1. ‘Pusch’ Norway Spruce
Name: Picea abies ‘Pusch’
Size: 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun, tolerates partial shade; average to moist, well-drained soil
Native range: Scandinavia
Each spring, this sweet little specimen pushes out bright red mini-cones on its branch tips. The cones hold that eye-popping color for weeks before aging to buff brown, and are retained until the next year for multiseason interest. The plant is roundish with somewhat stacked horizontal branches and short, olive green needles. It will reportedly develop a more upright silhouette after many years. It is hardy as the dickens in windswept or air-polluted urban sites and requires no pruning or maintenance.
2. Korean Azalea
Name: Rhododendron yeodoense var. poukhanense
Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide
Conditions: Partial shade; rich, moist, acidic soil
Native range: Korea and Japan
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