Shrub Information

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Crabapple, Red Splendor (Malus 'red splendor') (Not available in 2018)


A large attractive shrub or small tree with a height of 15-25’ and width of 20’.  Developed by Melvin Bergeson, Fertile MN.  Red flower buds open in spring to form pink flowers.  Dark red fruits  persisist throughout winter to provide wildlife food.  Leaves are dard reddish green and turn reddish purple in the fall.  Medium groth rate.   Links: North Dakota Tree HandbookMN Dept. of Transportation Plant Selector; Description.

Cranberry, Highbush (Viburnum trilobum)


Also known as American Cranberry Bush.  A large attractive native shrub with a height of 10-12’ and width of 6-10’.  Showy 4-5” clusters of small white flowers in spring.  Edible fruit is ½” diameter, turns bright red in late summer, and remains on stem throughout the winter or until eaten by birds. Leaves turn orange-red in fall.  Prefers rich soil with ample moisture, full sun or shade.  Moderate growth rate.   Links: North Dakota Tree Handbook; MN Tree Handbook; University of Connecticut; The Right Tree Handbook; Ohio DNR; Virginia Tech; MN Dept. of Transportation Plant Selector; University of Wisconsin Madison  .

Dogwood, Redosier (Cornus sercea)


    A native shrub noted for its red winter twig color which becomes brighter in late winter.  Has a height of 8-10’ and width of 8-10’.  Flowers are in 2-3” white clusters in late spring.  Fruits are small white berries maturing in summer and readily eaten by birds.  Moderately fast growing, multi stemmed, root suckering.  Shade tolerant, prefers wet sites.  Links:  North Dakota Tree Handbook; MN Tree Handbook, University of Connecticut, MN Dept. of Transportation Plant Selector; The Right Tree Handbook; Forest Images (of tree, leaf, stem, ...); U of Wisconsin Madison 

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Hazelnut, American (Corylus americana)           

Also known as American Filbert.  A large multi stemmed native shrub with a height of 6-12’ and width of 6-12’.  Fruit is a dark brown edible acorn-like nut about ½” long ripening in September or October.  Suckers from rhizomes forming thickets; has shallow, fibrous roots.  Shade tolerant.  High wildlife rating. Growth rate is moderate.  Links: University of Connecticut; Virginia Tech; Ohio DNR; BWCA; MN Department of Transportation Plant Selector; U of W Madison

Juneberry (also called "Serviceberry"), (Amelanchier alnifolia)  (not available in 2020)         

 A hardy, medium to tall suckering multi stemmed native shrub with a height of 6-15’ and width of 5-12’, forming thickets.  Also called Saskatoon berry.  White flowers.  Fruit is bluish purple when ripe and highly prized for food and by wildlife; ripening in mid Summer.  Partial shade tolerant, but prefers full sun..  High wildlife rating. Growth rate is moderate.  Links: MN Tree Handbook, The Right Tree Handbook, MN Department of Transportation Plant Selector; U of W Madison

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Lilac, Common (Syringa vulgaris)         

        

A large, rounded headed suckering shrub with a height of 10-12’ and width of 10-12’.  Noted for showy, fragrant, usually purple flowers.  Prefer full sun.  Drought tolerant. Links: North Dakota Tree Handbook; University of Connecticut; MN Dept. of Transportation Plant Selector; The Right Tree Handbook; U of W Madison

Plum, American "Prairie Red" (Prunus Americana "Prairie Red")
              

A hybrid plum that is winter hardy for this area.  A medium sized single stemmed shrub with a height of up to 15 feet and width of 15feet.  Can form thickets from root sprouts or suckers, but is normally less that Wild Plum.   White flowers bloom in May.  Large edible fruits can be up to 1.5 inches in diameter.     Links: USDA NRCS 

Redbud, Eastern (Cercis canadensis)
              (not available in 2020)

Height of 20-25 feet, spread of 25-30 feet, vase shaped small tree. 

A spectacular and hardy spring bloomer, with very showy pink to purple flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring.  Somewhat coarse heart-shaped leaves; a top choice small ornamental tree for specimen use in the northern landscape. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered

location. LakeForest.eduMN DOT; Eastern Redbud pdf;   Ontario Trees 

Willow, Flame (Salix Flame)
              (not available in 2020)

Flame willow is grown for its ornamental qualities.  Both in summer and in winter, the branches retain a bright orangey-red glow.  The numerous branches of this willow are especially striking against dark evergreens.  Height = 13 feet, Full sun to light shade, hardiness zone 3  MN DOT

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