Kayla’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 Kayla VerWoert to share her top plant picks. Here’s what she had to say:


October Glory Red Maple

Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’

A popular selection of red maple with good form and excellent red fall color year after year; a shapely large shade tree, perfect for larger landscapes, makes a fine street or boulevard tree; intolerant of alkaline soils


Koto No Ito Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Koto No Ito’

Delicate green threadlike foliage has tinges of crimson in spring, turning curious tones of orange, peach and red in fall, leaves are almost bamboo-like but vary significantly on the same plant; wonderful in containers or bonsai, a great garden accent


Autumn Gold Ginkgo 

Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’

A true 150 million year old relic with unique fan-shaped leaves; stunning pyramidal form and consistent golden fall color, does not produce fruit; a distinct improvement on the species, a great choice for home landscape use


Lollipop® Flowering Crab

Malus ‘Lollizam’

Here’s an accent tree quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen before; a dense bushy globular head is grafted onto a standard, maintains its rounded form with minimal pruning; absolutely smothered in white flowers in spring, showy red fruit in fall


Horse Chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum

One of the most popular landscape and street trees in Europe, valued for its upright panicles of showy spring flowers and good growth habit; for large landscapes only; spiny seeds may necessitate some maintenance

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