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  • January 12, 2017
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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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  • January 11, 2017
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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 seeds...

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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...

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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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Amelanchier alnifolia & cvs Saskatoon is one of my favourite plants  I have fond childhood memories of berry-picking with my mom, in the northern BC woods  Besides bearing tasty fruit, saskatoon is a great ornamental plant, with beautiful white flowers in spring, and excellent fall colour...