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Amelanchier canadensis
Amelanchier canadensis
Common Name: Shadblow
Blooms early, even before the leaves appear Nectar attracts butterflies and other pollinators Provides berries for robins, bluebirds and other birds Handsome landscape plant that grows well in moist soil Great fall color

Serviceberry is one of the first native trees to bloom each spring.  Showy, fragrant white flowers bloom even before the leaves appear. The nectar attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Flowers give rise to purple-black berries relished by both songbirds and people. Flavorful berries can be used in jams, jellies and pies. The colorful fall foliage is a blend of orange, gold, red and green.

Height: 25-30 Feet
Spread: 15-20 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Asclepias incarnata
Asclepias incarnata
Common Name: Swamp Milkweed
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds Host and nectar plant for monarch butterflies Lovely vanilla fragrance Thrives in sun in average or moist soil Deer resistant

One of the most beautiful native perennials with clusters of upturned pink flowers on 4-5’ stems in June and July. The leaves of the red milkweed are a preferred food source of Monarch caterpillars. Preferring moist soils, this is a great plant for naturalizing and for use in rain gardens. No butterfly garden is complete without milkweed!

Height: 3-4 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Betula nigra 'Heritage'
Betula nigra 'Heritage'
Common Name: River Birch
Tolerates really wet soil but adapts to drier ground, too 'Heritage' is very fast growing and has outstanding, multi-colored bark for year round interest Larval food source for Mourning cloaks, Canadian tiger swallowtails and dreamy duskywing butterflies Birds and other mammals feed on seed in the winter Provides cover and nest sites for all kinds of birds Extremely resistant to bronze birch borer and leaf spot diseases

'Heritage' is a vigorous, fast-growing tree with layers of cinnamon, salmon and brown bark peeling back in big sheets to reveal creamy white inner bark. It can be grown as either a single trunk or multi-stemmed tree and is especially effective when multiple trees are placed together in a grove. Chickadees, song and white-throated sparrows, wild turkey, pine siskins, finches and other birds love the seed. Trees also provide great cover and nesting sites. Good yellow fall color and excellent disease and pest resistance.

Height: 35-40 Feet
Spread: 30-35 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Common Name: Button Bush
Tremendous source of nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators Waterfowl and other birds relish the seed Provides protective cover for all kinds of birds Adapts to many soil types, except dry ones Thrives in bogs and very wet conditions

Hundreds of tiny, tubular creamy white flowers are packed into large showy flower heads, which dangle from the bush in August. Butterflies and other insects find the nectar irresistible. The fragrant flower heads mature into round fruits each containing hundreds of nutlike seeds that are eaten by waterfowl and other birds such as quail. Many birds use this deciduous shrub as a nesting site.

Height: 5-12 Feet
Spread: 4-7 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Top Point'
Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Top Point'
Common Name: Atlantic White Cedar / Whitecedar Falsecypress
Juvenile foliage has attractive blue cast Striking plum to bronze winter foliage color Slow growing and perfect for containers Easy to grow and tolerant of moisture and partial shade Provides cover and food for songbirds Perfect specimen for small spaces

This little beauty is a great evergreen for small gardens or for grouping in larger landscapes. 'Top Point' White Cedar is a truly dwarf evergreen, growing only 3" per year and reaching only four feet at maturity. Its blue foliage is soft in appearance and makes a tidy foundation planting that can also serve as the backdrop for herbaceous perennials. 'Top Point' grows slowly, so it is ideal for container combinations. Its tolerance for wet soils makes White Cedar a great choice for rain gardens or detention ponds.

Height: 4-5 Feet
Spread: 18-24 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Clethra alnifolia
Clethra alnifolia
Common Name: Summer Sweet Bush / Sweet Pepper Bush
Snow white summer flowers are very fragrant Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy the nectar Many birds and mammals eat the fruit or seeds Flowers bloom for 4-6 weeks in mid to late summer Grows well in wet soil, will naturalize over time Shrubby stems provide cover and nesting for wildlife Will bloom in shade

Summer Sweet is a vase-shaped shrub with bottle brush-like, 3-6" spikes of extremely fragrant, white blossoms. The flowers are an important nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds. Brown capsules form later to feed the birds and other wildlife. Summer Sweet is unique in that will flower in shade. It has good fall color and a tidy winter appearance. It’s a good shrub for wet areas like rain gardens, or the waters edge. 

Height: 5-7 Feet
Spread: 6-8 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Cornus racemosa 'Geauge'
Cornus racemosa 'Geauge'
Common Name: Gray Dogwood
Attracts butterflies, host plant for Spring Azure butterfly Nutritious white berries have licorice red stems Attracts Cardinals, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and Eastern Bluebirds Tolerant of a wide range of conditions including poor or wet soils Unique glossy,black-green leaves stand out against mahogany-re new growth Easy to grow, can be trimmed into a hedge

Gray twig dogwood is a deciduous shrub bearing dome-shaped clusters of white flowers in late spring. The flowers give way to clusters of small white berries held on licorice red stems, a delightful contrast. Gray-green leaves turn dusky purple-red in fall. This thicket-forming shrub is a good source of food and cover for birds and other wildlife. Can be used as a hedge and for erosion control on slopes. 

Height: 7-8 Feet
Spread: 4-5 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'
Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'
Common Name: Red-Osier Dogwood
Bright red stems in winter Extremely winter hardy Host plant for spring azure butterfly Nutritious berries for a wide range of birds Provides good nesting sites for birds and protective cover for wildlife Tolerates a wide variety of conditions, including wet soils

'Cardinal' is a fast-growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with cherry red winter stems. The stems are especially showy against a snowy backdrop. Tiny white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters in late spring. Flowers give way to clusters of creamy white fruit in late summer. Fruit is very attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers. Dark green leaves turn an attractive red-purple in autumn.

Height: 6-8 Feet
Spread: 9-10 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Ilex verticillata
Ilex verticillata
Common Name: Winterberry
Excellent year round interest, highlighted by showy red berries in winter Nectar is especially attractive to small native bees Cedar waxwings, bluebirds and robins savor the bright red berries that hold well into winter Gorgeous in winter floral arrangements Good nesting site for a variety of birds Tolerates a wide range of conditions including wet soils

Winterberry is a deciduous holly that is slow growing, with an upright-rounded habit. In the wild, it often suckers to form large thickets or colonies but can be pruned to form a small tree. Inconspicuous greenish-white flowers appear in late spring and give way to a crop of bright red berries in late summer to fall. Berries are quite showy and persist through most of the winter, hence the common name.

Height: 8-10 Feet
Spread: 8-10 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'
Common Name: Virginia Sweetspire
Fragrant white flowers attracts butterflies and other pollinators Stunning fall color lasts for many weeks Provides protective cover for wildlife Tolerant of a surprising range of conditions from boggy to dry soils

Prized by gardeners for its beauty and its versatility.  It grows well in sun or shade, in boggy soil as well as average garden soil. Fragrant, white flower spikes, 3-6" long, cover the shrub with flowers in early summer. Dark green leaves turn scarlet and crimson in fall, sometimes persisting until December. 'Henry's Garnet' is known for having larger flowers and superior fall color to that of the species.

 

Height: 3-4 Feet
Spread: 5-6 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Juniperus virginiana
Juniperus virginiana
Common Name: Eastern Red Cedar
Dense evergreen provides year round cover and nesting sites for many birds 80 species of birds feed on the fruit Host plant for olive hairstreak butterfly Fragrant foliage and wood Adapts to almost any growing condition and makes a good windbreak

This evergreen conifer is the best bird attracting tree in Eastern North America. Its 25' pyramidal form provides dense cover year round, and its shredding bark is used by many birds for nest construction. Female trees produce round, gray or bluish berry-like cones which 80 species of birds adore. Cedar waxwings earned their common name because of their reliance on the fruit.

Height: 25-30 Feet
Spread: 10-12 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Lindera benzoin
Lindera benzoin
Common Name: Spicebush
Excellent source of nectar for butterflies and other pollinators in early spring Host plant for spicebush and tiger swallowtail butterflies Fragrant flowers and foliage Provides cover, nesting sites and red berries for various birds Deer resistant Ideal plant for damp shade situations

This is a wonderful broad, rounded multi-stemmed shrub covered with fragrant yellow flowers in early spring. The flowers open before the leaves emerge and are held close to the branches. Aromatic light green leaves turn yellow-gold in fall. Birds feed on the brilliant red fruits available in late summer on female plants. These berries are one of the best sources of energy for long distance migratory birds.

Height: 6-10 Feet
Spread: 6-10 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Magnolia virginiana 'Moon Glow'
Magnolia virginiana 'Moon Glow'
Common Name: Sweetbay Magnolia
Waxy, white fragrant flowers for many weeks Evergreen to semi-evergreen foliage Seeds are a good source of food for birds in fall Larval host plant for the Sweetbay Silkmoth Vigorous grower, grows in wet soil

'Moon Glow' is an improved selection with more vigorous growth, better cold hardiness and slightly larger blooms. The elegant flowers are creamy white and have a wonderful lemony fragrance. This tree flowers heavily in late spring to early summer and again sporadically the rest of the season. The shiny, deep green foliage is exquisite and often used in fresh and dried flower arrangements. The cone-like fruits contain bright red seeds that are an important source of food for birds in the fall. Combines well with rhododendrons and azaleas.

Height: 30-35 Feet
Spread: 30-35 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-10
Nyssa sylvatica
Nyssa sylvatica
Common Name: Black Gum
Heavy nectar producer, drawing all kinds of pollinators Insect eating birds visit the tree to feed on pollinators Excellent fruit for a number of birds Beautiful in the fall with multiple foliage colors on one tree Will grow in wet as well as dry soils

Black gum is a stately, slow-growing, deciduous tree with a straight trunk and rounded crown (more pyramidal when young). Small, greenish-white flowers appear in spring and are not showy, but they are an excellent nectar source for honey bees, native bees and other pollinators. Insect-eating birds such as kinglets, phoebes, pine warblers and others visit the tree to feed on the small insects it attracts. Flowers give way to oval, 1/2" long, dark blue fruits that are attractive to a variety of birds. Foliage turns spectacular scarlet, yellow and orange in the fall.

Height: 30-40 Feet
Spread: 20-30 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Panicum virgatum 'Haense Herms'
Panicum virgatum 'Haense Herms'
Common Name: Switchgrass
Provides nest sites, protective cover and food for birds The Grass Family is an essential larval host for most banded skippers and satyrs Showy red foliage and compact form Great winter interest Use flowers in fresh or dried arrangements Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, including poor or wet soils

A clump-forming grass that grows 4-5' tall with flower heads rising another 1' above the foliage, 'Haense Herms' offers steely blue foliage with red-tinged tips that become more prolific as the season progresses. Flower heads turn beige in fall with the seed plumes persisting well into winter. This bunch grass provides excellent cover and food for ducks, upland game birds, and songbirds.

Height: 4-5 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-9
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
Common Name: Switchgrass
Provides nest sites, protective cover and food for birds An essential larval host for most banded skippers and satyrs Stands erect all growing season exhibiting beautiful blue foliage Upright, wind-resistant form offers great winter interest Use flowers in fresh or dried arrangements Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, including poor or wet soils

'Northwind' is a tall, clump-forming warm season grass with steel blue foliage. The wide, thick leaf blades and great upright form make this cultivar a real standout in the garden. Fine textured yellow flowers float over the foliage in summer. This bunch grass provides excellent cover and food for ducks, upland game birds, songbirds and small mammals.

Height: 6 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-9
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Centerglow'
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Centerglow'
Common Name: Common Ninebark
Pest free and can handle poor infertile soils Changing, colorful foliage provide season long interest Exfoliating bark provides keen winter interest Dense, rounded habit provides cover for birds Impressive bloom is abundant and loaded with nectar

A mix of toughness and beauty, this fast growing, dense, rounded shrub will turn heads with leaves that emerge a stunning yellowish-green and darken to a reddish-purple. Flattened heads of small, white tinged with pink flowers offer an abundant nectar source for native insects in late spring and the seeds attract birds.

Height: 7-8 Feet
Spread: 8-9 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-7
Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners'
Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners'
Common Name: Obedient Plant
Good nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds Good ground cover for wildlife Pure white flower spikes bloom for many weeks Good cut flower Forms clumps and does not become invasive

'Miss Manners' is aptly named because, unlike many other kinds of obedient plant, this one is clump forming and doesn't spread throughout the garden. Stiff, square stems end in dense spikes of pure white, snapdragon-like flowers, which bloom throughout the summer. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the nectae. Deer tend not to eat this plant.

Height: 24-30 Inches
Spread: 18-24 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Quercus bicolor
Quercus bicolor
Common Name: Swamp White Oak
Grows relatively fast for an oak Pollen and emerging leaves attract a long list of pollinators and other insects Insect-eating migrating birds visit the tree looking for pollinating insects at work Acorns are a major food source for a variety of wildlife Larval food source for many of the dusky wings and hairstreak butterflies Will grow in low, moist areas

Swamp white oak is a deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown. The dark, shiny green leaves are silver on the bottom side. Fall color is usually yellow, but sometimes reddish purple. Though ornamentally insignificant, flowers bloom in April attracting pollen-seeking insects that attract migrating vireos, tanagers and warblers in search of a meal. Large acorns mature in early fall providing food for deer, wild turkey, black bear, fox and gray squirrels. Indigenous to moist, bottomland locations, this oak has surprisingly good drought resistance.

Height: 50-60 Feet
Spread: 50-60 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Rudbeckia triloba
Rudbeckia triloba
Common Name: Three-lobed Coneflower
Loaded with flowers for three months Great nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators Produces lots of seeds for songbirds Easy to grow and tolerant of a wide range of conditions

Hundreds of small deep gold flowers with brown centers bloom for almost three months. This plant is very resistant to drought, heat and pests. Butterflies and other pollinators like the nectar and songbirds eat the seed, which forms as flowers age.

Height: 36-42 Inches
Spread: 24-30 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Salix discolor
Salix discolor
Common Name: Pussy Willow
Provides pollen for native bees Food source for game and song birds Host plant for a large variety of butterflies Provides cover and nest sites for a variety of birds Host plant for mourning cloak, viceroy moths and butterflies Cut branches can be forced to flower for winter arrangements

Silvery flowers, resembling 1" long bottlebrushes, bloom in late winter. The flowers provide pollen for native bees very early in the season and are conspicuous because they bloom on bare stems, before leaves appear. Finches, grouse and cardinals find the flower buds tasty. Several different butterflies use the blue-green leaves as a larval food source. If planted in dense clumps, this multi-stemmed shrub provides good cover and nesting sites for a variety of birds.

Height: 20-25 Feet
Spread: 18-20 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-7
Sambucus canadensis 'Adams'
Sambucus canadensis 'Adams'
Common Name: Elderberry
Flowers provide nectar for pollinators The fruit is favored by birds and other wildlife Old stems provide habitat for over-wintering insects Excellent for naturalizing in moist soil

American elderberry is a thicket-forming shrub with large flat-topped clusters of small, fragrant white flowers in spring. The flowers are a good source of nectar for small insects. This variety was selected for its large clusters of dark blue to black fruit in late summer to fall. The fruit is an outstanding source of food for birds and other wildlife. The old stems provide over-wintering sites for insects. Birds such as woodpeckers then forage in the clumps for the insects.

Height: 8-10 Feet
Spread: 8-10 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Sambucus racemosa
Sambucus racemosa
Common Name: Red Elderberry
Tolerates wet feet Easy care and fast growing Key nesting site for native insects Native songbirds love its fall berries Berries make great wine or jam A nectar magnet for native bees and butterflies

Red Elderberry has large pyramidal clusters of creamy white flowers in spring that are a good source of nectar for insects. Clusters of red berries follow in summer and are a great source of food for birds and other wildlife. This large shrub is easy to grow and moist tolerant.

Height: 10-18 Feet
Spread: 8-10 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Vaccinium angustifolium 'Brunswick'
Vaccinium angustifolium 'Brunswick'
Common Name: Lowbush Blueberry
Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators Larval food source for several butterflies Fruit is relished by birds and other wildlife after it ripens in summer Good nesting sites and cover for birds Very cold tolerant ground cover that grows well in dry, acidic soil

Clusters of bell-shaped, white flowers tinged with red bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by tasty blue berries, which ripen in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals and box turtles. Lowbush blueberry has lustrous blue-green leaves that turn bronze, scarlet and crimson in fall. It grows well in dry, acidic, nutrient poor soil.

Height: 8-12 Inches
Spread: 2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-5
Veronicastrum virginicum
Veronicastrum virginicum
Common Name: Culver's Root
Nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators Seeds benefit game birds like quail or pheasant and finches Old stems provide winter cover for beneficial insects Blooms for 4 to 6 weeks Good cut flower

Culver's root is a graceful perennial typically reaching 4-6' tall when in bloom. Slender flower spikes are densely packed with small white flowers that open from the top down in mid-summer. Butterflies and other pollinators visit the flowers for nectar. The tall stems provide good winter cover for all kinds of hibernating insect wildlife.

Height: 4-6 Feet
Spread: 2-4 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Blaze'
Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Blaze'
Common Name: Arrowwood
Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators Larval food source for spring azure butterfly Plants provide good nesting sites, berries, and cover for birds Excellent fall color Grows well in moist soil

Flat-topped clusters of white flowers, 4" across, bloom in spring. The flowers are a good source of nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers give way to blue-black, berries, which are loved by birds and other wildlife. This upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub has glossy, dark green leaves. The leaves turn yellow, orange or red in fall. 'Blue Blaze' is a compact arrowwood growing half the size of the species with fruit that tends to stay on longer in the season.

Height: 5-6 Feet
Spread: 5-6 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Viburnum trilobum
Viburnum trilobum
Common Name: American Cranberry Viburnum
Flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators Plants provide good nesting sites and cover for birds Red-purple foliage contrasts with blue-black fruit in the fall Berries are a great source of winter food for birds and other wildlife Good plant for screening or a large hedge

Flat-topped clusters of white flowers up to 4" across bloom in May, providing nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers are followed by clusters of brilliant red fruit staying on the plant into late winter when they are finally eaten by birds. New leaves have a reddish cast while fall foliage is yellow through red-purple.

Height: 8-10 Feet
Spread: 8-10 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-7