Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Nursery Plants for Skillin's 2010, Part 2!

Hello again,

Tim Bate our Nursery Buyer and Manager has compiled what I think is a rather exciting list of new nursery shrubs and trees for 2010. We are breaking it into parts and will bring you the separate parts over the next few days.

Click HERE  for Part 1 of New Nursery Plants for Skillin's 2010!

A designation of "#2" means a 2 gallon pot; #3 is a 3 gallon pot and so forth. And now from Tim Bate:

Super Native!

HYPERICUM (Hypericum)

Blue Velvet (Hypericum kalmianum ‘Blue Velvet’) Z4

2-3’ tall and 3-4’ wide. Here is a great choice for sunny locations. This lovely shrub has narrow, fragrant blue foliage, providing the perfect complement to the sunny yellow flowers, borne July-September. One of North Americas native plant treasures, it is found in rocky or sandy soil, near streams and lakes, but tolerates dry soils as well.

#2 – 29.99
#3 – 34.99

VERY nice new Winterberry:

Berry Nice (Ilex vert. ‘Spriber’) Z3

6-8’ tall and 3-5’ wide. This selection of our native Winterberry is more than “nice”.

The vivid red berries set it apart from others in the group, and the foliage drops quickly in the fall, the better to enjoy the seasonal berry color. It loves a moist, sunny spot, and should be planted near an early pollinating male winterberry like Jim Dandy. This winterberry is “very nice”.

#2 – 28.99

Distinctive Evergreen:

Tolleson’s Weeping (J. scopulorum ‘Tolleson’s Weeping) Z3

20’ Tall and 10’ wide. This eye-catching evergreen, also known as Weeping Rocky Mountain Juniper, has
beautiful cascading silver-blue branches, reminiscent of Spanish moss, which provides lovely texture in the garden year round.

#15 – 245.00

A returning favorite:


15’ tall and wide. A stunningly beautiful small tree for the garden if you have the right climate. Long yellow, wisteria-like blooms dangle from green branches in mid-spring.

Plant in well-drained loam in a spot protected from wind. One of our longtime nursery experts, Ginny, has a beautiful specimen in her garden that she has enjoyed for 15-20 years, so come on in for some of her excellent garden advice!

#15 – 125.00

Long Bloomer:

LEPTODERMIS (Leptodermis) Z5

Leptodermis oblonga- also known as leptodermis oblonga Z5

2-3’ tall and wide. The name doesn’t do this sweet little gem any favors, but as soon as you appreciate its lovely violet pink blooms, all summer long, you may be inspired to rename this garden worthy treasure. Late to leaf out in spring, but boy, does it make up for the late arrival.

8” pot – 26.99

Huge fall color:

Gibraltar (Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar’)Z5

5-6’ tall and wide. A stunning show of pinkish-purple blossoming ramps up the fall color show, and the fountain-like effect from this plant make it an excellent choice for the back of the shrub or perennial border. This shrubby bush clover is actually best used as a perennial here along the Maine Coast, so cut it right to the ground in the spring.

#3 – 32.99

An oldie and much sought after goodie:

Elizabeth (Magnolia x ‘Elizabeth’) Z4

30’ tall. This yellow hybrid was first introduced by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in 1950. Many more have been developed since, but this selection remains one of the hardiest, and a beautiful specimen is thriving at Everlasting Farms, in Bangor. Large, butter-yellow flowers appear ahead of the leaves in spring and finish among the emerging green foliage.

#5 – 110.00

Elizabeth Magnolia full tree (top), flower (bottom)

Yummy, yummy!

Pink Lady Apple

An Australian cross between Yellow Delicious and Lady Williams that keeps well. Tangy and sweet. One of the latest to ripen. Zone 5 hardy, but we recommend a zone 6 site and/or espalier treatment against a cozy south or southwest wall to give it a long enough season to ripen the fruit.

Royal Gala Apple

A New Zealand cross between Kidd’s Orange and Golden Delicious. A great early season apple with crisp firm fruit. Z5

“There’s gold in them there trees!”

Gold Rush (Metasequoia gl. ’Ogon’) Z5

50’ tall and 25’ wide. We saw a grouping of these planted at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. What a striking specimen accent in the landscape! Beautiful, yellow needled foliage, changing to orange in the fall, on a slower growing tree than the species form of Dawn Redwood.

#7 48” – 115.00

Monkey-ing around


Japanese Fiber Banana (Musa basjoo) Z5

12’ tall. O.K., maybe we’re the ones who are bananas, but what fun! After seeing a monster plant at an inland Connecticut garden, and after reading of tropical plant enthusiasts’ successes via their weblogs in Zone 5 gardens around the country, we had to give this one a try. It dies to the ground in Maine, and needs to be thoroughly mulched for winter survival, but it is hardy to -20F. Growth begins with warmer temperatures in spring, and can reach 9-12’ in one season. You can also grow it in a pot and move it inside for the winter. While it does produce bananas if the growing season is extended by bringing the pot indoors, this variety is not one of the tasty, edible types.

#5 – 45.00

Newer Andromedas for your garden

Silver Flame (Pieris jap. ‘Flaming Silver’)Z5

5-6’ tall and wide. A lovely evergreen shrub that features bright reddish-pink growth in spring, backed by beautiful, silvery variegated foliage. Plant in a location away from winter wind and strong winter sunlight.

#2 – 34.99

Valley Valentine (Pieris jap. ‘Valley Valentine’) Z5

5-6’ tall. A relatively slow-growing choice for the garden, reaching 4’ tall in 10 years.

Maroon buds open to charming pink, long-lasting flowers in spring. Plant in a location protected from winter wind and strong winter sunlight.

#3 – 49.00

Tim Bate
Skillin's Greenhouses
April 1, 2010

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