Category: Trees

Plum

Posted by shane - January 25, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruit Trees, Trees

Prunus spp. We can grow several varieties of fruiting plums on the Prairies.  That said, they aren’t commonly planted, and our pruning experience with these trees is wildly variable, from newly planted stock to overgrown and old neglected varieties.  I haven’t pruned enough of any one variety in 14 years to make many generalizations for […]

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Ohio Buckeye

Posted by shane - January 25, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Aesculus glabra Ohio buckeye is the Prairie answer to horse chestnut.  I like this tree and I think it is underutilized.  It can be the ideal specimen for very small front yards.  It has interesting palmate foliage, unusual fruit in summer, and excellent and variable fall colour, which ranges from yellow to peach to deep […]

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Norway Spruce

Posted by shane - January 25, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Picea abies cvs.  Norway Spruce varieties Picea abies pendula  Weeping Norway Spruce Norway spruce are large, coniferous shade trees, uncommonly planted, but definitely hardy for Central Alberta.  They grow very wide at the base, similar to large Colorado blue spruce, and are not the best choice for most urban yards, as they will tend to dominate […]

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Mountain Ash

Posted by shane - January 22, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

American Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana) European Mountain Ash & cvs. (Sorbus aucuparia cvs.) Showy Mountain Ash (Sorbus decora) Mountain ash is one of the most commonly planted ornamental shade trees in Alberta.  It is also one of the last species to survive its original planting in older neighbourhoods, commonly found nearby elm, green ash, manitoba […]

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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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‘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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Manitoba Maple

Posted by shane - January 8, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Acer negundo Acer negundo ‘Sensation’ People seem to love or hate this tree.  Personally, I like it.  It’s a nice, medium- to large shade tree, often with an interesting twisted trunk and unusual structure.  Older specimens fit well in a creative garden.  The nice thing about Manitoba maple, aka. Boxelder, is that it grow so […]

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Silver Maple

Posted by shane - January 8, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Acer saccharinum cvs. This is one of my favourite shade trees in recent years.  Silver maple has very attractive silvery-green foliage and a light grey bark.  It grows quickly in the right location, and is once formative pruning is complete, is relatively low-maintenance.  Silver maple gets large, up to 40′ tall and 30′ wide, and the […]

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Mayday

Posted by shane - January 8, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Prunus padus var. cummutata Mayday is extremely common and, not surprisingly, of the of species we prune most frequently.  They are a nice medium-sized shade tree that offers an excellent, scented flower display in Spring.  They are very hardy, and although prone to infection by black knot disease, can still grow vigourously even if heavily […]

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Muckle Plum

Posted by shane - January 7, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Prunus nigrella ‘Muckle’ Muckle plums are rare in the landscape, which is too bad, because their flower display is among the best of the ornamental trees on the Prairies. This small tree is extremely useful as a specimen in a small yard, near a patio or deck, or planted next to a water feature.  We […]

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