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Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That – Southern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 153

Paperbark Maple
Photo: Jennifer Benner
‘Bradford’ Callery pear

Overused: ‘Bradford’ Callery pear

(Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’)

 Photo: Mpbaugh/courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org

1. Paperbark Maple

Name: Acer griseum

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 20 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 25 feet wide

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

While paperbark maple does not provide the show of spring flowers that you get with ‘Bradford’ Callery pear, its other charms and sturdy structure make it a far superior tree. Paperbark maple provides year-long interest, from its soft, blue-green summer foliage with a silver underside to its brilliant red fall color. Most striking is the exfoliating, cinnamon red bark, which provides dramatic color and texture throughout the winter months. Its upright, rounded canopy and multitrunked habit make this tree a superb addition to any yard.


Mango Popsicle™ Red-Hot Poker
Photo: courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries
‘Stella d’Oro’ daylily

Overused: ‘Stella d’Oro’ daylily

(Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’oro’)

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