April 10, 2023

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:


Rowe Arboretum Lacebark Pine

Pinus bungeana ‘Rowe Arboretum

A beautiful evergreen tree which exfoliates to reveal brown, rust, green, and cream bark with age, however, lower branches must be removed for maximum effect; habit is upright but opens up with age, becoming a character tree, adapts to growing conditions


Jade Butterflies Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba ‘Jade Butterflies’

This is a dwarf ginkgo tree with distinctive, light green fan-shaped leaves; spreading vase shaped habit with rich golden hues in fall; deeply bi-lobed leaves resemble butterflies; 12 feet in 10 years, mature height is undetermined


Newport Doublefile Viburnum

Viburnum plicatum ‘Newzam’

A truly breathtaking shrub when in bloom, clothed in large balls of snowy white flowers held atop the branches in spring, as if covered in snow; attractive upward branching and good fall color; makes a fantastic specimen shrub


Baldsmith Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Baldsmith’

A superb small home landscape tree with beautiful soft green leaves that last through the season turning brilliant orange in fall, artistic spreading habit of growth; a fine choice for small home landscapes and shrub gardens


Wireless® Zelkova

Zelkova serrata ‘Schmidtlow’Cannon Fir

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

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