Forrest Keeling Plants

Better seed sources, better plants

Forrest Keeling specializes in the production of native plant materials of unique quality as well as a full line of popular landscape-sized evergreens, trees, shrubs, ground covers and specimen trees. We take pride in our use of quality seed sources. The original geographic source of seed, also called, provenance, dictates characteristics such as dormancy periods, fruiting, flowering and leafing out, and hardiness. Each Forrest Keeling plant is tagged with tracking information that identifies its provenance. Knowing the plant's provenance helps insure selecting the best plant for your site. Some plants are included in special programs and display that program logo on their plant record. These include the Missouri Botanical Garden-Kemper Center Plants of Merit and Grow Native! programs. The RPM logo with "Wetland Plant, MSD Approved" is displayed on Midwestern plants included in the St. Louis Metropolitan Stormwater Manual and Maryland Stormwater Management Guide. These plants are recommended plants for Midwest wetland projects, appropriate for wetland mitigation, streambank stabilization and related projects. Sort our available plants in our Plant Search. by a variety of qualities including, Special Programs, Attributes, Exposure, or Soil Moisture Preference. Your sorted list can then be saved and printed.

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Botanical Name     Common Name
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Acer negundo

Acer negundo

Common Name: Boxelder

Boxelder is a small tree that thrives on moist, full sun sites. Unlike other maples, needs both male and female trees are needed to reproduce.

Acer nigrum

Acer nigrum

Common Name: Black Maple

Native Black Maple is very similiar to Sugar Maple, the key difference being the black maple's wider and drooping leaves.  Black maple is still an important species for sawtimber, veneerm maple syrup, and fuel wood.  Native from Quebec to Georgia, and as far west as Kansas.

Acer rubrum

Acer rubrum

Common Name: Red Maple

Native Red Maple is one of the first trees to color in fall in shades of bright yellow, flaming orange or red. Crown is narrow to broadly rounded with a straight trunk. Excellent urban shade tree.

Acer rubrum 'Autumn Flame'

Acer rubrum 'Autumn Flame'

Common Name: Autumn Flame Red Maple

Autumn Flame Red Maple has compact growth with smaller leaves and tight branching habit. Perfect for areas with limited space. Rich, burgundy red fall color arrives about two weeks earlier than most other varieties.

Acer rubrum 'Brandywine'

Acer rubrum 'Brandywine'

Common Name: Brandywine Red Maple

Brandywine Red Maple lives up to its name with persistent fall color that begins bright red and gradually turns brilliant purple red. Seedless male with proven performance.

Acer rubrum 'Frank Jr PP16769'

Acer rubrum 'Frank Jr PP16769'

Common Name: Redpointe® Maple

Redpointe® Maple is an upright, broadly pyramidal bright red maple.  A great selection for street plantings as the color is a brilliant red.

 

Acer rubrum 'Franksred'

Acer rubrum 'Franksred'

Common Name: Red Sunset® Maple

Red Sunset Maple is one of the most popular Red Maple cultivars. Matures to attractive pyramidal to rounded outline. Fluorescent orange and red fall colors.

Acer rubrum 'October Glory'

Acer rubrum 'October Glory'

Common Name: October Glory® Maple
October Glory Maple has a broad oval crown with glossy foliage that turns crimson red in the fall. The color lasts much longer than many other Red Maple cultivars.
Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley'

Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley'

Common Name: Sun Valley Red Maple
Sun Valley Red Maple is a cross between Red Sunset and Autumn Flame that produces a moderate ovate crown. Brilliant green summer leaves change to orange-red in the fall. Sun Valley Red Maple is a great new tree for lawn or street planting.
Acer saccharinum

Acer saccharinum

Common Name: Silver Maple
Native Silver Maple is an easy-to-grow shade tree that grows quickly on a wide range of sites. Deep green foliage with silvery undersides turns gold in autumn. Upright oval shape with strong branching.
Acer saccharum

Acer saccharum

Common Name: Sugar Maple
Native Sugar Maple is a large shade tree with excellent form. Famous for it prized syrup, Sugar Maples offer fabulous fall color in shades of bright yellow, orange or red. Sugar Maple grows in a variety of soil types but prefers a rich, well-drained soil.
Acer saccharum 'Bailsta PP11119'

Acer saccharum 'Bailsta PP11119'

Common Name: Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple
Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple offers a rounded form, with vibrant red, yellow, and orange fall color.
Acer saccharum 'Commemoration®'

Acer saccharum 'Commemoration®'

Common Name: Commemoration® Sugar Maple

Commemoration Sugar Maple is a vigorous grower with broad crown. Heavy foliage resists leaf tatter and turns red in fall.

Acer saccharum 'Green Mountain®'

Acer saccharum 'Green Mountain®'

Common Name: Green Mountain® Sugar Maple

Green Mountain is a showy maple with upright, oval shape. Excellent urban tree with great fall color and inconspicuous seeds.

Acer saccharum 'Legacy'

Acer saccharum 'Legacy'

Common Name: Legacy® Sugar Maple
Legacy Sugar Maple has glossy dark green foliage and an oval shaped habit with reddish-orange to red fall color.
Acer saccharum 'Super Sweet'

Acer saccharum 'Super Sweet'

Common Name: 'Super Sweet' Sugar Maple
Acer tataricum subsp ginnala 'Flame'

Acer tataricum subsp ginnala 'Flame'

Common Name: Flame Amur Maple
Flame Amur Maple is a rounded, low-branched small tree or multi-stem shrub. Brilliant red fall color.
Acer truncatum x platanoides 'JFWS-202'

Acer truncatum x platanoides 'JFWS-202'

Common Name: Crimson Sunset®Maple

Deep purple leaves, of this heat tolerant tree, is the distinguishing characteristic of this maple.  Upright and oval the Crimson Sunset&reg flourishes in the heat where few purple leafed plants do.

Acer x freemanii 'Celzam PP7279'

Acer x freemanii 'Celzam PP7279'

Common Name: Celebration® Maple

Celebration Maple is a vigorous growing seedless red maple hybrid with strong branch structure and long lasting fall color that is a brilliant red orange.

Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred'

Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred'

Common Name: Autumn Blaze® Maple

Autumn Blaze is a fast-growing red maple cultivar with long-lasting, red orange fall color. Drought-tolerant and grows in most soils.

Acer x freemanii 'Marmo'

Acer x freemanii 'Marmo'

Common Name: Marmo Maple

Marmo Maple is a hybrid cross of Red Maple and Silver Maple. Grows to 70' with a spread of 35'. Excellent fall color with a blend of red and green, to burgundy, yellow and gold.

Acorus calamus

Acorus calamus

Common Name: calamus
Spreading aquatic perennial that features sword-shaped leaf blades.
Adiatum pedatum

Adiatum pedatum

Common Name: Maidenhair Fern
Delicate appearance belies this fern's toughness. Fronds unfurl fairly late in the spring. Can form large colonies of a pleasant medium green. A deciduous fern.
Aesculus flava

Aesculus flava

Common Name: Yellow Buckeye

The yellow buckeye, or common buckeye is a species of deciduous tree native to the Ohio Valley and Appalachian Mountains.  It grows in mesophytic forest or floodplains.  The fruit is poisonous to humans, but can be made edible through a leaching process.

 

Aesculus glabra

Aesculus glabra

Common Name: Ohio Buckeye

Ohio Buckeye is a medium-sized tree, which prefers moist sites. Large spikes of green-yellow flowers bloom in May. Fall color is often orange-red. Fall fruit is the familiar, shiny brown, round seed.

Aesculus hippocastanum

Aesculus hippocastanum

Common Name: Horsechestnut

Horsechestnut has showy white flowers with red and yellow markings that bloom in May. Serves well as a street tree or shade tree.

Aesculus parviflora

Aesculus parviflora

Common Name: Bottlebrush Buckeye
Large, upright feathery plumes of white flower clusters contrast with rich, dark green leaves. A dramatic addition to the late summer landscape. Fall foliage is yellowish-bronze. Broad-rounded habit lends itself to impressive mass plantings.
Aesculus pavia

Aesculus pavia

Common Name: Red Buckeye
Red Buckeye is a short tree or shrub with open habit. Showy red, spring flowers attract ruby-throated hummingbirds. A good accent plant for large shaded areas, especially when planted in small groves.
Albizia julibrissin

Albizia julibrissin

Common Name: Mimosa Tree
Mimosa Trees grow rapidly, are drought-tolerant and highly adaptable. Fragrant, hot pink bloom clusters, add an explosion of color to any spring landscape.
Alnus serrulata

Alnus serrulata

Common Name: Smooth Alder
Smooth Alder is excellent for stream banks, buffer plantings, and wildlife. Smooth Alder's fruit is eaten by several species of birds including the woodcock and ruffed grouse.
Amelanchier alnifolia

Amelanchier alnifolia

Common Name: Saskatoon Serviceberry
Saskatoon Serviceberry is a rounded shrub with deep purple/black fruit. Sweet and good for eating or making jelly, Saskatoon Serviceberry is also a drought tolerant species.
Amelanchier arborea

Amelanchier arborea

Common Name: Downy Serviceberry

Downy Serviceberry is an easy-to-grow small tree with white spring flowers, clean summer foliage, persistant leaves and brilliant red fall color.

Amelanchier canadensis

Amelanchier canadensis

Common Name: Shadblow Serviceberry
Shadblow Serviceberry is a deciduous, early-flowering, large shrub or small tree with showy, slightly fragrant, white spring flowers. Dark green leaves change to orange-red in autumn. Shadblow Serviceberry's small, round, green berries ripen in early summer.
Amelanchier laevis

Amelanchier laevis

Common Name: Alleghany Serviceberry
Alleghany Serviceberry is a small, deciduous, usually multi-trunked understory tree or tall shrub. Alleghany Serviceberry has showy, fragrant spring flowers followed by small, round, edible berries which ripen to dark purplish-black in June.
Amelanchier lamarckii

Amelanchier lamarckii

Common Name: Juneberry Single Stem
Serviceberry is a fine native shrub or small tree found in woods, along river banks and along rocky slopes. Clusters of fragrant white spring flowers are followed by purple-black, berrylike fruits favored by songbirds and people. Fall foliage is a blend of orange, gold, red and green.
Amelanchier lamarckii

Amelanchier lamarckii

Common Name: Juneberry Multi Stem
Juneberry is a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Young, bronze leaves change to orange and red in autumn. White spring flowers followed by purple berries in early summer.
Amelanchier sanguinea

Amelanchier sanguinea

Common Name: Roundleaf Serviceberry
Roundleaf Serviceberry is a deciduous, early-flowering, large shrub or small tree with showy, fragrant, white spring flowers. Summer fruits resemble miniature apples and are reddish to purple when mature.
Amelanchier X grandiflora 'Robin Hill'

Amelanchier X grandiflora 'Robin Hill'

Common Name: Robin Hill Serviceberry
The pink flower buds of 'Robin Hill' Serviceberry distinguish it from other native serviceberry selections. 'Robin Hill' Serviceberry has an upright habit that makes it a good choice for street plantings or other settings where a small, attractive tree is desired.
Amorpha canescens

Amorpha canescens

Common Name: Lead Plant
Lead Plant is a small shrubby prairie plant with tight spikes of iridescent purple and orange summer flowers. Found in dry to mesic prairies and in open, upland savannas through most of the tallgrass region. Leadplant is in the legume family so it fixes nitrogen in the soil.
Amorpha fruticosa

Amorpha fruticosa

Common Name: Shrub Indigo
Shrub Indigo is a woody shrub with fragrant, lavender flower spikes. Naturalized throughout the Midwest.
Amsonia illustris

Amsonia illustris

Common Name: Shining Bluestar
Rounded spikes of starry, sky blue flowers emerge in spring and last for several weeks. Deep green willowlike leaves turn bright gold in the fall. The plant takes on a substantial rounded form in the garden. Swallowtail butterflies love the nectar.
Andropogon gerardi

Andropogon gerardi

Common Name: Big Bluestem
Big Bluestem is a native warm-season grass that has upright foliage clumps. Its green to blue-green leaves in summer turn copper-red in fall. If left in place, Big Bluestem's foliage adds interest to the winter landscape and provides cover for wildlife.
Andropogon scoparium

Andropogon scoparium

Common Name: Little Bluestem
Little Bluestem is a mid-height, non-spreading, clump-forming native grass with blue-green leaves that turn reddish orange in the fall. Fluffy silver seed heads are ornamental through winter. Little Bluestem is easy to establish and perfect in short- to mid-height prairie plantings.
Andropogon ternarius

Andropogon ternarius

Common Name: Splitbeard Bluestem
Splitbeard Bluestem is a native bunchgrass. Its ribbon-like leaves are often purplish and the silvery-white seed tufts catch the light and look particularly attractive with the sun behind them. Frequently found growing with Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) in well-drained, sandy or gravelly soil.
Andropogon virginicus

Andropogon virginicus

Common Name: Broomsedge Bluestem
Broomsedge is not a true sedge but is a member of the grass family, Poaceae. In the fall, the leaves turn a conspicuous reddish-orange color that may be seen in open fields or along roadsides and forests edges. Tolerates poor soil and is often used as an indicator or sites that need fertilizer. The young plants are sometimes used as grazing forage for cattle or cut and used as hay. As the plants mature, they become too woody for the cattle to digest well. Bobwhite Quail and small rodents eat the grass and seeds and many wildlife species use the plants for shelter or nesting sites.
Antennaria plantaginifolia

Antennaria plantaginifolia

Common Name: Pussytoes

A low, colony-forming evergreen plant, spreading by runners, with basal leaves and erect stems.  Each bearing a termianl cluster of fuzzy rayless flower heads. 

Aquilegia canadensis

Aquilegia canadensis

Common Name: Columbine
Columbine is an openly branching plant bears abundant red and yellow nodding flowers in spring. Columbine's distinctive flowers offer nectar to butterflies and hummingbirds. Tolerates part sun.
Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

Common Name: Brilliant Red Chokeberry
Brilliant Red Chokeberry is an adaptable small, multi-branched shrub often grown as an ornamental for its showy flowers and fruit. Its white, spring flowers are followed by large, black fall fruits. Fall foliage turns scarlet red.
Aronia melanocarpa

Aronia melanocarpa

Common Name: Black Chokeberry
Native Black Chokeberry is an adaptable small, multi-branched shrub often grown as an ornamental for its showy flowers and fruit. Foliage turns wine red in fall. Provides food and cover for wildlife.
Aronia melanocarpa 'McKenzie'

Aronia melanocarpa 'McKenzie'

Common Name: McKenzie Black Chokeberry
McKenzie Black Chokeberry is medium-sized native variety. McKenzie Black Chokeberry spring blooms are pollinated by bees. Pendulous, summer berry clusters ripen to a purplish-black color by September.
Asclepias incarnata

Asclepias incarnata

Common Name: Swamp Milkweed
Sweetly scented clusters of Marsh Milkweed's rose-pink flowers bloom in summer. All kinds of pollinators find the nectar of Marsh Milkweed irresistable and monarch larvae feed on the foliage. Marsh Milkweed is found along streams and ponds and in wet meadows. Great in rain gardens.
Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Common Name: Butterfly Milkweed
Native Butterfly Milkweed has flat-topped umbrels of nectar-rich red-orange flowers atop fleshy stems. It is a magnet for butterflies and a host plant for several butterfly varieties.
Asimina triloba

Asimina triloba

Common Name: Pawpaw

Pawpaw is a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree is a great plant for attracting all kinds of wildlife. Pawpaw's yellowish fruit is relished by many birds and small mammals. Pawpaw spreads slowly to form small colonies or thickets, providing good cover for a variety of wildlife.  Requires cross pollination from another unrelated paw paw tree.

Asimina triloba 'Allegheny™Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Allegheny™Grafted'

Common Name: Allegheny™Grafted Pawpaw
'Allegheny' Pawpaw fruits have average fleshiness with slightly more seed than other Peterson varieties. Fruit flavor is sweet and rich, with a hint of citrus. Smaller fruit than other Peterson varieties, typically less than eight ounces, but bears more number of fruits.
Asimina triloba 'Mango Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Mango Grafted'

Common Name: Mango Grafted Pawpaw
Pawpaw is a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree is a great plant for attracting all kinds of wildlife. 'Mango' Pawpaw has exceptionally large and delicious fruit with yellow flesh. Mango is the most vigorous of the usually slow-growing paw paw varieties, and it produces a good crop.
Asimina triloba 'NC-1 Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'NC-1 Grafted'

Common Name: NC-1 Grafted Pawpaw

NC-1 Pawpaw has large and delicious, early-ripening fruit with few seeds and thin skin. NC-1 Pawpaw is a hybrid seedling of Davis x Overleese; selected by R. Douglas Campbell, Ontario, Canada, in 1976.

Asimina triloba 'Overlease Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Overlease Grafted'

Common Name: Overlease Grafted Pawpaw

Selected from the wild in Rushville, Indiana, by W.B. Ward in 1950.  Ripens early September in Kentucky and first week in October in Michagan.  Fruit size large.

Asimina triloba 'Pennsylvania Gold Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Pennsylvania Gold Grafted'

Common Name: Pennsylvania Gold Grafted Pawpaw

Pennsylvania Gold has medium to large, sweet, flavorful fruit with yellow flesh. It is one of the earliest varieties to ripen, and produces a good crop.

Asimina triloba 'Potomac™Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Potomac™Grafted'

Common Name: Potomac™Grafted Pawpaw

Potomac Pawpaw bears large, fleshy fruits with sweet and rich flavor. Fruit texture is firm, but smooth. Trees more upright and less spreading in habit than other varieties of pawpaw.

Asimina triloba 'Prolific Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Prolific Grafted'

Common Name: Prolific Grafted Pawpaw

Pawpaw is a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree is a great plant for attracting all kinds of wildlife. Prolific Pawpaw is a heavy-bearing variety with large and delicious, early-ripening fruit.

Asimina triloba 'Rappahannock™Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Rappahannock™Grafted'

Common Name: Rappahannock™Grafted Pawpaw

Rappahannock is a superior tree. Ripe, yellow fruits show well among the foliage, because of the unique, horizontal habit of the leaves. Rappahannock fruit is large and symmetrical, with sweet, superior flavor.

Asimina triloba 'Shenandoah™Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Shenandoah™Grafted'

Common Name: Shenandoah™Grafted Pawpaw
'Shenandoah' is consistently ranked as the most popular Peterson Pawpaw. Fruit has smooth texture, sweet fruity flavor and yields good crops of large fruit with few seeds. Texture is firmer than wild pawpaws but softer than other varieties.
Asimina triloba 'Sunflower Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Sunflower Grafted'

Common Name: Sunflower Grafted Pawpaw
'Sunflower' Pawpaw is a well known hardy northern selection with large, flavorful fruit. Ripens slightly later than other varieties.
Asimina triloba 'Susquehanna™Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Susquehanna™Grafted'

Common Name: Susquehanna™Grafted Pawpaw
'Susquehanna' is an outstanding pawpaw. Large fruits with rich, sweet flavor, exceptional fleshiness, and firm buttery texture. An especially beautiful ornamental specimen tree in the home landscape.
Asimina triloba 'Wabash™Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Wabash™Grafted'

Common Name: Wabash™Grafted Pawpaw
'Wabash' Pawpaw fruit has sweet, rich flavor and medium firm, smooth flesh. The overall fruit quality and quantity on 'Wabash' is excellent. Trees offer good productivity.
Asimina triloba 'Wells Grafted'

Asimina triloba 'Wells Grafted'

Common Name: Wells Grafted Pawpaw
Aster laevis

Aster laevis

Common Name: Smooth Aster
Smooth Aster is an attractive and long-lived native aster with attractive, smooth blue-green foliage. Abundant flowers appear on Smooth Aster plants late in the fall, when few other plants dare risk the danger of frost. Tolerates a broad variety of soil types and moisture levels.
Aster novae-angliae

Aster novae-angliae

Common Name: New England Aster
New England Aster is a dependable perennial which grows up to six feet tall and produces hundreds of large, bright purple flowers with yellow centers in September and October. New England Aster flowers are a favorite nectar source for migrating monarch butterflies.
Aster oblongifolius

Aster oblongifolius

Common Name: Aromatic Aster
Aromatic Aster has abundant blooms in late fall. Shear Aromatic Aster back through July for dense habit.
Aster oolentangiensis (azureus)

Aster oolentangiensis (azureus)

Common Name: Sky Blue Aster
This shorter aster is usually less than three feet tall and is an excellent late bloomer for the mixed border. Loads of blue flowers with yellow centers bloom in fall. The foliage is blue-green and stems are dark. Butterflies love the nectar.