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Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia creeper is a hardy, resilient, fast-growing, and generally easy-to-grow vine on the Prairies  It is best known for its incredible fall colour  It’s only major drawback is annual infestation by whiteflies  This insect feeds on the leaves, leaving them...

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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...

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Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance’ Amelanchier ‘Robin Hill’ I really like serviceberry, because it’s basically just a single-stem, saskatoon tree  Unfortunately, I don’t think it is 100% right for our region, even though it technically is hardy and gets through the winter  It...

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  • January 12, 2017
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Lonicera tatarica This is a common shrub in older neighbourhoods and boulevards  It has pretty pale, pink, or reddish flowers, nice leaf shape and grows to about 10′  It tends to get leggy with age, but despite that can look nice as an accent, surrounded by various perennials in a garden bed...

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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 big...