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Some Interesting Fun Facts About Your Trees and Shrubs

Fruit Trees & Shrubs

Harvest pounds of delicious, organic fruit! Dwarf fruit trees are approximately 12-18 feet tall and wide when fully mature. They reach mature height in a few years, and will begin to fruit in 2-3 years. Plant a fruit tree now, it’s worth the wait!

A small fruit tree is an efficient and economical use of space. You get beautiful spring blooms, abundant shade in the summer, and pounds of fresh, organic fruit in the fall. Dollar for dollar, a fruit tree gives you the biggest return on investment as far as edible crops are concerned. A single dwarf apple tree can produce nearly 500 apples in a season. If you have a root cellar, you can store your produce for months.

The small size makes them easy to prune, easy to harvest, and they won’t grow to be a nuisance that overwhelms your property. We have many varieties in stock, so come talk to us about planting a fruit tree today!

Trees and Shrubs that Require More Attention

We want you to be successful when you plant your trees and shrubs. The varieties below can thrive in Northern Colorado and the surrounding area, but they need some extra love. Our elevation mixed with our dry climate and sometimes sporadic weather means that gardening here can take some strategy. With some soil manipulation, watering techniques, sensitivity to your plants’ needs etc., you can grow healthy, happy trees and shrubs.

Here is what you need to know about varieties that need a little extra attention. Keep in mind that some trees and shrubs may appear in more than one category for special care.

Trees and shrubs that need little water once established:

  • Daphne

  • Spruce Globe Blue

  • Pine Mugo

Trees and shrubs that require winter wind protection:

  • Maple Japanese

  • Azalea

  • Redbud

  • Larch

  • Spruce Alberta Dwarf

  • Rhododendron

  • Yew

  • Arborvitae

Trees and shrubs that need to be watered in the winter:

  • Boxwood

  • Yew

  • Arborvitae

Trees and shrubs that require acidic soil:

  • Azalea

  • Magnolia

  • Rhododendron

  • Blueberry

Trees and shrubs that are sensitive to drastic weather fluctuations:

  • All grafted trees and shrubs

  • Gingko

  • Witchhazel

  • Larch

  • Crabapple Columnar

  • Apple Columnar

  • Crabapple Coral Burst

  • Apple Espalier

  • Crabapple Sargent

  • Crabapple Tina

  • Cherry Bing

  • Cherry Black Tartarian

  • Cherry Ranier

  • Cherry Snow Fountains

  • Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf

  • Plum Thundercloud

  • Locust Purple Robe

Plants and shrubs that need to be planted in a specific location:

  • Fiveleaf Aralia Variegated – understory plants – need filtered shade

  • Maple Japanese – understory plants – need filtered shade

  • Birch – needs to be planted in a moist place

  • Daphne – needs dry, filtered shade

  • Spruce Bird’s Nest – understory plants – need filtered shade


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