Cambridge Tree Project
Cambridge Tree Project

Shrubs

 

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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 a 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.

  3-4 ft. tall: $48

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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...reaches eight ft. high and wide but will sucker and produce colonies if allowed (the birds will thank you).

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

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Magnolias

Magnolia, White Flowering

(Magnolia x stellata 'Royal Star')

 

Compact Mature Size: 'Royal Star' magnolia matures to only 15 ft. high by 12 ft. wide...features a reliable burst of white each spring: pink buds open to pleasantly fragrant, dense 3-4" white flowers in late April (see picture above)...clean dark green foliage looks great all summer...flowers when only several feet tall, so no waiting around!

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Magnolia, Yellow Flowering

(Magnolia acuminata x 'Butterflies')

'Butterlies' magnolia grows ten inches annually here in Cambridge...reaches 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide in a pyramidal tree form or can be trained into a shrub form (see picture immediately above)...flowers prior to leaf emergence for optimal impact. 

  available spring 2021

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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. 

 2-3 ft. tall: $28

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.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

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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 above)...fall leaf color is a solid butter yellow...easy to  grow in sun or full shade...reaches 10-15 ft. high and wide.

  2-3 ft. tall: $38

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