Lower branches slowly droop toward the horizontal as the tree grows forming an attractive outline - almost the perfect small tree form. If grown near a walk or along the street be sure to prune early in the life of the tree to locate the lower branches far enough up on the trunk where the drooping branches will not interfere with traffic below. This will eliminate the need to prune older trees which reportedly close over the pruning wound very slowly. Most branches grow upright and will form a wonderful canopy over a sidewalk or narrow road. Amur Maackia should be grown in full sun on well-drained soil, either acid or slightly alkaline. Plants should receive not be exposed to excessive flooding. Amur Maackia has nitrogen fixing bacteria associated with the root system and should require little maintenance other than some pruning early in the life of the tree.
This valuable ornamental tree bears showy white flowers and orange-red fruits. The fall leaf color can range from yellow, red, and reddish purple, making a showy fall display. A rapid growing tree that is upright when young and spreading at maturity.
This prized native tree is known for its attractive blue-gray bark that is fluted with long sinewy ridges, as well its’ very hard wood. Fall color can range from orange to red. Used as an understock for some newer cultivars on the market. 2006 Plants of Merit®.
Very uniform, upright growth habit. Green new growth turns a deep burgundy color throughout the growing season. Fragrant, white flowers. Strong grower with very consistent branching. A hardy purple leaf selection for cold areas.
The palmately compound leaves of this tree are unusual and attractive, especially in the autumn when the fall color is a range of yellows, oranges and reds. Greenish-yellow flowers are produced on large panicles in spring followed by large light brown fruit capsules.
For those garden situations where you want a small tree with nice fall color, we have trained Burning Bush to tree form. With yellow flowers in May-June, and the typical winged corky bark, it tolerates full sun to shade. The ultimate height and spread is under your control.
This fast growing tree has few branches at an early age. Once branched, ascending limbs are gnarled and twisted. In June, long, tube-like white flowers appear in panicles. Fruit is a long persistent pod.
Kentucky Coffee tree is easily recognized in summer by its huge compound leaves, and in winter by its bold outline, is found where the soils are more alkaline. Thick fruit pods containing large seeds (or beans) are found only on female trees, and often hang on during winter. Pioneers in Kentucky and elsewhere used the beans as a coffee substitute (hence the common name), and Native Americans roasted the beans for food.
A distinctive ornamental tree which features fragrant white flowers which open from red buds in spring followed by red fruit in fall, distinctly horizontal branching habit is very attractive; needs well-drained soil and full sun, makes a great accent.
Lollipop Flowering Crab is blanketed in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers along the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy gold pomes carried in abundance from early fall right through to late winter, which can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways.
First, prolific, pinkish-red blooms. Next comes new purple-maroon foliage, that matures to reddish green. Fall brings a display of red, orange and purple—accompanied by glossy red fruit. Fruit persists into fall or winter and provides food for birds. Resistant to scab, rust, fire blight and Japanese beetles.
Malus 'Royal Gem' has a very small and compact form with a height and width both being 5' - 8'. This variety has red flowers, yellow fall color and great disease resistance. Because of its small stature it makes a great accent or specimen plant.
Gladiator™ is an excellent ornamental tree with a profusion of bright pink flowers followed by small reddish-purple fruit on a stately, upright crown. Glossy bronze-purple leaves are darker and glossier than Purple Prince, remain lush all season long and are highly disease resistant. Gladiator is an ideal ornamental tree for space-challenged sites including under power lines, as a small boulevard tree or planted in a row for a screen. This is an open pollinated selection of 'Royalty'. Selected by Rick Durand, from Portage la Prairie MB, CA. (®CA)
An outstanding rosy bloom crab. The purple bronze foliage and bright flowers rival Liset, but Purple Prince does not suffer from stem splitting and is faster growing. This is probably the best purple foliaged crab for growers.
'Royal Raindrops' has a better summer color and appearance than most red-leaf crabapples, presenting a unique new crab. Deeply lobed leaves and upright form with good branching and density are inherited from its 'Golden Raindrops' parent. Abundant magenta-pink blossoms stand out handsomely against reddish-purple, cutleaf foliage.
Naturally weeping branches are a hallmark of this lovely variety; loaded with pink blossoms in mid spring and burgundy foliage keeps the interest all season long; smaller size makes it a perfect ornamental choice for the garden.
Fuchsia-pink flowers are abundantly produced in spring and boldly stand out against the dark foliage. Leaves are dark green with a reddish overlay. 'Show Time' is a vigorous grower with a broad oval to rounded form. Brilliant cherry red fruit follows the blooms.
A highly regarded ornamental tree just covered in snowy white flowers in spring, a hardy fruitless variety with a tightly oval habit of growth; makes a beautiful accent in the front yard, very clean and tidy, needs well-drained soil and full sun.
This selection resulted from a controlled cross between Vanguard™ elm and Accolade® elm, conducted by Dr. George Ware at the Morton Arboretum. Introduced through Chicagoland Grows®, it has an upright habit with strong branching, lustrous dark green foliage and excellent disease and pest resistance.
Height: 60'. Spread: 35-40'. Shape: Upright. Exposure: Full Sun. Foliage: Glossy, deep green. Fall Foliage: Yellow. Zone: 4-7
Drooping clusters of fragrant, lacy white flowers appear in spring before the foliage emerges, making this tree extraordinarily beautiful. Dark blue grape like fruit follows later in the summer. A slow growing native. The trunk of the Fringetree is pale gray with bands of white.
Hackberry is known for its attractive bark that is corky and rough in texture. The bright green elm-like foliage turns to a soft yellow in the fall, and the fruits are relished by wildlife. With a round open form, it grows at a moderate to rapid rate. Extremely hardy, and adaptable to a range of urban environments including alkaline soils, drought, and windy conditions. Height: 50-75'. Spread: 50'. Shape: Spreading, rounded. Exposure: Full Sun. Foliage: Bright green. Fall Foliage: Soft yellow. Zone: 2-7.
A vigorous small ornamental tree. It bears abundant white flowers in June, followed by small bright red persistent fruit in autumn. Although this attractive thornless tree prefers moist conditions, it is also drought tolerant.
Height: 15-20'. Spread: 15-20'. Shape: Rounded, spreading. Exposure: Full Sun. Foliage: Dark green, glossy. Fall Foliage: Orange. Zone: 4-7.
The heritage river birch is the most popular and widely grown type of river birch tree. The distinctive bark is the main feature of the tree and sets it apart from other river birches. It is also disease-resistant and tolerates warm temperatures better than other river birch cultivars.
This cultivar is noted for its fern-like foliage that emerges bright golden-bronze, fades to green as it matures, then colors golden-yellow again in fall. Thornless and seedless, it is great for light, filtered shade.