Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Ornamental Trees

Mature height generally less than 25 feet

 

Reserve your trees now by email and arrange delivery directly to your home this spring for a nominal charge.

 

To save delivery costs request curbside pickup in Cambridge beginning late April 2021.

 

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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 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.

  7-8 ft. tall: $98

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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.

  5-6 ft. tall: $68

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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.

  5-6 ft. tall: $68

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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: $28

  4 ft. tall tree form: $48       

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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.

  7-8 ft. tall: $88

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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.

  9 ft. tall: $98

 

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Magnolias:

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.

  3 ft. tall multi trunked: $48

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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...all magnolias require good drainage and as such they are not good choices for recently-developed subdivisions where compacted soils are commonly found.

  6 ft. tall: $98

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Magnolia, White Flowering

(Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star')

(Magnolia loeberni 'Merrill')

 

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...all magnolias require good drainage and as such they are not good choices for recently-developed subdivisions where compacted soils are commonly found.

  8-9 ft. tall: $148

 

Medium Mature Size: 'Merrill' magnolia grows quickly (18" annually) to 25 ft. tall and wide...features one of the most intoxicatingly fragrant scents of any flowering tree...fully hardy to -45...all magnolias require good drainage and as such they are not good choices for recently developed subdivisions where compacted soils are commonly found.

  4 ft. tall: $98

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Magnolia, Yellow Flowering

(Magnolia acuminata 'Butterflies')

One of our most requested trees due to reliable and beautiful yellow spring flowers...'Butterflies' magnolia grows ten inches annually here in Cambridge and reaches 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide in a pyramidal tree form...it can also be trained into a shrub form (see picture immediately above) through regular pruning...flowers 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.

  4 ft. tall: $58

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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, 'Emperor 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.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

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Musclewood 

(Carpinus virginiana 'Wisconsin Red') 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 and can be found on the main trail in CamRock Park along the creek...also known as hornbeam...this year we are offering the cultivar 'Wisconsin Red' which is known for it's fiery red fall color.

  3-4 ft. tall 'Wisconsin Red': $44

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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 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.

  1-2 ft. tall: $18

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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.

  5 ft. tall single trunk: $48

  6-7 ft. tall single trunk: $78

  5-6 ft. tall multiple trunks: $88  

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Serviceberry (Tree Form)

Amelanchier canadensis Native

Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' 

 

Both of these shrubs offer four season appeal: white flowers in spring; exceptional red fall leaf color (see middle picture, above); edible fruit that looks and tastes like blueberries (top picture above) and ornamental smooth silvery bark. You can easily choose between tree or shrub form based on the way you prune your serviceberry. 

 2-3 ft. tall: $28

Native Serviceberry: Shadblow serviceberry grows throughout CamRock Park near Koshkonong Creek and reaches up to 20 ft. tall and with multiple erect stems...excellent tasting 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, dryness and wind) than our native serviceberries.

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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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