Create Depth and Interest in Your Yard

If you're looking to add some depth and interest to your yard with some stand-out foliage then this list is for you!

  • Smooth Sumac

  • Red Dragon Hazelnut

  • Princeton Sentry Ginkgo

  • Adam's Needle

  • Northern Pin Oak


Smooth Sumac



The Smooth Sumac is a valuable native plant throughout the northern United States. Very similar to Staghorn Sumac in form and function with the main difference being the smooth new growth on this species. This plant will colonize into small groupings of short, low branching trees. Wonderful for naturalizing in the landscape. Absolutely fabulous fall color! 10' tall x 10' wide.

Smooth Sumac Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June

Color: Green, Orange, Red

Plant Size: Around 10' tall x 10' wide

Fall Color: Red, Orange

Fruit: Berry Clusters

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry

Growing Zones: 3 - 9

Red Dragon Hazelnut


The Red Dragon Hazelnut is a small tree with curled and twisted stems and branches and dark purple leaves. Imagine a Harry Lauder's Walkingstick with purple leaves and you have a good idea how this small tree will perform in the garden. The leaves emerge a dark purple and fade to a dark green with purple undertones in the summer. Mature growth size is around 6' to 10' tall and wide. It's best if this small ornamental tree/shrub is grown in zones 4-9.


Red Dragon Hazelnut Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: May

Color: Green, Purple

Plant Size: Around 6'-10' wide and tall

Fall Color: Orange

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry

Growing Zones: 4 - 9


Princeton Sentry Ginkgo



The Princeton Sentry Ginkgo is an excellent tree for the home landscape and city trees and parks. Considered to be prehistoric, you can even find fossils of Ginkgo leaves! This tree is very urban tolerant and has no insects or disease pests as it has out-evolved them all. Princeton Sentry Ginkgo is an upright male cultivar, and it will not produce fruit which is possible with a seedling grown Ginkgo. Ginkgo trees are slow-growing shade trees. It has beautiful golden yellow leaves, making it worth the wait!

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo:

Color: Green, Yellow

Plant Size: Around 50' tall x 30' wide

Fall Color: Yellow

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil Conditions: Normal, Clay, Wet, Dry

Growing Zones: 4 - 8

Adam's Needle



Adam's Needle is a "cactus looking" type of deciduous shrub that has dense clumps of erect narrow green leaves. The creamy-white flowers are born on 3-5' tall spikes in mid-summer. The part of the plant that produces the flower will die out after the bloom is finished, and small plants around the main plant will take over. An excellent plant for rock garden or foundation planting. Needs a dry, sunny location. Remove old leaves or winter burned leaves in early spring and allow new leaves to develop from the center of the plant.

Adam's Needle Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June

Color: Green, White

Plant Size: Around 3-5’ tall (in bloom) x 4’ wide

Flower Color: White

Fall Color: Green

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Dry

Growing Zones: 4 - 9

Northern Pin Oak

The Northern Pin Oak is a native tree to Waterloo, Wisconsin. This tree is highly adaptable to heavier soils and more alkaline soils than Pin Oak. It is pyramidal in shape when young, attaining a height of about 60' and spread of 45'. It has glossy green leaves that turn red in fall. This works great as a specimen tree or for street trees. Hardiness zone 3.


Northern Pin Oak Quick Facts:

Color: Green, Red

Plant Size: Around 50-60' tall x 35-45' wide

Fall Color: Red

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry

Growing Zones: 3 - 6



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