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Favourite Shade Trees

In recent years yards have become much more compact in size, landing many smaller selections of trees and shrubs in the spotlight. But there are also many yards to which a larger shade tree would be suited.  Shade trees create privacy and of course offer shade, but many also offer amazing contrast and colour well into autumn.  Here are some of our favourites:
Columnar Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

The leaves of the Norway Maple replicate the beautiful maples of BC and Ontario.  It’s narrow growth habit makes it easy to maintain, large green leaves turn to brilliant yellow in Fall. Plant in full sun, very hardy.  Ht:  30ft  Sp:  10ft



Autumn Blaze Maple

The fastest growing and biggest of all hybrid Maples, ’Autumn Blaze’ is aptly named due to its intense orange-red fall colour. Has the vigor and adaptability of Silver Maple and the beauty and strength of Red Maple. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions making it very valuable in the landscape. Leave room for this guy! Ht: 50ft  Sp: 40ft  Zone 3 


Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

Such a great tree to grow, unique leaves provide lots of shade.  Similar to a chestnut tree, the buckeye has beautiful tan bark and incredible amber fall color. Extremely hardy. Ht: 25ft  Sp: 15ft

Greenspire Linden (Tilia cordata)

A quick growth habit and a perfectly shaped oval crown are what wins everyone over with the Greenspire Linden. More compact than standard linden, Greenspire features the same ‘helicopter’ seeds that children love to send into the air, along with a beautiful golden fall colour. Ht: 30ft  Sp: 15ft  Zone 3 

Cupressina Spruce (Picea abies)

This columnar evergreen is perfect for small yards where cedars may not be hardy enough. Short bright green needles and tight, narrow growth habit offer structure and color all year round. Very easy to maintain, grows to 15ft high, 3ft wide.

Dakota Pinnacle Birch (Betula platyphylla)

Great birch for narrow confined spaces and small lots. Bark matures to a yellowish white.  Tolerant of heat, drought and alkaline soils. Resistant to bronze birch borer and thrives in moist locations. Ht: 30ft  Sp: 7-8ft  Zone 3


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