Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Ornamental Trees

Mature height less than 25 feet


Available at our 2020 Saturday Tree Sales

    April 25

    May 2, 9, 16

       302 E North St

    Cambridge, WI

    9am - 2pm


Buckeye, Red

(Aesculus pavia) 

A great ornamental: beautifully rich red flowers (pictured above) arrive in late April...palmately compound leaves provide an interesting textural effect but haven't shown much in terms of fall color locally...easy to grow in sun or complete shade...a red buckeye planted in heavy shade in Cambridge has averaged 18 inches of annual growth with regular watering...great patio or accent tree that stays small, reaching only 20-25 ft. high.




Cherry, Pink Flowering

(Prunus sargentii 'Spring Wonder') 

Most pink flowering cherries are better suited for the Tidal Basin than here in 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 immediately above) which is easier to integrate into more landscape scenarios...additional attractions include polished mahogany bark (middle picture above) and shiny dark green foliage that turns bronze to red in fall.

  7 ft. tall $78 (includes free mulch)




Crabtree, Red Flowering

(Malus x 'Prairiefire')

'Prairiefire' is the best red flowering crabtree for several reasons: long lasting, vibrant purplish red flowers that put other flowering trees on notice each spring (see above)...smaller, glossy dark red persistent fruits are less messy and more ornamental than most crabs...also features good resistance to all of the various leaf maladies that impact crabs locally during wet, cloudy weather...dark green leaves appear healthier than the muted purple leaves of other red flowering crabs...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.

  5-7 ft. tall: $58 (includes free mulch)




Crabtree, White Flowering

(Malus x 'Spring Snow')

'Spring Snow' is one the few crabs 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 each spring and nice medium green leaves...reaches 20-25 ft. high at an impressive local growth rate of 20 inches annually.

  5-7 ft. tall: $48 (includes free mulch)





Dogwood, Pagoda

(Cornus alternifolia) Native

This dogwood (see pics above) boasts attractively tiered, horizontal branching and fragrant white flowers 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 $28 (includes free mulch)

  3 ft tall $38: (includes free mulch)

  5 ft. tall $68



Dogwood, Yellow Flowering

(Cornus mas)

This small and slow growing (6 inches annually) ornamental is the first tree locally to flower, arriving as early as mid-March in warm springs...yellow flowers (see top, above) look especially good in front of red brick and evergreens...also features mottled tan bark and little red edible but not that flavorful cherries (both pictured above)...the leaves are not bothered whatsoever by Japanese beetles...fall color is a subdued wine red...reaches 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide...this dogwood is featured prominently at Olbrich Botanical Gardens along the main trail heading east to Starkweather Creek.





(Davidia involucrata v. vilmoriniana)

After years of searching we're happy to offer a dovetree cultivar that will withstand our cold winters...variety 'vilmoriniana' has the incredible flowers of the species (see pics above) with cold hardiness to -22...dovetrees also have beautiful orange/brown scaly bark...slow growing to 20 ft. high and wide. 





Hawthorn, Scarlet

(Crataegus laevigata x 'Crimson Cloud')

Unique red flowers with a splash of white in the middle (pictured immediately above) are considered the showiest of all hawthorns...persistent bright red berries add color during winter months (top photo above) and provide food for birds...dark green leaves in summer that have no fall color to note...unlike most hawthorns, 'Crimson Cloud' has no thorns!...growth is slow to 20 ft. high and 15 ft. wide.

  6-7 ft. tall: $78 (includes free mulch)




Hawthorn, White

(Crataegus viridis x 'Winter King')

A superior ornamental with four season appeal: tan and silver exfoliating bark (pictured at top, above)...brightly attractive persistent red berries (shown immediately above) for the duration of winter months and white flowers in spring...this tree 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 here in Cambridge.




Lilac, White Flowering

(Syringa pekinensis x 'Summer Charm')

Large creamy white flowers appear in late June on this tree form of lilac (see picture immediately above)...amber colored curly, exfoliating bark (pictured at top, above) is unique among local trees...lustrous dark green leaves hold up well to diseases and insects, though no fall color has been noted locally...a tough tree that survives in virtually any soil with good drainage...grows to 20 ft. high and 15 ft. wide at a slow rate, expect around ten inches annually. 

  5 ft. tall: $68 (includes free mulch)



Locust, Purple Flowering

(Robinia pseudocacia 'Purple Robe')

An extremely fast growing, purple flowering tree with small thorns that will grow virtually anywhere...attractive dark rose pink flowers arrive in late spring with the leaves but are still quite noticeable (see pictures above)...this tree will grow in the worst conditions and is suited well for new subdivisions...early growth in Cambridge has been recorded at four feet annually though we've seen some examples of broken branches...produces 2-4 inch long flat seed pods and will send out new trees from adventurous roots that can just be mowed's best to only plant this tree in cultivated areas given black locust's widespread naturalization in our area...quickly reaches 30 ft. high and wide.

  7-8 ft. tall $68 (includes free mulch)




Horsechestnut, Red Flowering

(Aesculus x carnea 'Briotti' and 'Ft McNair')

One of our most-requested trees...reddish-pink flowers in May/June that everybody will notice and ask you 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 ten red horsechstnuts 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.

  4 ft. tall: $44 (includes free mulch)

  6-7 ft. tall: $78 (includes free mulch)





Pink & Purple Flowering Magnolias     

(Magnolia x)

Choose among numerous colorful magnolia varieties that mature to sizes between ten and 25 ft. tall:

'Ann' is compact, reaching no more than 10 ft. tall and wide...purple red flowers and silvery bark.

  2 ft. tall: $38

  4 ft. tall: $68 

'Betty' features reddish purple rippled flowers with white interiors...reaches just over ten ft. tall and wide.

'Galaxy' is the largest of them all, it can top out up to 25 ft. with an upright, narrow form to only 15 ft. wide...leaves hold up well in late summer even during wet weather.

  3-4 ft. tall $44

  4-5 ft. tall $54

'Genie' reaches 15 to 20 ft. high with dark maroon flowers that re-bloom during summer months...leaves hold up well all summer unlike other purple/red flowering magnolias.

  3-4 ft. tall: $44

'Jane' reddish purple flowers with a white interior...reaching just over ten ft. tall and wide.

'Leonard Messell' has lighter pink flowers with white interiors...will reach 15 ft. tall and wide.

  4-5 ft. tall $128



White Flowering Magnolias

(Magnolia x stellata and x loebneri)


Compact Size: 'Royal Star' matures to only 15 ft. high by 12 ft. wide...features a reliable burst of white each spring: pink buds open to pleasantly fragrant, dense white flowers in late April (see picture above)...clean dark green foliage looks great all when only several feet tall, so no waiting around!

  2 ft. tall: $38

  5-6 ft. tall: $128


Medium Size: ’Merrill' is fast-growing (18 inches annually here in Cambridge), quickly reaching 25 ft. tall and wide...incredibly fragrant large white flowers create a white cloud in early spring...also, it tolerates extreme cold, being fully hardy even in the northern reaches of our state.

  2 ft. tall: $38 

  5 ft. tall: $98





Yellow Flowering Magnolias

(Magnolia acuminata x)

We carry three hard-to-find yellow flowering magnolias, all which flower prior to leaf emergence for optimal impact:


'Butterflies' grows ten inches annually here in Cambridge...reaches 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide in a pyramidal tree form.

  4 ft. tall: $58 (includes free mulch)

  5 ft. tall: $68 (includes free mulch)

'Elizabeth' offers clear primrose yellow flowers that can be effective for up to four weeks during cooler springs...said to grow somewhat faster than other yellows...mature height can approach 35 ft. under ideal conditions.

'Judy Zuk' flowers are a more golden yellow and feature a fruity fragrance...can reach 25 ft. tall in the home landscape and has a narrow tree form.

   3-4 ft. tall: $48





Maple, Japanese

(Acer palmatum 'Emperor I')

'Emperor I' is the best red-leaved Japanese maple because its rich crimson leaf color holds up through the summer months instead of turning dark purple...fall color is an exceptionally vibrant red (see above)...leaves appear two weeks later than other varieties of Japanese maples making them hardier than seedling grown stock...finally, 'Emporer I' is faster growing, reaching 15 ft. high and wide at a rate of 18 inches annually with regular watering...tolerates shade but the leaves are usually a less vivid red in that setting...exceptional architectural shape and graceful branching.

  4-5 ft. tall: $44 (includes free pot of mulch)




Maple, Paperbark

(Acer griseum)

The most impressive exfoliating bark of any tree in our area and fall color that is unrivaled locally for its red intensity...grows slowly, only 12 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.

  4-5 ft. tall: $38 (includes free mulch)






(Carpinus vinginiana 'Firespire') Native

A fine-textured understory tree with smooth silver bark similar to American beech...vibrant red fall color has been noted every year locally (see above)...excellent choice for patios and in front of larger trees as it reaches only 20 ft. high and wide under landscape conditions…happily grows in sun or complete shade...we've recorded reasonably fast initial growth of eight younger musclewood trees planted throughout Cambridge, though the rate slows considerably after five years to average 14 inches annually over a decade...native along rivers and streams...also known as hornbeam.

  4 ft. tall: $58



Parrotia, Persian 

(Parrotia persica) 

Considered one of the best small specimen trees due to stunning exfoliating bark and vivid fall color (both of which are pictured immediately above)...its fine textured form and graceful branching approximate the appearance of a Japanese maple...reaches only 20 ft. high and 15 ft. wide...delicate, tiny crimson flowers appear in early spring prior to leaf emergence...supposedly slower growing but we've recorded impressive growth locally of a tree on Water Street in Cambridge, at 20 inches annually.

  5 ft. tall: $68



Paw Paw

(Asimina triloba)

Exceptional buttery yellow fall leaf color (see picture above, taken at the UW Arboretum) on larger, droopy and tropical looking leaves...edible, flavorful and highly nutritious fruit arrive 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 15 inches annually...nearly native, it grows across the lake in lower Michigan in the forest understory.

  1 ft. tall: $38



Redbud, Eastern

(Cercis canadensis 'Minnesota Strain')

Our bestselling tree has one of the best spring flower shows around: 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…we offer the most cold hardy cultivar available to assure hardiness in our area.

Single Trunk: 

  5 ft. tall: $58 (includes free mulch)

  6-7 ft. tall: $68 (includes free mulch)

Multiple Trunks:

  6-7 ft. tall: $78 (includes free mulch)






Amelanchier canadensis Native

Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' 

Both of these shrubs offer four season appeal: white flowers in spring; exceptional red fall leaf color (see above); edible fruit that looks and tastes like blueberries; ornamental smooth silvery bark.

Native Serviceberry: Shadblow serviceberry grows throughout CamRock Park near Koshkonong Creek and reaches up to 20 ft. tall and with multiple erect stems...excellent testing fruit in June. 

  2-3 ft. tall: $38 (includes free mulch)

Compact Serviceberry: 'Regent' is a smaller cultivar reaching only five feet tall by six feet has sweeter fruit and is adapted to more challenging conditions (compacted soil, wind) than our native serviceberries.

  2 ft. tall: $18 (includes free mulch)


Stewartia, Japanese

(Stewartia pseudocamellia)

Stewartias are specimens of the finest order: camellia-like flowers in early July (see above) when little else is flowering...exceptional exfoliating bark that includes colors of orange, red and purple-gray...sinuous trunk...brilliant red fall color locally and beautiful green leaves that hold up all season...only drawback is slow growth...eventual height to 20 ft. tall and 15. ft. wide...the ultimate patio tree!




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


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