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Plants We Love

Weeping Alaskan Cedar
(Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula')

Weeping Alaskan Cedar has long been a favorite for the striking weeping habit in a plant that is strongly pyramidal. The combination of branches that point up and out with their weeping branchlets is a unique look that is hard to match with any other tree in our region. Here are some additional facts;

  • Will grow medium slowly to 30 - 45 feet tall but only 10 -15' wide.
  • Evergreen
  • Is actually a Cypress not a Cedar
  • Mildly deer resistant - can be damaged in severe deer situations
  • Makes a great specimen plant or a uniquely beautiful hedging/screening tree.
  • With only a 15' spread and a medium slow growth rate can be used as a corner piece near a home or office (keep it at least 10 feet away from the structure - 15'+ is even better).
  • A great way to screen a neighbor.
  • On larger properties dotting or massing this tree on the border of the property can create some stunning visual effects as well as providing the screening. This is a tree that can really grab your eye.
  • Upright branches tolerate snow loads reasonably well.
Weeping Alaskan Cedar In Our Springfield Yard
Weeping Alaskan Cedar In Our Springfield Yard

Orange Rocket Barberry
(Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket')

Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’ - Orange Rocket Barberry is a new upright variety with a number of great characteristics.

  1. Full to half day of sun.
  2. Stunning orange red spring leaves. Our experience with summer leaves is that in full sun the  predominate color is still red - there is some greening, but the red remains stri=ong. Fall color is a particularly bright red.
  3. 4-5' tall and 4-5' wide.
  4. Deer resistant.
  5. Little care.

Learn more about this great Barberry variety in our news post

Spring leaf color - Orange Rocket Barberry
Spring leaf color - Orange Rocket Barberry
Berberis Orange Rocket picture
The plant jumps out at you in a landscape.
Orange Rocket Barberry picture
Early summer color