Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Ornamental and Fruit Trees

Mature height generally less than 25 feet


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Cherry, Pink Flowering 

(Prunus sargentii x 'Spring Wonder') 

Most flowering cherries are better suited to the Tidal Basin than here in the Madison area...however, we now offer 'Spring Wonder,' the hardiest pink flowering cherry which withstands even our coldest's attractive form is distinctly vase shaped (see top photo above) and offers a more compact size: maturing to only 25 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide...additional attractions include polished mahogany bark (pictured immediately above) and shiny dark green foliage that turns bronze to brick red in fall.

  7-8 ft. tall: $118




Crabtree, Red Flowering 

(Malus x 'Prairiefire')

'Prairiefire' is among the best red flowering crabtrees: for starters, its long lasting, vibrant purplish red flowers put other flowering trees on notice each spring (see photos above)...smaller, less messy red fruits are brighter and glossier than other crabs...dark reddish green leaves appear healthier than the muted purple leaves of other red flowering crabs...leaves also feature good resistance to the various leaf maladies that impact crabs locally during wet, cloudy weather...upright to rounded shape that matures to 20 ft. high and wide...we've found the growth of 'Prairiefire' to be slower than other crabtrees in Cambridge, expect around ten inches annually.

  6-7 ft. tall: $68




Crabtree, White Flowering

(Malus x 'Spring Snow')

'Spring Snow' is one the few crabs trees that is entirely fruitless; so no little apples to clean up!'s also easy to grow in any soil including the compacted clays found in newer subdivisions...reliable white flowers are pictured above...its attractive medium green leaves are less susceptible to apple rust than other crab trees...reaches 20-25 ft. high at an impressive local juvenile growth rate of 20 inches annually.

  4 ft. tall: $48




Dogwood, Pagoda (Cornus alternifolia) Native

This charming native offers attractively tiered, horizontal branching and fragrant white flowers (see pics above) that bloom from late May to early June…small dark blue fruits positioned on reddish purple stalks arrive in late summer and attract many species of backyard birds including blue jays…mature size is 15 ft. high and 10 ft. wide at a rate of 12 inches annually…like most understory plants, pagodas prefer life in the shade: best landscape conditions include a few hours of morning sun followed by afternoon shade.

  2 ft. tall: $38




Dogwood, Yellow Flowering

(Cornus mas 'Golden Glory')

The first tree/shrub to flower in Cambridge, presenting a welcome burst of yellow just when we need it most! (see top picture, above)...beautiful exfoliating bark (pictured immediately above) provides four season appeal...dark green leaves are resistant to insect damage and turn wine red in fall...ornamental red fruit (pictured above, middle) is commonly used in Eastern and Southern Europe for jams and jellies...easy to grow in any soil that isn't waterlogged, in sun or in shade...growth rate is very slow, only six inches annually on the 11 trees growing throughout Cambridge...we offer 'Golden Glory,' an improved cultivar featuring more prolific flowering in an upright tree form...reaches 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide.

  4-5 ft. tall: $68




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Hawthorn, Scarlet

(Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud')

This hawthorn travels in the Mercedes class of flowering trees: its unique red flowers (with an interior splash of white, pictured immediately above) are considered the showiest of all hawthorns...also features petite bright red berries that offer needed color over winter months (top photo above) and provide food for birds...deeply-lobed dark green leaves (see pics above) have no fall color to note but are resistant to leaf blights that commonly impact other hawthorns and crabtrees during wet weather...unlike most hawthorns, 'Crimson Cloud' has no thorns...growth is 18 inches annually on juvenile trees...reaches 25 ft. high and 15 ft. wide.

  6-7 ft. tall: $98




Hawthorn, White Flowering

(Crataegus viridis 'Winter King')

A superior ornamental with four season appeal: tan and silver exfoliating bark (pictured immediately above); vividly attractive, persistent orange/red berries (shown at top above) and white flowers in spring...'Winter King' has small thorns which are said to help protect bird populations against predation...grows to 20 ft. high and wide at a rate of 18 inches locally on juvenile trees...leaves and fruits are more resistant to unsightly rust than most hawthorns and crabtrees.

  8-9 ft. tall: $118




Horsechestnut, Red Flowering

(Aesculus x carnea ‘Fort McNair')

One of our most requested trees...reddish pink flowers in May/June that everybody will notice and ask you about...the flowers also strongly attract hummingbirds and other important fall color but the medium green, palmately compound leaves look great throughout summer and early fall...a tree planted on the 300 block of North Street (pictured immediately above) is averaging over 15 inches of growth annually with regular watering...without regular watering 12 red horsechestnuts average ten inches of growth annually in Cambridge as street and park trees...expect this tree to reach 30 to 40 ft. high with time.

  7 ft. tall: $128





Magnolia, Light Pink Flowering

(Magnolia xloebneri 'Leonard Messel')

One of the best flowering trees for fragrance arrive later than other magnolias and are less likely to be damaged by late spring frosts...displays a densely branched framework with a reliable abundance of flowers every spring (see above)...slowly reaches 15 ft. tall and wide.

NOTE: Magnolias require deep garden soil with good drainage and are not good choices for recently developed subdivisions where thin, compacted soils are commonly found.

  2-3 ft. tall multiple branched: $48





Magnolia, Pink Flowering (Shrub Form)

(Magnolia x 'Ann')

There's no better way to animate your spring landscape than by adding a pink magolia...reddish purple flowers with white interiors profusely expressed over multiple trunks characterize 'Ann' magnolia's vibrant appeal...reaches 12 ft. tall and ten ft. wide at slow rate, averaging six inches annually...easy to grow in any deep soil that's free draining.

NOTE: Magnolias require deep garden soil with good drainage and are not good choices for recently developed subdivisions where thin, compacted soils are commonly found.

  2-3 ft. tall multiple branched: $38





Magnolia, Pink Flowering (Tree Form)

(Magnolia x 'Galaxy')

'Galaxy' is one of the largest pink flowering magnolias known, topping out up to 25 ft. tall with an upright, narrow tree form to 15 ft. wide...its fragrant, rose-pink flowers are pictured immediately above...while many pink flowering magnolias' leaves suffer from mildew damage during wet summers, 'Galaxy' is resistant.

NOTE: Magnolias require deep garden soil with good drainage and are not good choices for recently developed subdivisions where thin, compacted soils are commonly found.

  4 ft. tall single trunk: $58

  5 ft. tall single trunk: $78





Magnolia, Umbrella (Magnolia tripetala)

No hardy woody landscape plant matches the bold textural statement made by an umbrella magnolia: leaves that reach two feet long and creamy white flowers six to ten inches across (both pictured above)...ornamental deep red fruit clusters can reach four inches...a specimen at the UW Arboretum planted 50 years ago is over 30 ft. tall...juvenile growth is robust: 18-24 inches annually locally...easy to grow in sun or heavy shade.

NOTE: Magnolias require deep garden soil with good drainage and are not good choices for recently developed subdivisions where thin, compacted soils are commonly found.

  3-4 ft. tall: $58





Magnolia, White Flowering

(Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star')

'Royal Star' offers a reliable burst of fragrant white flowers each spring...begins flowering when only several feet tall, so no waiting around...clean dark green foliage looks great all summer...can be trained into tree or shrub forms, based on pruning...matures to 15 ft. high and 12 ft. wide.

NOTE: Magnolias require deep garden soil with good drainage and are not good choices for recently developed subdivisions where thin, compacted soils are commonly found.

  3-4 ft. tall multiple branched: $48





Magnolia, Yellow Flowering

(Magnolia acuminata 'Butterflies')

One of our most requested trees due to unusual and beautiful yellow flowers...'Butterflies' magnolia grows ten inches annually here in Cambridge and reaches 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide in a pyramidal tree can also be trained into a shrub form (see picture immediately above) through regular appear prior to leaf emergence for optimal impact...all magnolias require good drainage and as such they are not good choices for recently developed subdivisions where compacted soils are commonly found.

NOTE: Magnolias require deep garden soil with good drainage and are not good choices for recently developed subdivisions where thin, compacted soils are commonly found.

  Sold out for 2022





Maple, Japanese 'Northern Glow'

(Acer pseudosieboldianum x palmatum 'Hasselkus')

No other Japanese maple has the cold powered moxie of 'Northern Glow'...selected in Madison by Professor Emeritus Edward Hasselkus to easily withstand our coldest winters...its deeply lobed leaves are light green over summer months (pictured above) and turn brilliant red in fall (also shown above)...expect slow growth (six inches annually) to 20 ft. high and wide.

  2-3 ft. tall multiple branched: $48



Maple, Paperbark (Acer griseum)

The most impressive exfoliating bark of any tree in our area (see pic immediately above) plus fall color that is unrivaled locally for its red intensity (also pictured above)...growth is slow, our three trees in Cambridge are averaging only ten inches annually...reaches 25 ft. high and 15 ft. wide, making it a perfect patio tree...can be planted in full sun or a semi-shady location.

  3-4 ft. tall seedling: $38





Paw Paw (Asimina triloba)

Exceptional buttery yellow fall leaf color (see picture immediately above, taken at the UW Arboretum) on larger, droopy, and tropical looking leaves makes quite a fall impression...edible, flavorful, and highly nutritious fruit also appears in fall...will reach 15-20 ft. high and wide...a paw paw planted near Nikolay School on South Street in Cambridge is growing 12 inches annually...nearly native, it grows across the lake in lower Michigan in the forest understory.

NOTE: at least two paw paws are required to assure cross pollination to yield a fruit set.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

  3-4 ft. tall: $48





Parrotia, Persian (Parrotia persica) 

Considered one of the best small specimen trees: its fine textured form, graceful branching and vivid fall color rival the best Japanese maples...exfoliating bark displays green, gray, gold, brown and cream colors (middle picture above)...vivid fall color ranges from scarlet to orange...delicate, tiny crimson flowers appear in early spring prior to leaf emergence (pictured immediately above)...reaches 20 ft. high and 15 ft. wide...a first-class ornamental with four season appeal.

  6-7 ft. tall: $128





Plum, American (Prunus americana) Native

A common native found throughout woodlands locally…attractive clear white flowers (pictured at top, above) arrive prior to leaf emergence for optimal impact…plums (see immediately above) arrive in July and are used for jellies and jams and can be eaten raw but sweetness and flavor is variable…not all American plums are self-fertile so two trees are suggested to guaranty and optimize a fruit set, which arrives three to six years after planting…this is a tenacious tree that will thrive virtually anywhere except water-logged soils...adventurous saplings are produced by some trees from underground roots that can be mowed over or clipped unless a screen is desired...some American plums have thorns, and most have short spurs...reaches 15 to 25 feet tall and wide.

NOTE: We recommend you purchase two American plums to assure cross pollination to yield a fruit set.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38





Seven Son Flower (Heptacodium miconoides)

As close as one can get to the appeal of crape myrtle in our climate...this small tree or shrub has it all: attractive exfoliating bark in brown, gray and tan; sweetly fragrant creamy white flowers in late summer when little else is flowering; ornamental rose-purple colored fruits arrive in fall (both pictured immediately above)...requires excellent drainage and is drought tolerant...juvenile growth is rapid...small branches of this shrub may die back after our worst winters but regrowth commences...reaches 20 ft. tall.

  2-3 ft. tall: $44





Redbud, Eastern

(Cercis canadensis 'Minnesota Strain')

Most redbuds won't survive the extreme cold of our worst winters, which is why we exclusively carry 'Minnesota Strain' - the most cold hardy cultivar available...should you decide on a redbud, prepare for one of the most vivid spring flower shows in your neighborhood: a purple/pink spectacle that appears on all branches, not just the prior year’s growth like most flowering trees…also boasts attractive slate grey and reddish mottled bark (see photo immediately above) and heart shaped leaves which emerge a reddish purple and turn a warm yellow in fall…redbuds grow to about 20 ft. high at 14 inches annually locally based on 21 trees planted throughout Cambridge...initial growth of younger trees is closer to 18 inches annually.

  6-7 ft. tall single trunk: $78

  6-7 ft. tall multiple trunks: $88





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Proceeds from our tree sales have gifted and established over 1000 additional living trees in Cambridge since 2006


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