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JN Select Plants

Our nursery has been associated with the selection of new plant cultivars for the past 30 years. With the millions of plants that have passed through our nursery over the years, numerous superior individuals have appeared, been selected, propagated, and introduced to the marketplace. These are JN Select Plants. We're interested in tough, durable plants that will perform well in heavy alkaline soils and survive Wisconsin's rugged climate. We hope you will try some of our new cultivars.

Johnson's Nursery, Inc.™ and J.N. Plant Selections, LLC partnerships allows new and improved species of plant strains to be available to all of our customers, and for contract grow as well. These trademarked plants are some of Wisconsin's finest original and hybrid cultivars.

Learn more about the relationship between Johnson's Nursery
and J.N. Plant Selections here.

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Trees

J.N. Strain Musclewood

J.N. Strain Musclewood

Carpinus caroliniana 'J.N. Strain'

Notes: Fantastic, small-scale tree with a dense canopy. Improved fall color on our Wisconsin strain is mostly orange-red, some will be yellow. Its leaf and bark characteristics resemble a small beech tree with fall color. NOT hard to transplant.

Our strain of Musclewood has been developed over a 30 year period by selective seed picking. Only seed from orange-red fall colored individuals is used for propagation. By doing this, we have changed the percentage of seedlings in our beds with orange-red fall color from about 15% to 80% or better. Our strain has superior vigor when compared to other seedlings being sold in commerce. Our plants have originated from several ecotypes, brought together in our nursery to eliminate the inbred nature of the population in the wild. Our strain has hybrid vigor.

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J.N. Plant Selection - Firespire

Firespire™ Musclewood

Carpinus caroliniana 'J.N. Upright'

Notes: An upright form with outstanding orange-red fall color.  Is quite similar in scale and form to Cornus mas 'Golden Glory'.  It should become a very useful screening plant, because of its slender form and tolerance for both sun and shade.

Single stemmed plants can be useful as street trees under utility wires. After ten years, the original plant, which was transplanted twice was seven feet tall and three and a half feet wide.

Selected by Michael Yanny in 1993 from the production fields at Johnson’s Nursery, Firespire® is an upright form with outstanding orange-red fall color. Quite similar in scale and form to Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’.

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J.N. Plant Selections - Firebird Crabapple

Firebird® Crabapple

Malus sargentii 'Select A' PP12,621

Notes: It is a compact version of its parent that grows more upright when young becoming spreading with age. Sweet smelling snow-white flowers shows more of a tendency towards annual production than Sargent crabapple. Fruiting qualities of Firebird® are superior to all other small-scale crabapples. Its tiny ruby-red crabapples much like M. Red Jewel® and M. 'Donald Wyman', provide color into late winter. Has excellent resistance to apple scab disease.

Firebird® was selected from a crop of open-pollinated Malus sargentii seedlings by Mike Yanny at Johnson's Nursery, Inc.™ in the mid 1980's.

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Shrubs

Irish Setter Dogwood - Cornus racemosa

Irish Setter™ Dogwood

Cornus racemosa x amomum 'J.N. Red Stem'

Notes: Irish Setter™ looks mostly like its mother, Cornus racemosa. it has the same creamy white, flat-topped, 2”, clusters of flowers as its species in late May-early June, but it has superior resistance to Septoria leaf spot. In Fall, the clean glossy foliage turns to a shiny, rich, maroon color that can last up to 4 weeks, twice as long as either of its parents. In winter, the wood from the previous growing season retains a showy, bright red color.

Selected by Mike Yanny from local ecotype seedlings growing at Johnson’s Nursery in the late 1990’s, Irish Setter™ was first noticed because its previous season’s growth retained a red color all winter. Young plants cut to the ground in spring will have reddish-orange stems the following winter.

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Pink-a-licious Spirea - Spiraea fritschiana

Pink-a-licious™ Spirea

Spiraea fritschiana 'J.N. Select A'

Notes: Pink flowering form of S. fritschiana. Can have an outstanding yellow-apricot/pink-red fall color. The colors of a fruit salad! Excellent dense branching habit. Unlike its white flowered mother, Pink-a-licious™ has abundant purplish-pink, flat-topped clusters of flowers in June. This cultivar has a wonderful compact habit, growing 2-3’ tall by 2-3’ wide in Southern Wisconsin. The fall color on this plant can be an outstanding combination of the colors. Pink-a-licious™ is easy to grow, requires full sun to partial shade, and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types.

Pink-a-licious™ originated from a selection by Mike Yanny of open pollinated seedlings of Spiraea fritschiana started in 2000 at Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™  The likely pollen parent is Spiraea x bumalda ‘Norman’.

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Spice Island Koreanspice Viburnum - Viburnum carlesii

Spice Island™ Koreanspice Viburnum

Viburnum carlesii 'J.N. Select A'

Notes: It is a compact form which develops much more uniformly during the production process. It is a slow grower, but matures to roughly 4-5' tall and 5-6' wide. Spice Island™ has an abundance of white, round flower clusters. The dark green foliage turns a wine red color in fall.

Spice Island™ was selected in 2000 at Johnson's Nursery, Inc.™ from open-pollinated Viburnum carlesii seedlings. This cultivar branches better that other Viburnum carlesii 'Compacta' cultivars in the trade, making for considerably fewer one-sided or poor structured plants. Spice Island™ matures at one half to two thirds the size of a typical Viburnum carlesii plant.

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Sugar n' Spice Koreanspice Viburnum - Viburnum carlesii

Sugar n' Spice™ Koreanspice Viburnum

Viburnum carlesii 'J.N. Select S'

Notes: Sugar n' Spice is a heavy flowering cultivar with the same sweet-spiced, floral fragrance for which the species is known. The flower clusters (cymes) are smaller than average, but are much more plentiful throughout the body of the plant. This plant needs at least six hours of direct sunlight, as well as, rich, moist, well-drained soil to perform at its peak. Sugar n’ Spice™ is a standard sized plant with excellent density.

The plant was selected from open-pollinated Viburnum carlesii seedlings in the production fields at Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™ in 2000 by Mike Yanny.

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Red Feather Arrowwood Viburnum - Viburnum dentatum

Red Feather® Arrowwood Viburnum

Viburnum dentatum 'J.N. Select'

Notes: It has an outstanding, long lasting, maroon fall color in Southeastern Wisconsin. Most importantly, its autumn color is consistent from year to year. As new foliage ages, green veins appear on the red surfaces, giving the leaves a colorful, feather-like design. Eventually, when leaf expansion ceases, the leaves take on a solid, lustrous green color. The habit of Red Feather® Viburnum is similar to the species.

Red Feather® Viburnum was selected in June 1989 from a group of seedling plants at Johnson's Nursery, Inc.™ It was noticed because of its beautiful red new foliage. Most seedlings and other Viburnum dentatum cultivars have not been nearly as consistent.

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Ping Pong Buttonbush - Cephalanthus occidentalis

Ping Pong™ Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis 'J.N. Select A'

Notes: Ping Pong™ has an upright growing habit and rich, glossy, dark green leaves. The plant flowers in July, producing perfectly globular, creamy white inflorescences, similar to small Ping Pong balls. It is not uncommon for plants to have some flowers on them for over 4 weeks. Cephalanthus occidentalis is a wetland shrub that can tolerate periodic flooding, so it is an excellent choice for use in wet, heavy soils. Ping Pong™ plant requires full sun and will grow to about 8’ tall by 8’wide.

Ping Pong™ Buttonbush originated at Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™ from a seedling selection made by Mike Yanny from a crop of open pollinated Cephalanthus occidentalis. The selection was made based on the plant’s dark green foliage.

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Evergreens

Star Power Juniper - Juniperus x 'J.N. Select Blue'

Star Power™ Juniper

Juniperus x 'J.N. Select Blue'

Notes: Star Power™ gets its name from the blue-green, star-like, juvenile foliage which gives it a delicate, almost sparkling texture. It is a fast growing upright juniper cultivar with eye-catching, bluish-green, star-like foliage. Star Power™ has excellent density, requires minimal shearing, and is a great screening plant where deer can be troublesome. The star-like foliage also gives the plant a
fresh, rich texture.

Selected by Mike Yanny in 1998 at Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™ from a crop of open-pollinated seedlings. It is suspected to be a hybrid between Juniper chinensis x Juniper communis. It is the fastest growing upright juniper we have evaluated, surpassing even Juniperus chinensis ‘Mountbatten’ in our fields.

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Technito Arborvitae

Technito® Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'BailJohn' PP15,850

Notes: Technito® is a compact form of Techny Arborvitae. It has the same dark green, burn resistant foliage that has made Techny so popular in the upper midwestern U.S., except it matures to about three-quarters the size of Techny. It maintains a dark green color throughout the winter. Technito® is useful as a low maintenance hedge or screen or as a vertical accent in foundations and borders. It is ideal for smaller, urban lots.

Technito® was discovered by Mike Yanny in 1989 at Johnson’s Nursery from a crop of open-pollinated seedlings. It is co-owned by J.N. Plant Selections, LLC and Bailey Nurseries, Inc. and is being marketed through the First Editions™ plant introduction program.

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