I’m thrilled to announce that Lake County New Plants has evolved into UpShoot™ LLC! My father Jim Zampini and I are passionate about plants and through UpShoot we’re able to help eveyone – from breeders to plantsmen and grower to gardeners – live out their passion for plants too.
Our deep roots in all aspects of the green industry means we provide individualized sales, marketing and licensing for new plant introductions nationally and worldwide. We share our horticultural expertise via my writing and speaking engagements. With UpShoot, the world is a little more alive – and a lot greener.
To grow your horticulutre busines, schedule a speaking engagement, read some of my articles or just get to know us a little better, visit upshoothort.com, going live in December!
Your First Born are Special – Even Plants!
Malus Weeping Candied Apple™
The first plant Jim Zampini ever patented was MalusWeeping Candied Apple™in 1977. Jim grew up with the fields of the great Storrs & Harrison Nursery as his playground. He would marvel at the wooden row stakes with botanical plant names scribed by hand in calligraphy. He found Latin names hard to pronounce. He said “If I am ever to bring a plant to market, I will give it a name people can relate to.”
His inspiration for Weeping Candied Apple™ was obviously its small, bright red fruit. It reminded him of being a child, walking hand-in-hand with his father at the county fair, so desperately wishing they had enough money to buy a cherry-red candied apple in the concession stand window!
Crabapples – More Than a One Trick Pony
LCN Selections Weeping Candied Apple™ (WCA) provide a multitude of landscape design options. WCA grown from rooted cuttings or bottom budded forms a naturally weeping tree. It can be top-grafted giving it an umbrella look. Its pendulous habit easily allows it to be shaped into arbors, espaliered on buildings, fences or other structures. If espaliered on a building, it can reduce internal building temperatures. A truly green approach to design.
If you’re trying to attract birds or wildlife, WCA is like Mother Nature’s bird feeder. Our feathered friends will gobble up this fruit before other crabapples!