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Flowering crabapples are cared for in the same way that you would care for a fruit bearing apple tree. Trimming should be done while the tree is dormant and temperatures are consistently below freezing. Ideal times to trim are from the last portion of February to the end of March. Trimming a flowering crab is done to maintain a pleasing shape, remove low, unwanted branches, and remove branches that will rub on other branches. All tools used for trimming should be sterilized after trimming each tree to keep from spreading any disease. A 10% solution of bleach mixed with water, in which cutting tools are immersed for 15 seconds is sufficient.
CAMELOT (Malus ‘Camzam’) Height: 10’, Width 10’. Full sun. A dwarf cultivar with a slightly open crown. Thick, leathery, disease resistant dark green leaves with red flower buds that open to fuchsia-pink. Fruit is a rich burgundy, 3/8” in diameter, and persists through the winter. The spring flower display is about one week later than other varieties, and may be the heaviest flowered variety we carry. A medium grower for smaller spaces and well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 7.
CORALBURST (Malus ‘Coralcole’) Height: 8’-10‘, Width: 12’-15’. Full sun. A slower growing small tree with a compact, dense rounded head that rarely, if ever, needs pruning. Small medium green foliage follows semi-double red budded, light pink blended flowers. Fruit is ½” in diameter, reddish-orange, and not produced in the abundance of some other trees. Grafted on a 48” standard. Can be used as a substitute for Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree, as the shape is similiar, but the overall size is slightly larger. Growing zones 3 to 7.
PINK SPIRES (Malus ‘Pink Spires’) Height: 15’-20’, Width: 12’. Full sun. Ideal in areas where a wide crown cannot be used. Foliage emerges red-purple, turning medium green in summer. Fragrant flowers open lavender pink fading to near white. Fruit is purple-red, ½” in diameter and persists through the winter. In the spring, returning birds will consume the fruit, eliminating any mess from falling fruit. Exhibits excellent hardiness and a good growth rate. Best in well drained soils. Growing zones 2 to 7.
PRAIRIEFIRE ( Malus ‘Prairiefire’) Height:15’-20’, Width: 20’. Full sun. A disease resistant crab with a medium growth rate and a wide spreading, rounded form and a somewhat open canopy. The foliage emerges deep red, turning to a dark bronze green. Flowers emerge 1 week later than other varieties, are single, deep pinkish-red, and fruit is 3/8” diameter, dark red and persistant. A great choice where a light, filtered shade is desired, making it perfect for planting near or in flower beds. Growing zones 4 to 7.
PURPLE PRINCE (Malus ‘Purple Prince’) Height: 20’, Width: 20’. Full sun. An extremely fast growing flowering crab with a dense rounded crown. Foliage emerges a deep purplish-green, turning deep green through the summer. Single, deep reddish-pink flowers produce maroon 3/8” diameter apples that persist through winter. A recent release with excellent disease resistance. Best in well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 7.
RED SPLENDOR (Malus ‘Red Splendor’) Height: 20’-25’, Width: 20’. Full sun. An older variety with a fast growth rate and a wide spreading rounded crown. Leaves emerge with a red tint, turning green during the growing season. An impressive variety when in full bloom, the single medium pink flowers slowly fade to a blushed white-pink, and produce bright red, ½” diameter apples which hang on the tree until spring. A favorite of birds in the early spring when food can be hard to find. Performs best on well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 7.
ROYALTY (Malus ‘Royalty’) Height: 18’-20’, Width: 20’. Full sun. The hardiest of the maroon leaved trees we carry. New growth emerges a rich burgundy, turning a maroon tinged green. Flowers are a velvety maroon, and produce deep reddish-maroon 5/8” diameter apples. Fruit persists through the winter, and is not produced in the quantity of other varieties. A medium growth rate tree for well drained soils. Growing zones 3 to 7.
ROYAL RAINDROPS (Malus 'JFS-KW5) Height: 20', Width 15'. Full sun. Large, intensely colored magenta-pink blossoms emerge in spring followed by reddish-purple, cutleaf foliage on an upright spreading form. Fruit is red when mature, 1/4" in diameter, and persistent. An excellent choice where a maroon leaf tree is desired and hardiness is required. Best on average to well drained soils, (avoid excessively wet soils). Growing zones 4 to 7.
SNOWDRIFT (Malus ‘Snowdrift’) Height: 15’-20’, Width: 20’-25’. Full sun. An extremely wide branching, fast growing flowering crab with excellent form. One of the most heavily flowered of the crabs, the flower buds appear red before the large 1 ½” flowers open pure white. The flowers are highly fragrant. Fruit is a 3/8” diameter orange apple, which the birds will consume in the fall, eliminating any litter. An absolutely spectacular specimen when in full bloom. Growing zones 3 to 7.
SPRING SNOW (Malus ‘Spring Snow’) Height: 25’-30’, Width: 15’. Full sun. A fruitless flowering crab! The perfect choice where a flowering crab is desired, but fruit is unwanted. Flower buds appear red before opening to large 1 ½” single white fragrant flowers in spring. A strong grower with a dense well balanced upright oval form and glossy medium green leaves. Growing zones 4 to 7.
While tree lilacs do not require much trimming, they may be trimmed to control the shape of the crown. The ideal time to trim any tree lilac is immediately after the tree has finished blooming. Trimming at this time will not affect the blooming of the tree the following year. If the tree lilacs are trimmed more than 4 to 5 weeks after they have finished blooming, the following years flower buds may be removed, as lilacs begin setting flower buds for the next season about a month after they have finished blooming.
IVORY SILK (Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’) Height: 20’-25’, Width 15’-20’. Full sun to part shade. A medium growing ornamental tree with medium green heart shaped leaves. A compact, oval form that produces 8” to 10” creamy white fragrant flower panicles in mid to late June. Produces flowers at a younger age than its parent, Japanese Tree Lilac. The bark is somewhat shiny and dark, not unlike a cherry. Performs best in well drained soils, but will tolerate lighter, dry soils. Avoid heavy, wet soils. Fall foliage color is a clear yellow. Growing zones 3 to 7.
JAPANESE TREE (Syringa reticulata) Height: 25’, Width: 25’. Full sun to part shade. A medium growing tree with a more rounded and more open form than Ivory Silk Lilac. Creamy white 8” to 10” panicles of fragrant flowers appear in mid to late June and persist for up to 3 weeks. May take several years to produce heavy displays of flowers. Best in well drained soils, but will tolerate drier, sandy soils. Fall color is a clear yellow. Growing zones 3 to 7.
Mountain ash are closely related to apples, and should be treated in a similiar manner for trimming. They are not part of the ash family of trees and are not susceptible to emerald ash borer. Trimming should be done while the tree is dormant and temperatures are consistently below freezing. Ideal times to trim are from the last portion of February to the end of March. Trimming a mountain ash is done to maintain a pleasing shape, remove low, unwanted branches, and remove branches that will rub on other branches. All tools used for trimming should be sterilized after trimming each tree to keep from spreading any disease. A 10% solution of bleach mixed with water, in which cutting tools are immersed for 15 seconds is sufficient.
EUROPEAN (Sorbus aucuparia) Height: 20’-30’, Width: 20’-25’. Full sun. A rounded oval shaped tree with clusters of small white flowers in spring and showy red-orange berries in fall. A medium growing tree that performs best in deep, rich solis. Avoid wet conditions. Fall foliage is a rusty orange. Berries will persist until spring when consumed by birds. Growing zones 2 to 7.
KOREAN (Sorbus alnifolia) Height: 30'-40', WIdth: 30'. Full sun. A slower growing medium sized tree with leaves that look a bit like a birch. Clusters of small white flowers in spring are followed by reddish-pink berries in fall that persist through winter. Fall foliage is a mix of yellows and oranges. Best growth on well drained soils. A excellent choice where a small to medium sized tree is desired. Growing zones 4 to 7.
SHOWY (Sorbus decora) Height: 20’, Width: 15’. Full sun. A slower growing native mountain ash that is the most hardy of the species. Clusters of white flowers in spring produce red-orange berries in fall that birds will consume before winter. Tends to produce heavy fruit crops every other year. Best on well drained soils. A great small ornamental tree for tight spaces. A more durable variety that displays better disease resistance than European Mountain Ash. Growing zones 2 to 6.
Ornamental pears are treated the same as fruit bearing pear trees. They have little need for trimming as they do a good job of shaping themselves, but if they need trimming, do so in the last half of February or March. Sterilize your cutting tools with a 10% bleach solution after trimming each tree.
MOUNTAIN FROST (Pyrus ussuriensis 'Bailfrost') Height: 20'-30', Width 15'-20'. Full sun. A Bailey Nurseries introduction chosen for a more vigorous, upright growth habit than Prairie Gem Pear. Single white flowers are produced in spring before other flowering trees. Glossy dark green summer foliage gives way to a yellow fall color. More upright than Prairie Gem Pear. May produce a few 3/4" fruit in some years. Requires well drained soil and full sun. Growing zones 3 to 6.
Patio tree is a term that is used to describe plants that have a form resembling a tree (a distinct trunk with a crown) but have a mature size that rarely exceeds 8 feet in height. These plants may be shrubs that have been trained (trimmed) into a tree form, or they may consist of a crown of one plant grafted onto the trunk (called a standard) of another plant.
LIMELIGHT, TREE FORM (Hydrangea paniculata ) Height: 6'-8', Width: 6'-8'. Full sun to part shade. A tree form of the outstanding Limelight hydrangea shrub. Brilliant lime green flower buds mature to a vivid greenish-white color in late summer, before gently blushing with light pink tones. The flowers are produced on strong stems that do not droop. A strong grower that performs best on well drained but not excessively dry soils. Will require staking when young. Growing zones 4 to 8.
QUICKFIRE, TREE FORM (Hydrangea paniculata 'Bulk') Height: 6' - 8', Width: 6' -8'. Full sun to part shade. Quickfire shrub trained into a small tree. The earliest of the panicle hydrangeas to bloom, often in mid to late June, as much as a month ahead of other hydrangeas. The flower panicles open white, turning to an intense pink as the blossoms age. The more open structure of the flower panicle along with a rigid stem means the flowers are held upright, rather than the cascading habit of some other panicle hydrangeas. Best on well drained, but not dry soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
PEE GEE, TREE FORM (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’) Height: 8’, Width: 8’-10’. Full sun to part shade. Pee Gee Hydrangea shrub trained to a tree form. Blooms in July and August with showy 4"-6” cone shaped flower panicles that change from white to pink-bronze toward autumn. Summer foliage is a light green, fall foliage color is insignificant. May require staking when young. Best on well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
PINK DIAMOND, TREE FORM (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’) Height: 6’-8’, Width: 8’-10’. Full sun to part shade. Pink Diamond produces 8”cream flower clusters that turn a rich shade of pink in late summer and early fall. Because its flower panicles are more open, and its branches are more rigid than other hydrangeas, Pink Diamond hold its flowers clusters upright instead of drooping like Pee Gee Hydrangea. Light green summer foliage. May require staking when young. Best on well drained soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
VANILLA STRAWBERRY, TREE FORM (Hydrangea paniculata 'Renhy') Height: 6' - 7', Width: 5' - 6'. Full sun to part shade. Trained to a tree form, this compact tree is perfect for small spaces. Enormous 8" flower panicles are a blend of bright pink (strawberry) and white (vanilla) held on red stems. New blossoms emerge in mid summer as a creamy white, blushing to pink and finally an intense reddish-pink by late summer and early fall. The habit begins upright, becoming more cascading as the season progresses. An excellent flower for cutting and drying. May require staking when young. Best on well drained, but not dry soils. Growing zones 4 to 8.
DWARF KOREAN (Syringa meye6'ri ‘Paliban’) Height: 8’, Width: 6’-8’. Full sun. A small ornamental tree consisting of Dwarf Korean Lilac shrub grafted onto a Japanese Tree Lilac standard. The combination creates a ‘lollypop’ shaped tree, with small dark green glossy foliage and fragrant soft lavender flower panicles in late May. Requires little pruning to maintain its form. Best in well drained soils, but will tolerate sandy conditions. Growing zones 4 to 7.
ROSE TREE OF CHINA (Prunus triloba) Height: 10’, Width: 10’. Full sun to part shade. A small tree trained from the shrub. A rounded crown producing double pink flowers in early spring with disease resistant medium green summer foliage. Does not produce any fruit. Fall color is yellow tinted with orange. Prefers well drained soils. May require staking when young. Growing zones 2 to 7.
GLOBE BLUE, TREE FORM (Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa') Height: 5'-6', Width: 5'-6'. Full sun. A dwarf blue spruce that is grafted onto a 3' standard. Closely set branches angle upward from the center. In late spring, bright silvery blue new growth emerges in a display of soft new growth. Best in well drained soils, with its best color produced in full sun. An interesting alternative to deciduous patio trees. Growing zones 2 to 7.