Variegated Stellar Pink Dogwood (Cornus kousa x Cornus florida) I’ve seen trees like this before. On the Monrovia site you can find three variegated Cornus kousa; Samaritan, Wolf Eyes and Summer Fun, but they all have white flowers. As the human race is constantly searching for the next new thing, now arrives the variegated dogwood with a Pink flower. Dogwoods always look so spindly and minimal when they are young, but a mature dogwood can take your breath away. It has to be in the top three for spring flowering trees. Flowering cherries, Magnolias and Dogwoods. Three reasons why spring is the best. I’m looking forward to seeing how this one grows. It has green leaves with white margins and mottled hues of green and white in several shades turn multi-colored in the fall — pink, yellow, purple and green simultaneously. Flowers are profuse, large and pink, covering the small tree in spring for several weeks. It is said to be highly pest and disease resistant. Grow in full sun in northern climates and part shade in warmer areas. Grows 10–15 tall and wide.
Marley’s Pink Snowbell (Styrax japonicus ‘JL Weeping’) The world will never have enough snowbell trees, so I welcome any new varieties. You may know that I have a thing for this tree. I love a mature spreading canopy of a traditional Snowbell, but I”m intrigued with this new little one. Marley’s Pink Snowbell has a weeping habit, pink flowers and leaves that are significantly larger, glossier and less pubescent than other known cultivars. June flowers are vibrant pink and bell-shaped. It grows up to 8 feet tall and 4–5 feet wide at maturity. Out of these three new trees, this is the one I want!
Winchester Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo) Another lovely little thing that I’m curious to see in its mature state. There are an amazing variety of Pines and I think they provide an essential element to the garden. Green in winter, structural and a contrasting texture to broad leaf plants. This petite mugo seems to be bursting with life. ‘Winchester’ is a dwarf mugo pine chosen for its tidy, semi-upright form, which differs from other dwarf mugo cultivars. It maintains its dense body, making it suitable for small spaces. Tiny, short needles add year-round color and texture to the garden or container. Grows 3–4 inches annually, reaching a mature height of 2–3 feet in 10 years. Tolerates poor soils and dry conditions, as well as full or part sun.