At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fabaceae
Latin Name: Amorpha fruticosa
Foliage: Grayish-green
Fall Foliage: Modest yellow
Bloom: Puple with orange-yellow anthers
Bloom Time: April to June
Shape: Rounded to spreading
Bark: Gray to brown
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 12 to 4 feet
Spread: 15 to 6 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

One of the most wonderfully sculpted and vibrantly hued late-spring bloomers goes by the name Amorpha Fruticosa, or, more commonly, Indigobush. This deciduous shrub is a member of the Fabaceae (legume) family, and is found throughout most of the wetlands (and some non-wetland ecosystems) of most of the United States, as well as in northern Mexico and southeastern Canada. While many wild communities of the Indigobush exist in its 4-9 hardiness zone, this plant is also popularly cultivated as an ornamental specimen due to its lovely chromatism and minimal pruning requirements.

Though it can be capricious in its morphology, the Indigobush generally has a rounded or spreading structure which, if left unattended and unpruned, can take on a gangling shape. It can rise anywhere between 4-12 ft. with an approximate 6-15 ft. span. The Indigobush thrives with plentiful direct sun and is ideally cultivated in moist soil. This species can be invasive, sometimes escaping gardens and dispersing to riparian shores and forest outskirts, having a tendency to easily form dense thickets.

The Indigobush’s velvety leaves are compound, smooth, and colored a smoky grayish-green; in the autumn, this delicate foliage is saturated a cheerful yellow, while its twigs darken to reddish-brown. Thin and smooth, this shrub’s bark peels effortlessly and its coloration can vary between hues of gray and brown. Sometimes mistaken for its cousin, the Leadplant, the Indigo Plant can be identified more readily due to its preference for more moist soils and its slightly darker and more vibrantly hued flowers. The fruit that is later produced is composed of a legume pod which encapsulates one or two seeds.

This shrub’s crowning glory shows its flowered face from April to June. That is when the tree bursts forth a myriad of spike-like clusters of vibrant blossoms that pepper the stems like little purple gems. Each of these is structured with a single amethyst-colored petal and ten protruding golden stamens.

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