Don't you just love it when you make a perfect plant purchase? There's nothing more satisfying. We bought this dwarf Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'North Light' ('Schirrmann's Nordlicht') in late May on the WHPS shopping day to Klehm's Song Sparrow Nursery.
The little shrub has creamy white foliage over fresh green, as evidenced from the Klehm catalog photo below. It's a deciduous conifer which originated as a witch's broom on M.g. 'White Spot,' according to the on-line description. If you are not familiar with Dawn Redwoods, they have delightful feathery needles that typically turn a cinnamon color before they drop in the fall.
This shrub seemed to settle into our garden immediately and has had no pest or critter problems all season — unlike neighboring shrubs which have had both. Though it still has to make it through its first winter, I'm not worried given that we have three other Dawn Redwoods who've been doing well for a number of years. I'd highly recommend giving M. g. 'North Light' a try.
Mark took the photo below recently in our garden which indicates our shrub lost some of its white over the season. It's continued to do well despite the heat and dry conditions we've had lately. I've done very little supplemental watering and it is in full sun.
Here are its stat's from the Song Sparrow web site.
Size: 2.5' tall x 2.5' wide in 10 years. Plant zones: 5-8.
Genus/Common Name: Metasequoia glyptosroboides
Light Requirements: full sun
To see other great foliage plants, visit Pam Penick at Digging who hosts the monthly Foliage Follow-up.