Beautiful Material with a big impact!

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Cladrastis Lutea is best known for its fragrant white flower panicles in May and June and has vibrant yellow fall color. Chionanthus retusus, also known as Chinese fringe tree, is a beautiful tree with white fragrant flowers. It also adds texture with its exfoliating bark and lustrous dark green leaves.
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Don’t let the small stature of Hydrangea Pan Little Lime® fool you! It blooms in summer with lime green blooms on strong stems with no drooping. As the blooms age, they turn to a rich pink color that stays through fall. Hydrangea Little Quick Fire® is early blooming, flowering about a month before other hydrangeas. White flowers transform to pink-red as summer progresses.
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Cercis canadensis is a familiar plant to most people. The bright early spring flowers signify the coming of warmer weather. Make an impact with this white Cercis canadensis alba! This beautiful ornamental tree has an elegant touch with its white flowers in spring.
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Hibiscus Azurri Blue Satin® makes for a beautiful focal point in the garden or a perfect patio tree in a container. It is a true blue all summer bloomer and is virtually seedless. In addition to its beautiful blooms, it also is heat and drought-tolerant.

Focal plants and Mighty Oaks!

Diospyros virginiana is good for home landscapes, parks, golf courses, and naturalized areas. The Viburnum Tomentosum tree has all the beauty of the shrub but in an ornamental tree. This tree can’t wait to be the next focal point in your landscape installation.

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Viburnum Pink Beauty flower color may vary somewhat from season to season and depending on sun exposure has light pink flower petals or white petals that are edged pink.  Spiraea Double play artesian has red new growth in spring and is followed by fuschia summer flowers.

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Commonly known as the Chinkapin Oak, Quercus Muhlenbergii has dark green foliage with a rounded habit and yellow fall color. Quercus bicolor is a moisture and drought-tolerant tree. It provides yellow and orange fall colors. The leaf is a similar shape to the Quercus alba.

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Platinus occidentalis has a beautiful white exfoliating bark that gets brighter with age and tolerates wet areas also. This large tree gets wide and works well in naturalizing settings. Quercus rubra is a rounded pyramidal with a fast-growing habit. It provides beautiful red fall color.

Malus and other plants that spice things up a bit!

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Malus Royal Raindrops leaf out green and slowly turn to deep red foliage. With magenta-pink flowers, its oval shape, and glossy leaf the applications for this tree are endless. Malus ‘Sargentina’ is a unique top graft crab apple with a compact ostentatious branching habit. This beautiful plant, covered in blooms in spring, is extremely attractive in the landscape.
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Malus Lollipop truly stays small and tight making it a very low-maintenance tree. It works well near entrance walks and patios. Malus Royal Purple has purple bronze foliage and bright flowers. Both of these beauties get to be about 20′ tall.
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Cotinus Golden Spirit is a great way to add color to the landscape! We offer B&B for Golden Spirit, it’s a more eye-catching variety we grow. Cercidiphyllum japonicum pendula is a great centerpiece for the landscape. It has bold heart-shaped leaves coupled with beautiful cascading branches. 
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Malus Fuji offers super crisp, sweet, and juicy fruit. Having the perk of being self-fertile it doesn’t need a pollinator however produces a higher yield when cross-pollination occurs. Dwarf yellow delicious apple tree makes for a great potted patio tree providing not only a great tree but also bringing an appetizer to your customer’s next backyard barbecue!

Viburnum and broad-leaf evergreen beauties!!!

Viburnum x Rhytds ‘Alleghany’ is a superior selection with long, leathery, heavy foliage it is great in a landscape or as a hedge. Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ has beautiful fall color and dark blue berry set. Its glossy leaves help its white flowers stand out from late May -to July.


Check out these undeniably useful plants!

Eucommia ulmoides is a slow-growing, rounded tree with ascending branches and deep glossy green foliage. This is a great disease and insect-resistant street tree. Cercidiphyllum japonicum is commonly known as Katsura Tree. The leaves emerge reddish-purple in spring, mature to blue-green in summer, and turn slowly to shades of gold, orange and red in fall. When the tree defoliates it has a faint aroma similar to that of cotton candy. 

Platanus exclamation has exfoliating bark and a strong upright pyramidal shape. This tree makes a great street tree. Platanus bloodgood is widely planted in urban areas. It is a large shade tree with a broad open crown and its unique bark exfoliates to reveal patches that may be creamy white, yellow, or olive-colored. 

Betula nigra trees make a good shade tree in open spaces and work well in a group planting also. The exfoliating bark is attractive year-round. Rose Petite knock-out packs a punch it has smaller stature than an average knock-out with a mature average height of only 18″ high by 18″ wide. Not only is it a dwarf in size however the blooms are also petite and elegant.

Physocarpus Summer Wine combines the fine texture and compact branching of Physocarpus ‘Nana’ with the dark foliage of Physocarpus Diabolo. Summer Wine is an easy way to introduce wine-colored foliage into the home garden. It is fast-growing and has few if any, pest problems. Physocarpus Tiny Wine is extra bushy, with small, refined leaves. The dark bronze-maroon foliage is colorful all season and contrasts beautifully with the white flowers in late spring.


You’ll LOVE these plants!

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Calycanthus Aphrodite will be the goddess of your garden! With its summer-blooming magnolia-like maroon flowers, this is bound to be the captivating centerpiece at the heart of your next landscape. Hydrangea m Summer Crush® has raspberry blooms and a compact stature. Your customers will be infatuated with this plant.
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It’s Date Night! Weigela Electric Love features a dark leaf with a vibrant pink flower that blooms from summer through early fall. Weigela Maroon Swoon has bright green foliage and maroon flowers.
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Hydrangea q. ‘Queen of Hearts ‘ flowers open white and slowly age to deep pink. This oakleaf variety gets beautiful fall color. Ilex v. ‘Red Sprite’ has a heavy and vibrant red berry set. This is a deciduous holly getting 3-5′ high provides wonderful year-round interest.

Why substitute when you can have great plants for any landscape!

Betula Nigra is a great plant for wet areas or low spots in commercial areas. It is a vigorous grower and is one of the most disease-resistant birch. Acer griseum is a wonderful addition to the landscape with its beautiful exfoliating bark and its showy orange-red color in fall, it is sure to stand out.
Cytisus s ‘Burkwoodii’ is an evergreen with colorful, fragrant pink-red flowers in spring. Tolerant to salt, sun, and drought this plant is a great fit for commercial plantings. Chamaecyparis pinpoint blue has a beautiful feathered texture and makes a great hedge plant or stand alone in the landscape. With its upright habit, it requires very little trimming once in place.
Cladrastis Lutea is a beautiful shade tree for a smaller site. It is showy and fragrant when blooming and roots deep allowing for plants to be installed around the base of the tree successfully. Acer x autumn blaze is a cross for the best of both worlds! It grows quickly like a silver maple but has the strength and vibrant showy fall color of a red maple.

A defined look at our growing company!

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Petitti-Owned Willowbend Nurseries, LLC Acquires Assets of Herman Losely & Son, Inc.
Acquisition of family-owned business by local industry peer doubles new owner’s acreage, positions combined company to provide expansive product offering to customers
OAKWOOD VILLAGE, OH – On Friday, December 31, 2021,Willowbend Nurseries, LLC, owned by Angelo Petitti of Petitti Garden Centers, purchased the assets of Herman Losely & Son, Inc. with the intent to continue their legacy under the Losely Nursery name. Willowbend now represents 2,000 acres of field production, 500 acres of container production, and 300 employees, all located in Lake County, Ohio and geographically positioned within a 500-mile radius of 75% of the North American market.   Losely is a third-generation, family-owned business encompassing 1,200 acres of field production growing a diverse selection of more than 1,000 varieties of mostly woody ornamentals. Second-generation Willowbend provides a common thread of family ownership and specializes in bare-root trees and shrubs. Willowbend also owns and operates Ridge Manor Nurseries, recognized industrywide for its high-quality container plant production.   The aggregate of nurseries under the Willowbend umbrella is expected to deliver immediate benefits for landscape contractors, garden centers, and wholesale customers.   “With the combination of Losely to our family of companies, we are now a 2,500-acre, one-stop shop for bare-root, container, and balled-and-burlapped (B&B) trees and shrubs,” said Petitti. “Our quality bare-root plants from Willowbend and container plants from Ridge Manor, combined with the industry’s most well-respected and diverse, B&B varieties from Losely, greatly increases the selection available to all customers.”   Willowbend President Joe Allio, who is also son-in-law to Petitti, affirms additional benefits expected to be achieved through greater infrastructure at Losely.   “We’re committed to invest in new technology at Losely that’s consistent with what we’ve implemented at Willowbend and Ridge Manor over the past several years, and it will have an incredibly positive impact,” said Allio. “Adding that technology will enhance the quality of Losely’s product offerings and achieve efficiencies that are expected to result in consistent inventory, reliable supply, and an overall better value for customers.”
About Willowbend and Ridge Manor Nurseries Willowbend Nurseries is a 1,200-acre collection of farms, including Ridge Manor Nurseries, headquartered in Perry, Ohio, where more than 3 million trees, shrubs, and ornamental grasses are cultivated annually for sale to garden centers, landscapers, and re-wholesalers throughout the United States and Canada. The namesake Willowbend site, a 415-acre farm more than 110 years old, specializes in bare-root tree hydrangeas, and hydrangea shrubs. Ridge Manor specializes in container production of zone-hardy grasses, trees, and shrubs. Willowbend is owned by the Petitti family, led by Angelo Petitti, which additionally owns 9 retail garden center locations. Visit www.willowbendnursery.com and www.ridgemanor.com to learn more. 
About Losely Nursery Losely Nursery, formerly Herman Losely & Son, Inc., is a division of Willowbend Nurseries, LLC, as of December 31, 2021. In business since 1949, Losely Nursery is based in Perry, Ohio and encompasses more than 1,200 acres of field production where a diverse selection of 1,000 varieties of mostly woody ornamentals are cultivated for sale to landscape contractors, garden centers, and re-wholesale yards nationwide. Losely specializes in one-of-a-kind, B&B plant material available for harvest in sizes ranging from 1-gallon container to 90-inch spade ball. Visit www.losely.com to learn more. 
About Petitti Garden Centers Petitti Garden Centers is a family owned, independent garden center business with nine locations serving the Greater Cleveland, Akron-Canton, and Youngstown communities of Northeast Ohio. Petitti’s offers a wide selection of outdoor plants, indoor houseplants, backyard birding supplies, lawn & garden products, patio furniture, and home décor. Nearly 98% of plants sold in the retail stores are supplied by Willowbend and Ridge Manor Nurseries, and the Petitti-owned Casa Verde Growers, a 32-acre greenhouse production facility location in Lorain County, Ohio. Owned and operated by Angelo Petitti since 1971, Petitti Garden Centers celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021. Visit www.petittigardencenter.com to learn more. 

These plants are great staples to fill the gaps in your inventory!

Hamamelis vernalis flowers in early spring and is one of the first signs of the change in season. This beauty creates a year-round addition to the landscape. Myrica pensylvanica has aromatic leaves and silver-gray berries. With its foliage turning bronze in fall it makes a great hedge plant that is hardy to zone 3.
Nyssa Sylvatica has a spectacular fall color and is a very popular native tree. Prunus snow fountain makes a beautiful centerpiece. With cascading branches and delicate white flowers in spring, it is a showstopper!
Hydrangea pan Phantom tree form is a crowd-pleaser. With large panicled flowers up to 15″ across that emerge white and change to pink, this ornamental tree provides the impact that you have been waiting for. The Red Drift® Rose displays beautiful, red flowers that bloom continuously with disease resistance and hardiness.

Forget Something?

Take this downtime to see what you have forgotten on your spring order.
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Acer rubrum ‘Franksred’ more commonly known as a Red Sunset Maple is a great choice for the next shade tree you install. It is a hardy, upright tree with excellent orange-red fall color. Quercus macrocarpa has an oval habit with dark green foliage and sports an eyecatching yellow fall color.
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Rhododendron ‘Maximum Pink’ is a staple for spring sales. This variety gets to be about 6′ and has a late-season bloom of pink flowers. Hydrangea p. ‘Tardiva’ also has a mid-summer bloom and gets to be about 8′ in height. Both of these staple plants would make a beautiful hedge plant in the landscape.
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Weigela f. Spilled Wine reaches a height of only about 2′, with its dark foliage and rose-pink flowers. This spreader is the low-profile bloomer you have been looking for. If you are looking for something around 5′, but with the same impact Weigela f Wine & Roses is a great choice as well. Buxus x ‘Green Velvet’ is ideal for low hedges reaching about 3′ at maturity.
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January 25th-27th
Visit Losely Nursery at booth# 307    

 

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  January 25th-26th
Visit Losely Nursery at booth# 148
 

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February 2nd-4th
Visit Losely Nursery at Booth #917
Visit Ridge Manor Booth #1612
Visit Willowbend Booth #1612

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February 3rd
Visit Losely Nursery at the show!