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“Red-tip” has two claims to fame that it does really well – rapid growth and brilliant red new leaves. Valuable for blocking a view, unpruned plants will even flower and develop into sizeable specimens. Regularly trimmed, they provide multiple growth spurts of colorful leaves and are commonly used as a hedge. You could also turn them into a unique small evergreen tree, letting them reach their full height and trimming away the bottom branches.

by Miri Talabac, Woody Plant Buyer

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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