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See below for all the different shade tree varieties we sell. Many are native to Minnesota and the Midwest.

Click the species links along the top to view images and learn more about each one.

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Heritage Oak

(Quercus robur x macrocarpa 'Clemons' ) Heritage Oak tree (Fall) A close up picture of a Heritage Oak (Fall)

Heritage Oak is a cross between English Oak and Bur Oak. A large shade tree to 50 ft. tall. It has a pyramidal form with dark thick, leathery leaves. Produces acorns. Resistant to diseases. One of the best oaks to use in high PH soils. This trees grows faster than one would think.

Burr Oak

(Quercus macrocarpa) 2.5" Burr Oak 3" Burr Oak

Bur Oak has the largest acorns of all native oaks and is very drought resistant. It grows slowly on dry uplands and sandy plains but is also found on fertile limestone soils and moist bottomlands in mixture with other hardwoods. The comparative ease with which bur oak can be grown makes it a fine tree for streets or lawns.

Northern Pin Oak

(Quercus ellipsoidalis) Northern Pin Oak (Fall)

Northern Pin Oak is popular for its bright red fall color and tolerance of infertile sandy soils to heavier clay. It is similar to the Northern Red Oak but does not get as large and is heavier branched.

Swamp White Oak

(Quercus bicolor) Swamp White Oak (Fall) A close up picture of a Swamp White Oak (Fall)

Swamp White Oak is a striking tree with attractive peeling bark, especially on young trees. The lustrous, lobed leaves have a two-tone appearance, dark green on top with a silvery-white underside. Fall color is an orange-gold to yellow in mid-autumn. An excellent shade tree for any landscape.

Northern Red Oak

(Quercus rubra) 5" Northern Red Oak (Summer) Northern Red Oak (Fall)A close up picture of a Northern Red Oak (Fall) 2.5" Northern Red Oak (Roots)2 1/2" Northern Red Oak with Dirt Removed from 32" Clegg Ball.

Northern Red Oak is a medium sized, deciduous tree with a rounded to broad-spreading, often irregular crown. Leaves have toothed lobes which are sharply pointed at the tips. Leaves turn brownish-red in autumn.

Fireside Apple

(Malus 'Fireside') Fireside AppleFireside Apple

Fireside Apple was introduced by the U of MN in 1943. One of the Largest apples, red striped fruit with a sweet pleasant flavor, excellent for eating with good storage life. One of the most popular apples in MN.

Dakota Pinnacle Birch

(Betula platyphylla 'Fargo') Dakota Pinnacle Birch

Dakota Pinnacle Birch is a fantastic new introduction from North Dakota that's hardier than the species; smooth white bark, spire-like columnar habit of growth, quite dense, great for skyline articulation. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The smooth white bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

River Birch

(Betula nigra) 14' River Birch Clump
A close up picture of River Birch bark

As its name suggests, the River Birch naturally grows along river banks. But as a landscape tree, it can be planted almost anywhere in the U.S. The species is valued for its relatively rapid growth, tolerance of wetness and some drought, unique cinnamon to light creamy curling bark and spreading limbs.

Whitespire Birch

(Betula populifolia 'Whitespire') 22' and 20' Whitespire Birch Clumps
A close up picture of Whitespire Birch bark

Whitespire Birch is best known for its upright form, non-exfoliating white bark, dark green leaves and attractive yellow fall color.

Fall Fiesta Suger Maple

(Acer saccharum 'Bailsta') Fall Fiesta Suger Maple (Fall) A close up picture of a Fall Fiesta Suger Maple (Fall)

Fall Fiesta Maple is a patented cultivar of sugar maple (Acer saccharum), the Fall Fiesta maple (Acer saccharum "Bailsta") is known for its rapid and vigorous growth rate. A first class, reliable disease resistance shade tree, featuring a fiery blend of fall colors ranging from yellow to orange and red.

Scarlet Jewell™ Maple

(Acer rubrum 'Bailcraig') Scarlet Jewell™ Maple (Fall)

Scarlet Jewell™ Maple is a seedless Red Maple variety is a selection from northern Minnesota that has green foliage that becomes a brilliant red two weeks earlier than other red maples in fall.

Firefall™ Maple

(Acer x freemanii 'Firefall') Firefall™ Maple

Firefall™ Maple has deeply cut foliage, exceptional cold hardiness, and bright red fall color are among the special attributes of this tree. A controlled cross of Beebe cutleaf silver maple and Autumn Spire red maple, this University of Minnesota release is a fast growing, bright performer for the North.

Sugar Maple

(Acer saccharum) 3" Sugar Maple (Fall)

Sugar Maple is one of America’s best-loved trees. One of its most prominent features is amazing fall color. As the seasons change, the leaves turn vibrant shades of yellow, burnt orange and red.

Autumn Blaze Maple

(Acer freemanii 'Jeffersred’) Autumn Blaze Maple Tree (Fall)

A close up picture of a Autumn Blaze Maple (Fall)

Autumn Blaze Maple™ is a hybrid of two famous trees, the red and silver maples, and it soon surpassed them in looks and popularity. It captured the two trees' quality characteristics, such as brilliant red color, dense branching, and rapid growth rate.

Matador Maple

(Acer x freemanii 'Bailston')  Matador Maple (Fall) A close up picture of a Matador Maple

Matador Maple has a deeper red fall color then Autumn Blaze, colors more consistently, gains its fall color later and holds its leaves longer.

Hot Wings® Tatarian Maple

(Acer tataricum 'GarAnn') A close up picture of a Hot Wings® Tatarian Maple (Summer) A close up picture of a Hot Wings® Tatarian Maple (Summer)

Hot Wings® Tatarian Maple stands out for six weeks every summer with its breath-taking scarlet red samaras (helicopters) contrasting with the rich green foliage giving it an appearance of being in bloom. One of the employees said it reminded him of Christmas in July. In the spring, clusters of yellow-white flowers cover the tree after the leaves appear. Fall leaf color transforms from orange-red on the outside of the tree to yellow in the middle.

Ginnala Maple

(Acer ginnala) 2" Ginnala Maple Tree (Fall)Tree Form 10' Ginnala Maple Clump (Fall)Clump Form A close up picture of a Ginnala Maple

Ginnala Maple is a dense, finely branched, small tree or large shrub with an irregular, rounded habit. Bright green leaves turn to shades of scarlet, orange and yellow in fall.

Japanese Tree Lilac

(Syringa reticulata) 10' Japanese Tree Lilac in bloom (summer)
A close up picture of a Japanese Tree Lilac and a Dragonfly

Japanese Tree Lilac is larger than the shrub lilacs and it blooms a little later. It produces large clusters of small creamy-white, fragrant flowers.

Canada Red Cherry

(Prunus virginiana 'Shubert') 2" Canada Red Cherry
A close up picture of a Canada Red Cherry

Canada Red Cherry is a very hardy ornamental tree with early green leaves becoming maroon in late spring. Fragrant, white, spring flowers are followed by sweet purplish red fruit in summer. Canada Red is a very reliable tree for use in areas with extremely difficult conditions. It tolerates very cold, heat, wind, poor soil and fluctuating temperatures.

Serviceberry Clump

(Amelanchier lamarckii) 10' Serviceberry Clump (Fall) A close up picture of a Serviceberry 16' Serviceberry Clump (Fall)

A showy large shrub or smaller tree with pretty clusters of snowy white flowers in spring followed by edible purple berries in summer, good fall color.

Serviceberry Shadblow Multi Stem

(Amelanchier canadensis {L.} Medik.) Serviceberry multi stem 8' 8' Serviceberry Clump in bloom (spring) Serviceberry Multi Stem in Bloom 8' Serviceberry Clump in Summer

Canadian service-berry or shadblow service-berry is a multi-trunked shrub growing in clumps with many upright branches. Long-petaled, white blossoms, opening before leaves emerge. Enduring fall foliage is orange to rusty-red.

Amur Maacki

(Maacki amurense) 2.5" Amur Maacki in bloom(summer)
Amur Maacki bark

Amur Maacki is a handsome, yet little known and used tree. The foliage emerges a unique blue-green, maturing to a rich dark green. The panicles of white flowers bloom midsummer when few other trees are blooming. Even the scaly bark is quite handsome. Matures at about 25' high and wide and makes is great as a patio tree or other speciaman use.