Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project


Mature height generally less than 25 feet


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Crabtree, Pink Flowering 

  (Malus x 'Prairiefire')

'Prairiefire' ranks among the best crabtrees: for starters, its long lasting, vibrant pink flowers put other flowering trees on notice each spring (see photos above). Smaller, less messy red fruits are brighter and glossier than other crabtrees. Finally, this tree's leaves offer 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.

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Dogwood, Pagoda 

  (Cornus alternifolia) Native

This charmer offers attractively tiered, horizontal branching and fragrant white flowers (see middle picture above) that bloom from late May into early June. Small dark blue fruits positioned on reddish purple stalks (pictured immediately above) 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 growth rate of 12 inches annually. Like most understory plants, pagodas prefer life in the shade: best landscape conditions include morning sun followed by afternoon shade.

 3-4 ft. tall (potted): $60





Dogwood, Yellow Flowering

  (Cornus mas 'Golden Glory')

The first tree to flower locally, presenting a welcome burst of colorful yellow as early as late march (see top picture, above). Beautifully exfoliating bark (pictured immediately above) provides four season appeal. Dark green leaves are resistant to insect damage and turn wine red in fall most years. 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 is very slow, only six inches annually on the 11 trees growing throughout Cambridge. Flowers arrive early, only a year or two after planting, and this tree fruits early as well, within 5-10 years. 200-year-old specimens in Kiev are still fruiting. We offer 'Golden Glory,' an improved cultivar featuring faster growth, more prolific flowering, and an upright tree form. Reaches 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide.

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Magnolia, Pink Flowering 

(Shrub Form)

  (Magnolia x 'Ann') Deer Resistant

There's no better way to animate your home's spring landscape than by adding a pink magnolia. Reddish purple flowers with white interiors profusely expressed over multiple trunks characterize this magnolia's vibrant appeal. Reaches 12 ft. tall and ten ft. wide at slower rate, around 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.

  24" tall multiple trunks (potted): $38

  4 ft. tall multiple trunks (potted): $118



Magnolia, Pink Flowering 

(Tree Form)

  (Magnolia x 'Galaxy') Deer Resistant

'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.

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.

  5-6 ft. tall (potted): $98



Magnolia, Umbrella

  (Magnolia tripetala) Deer Resistant

No hardy woody landscape plant matches the bold textural statement 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 60 years ago is just 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.

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Magnolia, White Flowering

  (Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star') Deer Resistant

'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 form, 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.

  2 ft. tall (potted): $45



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 at top, 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.

  7 ft. tall (potted): $130




  (Asimina triloba) Deer Resistant

We offer pawpaws sourced from the northern extreme of their native range; these trees have withstood -32F (no wind) along Koshkonong Creek in the CamRock park system in Cambridge with no cold injury. The 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 landscape impression in fall. Edible, flavorful, and highly nutritious fruit also appears in fall. Will reach 15-20 ft. high and wide. A pawpaw 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 (potted): $45

  3-4 ft. tall (potted): $60  

18-24" tall seedling (potted): $38



Seven Son Flower 

  (Heptacodium miconoides 'Tianshan')

As close as one can get to the appeal of a 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); and ornamental rose purple-colored fruits in fall (all pictured immediately above). Requires excellent drainage and is drought tolerant. We offer an improved cultivar ('Tianshan') which is more compact than the species, reaching only 12 ft. tall and 7 ft. wide at maturity. It also has a fuller, more evenly branched form and glossy dark green foliage.

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Out of Stock

We're out of stock of the following ornamentals, but would be happy to notify you when we have them in stock again.



Cherry, Pink Flowering 

  (Prunus sargentii x 'Spring Wonder') 

While most flowering cherries aren't fully hardy in the Madison area, we offer 'Spring Wonder,' a Sargent Cherry selection that readily withstands even our coldest winters. Expect a stunning display of pink flowers in early spring, just prior to leaf emergence for optimal impact (see top pictures above). 'Spring Wonder' is also noted for its attractive vase shaped form (see top photo above) and 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. This tree hasn't produced fruit in early nursery and arboretum trials. Grows at an average rate: about 18 inches annually.

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Crabtree, White Flowering

  (Malus x 'Spring Snow')

'Spring Snow' is one the few crabtrees that is 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 are pictured above. Attractive medium green leaves are less susceptible to apple rust than other crabtrees. Reaches 20-25 ft. high at an impressive local juvenile growth rate of 20 inches annually.

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Hawthorn, Scarlet

  (Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud') Deer Resistant

This hawthorn travels in the elite 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 but are resistant to leaf blights that commonly impact other hawthorns and crabtrees during wet weather. Unlike most hawthorns, 'Crimson Cloud' has very few thorns. Easy to grow in all soil types with good drainage. Prefers a sunny location. Growth is 18 inches annually on juvenile trees. Reaches 25 ft. high and 15 ft. wide.

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Hawthorn, White Flowering

  (Crataegus viridis 'Winter King') Deer Resistant

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 thorns which are known to help protect bird populations against predation. Grows to 20 ft. high and wide at a rate of 18 inches locally on juvenile trees. Hawthorns are longer lived than crabtees and redbuds, commonly reaching 100 years and older. Leaves and fruits are resistant to unsightly  blights.

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Horsechestnut, Red Flowering

  (Aesculus x carnea 'Fort McNair')

One of our most requested trees. The reddish pink flowers (see above) arrive in late May/early June and are a preferred stop for hummingbirds and other important pollinators. No fall color but the medium green, palmately compound leaves look great throughout summer months. A tree planted on the 300 block of North Street (pictured in both photos above) averages 15 inches of growth annually with regular watering and mulch. 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.

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  (Ostrya vinginiana) Native and Deer Resistant

A common smaller understory tree that can be introduced as a graceful element to your home landscape. Will grow in deep shade or full sun making it one of our more versatile natives. Interesting features include hop-type fruits (pictured at top, above) and flaking, irregular bark (shown immediately above). Wood is extremely hard and was used for tool handles in frontier times. We've recorded surprisingly robust initial growth of the 13 ironwoods planted throughout Cambridge: 20 inches annually, though this rate will slow considerably over time to average one ft. annually. Reaches 25 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide in cultivation.

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Magnolia, Light Pink Flowering

  (Magnolia xloebneri 'Leonard Messel') Deer Resistant

'Leonard Messel' is known as one of the best flowering trees for fragrance effect: gardeners are known to cut a few stems for a vase to relish the scent indoors for several weeks each spring. Attractive purple buds open to deep pink flowers with delicate white interiors (see photos above). Flowers arrive prior to leaf emergence but later than other magnolias so they're less likely to be damaged by late spring frosts. Displays a densely branched framework with reliably abundant flowers each spring. Reaches 15 ft. tall and wide at an average growth rate, about 12 inches annually.

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.

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Magnolia, Yellow Flowering

  (Magnolia acuminata 'Butterflies') Deer Resistant

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  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. 

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.

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Maple, Japanese

  (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 slower growth (six inches annually) to 20 ft. high and wide. Best located in sites with deep garden soil. 

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  (Carpinus caroliniana 'Fire King') Native and Deer Resistant

A fine-textured understory tree with sinewy, smooth silver bark (see immediately above). Vibrant red fall color has been noted nearly every year locally (see at top, above) and the textured leaves look great over summer months (middle picture). Excellent choice for patios and in front of larger trees as it reaches only 30 ft. high and wide under most landscape conditions. Adapted to grow in sun or deep shade. We've recorded reasonably fast initial growth of ten younger musclewood trees planted throughout Cambridge, though the pace 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 Koshkonong creek in Cambridge. 'Fire King' was selected in Wisconsin for reliably intense orange/red fall color, faster growth and improved, upright and compact form. Reaches 20 ft. tall by 15 ft. wide. 

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Redbud, Eastern

  (Cercis canadensis 'Minnesota Strain') Deer Resistant

Most redbuds won't survive the extreme cold of Madison's worst winters. Given this, we exclusively offer 'Minnesota Strain' - the hardiest 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. Redbuds also offer attractive slate grey and reddish mottled bark (see photo immediately above) and heart shaped leaves which emerge a reddish purple and can turn a warm yellow in fall. Redbuds grow to 20 ft. high at a rate of 14 inches annually locally, based on measurements of 21 trees planted throughout Cambridge.

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