Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Ornamentals

Mature height generally less than 25 feet

 

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

 608-513-1977

 

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Cherry, Pink Flowering 

  (Prunus sargentii x 'Spring Wonder') 

Most flowering cherries aren't fully hardy in the Madison area; however, we offer 'Spring Wonder,' which easily withstands even our coldest winters. Its attractive form is distinctly vase shaped (see top photo above) and offers a more 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.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of our 'Spring Wonder' cherries until spring of 2023. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again, just drop us an email: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

Crabtree, Pink Flowering 

  (Malus x 'Prairiefire')

'Prairiefire' ranks among the better red flowering crabtrees: for starters, its long lasting, vibrant purplish red flowers put other flowering trees on notice each spring (see photos above). Smaller, less messy red fruits are more vivid and glossier than other crabs. Also, dark reddish green leaves are more vibrant than the muted purple leaves of other red flowering crabs. Leaves 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 potted: $58

 

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 are pictured above. Attractive medium green leaves are less susceptible to apple rust than other crab trees. Reaches 20-25 ft. high at an impressive local juvenile growth rate of 20 inches annually.

  5-6 ft. tall potted: $58

 

 

Dogwood, Pagoda 

  (Cornus alternifolia) Native

This charmer offers attractively tiered, horizontal branching and fragrant white flowers (see pics above) that bloom from late May to early June. Small dark blue fruits positioned on reddish purple stalks 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 a few hours of morning sun followed by afternoon shade.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of pagoda dogwoods until fall. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

 

Dogwood, Yellow Flowering

  (Cornus mas 'Golden Glory')

The first tree to flower in Cambridge, presenting a welcome burst of yellow just when we need it (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. 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 rate is very slow, only six inches annually on the 11 trees growing throughout Cambridge. We offer 'Golden Glory,' an improved cultivar featuring more prolific flowering and a more upright, tree form. Reaches 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide.

  4 ft. tall: $48

 

 

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Hawthorn, Scarlet

  (Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud') Deer Resistant

This hawthorn travels in the Mercedes 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 to note 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. Growth is 18 inches annually on juvenile trees. Reaches 25 ft. high and 15 ft. wide.

  7-8 ft. tall: $78

 

 

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 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 on juvenile trees. Leaves and fruits are more resistant to unsightly rust than most hawthorns and crabtrees.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of white hawthorn until spring of 2023. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

 

Horsechestnut, Red Flowering

  (Aesculus x carnea 'Fort McNair')

One of our most requested trees. Reddish pink flowers in May/June that everybody will notice and ask you about. Flowers 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. 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.

  3-4 ft. tall seedling potted: $48

 

 

Ironwood 

  (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 the 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 during 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.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of ironwood until this fall. Please email us if you'd like to be notified when we have them in stock again: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

 

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 import the scent indoors for several weeks each spring. Aattractive 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.

  2-3 ft. tall multiple trunks, potted: $38

  3-4 ft. tall multiple trunks, potted: $48

 

 

Magnolia, Pink Flowering 

(Shrub Form)

  (Magnolia x 'Ann') Deer Resistant

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

  2-3 ft. tall multiple trunks potted: $38

 

 

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. While many pink flowering magnolias' leaves suffer from mildew damage during wet summers, 'Galaxy' is resistant.

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 ft. tall single trunk potted: $78

 

 

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 50 years ago is 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.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of umbrella magnolias until this fall. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email. info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

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 forms, 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.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of star magnolias unti spring of 2023. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

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 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. 

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.

We're sorry but we've sold out of yellow magnolias until spring of 2023. If you'd like to leave your contact information we can notify you when they're in stock again: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

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.

  4 ft. tall multiple branched potted: $78

 

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 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.

  3-4 ft. tall seedling: $38

 

 

Musclewood 

  (Carpinus virginiana) Native and Deer Resistant

A fine-textured understory tree with sinewy, smooth silver bark that impresses year round (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 25 ft. high and wide under most landscape condition. Happily grows in sun or complete 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.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of musclewood until fall. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

 

Paw Paw 

  (Asimina triloba) Deer Resistant

We offer paw paws sourced from the northern extreme of their native range in Illinois; these trees have withstood -32F (no wind) along Koshkonong Creek in the CamRock park system in Cambridge with no cold injury.  Exceptional buttery yellow fall leaf color (see picture immediately above, taken at the UW Arboretum) on larger, droopy, and tropical looking leaves makes quite an impression every fall. Edible, flavorful, and highly nutritious fruit also appears in fall. Will reach 15-20 ft. high and wide. A paw paw 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.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of paw paws until this fall. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

Plum, American 

  (Prunus americana) Native

A common component of woodlands locally. Attractive clear white flowers (pictured at top, above) arrive prior to leaf emergence for optimal impact. Plums (see immediately above) arrive in July and are used for jellies and jams and can be eaten raw but sweetness and flavor is variable. Not all American plums are self-fertile so two trees are suggested to guaranty and optimize a fruit set, which arrives three to six years after planting. This is a tenacious tree that will thrive virtually anywhere except water-logged soils. Adventurous saplings are produced by some trees from underground roots that can be mowed over or clipped unless a screen is desired. Some American plums have thorns, and most have short spurs. Reaches 15 to 25 feet tall and wide.

NOTE: We recommend purchasing two American plums to assure cross pollination to yield a fruit set.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of American plums until this fall. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

Redbud, Eastern

  (Cercis canadensis 'Minnesota Strain') Deer Resistant

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 like 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 can turn a warm yellow in fall. Redbuds grow to about 20 ft. high at 14 inches annually locally based on 21 trees planted throughout Cambridge. Initial growth of younger trees is closer to 18 inches annually.

We're sorry, but we've sold out of redbuds until spring 2023. If you'd like to receive notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

Serviceberry

 

  See 'Shrubs' tab above.

 

 

 

Seven Son Flower 

  (Heptacodium miconoides)

As close as one can get to the appeal of 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; ornamental rose-purple colored fruits arrive in fall (both pictured immediately above). Requires excellent drainage and is drought tolerant. Juvenile growth is rapid. Small branches of this shrub may die back after our worst winters but regrowth commences...reaches 20 ft. tall.

  3 ft. tall: $48

 

 

Tree Lilac, Japanese

  (Syringa pekinensis x 'China Snow') Deer Resistant

Most tree lilacs are known for their large creamy white flowers that appear in late June (see pictures at top, above). However, we offer 'China Snow', an improved cultivar which also provides amber colored, exfoliating bark (pictured immediately above). 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. 

We're sorry, but we've sold out of tree lilacs. If you'd like to receive a notification when we have them in stock again just drop us an email: info@cambridgetreeproject.org

 

 

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