Ivory Silk Ja­panese tree

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt -

samara’s are the source of this great tree’s name and pop­u­lar­ity! (Zone 3a)

Dakota Pin­na­cle has all of the best fea­tures of birch mag­ni­fied! Its bark turns white and ex­fo­li­ates ear­lier than Pa­per Birch. The dark green leaves turn in­tense yel­low in fall. It is one of the taller trees (26 feet) that I’d rec­om­mend for smaller yards, but be­cause it ma­tures at only seven to eight feet wide, I think it is still an ex­cel­lent choice. (Zone 3)

Dakota Pin­na­cle birch. Snow­bird & Toba hawthorns.

The typ­i­cal ma­ture height for these hawthorns is about 16 to 20 feet high and 13 to 16 feet wide. ‘Snow­bird’ has a cloud of white flow­ers in spring, fol­lowed by a sparse amount of red fruits in fall. It also has a very straight trunk with a neat sym­met­ri­cal crown. ‘Toba’ has a unique twisted form to its trunk that is quite ap­peal­ing. The flow- ers on ‘Toba’ are white with def­i­nite pink over­tones. (both Zone 3)

A beau­ti­ful nar­row ac­cent or fea­ture tree that is just per­fect for to­day’s smaller yards. Bright pink, spring blooms smother the tree from top to bot­tom while vi­brant, glossy pur­plish-green fo­liage lasts all sea­son. Small pur­plish ap­ples cling tightly near the cen­tre of the tree. Ma­ture height is about 12 to 15 feet, and only spreads to three to four feet wide! (Zone 3)

Dreamweaver rosy­bloom. Glad­i­a­tor rosy­bloom.

Glossy pur­plish-green fo­liage, vi­brant pink flow­ers in spring and glossy pur­ple­green leaves! This is a great op­tion for re­plac­ing Shu­bert chokecherry. ‘Glad­i­a­tor’ has a very pleas­ing up­right, con­i­cal shape that takes up very lit­tle yard space, grow­ing to only 20 feet in height and seven to nine feet wide. (Zone 2)


This is an­other tree that some may con­sider a bit large for what is con­sid­ered a small gar­den, but well worth men­tion­ing any­way. The trees ma­ture to a height and width of about 16 feet. An oval-shaped tree with very dark cherry-like bark. The flow­ers are borne in early sum­mer (not spring), and ap­pear as gi­ant plumes of creamy blos­soms with a won­der­ful fra­grance! (Zone 3-4)

The plant search en­gine at by­lands. com is a ter­rific re­source for learn­ing more about these (and other) tree va­ri­eties. Happy gar­den­ing!

Jan loves liv­ing in Winnipeg and adds ex­ten­sive plant knowl­edge to the team at By­lands. You can some­times find Jan as a guest on ‘The Gar­dener’, a ra­dio pro­gram in Winnipeg on Sun­days.

Toba hawthorn (Cratae­gus x mor­de­nen­sis 'Toba').

Amur Maple tree (Acer gin­nala).

Glad­i­a­tor Crabap­ple (Malus x ad­strin­gens 'Durleo').

Ivory Silk Ja­panese tree li­lac.

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