We are excited to introduce some new varieties of trees to our nursery yard this spring! You’ll find reliable natives, narrower shapes to fit into urban lots, and superior fall color among the varieties we’re stocking this year. Stop in and chat with our knowledgeable nurserymen and women to determine which tree is the best fit for your landscape, as well as the companion plants that bring out the best in your selection.

Shade Trees

Parkland Pillar Birch (Betula platyphylla ‘Jefpark’) 40’ tall, 6-7’ wide. This birch has a unique dense, narrow shape that fits well into urban landscapes. It is heat and drought tolerant. It has the white bark and golden fall color characteristic of birches.
Heartland Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa ‘Hiawatha 2’) 50’ tall, 25’ wide. This is a narrower catalpa, with an upright oval shape that fits nicely into city landscapes. It’s a tough prairie species that is heat and drought resistant.
Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) 20-30’ tall, 25-35’ wide. Long panicles of golden flowers drip from this medium-sized tree in mid-summer, when landscapes are in need of color. Flowers are followed by paper-lantern seed pods and yellow fall color.
Black Oak (Quercus velutina) 40-50’ tall, 40-50’ wide. This is a native Nebraskan red oak with large (up to 12” long) dark, glossy leaves and beautiful burgundy-red fall color. We love oaks for their value as a long-lived heritage tree. They grow slowly, which gives the tree time to develop strong wood, and they are resistant to diseases and other environmental problems.
Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) 40-50’ tall, 50-60’ wide. This oak makes a statement with strong branching. It’s known for being drought-tolerant and adaptable to a range of soil conditions. Like the Black Oak, the Chinkapin is long-lived with strong wood and native to eastern and central United States.
Flashfire Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum ‘JFS-Caddo2’) 45’ tall, 40’ wide. The brightest scarlet red fall color in a heat-resistant cultivar of sugar maples yet! It starts color change early in the fall. The crown is broadly oval in shape. Flashfire is slow-growing, which makes it a reliable heritage tree that can live up to 100 years.
Matador Maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Bailston’) 40-45’ tall, 20-40’ wide. This improved Maple cultivar has deeper red fall color than Autumn Blaze, with more consistent fall color than Sienna Glen. It turns color later and holds onto its leaves longer. Stronger branching and a strong central leader make this a lasting choice for landscaping.

Northwood Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Northwood’)
40-60’ tall, 25-40’ wide. This medium-sized red maple can adapt to a wide range of soils, and can tolerate poor (but not swampy!) drainage. Cool fall weather and the first frost will bring the best red color. It has a rounded to oval shaped crown.

Pacific Sunset Maple (Acer truncatum x Acer platanoides ‘Warrenred’)
30’ tall, 25’ wide. This cross between a truncatum and a Norway maple is fast-growing and very drought-tolerant with an upright spreading crown. Yellow-orange to red fall color begins early.


Rotundaloba Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Rotundaloba’)
60-70’ tall, 20-30’ wide. This seedless, narrowly pyramidal variety of Sweetgum is unique because of its rounded leaf tips. Its fall color ranges from bright orange and red to purple.

Yellowwood (Cladratis kentukea)
30-50’ tall, 40-55’ wide. Extremely fragrant panicles of pea-like white flowers bloom in spring on a graceful, subtly weeping habit. This beautiful tree comes from the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.

Village Green Zelkova (Zelkova serrata ‘Village Green’)
40-60’ tall, 30-50’ wide. Village Green Zelkovas have been used as a replacement for American elm trees because of their resistance to Dutch Elm Disease. This variety is known for its upward spreading, vase-shaped crown, rusty red fall color, and resistance to leaf-eating insects.

Wireless Zelkova (Zelkova serrata ‘Schmidtlow’)
24’ tall, 36’ wide. The perfect height and umbrella shape for planting underneath power lines, with beautiful deep red fall color.

Ornamental Trees

Red Jade Crabapple (Malus × scheideckeri ‘Red Jade’)
12-15’ tall, 15-20’ wide. This is a great small, umbrella-shaped crabapple with weeping branches that almost reach the ground. Pink-tinged, white buds open into white flowers in spring. Bright red crabapples persist into the winter and are attractive to birds.

Emporer I Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Wolff’)
15’ tall & wide. Deep reddish-plum colored foliage turns bright scarlet in the fall. This variety buds out later in the spring, which makes it more resistant to damage from late frosts. It grows faster than other Japanese maples. Japanese maples need to be protected from the hot afternoon sun.

Northwind Maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum)
20’ tall, 12’ wide. This Korean cross looks similar to a Japanese maple, but is hardier. Leaves emerge red in the spring, fade to green in the summer, and turn brilliant red-orange in the fall. Like Japanese maples, Northwind should be shaded from the afternoon sun.

Evergreen Trees

Skybound Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Skybound’)
18’ tall, 5’ wide. This arborvitae forms a dense pillar, commonly used for screens or tall hedges. It performs better without pruning.

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