Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Shrubs

Buckeye, Bottlebrush (Aesculus parviflora)

Pictured immediately above, this shrub thrives and flowers in sun or complete shade...white bottlebrush flowers arrive in June and combine with palmately compound leaves to great effect (see above!)...an added bonus, leaves turn a clear yellow in the fall...growth is slow, about 9 inches a year...will reach 10 ft. high 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 $58

 

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 ft. high and wide but will sucker and produce colonies if left alone... 2-3' tall $38

 

 

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. SOLD OUT

 

 

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 tree that reaches only 15-20 ft. high 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. 4' tall $38

 

Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Gold')  

Easy-to-grow yellow flowering shrub pictured directly above...reaches 8 ft. 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 tolerate 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 ft. high (you read that correctly, see picture above) and spread is limited to two or three ft...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 ft. high 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. 2' 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, fruits, 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 and Purple Flowering Magnolias     

(Magnolia x 'Ann' 'Betty' 'Jane' 'Galaxy' 'Genie')

Pictured above...left alone these magnolias are vigorous, upright rounded bushes or they can be pruned into a small tree...bark is a striking smooth silver color (see above)...cold hardy (-20) and fairly quick-growing...all trees listed (except 'Genie' and 'Galaxy') will mature between 10 and 15 ft. high. 'Genie reaches 20 ft. high and 'Galaxy' can reach up to 30 ft. when mature...'Genie' has dark maroon flowers and re-blooms in  summer...all others are purple to pink.  'Ann' 'Betty' and 'Jane': 2' tall $38; 3' tall $48; 4' tall $88 Galaxy 3-4' tall $48; Genie 3-4' tall $48

 

 

 

White Flowering Magnolias                             

(Magnolia stellata x 'Royal Star' 'Merrill')

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...'Royal Star' is small, reaching only 10' tall, whereas 'Merrill' is vigorous and larger, reaching 25' tall and wide. 2' tall $38; 3' tall $48; 3'+ tall $68

 

Yellow Flowering Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata x 'Butterflies' 'Elizabeth' 'Judy Zuk')

We carry three hard-to- find yellow-flowering magnolias...all feature creamy yellow flowers that appear prior to leaf emergence...growth is slow (Butterflies) to average (Elizabeth)...mature heights range from 20 ft. high (Butterflies) to 40 ft. (Elizabeth)...all three are well suited to our climate and soils...one of our most-requested trees...cold hardy to -25 'Judy Zuc' 3-4' tall $44; Butterflies' 3-4' tall $58; 'Elizabeth' 8' tall $118

 

 

Serviceberry (Amelanchier interior) Native

Single or multi-stem, depending on pruning...exceptional red fall color and edible berries that taste like blueberries...eventual height to 10-15' 1-2' tall premium stock (root pruned) $38

 

 

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 full sun or part shade and even in full shade to 10-15 ft. high and wide. 2-3' tall $28; 4-5' tall $78

 

 


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