Fast growing and hardy. Seedless. Many large shade trees do well on the Front Range including: American linden; Black walnut; Burr and Chinkapin oaks* English, Swamp white, and Shumard oaks; Ginkgo; Hackberry* Honey locust* Horsechestnut* Kentucky coffeetree* Northern catalpa* Norway and Sugar maples; Sycamore * Drought tolerant † Colorado native. Rabbits and deer seldom eat it. A selection of Colorado Spruce. Sunday Noon-5pm, WHOLESALE HOURS The bark is creamy white and cork-like. The following maples are more adaptable to Colorado. Similar in size and color variation to blue spruce but with more layered, spaced branching. ASH, SUMMIT SEEDLESS (Fraxinus pennsylvanica ’Summit’) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 20-30 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). Fall color varies from brown to yellow to burgundy-red. Fragrant, yellow flower clusters in June to July. Excellent for seasonal change. Straight growing tree with medium green leaves turning bright yellow in fall. It is considered to do well in moist well drained sights, but other reports show it doing well in clay loam soil. Beautiful pink flowers. Container-grown trees can be planted at any time during the growing season. Bark is a smooth light gray on older wood and dark gray to black on smaller stems. Great for a specimen in a hot dry area. The tree produces a small green non-showy flower in the spring before the leaves emerge. Upright oval habit. 1” acorn is a shiny light brown in color. The leaves on this tree emerge a bright green color turning to a deep reddish- purple color in the summer and fall. Perhaps one of the most vigorous cordata. Suitable for planting where space is limited. ASH, CIMMARON SEEDLESS (Fraxinus pennsylvanica‘Cimmzam’)Ht 40-50 ft, Spd 25-30 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs(xeric). The pointed leaves are dark green turning to a yellow color in the fall and have serrated edges. Medium green leaves turn brick-red/russet in the fall. Container-grown native trees are often grown in a soiless mixture of peat Upright, spreading tree with deep purple leaves throughout summer that turn red in fall. This tree is very similar to the Canada Red Chokecherry. Can be a large multi-stemmed shrub. The smallest tree on the list is a Japanese Tree Lilac. Seedless male clone that does not attract the boxelder bug. Foliage is light green. The Foothills life zone occurs from 5,500 to 8,000 feet and is dominated by dry land shrubs such as Gambel oak and mountain-mahogany, and in southern and western Colorado, piñon-juniper woodlands and sagebrush. 5 go-to trees that are perfect for Colorado Front Range gardens. Upright, semi-dwarf of sky gray color. MAPLE, BIGTOOTH (Acer grandidentatum) Ht 30-40 ft, Spd 20-25 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). Rich blue color to the needles with ascending branch tips. JUNIPER, ROCKY MOUNTAIN (Juniperus scopulorum) Ht 20-40 ft, Spd 3-15 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). The foliage and shrub-like habit is typical of the species, but it will usually grow to a larger size. ELM, PRINCETON (Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’) Ht: 50-70 ft, Spd: 30-40 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Once established, the watering frequency can be reduced or eliminated, if the plant was sited in its native environmental conditions. CRAB, SARGENT TINA (Malus ‘sargentii’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Very symmetrical, pyramidal evergreen native to the Rocky Mountains. It requires very little water once established, and it doesn’t need any pruning or maintenance. White flowers bloom in early spring before the leaves emerge. A softer textured plant that offers a change from the much planted Colorado Spruce. May sucker. Give them a try. Can produce fruit and it is a Fort Collins Nursery selection. Consistent breath-taking, scarlet read samaras appear in the summer. Arching limbs and a graceful vase shape characterize this outstanding hybrid. Bears 1½” crimson fruit which has excellent flavor and makes good jelly. The maroon ½” fruits are persistent. Selecting the right trees and shrubs is important. CHERRY, CANADA RED (Prunus virginiana ‘Canada Red’) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 18-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Medium green pinnately compounded leaves. ASH, PATMORE SEEDLESS (Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Patmore’) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 25-35 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). Similar to its big brother Austrian Pine in everyway except in size. Great for smaller yards where space is limited but a shade tree is needed. Rated highly for disease resistance. JUNIPER, SKYROCKET (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). Blue-gray foliage on vertically growing branches that create a columnar form. PEAR, CHANTICLEER/CLEVELAND SELECT (Pyrus calleryana ‘Cleveland Select’)Ht 30-35 ft, Spd 12-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. CSU A-Z Search The fruit is red to start turning almost black as it ripens. In western Colorado, the Upper Sonoran life zone is located at altitudes below 7,000 feet, and in the San Luis Valley, below 8,000 feet. Attractive bark is smooth glossy sienna brown, exfoliating on some trees. COTTONWOOD, SANTA FE COTTONLESS (Populus simonii) Ht 35 ft, Spd 25 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Foliage is dark green, which turns a rusty red in fall. The Mountain Frost Pear is a vigorous grower with an upright shape. Jerry’s (dad) personal favorite. Older stems develop an interesting corky bark. OAK, SWAMP WHITE (Quercus bicolor) Ht 40-50 ft, Spd 40-45 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Even if a plant is listed for a particular life zone, the aspect (north, south, east, or west facing) of the proposed site should match the moisture requirement. Prefers well-drained soils, or plant higher in heavier soils. Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm This crabapple is columnar in its youth, maturing to a vase-shaped specimen with single, dark red flowers followed by persistent, deep red ½” fruit. Many specimens are mistaken for blue spruce. RADIANT (Malus ‘Radiant’) Ht 20-30 ft, Spd 20-30 ft. Full sun, moderate water needs. Pyramid habit when young maturing to a rounded crown. This mixture of organic matter and clay loam is found covering 350,000 acres. CRAB, THUNDERCHILD (Malus ‘Thunderchild’) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Grows best when protected, but adapts well to varying conditions. COVID UPDATE: When shopping at our Nursery we ask that customers please maintain space between other customers and our staff. Leaves are a brighter purple. Dark green foliage with yellow fall color. Landscaping with natives on a large or small scale can maintain biodiversity that otherwise would be lost to development. HONEYLOCUST, TRUESHADE/SHADEMASTER SEEDLESS (Gleditsia triacanthos inermis ‘Trueshade’) Ht 45-50 ft, Spd 35-45 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). CSU Horticulture Agents and Specialists Blog, Capric Acid: A Promising Next-Generation Herbicide for Organic Specialty Crop Production, Columnar and Fastigiate Trees for CO Landscapes, Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) on Irrigated Pasture, Pulse Crops and their Key Role as Staple Foods in Healthful Eating Patterns, Integrated Hive Management for Colorado Beekeepers, Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) and Soil Health. PINE, AUSTRIAN (Pinus nigra) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 20-40 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). Equal Opportunity | Ruby-red flower buds open to semi-double pink flowers. If a site has a non-native landscape that All of these crops can handle minus 25 degrees F winter temperatures, with the exception of peaches … American Hornbeam. Similarly, a Colorado blue spruce should not be planted on a south-facing slope, where a significant amount of additional moisture would be required. Black Friday 11am-5pm CHOKECHERRY, SUCKER PUNCH RED-LEAF (Prunus x virginiana ‘P002s’) Ht 20-30 ft, Spd 18-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Young branches have glossy dark red-brown to cinnamon-brown exfoliating bark. This upright crab spreads with age. CHERRY, SUMMERGLOW (MAYDAY TREE) (Prunus padus) Ht 15-25 ft, Spd 20-30 ft. Low to moderate water needs, full to part sun. MOUNTAIN ASH, NATIVE (Sorbus scopulina) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 18-20 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. MAPLE, EMERALD QUEEN NORWAY (Acer platanoides ‘Emerald Queen’) Ht 40-60 ft, Spd 30-40 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Bright red buds add winter color. It does prefer acid soils, but there are older specimens along the Front Range making this a tree worth a try! Bark is rough and deeply furrowed, dark gray-brown in color. A broad-leafed cottonwood with an upright habit and great branching even when young. Colorado native trees are naturally adapted to their specific Colorado climate, soil, and environmental conditions. CRAB, ROYAL RAINDROPS (Malus ‘JFS-WK5’ (PP 14375)) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. An outstanding slow-growing Rocky Mountain native. Strong branch development stands up well in snow. The leaves are a rough textured, dark green, with toothed margins. MAPLE, HOTWINGS TATARIAN (Acer tataricum ‘GarAnn’) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 18-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). SERVICEBERRY, ROBIN HILL (Amelanchier X grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’)Ht 25 ft, Spd 12-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a hot topic in the Colorado nursery industry since it was discoverd in Boulder in 2013. Glossy medium green leaves are intermediate in size between Plains Cottonwood and Narrowleaf Cottonwood. ASH, MARSHALL SEEDLESS (Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Marshall’) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 25-35 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). Under favorable climatic and environmental conditions, the deciduous trees can even grow up to a fascinating height of 80 feet (24 meters). More blue in light shade. Seitz is Colorado’s state soil. A black drupe fruit ripens in late July to early August. The Colorado State tree. This is a beautiful small native tree with glossy, cherry-brown bark dotted with white lenticels. ELM, TRIUMPH (Ulmus ‘Morton Glossy’) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 35-40 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. A greater amount of variability, though, can occur in its winter color. This is the narrowest of the Linden cultivars. Colorado's environment, however, is ideal for a number of fruit trees. Transplants readily. CATALPA, WESTERN (Catalpa speciosa) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 30-40 ft. Part shade to full sun, low to moderate water needs. A hardy substitute for the Lanceleaf Cottonwood. Due to its shape and branching, it has proven to be an ideal street tree along wide streets and boulevards. Excellent for foliage contrast Dense, upright, and narrowly pyramidal in mature form. JUNIPER, SPARTAN (Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’) Ht 15-17 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). However, there are some fruit trees and fruit bushes that thrive in Colorado weather. Narrow when young, with upright branches forming an oval canopy. OAK, REGAL PRINCE (Quercus robur x bicolor)Ht 40-50 ft, Spd 18-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Leaves are bronze-green with good fall color. We found it 15 years ago and every plant we ever made from it remained sucker free…Thus it was named Sucker Punch. It will display an erect pyramidal to columnar form with fine textured dense rich green foliage. The Triumph Elm is a cross between the Vanguard Elm and the Accolade Elm. Silver maples are soft wooded and break easily in storms. The flowers appear in late April to early May and are white with red centers. Moderate water needs, full to part sun. ELM, VALLEY FORGE (Ulmus americana ‘Valley Forge’) Ht 60 ft, Spd 40 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. It is usually grown as a multi-stemmed tree. Native plant communities make Colorado visually distinct from the eastern, southern, or western United States. A small upright plum with dark brown, to almost black bark. CRAB, ADAMS (Malus ‘adams’) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 20-25 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Characteristic white bark and golden-yellow, to occasionally orange-red, fall color. HACKBERRY (Celtis occidentalis) Ht 40-60 ft, Spd 30-60 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). Deep pink flowers. It’s on the larger size, usually growing to around 100 feet, though it has been found in places to be over 200 feet tall. Tree and shrub planting can be challenging in Colorado. Bright red fruit follows its deep pink flowers to 1/5”, which develops color in midsummer and is not persistent. We have over a 98% success rate with the trees we produce and spade dig. Double pink flowers. SPRUCE, COLORADO (Picea pungens) Ht 50-80 ft, Spd 25-35 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. A small, uniform growing globe usually grafted to a 3’ standard. GOLDEN RAIN TREE (Koelreuteria paniculata) Ht 30-40 ft, Spd 30-40 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. FIR, WHITE (Abies concolor) Ht 70 ft, Spd 25 ft. Full sun or part shade, moderate water. SPRUCE, COLORADO (Picea pungens) Ht 50-80 ft, Spd 25-35 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Shiny red fruits mature in late summer and persist into winter if they are not eaten by the birds. The leaves have a beautiful orange, red, and gold color in the fall. Easiest to use as a shrub unless suckers are maintained while the tree is young. Leaves are dark green with flattened petioles giving the leaves a trembling motion in a breeze typical of aspen. In a very protected site may be semi-evergreen. The local climate and how it affects the growing season is one of the main things to keep in mind when planning a Colorado garden. Medium Shade Trees PEAR, MOUNTAIN FROST (Pyrus ussuriensis ‘Bailfrost’)Ht 20-30 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Dr. Klett prefers the scrub oak tree for yards. Broad, oval head shape, branching better than Silver Maple. It grows at a moderate rate, is very adaptable, and will grow in average to wet soil conditions. The Oak Leaf Mountain ash is named after its dark green leaves that are lobed much like an oak leaf. Fall color is bright orange-red. There are several factors to consider when designing a native landscape. Aside from its’ dark green foliage and RED fall color the key to this tree is as mentioned ADAPTABLE. Clusters of creamy white flowers bloom in late spring and are followed by showy bright orange berries in September. Webmaster | This plant will work great in smaller yards, or where any small evergreen tree is needed. The dark green summer leaves turn to clear yellow in the fall. Ponderosa and Austrian growing side by side will look the same more often than not. WINTERBERRY (Euonymus bungeanus) Ht 18-15 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Grow it in full sun and average to moist well-drained soil. Characterized by rounded, thick, leathery simple to occasionally compounded leaves. COTTONWOOD, STRAIGHT PLAINS COTTONLESS (Populus sargentii ‘Jeronimus’) Ht 70-80 ft, Spd 40-50 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Tolerates dry soils very well. Reaches a height of about half of most other uprights. Extreme hardiness, fast growth, good fruit flavor, and resistance to fire blight make this a popular crab. Tolerant of poor soils and dry conditions. PINE, MUGO (Pinus mugo ‘Mughus’) Ht 15-25 ft, Spd 20-25 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs(xeric). The bark is somewhat exfoliating but varies from tree to tree. A good choice when you lack the space for a Colorado spruce. A very tough and hardy tree that will adapt to a wide range of soil conditions including desert. Fast growing native cottonwood with ascending branches that form a pyramidal crown. ELM, NEW HARMONY (Ulmus americana ‘New Harmony’) Ht 60 ft, Spd 35-40 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. The rich leathery leaves are oak-like in shape, dark glossy green on their upper surfaces, and gray on their undersides. They are also known as Rocky Mountain or Alpine Fir. Better in windy locations than the Japanese Tree Lilac. FIR, CORKBARK(Abies lasiocarpa arizonica) Ht 50-90 ft, Spd 15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. The tree is vigorous, and has a rounded growth habit. Good sour cherry varieties include Montmorency, Early Richmond, Hansen bush cherry, Nanking, Meteor and Montmore. Small, fragrant, white flowers, in rounded clusters, bloom in early summer. ‘Radiant’ has a compact rounded form. Cimmarron is seedless and has excellent summer foliage and orange-red fall color. CRAB, PROFUSION (Malus ‘Profusion’) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. vertical growth habit; willow-like leaves, fast-growing, broad, irregular canopy; triangular. Can be planted between windows and wine boxes. This is a native to Yugoslavia’s Bosnian Mountains. A slow-growing pine with dense, dark green foliage and light gray bark. Some say “very desirable” others say “hard to digest”. Full sun to part shade, moderate water need. Moderately pyramidal when young maturing to a rounded crown. Upright, pyramidal shape. An excellent dwarf accent tree. Apricot fruiting and the edible kernel inside the pit of edible-kernel types are likely only 1 year in 10. oak - some oaks that can grow here (English, Bur) produce edible acorns - but you will have lots of squirrel competition for them, as you will for many other nut types.Pinon (pine nut) - these native pines produce edible seeds (nuts) if there are several pinons planted on the property. During Christmas Trees there are two outdoor restrooms as our office is open to staff only. Excellent resistance to fire blight. HONEYLOCUST, SKYLINE SEEDLESS (Gleditsia triacanthos inermis ‘Skycole’) Ht 45-50 ft, Spd 35-40 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). White 1-1 ½” flowers bloom in clusters in early May generally will not appear until tree is older. Golden yellow fall color. Attractive, dark green pinnately compound leaves with silvery undersides. ASPEN, NURSERY GROWN QUAKING (Populus tremuloides) Ht 20-30 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Imagine the bluest spruce you have ever seen. Trees vary in many shades of color from bright green to silver-blue. Fast-growing native selections with a broad oval head. Fast growing cottonless cottonwood. The Mayday tree is a medium sized ornamental tree that is closely related to the chokecherry. Dark green leaves turn a clear yellow for fall. Very fragrant 1” white flowers open before the leaves emerge. Grow avocado trees as houseplants in Colordao. This tree is a little narrower in growth then the Valley Forge Elm. Leaves are dark green on top, gray green beneath. Can be grown as a small single stem, or attractive multi-stemmed tree. Used to provide color contrast in border plantings or as a showy specimen. MAPLE, ROCKY MOUNTAIN (Acer glabrum) Ht 10-15 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This elm has a beautiful vase shaped growth habit. Its foliage is at first green which changes to a deep purple as the season progresses. CHERRY, LITTLE TWIST FLOWERING (Prunus incisa ‘Little Twist’) Ht 6-10 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Tolerates full sun. Broad pyramidal form. Japanese Tree Lilac. 5 Except where noted, plants prefer full sun. Also check my one-page "Instant Tree Finder," a one-page guide to the conifers. This is also available in a shrub form. Purplish-black berries were favorites of Native American tribes. light green needles, persistent cones; tall. Dark green leaves are smaller than other species. It has clusters of bright white fragrant flowers in late spring followed by dark purple chokecherries in mid-August which are relished by birds. CSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. The branches and trunk become “muscled” with age adding character to older specimens. small tree or large shrub; bronze-red bark; multi-stemmed tree with small, scale-like leaves. Will not self-seed. PINE, VANDERWOLF’S (Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolfs Pyramid’) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 10-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Got it pictured? One of the most cold hardy of the “callery” pears. Will have a similar form to the American Elm. Fruit is persistent. Double pink flowers, Vigorous, upright, spreading habit. BIRCH, CUTLEAF WEEPING (Betula occidentalis) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd: 15-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. CATALPA, PURPUREA (Catalpa bignonioides) Ht 40-50 ft, Spd 40-50 ft. Part shade to full sun, low to moderate water needs. Numerous corymbs of white flowers appear in late May. Withstands drought, wind, extreme cold, alkaline soils, and heavy soils: an excellent tree for Colorado. PEAR, BURGUNDY USSARIAN (Pyrus ussuriensis ‘Burgundy’) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 15-25 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Very adaptable to varying soil conditions and tolerates clay soils. Typically a pyramidal tree, but can also be vase-like, or a mounding shrub with multiple stems. Ubiquitous throughout the Rockies. 50 cultivars were put through a 5-year field evaluation — and you reap the delicious rewards. This tree can tolerate moist soil conditions. MOUNTAIN ASH, OAK LEAF (Sorbus hybrid) Ht 25-30 ft, Spd 20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Rocky Mountain native that can be grown as a finely shaped large shrub or small tree. Turkish filbert* (Corylus colurna) Tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions, dark green leaves turn yellow in fall, may produce small nuts in fall. Most of the trees in the spruce forests of Colorado are Engelmann rather than blue spruce. Grows 20’ in 30 years, on average, but the size is quite variable. These native “pocket gardens” can be located in areas such as parkways and next to hardscapes that are difficult to irrigate. The flowers are white with purple brown and yellow markings. PINE, BRISTLECONE (FOXTAIL) (Pinus aristata) Ht 20-30 ft, Spd 12-20 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). Collins Select’) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 15-25 ft. Douglas-Fir: Douglas-fir trees are tall, evergreen coniferous trees that typically grow in mixed conifer forests in … We are producing more of these. Very attractive tree with uniform growth habit and dense branching. White flowers appear in spring followed by clusters of red fruit. The light green foliage turns yellow in the fall. CRAB, PRAIRIEFIRE (Malus ‘Prairiefire’) Ht 20 ft, Spd 20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. For example, a Colorado blue spruce, which has a high moisture requirement, should not be sited with plants of dissimilar water needs. Prefers well drained soils, and will tolerate dry conditions. LILAC TREE, IVORY SILK (Strubga reticulate ‘Ivory Silk’) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This unique tree has interesting zigzagging branches, hence the name little twist. A fine, fast growing tree. The narrow, willow-like leaves are light green in summer turning golden yellow in fall. A dense, pyramidal shape and spicy, fragrant flowers in June to July make this a desirable tree. Denser and more compact than Newport Plum. This particular hybrid is adaptable to most soil conditions making it a great selection for our soils. Hardy to 8000 ft, where it grows in beautiful groves that may cover entire mountainsides. Drought tolerant, and it must have good drainage. Native Rocky Mountain oak with a shrubby growth habit but may also grow as a small tree to 30 ft. Glossy green leaves turn a golden yellow to an occasional orange or red in fall. Purple, reddish-orange fall color. The large leaves and showy late blooms make this a distinctive shade tree. Native to much of our area, pinon is a dense, slow grower-about six inches a year is normal. Disclaimer | HAWTHORN, PAUL SCARLET (Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul Scarlet’) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 12-18 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This cross between Silver Maple and Red Maple is one of the hardiest available. fast-growing, upright, rounded, dense branching; fast-growing; soft, medium to dark green needles; native to southwest, with occurrences in Montezuma. “Colorado is not the easiest place to have a garden or a landscape or grow anything,” Harris says. This tree has an excellent resistance to the Dutch elm disease. In mid to late summer the whole tree begins to glow as the very abundant 1/5” cherry-like dark red fruits ripen. Yellow fall color. They decorate the branches like ornaments for 2-3 weeks and are great for attracting birds. Deep pink flowers with dark green foliage. The Montane zone consists of ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, and aspen woodlands at elevations of 8,000 to 9,500 feet. Smooth glossy sienna-brown bark on younger stems. Silver maples will grow well in loamy soil with neutral pH or a sandy soil. Compact while young, branching out as it matures. PINE, BOSNIAN (Pinus heldrichi v. leucodermis) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. SPRUCE, FAT ALBERT (Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’) Ht 30-40 ft, Spd 20-25 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Key factors to consider are tree hardiness, the length of time of cold dormancy, growing season length requirements, and disease susceptibility. This is a small round headed tree. Characteristic corky knobbed bark texture. Native plant gardens are wildlife habitats and each plant contributes to the biodiversity of the state. SPRUCE, HOOPSI (Picea pungens ‘Hoopsii’) Ht 40-50 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Tolerates full sun, moderate water needs. This tree is resistant to leaf scorch and fireblight. Understand Your Colorado Growing Season. Superior drought tolerance. No endorsement of products mentioned is intended nor is criticism implied of products not mentioned. Large conical evergreen with 1½”-2½” long, soft bluish-green needles, brightened in spring by very blue new growth. It is also highly tolerant of urban pollution and will thrive in inner city environments. These are very large trees best suited for areas where they have plenty of room to show off, such as parks or arboretums. Natives are part of our natural heritage and the ecosystems of Colorado. OAK, CRIMSON SPIRE (Quercus x ‘Crimshmidt’) Ht 40-50 ft, Spd 12-15 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. They give the tree a finer textured, more delicate appearance. This juniper is very durable in heat, cold, salt and drought. As with other xeric plants, ponderosa should be planted above grade if in a sprinkled lawn area. A great shade tree for smaller areas. ASPEN, SWEDISH COLUMNAR (Populus tremula ‘Erecta’) Ht 30-40 ft, Spd 10-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Noted for its moderate size, ability to regenerate quickly, and neatness of habit. Small tree or large shrub, with five-lobed dark green leaves turning shades of yellow, orange or red in the fall. Produces a tan samara fruit in late summer to fall. A durable globe shaped tree, variable in height, usually low branched with the branches bending down toward the ground then arching back up at the ends. The leaves turn red in the fall. The Plains life zone, 3,500 to 5,500 feet, is located in eastern Colorado where the majority of Colorado’s population resides. Norway maples are hard wooded and less susceptible to storm damage. Lovely purplish leaves and red flowers. A protected spot is best for planting. The Paul Scarlet Hawthorn matures into an upright, spreading, oval tree. Will tolerate dry alkaline soils and thrives on neglect. The furrowed bark and red branches add a wonderful winter interest. Has the same glossy dark red-brown bark to cinnamon-brown exfoliating bark. The state includes a variety of microclimates and 9 different “growing zones,” which means certain plants may grow well in some parts of the state and not in others. This tree was selected for its straight growth habit atypical of the species. Clusters of white flowers in spring, glossy green foliage. A small black drupe fruit ripens late summer and is usually eaten by the birds. and bark, so the planting site should be amended with some organic material. Male trees have 1” flowers, but no pods. Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica) Trees in the Colorado Springs area (and in Colorado in general) face an array of challenges. NOT A HONEYLOCUST! Dense, bluish-green foliage. Good resistance to fire blight, but can develop chlorosis in alkaline soil. Bushy, irregularly shaped, pine with dark green needles dotted with white pitch. 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