Two Great Families
by Chip Tynan

Corylopsis glabrescens
winter hazel
Deciduous shrub

Fragrant yellow flowers, blooms in late winter. Handsome summer foliage turn yellow in fall.
Corylopsis glabrescens var. gotoana
winter hazel
Deciduous shrub

Hardiest corylopsis for local conditions.
Corylopsis sinensis
winter hazel
Deciduous shrub

Tallest corylopsis species, can reach 8 to 12 feet.
Deutzia gracilis
slender deutzia
Deciduous shrub

Underutilized spring bloomer with white flowers. For specimen or mass planting in sun or light shade.
Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko'
slender deutzia
Deciduous shrub

Outstandingly graceful dwarf form. A Top 10 shrub, and still underutilized.
Deutzia scabra
fuzzy deutzia
Deciduous shrub

Somewhat coarse habit, but good for the shrub border. Leaves have a sandpaper feel.
Fothergilla gardenii
dwarf fothergilla
Deciduous shrub

Fragrant white bottlebrush flowers bloom as leaves emerge in spring. Consistently superb fall color.
Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist'
dwarf fothergilla
Deciduous shrub

Dwarf form with glaucous blue foliage. Lacks the best autumn colors.
Fothergilla major
witch-alder
Deciduous shrub

A larger plant in all aspects than F. gardenii. Autumn foliage also achieves a greater complexity of hues.
Fothergilla major 'Arkansas Beauty'
large fothergilla
Deciduous shrub

A slower growing, more compact form than the species. Fragrant blooms emerge after leaves begin to grow. Outstanding fall color.
Fothergilla 'Mount Airy'
dwarf fothergilla
Deciduous shrub

Profuse bloomer. Compact habit and great fall color.
Hamamelis mollis
Chinese witch hazel
Deciduous shrub

One of the parents of the x intermedia hybrids. Blooms later in winter extending into early spring. ‘Pallida’ has outstanding pale yellow flowers.
Hamamelis vernalis
Ozark witch hazel
Deciduous shrub

Our native species. Best flower fragrance of all witch hazels.
Hamamelis virginiana
common witch hazel
Deciduous shrub

Latest woody plant to bloom in the year. Bark is source of distilled witch-hazel lotion.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise'
witch hazel
Deciduous shrub

The best witch-hazel. Yellow flowers in late winter. Upright habit makes it best for smaller gardens.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'
witch hazel
Deciduous shrub

Copper-bronze flowers in late winter. Outstanding fall color. Grows wider than tall.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primavera'
witch hazel
Deciduous shrub

Butter yellow flowers in late winter. Blooms later than ‘Arnold Promise’ and ‘Jelena’. Outstanding fall color.
Hydrangea arborescens
smooth hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Our Missouri native hydrangea. Tolerates shade. White flowers bloom on new growth.
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
smooth hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Huge snowball white flowers borne on new wood. Subject to lodging during summer storms.
Hydrangea arborescens 'Grandiflora'
smooth hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Large snowball flowers have a creamier tinge than ‘Annabelle’
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer' ENDLESS SUMMER
bigleaf hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Mophead. New introduction touted as repeat bloomer. Has yet to live up to its reputation. Be patient.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Dooley'
bigleaf hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

New introduction. Mophead with good cold hardiness and said to bloom on new wood. Could be a keeper.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lanarth White'
bigleaf hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Large, white lacecap flowers borne on old wood. Repeats occasionally.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mariesii Perfecta' BLUE WAVE
bigleaf hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Arguably the best lacecap macrophylla. Large shrub can reach 6+ feet.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'
bigleaf hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

One of the finest mopheads. May produce some blooms on new wood in fall. Changeable color depending on soil pH.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Tokyo Delight'
bigleaf hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Excellent lacecap form blooms over a long season. White sterile flowers turn pink with age.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora'
panicle hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Old garden favorite. White flowers bloom in summer. Used to best effect trained in tree form and placed in the shrub border.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'
panicle hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

New introduction. Inflorescences are lime-green in cool weather, white in the heat of summer.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva'
panicle hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

The finest blooming shrub for late summer into fall. Bears tall, white, upright panicles. Hard pruning produces larger flower size.
Hydrangea 'Preziosa'
hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Mophead. Hardier than most macrophylla types. Typical flower color is red-burgundy.
Hydrangea quercifolia
oakleaf hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Outstanding shrub for four seasons. Bears white, upright panicles in early summer, interesting oak-like foliage turning brilliant hues in fall, and handsome, peeling cinnamon bark in winter. Tolerates full sun to dense shade.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Brido' SNOW FLAKE
oakleaf hydrangea
Deciduous shrub

Large, double-flowered inflorescences create a weeping, layered branch effect.
Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'
mock orange
Deciduous shrub

It’s as old as the hills and still the best cultivar for growth habit and reliably fragrant single flowers.
Liquidambar styraciflua
sweet gum
Tree

Outstanding fall foliage. Seeds relished by finches and other songbirds. Plant where prickly fruit create no hazard.
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba'
sweet gum
Tree

Mostly fruitless cultivar, but may bear some fruit in some years.
Parrotia persica
Persian ironwood
Tree

Great fall color. Outstanding bark adds winter interest. Red winter flowers are insignificant.
Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris
climbing hydrangea
Vine

Arguably the finest ornamental vine. Bears lacecap flowers. Can be trained as a freestanding shrub or “tree” form with patience.
Schizophragma hydrangeoides
Japanese hydrangea vine
Vine

A superb climbing vine for walls, tall trees or a large stump. Tolerates shade but flowers best with some sun. Slow to establish, but worth the wait.
Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight'
Japanese hydrangea vine
Vine

Heart-shaped blue-green leaves mottled with a silvery iridescence distinguish this outstanding selection. Large lacecap flowers bloom in July and August.