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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...

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Picea glauca – White Spruce Picea pungens glauca – Colorado Blue Spruce   Spruce trees are 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...

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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...

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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...

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Hippophae rhamnoides & cvs Sea buckthorn is a very common and well-respected plant in the eastern part of the world, where it’s used to produce around 200 different products  The berries are high in Vitamin C and other nutrients  In the West, it is largely unknown, except to...