Royal Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star') A great ornamental specimen small tree. Spring fragrant double white 3" flowers; fall foliage yellow to bronze. Full sun. Mature size: 10'x10'. Hardy in zones 4-6.
Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis) Evergreen groundcover with rich green leathery leaves and spikes of small white flowers in spring. Part / full shade. Mature size: 8" x 12". Hardy in zones 4-8.
American Elm (Ulus americana) No longer sold or planted due Dutch Elm Disease, these old specimens on campus are fine examples of why we planted so many elms in our urban landscapes. New varieties, resistant to DED, are being bred and trialed by University and industry breeders.
White forsythia (Abeliophyllum distichum) Not actually a Forsythia at all, this deciduous shrub blooms prolifically with white, forsythia-like flowers. Full sun. Mature size: 5'x5'. Hardy in zones 4-8.
Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica) Plant these small bulbs in the fall and in no time, you will have a blanket of blue. "Squill hill" on campus is always a sure indicator spring has arrived. Full / part sun/ Mature size: 5" x 4". Hardy in zones 2-8.
Heartleaf Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia) I saw these plants, often confused for rhubarb or cabbage, planted in every home in central Sweden and knew I had to have one - or several. Large thick heart-shaped glossy leaves are bright green in spring and turn bronze in cold weather. Stalks of hot pink flower clusters bloom in early summer. Part sun. Mature size: 12" x 18". Hardy in zones 3-8.
Rhododendron & Forysthia: With Forsythia (Forsythia spp.) about to burst into bloom on campus (you can see a few yellow flowers here), the bright green of the Rhododendron spp. attracts the most attention here. An evergreen shrub with white or lavender flowers. Part / full shade. Mature size: 6' x 4'. Hardy in zones 4-7. Prefers moist, acid soil.
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Named 'red maple' not for its leave, but its scarlet spring flower, the Acer rubrum creates a red glow while other trees are creating a green glow in early spring. Full / part sun. Mature size: 55' x 45'. Hardy in zones 4-6. Prefers moist, acid soil.
Viburnum spp. Many Viburnums dot our campus landscape and range in size from compact to large shrubs. Big fat flower buds, white flower clusters and persistent colorful fruits are some of their features. Full / part sun. Mature size: varies by species / cultivar. Hardy in zones 2-8 depending on the species / cultivar.