Chinese Oriental Dogwood - Large white flowers in June which last a month, followed by large strawberry-like pinkish red, edible yet bland fruit that will attract birds. Dark green long leaves turn scarlet to purple leaves in autumn. Resistant to dogwood anthracnose and borers. Zone 5-8.
Honeylocust - Fast growing, widely adapted tree with a vast native range covering the South, Midwest, and Eastern United States. It produces large, long, strappy bean pods with sweet edible pulp. Immature pods can be cooked and eaten. Young seeds taste like raw peas. Legume pods are considered a useful fodder for livestock and will otherwise litter the ground. These seedlings are from open pollinated trees that have shown to produce a good pod crop and were thornless. Juvenile plants will often have some thorns which prevent them from being eaten when young, but they disappear as the plants mature. Honeylocust can be planted as a shade tree, it has an irregularly shaped oval canopy and will grows to about 50-75 ft. Golden yellow autumn foliage is one of the earliest to defoliate. Wood is hard and durable and imparts a desirable honeywood flavor to grilled foods. Tolerant of urban pollution. Zone 3-9.
Osage Orange - A medium sized thorny tree that makes an impenetrable hedge. Produces a large grapefruit sized inedible fruit claimed to repel insects such as spiders and cockroaches. Usually untouched by insect attacks and fungal diseases. Beautiful yellow fall color on a tree that grows to about 30 ft. Dense flexible hardwood used in bow making. Wood has one of the highest BTU content and makes an excellent firewood. Sharp, nearly unbreakable thorns are why hedge apple trees were planted as living fences to keep in cattle before the time of barbed wire. Can also be used as a windbreak hedge.
Profusion Beautyberry - This plant produces lilac colored flowers in summer with clusters of violet/purple berries in the fall. The berries persist through winter if not discovered by birds. It can grow up to 10 ft. in height. Hardy to Zone 5.
Rosa Rugosa - Pink to red flowering selection. Cuttings are quicker to bear and wiil be true to color. Seedlings can have genetic variability with the color, possibly even being white. Single flowers with large yellow stamens at center are spangled throughout dense shrubby bushes most of the summer. Large edible reddish-orange hips late summer through fall, as well as colorful yellow to orange mottled fall leaf color. Makes a great hedge plant due to thorny and thick canes that colonize into wide rows. Grows to about 6 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide. Most disease-resistant rose variety; will even flower in part shade. Zone 3-10.
Satomi Red Oriental Dogwood - Grafted variety of Oriental dogwood with the disease resistance of Cornus kousa and pink to red flowers. Great fall color. Grows to 20 ft. Hardy to -25 °F.
Silver Linden - Fast growing hardy tree with 6 inch heart shaped leaves. Wonderfully fragrant flowers in summer and one of the best honey plants. Widely adapted, most insect and drought resistant linden with the prettiest leaves. Zone 4-9
Venus® Dogwood - Tremendously large, creamy white false flowers, up to 6" wide, in late spring. Deciduous, with glossy green leaves. Bright strawberry-like red fruits attracts and feed wildlife and beneficial insects. Good fall color. Leaves turn red and purple. A healthy grower with a densely low branching habit near the ground yet upright, tall growth and rounded crown, as wide as it is tall to 20 ft. It has outstanding winter hardiness, with good tolerance of drought conditions. Disease resistance to powdery mildew and anthracnose. Zone 6-9.
Windmill Palm - The hardiest palm tree, with fan like fronds up to 3 ft. wide. Also pollution tolerant, and will grow in pots. Alternately known as Hemp Palm due to the tough, useful leaf sheath fibers that can be made into ropes or sacks. Prefers cooler temps both summer and winter. Mature plants are more cold hardy than juveniles and more protection is needed for young plants that will face -10° F. Will remain evergreen even when surrounded by snow. Chinese Windmill Palm is native to Asia and slowly grows to about 20-40 ft. Zone 7-10.