Broadleaved Evergreen : Conifers : Deciduous Shrubs : Ornamental Shade Trees : Perennials and Ferns : Grasses and Bamboos : Groundcovers : Vines and Creepers : Water Plants




Abeliophyllum distichum (White Forsythia)

H:1-1.5m               Z:4          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

L/U: solitary or grouping

Small shrub with arching branches and white, showy flowers in May, resembling Forsythia. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.  (Korea)



Acanthopanax sieboldianus (Five leaf Aralia)

H:2.5-3m               Z:4

L/U: solitary or grouping

Wide, arching, small-thorned branches with 2-9cm long, glossy green, compound, palmate leaves, and greenish-white, 2-3cm long, thick flower umbels in June-July, becoming black fruit.  Entire plant of medicinal value in China.  (Anhui,China and Japan)


AESCULUS (Hippocastanaceae)


Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)

H:1-4m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.75m (4)

L/U: mass highway planting or accent

Shrub or small tree with compound, palmate leaves.  Single, yellowish-red, 10-25cm long flower panicles bloom on 2-3 year old trees, becoming smooth, oval, light-brown fruit.  (Southeastern USA)


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ARONIA (Rosaceae)

L/U: mass planting or hedging


Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

(Red Chokeberry)

H:2-3m                   Z:4          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Upright, multi-stemmed shrub with lustrous, dark-green leaves, brilliant scarlet in fall.  Profuse reddish-white flowers in May-June become large, glossy, abundant, brilliant-red berries, attractive to birds.  Tolerates full sun.  (Northeastern USA)


Aronia melanocarpa 'Autumn Magic'

(Black Chokeberry)

H:to 1.5m              Z:3          *O.C. 1.25m (4)

Deciduous shrub with deep-green, glossy leaves, orange, pink and red in fall  Masses of fragrant, white flowers in spring become shiny, edible, black berries.  Prefers full sun.  A UBC Botanical Garden introduction.  (Northeastern USA)


AZALEA (Ericaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Ghent Hybrids

H:1.5-2.5m            Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (5)

Single or double, fragrant flowers have numerous overlapping petals, ranging in colour from pure-white to pure-yellow with combinations of pink, orange and scarlet.


Azalea 'Bouquet de Flore'

Upright form with orange-red, yellow-centered, slightly-frilled flowers.


Azalea 'Coccinea Speciosa'

Brilliant, orange-red flowers.


Azalea 'Daviesii' ( syn Rhodo viscosepetalum)

Tall with white to light-yellow, fragrant flowers.


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Ghent Hybrids cont.

Azalea 'Pallas'

Orange-red flowers.


Knaphill and Exbury Hybrids

H:1.2-2.5m            Z:6          *O.C. 1.50m (5)

Deciduous, upright shrubs with medium-green summer foliage becoming yellow, orange and red in fall.  Flower trusses bloom in May.  Colours include pink, cream, yellow, off-white, orange, rose and red.  Prefers partial shade.


Azalea 'Berryrose' (Knaphill)

Coppery young foliage and orange-red, fragrant flowers.


Azalea 'Buzzard' (Exbury)

Vigorous, wide, upright form with fragrant, light-yellow flowers, edged and tinged pink.


Azalea 'Cecile' (Knaphill)

Large, salmon-pink and yellow flowers.


Azalea 'Daybreak'

Large, bronze-orange flowers.


Azalea 'George Reynolds' (Knaphill)

Tall variety with very large, butter-yellow flowers with deep golden throats.


Azalea 'Gibraltar' (Knaphill)

Large, flame-orange flowers with ruffled petals.  Heat tolerant.


Azalea 'Ginger' (Knaphill)

Orange flowers with golden upper petals.


Azalea 'Homebush' (Knaphill)

Vigorous, upright shrub with deep rose, semi-double flowers in tight, rounded trusses.


Azalea 'Klondyke' (Knaphill)

Wide, upright, slow-growing shrub, with coppery-red new growth and large, golden-orange flowers.



Azalea 'Ming' (Exbury)

Vivid orange flowers with yellow blotches.


Azalea 'Mt. St. Helen's' (Exbury)

Large, fragrant, salmon-pink and orange flowers.


Azalea 'Oxydol' (Knaphill)

Bronze foliage and large, white flowers with soft yellow blotches.


Azalea 'Pink Delight'

Bright-pink flowers with yellow blotches.


Azalea 'Red' (Exbury)

Large, red flowers.


Azalea 'Renne' (Knaphill)

Brilliant-red fall foliage and flowers.


Azalea 'Whitethroat' (Knaphill)

Slow-growing, wide-spreading shrub with red fall foliage and late, pure-white, frilled flowers.


Mollis Hybrids

H:1.2-1.8m            Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (5)

Deciduous shrubs similar to the Exbury group in flower characteristics but usually smaller and less hardy with yellow to orange flowers.


Azalea 'Koster Brilliant Red'

Orange-red flowers.


Azalea 'Lemonora'

Apricot-yellow flowers, tinged red on outside.


Azalea 'Samuel T. Coleridge'

Bright-pink flowers.


Northern Lights Series

H:1-1.5m               Z:2          *O.C. 1.00m (4)

Hardy, compact grower with flower buds on bare stems in May becoming fragrant, light to deep-pink, lilac, yellow or orange flowers in trusses of up to 12.


Azalea 'Golden Lights'

Vigorous with fragrant, yellow flowers.



Northern Lights Series cont.

Azalea 'Orchid Lights'

Semi-dwarf, bushy shrub with lilac flowers.


Azalea 'Rosy Lights'

Dark-pink and rosy-red, fragrant flowers.


Azalea 'Spicy Lights'

Fragrant, tangerine-orange flowers.


Azalea 'White Lights'

Large, fragrant, white, yellow-centered flowers.


Occidentale Hybrids

H:1.8-2.50m          Z:5          *O.C. 1.25m (4)


Azalea 'Irene Koster'

Sweetly-scented, white blooms become strong pink, medium-sized flowers when mature.


Viscosum Hybrids

H:2-2.50m             Z:5          *O.C. 1.25m (4)


Azalea 'Antelope'

Fragrant, light-pink flowers.


Azalea 'Arpege'

Fragrant, deep-yellow flowers.


Azalea 'Carat'

Fragrant, deep red flowers.


Azalea 'Rosata'

Fragrant, rose pink flowers.


Azalea 'Schlippenbachi' (Royal Azalea)

H:1.8-2.5m            Z:4          *O.C. 1.50m (2)

Upright, slow-growing, rounded shrub, with whorled leaves, usually 5 at branch ends, dark-green in summer, yellow and orange early, then crimson in fall.  Delicate, light to rose-pink, fragrant flower clusters from early-mid May just as the leaves are expanding.  (Korea)


BUDDLEIA (Buddleiaceae)

L/U: mass planting or accent


Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight'

(Butterfly Bush)

H:2-3m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (2)

Vigorous shrub with abundant, violet-black flowers in summer.


Buddleia davidii 'Pink Delight'

(Butterfly Bush)

H:2-3m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (2)

Compact Buddleia with grey-green foliage and full, rich-pink, fragrant flowers in 30cm long racemes.


CALLICARPA (Verbenaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'

(Beauty Berry)

H:2-3m                   Z:6          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

Large shrub with light-brown branch tips and leaf buds, bronze-purple new leaves, dark, purplish-green in fall.  Perfect, lilac flowers in June-July become violet, pearl-like fruit clusters through winter.  (Central/Southwestern China)


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Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii

H: 2-3m                  Z:6          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

Superior form with graceful branches and leaves, lilac flowers and brilliant, violet-coloured berries.  (Eastern/Western China)


CALYCANTHUS (Calycanthaceae)

L/U: solitary or grouping


 Calycanthus chinensis (Chinese Allspice)


H:2-3m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.75m (4)

Large shrub with simple, oval, light-green leaves.  Pinkish-white, yellow-centred, 7-9cm wide flowers bloom at the branch ends for approximately 1 month in late spring-early summer (June).  Prefers partial shade.  Selected and introduced by Piroche Plants, 1993.  (Zhejiang, China)


Calycanthus floridus (Carolina Allspice)

H:2-3m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.75m (4)

Dense, bushy, broadly-rounded shrub with dark-green leaves in summer, brilliant-yellow in fall.  Perfect, 2-3cm wide, dark, reddish-brown flower rosettes in June-July have a sweet, fruity fragrance.  Entire plant has a strong clove-like fragrance.  Prefers partial shade in deep, moist soil.  Seeds poisonous to cattle and sheep.  (Southeastern USA)



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CASSIA (Leguminosae)


Cassia corymbosa

H:1.5-3m               Z:7          *O.C. 1.50m (3)

L/U: accent or grouping

Vigorous, tall shrub with attractive, pinnate, bamboo-like foliage and showy, golden flowers arranged on long, studded corymbs in late summer-early fall.  Also valued for its medicinal and therapeutic properties.  Thrives in full sun.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1993.  (Argentina)



L/U: accent


Chaenomeles x superba 'Jet Trail'

H:1.2-1.5m            Z:5

Compact, spreading, low-growing, densely-branched shrub with short, thin, thorny branches, small, oval leaves and profuse, simple, flat, pure-white flowers.


Chaenomeles x superba 'Pink Lady'

H:1.2-1.5m            Z:5

Similar to 'Jet Trail' with pink flowers becoming apple-shaped fruit.


CHIMONANTHUS (Calycanthaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Chimonanthus praecox (Winter Sweet)

H:3-4m                   Z:7          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Tall, deciduous, multi or single-stemmed shrub with large, glossy, light-green, 7-20cm long leaves and yellow, sweetly-scented flowers on leafless stems from January-March.  Flower, roots and stem used in traditional Chinese medicine.  (Eastern/Central China)



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 Chimonanthus praecox var. concolor

H:3-4m                   Z:7          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Vigorous shrub with deeper yellow flowers than the species.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1990.  (Eastern/Central China)



CLETHRA (Clethraceae) (Summersweet)

L/U: accent or grouping


Clethra alnifolia

H:to 3m                  Z:3

Narrowly-upright shrub with smooth, 4-10cm long, sharply-serrated leaves and fragrant, 5-15cm long, upright flower racemes in July-September.  (Eastern N. America)


Clethra monostachya

H:2-8m                   Z:6

Large shrub to small tree with smooth, 7-13cm long flowers, widest in the middle, in long, unbranched racemes in July-August.  (Yunnan/Sichuang, China)


CORNUS (Cornaceae)

L/U: mass planting, grouping


Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

H:2-2.5m               Z:2          *O.C. 1.50m (3)

Somewhat less vigorous than the species with light, coral-red bark, narrowly upright branches, broadly-oval, bright-green leaves, bluish beneath and yellowish-white, 3-5cm wide flower cymes in May-June.  (Northern/Eastern China and Korea)



Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

H:2-2.5m               Z:2          *O.C. 1.50m (3)

Distinctly-upright shrub when young, somewhat arching when older, with blood-red stems in winter, irregular, white and light-green, variegated leaves, reddish-purple in fall and perfect, yellowish-white flowers in May-June after the leaves have matured.  Thrives in full sun to partial shade.


Cornus alba 'Kesselringii'

H:2-2.5m               Z:2          *O.C. 1.50m (3)

A dark-leaved Cornus with almost purplish-black stems.  Very striking against winter landscapes and bright backgrounds or grouped together with other coloured-stemmed Cornus.  (Siberia)


Cornus sericea ( syn C. stolonifera)

(Redtwig Dogwood)

H:1.5-2m               Z:2          *O.C. 1.50m (3)

A multi-stemmed shrub, often spreading by creeping, underground stems with brilliant red stems, oval leaves to 7cm long and creamy-white, 5cm wide flower clusters becoming small, white to bluish fruit.  (Widely distributed in N. America)


Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'

(Yellowtwig Dogwood)

H:1.5-2m               Z:2          *O.C. 1.50m (3)

Similar to C. sericea with bright, yellowish-green young branches.


Cornus sericea 'Kelseyii'

H:to 0.75m            Z:2          *O.C. 60cm (2)

Dwarf, spreading shrub with red branches and dense, thick foliage.



óô Abbreviations

H:            Height

W:           Width

Z:            USDA Hardiness zone

L/U:        Landscape Use



CORYLOPSIS (Hamamelidaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Corylopsis multiflora

H:2-3m                   Z:7          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Semi-deciduous evergreen with greyish-white new buds, thin, leathery, 7-15cm long, leaves with short, soft hair and racemes of usually 20, small, greenish-white, flowers in April-May.  Prefers full sun to partial shade.  (Southern/Central China)


Corylopsis pauciflora

(Buttercup Winter Hazel)

H:to 2.5m              Z:6          *O.C. 1.50m (6)

Finely-branched shrub with smooth, very dense branches, red-brown new growth, 2.5-7cm long leaves, bluish-green beneath and soft-yellow flowers in numerous, 2cm long racemes, grouped 2-3 together in March-April.  (Japan)


Corylopsis sinensis

H:4m                      Z:7

Large, spreading shrub with late-winter, lemon-yellow flower racemes and impeccable leaves throughout the seasons.


Corylopsis veitchiana

H:3-4m                   Z:7

Handsome, upright shrub with vividly colourful, toothed leaves.  Long racemes of primrose-yellow flowers with red centres emerge before the leaves in late winter.



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COTINUS (Anacardiaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Cotinus coggygria (Smoke Bush)

H:2-3m                   Z:5          *O.C. 2.00m (5)

L/U: screen planting

Rounded shrub with burgundy new growth, 3-8cm long, bright-green leaves, brilliant orange in fall and small, 15-20cm long flower panicles, becoming long, green to reddish fruit stalks covered with long, erect hairs in June-July.  Entire plant acquires a pinkish haze when in flower.  (Southern Europe, Southwestern and Northern Zhejiang, China)


Cotinus coggygria atropurpurea

H:2.5-3m               Z:5

Selected, dark-purple, seedling crop holds its colour throughout the summer.


Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

H:2-2.5m               Z:5          *O.C. 2.00m (5)

Similar to species with rich-purple foliage and a dramatic display of hazy, purple flowers.


Cotinus x 'Grace'

H:5-7m                   Z:4

A hybrid of C. coggygria 'Velvet Cloak' and C. obovatus which forms a large, vigorous, multi-stemmed shrub with rich, large, wine-red foliage darkening to plum-red in summer as it becomes enveloped in masses of deep-pink flowers.  Foliage turns bright orange in fall.



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        Mandarin, Pharsee, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu



DECAISNEA (Lardizabalanceae)


 Decaisnea fargesii

H:3-5m                   Z:6

L/U: solitary or grouping

Upright, distinctive shrub with attractive, loose, thick, bluish branches, deep-green compound leaves, divided into 13-25 leaflets, blue-green beneath.  Yellowish-green, 50cm long, hanging flower panicles in June are followed by ornamental, edible, metallic-blue pods, covered in a white, waxy bloom.  Prefers full sun to partial shade.  Fruit and bark used for rubber, seeds for oil.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1988.  (Southwestern, Eastern and Central China)


DEUTZIA (Philadelphaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Deutzia crenata 'Nikko'

H:to 2.5m              Z:6          *O.C. 1.75m (5)

Burgundy fall foliage and profuse, double, white flowers in spring.  (Eastern/Central China and Japan)


Deutzia scabra 'Pride of Rochester'

H:2.5-3m               Z:6          *O.C. 1.75m (4)

Upright, slightly nodding shrub with horizontally-arranged leaves on long shoots and dense, double, pink-striped, very narrow-petalled flowers with white interiors.  (Eastern/Central China and Japan)


Deutzia x kalmiiflora

H:to 1.5m              Z:6          *O.C. 1.50m (5)

Loose shrub with arching branches, 3-6cm long, light-green leaves, and pink flowers with pinkish-white interiors and rounded petals in 5-12 upright umbellate panicles.



DISANTHUS (Hamamelidaceae)


 Disanthus cercidifolius

H:4m/W:2m           Z:5          *O.C. 2.00m (5)

L/U: solitary

Deciduous shrub with slender, spreading shoots, 10cm long, blue-green leaves, red and orange-tinted in fall and inconspicuous flowers with narrow, dark-purple petioles, paired back to back in leaf axils in late fall.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1988.  (Southeastern China and Japan)


EDGEWORTHIA (Thymelaeaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


 Edgeworthia 'Bhutan's Gold'

(syn. Papyrifera 'Bhutan's Gold')

H:3m                      Z:8

A selection of Edgeworthia collected in Bhutan, more delicate than E. chrysantha with smaller, narrower leaves and extremely fragrant flowers.  Selected and introduced by Piroche Plants, 1993.  (Bhutan)


 Edgeworthia chrysantha ( syn. Papyrifera)

(Paper Bush)


H: 2m                     Z:7          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Elegant, deciduous shrub with stout stems, yellow-brown bark, large, ornamental leaf scars and long, narrow, lime-green, tropical-looking leaves.  Fragrant, yellow, Daphne-like flowers appear in March before the leaves. Used commercially to produce currency paper; entire plant is used in Chinese medicine.  Selected and introduced by Piroche Plants, 1991.  (Southern/Central China and Japan)


 Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Rubra'

H:2m                      Z:7          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Similar to the species with bright-red flowers.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1996.


ELAEAGNUS (Elaeagnaceae)


Elaeagnus commutata (Silver Berry)

H:3-4m                   Z:2          *O.C. 1.75m (4)

L/U: mass planting or grouping

Very hardy, medium-sized shrub with silver foliage and fragrant, 3-8cm wide, yellow flowers in May, followed by small, silvery, egg-shaped, short-stalked fruit.  (Northern USA and Canada)



ENKIANTHUS (Ericaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Enkianthus campanulatus

(Red-veined Enkianthus)

H:2.5-4m               Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Deciduous, narrow, upright shrub with rhombic, awn-like, serrate, bristly leaves, bright-red in fall and pendulous, light-yellow to light-pink flower corymbs with reddish venation in May.  (Japan)


Enkianthus perulatus

H:1-2m                   Z:6          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Hardy shrub with smooth, reddish young branches, clustered leaves at branch tips are yellow and bright-red in fall.  White, rounded, pendulous, terminal, bell-shaped flowers in umbels in May.  (Japan)




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EUONYMUS (Celastraceae)


Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

H:to 1m/W:3m      Z:3          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

L/U: mass planting or accent

Dense, flat, rounded shrub with scarlet-red fall foliage and reddish fruit.


FORSYTHIA (Oleaceae)

L/U: grouping or mass planting


Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Gold'

( syn F. 'Lynwood Gold')

H:2-3m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.75m (3)

An upright form of F. 'Spectabilis' with profuse, deep, golden-yellow flowers in early-spring.


Forsythia x intermedia 'Spectabilis'

H:to 2.5m              Z:5          *O.C. 1.75m (3)

Upright shrub with brownish branches and densely-arranged, solitary, dark-yellow flowers in April.


Forsythia intermedia x japonica

'Arnold Dwarf'

H:1m                      Z:5          *O.C. 1.20m (3)

Low, creeping shrub, rooting along the branches with small, partly 3-lobed, strongly-serrated, bright-green leaves and greenish-yellow flowers.


Forsythia suspensa (Weeping Forsythia)

H:2.5-3m               Z:5          *O.C. 1.75m (3)

Upright, arching shrub with an almost fountain-like habit, long, slender, hollow, pendulous branches, solid at the node and golden-yellow flowers, usually grouped 1-3 together in April.  (China)



 Maximum Impact Planting Recommendation

Abbreviated as O.C. (Off Centre), see explanation in catalog introduction.




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 Forsythia viridissima

(Green Stem Forsythia)

H/W:1.5-2.5m       Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Upright, flat-topped mature form with dark-green leaves and bright, yellow-green flowers on square green branches in April-May.  Seeds are used in traditional Chinese medicine.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1992.  (Eastern/Central China)


FOTHERGILLA (Hamamelidaceae)


Fothergilla major

H:1.5-3m               Z:5

L/U: accent

Slow-growing shrub, with numerous, usually erect stems, whitish young branches, rounded, 5-10cm long, dark, glossy-green leaves, blue-green beneath, blue-green to yellow-orange to scarlet in fall.  Small, white, fragrant, bottle-brush flowers, composed of 2cm long white filaments with a trace of light-pink and yellow anthers in May.  (Virginia to S. Carolina, USA)



HAMAMELIS (Hamamelidaceae)


Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane'

(Witch Hazel)

H:2.5-4m               Z:5

L/U: accent

Vigorous shrub with intensive yellow and scarlet fall foliage and dense, medium to large, carmine-red, upright flower clusters, violet inside from December-March.  One of the best red-flowering forms.



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Hamamelis mollis (Chinese Witch Hazel)

H:2.5-4m               Z:6

L/U: accent

Dense, white, hairy young branches, rounded, 8-16cm long leaves, glossy metallic above, yellow in fall and fragrant, rich, golden-yellow flowers from December-March.  (Eastern/Central China and Japan)


HEPTACODIUM (Caprifoliaceae)


 Heptacodium miconioides

H:4-7m                   Z:5

L/U: accent

Open, vigorous, single or multi-stemmed shrub with exfoliating grey-brown bark, fine, papery, 7-16cm long, drooping leaves and pink or white, slightly fragrant flowers in dense, 15cm long terminal panicles from July-September. Prefers moist, acidic soils.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1994.  (Hubei, China)



Family Hamamelidaceae (The Witchazel Family)

This family includes 23 genera and an undetermined number of species of evergreen and deciduous shrubs, the majority native to Asia.  Most familiar to North American landscapes are Hamamelis, Liquidambar, Corylopsis, Fothergilla and Parrotia.  Other, less familiar, genera are Sycopsis, Loropetalum, Disanthus, Distylium and Rhodoleia. 

Expect to see more plants from this family in the future at Piroche Plants.


HIBISCUS (Malvaceae)


Hibiscus syriacus

(Rose of Sharon)

H:to 3m                  Z:5

L/U: accent

Deciduous, upright shrub with soft, hairy young branches, becoming smooth.  5-10cm long leaves and large, single, pure-white, red-centered flowers in August-September.  (China, India)



HIPPOPHAE (Elaeanganceae)


Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn)

H:4-6m                   Z:3

Large shrub to small tree with thorny branches and narrow, silver-green leaves to 8cm long by 1cm wide.  Yellowish flowers emerge before the leaves and produce bright-orange, 1cm long fruits in early fall.  (Eurasia)




Holodiscus discolor (Ocean Spray)

H:1-3m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (5)

L/U: mass planting or grouping

Upright, strongly-branched, often nodding shrub with thin, grey-brown bark, small, usually 5-lobed leaves, white beneath and large, yellowish-white, nodding flower panicles in July-August.  (Northwest Coast of USA and Canada)


#1 pot                     30cm                      $3.75

#2 pot *                  40cm                      $7.50

#5 pot                     50cm                      $13.85


HYDRANGEA (Hydrangeaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Hydrangea aspera

H:1-4m                   Z:7          * O.C. 1.50m (4)

Shrub or small tree with large, dark-green, fuzzy foliage on long branches and spectacular lace-cap, 10-30cm wide, pink-purple-blue flowers in July-August, fading to white.  (Southwestern/Western China)



Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'

Compact shrub with large, lush, green foliage and numerous, bright-blue flowers.


Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink 'n Pretty'

H/W:1-2m              Z:6          *O.C. 1.25m (4)

Similar to the H. m. 'Nikko Blue' with bright-pink flowers.


Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora'

H: to 2m                 Z:3

Very hardy Hydrangea with sprawling, 15-30cm long, white flower panicles, becoming pink to red.  (Southern/Central China and Japan)


Hydrangea serrata 'Acuminata'

H:to 2m                  Z:6

Upright, spreading shrub with 5-15cm long, dark-green leaves, and numerous, pink to blue, lacecap flowers in mid-summer.  (Japan, Korea)


Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Bird'

H:1-1.5m               Z:6          *O.C. 1.25m (5)

Small, vigorous shrub with lush leaves, dark-plum and red in fall and blue and purple lacecap flowers.


 Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Giant' COPF

H:1-2m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Hardy, lush, stoloniferous shrub with rounded leaves, crimson-red in fall, fragrant, double, snow-white flowers, and large heavy fruit panicles in July-August.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1988.  (Japan)


HYPERICUM (Hypericaceae)

L/U: grouping or mass planting


Hypericum androsaemum 'Autumn Blaze'

H:to 1m                  Z:7          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

Vigorous, multi-stemmed shrub with orangy-red fall foliage, and brilliant, golden-yellow, 5cm wide flowers in July-August, followed by ornamental, red-brown seed heads, becoming glossy-black.  (Southern Europe, Asia Minor)


Hypericum patulum henryi

H:to 1.25m            Z:8          *O.C. 1.00m (4)

Deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with willowy branches and golden yellow, 5cm wide flowers from July-October.  (Southern/Central China)


KERRIA (Rosaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Kerria japonica

H:1.5-2m               Z:4          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

Broad shrub when young with glossy-green stems and single, solitary, golden-yellow, 3cm wide flowers in April-May and again in fall.  (Southern, Eastern, Central China and Japan)






Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora'

H:to 2m                  Z:5          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

Strictly upright, compact shrub, much bushier that the wild species, with attractive, dense, double flowers.


KOLKWITZIA (Caprifoliaceae)


Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beauty Bush)

H:1.5-2.5m            Z:5

L/U: accent

Dense, upright shrub with exfoliating bark, 3-7cm long, short-stalked leaves and 5-lobed, 1.5cm long, pinkish-white flowers with yellow throats in May-June.  (Northern China)




 Lagerstroemia limii (Hardy Crape Myrtle)


H:to 8m                  Z:8

L/U: accent

A hardy Lagerstroemia with peeling bark.  Long, narrow leaves, hang gracefully from red petioles, becoming yellow, orange and red in fall.  Large, soft-purple flowers in June-July.  Selected and introduced by Piroche Plants, 1990.  (Southeastern China)


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LESPEDEZA (Leguminosae)


 Lespedeza thunbergii (Bush Clover)

H:2-2.5m               Z:6

Attractive fall bloomer.  Freezes back to the ground each year.  Long, slender, dark, silver-green trifoliated branches are thick with racemes of purplish-pink leguminose flowers in late summer and fall.  A perennial in zones 8 and under.  Prefers full sun in dry conditions.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1987.  (China and Japan)


LIGUSTRUM (Oleaceae)


 Ligustrum obtusifolium (Border Privet)

H:3-4m                   Z:3          *O.C. 80cm (2)

L/U: background or hedging

A broad multi-stemmed shrub with dense, wide-spreading branches, medium dark-green leaves, rust-red to purple in fall, and white flower panicles in June, becoming black to bluish-black fruit in September.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1993.  (Japan, Korea & Eastern/Central China)


LONICERA (Caprifoliaceae)


 Lonicera modesta var. lushanensis

H:to 2m                  Z:6

Semi-deciduous shrub with long, cylindrical, fragrant, white to pink flowers and attractive red berries.  Tolerant of most soils, prefers partial shade.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1993.  (Central, Eastern China)



OEMLERIA (Rosaceae)


Oemleria cerasiformis (Indian Plum)

H:4m                      Z:4

Multi-stemmed shrub with 10-12cm long leaves which turn bright-yellow in late summer-early fall.  Panicles of white, lightly-fragrant flowers in early spring become 9-12cm long, plum-like, bluish-black, bitter fruit

(Northwestern USA and Canada)


PAEONIA (Paeoniaceae)


Paeonia suffruticosa (Moutan/Tree Peony)

H:2m                      Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (20)

L/U: accent or grouping

Thick, woody-stemmed Paeonia with 5-10cm long, light-green, bi-pinnate leaves and large flowers in an array of colours in May.  Roots and bark used in traditional Chinese medicine.  (Central China)



Bareroot Peonies

Large selections of Peonies are available from China.  All plants are propagated by division and grown on their own roots, and therefore are sucker-free and long-lasting! Contact our sales department for prices and availability.



PHILADELPHUS (Saxifragaceae)

L/U: accent


Philadelphus 'Miniature Snowflake'

H:to 1m                  Z:4

Small shrub with pure-white, densely-double, slightly-fragrant, 4cm wide flowers, grouped 3-7 together.


Philadelphus lewisii

H:to 3m                  Z:4

Upright, stiffly-branched shrub with long, smooth young shoots, becoming dark-brown, eventually exfoliating.  Bright-green, ovate leaves and pure-white flower clusters in June-July.

(Western Canada, USA)


Philadelphus virginalis (Mock Orange)

H:1-2.5m               Z:4

Stiffly-upright shrub with smooth, brown bark, exfoliating with age.  4-7cm long leaves are rounded at the base.  Double, pure-white, very fragrant, 4-5cm wide flowers in racemes.




L/U: grouping or mass planting


 Physocarpus amurense (Chinese Ninebark)


H:2-3m                   Z:3

Dense-growing shrub with 3-5 lobed leaves which turn yellow in fall.  Clusters of white flowers with purple-red anthers in early summer become reddish fruits.  Selected and introduced by Piroche Plants, 1994.  (West China)


óô Abbreviations

H:            Height

W:           Width

Z:            USDA Hardiness zone

L/U:        Landscape Use



Physocarpus capitatus

H:1-3m                   Z:4          *O.C. 1.20m (4)

Upright shrub, often wide and arching with broadly-ovate, 3-7cm long leaves on the flowering shoots, larger on long shoots and numerous, dense, 5-7cm wide, white to light-pink flower corymbs in April-June followed by smooth, reddish fruit, grouped 3-5 together.  (Western N. America)


Physocarpus opulifolius

H/W:2-3m              Z:2          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Medium to large shrub with brown, exfoliating bark, rounded, usually 5-lobed leaves.  Numerous, white to light-pink, 5cm wide flower corymbs in June become smooth, reddish fruit, grouped 3-5 together.  (Central/Eastern N. America)



L/U: grouping or mass planting


Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbottswood Silver'

H:to 1m                  Z:2          *O.C. 60cm (3)

Creamy-white leaf edges.


Potentilla fruticosa 'Goldfinger'

H:to 1m                  Z:2          *O.C. 80cm (3)

Upright, tall-growing shrub with abundant, long-blooming, bright-yellow flowers.


Potentilla fruticosa 'Mount Everest'

H:to 1m                  Z:2          *O.C. 80cm (3)

Strong, open, upright shrub with white flowers.


Potentilla fruticosa 'Pink Princess'

H:to 1m                  Z:2          *O.C. 80cm (3)

Clear, pink-flowering shrub.


RIBES (Saxifragaceae)

L/U: grouping or mass planting


Ribes alpinum

H:1-2m                   Z:2          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

Small shrub with smooth, light-grey stems, broad, 3-5-lobed leaves to 5cm long.  Solitary, white flowers in upright racemes become scarlet-red, sour fruit.  (Mountains of  Northern Europe)


Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII'

H:to 2m                  Z:6          *O.C. 1.25m (4)

Low, compact shrub with larger, pure-red flower racemes than the species.


ROSA (Rosaceae)


Rosa foetida 'Persian Yellow'

H:2m                      Z:4

Small, upright shrub rose with slender, prickly stems which become clothed in golden yellow, double flowers, 5-6cm in diameter in late spring.


Rosa glauca (syn. rubrifolia)

(Redleaf Rose)

H:3m                      Z:2

Medium size shrub rose with striking purple and copper coloured leaves and single, clear-pink flowers.  (Central and Southern Europe)


Rosa gymnocarpa (Baldhip Rose)

H:2m                      Z:2

Small shrub with slender, thinly-thorned stems, solitary or small clusters of deep-rose coloured, single flowers which yield small, orange-red fruit.  (Western N. America)


Meidiland varieties

H:30cm-1.5m        Z:4          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

L/U: mass planting

Hardy, low maintenance, pest-resistant rose hybrids, blooming profusely throughout the season.


Rosa meidiland 'Bonica'


Large, double, soft-pink, fragrant flowers.


Rosa meidiland 'Ferdy'


Small, double, coral-pink flowers.


Rosa meidiland 'Pearl'


Creamy, yellow-centered, double flowers.


Rosa meidiland 'Pink'


Single, pinkish-white-centered, long-blooming flowers.


Rosa meidiland 'Pink Sevillana'


Double, dark-pink flowers.


Rosa meidiland 'Red'


Single, red, white-centered flowers.


Rosa meidiland 'Scarlet'


Small, double, scarlet-red flowers.


Rosa meidiland 'Sevillana'


Double, dark-red flowers.


Rosa meidiland 'White'


Large, double, white flowers.


Rosa nutkana

H:to 1.5m              Z:6          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

Upright shrub with thin, dark-brown branches, smooth, dark-green, compound leaves.  Usually solitary, lilac-pink, 5-6cm wide flowers in June-July become smooth, red, 2cm long fruit.  (Western N. America, Alaska, California)


Rosa rugosa (Rugosa Rose)

H:1-2m                   Z:2          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

Hardy, thick-stemmed, bristly shrub with 3-5cm long, glossy, dark-green leaves, bluish beneath, golden-yellow in fall.  Solitary, single, pinkish-red, 6-8cm wide, short-stalked flowers from summer-fall.  (Northern China, Korea and Japan)


Rosa rugosa 'Hansa'          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

Double, purplish-red flowers.


Rosa wichuraiana

H:1m/W:2.5-5m    Z:6          *O.C. 1.25m (2)

Vigorous, multi-branching, low-growing Rosa with thick, hooked, prickly branches, glossy, dark-green, compound leaflets, lighter beneath.  Small, white, 4-5cm wide, fragrant flower panicles, with sepals much shorter than the petals, bloom in July-August and become deep-red fruit.  (Japan, Korea, Eastern China)


Rosa woodsii

H:1.5-2m               Z:4          *O.C. 1.25m (3)

Upright shrub with reddish stems, becoming grey, numerous, thin prickles on main stems and pink, single, 4cm wide flowers, grouped 1-3 together in June-July.  (Central/Western N. America)


RUBUS (Rosaceae)


Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry)

H:3m                      Z:2

Deciduous, suckering shrub with bristly stems, large, 5-lobed, light green leaves.  Corumbs of single, white flowers to 5cm wide in late spring become light-red, flattish, raspberry-like fruit early to mid-summer.  (Western N. America)


Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry)

H:1.5-2.5m            Z:6          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

Large shrub with pink flower in spring, followed by edible red berries in summer.  Prefers moist sites.  (Northwestern USA, Westcoast of Canada)


SAMBUCUS (Caprifoliaceae)


Sambucus cerulea (Blue Elderberry)

H:3-10m                Z:4

Large shrub to small tree with finely fisssured bark and compound leaves comprising 5-9 lanceolate leaflets.  Broad, flattened panicles of cream coloured flowers yield bluish fruits.


Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry)

H:2-3m                   Z:3          *O.C. 1.75m (3)

L/U: accent or grouping

Upright shrub with outward-arching, hollow branches, early new growth, compound leaves and dense, white, 4-6cm long flower panicles in April-May, becoming scarlet-red fruit.  (Western N. America)


SHEPHARDIA (Elaeagnaceae)


Shephardia canadensis (Buffaloberry)

H:3                         Z:2

Grey-brown, scaly branches and soft-green leaves to 5cm long which have silvery undersides with light brown scales.  Small clusters of yellowish-green flowers yield bright-red fruits covered in silvery scales.  (N. America)


SPIRAEA (Rosaceae)

L/U: grouping or mass planting


 Spiraea cantoniensis 'Plena'

(Double Reeves Spiraea)

H:1.5m                   Z:4

Small, mound-forming shrub with delicate, arching branches clothed in blue-green leaves.  Upright corymbs of showy, white, double flowers in early to mid-spring.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1991.


Spiraea douglasii

H:to2m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

Upright, stoloniferous shrub with slender, brown shoots, rounded, 4-9cm long leaves, white tomentose beneath and dense, purplish-pink, narrowly-conical, 20cm long flower panicles in July-August.  (Western N. America)


Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess'

H:to 0.5m              Z:4          *O.C. 1.00m (4)

Slender-branched, mound-forming shrub with mint-green foliage and flat, rosy-pink flower clusters in summer.


 Spiraea thunbergii 'Fujino Pink'

H:1m                      Z:5          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

Dense, spreading, twiggy shrub with sharply-toothed, 3cm long leaves and numerous, pink flower clusters along the branches in March-April.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1987.



 Spiraea thunbergii 'Yatsubusa'

H:1.5m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

Small, bushy shrub with heavily, white-flowering, slender-arching branches with tiny leaves that turn yellow and orange in fall.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1987.


Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer'

H:to 80cm             Z:4          *O.C. 1.00m (4)

Small shrub with angular branches, red new growth, dark-green, 7cm long leaves, occasionally inter-mixed with white-variegated leaves and bright, flat, carmine-red flowers corymbs, July-September.


Spiraea x bumalda 'Goldflame'

H:to 0.5m              Z:3          *O.C. 1.00m (4)

Small shrub with brilliant, orange-yellow foliage in spring becoming green in summer, coppery-orange in fall.  Small, carmine-pink flowers from late-spring to early-summer.


SYMPHORICARPOS (Caprifoliaceae)

L/U: grouping or mass planting


Symphoricarpos albus (Snowberry)

H:to 1.2m              Z:3          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

Small shrub with slender, upright shoots, 2-5cm long, light-green leaves, rounded at the base.  Pink flower spikes or clusters in summer become snow-white fruit.  (N. America)


Symphoricarpos x chenaultii 'Hancock'


H:30-50cm            Z:4          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

Dwarf, vigorous, fine-textured shrub, branches more rooting and procumbent than the species, with reddish young shoots, dark-green, 1-2cm long leaves, blue-green beneath and short, pink, terminal flower spikes in June-July, becoming red, white-spotted fruit.


SYRINGA (Oleaceae)

L/U: accent


Syringa patula (Korean Lilac)

H:to 3m                  Z:4

Medium-sized shrub with purple young shoots, 6-8cm long, pale-green leaves, grey beneath and fragrant, 10-15cm long, narrowly-tubular, lilac flower panicles with white interiors and violet anthers in May-June.  (Korea, Northern China)


Syringa vulgaris

H:to 7m                  Z:4

Shrub or small tree with smooth, broad, 5-12cm long leaves and 10-20cm long, lilac flower panicles.  (Norway, W. Germany, Denmark)


Syringa vulgaris 'Angel White'

Single, white flowers.


Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly'

Double, reddish-purple flowers.


Syringa vulgaris 'Ellen Willmott'

Double, white flowers.


Syringa vulgaris 'Hulda'

Single, purple flowers.


Syringa vulgaris 'Katherine Havermeyer'

Double, lavender-pink flowers.


Syringa vulgaris 'Ludwig Spaeth'

Single, dark-purple flowers.


Syringa vulgaris 'Monge'

Single, purple flowers.


TETRAPANAX (Araliaceae)


 Tetrapanax papyrifera (Rice Paper Plant)

H:1-2m                   Z:8          *O.C. 1.00m (4)

L/U: accent or grouping

Small shrub with thick, thornless stems, thin to somewhat leathery, deep-green leaves, rust-red to white beneath.  Small, white, 4-parted flowers in summer become small, drupe-like fruit.  Stem center used in traditional Chinese medicine.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1990.  (Shannxi, Southern China)



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VACCINIUM (Ericaceae)


Vaccinium parvifolium (Huckleberry)

H:1.5-2m               Z:6          *O.C. 1.25m (4)

L/U: grouping or mass planting

Upright shrub with thin, smooth shoots and leaves.  Usually solitary, greenish-red flowers, nodding on short stalks in May-June become small, coral-red, edible fruit.  (Western N. America)


VIBURNUM (Caprifoliaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'

H:to 3m                  Z:6

Upright, vigorous, well-branched shrub with 3-10cm long, serrated leaves, and dense, fragrant, 5-7cm wide flower clusters, pink in bud, opening white from October-March.


Viburnum x burkwoodii

H:1-2m                   Z:5          *O.C. 1.25m (4)

Semi-deciduous shrub with smooth, olive-green branches, glossy, dark-green, ovate to elliptic, 4-7cm long leaves and fragrant, 6cm wide, pinkish-white flowers in March-April, often re-blooming in summer.


Viburnum plicatum 'Summer Snowflake'

H:to 2m                  Z:4          *O.C. 1.25m (4)

Tiered, compact shrub with burgundy to purple fall foliage and large, sterile, lacecap flowers surrounded by smaller, tight, pure-white flower clusters from May-frost.  Prefers full sun to partial shade.  A UBC Botanical Garden introduction.



Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Mariesii'

H:1m/W:2m           Z:5          *O.C. 1.00m (3)

Wide-spreading shrub with purplish-red fall foliage, and large, white, lacecap flowers raised above the leaves followed by red fruit.


 Viburnum sargentii (Sargent Viburnum)


H:3-4m                   Z:3

Large shrub with Maple-like foliage, brilliant red in fall and white flowers with prominent purple anthers in flattened cymes in May-June, becoming bright-red fruit into winter.  Selected and introduced by Piroche Plants, 1989.  (Northeast Asia)


WEIGELA (Caprifoliaceae)

L/U: accent or grouping


Weigela florida 'Bristol Ruby'

H:1.5-2m               Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Upright shrub with ruby-red flowers from summer-fall.


Weigela florida 'Red Prince'

H:1.5-1.8m            Z:5          *O.C. 1.50m (4)

Low, wide-spreading shrub, upright-growing when young with deep, coral-red flowers, blooming recurrently in late summer.




 Zanthoxylum piperatum

(Japanese Pepper Tree)

H:2-3m                   Z:7

Aromatic shrub with dark-green, pinnate leaves, clear-yellow in fall and small, greenish-yellow flowers in May, becoming red fruit.  The Japanese crush the black fruit seeds to make pepper and use young leaves in salad.  Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1988.  (Japan)


 Zanthoxylum piperatum 'Inerme'

Grafted, thornless cultivar of Z. piperatum. Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1988.


ZENOBIA (Ericaceae)


Zenobia pulverulenta

H:0.5-1.8m            Z:6          *O.C. 1.00m (4)

L/U: accent or grouping

Deciduous shrub with coral-coloured stems, shallowly-lobed, blue-green, 2-5cm wide leaves and white, waxy, bell-shaped, sweetly-scented, nodding flower clusters on long stalks in late-spring and early-summer.  Attractive fall colour.  (Eastern USA)


ZIZIPHUS (Rhamnaceae)


 Ziziphus jujuba 'Inermis'

(Thornless Chinese Date)

H:5-9m                   Z:6

L/U: solitary or accent

Large shrub to small tree with bright-green leaves, golden in fall.  Yellow flowers in April-May become sweet, date-like edible fruit. Introduced by Piroche Plants, 1990.  (Southeast Europe, East Asia)





Throughout this catalog we use an off center (O.C.) spacing recommendation for maximum mass planting effect.


Flushed right, in bold, next to the hardiness zone, the number of years in parentheses, i.e. (4), indicates the number of years required for the plant size indicated by an asterix* to achieve a solid mass, therefore reducing future maintenance in the landscape.


The planting year is considered year one as little growth is expected the first year.


When selecting a plant size other than those indicated by an *, add or subtract one year according to the container size to achieve the same result.  (Generally, there is an additional year's growth difference between container sizes #1 pot, #2 pot and #3/#5 pot).


We should mention, however, that these are recommendations for maximum planting only and that for lower budget projects, or for other purposes, these spacings could be extended.



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