Fire blight resistant. ELM, PRINCETON (Ulmus americana âPrincetonâ) Ht: 50-70 ft, Spd: 30-40 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. MOUNTAIN ASH, CARDINAL ROYAL (Sorbus aucuparia âMichredâ (pp3114)) Ht 20-30 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. ELM, VALLEY FORGE (Ulmus americana âValley Forgeâ) Ht 60 ft, Spd 40 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Contact your local county Extension office through our County Office List. “You want the junkyard dogs of trees,” says Davis, “tough, durable species that can get planted in places like roadways and grow well. Another benefit of using Colorado native trees in landscapes is that they attract a wide variety of wildlife including mammals, birds, and butterflies. Light green leaves turning yellow in the fall. The leaves will turn red to orange in the fall. Cottonwood with large, dark green, rust-resistant leaves. Similar in size and color variation to blue spruce but with more layered, spaced branching. Hardy to 8000 ft, where it grows in beautiful groves that may cover entire mountainsides. Double pink flowers. Oval shape with good central leader. MAPLE, COLUMNAR NORWAY (Acer platanoides âColumnarâ) Ht 40-45 ft, Spd 15-25 ft. Full sun, moderate water needs. COTTONWOOD, STRAIGHT PLAINS COTTONLESS (Populus sargentii âJeronimusâ) Ht 70-80 ft, Spd 40-50 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm Strong branch development stands up well in snow. Many specimens are mistaken for blue spruce. Learn more about us or about our partners. GOLDEN RAIN TREE (Koelreuteria paniculata) Ht 30-40 ft, Spd 30-40 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Drought tolerant, and it must have good drainage. By understanding your planting zone for Colorado, you will be more successful in your efforts to create a wonderful garden. An excellent dwarf accent tree. The Colorado State tree. Abundant Â½â- 3/4â thorns are attractive. For example, a Colorado blue spruce, which has a high moisture requirement, should not be sited with plants of dissimilar water needs. JUNIPER, MOONGLOW (Juniperus scopulorum âMoonglowâ) Ht 16-20 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). It can be used as a medium screen, or as a formal specimen. Better in windy locations than the Japanese Tree Lilac. Leaves are bronze-green with good fall color. âRadiantâ has a compact rounded form. ELM, DISCOVERY (Ulmus davidiana âDiscoveryâ) Ht 40 ft, Spd: 30 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Good yellow to red fall color. The fruit is glossy cherry red and 5/8″ in diameter. It is great for planting along the street or under power lines. An open, upright, oval crown sets this Locust apart. Clusters of white flowers in spring, glossy green foliage. fast-growing, upright, rounded, dense branching; fast-growing; soft, medium to dark green needles; native to southwest, with occurrences in Montezuma. Fragrant blossoms are followed by 1Â½â yellow-green apples which can make good jelly. Russian Hawthorn is a small, attractive, broad-headed tree with a moderate growth rate. OAK, WAVYLEAF (Quercus undulata) Ht 10-20 ft, Spd 10-15 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). No endorsement of products mentioned is intended nor is criticism implied of products not mentioned. Englemann spruce is found in Colorado’s Rockies, growing at high elevation, up to 12,000 feet near the alpine tree line. 1â acorn is a shiny light brown in color. Leaves are a brighter purple. An excellent, hardy small ornamental tree. Glossy green foliage. Elegant, small weeping tree trained to a 5′ standard. A distinctive ornamental tree. Produces beautiful upright panicles of fragrant, cream white flowers in early to mid-June. PINE, PIÃON (Pinus edulis) Ht 15-30 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (xeric). Fragrant white flower panicles up to 12â long, bloom on female trees followed by mahogany colored seed pods that persist through winter. Numerous corymbs of white flowers appear in late May. Bright magenta-pink flowers are followed by Â¼â persistent red fruit and glorious orange-red foliage in the fall. Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica) Trees in the Colorado Springs area (and in Colorado in general) face an array of challenges. Privacy Statement | New growth is bright green, turning to burgundy-red as the leaves mature. The flowers appear in late April to early May and are white with red centers. Its gnarled habit gives the tree an interesting silhouette. Tell us (or take a picture and show us!) Its slender, ascending branches give âProfusionâ an upright rounded form. Disease resistance is not as good as some other crabs, but no others are fruitless. OAK, SWAMP WHITE (Quercus bicolor) Ht 40-50 ft, Spd 40-45 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Ruby-red flower buds open to semi-double pink flowers. Medium growth rate. The good news is that this is a much hardier selections than some other pears, it is fire blight resistant, the small fruit is tasty, and it is grafted for increased tolerance to alkaline soils. Should always be planted above grade, and slightly higher in lawn areas where it will thrive if this practice is observed. CHERRY, CANADA RED (Prunus virginiana âCanada Redâ) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 18-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. SPRUCE, ENGLEMANN (Picea englemannii) Ht 50-80 ft, Spd 20-30 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. The leaves are a rough textured, dark green, with toothed margins. The buds are a bright crimson and flowers are followed by dark glossy red 3/8â fruit. Clusters of creamy white flowers bloom in late spring and are followed by showy bright orange berries in September. It has dark green elliptical leaves with toothed margins. 5 go-to trees that are perfect for Colorado Front Range gardens. May sprout to form groves (multi-stemmed). Fast growing. The maroon Â½â fruits are persistent. Native tree of the Rocky Mountains. A great shade tree for smaller areas. Purplish-black berries were favorites of Native American tribes. FIR, WHITE (Abies concolor) Ht 70 ft, Spd 25 ft. Full sun or part shade, moderate water. Reaches a height of about half of most other uprights. Grows best when protected, but adapts well to varying conditions. It is not particular to soil type or PH which is important for success in our climate. The Montane zone consists of ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, and aspen woodlands at elevations of 8,000 to 9,500 feet. This type of soil has good drainage and is ideal for growing trees … CRAB, INDIAN MAGIC (Malus âIndian Magicâ) Ht 15 ft, Spd 15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Ponderosa and Austrian growing side by side will look the same more often than not. The leaves are a dark green color with serrated edges that will turn a burgundy-red color in the fall. Its foliage is at first green which changes to a deep purple as the season progresses. Container-grown trees can be planted at any time during the growing season. CRAB, SARGENT TINA (Malus âsargentiiâ) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Fall color is scarlet red and can be spectacular with the leaves holding on into winter. They are also known as Rocky Mountain or Alpine Fir. It has great resistance to Dutch Elm Disease. The large leaves and showy late blooms make this a distinctive shade tree. MAPLE, AMUR /GINNALA FLAME (Acer ginnala) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). Rated highly for disease resistance. This tree is the fastest growing of all the trees we produce. Excellent disease resistance with purple-red leaves turning green with a red cast. The majority of the state on either side of the Rocky Mountains is USDA Hardiness Zone 5. The branches often droop due to the numerous slender terminating branches. Hand dug trees have a very low survival rate in sizes larger than about four feet. ELM, TRIUMPH (Ulmus âMorton Glossyâ) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 35-40 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. PINE, SCOTCH (Pinus sylvestris) Ht 60-100 ft, Spd 30-40 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water. Deep blue, pyramidal form. A small shrubby tree lilac similar to Japanese Tree Lilac, but with smaller leaves that suffer less tatter. Transplants readily. OAK, BUR (Quercus macrocarpa) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 35-45 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). COTTONWOOD, SIOUXLAND COTTONLESS (Populus deltoides âSiouslandâ) Ht 70-90 ft, Spd 35-45 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. PINE, AUSTRIAN (Pinus nigra) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 20-40 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). A greater amount of variability, though, can occur in its winter color. White flowers born in clusters in early May, usually wonât appear until tree is older (3-4â in caliper). The bark is creamy white and cork-like. Colorado's cold climate restricts the types of plants that can thrive outdoors. Purple, reddish-orange fall color. PINE, VANDERWOLFâS (Pinus flexilis âVanderwolfs Pyramidâ) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 10-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. It requires very little water once established, and it doesn’t need any pruning or maintenance. The descriptions are for trees as they grow in Colorado, rather than for the same trees from other regions with different sizes and appearance. They give the tree a finer textured, more delicate appearance. The leaves on this tree emerge a bright green color turning to a deep reddish- purple color in the summer and fall. CRAB, CENTURION (Malus âcenturionâ) Ht 15 ft, Spd 12-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. WINTERBERRY (Euonymus bungeanus) Ht 18-15 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Can be a large multi-stemmed shrub. Outstanding crimson-red fall color. Seitz is Colorado’s state soil. Moderately pyramidal when young maturing to a rounded crown. This tree is a little narrower in growth then the Valley Forge Elm. Typically a pyramidal tree, but can also be vase-like, or a mounding shrub with multiple stems. This crabapple is columnar in its youth, maturing to a vase-shaped specimen with single, dark red flowers followed by persistent, deep red Â½â fruit. Beautiful pink flowers. Oblong lobed leaves are 5-8â in length, deep green above, whitish and velvety beneath. A selection of Colorado Spruce. The Blue Spruce reaches heights of 25-98 feet. This tree has coarse medium green foliage that is broadly ovate with 10â long heart-shaped bases. The leaves are deep green above and light blue-green beneath, and have a brownish fall color. Occurs as a single or multi-stemmed tree. Native Rocky Mountain oak with a shrubby growth habit but may also grow as a small tree to 30 ft. Glossy green leaves turn a golden yellow to an occasional orange or red in fall. Non-Discrimination Statement | Excellent for seasonal change. Withstands drought conditions very well. Good resistance to leaf blight. “Sometimes called the gambel … Will do better in lighter soils. This tree comes from a very hardy northern plains seed source. Centurion crabapple has red buds that open to red flowers. The original selection was made from the Cheyenne Research Station. ASH, PATMORE SEEDLESS (Fraxinus pennsylvanica âPatmoreâ) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 25-35 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). Very symmetrical, pyramidal evergreen native to the Rocky Mountains. Upright spreading form with green foliage and golden yellow bark. We found it 15 years ago and every plant we ever made from it remained sucker freeâ¦Thus it was named Sucker Punch. Over time, they reward the homeowner with their natural beauty and other benefits. CRAB. An excellent lawn or street tree with cinnamon colored bark and dark green leaves that are smaller than the Tilia âAmericanaâ and therefore not as susceptible to wind damage. A Linden selection with an upright narrow growth habit and uniform branching. They become susceptible to rot as they age which may cause the tree to fall apart. Tolerates both dry conditions and alkaline soils. Narrow irregular crowned tree with large, light green, heart-shaped leaves. CHOKECHERRY, SCHUBERT (Prunus virginiana âShubertâ ) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 18-20 ft. Low to moderate water needs, full to part sun, very adaptable. This is a hybrid maple that grows into an excellent pyramid-oval form. The rich leathery leaves are oak-like in shape, dark glossy green on their upper surfaces, and gray on their undersides. All of these can handle minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit winter temperatures except peaches and nectarines, which get damaged starting at minus 12-14 degrees F. Which Fruit Trees Grow in Colorado All payment transactions will take place outside, on the east side of our office at the 4 check out stations, the checkout line starts on the south side of our office. Produces a tan samara fruit in late summer to fall. Excellent resistance to fire blight. Some say âvery desirableâ others say âhard to digestâ. JUNIPER, WOODWARD (Juniperus scopulorum âWoodwardâ) Ht 12-20 ft, Spd 2-4 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). Small tree or large shrub, native to the southern Rocky Mountains. LOCUST, PURPLE ROBE (Robinia Psuedoacacia âPurple Robeâ) Ht 30-40 ft, Spd: 25-35 ft. Tolerates full to part sun, low to moderate water needs. SERVICEBERRY, SHADBLOW (Amelanchier canadensis) Ht 6-20+ ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (xeric). Older stems develop an interesting corky bark. Arching limbs and a graceful vase shape characterize this outstanding hybrid. Large, green leaves with purplish tints. ASPEN, NURSERY GROWN QUAKING (Populus tremuloides) Ht 20-30 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. A Colorado native. Deer resistant. JUNIPER, WICHITA BLUE (Juniperus scopulorum âWichita Blueâ) Ht 16-20 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). Acorns Â¾â to 1Â½â are enclosed by a heavily fringed cap. Russet-orange to apricot fall color. Red flowers. Needles angle more from the branches and needles on the top growth lay tight against the leader. We are producing more of these. White flowers cover this tree in the spring and are followed by dense clusters of fruit. Japanese Tree Lilac. ©2020, Colorado State University Extension, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 USA. It has glossy green leaves through the summer turning to a yellow color in the fall. Collins Selectâ) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 15-25 ft. In mid to late summer the whole tree begins to glow as the very abundant 1/5â cherry-like dark red fruits ripen. MAPLE, PARKWAY NORWAY (Acer platanoides âColumnarbroadâ) Ht 40 ft, Spd 25 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. New leaves emerge fuzzy pink and mature to glossy bright green. White flowers bloom in early spring before the leaves emerge. *J. Klett, Colorado State University Extension landscape and horticulture specialist; B. Fahey, Jefferson County Extension natural resources/horticulture agent; R. Cox, Arapahoe County Extension horticulture agent., retired, and I. Shonle, Gilpin County Extension Director/Agent. Its medium green five-lobed leaves turn yellow in fall. Under favorable climatic and environmental conditions, the deciduous trees can even grow up to a fascinating height of 80 feet (24 meters). Very adaptable and tolerant of heavy soils. SERVICEBERRY, AUTUMN BRILLIANCE (Amelanchier x grandiflora âAutumn Brillianceâ)Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 10-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A fast growing tree native to our area. Exfoliating bark. CRAB, ROYAL RAINDROPS (Malus âJFS-WK5â (PP 14375)) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Trees are by far the largest and most numerous large living organisms in … COTTONWOOD, NORâEASTER COTTONLESS (Populus x canadensis âNoreasterâ) Ht 50-75 ft, Spd 40-45 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. MAPLE, HEDGE (Acer campestre) Ht 25-30 ft, Spd 25-30 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Pyramidal form with strong, sturdy trunk. Compact while young, branching out as it matures. A slow-growing pine with dense, dark green foliage and light gray bark. The attractive fruit is persistent. The reddish-orange bark of mature trees and sparse foliage have their own charm. Bears 1Â½â crimson fruit which has excellent flavor and makes good jelly. Rounded growth habit with moderately spreading branches. The light green foliage turns scarlet-orange in the fall. CRAB, DOLGO (Malus âDolgoâ) Ht 25-35 ft, Spd 20-30 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. The quaking Aspen trees are generally medium in size with an average height of 30 feet (9 meters). PEAR, REDSPIRE (Pyrus calleryana âRedspireâ)Ht 35-45 ft, Spd 20-30 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. LINDEN, AMERICAN SENTRY (Tilia americana âAmerican Sentryâ) Ht 40-45 ft, Spd 25-30 ft. Full to part sun, moderate water needs. Normally deer resistant. These native “pocket gardens” can be located in areas such as parkways and next to hardscapes that are difficult to irrigate. It has fragrant white flowers in loose drooping racemes Â½â across to 6â long that appear in late April to early May. Shiny red fruits mature in late summer and persist into winter if they are not eaten by the birds. The name comes from the long bean-shaped fruit. An upright form of European Aspen found in Sweden. Suitable for planting where space is limited. Strong branching resists ice and snow breakage. The fall color is a bright burgundy-red. Pruning is seldom needed. Seedless. There are many non-native plants that are adapted to Colorado’s climate and can be used in a native landscape as long as moisture, light, and soil requirements are similar. Foliage is attractive, although if located in a spot exposed to spring winds, can become shredded and look poor all summer long. Our unique soil and environmental conditions can be difficult to understand, and oftentimes requires the advice of a professional. Generally grown in colonies, Aspen trees feature thin white-colored bark with tiny, tender, and round leaves. LILAC TREE, IVORY SILK (Strubga reticulate âIvory Silkâ) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Ubiquitous throughout the Rockies. Characteristic white bark and golden-yellow, to occasionally orange-red, fall color. HAWTHORN, TOBA (Crataegusx mordenensis âTobaâ) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 15-18 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. SPRUCE, BLUE TOTEM (Picea pungens Fastiglata Wells âBlue Totemâ) Ht 12-15 ft, Spd 2-3 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Will do well over 8000â elevation. CRAB, ROYAL BEAUTY WEEPING (Malus âRoyal BeautYâ) Ht 5 ft, Spd 6 ft. The tree is very adaptable to many growing conditions. Pinnately-compounded leaves are blue-green in summer. Foliage emerges a bright gold and fades to lime green as it matures making this a distinctly different tree. Many people assume that because Colorado is a high altitude environment, fruit trees don't grow well in the state. MOUNTAIN ASH, OAK LEAF (Sorbus hybrid) Ht 25-30 ft, Spd 20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Small, rounded tree with slender horizontal branches. This cross between Silver Maple and Red Maple is one of the hardiest available. Characteristic corky knobbed bark texture. Deer resistant, edible nuts in cones. Introduced by Highland Nursery in Greeley. Fragrant flowers of pale pink emerge all along branches in spring followed by striking maroon red foliage. Silver maples are soft wooded and break easily in storms. We do not sell hand dug Ponderosa. Slow growing Rocky Mountain native that grows into ancient specimens on exposed slopes in high elevations. More drought tolerant than most spruce. maple with compound leaves found along streams; large, densely pyramidal tree with blue-green, Colorado State Tree; sharp, stiff needles ranging. A medium sized ornamental tree with great seasonal interest. Medium Shade Trees Generously endowed with small 3/8â thorns. Broad, oval head shape, branching better than Silver Maple. Upright, semi-dwarf of sky gray color. This zone is characterized by semi desert shrublands and piñon pine-juniper woodlands at its upper limit. Landscaping with natives on a large or small scale can maintain biodiversity that otherwise would be lost to development. Fast growing plant that can provide a quick screen and attracts birds. PINE, MUGO (Pinus mugo âMughusâ) Ht 15-25 ft, Spd 20-25 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs(xeric). White flowers in 3â-6â long drooping racemes appear mid-spring followed by small Â¼â dark purple fruit. The ovate leaves are green in the late spring and summer and turn to stunning red to orange in the fall. Disclaimer | A selection with an upright oval form and dark glossy green foliage. So before completing a landscape design, check with local authorities, including homeowner’s associations, to discover any regulations that may affect your design. CHOKECHERRY, SUCKER PUNCH RED-LEAF (Prunus x virginiana âP002sâ) Ht 20-30 ft, Spd 18-20 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. CISTENA, PRUNUS TREE FORM/MULI-STEM (Prunus x cistena) Ht 8 ft, Spd 6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Many of these varieties can handle weather up to -25 degrees Fahrenheit as long as they are planted in a protected area (near the home). JUNIPER, BLUE ARROW (Juniperus virginiana âBlue Arrowâ) Ht 12-16 ft, Spd: 2-4 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). Fall color is often yellow but at times develops a brilliant orange-red to reddish brown. Statuesque crown. MAPLE, CELEBRATION (Acer x fremanii âCelebrationâ ) Ht 40-50 ft, Spd: 25-35 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Easiest to use as a shrub unless suckers are maintained while the tree is young. Fall color varies from brown to yellow to burgundy-red. Has well spaced branches on erect growing trunk. Colorado native trees are naturally adapted to their specific Colorado climate, soil, and environmental conditions. MAPLE, DEBORAH NORWAY (Acer platanoides ‘Deborah’) Ht 40-45 ft, Spd 40 ft. Full sun, moderate water needs. CSU Extension - A division of the Office of Engagement. Fragrant white flowers in late June followed by seed pods. Also check my one-page "Instant Tree Finder," a one-page guide to the conifers. Growing native trees does not exclude the use of adapted non-native plants. Fall color is orange to red and very striking. JUNIPER, SKYROCKET (Juniperus scopulorum âSkyrocketâ) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun, low water needs (xeric). COTTONWOOD, NARROWLEAF COTTONLESS (Populus x angustifolia) Ht 50-60 ft, Spd 35-45 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. 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