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Regional Picks: Plants for Winter’s Worst – Northeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 149



Autumn Radiance® maple (Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Radiance’)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7

Size: Up to 30 to 50 feet tall and wide

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

This may look like just another boring red maple, but it’s not. Autumn Radiance® colors up in fall about two weeks earlier than most other maples and really glows in the sunlight. Its strong, uniform limbs help it ward off threats of breakage under heavy snow, which makes it ideal for the Northeast. The silvery gray bark is an added bonus, while its broad oval canopy creates a nice shady place to hide under in the heat of summer.


‘Powder Giant Blue’ woodland Iris (Iris cristata ‘Powder Giant Blue’)

Zones: 3 to 9

Size: 6 to 8 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil

‘Powder Giant Blue’ woodland iris is a spreading beauty, with great straplike blue-green…

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