Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees
Over the last 20 years, we’ve built one of the most successful shrub brands in North America. Adding trees to the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® line, then, is a natural outgrowth of our mission to offer the best woody plants on the market. We are proud to work with Maria Zampini of UpShoot to select, distribute, and market the varieties that make up the new Proven Winners® ColorChoice® tree line.
The primary selection criteria for Proven Winners ColorChoice Trees is similar to that of ColorChoice Shrubs: superior beauty, disease resistance, landscape-friendly size and habit, multi-season interest, and retail appeal. The line includes:
Avalanche™ Asian birch
Midnight Express™ redbud
Skinny Fit™ ginkgo
Temple of Bloom® seven-son flower
(Crataegus crus-galli var. inermis)
Luscious Lavender™ redbud
Pink Snow Showers® flowering cherry
Spring Glory® serviceberry
Weeping Extraordinaire™ flowering cherry
Golden Shadows® pagoda dogwood
Metamorphosa™ Japanese maple
Show Time™ crabapple
Sweet Sugar Tyme® crabapple
- Dig the hole your tree will go into. Make it 1.5x as wide as the container, but the same depth as you see in the pot.
- Place the tree (still in the plastic nursery pot) into the hole. If the soil level of the pot matches the soil level around the outside, remove the tree and head to the next step. If you notice it’s too deep or too high, adjust the soil in the hole accordingly.
- Gently remove the tree from the plastic nursery pot and scratch the rootball to loosen the roots. Place it into the hole and firm the soil around the rootball. Be sure not to leave any air pockets. Water your new planting thoroughly.
- About an hour later, check that the soil is still level around the entire surface, as soil will occasionally settle and slightly expose the rootball. Fill in any exposed spots and lightly water again.
- Place a 2-3” layer of mulch on the soil surface. Done!
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I buy your trees at garden centers or online?
For the largest plants at the best price, we always recommend shopping at your local garden center. Even though there has been a huge surge in online retailers of our plants, it is generally cost-prohibitive to ship the large 3 or 5 gallon plants that you can pick up at your local garden center. Buying at a garden center near you is also the best choice for local expertise and guidance. Hundreds of independent garden centers and box stores sell Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs; click here to find a list.
Can I order a specific plant to be shipped to my local garden center?
Due to the way our plants are distributed, we unfortunately have no way of knowing which garden centers sell which of our plants, nor which wholesale grower(s) supply them with our shrubs. If you would like to purchase a specific variety, reach out to the tree and shrub department manager at your favorite garden center and ask if they can source it for you from those growers.
If I order online, do I have to worry about counterfeit plants?
If you are buying actual plants, hopefully not – we haven’t had reports of such issues yet, but if you are concerned about something you’ve seen or been sent, you are welcome to contact us. One major exception, however, is with seeds: none of our shrubs are available as seed, ever, and we do not endorse anyone making an offering of our shrubs as seed on any site. Not only is it extremely difficult to verify that the seed you are getting if you order these is even for the right species, and if so, if it’s even viable, it’s also very time consuming to grow woody plants from seed. Finally, growing our plants from seed means you are highly unlikely to end up with something that resembles the parent, as cross pollination would have occurred. We work hard to keep fraudulent offerings of seed off the internet, however, they keep popping up like…well, weeds!
I ordered your trees online, can you help me with my order?
While we very likely supplied the grower you purchased them from, we don’t offer any plants for sale on this site. As such, you will need to contact the company where you bought them for any questions or issues with your order. If you have questions about growing any of our shrubs, you are welcome to use our contact form to get in touch.
Are Proven Winners ColorChoice plants available in any other countries?
Our plants are easy to find in the US and Canada. They are also available in most of Europe through our partners at ValkPlant. Please reach out to them directly if you are in the EU and looking for a Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrub variety in your country.
The retailers in the category “Tree Retailer” below carry Proven Winners ColorChoice Trees. Please call the location to verify which varieties they plan to have in inventory.