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Snowbird hawthorn (Crataegus x mordenensis 'Snowbird').

samara’s are the source of this great tree’s name and popularity! (Zone 3a) Dakota Pinnacle birch. Dakota

Pinnacle has all of the best features of birch magnified! Its bark turns white and exfoliates earlier than Paper Birch. The dark green leaves turn intense yellow in fall. It is one of the taller trees (26 feet) that I’d recommend for small- er yards, but because it matures at only seven to eight feet wide, I think it is still an excellent choice. (Zone 3) Snowbird & Toba hawthorns.

The typical mature height for these hawthorns is about 16 to 20 feet high and 13 to 16 feet wide. ‘Snowbird’ has a cloud of white flowers in spring, followed by a sparse amount of red fruits in fall. It also has a very straight trunk with a neat symmetrical crown. ‘Toba’ has a unique twisted form to its trunk that is quite appealing. The flow-

Toba hawthorn (Crataegus x mordenensis 'Toba').

ers on ‘Toba’ are white with definite pink overtones. (both Zone 3) Dreamweaver rosybloom. A beau-

tiful narrow accent or feature tree that is just perfect for today’s smaller yards. Bright pink,

spring blooms smother

the tree from top to bottom while vibrant, glossy purplish-green foliage lasts all season. Small purplish apples cling tightly near the centre of the tree. Mature height is about 12 to 15 feet, and only spreads to three to four feet wide! (Zone 3) Gladiator rosybloom. purplish-green foliage,

Glossy vibrant pink

flowers in spring and glossy purple- green leaves! This is a great option for replacing Shubert chokecherry. ‘Gladi- ator’ has a very pleasing upright, coni- cal shape that takes up very little yard space, growing to only 20 feet in height and seven to nine feet wide. (Zone 2)

Ivory Silk Japanese tree lilac.

This is another tree that some may consider a bit large for what is consid- ered a small garden, but well worth mentioning anyway. The trees mature to a height and width of about 16 feet. An oval-shaped tree with very dark cherry-like bark. The flowers are borne in early summer (not spring), and appear as giant plumes of creamy blossoms with a wonderful fragrance! (Zone 3-4) The plant search engine at bylands.

com is a terrific resource for learn- ing more about these (and other) tree varieties. Happy gardening! v

Jan loves living in Winnipeg and adds

extensive plant knowledge to the team at Bylands. You can sometimes find Jan as a guest on ‘The Gardener’, a radio program in Winnipeg on Sundays.

Amur Maple tree (Acer ginnala).

Ivory Silk Japanese tree lilac.

Gladiator Crabapple (Malus x adstringens 'Durleo'). Summer 2016 • 17

Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

Photo courtesy of Sheridan Nursery.

Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

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