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Posted on: February 16, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Read About Some of the New Varieties of Trees and Shrubs on Offer for This Year’s Tree & Shrub Sale

The Tree Sale starts February 27. Cathedral Elm, Ironwood, Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry, Smooth Sumac, Common Ninebark, Red Dogwood, White Snowberry, and Meadowlark Forsythia are all new to this year’s lineup. Follow the link to see a preview…

We’re changing things up.  In an effort to increase canopy diversity for disease and climate resilience, we’re embarking on a program of periodically changing the tree and shrub varieties we will be offering.  While we are still offering some old favorites, here are some of the new varieties on this year:


Cathedral Elm
A hybrid of Japanese and Siberian Elm that most resembles Japanese Elm at maturity. Disease resistant. Developed at the University of Wisconsin. This is a different variety of elm than sold in 2016.  Mature height: 40-50’'Cathedral' 


Native hardwood tree, slender branching habit with oval head, attractive brown leaves that stay on all winter.  Interesting bark.  Seeds look like hops, which explains another common name for this plant, Hophornbeam.  Mature height: 20-40’.

Prairifire Crabapple

Medium size ornamental tree, upright branching, purple-red flowers in spring, bright red fruit stays on tree well into winter, attracts wildlife, very good disease resistance, medium growth rate, prefers full sunlight and well-drained soil. Mature height: 15-20’.

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry
Ornamental tree that becomes rounded with age. White flowers bloom in abundance in spring, followed by edible, sweet, purple-black fruit. Clean summer foliage turns a brilliant red in fall. Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Mature height: 20-25’ 


Smooth Sumac
Native, spreading shrub with brilliant red fall color. Green flowers in July and August followed by scarlet fruit clusters in September. Suckering tendency makes it suitable for banks or naturalistic plantings. Does well on most sites, prefers sandy soils. Plant in full sunlight.  Mature height: 8-10’. 

Common Ninbark

Arched branches with lobed leaves. Five pedal flowers appear dense similar to a spirea. Interesting pealing bark on older branches.  Mature height: 5-10’. 

Red Dogwood

Fast-growing shrub with good red stem color that adds winter interest to your yard. White flowers in late spring followed by white berries. Shade and moisture tolerant; will tolerate wet soils. Mature height: 3-10’. 

White Snowberry

A broad, rounded shrub with blue-green leaves. Small pink flowers in June followed by persistent white fruit. Tolerates clay soils.   Mature height: 3-4’. 

Meadowlark Forsythia

Large shrub with semi-arching branches and dark green foliage. Showy yellow flowers bloom in early spring. Mature height: 6-10’. 

Favorites from past years on sale include Swamp White Oak, Red Oak, River Birch, Hackberry, and Black Hills Spruce.  The City will begin taking orders for the Tree & Shrub Sale on February 27th - check back then for ordering information.  All trees and shrubs are sold bare root, except Black Hills Spruce. Pick up is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, April 29th.

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