Trees and Shrubs

Garden Worthy New Plants in the Nursery 2014:

Betula papyrifera 'Renaissance Refection' Paper Birch:
This is the most Bronze Birch Borer resistant variety to date. If sighted in good garden soil with plenty of root run we can grow Paper Birch again! This would not be a good choice for a parking lot island or sited close to a building. We will have a just a few of these this year.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Miss Grace' Dawn Redwood:
This wonderful tree was thought to be extinct until rediscovered in China in 1944. 'Miss Grace' is a dwarf selection with pendulous branches and appropriate for any sized garden. This is a deciduous conifer with russet fall color, peeling park and sculptural branching add to winter interest. 'Miss Grace' should be staked to develop a central leader. We will have just a few of these this year.

Sunrosa Shrub Roses from Suntory:
Exclusive to Monrovia and introduced by Suntory in Japan these are heat tolerant and highly disease resistant roses. There are 3 varieties introduced this year: 'Sunrosa Red', 'Sunrosa Yellow' and 'Sunrosa Soft Pink'. They are compact selection that will require little pruning reaching 18-24 inches with a similar spread. These all have double blossoms and are very free flowering even in hot weather.

Gardenia jasminoides 'Summer Snow':
This variety was introduced by one of our growers Buds and Blooms Nursery and was trialed for 10 years before introduction. It is the most cold hardy variety to date it is fully hardy in zone 6! It features large fragrant double pure white flowers, glossy evergreen foliage it is drought tolerant and resistant to deer browsing. It will reach a height of 4-5 feet with an equal spread.

Nandina domestica 'Lemon Lime':
This plant was selected by one of our favorite growers Richard Davis of The Ivy Farm. Richard is a true plantsman and I'm sure his introduction will not disappoint. It features bright yellow-green new growth and it will be a real show stopper in spring. It has a habit and density similar to 'Gulf Stream' and should combine well with it. It does not produce good crops of berries. 'Lemon Lime' will reach a height of 3-4 feet with a similar spread.

Nandina domestica 'Blush Pink':
This sport of the popular variety 'Fire Power' will become available later this year. It adds stunning pink new growth and in winter it is a combination of pink and red. It retains the compact habit and toughness of its parent.

Cercis Canadensis 'Alley Cat':
Discovered in an alley in Kentucky this redbud has dark pink flowers, and its leaves are splashed with white. The variegated laves are very scorch resistant even in full sun and do not revert. The leaves emerge a coppery pink before the variegation appears later in spring. This unique tree will reach a height of 20 feet with a similar spread.

Cupressus sempervirens 'Tiny Tower':
This is another Monrovia introduction. 'Tiny 'Tower' is a dense and compact selection of Italian cypress that only reaches 10 feet with a spread of only 2 feet after ten years of growth. At maturity it will reach a height of 25 feet with a spread of 3 feet. This is a great selection for containers, high profile city gardens, Mediterranean gardens, or as narrow accent plant. Italian cypress are resentful of wet clay soils so be sure to site it in a well drained area. Once established it is very drought tolerant.

Japanese maples in smaller sizes:
Japanese maples are great garden plants. This season we will have them in some smaller sizes, perfect for those who have limited space or who want to watch the plant mature overtime. Japanese maples are wonderful container subjects be sure to choose a container with a complimentary form and color. We will have some unique and rare offerings and some trained forms as well. Selection will vary by location.

Unusual fruits and berries:
The edible craze continues and this season we will be adding some new choices. We will have more of the BrazzelBerries hybrids; 'Peach Sorbet' and 'Jelly Bean' blueberries and 'Raspberry Shortcake' raspberry. These compact and ornamental plants are perfect for containers or even hanging baskets and they produce good crops of delicious healthful berries.
We will also be carrying some fun new fruits and edibles, look for: hops, wine grapes, goji berries, lingonberries, elderberries, native passion fruit vines and kiwi. All of these unusual fruit are easy to grow so give some a try.

 Espalier fruit tree at Standen West Sussex England May 2006      Fruit

Home fruit growing has seen a renaissance for the last 5 years and continues to be more popular each year. Fruit trees require different care than other garden plants as they are prone different pests and disease. Most common fruit trees are members of the rose family which have specific diseases and pests. Pests and diseases of fruit are more common in the eastern half of the U.S. If you growing fruit you have to accept this fact. In order to get abundant crops of you will have to adopt a spray program or go no spray and place paper bags over ripening fruit to exclude insects and fungi. You can use nontoxic organic sprays like Horticultural oil, Organocide or Neem Oil or a formulated organic fruit tree spray with good results. If using these products you will need to apply them from late winter through mid July if unblemished fruit is your goal. I would recommend The Apple Grower by Michael Phillips to anyone wishing to grow fruit organically.


Fruit trees also require specific pruning and thinning prevent disease and increase yields. Fruit trees also require a well drained soil to thrive – our clay soils need to be amended with compost to improve drainage. Fruit trees also require 5 or more hours of sun to produce adequate crops. Young trees should be staked for proper root development. You will also need to consider birds and animals and take steps to repel or exclude them. Fertilize with a low fertility organic nitrogen rich fertilizer like Tree-tone and apply lime to raise you pH for cherries, plums, apricots and peaches. Apples will not typically require additional lime in our soils. Do not fertilize if your tree was hard pruned last year or if it appeared vigorou

It is extremely rewarding growing your own fruit; it is even more rewarding if one is well informed.