American Hazelnut (Corylus americana
Zones 4-8 Height: 5-10′ Width: 5-10′ Part sun to shade in moist, well-drained soil. Bloom time: late winter to early spring Bloom color: male yellow-green catkin, female tiny, red-purple tuft at end of branches. While both flowers occur on the same plant, nuts are produced through cross pollination with a nearby friend.
Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
Zones 4-8 Height 8-12′ Width 6-10′
Part sun to part shade. Moist to wet soil
Bloom color: white Bloom time: May-July
Produces berries for birds. Growth habit of straight, upright branches sprouting from base. Leaves are serrated with ridges like a potato chip.
Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
Zones 3-8 Height 3-6 feet, width 3-4 feet. Adaptable and easy to maintain, chokeberries are a splendid addition to any landscape. White, sweet scented flowers in the spring render large, dark purple to black fruits. Fall foliage is plum to burgundy. The branches of black chokeberry are shorter and a little stiffer than red chokeberry, giving it a more formal appearance.
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Soil – Wet, Height – < 10′, Bloom time – Jun – Aug, Bloom Color – White; Ball-like flowers are a rich souce of nector for butterflies and bees and seeds are loved by ducks. Does best in low wet ground, swamps and bogs but does have drought tolerance.
Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Sun – Full Sun to Part Shade, Soil – Medium Wet – Medium Dry Height < 20′, Bloom time – October, Bloom Color – Yellow, Spacing – 8′ – 10′
This low maintenance shrub blooms after leaves drop providing fall color. Prefers slightly acidic soil.
Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Full sun to part shade. Moist to moderately dry soil.
Zones 2-8 Height 5-10′ Width 5-10′ Spacing 6-12′
Bloom color: white Bloom time: June-July
This is elderberry traditionally used for pies, syrup, wine, and jelly! Great for medicinal uses as well. Attracts birds and pollinators to your landscape and gives you food – what could be better?