Pieris japonica, Japanese Pieris

IDentifying features:

  1. Simple alternate evergreen leaves with shallow toothed margins held in whorls at shoot tip
  2. Pendulous clusters of small white urn-shaped flowers, followed by persistent dehiscent 1/4″ long brown capsules
  3. Reddish-bronze new growth

Prunus cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’, Cherry plum

Identifying characteristics:

  1. Alternate lustrous deep purple leaves w/serrated edges
  2. pinkish white flowers appear before foliage
  3. small tree w/upright spreading habit

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris, Climbing hydrangea

Identifying characteristics:

  1. Opposite simple serrated leaves
  2. Root-like “holdfasts” along stems
  3. Exfoliating bark
  4. Vertical main stems and horizontal laterals

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lady in Red’, Bigleaf hydrangea

Identifying characteristics:

  1. Large opposite serrated simple leaves
  2. Flowers are distinctive blue (on acid soil)  broad cymose corymbs
  3. Stems emerge from ground w/little branching
  4. Cultivar ID: red stems, veins, petioles

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diablo’, Common Ninebark

Identifying characteristics:

1. Alternate, palmate leaves

2.Flowers in 1″ – 2″ cymes

3. Multi-stemmed shrub

4. Dark purple-green leaves (cultivar ID)

Berberis thunbergii ‘Aurea’, Japanese barberry

Identifying characteristics:

1. Single 0.5″ thorn at each node

2. Alternate simple leaves

3. Deciduous shrub with ovate leaves

Euonymus fortunei ‘Moonshadow’, Moonshadow wintercreeper

Identifying characteristics:

1. Opposite evergreen leaves, larger than boxwood

2. Serrated edges

3. yellow green stems

Juglans nigra, Black walnut

Identifying characteristics:

1. large pinnately compound leaves with numerous leaflets

2. large round fruit which are nuts and stain surfaces

3. kills most other plants in vicinity

4. odor when leaves are crushed

Ilex opaca, American holly

IDentifying features:

1. Spiny evergreen leaves

2. Red berries in winter

3. Pyramidal habit

Toxicodendron radicans, poison ivy

Poison ivy patch

Poison ivy patch

Identifying characteristics:

1. 3 leaflets

2. alternate leaves

3. no thorns

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