Earley Memorial Shrub Garden

Given in Memory of Harold and Lillian Earley

A spacious gently sloping lawn anchored in the corner by a stately pecan tree provides the setting. On either side of the mulch path are sweeps of over 50 varieties of old fashioned flowering shrubs, small flowering trees, and antique daffodils punctuated from time to time by an unusual architectural relic from Lynchburg’s history.

These deciduous shrubs and daffodils were extremely popular in gardens of the 19th century. Some are well known today; some are enjoying a revival of interest; some are native plants that went out of favor as new hybridized varieties became more popular. Most were chosen for inclusion in the Earley Memorial Shrub Garden because of multi-season interest, low maintenance, and drought and disease tolerance—factors that are still desirable by any standard. Many are resistant to deer damage.

The following shrubs, small trees, vines, and daffodils are individually labeled within the area.


Botanical Name Common Name
Aesculus parviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye
Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’ Red Chokeberry
Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea ‘Rose Glow’ Barberry
Buddleia davidii Summer Lilac, Butterfly bush
Callicarpa dichotoma Purple Beautyberry
Callicarpa japonica Japanese Beautyberry
Calycanthus floridus Strawberry shrub, Carolina Allspice
Clethra alnifolia Hummingbird Clethra, Summersweet Clethra
Clethra barbinervis Tree Clethra, Japanese Clethra
Corylopsis glabrescens Fragrant Winterhazel
Cotinus coggygria Purple Smoke Tree, ‘Royal Purple’
Deutzia scabra plena Double-flowered Deutzia
Fothagilla gardenii Fothagilla
Hamamelis virginiana Witchhazel
Hibiscus syriacus Althea, Rose-of-Sharon
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ PeeGee Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’ Tardiva
Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf Hydrangea
Ilex verticilatta ‘Sparkleberry’ Winterberry
Ilex verticilatta ‘Harvest Red’ Winterberry
Itea virginica Virginia Sweetspire
Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ Japanese Kerria
Macleaya cordata Plume Poppy
Philadelphus ‘Natchez’ Sweet Mockorange
Polygonum cuspidatum Japanese Knotweed
Poncirus trifoliata Hardy-orange
Prunus laurocerasus English Laurel, Cherrylaurel
Prunus triloba Flowering Almond
Sorbaria sorbifolia Ashleaf Spirea, Falsespirea
Spiraea cantoniensis ‘Lanceata’ Double Reeves Spirea
Spiraea thunbergii Thunberg Spirea
Syringa x persica Persian Lilac
Tamarix ramosissima ‘Summer Glow Tamarix
Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’ Arborvitae
Viburnum opulus sterile Snowball
Vitex negundo ‘Heterophylla’ Chastetree
Yucca filamentosa Adam’s Needle


Small Trees

Botanical Name Common Name
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodrich Burgundy Japanese Maple
Asimina triloba Pawpaw
Carpinus caroliniana American Hornbeam
Chionanthus virginicus White Fringetree
Crataegus phaenopyrum Washington Hawthorn
Franklinia alahama Franklinia
Halesia carolina Carolina Silverbell
Lagerstroemia indica Crape Myrtle
Malus sargentii Sargent Crabapple
Prunus avium Mazzard Cherry
Salix matsudana ‘tortuosa’ Corkscrew Willow
Stewartia pseudocamellia Japanese Stewartia
Styrax japonicus Japanese Snowbell
Styrax obassia Fragrant Snowbell
Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’ Japanese Tree Lilac
Ulmus parvifolia Dwarf Chinese Elm



Botanical Name Common Name
Amphelopsis brevipedunculata Porcelainberry Vine



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