The top-selling plants of 2022 include a list of those most used plants by our customers including municipalities, land managers, and private homeowners. This is a fun insight into the most planted trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, and fruit trees in 2022.

An amazing realization is that people are choosing Wisconsin native plants like they're mainstream! Of the top-selling trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, ornamental grasses, and fruit trees, many include natives.

Please don't misinterpret these lists as the "best" plants. The "best" plants will always be those that balance a range of variables, like soil type, light and water conditions, what's attractive to you, and consideration of ecological impact.

Data used to compile the list includes total YTD units shipped in 2022, as a summation of all sizes available within the genus.

Top 10 Selling Trees in 2022


**NATIVE** Common Hackberry is a great addition to any bird garden because most birds love its fruit and seeds. Hackberry has a good, consistent annual production of fruit that ripen in early September.

Common Hackberry is an ideal street tree and a very popular option to contractors and municipalities. Urban pollution, temperature fluctuations, and heavy winds are not a problem for this tree. It can also be used as a specimen plant, in a tree border, or to naturalize an open space.

Mature Height: 40-60 feet
Mature Spread: 40-60 feet
Utility: Shade Tree, Street Tree, Urban Approved, Specimen
Seed Provenance: Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties, WI

Top 10 Selling Fruit Trees in 2022


Developed by Dr. David Bedford at the University of Minnesota in 1960, and released to the public in 1991. Aptly named for its sweet and extremely juicy fruit that is often described as “explosively crisp.” This variety stays crisp for a very long time in cold storage and is known for its excellent keeping qualities. A premium quality apple for fresh use and is the often "go-to" for cross-pollinating with other apple varieties.

Like most Apples, We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing. However, Honeycrisp may also be available as an Espalier form tree. No matter which form, annual pruning is needed to promote better light and airflow through the canopy for the best colored and flavored fruits. Find more information on Training & Pruning Fruit Trees.

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Pollination: Must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit
Catalog: Typically #5 and #10 Containers (Single Stem), Espalier, Field Grown B&B

Top 10 Selling Shrubs in 2022


**NATIVE** Also known as American Hazelnut. The nuts are valuable to wildlife. This is a versatile understory shrub with great fall color. It will grow in dry, moist, clay, and sandy soils. Can handle acidic or alkaline conditions provided the soil is well-draining.

Mature Height: 8-10 feet
Mature Spread: 8-10 feet
Utility: Naturalize for Wildlife, Screen, Hedge, Understory Shrub, Fall Color
Seed Provenance: Waukesha and Washington Counties, WI

Top 10 Selling Conifers in 2022


A narrow, pyramidal evergreen with dense, emerald green foliage that holds its color throughout winter. Thrives in heat and humidity and tolerates dry spells once established. One of the most popular and effective shrubs for screening or tall hedge use. An ideal specimen for topiary.

Mature Height: 20-25 feet
Mature Spread: 3-5 feet
Utility: Columnar Screening, Specimen
Catalog: Field Grown B&B Only

Top 10 Selling Broadleaf Evergreens in 2022


This dwarf globe-shaped broadleaf evergreen is great for tight spaces. Its compact size allows for use where other common Boxwood varieties like Green Velvet may outgrow in time. When used in a hedge, many small native birds find shelter from predators, like finches, chickadees and sparrows.

Mature Height: 2 feet
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Utility: Hedging, Foundation, Specimen, Urban Approved
Catalog: #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

Top 10 Selling Perennials in 2022


More drought tolerant than other plant options, and a worthwhile option when planting in tough, partially shaded areas. The prolific blooming period (early summer through fall) is great for a consistent mass of violet-blue flowers. The aromatic foliage resists deer and rabbit browsing.

Mature Height: 15-18 inches
Mature Spread: 18-24 inches
Utility: Mass Planting, Borders, Groundcover
Catalog: #1 Containers

Top 10 Selling Grasses in 2022


A versatile cool-season, clump-forming grass with lustrous deep green upright foliage. In fall, green leaves turn golden and feature feathery plumes followed by striking, wheat-colored seed heads that remain attractive into winter. A stunning vertical accent in any garden. Karl Foerster tolerates the heavy clay soils of Southeast Wisconsin and performs well in most sites including those with poor conditions. As it does not self-seed, it may be left for winter interest and to provide nesting and cover for birds.

Mature Height: 3-5 feet
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Utility: Vertical Accent, Urban Approved, Fall Garden
Catalog: Typically #1 and #3 Containers

Top Selling Ferns in 2022


Top 10 Selling Vines in 2022


**NATIVE** Naturally occurs along rivers in moist, low woodland areas. The aromatic white flowers feature rather showy plumes that are very similar to Sweet Autumn Clematis. Flowers only bloom on new wood.

Mature Height: 12-20 feet
Mature Spread: Vine (Fast Grower)
Utility: Native Landscapes, Trellis/Fence Cover, Groundcover
Catalog: #1 Containers