Created 19-Mar-10
Trees are likely one of the most important elements of any garden and care must be taken in choosing the right ones. Some of the most frequent questions are about trees, how big they’ll get, nasty habits they’ll have etc. It seems that many people have had negative experiences with trees heaving sidewalks, rubbing on the house, blocking all the light. Correctly chosen and positioned trees will add volumes to your landscape and any 'nasty habits' will be kept to a minimum.

Where there is a pest or disease of importance I’ll mention it but if a tree has a really bad trait it likely won’t be listed at all. Trees are too important in the landscape to be experimented with… unless you have a lot of land. Pests and diseases can be made worse by placing the tree under stress. This might include too much or too little water, the wrong type of soil or exposure, incorrect planting depth etc. Just like you are more likely to get sick when you are run down or stressed; same goes for your trees.

If you are unsure of how to care for your trees please contact me and I’ll put you on to a good arborist. They are professionally trained to be able to provide your trees with the best care and often offer programs of pruning or other care that will help your trees be they young or old.

Hardiness is also a very important factor in choosing trees and I will always recommend hardy varieties for your particular application. In general the trees that I’ll describe below are hardy in the Calgary region but may not be suitable for your site.

Many of the photos of trees are ‘drive-bys’, they are not pictures of specimens in an arboretum or horticulture school campus. They are in parks, boulevards and private gardens in the Calgary region and as much as possible represent what the ‘average’ tree of that variety looks like.

Malus - Flowering Crabapple

Visitors 147
16 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Malus - Flowering Crabapple

Prunus - Schubert Cherry

Visitors 137
11 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Prunus - Schubert Cherry

Syringa - Japanese Tree Lilac

Visitors 82
7 photos
Created 10-May-11
Modified 10-May-11
Syringa - Japanese Tree Lilac

Crataegus - Hawthorn

Visitors 136
8 photos
Created 1-Apr-10
Modified 1-Apr-10
Crataegus - Hawthorn

Picea - Spruce

Galleries 4
Modified 2-May-11
16 photos
Picea - Spruce

Aesculus - Ohio Buckeye

Visitors 48
10 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Aesculus - Ohio Buckeye

Sorbus - Mountain Ash

Visitors 341
8 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Sorbus - Mountain Ash

Pinus - Pine

Visitors 18
13 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Pinus - Pine

Larix - Siberian Larch

Visitors 7
5 photos
Created 19-Mar-10
Modified 19-Mar-10
Larix - Siberian Larch

Populus - Swedish Aspen

Visitors 1308
9 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Populus - Swedish Aspen

Populus - Tower Poplar

Visitors 92
4 photos
Created 23-Jan-13
Modified 23-Jan-13
Populus - Tower Poplar

Populus - Native Aspen

Visitors 1
1 photos
Created 23-Jan-13
Modified 23-Jan-13
Populus - Native Aspen

Ulmus - Elm

Visitors 9
5 photos
Created 2-Apr-10
Modified 2-Apr-10
Ulmus - Elm

Acer - Amur Maple

Visitors 20
7 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Acer - Amur Maple

Caragana - Sutherland Caragana

Visitors 202
3 photos
Created 2-Apr-10
Modified 2-Apr-10
Caragana - Sutherland Caragana

Elaeagnus - Russian Olive

Visitors 7
8 photos
Created 22-Jan-16
Modified 22-Jan-16
Elaeagnus - Russian Olive

Malus - Edible Apples

Visitors 11
5 photos
Created 24-Mar-10
Modified 24-Mar-10
Malus - Edible Apples

Prunus - Amur Cherry

Visitors 8
8 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Prunus - Amur Cherry

Prunus - Mayday

Visitors 6
4 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Prunus - Mayday

Pyrus - Pear

Visitors 7
7 photos
Created 22-May-13
Modified 22-May-13
Pyrus - Pear

Betula - Birch

Visitors 11
12 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Betula - Birch

Populus - Poplar

Visitors 4
5 photos
Created 2-Apr-10
Modified 2-Apr-10
Populus - Poplar

Salix - Willow

Visitors 6
3 photos
Created 2-Apr-10
Modified 2-Apr-10
Salix - Willow

Fraxinus - Ash

Visitors 8
7 photos
Created 2-Apr-10
Modified 2-Apr-10
Fraxinus - Ash

Quercus - Burr Oak

Visitors 7
7 photos
Created 28-May-13
Modified 28-May-13
Quercus - Burr Oak

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Visitors 7
7 photos
Created 30-May-11
Modified 30-May-11
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Prunus - Evans Cherry

Visitors 11
3 photos
Created 27-May-13
Modified 27-May-13
Prunus - Evans Cherry