Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Shrubs

 

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 608-513-1977

 

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Azalea, Orange Flowering

(Rhododendron x 'Mandarin Lights)

Vibrant orange color and extreme cold hardiness (to -40F) characterize this easy to grow, compact azalea developed by the University of Minnesota...flowers immediately so no waiting around!...best landscape siting includes afternoon shade and deep, undisturbed garden soil...reaches only five ft. tall and wide at mere three inches annually.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

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Buckeye, Bottlebrush (Aesculus parviflora)

An outstanding specimen shrub that thrives and flowers in sun or dense shade...white bottlebrush flowers arrive in June and combine with palmately compound leaves to create outstanding textural impact (see top pic, above)...leaves consistently turn vivid yellow in fall (see immediately above)...growth is slow, at six inches annually on six shrubs we're 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 small quantities of buckeye nuts in fall which squirrels will immediately confiscate, so no worries...a great looking and trouble free shrub.

  12 inch seedling: $18

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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 months and early fall...white flowers in spring (pictured at top above) are followed by glossy fruits that are technically edible but best suited for 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 chokeberry will also grow in partial shade...reaches eight ft. high and wide but will sucker and produce colonies if allowed (the birds will thank you).

NOTE: chokeberries are self-fertile: only one shrub is required to flower and set fruit.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

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Dogwood, Pagoda (Cornus alternifolia) Native

This dogwood 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 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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Hoptree (Ptelia trifoliata ) Native

Unusual shrub that's a member of the citrus family; a trait that leaves all parts of the plant (leaves, flowers, fruits, bark) aromatic...fruits were historically used as a hop substitute to brew beer...its trifoliate leaves are attractive (see above) and not bothered by insects; in fall we consistently note bright yellow color locally...hoptree can be found growing along the main trail of CamRock park in Cambridge...happily grows in sun or even dense shade reaching a mature size of 15 ft. tall and wide...a hoptree planted in heavy shade in Cambridge has grown 14 inches annually.

  2-3 ft. tall: $44

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Serviceberry (Shrub Form)

Amelanchier canadensis Native

Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' 

 

Both of these easy to grow shrubs offer four season appeal: white flowers in spring; exceptional red fall color; ornamental smooth silvery bark and sweet, edible fruit that that ripen in June and taste like blueberries...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. 

  2 ft. tall: $28 

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

Compact Serviceberry: 'Regent' is a smaller cultivar reaching only five ft. tall by six ft. wide...it has sweeter fruit and is adapted to more challenging conditions (compacted soil, dryness, and wind) than our native serviceberries...great choice for recently built homes. 

  2-3 ft tall: $38

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Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

No local shrub can compete with the stunning golden yellow fall color (pictured at top, immediately above) of spicebush...it also has interesting shiny red fruits on female trees (also pictured above)...muted yellow flowers in spring...aromatic light green leaves...faster growth for shrub (18 inches annually on juvenile plants) 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.

  2-3 ft. tall: $44

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Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Native

Common understory shrub that offers sweetly scented yellow flowers at an unexpected time of the year: October! (see picture at top, above)...lustrous, waxy leaves (middle picture above) look terrific over summer months and consistently display golden yellow fall color locally (also pictured above)...artistically crooked branching creates four season architectural impact...easy to grow in sun or shade...bark is used for manufacture of the common medicinal...reaches 10-15 ft. high and wide.

Note: witchazel have perfect flowers, meaning that only one plant is necessary for full floral effect.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

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