Brian Keuning’s Plant Picks of the Week

Every week we’re publishing a NEW Plant Picks of the Week story, showcasing our Plant Specialists’’ top plant picks. Get ready to be inspired!

We recently asked Brian Keuning to share his top plant picks. Here’s what he had to say:


Autumn Moon Full Moon Maple

Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’

This new introduction is taking the plant world by storm with its golden foliage tipped in rich red which lasts into summer, followed by vibrant fall color, the effect is stunning; an ideal accent for the bright home landscape


Tricolor Beech 

Fagus sylvatica ‘Tricolor’

A lovely accent tree with beautiful green leaves that are flecked with white with pink edges, turning copper in fall; distinctive, smooth, silver bark; leaves may burn in prolonged direct sun or drying winds; give it lots of room to grow and look its best


Wireless® Zelkova 

Zelkova serrata ‘Schmidtlow’

This variety has a very broad, spreading vase shape; interesting peeling bark and rich red fall color; quite hardy, low maintenance and trouble-free, an excellent choice for street plantings under utility lines


American Hornbeam 

Carpinus caroliniana

A beautiful and underused native woodland tree; very interesting gray bark is almost muscular in appearance, makes a strong winter statement; also excellent blend of fall colors and curious hop-like fruit; good small multipurpose shade tree


Flowering Dogwood 

Cornus florida

Possibly the ultimate small specimen tree, famous for its large yet delicate white blooms in spring and excellent wide-spreading form; extremely fussy, requires rich, well-drained acidic soil and adequate precipitation, best with some shelter

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