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Midwest Regional Reports

Regional Picks: Showy Shrubs – Midwest

Fine Gardening – Issue 191

1. ‘Pusch’ Norway Spruce

‘Pusch’ Norway Spruce
Photo: millettephotomedia.com

Name: Picea abies ‘Pusch’

Zones: 3–7

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

Korean Azalea
Photo: Courtesy of Spring Meadow Nursery

Name: Rhododendron yeodoense var. poukhanense

Zones: 4–7

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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