The Engelmann’s spruce (Picea engelmanii) is seldom planted and seen in the Midwest, although an example of this slender pyramidal evergreen tree, which is much more graceful than the widely planted Colorado spruce, can be seen and admired at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Of all the fruits the apple has developed the largest number of varieties, American lists totaling more than 2,500 and European countless others, with new ones being introduced annually.
Spruce are forest trees common through much of the Northern Hemisphere and are at their finest grown free-standing in an open space where their natural beauty will increase as the years pass.
Few flowers are as consistently showy as those of the deciduous shrubs in the genus Hydrangea with their enormous clusters of summer-blooming white, pink or blue flowers.
The Mugo pine is one of the most dependable dwarf conifers for park and lawn planting and one of the few pines that will tolerate light shade.
A chance seedling River birch (Betula nigra) was discovered in the 1970s and cultivated by cloning. This unusual River birch has a dwarf, compact, dense habit, reaching 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide.
Contrary to popular opinion, the tree peony is a surprisingly easy shrub to grow, as long as it basic needs are met. The name “tree peony” must be dismissed as an exaggeration since this woody shrub can grow 4 to 5 feet tall and spread an equal distance.
This unusual sugar maple seedling, so different in shape and growth from the surrounding sugar maple trees, was the result of a seed-variation. Never does a seed exactly reproduce its parent. Neither do any two seeds, even from the same fruit, ever produce plants exactly alike.
A new variety of dessert apple developed by David MacGregor of Fairhaven Farms located at South Haven, Wright County, Minnesota, is now available to consumers. Kinderkrisp is an open pollinated seedling of Honeycrisp and an unknown variety.
It is not often we see Firs, the common name for the genus Abies, a hardy evergreen tree of the Pine Family, growing in the landscape throughout our area. Firs are generally conical in shape and of particular beauty in youth. Their upright cones and flat leaves (needles) distinguish them from the Spruces, which have […]