Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Ornamental and Fruit Trees

Mature height generally less than 25 feet

 

Reserve trees now by email or phone:   info@cambridgetreeproject.org 

 608-513-1977

 

Schedule curbside pickup in Cambridge any day of the week  from 7am to 7pm.

Cherry, Pink Flowering

(Prunus sargentii 'Spring Wonder') 

Most pink flowering cherries are better suited for the Tidal Basin than here in hardiness zone 5...however, we now offer a fully hardy pink flowering cherry that also provides you a more compact size: maturing to only 25 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide...also, the habit is vase shaped (see top photo above) which is easier to integrate into more landscape scenarios...additional attractions include polished mahogany bark (pictured immediately above) and shiny dark green foliage that turns bronze to red in fall.

  Available spring 2022

 

Crabtree, Red Flowering

(Malus x 'Prairiefire')

'Prairiefire' is the best red flowering crabtree: for starters, long lasting, vibrant purplish red flowers put other flowering trees on notice each spring (see both 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 most of the other red flowering crabs...the 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.

  Available spring 2022

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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!...it's also easy to grow in any soil including the compacted clays found in newer subdivisions...reliable white flowers each spring and attractive medium green leaves...reaches 20-25 ft. high at an impressive local juvenile growth rate of 20 inches annually...'Spring Snow' leaves are less susceptible to apple rust than other crab trees.

  Available spring 2022

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Dogwood, Pagoda

(Cornus alternifolia) Native

This dogwood boasts attractively tiered, horizontal branching and fragrant white flowers (see pics above) that bloom from late May to early June…small dark blue fruits positioned at the top of reddish purple stalks are also a great visual feature in late summer and early fall…a small rounded tree that reaches only 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 shrub form: $38

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Hawthorn, Scarlet

(Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud')

 

This hawthorn is in the Mercedes class of flowering trees: its unique red flowers with a splash of white in the middle (pictured immediately above) are considered the showiest of all hawthorns...it also features persistent bright red berries that add color during winter months (top photo above) and provide food for birds...finally, attractive lobed dark green leaves have no fall color to note but are resistant to leaf blights that so commonly impact other hawthorns and crabtrees during wet weather...unlike most hawthorns, 'Crimson Cloud' has no thorns!...growth is slow, reaching 25 ft. high and 15 ft. wide.

  Available spring 2022

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Hawthorn, White

(Crataegus viridis 'Winter King')

A superior ornamental with four season appeal: tan and silver exfoliating bark (pictured immediately above)...brightly attractive persistent red berries (shown at top above) for the duration of winter months and white flowers in spring; also features a vase shaped branching structure that help accentuate its superior ornamental features...this tree has small thorns which are said to help protect bird populations against predation...grows to 20 ft. high and wide at an impressive rate of 18 inches locally here in Cambridge...leaves and fruits are more resistant to unsightly rust than most hawthorns and crabtrees.

  Available spring 2022

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Hoptree (Ptelia trifoliata ) Native

Unusual shrub that is a member of the citrus family; a trait which leaves all parts of the plant (leaves, flowers, fruits, bark) aromatic...fruits were historically used as a hop substitute to brew beer...happily grows in sun or even dense shade...its trifoliate leaves are attractive (see above) and not bothered by insects; in the fall we consistently observe a butter yellow color...a hoptree planted in heavy shade in Cambridgte has grown 14 inches annually.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

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Horsechestnut, Red Flowering

(Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii' and 'Fort McNair')

One of our most requested trees...reddish pink flowers in May/June that everybody will notice and ask you about...no fall color to speak of but the leaves look great throughout summer and early fall...a tree planted on the 300 block of North Street 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.

  Available spring 2022

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Magnolia, Light Pink Floweing

(Magnolia xloebneri 'Leonard Messell')

'Leonard Messell' magnolia has lighter pink flowers with white interiors...one of the best magnolias for fragrance...flowers arrive later than other magnolias and are less likely to be damaged by late spring frosts...will reach 15 ft. tall and wide...all magnolias require good drainage and as such they are not good choices for recently-developed subdivisions where compacted soils are commonly found.

  Available spring 2022

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Magnolia, Pink Flowering (Shrub Form)

(Magnolia x 'Jane)

Reddish purple flowers with white interiors profusely expressed over multiple trunks characterize 'Jane' magnolia's vibrant appeal...flowers arrive later than other magnolias assuring impact even during cooler springs...reaches 12 ft. tall and ten ft. wide at slow rate, averaging six inches annually...easy to grow in any soil that is free draining...all magnolias require good drainage and as such they are not good choices for recently-developed subdivisions where compacted soils are commonly found.

  Available spring 2022

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Magnolia, Umbrella

(Magnolia tripetala)

No hardy woody landscape plant offers the bold textural effect of 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 even dense shade...all magnolias require good drainage and as such they are not good choices for recently-developed subdivisions where compacted soils are commonly found.

  3-4 ft. tall: $58

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Maple, Paperbark (Acer griseum)

The most impressive exfoliating bark of any tree in our area, plus fall color locally that is unrivaled for its red intensity...grows slowly, only six inches annually locally to around 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: $28

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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...edible, flavorful and highly nutritious fruit arrives in fall (at least two trees are required to assure cross pollination)...will reach 15-20 ft. high and wide...locally, a paw paw planted near Nikolay School on South Street is growing 14 inches annually...nearly native, it grows across the lake in lower Michigan in the forest understory.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

  3-4 ft. tall: $48

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Plum, American

(Prunus americana)

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 immediatley above) arrive in July and are used for jellies and jams and can be eaten raw…American plums are self-fertile so only one tree is necessary for fruit, which arrives three to six years after planting…this is a tenacious tree that will thrive virtually anywhere except water-logged soils...reaches 15 to 25 feet tall and wide…adventerous saplings are produced by some trees from underground roots that can be mowed over or clipped unless a screen is desired.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

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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 as with 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 the fall…redbuds grow to about 20 ft. high at 12 inches annually locally...initial growth of younger trees is closer to 18 inches annually.

   Available spring 2022

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

 

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