Plant Introductions

Introductions from the Mountain Crop Improvement Lab

Double Take 'Scarlet Storm'

Double Take™ Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa 'Scarlet Storm' PP20,951; 'Orange Storm' PP20,950; and 'Pink Storm' PP20,920)

Unique thornless and fruitless quince with large, heavy double flowers and a range of colors.

'Crystalina' Summersweet

'Crystalina' Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Crystalina' PP21,561)

A diminutive and refined summersweet with showy, fragrant flowers.
Invincebelle hydrangea

Invincibelle™ Spirit Mountain Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA1' PP20,765)

A breakthrough shrub – the first ever pink mophead 'Annabelle' hydrangea.

Sweat Teach Mountain Gordlinia

'Sweet Tea' Mountain Gordlinia (xGordlinia grandiflora 'Sweet Tea')

A rare intergeneric hybrid between Franklinia and Gordonia with semi-evergreen foliage and huge 5 inch diameter flowers.

Expressionistic Tutsan Picasso

Expressionistic™ Tutsans (Hypericum androsaemum 'Pollock', 'Matisse', and 'Picasso')

An artistic series of seedless, non-invasive Tutsan with creative foliage colors and patterns.
Sunset Weigela

'Sunset' Weigela (Weigela florida 'Sunset' PP23,212)

A dwarf Weigela with unique multicolored foliage.
Blizzard Pearlbush

'Blizzard' Pearlbush (Exochorda 'Blizzard' PP23,329)

A compact and refined pearlbush with a blizzard of large flowers at the first hint of spring.
Venus Sweetshrub

'Venus' Sweetshrub (Calycanthus 'Venus' PP15,925)

A 3-species hybrid with magnolia-like flowers and fruity aromas of melons and strawberries.
Flowers, 'JC Raulston' Mahonia

'JC Raulston' Mahonia (Mahonia 'JC Raulston')

Spectacular plumes of golden flowers on a new native hybrid.

Introductions from Friends and Colleagues

'Borderline' Boxwood

'Borderline' Boxwood (Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Borderline')


Feels like I'm going to lose my mind - a new boxwood with gilded leaves. From Clarence Towe

Swamp Hobbit' Florida Anise

'Swamp Hobbit' Florida Anise (Illicium floridanum 'Swamp Hobbit')


A native, shade-tolerant, evergreen ground cover with showy flowers and good deer resistance. From Ron Miller.

Southern Cerise Rhododendron

'Southern Cerise' Piedmont Rhododendron (Rhododendron minus var. minus 'Southern Cerise')

An exceptional southern form of R. minus with vivid pinkish-red (i.e., cerise) flower buds and tubes that open with bright, pinkish-violet petals. From Ron Miller.

Betty Stiles Harlequin Glorybower

'Betty Stiles' Harlequin Glorybower (Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Betty Stiles')

Exceptional, cold hardy, tree form with fragrant flowers and showy fruit. From Hollis Wild and Betty Stiles.

Summer Cascade River Birch

'Summer Cascade' River Birch (Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade' PP15,105)

A cascading form of our native river birch. From John and Danny Allen at Shiloh Nursery.

Shiloh Splash river birch

'Shiloh Splash' River Birch (Betula nigra 'Shiloh Splash' PP16,362 )

A shrub form with a splashing variegation. From John and Danny Allen at Shiloh Nursery.

Bryson City Ginkgo

'Bryson City' Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba 'Bryson City')

An upright, fastigiated street-tree form of Ginkgo. Brought from China by Mary Bryson Tipton in 1941.

Updated July 31, 2013