The top-selling plants of 2021 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 2021.

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 2021, as a summation of all sizes available within the genus.

Top 10 Selling Trees in 2021

 
 
 

**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 Shrubs in 2021

 
 
 

A tough, fast-growing groundcover for slopes or banks, and areas with poor, dry soil. The glossy, green foliage displays an excellent red fall color and is fragrant when brushed against or leaves are crushed. Works well in border plantings, backed by taller shrubs and perennials.

Mature Height: 2-3 feet
Mature Spread: 6-8 feet
Utility: Low Growing, Fast Growing, Urban Approved, Fall Color
Catalog: Typically #2 and #3 Containers


Top 10 Selling Evergreens & Conifers in 2021

 
 
 

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 2021

 
 
 

With its close-clustered, dense branching structure, many small native birds like finches, chickadees, and sparrows find shelter from predators.

This broadleaf evergreen is versatile in poor to rich soil conditions, as well as full sun to slightly shady locations. A key plant in any historical or formal landscape!

Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 4-5 feet
Utility: Hedge, Foundation, Urban Approved
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B


Top 10 Selling Perennials in 2021

 
 
 

A reblooming, dwarf miniature daylily with beautiful 2 3/4″ canary-yellow flowers and lightly ruffled petals. The canary yellow flowers will attract hummingbirds and butterflies, although this plant is not of significant importance to any particular animal species. A tried and true compact variety, they tolerate a range of soil and environmental conditions making them a workhorse in any landscape.

Mature Height: 12-18 inches
Mature Spread: 16-24 inches
Utility: Border, Mass Plantings, Rock Gardens
Catalog: #1 Containers


Top 10 Selling Grasses in 2021

 
 
 

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 10 Selling Fruit Trees in 2021

 
 
 

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