At the UVM Hort Farm in South Burlington, they have a Cary Award winning garden. The Cary Awards highlight some of the lesser known trees and shrubs that grow well in New England.
The first one is a Heptacodium! It's also known as the Seven Son tree. It flowers in August and September which is really unique for most trees.
Most trees bloom now or even earlier, so to have something blooming late in the year is great! It has white, seven-petaled little, fragrant flowers that bloom in August and September. It grows to about 15 to 20 feet tall, in full sun or part shade, and in semi-moist soils, too. And once all the leaves drop, it has beautiful colored bark as well.
If you are interested in bark, such as the shaggy kind of bark that you see on this maple tree, try the paper bark maple. It has cinnamon colored bark that exfoliates right through the winter. It's a beautiful, 30 to 40 foot tall tree, hardy to zone 4, so a good one for most areas in Vermont.
And then finally if you want a big bush, the fothergilla is blooming right now! It's got white, bottle brush-like flowers that smell like honey. It's a nice fragrance. Fothergilla grows 6 to 10 feet tall. It's great for a hedge or a nice planting in an island in the lawn. You have to watch if you plant it close to a building because it might get too big. It's carefree, easy to grow, hardy to zone 4, and has some nice fall color on the foliage as well.
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