Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Shrubs

 

Reserve shrubs now by email or phone:   info@cambridgetreeproject.org 

 608-513-1977

 

Schedule curbside pickup in Cambridge any day of the week  from 7am to 7pm beginning in April 2022.

Buckeye, Bottlebrush

(Aesculus parviflora)

This versatile but hard to find shrub thrives in sun or in complete shade...white bottlebrush flowers arrive in June and combine with palmately compound leaves to create  great textural effect...an added bonus, leaves turn a clear yellow in the fall (see immediately above)...growth is slow, about seven inches a year have been noted on the five shrubs growing throughout Cambridge...will reach ten ft. high and wide if left alone; or you can easily prune it back to a smaller size...produces buckeye nuts in fall which squirrels will immediately confiscate, so no worries...a great looking and trouble free shrub.

  Available spring 2022

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Chokeberry, Black

(Aronia melanocarpa) Native

One of the best shrubs for brilliant red fall color (see immediately above)...its glossy green leaves are also attractive throughout summer and early fall...white flowers in spring (pictured at top above) are followed by glossy red fruits that are technically edible but best suited to jellies and jams due to astringent taste...fruits are considered a "super fruit" given the many health benefits...grows in virtually all soils: wet, sandy, clay, sand...locate in sun for best fruit production, though the shrub will also grow in partial shade...chokeberries are self-fertile and only one tree is required to flower and set fruit...reaches eight ft. high and wide but will sucker and produce colonies if allowed (the birds will thank you).

  Available spring 2022

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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: $38

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Serviceberry (Shrub 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 above); edible fruit that looks and tastes like blueberries, and ornamental smooth silvery bark. You can choose tree or shrub form based on the way you prune your serviceberry. 

 

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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Spicebush

(Lindera benzoin)

No local shrub can compete with the stunning golden yellow fall color (see above) of this shrub...it also has interesting shiny red fruits on female trees...muted yellow flowers in spring...aromatic light green leaves...faster growth for shrub (18 inches annually) and very tolerant of shade, but also happy in sun...should be grown in good garden soil, not the best choice for newer subdivisions with thin, compacted soils...grows to 10 ft. tall and wide.

  Available spring 2022

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Witchhazel

(Hamamelis virginiana) Native

Common understory shrub that produces yellow flowers at an unexpected time of the year - in October! (see picture at top above)...fall leaf color is a solid butter yellow (also see above)...easy to  grow in sun or shade...reaches 10-15 ft. high and wide.

  Available spring 2022

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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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