shrub!  Excellent used as a hedge or screen, smaller cultivars are useful in foundation plantings as different cultivars feature a wide range of growth habits, sizes and shapes.  Avoid planting in excessively wet areas. 

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Vaccinum macrocarpon

(The American Cranberry)

Our native American Cranberry offers glossy, tart redberries on a low, evergreen groundcover.  Berries ripen late in the season and the foliage will turn burgundy during the winter. Zone 2-7.

Leucothoe 

Leucothoe is a spring blooming evergreen, with white flowers that appear in April and May along gracefully arching branches.  The new foliage that emerges in the spring has an orangey/red color.  This evergreen shrub is happiest in the part shade. Grows 2'-4' tall and wide. Zone 5. 

Buxus 'Tide Hill'

Tide Hill Korean Boxwood is a low growing, spreading evergreen shrub that is densely branched.  Grows 15 inches tall by 5 ft. wide.  Does best in part to heavy shade.

PLANT FOR SUCCESS

Ball & burlap tree planting guide

 

Enjoy our step by step tree planting video with Bill Harris.  For more detailed information, read our handout on Tree Planting. 

FLOWERING

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Rosa

'fruity petals'

This disease-resistant coral climber has been introduced by the breeder of the Knockout Rose.  Blooms are uniquely colored and heavy throughout the season.  Grows 6 ft. tall by 4 ft. wide.  Hardy to Zone 4. 

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Abelia (Glossy Leaf Abelia)

Pink flowers from July to frost on the tips of new growth.  Prune back in spring to keep the bush from getting stringy.  Insect problems are rare.  Arching branches give the bush a graceful effect. Grows 3'-5' tall and does best in the full sun. 

Malus 'Coralburst'

Malus (crabapple)

Blooming in May, the crabapple produces fruit in summer.  Autumn transforms both the fruit and foliage to deep colors ranging from purple to red to yellow.  Winter snow accents the colors of the bark. Grows 15 ft. to 25 ft. tall. Does best in full sun.

Buddleia

(Butterfly Bush) 

 

Constant summer blooms attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  Should be cut to 18" late spring but blooms on new wood.  Untouched by disease and extremely pest resistant. Can reach 6'-8' tall. Does best in full sun.

clematis paniculata  

Although it is a long-lived perennial, many New England gardeners depend on Sweet Autumn Clematis to give them the last August-to-frost bloom when other vines are lagging.  Place them where their fragrance can be enjoyed.  This rampant and lush grower blooms on new wood and thrives in partial shade.  Perfect for a trellis.  Grows 20 ft. to 30 ft. tall.

WINTER INTEREST

Winterberry

ilex verticillata (Winterberry)

An obvious choice for native gardens, this shrub's red berries last well in the winter and are most attractive to birds, especially robins.  Planted in mass, Winterberry will form large colonies.  Typically grows 6 ft. to 10 ft. tall.  One male plant is needed for pollination to ensure fruit set. 

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stewartia pseudocamellia

This slow grower produces white flowers in June and July with very showy red-orange fall foliage.  It's peeling bark provides winter interest in tones of orange, green and gray.  Give it some shelter from strong afternoon sun.  Grows 30'-40' tall. 

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Enkianthus

Enkianthus is an upright, deciduous shrub that grows 8'-12' tall.  Small, bell shaped, pinkish flowers appear in late spring attracting our natives bees.  This shrub has an excellent fall color.  During the winter the seed pods attract finches and Juncos!  

CallicarpA (Beautyberry)

 

Beautyberry is a small, deciduous shrub which grows 4'-5' tall.  Pink flowers in late summer are followed by striking purple berries lasting though the winter. Very attractive to cardinals, this shrub is very graceful with downward-arching branches.  Since it flowers and fruits on new growth, cut back to 18" in the spring.

acer griseum (Paperbark maple)

Easily grown, this small, oval tree is noted for its peeling, copper-orange, red-brown bark, and its late fall season reddish-orange foliage.  Summer leaves contrast the dark green of the top with a silvery green on the bottom.  This tree is an ideal landscape focal point.  Grows 20'-30' tall.

FRUIT TREES

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apple trees

 

What is lovelier than an apple tree in full bloom?  Your own apple tree in bloom, getting ready to give you your very own apples in the fall!  The nursery has a wide variety of hardy apple trees: self fertile, dwarf, semi-dwarf and espaliered.  

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Seckel pear

 

Sweet, flavorful, aromatic, spicy and perhaps one of the best dessert pears.  Russeted brown skin.  Self-fruitful.