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Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants – Northwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 134

1. Paperbark Maple

Name: Acer griseum

USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 8

Size: 20 to 30 feet tall and wide (rounded crown)

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil

This tree provides a focal point for all seasons. The year starts with small yellow flowers appearing in spring, followed by three-lobed, dark green leaves all summer. In fall, the foliage turns a spectacular red. The icing on the cake is the muscular, mahogany-colored trunk with peeling bark, which provides unbeatable winter interest even on gloomy days.


2. ‘Profusion’ Beautyberry

Name: Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil

‘Profusion’ beautyberry plays a background role nine months of the year, but when its fruit turn a metallic neon purple in early fall, this plant moves to center stage. Its leaves, which often take on pink tones in autumn, eventually drop, leaving behind…

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