Category: Trees

10 Best Longevity Shade Trees for Alberta

Posted by shane - January 17, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

I live in the 60-year old neighbourhood of Grandview, in Red Deer.  It recently occurred to me that I should walk around the streets and alleys of my neighbourhood to see what remains of the original trees in my area.  Surely, the best shade trees must be the ones that are still around after 6 […]

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Pear

Posted by shane - January 13, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruit Trees, Trees

Pyrus ussuriensis P. ussuriensis ‘Early Gold’ P. ussuriensis ‘Golden Spice’ Pear is one of my favourite trees for the Prairies.  It has an excellent flower display in spring, dark, glossy green foliage througout summer, and outstanding fall colour, which varies according to conditions in the fall, but often in the oranges, peaches, and reds, and […]

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Sugar Maple

Posted by shane - January 12, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Acer saccharum It is unusual to find a sugar maple in Red Deer.  Although listed as Zone 3, I find this species to be marginally hardy, at best, and I think Zone 4+ would be more appropriate.  I’ve looked after only two specimens in the last 15 years, and for their age, they aren’t very […]

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Spruce

Posted by shane - January 12, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Picea glauca – White Spruce Picea pungens glauca – Colorado Blue Spruce Spruce trees are truly ubiquitous in central Alberta, and the epitome of tree species to many people.  While I don’t share that view, I do appreciate their abundance in the city, as they give year round colour to our neighbourhoods, and truly make […]

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Silver-Leaf Willow

Posted by shane - January 12, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Salix alba sibirica Over the past few years, silver-leaf willow has become one of our favourite shade trees.  While there are a handful of excellent mature specimens in Red Deer, it is still a very uncommon tree in our area.  With the declining population of mature weeping and paper birch in Red Deer, due mostly […]

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Siberian Elm

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Ulmus pumila Siberian elms are long-lasting shade trees on the Prairies.  In my 1950’s neighbourhood, the streets are lined with them, and most of them appear healthy. Beyond their shade-producing capability, I am not a fan of this species.  They are prolific seed producers and the seeds readily sprout all over the neighbourhood.  Many of […]

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Scots Pine

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Pinus sylvestris & cvs. I’m a huge fan of all the pines, especially Scots.  I love the colour and texture of the bark, the random crooks and bends of the trunk, and the way the limbs hold their needles, giving the trees the look of an exotic, oriental garden tree. We are fortunate in Red […]

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Russian Olive

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Eleagnus angustifolia Russian olive is not a common shade tree in my area.  It prefers poor soils and does well in waste places and less-than-ideal growing sites.  It has nice silvery-gray-green foliage, which makes an interesting accent in a mixed ornamental planting, or as a specimen in areas where other things won’t grow.  There is […]

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Poplar

Posted by shane - January 26, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Populus x ‘Northwest’  Northwest Poplar Populus deltoides x Populus x petrowskyana  Griffin Poplar Populus balsamifera  ssp. balsamifera  Balsam Poplar, Black Poplar, bam tree Populus balsamifera Paskapoo  Paskapoo Poplar Poplar are very common species in Alberta, due to their high success rate and relatively quick growth.  They make excellent shade trees in large yards, acreages, and parks, […]

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Ponderosa Pine

Posted by shane - January 26, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Pinus ponderosa This is one of my favourite pines.  I was first introduced to this species when I used to walk in the hills on the west side of Okanagan lake between Vernon and Kelowna, BC.  It is a supremely drought-tolerant tree, with the ability to thrive and grow to massive heights and diameter in […]

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