About Upshoot LLC: “UpShoot is a boutique horticulture marketing firm. We are passionate about plants—growing and locating new ones. Experiencing that undeniable thrill of first discovery—whether it’s our plant find or yours! We love learning about plants and sharing our knowledge to the media and consumers.”

For more information: maria@upshoothort.com


Carpinus caroliniana ‘J.N. Upright’

Common name: American hornbeam or musclewood

Trademark: Firespire® musclewood

Introduced by: UpShoot LLC for breeder Michael Yanny of JN Plant Selections

  • USDA hardiness zone: Zone 4 (testing in 3)
  • Ornamental features: A selected native, chosen for its narrow, upright form; develops consistent, orange-red fall color versus yellowish autumn shades of the species; seeds attract birds
  • Habit and growth rate: 15’ tall by 10’ wide
  • Culture: Full sun to full shade; not tolerant of heavy road salt; mulching recommended
  • Pest/disease problems/unique resistance: No pest or disease problems observed to date
  • Availability: Liners; bare root; B&B; containers

Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Shakaz’

Common name: Doublefile viburnum

Trademark: Sharon Kay™ viburnum

Introduced by: UpShoot LLC for Greg and Sharon Fuhrer, Locust Grove Nursery

  • USDA hardiness zone: Zone 5
  • Ornamental features: Double rows of 3-inch spring snowball flowers along layered branches; reblooming through fall; foliage is darker green than species with red petioles; burgundy fall color
  • Habit and growth rate: 8’ tall by 8’ wide
  • Culture: Full sun; well-drained soil
  • Pest/disease problems/unique resistance: No pest or disease problems observed to date
  • Availability: Liners; bare root; B&B; containers

Weigela florida ‘Lemiczam’

Common name: Weigela

Trademark: Lemon Ice™ weigela

Introduced by: UpShoot LLC for LCN Selections

  • USDA hardiness zone: Zone 5
  • Ornamental features: Blooms earlier than other cultivars, producing pleasing lemon-yellow blooms in spring with occasional reblooms all growing season; attractive green foliage contrasts against immature red stems
  • Habit and growth rate: 5 to 6’ tall by 5 to 6’ wide
  • Culture: Full sun; well-drained soil
  • Pest/disease problems/unique resistance: No pest or disease problems observed to date
  • Availability: Liners; bare root; B&B; containers