Archive: February, 2015

Pin Cherry

Posted by shane - February 11, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruit Trees, Trees

Prunus pensylvanica This is a very attractive yet under-utilized Prairie tree.  It has a nice white flower display in spring, glossy green foliage and red berries in summer, followed by excellent reddish-orange fall colour.  The flaky, dark maroon-coloured bark makes this a four-season tree.  The other nice thing about pin cherry is its size, only […]

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Spirea

Posted by shane - February 11, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Spiraea japonica cvs. Spiraea trilobata (3-Lobed Spirea) Spiraea x ‘Arguta’ (Dwarf Garland Spirea) Spiraea x bumalda cvs. There are many Prairie-hardy varieties of spirea, and it is one of the most common ornamental shrubs in Alberta, often planted with potentilla, barberry, and juniper.  There are early-flowering white varieties, and many late-flowering summer varieties, with varied […]

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‘Prairie Cascade’ Weeping Willow

Posted by shane - February 9, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Salix x ‘Prairie Cascade’ I am very impressed with this tree and see it as a potential substitute for the weeping birch that are dying throughout Red Deer as a result of bronze birch borer infestation.  Prairie Cascade is very quick-growing and has nice glossy leaves and bright twigs, with a distinct weeping form after […]

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Potentilla

Posted by shane - February 9, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Potentilla fruticosa cvs. This native plant is one of the most commonly planted shrubs in Alberta. Flower colour ranges from yellow (most common), to white, pink, and orange.  It is drought-tolerant and will survive inhospitable planting sites.  It is commonly planted in dusty commercial parking lots and boulevards, or found mingling among the cigarette butts along […]

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