Mature height generally less than 25 feet
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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.
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.
(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.
Dogwood, Yellow Flowering
(Cornus mas 'Golden Glory')
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.
(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.
(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.
Magnolia, Pink Flowering
(Magnolia x 'Galaxy')
'Galaxy' magnolia is one of the largest pink flowering magnolias known, topping out up to 25 ft. with an upright, narrow form to 15 ft. wide...leaves hold up well in late summer even during wet weather...flowers are pictured immediately above.
Magnolia, White Flowering
(Magnolia x stellata 'Royal Star')
Compact Mature Size: 'Royal Star' magnolia 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 3-4" white flowers in late April (see picture above)...clean dark green foliage looks great all summer...flowers when only several feet tall, so no waiting around!
5 ft. tall 'Royal Star' $88
(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.
Considered one of the best small specimen trees due to stunning exfoliating bark and vivid fall color (both of which are pictured 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.
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.
(Cercis canadensis 'Minnesota Strain')
Our bestselling tree has one of the most vivid spring flower shows in town: 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.
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.
Compact Serviceberry: 'Regent' is a smaller cultivar reaching only five feet tall by six feet wide...it has sweeter fruit and is adapted to more challenging conditions (compacted soil, wind) than our native serviceberries.
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