Stunning Spring Color If you want a true “Oh my gosh, what is that and where did you get it?” tree for your landscape, then look no further than the Okame Cherry Tree, Prunus Okame.’ The Okame Cherry tree is one of the earliest of the flowering cherries and it flowers from Canada to Central Florida. In late winter or early spring, well before other trees are waking up, the Okame Cherry puts on a gasp-worthy display of carmine-pink flowers. The flowers bud on the naked stems before the leaves show their faces. Since this tree doesn’t require a long chill period to set the blossoms, it is a good flowering tree for the hot and humid south. It blooms in January in Florida and later the further north you get. The trade-off of a low chill time, though, is that in the south you won’t get the truly amazing fall leaf show that you get in the north. The leaves turn bronze and orange and make the tree as showy in fall as the blossoms make it in the spring. Plant this tree where it can be seen – along an entry drive, in the planter bed in the center of your yard, outside your kitchen window. It grows pretty fast – 1 to 2 feet a year – until it reaches 20 feet tall and does great in any but the wettest soils. We all need a spotlight moment every now and then. The Okame Cherry tree will be that for your yard. Order yours now! * Early Spring Flowers* Specimen Tree* Fall color.
Fast-Growing, Hardy Shade Tree The New Horizon Elm is a fast-growing, vigorous Elm tree variety. One would make a wonderful shade tree for your front yard, or plant several along your street or driveway for a homey welcome. Your New Horizon Elm is a fast-growing, stately tree with decorative elements. The 4-inch, elliptic leaves are double-serrated with a lively deep green color, a darker hue than many other Elms. It also has a finer-textured appearance than most Elms, and is a good, clean-growing tree with a subtle grayish bark. You may not notice the tiny, green flowers that appear in spring, but you’re sure to see the adorable seeds that appear soon after. Each seed is like a tiny bump surrounded by a rounded, wafer-thin membrane, a delicate, dangling ornament amid the vibrant foliage. In the fall, New Horizon will display rusty red tints amid its deep green color. New Horizon Elm grows to about 60 feet high with a 30 foot spread. It has an upright habit, strong branch structure, and a dense crown. It’s resistant to Leaf Minor, Verticillium Wilt and Dutch Elm Disease (which is responsible for the deaths of many Elm trees). It prefers average soils with full sun, but is tolerant of partial shade and urban environments. New Horizon is also drought-resistant. A fast-growing, disease-resistant tree with lovely features, New Horizon Elm is a terrific choice for your yard today. * Fast Growing * Dutch Elm, Leaf Minor and Verticillium Wilt Resistant* Deep Green Leaves.
Popular Maple with Landscapers! The Sienna Glen® Maple, Acer freemanni, is a naturally occurring hybrid found on an abandoned farmstead in Lake Elmo, Minnesota! It has a distinct, upright, pyramidal growth habit which is readily apparent as a young tree, and becomes a broad pyramid when mature. Sienna exhibits vigorous growth and the branches are borne close together, fine textured, and delicate. It features showy red flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves appear. The wood is harder, stouter and exhibits less drooping. The smaller, finer texture dark-green leaves have a silvery underside. The fall color is a mix of yellow, orange and red, and Sienna Glen® is one of the very hardiest red fall-coloring shade trees available! A Dennis Heins introduction, Sienna Glen® Maple is used by landscape architects because of its broad pyramidal form, fine texture and interesting fall coloration. It is a reliable and useful choice with its natural form, hardiness, adaptability to a variety of soil conditions, and low maintenance! * Vigorous growth* Pyramidal habit* Cold hardy.
Stunning Red Display Red Sunset is a type of Red Maple tree with stunning color. Plant one as a focal point in your front yard, or place one in sight of a window where it can draw your eye to its brilliant fall color. Your Red Sunset Maple is one of the very best cultivars ever for fall color! In fact, red is the dominant word when describing Red Sunset. Even the new growth leaves and twigs are tinted red before the star-shaped, glossy leaves mature. Red buds appear amid the branches before the foliage appears and open into tight clusters of red flowers in late winter/early spring. Next,two-winged samara develop and even they initially have a reddish hue. When fall arrives, prepare yourself for one of the most spectacular autumn displays you’ll ever witness. Your Red Sunset Maple is at its best in the fall, when it’s resplendent in brilliant shades of orange and red. Like a glowing flame amid the lesser autumn colors, Red Sunset clearly presents a superior fall display! Red Sunset Maple is a deciduous tree growing to 60 feet in height with an equal spread. It starts off life with a pyramidal shape that quickly rounds out with age. It’s a fast-growing tree but still has very strong wood. There are no significant disease or insect issues with Red Sunset, and it’s even moderately drought-tolerant. This variety of Red Maple is clearly an outstanding choice for any landscape. Tall and strong with brilliant color and adorable samara (“heliocopters”),Red Sunset Maple is an obvious choice for almost any home. * Outstanding red color * Spring and fall display * Fast-Growing * Shade Tree.
Fast-Growing with Long-Lasting Color October Glory Red Maple (Acer rubrum October Glory) is known for its rapid growth and enduring fall color. In fact, its “October Glory” display of orange-red leaves lasts far longer than many other Maples. For several weeks you will be treated to one of the most vibrant displays of any tree in your neighborhood. It would look spectacular in your yard as a central focus, or equally at home near other plantings due to its narrow, upward growth. The October Glory Maple is one of the most popular Maples for many reasons. Tiny spots of fiery red flower clusters appear on the bare branches in the spring while the rest of your yard is still muted in browns and greys. The birds will flock to the small, elongated red fruits that accompany the flowers on your October Glory Red Maple tree. Glossy green leaves will appear next, some slightly tinted with a reddish hue. As summer progresses, your Maple will grow 2 feet or more, achieving an oval-rounded form for optimal shade. The October Glory can reach heights of 50′ tall and 40′ wide. It’s far more tolerant of some soil and weather conditions than other Maples, and forgiving of a neglectful nature. For a carefree, rapid-growth Maple of vibrant color you can’t do better than the October Glory Red Maple tree. * Long lasting fall color* Rapid growth* Hardy.
Fall leaves that will make you the envy of the neighborhood! We grow maples for a several reasons – great shade, fast growth, pretty shape, easy care. But if we’re honest, the biggest reason we plant them in our yards is the phenomenal color changes come fall! Autumn Fantasy Maple Tree (Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Fantasy’) outdoes even the best of these! This hybrid of a Silver Maple and a Red Maple is a dependable tree that has the best of both. It grows quickly and is dependable in the landscape. It grows in almost any condition and is one of the toughest and most adaptable shade trees available on the market today. Its big green leaves provide deep shade in the hottest part of summer and its oval branch shape gives great structure in the winter. It’s the fall, though, when this tree is set ablaze by the rich, Autumn-red color that it really proves its worth. It will change color even in warmer climates where other maples won’t! Autumn Fantasy Maple Tree will be a winner in your yard and in your neighborhood. Don’t be caught this fall without one! * Easy care* Beautiful shape* Full-sized flowers and leaves* Drought tolerant once established.
Small Ornamental Tree with Seasonal Appeal White Flowering Dogwood is a deciduous tree valued for its pleasing shape and seasonal color. It would find a welcome place in your yard near a patio or as a small grouping in a side yard. Each season with your Dogwood will bring you something new to enjoy. The snowy white blossoms spring into life before the tree has even leafed out. In the summer distinctive curved leaves will appear. A variety of birds will visit your yard to take advantage of the tasty, bright scarlet berries your tree provides later in the summer. In the autumn your Dogwood will transform itself in shades of red. Just when you think the show is over, winter will reveal the underappreciated characteristic of the Dogwood. Heads will turn at the sight of the unusual bark as it’s fully exposed in all its uniquely mottled, rough glory. Your Dogwood will grow in almost any soil conditions. It can grow up to 30 feet with a 25 foot spread. It has horizontal growth on the lower half of the tree and upright branching on the top half, forming a round crown. This unusual growth pattern produces a graceful, flowing shape that will naturally draws the eye to its unique form in your landscape. The White Flowering Dogwood certainly has something to recommend it in every season, and it will look terrific in your yard year round. * Spring and fall color* Winter appeal* Berries for wildlife* Hardy.
Unique Fast Grower with White Bark There aren’t that many trees with white bark and of the few that there are, even less have the graceful beauty of the Weeping Cut Leaf Birch (Betula pendula ‘Dalecarlica’). If you want to add motion and romance to your garden, this is the perfect tree. As they mature the pendulous branched begin to droop giving a ‘weeping’ effect. Then, at the slightest breeze, the branches dance and sway animating the entire landscape. It makes you want to grab a blanket, a good book and a picnic basket and sit for a while. Champagne and straw boaters hat completely optional. Even though birch trees are native to North America, weeping birch is native to Europe and New Zealand. We don’t know why this makes them seem even more romantic, but it does. Something about poets and hobbits enjoying the dappled shade of a weeping birch, perhaps. The delicate, finely cut foliage turns a brilliant yellow in the fall. This is a hardy variety that is highly recommended for lawn and park plantings, and once established, it tolerates some heat and dry spells. This Weeping Cut Leaf Birch is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Plant it against a darker background or green lawn to highlight the pretty pale trunks, which will add interest to the yard. Weeping Cut Leaf is a fast-growing birch tree that is attractive year-round, even throughout the winter, where the denuded braches make a lovely silhouette. Add some romance to your garden this year. Order a Weeping Cut Leaf Birch from us today! * Graceful, weeping habit* Brilliant yellow fall color* Fast growing.
Also Known as European Bird Cherry The May Day Tree, Prunus padus ‘European Bird Cherry’, is one of the first trees to leaf out in spring. European Bird Cherry is generally described as a perennial tree or shrub and has dark-green summer foliage that turns yellow to red in fall. The white flowers are large and fragrant and appear in early May. They are borne in slender drooping clusters. It differs from other wild and garden cherries in having flowers in long cylindrical spikes. The fruit is black, about 1/3” or less, and taken by the birds. This low-branched tree is rounded to about 15-20’. May Day Tree is available in clump form. The European Bird Cherry has a moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate. Prune the May Day plant after flowering is finished as the flowers appear on old wood. This small-fruited cherry tree is frequented or fed on by birds! * Early spring bloomer* Large, fragrant flowers!* Red & yellow fall color .
Fast Growing Shade Tree with Incredible Wildlife Appeal The Sawtooth Oak, Quercus acutissima, is a deciduous shade tree with outstanding wildlife interest. Plant one where you’d like to enjoy some sumptuous shade, or where your yard’s critters are likely to benefit from both food and shelter. Your Sawtooth Oak Tree is a fast growing, spreading shade tree that’s sure to impress you with its stately appearance, colorful fall display and generous acorn production. Sawtooth Oak Trees are renowned for their 6-inch, glossy leaves. The foliage has highly-serrated edges that emerge a delightful shade of yellow in the spring and provide excellent shade in summer. The lovely vibrant green of summer transitions to hues of yellow/orange for autumn, providing a beautiful late season display for your yard. The leaves tend to brown and persist in winter, an added treat amid your other bare-branched, landscape trees. Perhaps the best aspect of your Sawtooth Oak Tree is its benefit for your wildlife. It is a highly prized oak for wildlife enthusiasts because of the short time it takes for the tree to produce its adorable acorns…and it produces a more prolific harvest than most other Oak trees! Sawtooth Oak is also a valuable source of shelter for wildlife, so it’s a great way to bring your home closer in concert with nature. Sawtooth Oak Trees will grow up to 60 feet tall with a 60 foot spread. It has a somewhat pyramidal form and spreading nature. It’s very fast growing, especially in its early years and highly productive of acorns. Sawtooth Oak Trees are a widely adaptive tree, able to thrive in a variety of conditions and is even cold hardy. You’re sure to love your Sawtooth Oak Tree. It’s a tree you can plant and already enjoy in its first year. In fact, the Sawtooth Oak Tree is known to grow as much as six feet in one year! With its dense foliage, wildlife appeal and hardy nature, this is a tree you don’t want to miss out on. * Shade tree * Fast growing * Spring and fall color * Wildlife interest * Prolific harvest * Cold hardy * Moderate salt tolerance * Adaptive to a variety of conditions.
Fragrant Yellow Flowers in Summer The Glenleven Linden, Tilia flavescens ‘Glenleven’, is a hybrid between American and Little Leaf Linden. It is a fast growing tree with an extremely straight trunk and a pyramidal form (cone shaped). Glenleven’s green foliage turns yellow in the fall. This tree has a faster growth rate than other Little Leaf Lindens with a more open canopy that casts a moderate shade. Glenleven is a prolific bloomer, with its small fragrant flowers appearing in late June and into July. Many bees are attracted to the flowers, and the dried flowers persist on the tree for some time. The heart-shaped leaves are a cool dark green and the flowers are used for a soothing herbal tea, reported to have health benefits. Lindens generally are very hardy trees, once established, and maintain their pyramidal shape easily without trimming. They are pollution tolerant and pH adaptable. The Glenleven Linden grows 50 to 70 feet tall with a width of 40 to 50 feet; making them a great shade tree. * Fragrant flowers* Fast growing Linden* Great shade tree.
Ginkgo trees, “Ginkgo biloba’, are beloved by so many not only because of their interesting history, but because they are a beautiful tree with really no disease or insect problems, and they are very long lived. The ‘Troll’ Ginko is a male selection, so no fruit that can have an offensive odor. Raking made easy! Gingko leaves have a unique fan shape that turn bright yellow in autumn. Then the leaves will rain down when it comes time to drop in pretty much one single day. It makes cleanup a breeze in the fall not having to wait for all of the leaves to fall. The compact Troll Ginkgo will grow about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide onto a grafted stem. This truly unique & unusual will display an irregular, upright form on top of the grafted stem. Troll is the perfect plant to be highlighted in a high-profile location near the front entrance of a home. The perfect plant for a courtyard. An excellent plant to use on a berm. Use near a patio where it can be enjoyed and not grow out of bounds. It is best to use this little gem as a specimen plant. Ginkgo Troll does like a sunny location, and likes well-drained soils yet adapts to most any soil type. This little guy doesn’t produce any fruit because it is a male selection. It is hardy in zones 3-9. Stays about 3’ high and 2’ wide head grafted on a clear trunk to make the perfect dwarf specimen. For a unique dwarf tree with unique leaves, amazing fall color, you have got to buy a Troll Ginkgo tree today! *Dwarf Ginkgo remaining small in the landscape*Excellent small tree for use in a courtyard, front entrance or patio plant*Hardy and completely disease and insect free*Adaptable to most any soils.
Rediscover this striking beauty! It goes without saying that we love plants here at Nature Hills, and we always appreciate it when an old friend is ‘rediscovered’ by gardening tastemakers – even if it took them 200 years! Tricolor European Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Tricolor’) has started heating up in the landscape scene in the last few years. We are seeing them used more and more as front yard statement trees and in forest and grove plantings. Almost exactly like we imagine them being hot on the scene when they were first introduced in Europe in 1888! The Tricolor European Beech stands out in the garden because the famous three-colored leaves make a big impact – up close and at a distance. Up close the leaves are purple with an irregular border of blushing white and rich rose. A few braches in a big vase make a statement indoors. From a distance the overall purple effect stands out more prominently than other purple-leaved trees. This is a deciduous tree without a big leaf change in autumn, but who needs fall color when you have great color already? Try this tree on a smaller city lot as a shade tree, along an entry drive or street or planted as an exclamation point among evergreens. Tricolor European Beech is very cold hardy (it doesn’t do well in extreme heat and humidity) and likes some afternoon shade and regular watering. A little care will reward you with one of the latest 200 year old garden fads! Don’t wait and get on the bandwagon today! * Striking 3-colored leaves* Cold hardy* Slow grower to 35’ tall.
Hardy, Fast-Growing Maple with Lasting Fall Color Autumn Blaze Red Maple trees , Acer x freemanii ‘Jeffersred’, are prized as the fastest growing Maple tree with a hardy nature and brilliant color. It would feel right at home beside your house to soften the hot summer sun or along a street or sidewalk. Due to its upward growth, the Autumn Blaze Red Maple trees works well in clusters or as a stand-alone planting. This Maple was introduction in 1982 as a cross between the red and silver Maple to provide a stronger and more color–consistent Maple for your home. It has rapidly become a highly sought after Maple variety in the US. Imagine the beauty of the Autumn Blaze Red Maple in your yard in the spring. Its 60 feet of reaching branches and 40 foot wide oval canopy create an image of symmetry year round. The leaves emerge not as simply green, but already with a slight reddish tint. Through the summer you can almost watch it grow-up to 3+ feet each year! In the fall the 5 inch orange-red leaves will still be dazzling your neighbors when other trees have long since faded. One of the best things about the Autumn Blaze Red Maple tree is that it’s disease and pest resistant, so no messy sprays or treatments. In drought conditions, this Maple can persevere on its own. When your neighbor is watching the heavy snows damage their trees, your Autumn Blaze will stand firm. The Autumn Blaze Red Maple tree has won several “tree of the year” awards for its amazing unequaled qualities, and will certainly be a priceless addition to your home. * Fastest-Growing Maple* Hardy* Long lasting fall color.
Fast-Growing Shade Tree Shumard Oak, Quercus shumardii, is one of the fastest growing Red Oaks. It’s a deciduous shade tree loved by wildlife and would look great in a front or side yard to shield your home from the summer sun. Shumard Oak Trees can reach 90 feet at maturity with a 60 foot spread, providing you with an outstanding shade tree in a fraction of the time that most Red Oaks would require. The 4-8 inches pointed, deep-lobed leaves are shiny and dark green, filling out the coarse, rounded crown. Planting a Shumard Oak Tree provides you with an impressive shade tree, but the Shumard Oak has even more to offer you. As your tree ages, 1-inch acorns will be an added benefit of your tree. You can sit back and watch the show as these acorns, particularly loved by wildlife, provide a meal for your nature neighbors. If you prefer to not share the harvest from your Shumard Oak Tree, simply remove the tannins from your acorns and they can be eaten raw or ground for use as a flour or coffee. As autumn approaches, your Shumard Oak Tree will put on a brilliant show of reds and oranges to finish out the season. Long-lived and hardy, the Shumard Oak Tree is an excellent choice for your landscape. It will provide you with years of shade, color and an edible harvest for your entire family to enjoy. * Fast-growing * Shade * Seasonal color * Edible fruit.