Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Shrubs available at our final 2017 Saturday Tree Sales   April 29


Buckeye, Bottlebrush (Aesculus parviflora) One of the few shrubs that thrives (and flowers!) in complete shade...growth is slow, about 6" a year in our yard...will reach 10' high and wide if left alone; or you can easily prune to a smaller size...interesting palmately compound leaves with clear yellow fall color...produces buckeye nuts which the squirrels will run off with, so no worries...also thrives in sun...a great large, spreading shrub that is easy to maintain. 2-3' tall SALE $42; 5' tall sold out for 2017

Dogwood, Cornel (Cornus officinalis) Small and slow growing (4-6" annually) ornamental is the first tree locally to flower...yellow flowers looks especially good in front of red brick and evergreens...also features mottled bark and little red edible but not that flavorful cherries...the leaves are not bothered whatsoever by Japanese beetles and fall color is a so so wine red...a very similar relative of this tree, corneliancherry dogwood, is featured prominently at Olbrich Botanical Gardens along the main trail heading to Starkweather Creek. 2-3' shrubs SALE $18


Dogwood, Pagoda (Cornus alternifolia) Native dogwood that has an attractively tiered, horizontal branching pattern…bushy, large shrub growing to 15-20 feet tall at a rate of about 12” annually…fragrant white flowers bloom from late May to early June for a week or two…like most dogwoods it prefers life in the shade: best conditions are with morning sun and afternoon shade, though it will thrive in shady areas as well sold out for 2017

Hydrangea, Oakleaf (Hydrangea quercifolia) A superior hydrangea shrub for several reasons: long lasting summer flowers change from white to red...easy to keep small by pruning or will grow 10' tall and wide if left alone...great choice for massing an area...interesting oak-shaped leaves turn red in fall...attractive bark is a winter attraction...bush will grow and flower in heavy shade and is best located in a site protected from Northern and Western exposures. 1-2' tall 'Ruby Slippers' sold out for 2017


Pink Flowering (Magnolia x 'Ann' 'Jane' and 'Susan') Pictured above...left alone this magnolia is a vigorous, upright rounded bush...or, it can easily be trained into a small tree between 10-15' arrive in early May and are pink/white on the outside, white on the inside...bark is a striking smooth silver...very cold hardy (-30) and fairly quick-growing...a great patio tree or shrub. 'Ann' 2' tall SALE $28; 'Jane' 4-5' high SALE $58; Susan 3' shrub sold out for 2017


White Flowering (Magnolia x stellata 'Centenial Blush') A slower growing magnolia with reliable, pleasantly-fragrant and dense pink-tenged white flowers in late April..will reach 15' high. sold out for 2017

Redbud, Eastern (Cercis canadensis) Our best-selling plant...and one of the more vivid spring flower shows around: a lavender spectacle that appears on all wood, not just the prior year’s growth as with most flowering trees…attractive, dark slate gray bark and dark green, heart-shaped leaves which emerge a reddish purple and turn to a warm yellow in the fall…redbuds grow to about 20 feet tall…we offer Northern-sourced stock that assures hardiness to -30 or more. 2-3' tall SALE $18; 8-9' tall 'Northland Strain' SALE $78

Serviceberry, Allegheny (Amelanchier leavis) Single or multi-stem, depending on pruning...exceptional red fall color and edible berries that taste like blueberries...eventual height to 25' sold out for 2017

All profits support planting trees in Cambridge and Rockdale common areas.

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