Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

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Buckeye, Bottlebrush (Aesculus parviflora)

Pictured immediately above, this shrub thrives and flowers in sun or complete shade...white bottlebruch flowers arrive in June and combine with palmately compound leaves to great effect (see picture above)...an added bonus, leaves turn a clear yellow in the fall...growth is slow, about 9 inches a year...will reach 10 feet tall and wide if left alone; or you can easily prune to a smaller size...produces buckeye nuts which the squirrels will run off with, so no worries...a great looking and trouble free shrub for massing under larger trees. 2-3' tall $44

 

Chokeberry, Black (Aronia melanocarpa) Native

One of the best shrubs for brilliant red fall color...glossy green leaves in summer are also attractive...white flowers are followed by glossy red fruits that are technically edible but best suited to jellies and jams due to astringent taste...grows in virtually all soils: wet, sandy, clay, sand...locate in sun for best fruit production, though the shrub will grow in part shade...reaches 8' tall and wide but will sucker and produce colonies if left alone... available spring 2019

 

 

Dogwood, Yellow Flowering (Cornus officinalis)

This small and slow growing (4-6 inches annually) ornamental is the first tree locally to flower, arriving as early as March in warm springs...yellow flowers (see above) looks especially good in front of red brick and evergreens...also features mottled tan bark and little red edible but not that flavorful cherries...the leaves are not bothered whatsoever by Japanese beetles and fall color is a so so wine red...a very similar relative of this tree, corneliancherry dogwood, is featured prominently at Olbrich Botanical Gardens along the main trail heading to Starkweather Creek. 2-3' tall shrubs $28

 

 

Dogwood, Pagoda (Cornus alternifolia) Native

This native dogwood (see pics above) boasts an attractively tiered, horizontal branching pattern with fragrant white flowers that bloom from late May to early June…one of the most interesting features of pagodas are their fruits, which are dark blue and positioned at the top of a reddish purple stalk….a small shrub that reaches only 15 feet tall at a rate of about 12 inches annually…like most dogwoods, pagodas prefer life in the shade: best landscape conditions include a few hours of morning sun and afternoon shade. 1-2' tall $18 to $38

 

 

Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Gold')  

Easy-to-grow yellow flowering shrub pictured directly above...reaches 8 feet high and wide fairly quickly...I have not witnessed fall color on local forsythias but during the summer months the leaves hold up well and appear to be resistant to Japanese beetles...this shrub is extremely easy to grow, will tolerage poor soil and exposed conditions. 2-3’ tall $28

 

 

Forsythia, Dwarf (Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis') 

Looking for a short shrub?...this slow-growing forsythia will only reach two foot high (you read that correctly, see picture above) and spread is limited to two or three feet...also has nicely-shaped leaves that provide an interesting textural effect to any landscape...please note that this forsythia does not produce the bright yellow flowers, they are a creamy white instead. 1' tall $38

 

 

Hydrangea, Oakleaf (Hydrangea quercifolia)

A superior hydrangea for several reasons: long lasting summer flowers change from white to red...interesting oak-shaped leaves turn a brilliant red locally in the fall...exfoliating bark is a winter attraction...easy to keep small by pruning or will grow 10 feet tall and wide if left alone...great choice for massing an area...will grow and flower in heavy shade and is best located in a site protected from northern and western exposures. 1' tall $38

 

 

Hoptree (Ptelia trifoliata ) Native

Unusual native shrub that is actually a member of the citrus family, a trait which leaves all parts of the species (leaves, flowers, fruirts, bark) aromatic...happily grows in sun or shade...during the summer months its trifoliate leaves are attractive (see above) and not bothered by insects; in the fall we see consistently nice yellow color...fruits are also interesting...we have a hoptree planted in heavy shade that's grown 14 inches annually. 2-3' tall $38

 

 

Magnolias

 

 

Pink Flowering Magnolia 

(Magnolia x 'Ann' 'Jane' and 'Leonard Messell')

Pictured above...left alone these related magnolias are vigorous, upright rounded bushes...or, they can easily be trained into a small tree between 10-15 feet high...flowers arrive in early May and are purplish/pink on the outside and white on the inside...bark is a striking smooth silver...very cold hardy (-30) and fairly quick-growing...a great patio tree or shrub. 'Ann' and 'Jane' available spring 2019; 'Leonard Messell' 2-3' tall $38

 

 

 

 

White Flowering Magnolia                               

(Magnolia stellata x 'Royal Star')

A slower-growing magnolia with pleasantly-fragrant and dense pink-tinged white flowers in late April..this tree will flower when only several feet tall, so no waiting around...also, its flowers arrive prior to leaves emerging providing greater visual impact...healthy dark green leaves...will reach 15 feet high. 2' tall $38

 

 

 

 Yellow Flowering Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata x 'Butterflies' 'Elizabeth' 'Goldstar')

Due to repeated customer requests we now carry three hard-to- find yellow-flowering magnloias...all feature creamy yellow flowers that appear prior to leaf emergence...growth is slow (Butterflies and Goldstar) to average (Elizabeth)...mature heights range from 20' tall (Butterflies) to 40' tall (Elizabeth)...'Goldstar' also features beautiful bronze-colored new leaf growth...all three are well suited to our climate and soils...one of our most-requested trees...cold hardy to -25 'Butterflies' 4-5' tall $88; 'Goldstar' 7-9' tall $148

 

 

 

 

Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis and interior) Native

Single or multi-stem, depending on pruning...exceptional red fall color and edible berries that taste like blueberries...eventual height to 25'...growth of 12" annually locally. 1-2' premium (root pruned) $38; 2' tall seedling $18

 

 

Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Native

Produces yellow flowers in October (see picture above) after most of the leaves have fallen...fall leaf color is a solid butter yellow...a grows well in part or full shade to 10-15 feet high and wide. available spring 2019

 

 


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