The Montmorency Cherry Tree produces the United States' most popular sour cherry. It is considered the best cherry for pie making. This deliciously tart cherry matures in June and is bright red in color, medium in size, and has clear juicy flesh. Brilliant snow-white flowers appear in spring, and are followed by clusters of red sour cherries in July. Because it’s self-pollinating, only one tree is needed to produce buckets of delicious, tangy cherries.
The tree grows 15-20 feet tall with a similar spread. Montmorency Cherry trees can be maintained at any height with pruning. As with all sour cherry trees it has a beautiful round shape for a featured spot in the landscape.
It is extremely winter hardy and very adaptable. Fruiting time can take 3-4 years depending on soil and planting site.
Hardy to -30° Maximum elevation: 6,000 ft
Juniperus scopulorum 'Moonglow'
The Moonglow Juniper is a beautiful evergreen which is native to North America. It makes the ArborAdvisor catalog for the following reasons:
Cold-hardy down to -50
Can handle a variety of soil types
This tree thrives nationally across the central United States including Colorado. It has dazzling blue foliage that, like the name suggests, reflects the moonlight in a silvery display. Unlike other trees which lose their leaves or drop cones, the Moonglow Juniper will look exactly the same all year long with cool, silvery needles on dense upward forming branches. This tree forms a dense growth habit which makes it frequently used as a privacy screen or windbreak. This tree does not shed any needles or produce any litter at all which make it virtually maintenance free (other than occasional watering, especially during the first few years.)
This tree will naturally grow to 10-15 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide, but can be pruned to remain smaller if so desired. Plant in full sun or partial sun.
Hardy to -50°F Maximum Elevation: 8,500 ft.
Prunus cerasifera 'Newport'
The Newport Plum has unique purple colored leaves which makes it a great landscaping tree to break up the common green color of most landscapes. In the spring, the Newport Plum is one of the first trees to bloom delicate pink flowers. Its flowers produce a fragrant scent.
When the spring flowers are done flowering, a 1-inch purple fruit will develop which is a draw for birds in the area. The foliage of the tree turns a maroon-red in the summer and fall. The Newport Plum grows to 15 feet in height with an equal spread. Its spreading branches create a rounded crown. It’s a hardy tree requiring little maintenance and it's not bothered by deer.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 6,500 ft.
The Northern Catalpa tree is a fast growing tree with amazing spring blooms. It is a unique ornamental shade tree with large, showy white, trumpet-shaped spring flowers and bean shaped pods persisting into the winter.
It may reach heights of 70 feet tall and 40 feet wide, making a great shade tree that is known to attract hummingbirds. The huge heart shaped leaves can be as big as 12 inches across which help provide great shade and easier leaf raking in the fall.
The Northern Catalpa is very tolerant of tough conditions. It withstands wet, dry, alkaline soils and hot, dry environments, but prefers moist, deep soil. It should be planted in full sun or at least partial sun.
Tolerates heat and cold well. This tree is easy to grow and tolerates many conditions.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 6,000 ft
Pinus cembroides edulis
The Piñon Pine is a medium-sized pine tree native to Colorado. It has spreading upward branches which creates a broad, bushy, rounded evergreen with short green needles. This tree produces small reddish-brown cones with edible nuts. This tree is great for either accent planting or as a privacy screen. It tolerates poor soils, extreme cold, as well as harsh weather conditions. The Piñon Pine is a popular tree for smaller spaces because it tends to not out grow limited spaces. Its average size will be 20 feet tall by 15 feet wide. It can be planted in full sun or partial sun areas.
Cold hardy to -35°F Maximum Elevation: 7,500 Feet
Pioneer Chinese Apricot
Prunus armeniaca 'Pioneer'
The Pioneer Chinese Apricot is a hardy deciduous tree that produces delicious, early fruit. In the spring, pink-hued, white flowers will appear across the tree’s branches. After spring, oval green leaves cling to your Chinese Apricot’s branchlets by colorful, reddish stems through the warm months. As the season progresses, the flowers give way to spherical, pitted fruit. The fruit of the Chinese Apricot is freestone, making it easy to use in canning, drying, or in baked goods. It blooms very early and is also one of the earliest ripening fruits. Chinese Apricot is typically sold in semi-dwarf size, growing up to 15 feet in height and 15 feet wide. This is a hearty tree which is adaptable to many soil types, disease and pest resistant, and visually pleasing. This tree can be trimmed back as needed (much like a peach tree) to fit smaller spaces.
It doesn’t require a pollinator, so you can plant one and still get fruit!
Hardy to -40°F Maximum Elevation: 7,000 ft.
Native to the western US and Canada, the Ponderosa Pine, also known as Pinus Ponderosa, Bull Pine, Blackjack Pine, or Western Yellow Pine, thrives on the Colorado Front Range. If you're looking for an evergreen tree with year round color that doesn't take up precious ground space—this tree is for you. It's long limbs branch out well above the ground.
This tree has a large trunk and long limbs, so it will need a lot of room to branch out. This tree adds lovely color to a yard and remains green throughout the entire year. Young Ponderosa Pines have a black/brown bark but it matures into a orange/red bark. This tree grows a deep tap root which makes it a good choice in a windy site. Very cold hardy and drought tolerant tree. Space these trees 15 feet apart.
This tree requires full sun and is a fast growing tree to a mature height of 50-80 feet and width of 25 feet.
Hardy to -40°F Maximum Elevation: 9,000 ft.
Looking to add color to your yard? The Profusion Crabapple has intense red flower buds which bloom into stunning purple-pink flowers. Not only is this tree extremely hardy, disease resistant, and tolerant of most soils, the new leaves, which appear early in the season, are a rich coppery red and provide color most of the year. The Profusion Crabapple has upright spreading branches with berry sized fruit; very little of it drops to the ground. It is not a messy tree.
The Profusion Crabapple does well in urban areas and the country. It is not bothered by pollution, salt, or deer. This is a great flowering tree for small yards in particular as it only grows to about 15-20 feet tall with a broad canopy that stretches no wider than 20 feet.
This tree grows moderately fast and does best in full sun, but can also be planted in partial sun.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 7,500 ft.
A medium sized, upright deciduous tree native to Colorado. Small, heart-shaped leaves are a waxy-green in summer and brilliant shades of yellow to gold in the fall. A fast growing tree with smooth, white bark that becomes furrowed with age. This tree can be purchased in single stem or multi-stem "clump" form. Aspens can be planted in full or partly sunny areas. A very adaptable tree for a wide range of soil conditions.
It should be noted that Aspen trees don't always do well in the Front Range and have been know to have roots that spring up small sucker trees around the area below. Aspens are naturally a “succession” tree, moving into areas where other trees and shrubs were removed by logging, fire, erosion, insects or disease. As a succession species, they are not long lived and can be prone to disease and insect damage. It is smart to plant a few of these together as they seem to do best planted in groves. We did not remove them from the ArborAdvisor list however because of their iconic Colorado status, shimmering beauty, and the fact that they are perfect for certain types of planting locations—just not all.
Mature Height: 30-35 feet Mature Width: 15 feet Hardy to -50°F MaximumElevation: 10,000 ft.
The Radiant Crabapple is an ornamental tree with edible fruit. The Radiant Crabapple is named for its “radiant” bloom of aesthetically pleasing color. Its single, deep pink blossoms are followed by persistent red fruit, providing food for birds in winter. The flower buds swell into the deep pink 1 1/3-inch blossoms that will cover your tree for weeks in the spring and provide a beautiful fragrance.
The leaves on this Crabapple display a reddish-purplish hue in spring before turning a vigorous green in summer. In the fall the tree turns bright orange-red and ½-inch crabapples ripen, ready for you to harvest for cider or various culinary dishes if you'd like. If not, you can leave them for the wildlife with very little yard mess.
The Radiant Crabapple is a moderately fast growing tree with a broad, globe shaped crown. It needs to be watered occasionally in the heat of the summer and planted in full sun.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 8,000 Feet
Red Delicious Apple
Malus sylvestris 'Red Delicious'
The Red Delicious is the most widely grown variety of apple tree in the world. It should be noted that Red Delicious and Golden Delicious (the other ArborAdvisor recommended apple tree) are entirely different varieties of apple tree. Red Delicious apples are sweet, but very mild in flavor. The flesh is juicy with a light crispness. Blooms appear around mid April, with fruit ripening around mid September.
NOTE: Unlike the Golden Delicious, this tree needs a different variety of apple tree nearby for pollination. It may be smart to look around your property (100 yards) to see if a neighbor already has an apple tree which would act as a pollinator for your tree.
This tree can grow to between 15-20 feet tall with an equal spread, resulting in relatively rounded crown and pleasing landscape appearance which can last up to 50 years. In the spring, clusters of small white flowers with subtle pink hues will adorn its branches with their fragrant elegance. In the summer, dark green leaves adorn a rounded shape which turns a brilliant yellow in autumn, sprinkled with deep red fruit.
This is a hardy tree that grows very well in the Colorado Front Range.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum elevation: 7,500 ft.
Prunus persica 'Reliance'
Considered the hardiest of all peach tree varieties, the Reliance Peach thrives on the Colorado Front Range. The Reliance also typically produces more peaches than other varieties. This tree bears medium-to-large freestone fruit around mid August with a sweet, mild flavor. The Reliance Peach, after exhibiting beautiful pink flowers in early spring, produces a peach with dark red skin. This a tough tree that is fast growing and can adapt to many soil types as long as it is well-draining. For optimal fruit production it should be pruned annually. This tree should be planted in full sun. Reliance Peach trees grow naturally to average heights of 8-15 feet tall by 10-12 feet wide, but can be trimmed to fit most areas.
Hardy to -25° Maximum elevation: 6,000 ft
The Robinson Crabapple is a very popular tree in Colorado due to its huge pink blossoms (1.5" in diameter) in the spring and year round good looks. It's also a flowering tree that resists most of the diseases and pests that plague other varieties of crabapples.This tree typically blooms a little earlier than the other flowering trees which is a welcomed sight after winter. Its summer foliage is a bronze-green that changes to a nice coppery-orange in fall.
The Robinson Crabapple is best used as a landscaping tree in the yard or a featured tree in the landscape. This tree produces small red berries (3/8" in diameter) which attracts birds and butterflies. The fruit can also be harvested and used for jams. It has an upright and wide spreading canopy which grows to 15-20 feet tall and 15 feet wide at maturity. This tree is extremely easy to grow and requires little maintenance other than occasional summer watering during the first couple years. This tree grows fast and should be planted in full sun. Although it is not necessary, pruning every couple years can help define its shape. For best results, prune in the winter.
Hardy to -30 F Max. Elevation 7,500 ft.
Royal Raindrops Crabapple
Malus transitoria 'JFS-KW5'
If you're looking for a beautiful flowering tree for your yard, look no further. The Royal Raindrops Crabapple has magenta pink blooms, deep purple foliage, sparkling red fruits, and a bright fall medley of bronze, orange, and purple color giving it all-season appeal. Its fast growth rate is outstanding, and this tree displays excellent resistance to common crabapple diseases. It is also highly adaptable to various planting sites, heat, and drought making this one of the most prized crabapple trees in Colorado. Great for privacy and accent, the Royal Raindrops Crabapple is extremely versatile in the landscape. This tree may be used in pretty much any area of the lawn, but keep in mind this is a low-branched tree, so it will block the view of anything behind it. This tree should be planted at least 10 feet away from buildings as it has a sprawling width.
The Royal Raindrops Crabapple has strong upward branch angles and growth habit which minimize pruning needs and reduce potential for limbs snapping during winter freezes. This tree is also a top performer in windy climates due to its sturdy branches which are more vigorous than other crabapples. This tree quickly gains caliper size while developing a sturdy, well-tapered trunk. Plant in partial or full sun.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 6,500 ft.
Ruby Red Briotti Horsechestnut
Aesculus x carnea 'Briotti'
The Ruby Red Briottie Horsechestnut tree is a mouthful...so let's just call it Horsechestnut for short. It is our #1 recommended Horsechestnut for Colorado.
This is a small hybrid tree with prominent 10 inch ruby red clusters of flowers which bloom in mid-spring above the green foliage. It has dark green leaves which emerge light green in the spring. In the fall the leaves are not overly dramatic in color, but turn a pleasant yellow. This tree grows very well in Colorado and is ideal for use as an accent tree or a yard tree as it's canopy is low, roughly 4 feet from the ground. Unlike other Horsechestnut trees it doesn't have many seeds which makes for easy cleanup/maintenance.
This tree is more compact than other Horsechestnut trees, growing to be about 40 feet tall and 40 feet wide at maturity. It has a a rounded form and can be pruned every couple years to shape the tree (best pruned in the winter). This tree can be expected to live for 60 years or more and grows at a medium rate. It does best in full sun to partial sun with average moist conditions—not overly dry or wet soil. It is a very adaptable tree and is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. It is very resistant to most disease and pests.
Hardy to -20°F Maximum Elevation: 6,000 ft.
The Russian Hawthorn is a relatively small deciduous tree growing to about 15 feet tall at maturity. This tree is primarily planted as an accent tree in yards and landscaping. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. In mid spring, the entire tree is covered in stunning clusters of white flowers. The flowers are followed by showy red berries that persist through late fall which attract birds. Throughout the season this tree has green foliage. Its oval leaves turn slightly yellow and red but are not as dramatically colored in the fall as other tree species.
Note: The fruit can be messy if planted directly alongside a driveway or sidewalk.
This tree should only occasionally need maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. The Russian Hawthorn is a highly adaptable tree to both dry and moist soil as long as there is no standing water. It does very well with urban pollution and can thrive in inner city environments.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 8,000 Feet
The Saskatoon Serviceberry is a deciduous shrub or small tree which typically grows to 15-20 feet tall, and 6-8 feet wide in Colorado. Its growth form varies from single stem to clumped. It has leaves which are nearly circular and has clusters of white flowers which appear in the spring. These flowers are quite fragrant and appear on the upright arching branches as deep green leaves develop. Around mid summer, small purple-black fruit appears. The fruit tastes similar to blueberries and can be eaten many ways. They are delicious raw and can also be used in pies and jams. The Saskatoon Serviceberry's fall foliage is yellow to red. This tree is very adaptable and has low water needs once established.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 9,000 Feet
Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Shademaster'
The Shademaster Honeylocust is a favorite here at ArborAdvisor. This tree has a beautiful rounded shape and may be the perfect lawn or street tree for the Colorado Front Range. In the spring it has yellow and white small flower strings, which provide a nice fragrant scent. It has thin fern-like leaves that provide filtered shade all summer and turn a lovely golden yellow in the fall. Part of the reason the Shademaster Honeylocust does so well in lawns is because it provides a filtered shade that allows the grass and other partial sun plants below it to grow. Also, when these leaves fall in Autumn they are so small that they don't need to be raked! They simply aren't big enough to hurt the grass below them.
The Shademaster Honeylocust is native to the United States and has been bred to be extra hardy. It holds up well in urban environments where there is air pollution, salt, soot, and varying soil types. All this tree needs is a full sun location and occasional watering, especially in the first couple years after planting. This is a fast growing tree so you wont have to wait decades to see a beautiful large tree in your yard. Unlike other honeylocust varieties which have thorns and large seedpods this variety has neither. The Shademaster is both thornless and seedless. No mess! No raking!
This tree will grow to be 50-60 feet and 25-35 feet wide at maturity.
Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket'
Completely maintenance free, the Skyrocket Juniper is a great tree for Colorado! This tree is ideal for areas where you need height, but you don't want to sacrifice ground space for a wide based tree. This tree is very fast growing at roughly 1 foot per year and will reach mature height in roughly 10 years. The Skyrocket Juniper is a dusty green-blue all year—no browning or fading.
This is THE Arbor Advisor recommended evergreen for narrow spaces as it is drought resistant, highly adaptable, pest free, fast growing, and beautiful. It also does not require pruning! Just plant it in full sun and watch it grow. This tree is best used in urban gardens, as a privacy screen, or in narrow spaces.
This tree will reach a mature height of 15 feet, and 3-4 feet wide.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 6,500 ft.
Spring Snow Crabapple
Malus 'Spring Snow'
The Spring Snow Crabapple is a dense, oval-shaped upright tree with bright green leaves that turn yellow in the fall. This is a fruitless crabapple so there is no mess on patios and in courtyards. In the spring, this tree has stunning fragrant double white flowers along its branches which create a garland of white blooms.
Plant this tree in a location with full sun and well drained soil, and you can use it as either a privacy screen or as an accent plant. This is a low-branched tree, so keep in mind that it will block a view (which can be good or bad).
It has a good resistance to rust and mildew, and, once established, it also has some drought tolerance. Although some flowers may be lost, it is best to prune this tree as needed in late winter. Spring pruning should be avoided as it produces fresh, open cuts where fireblight bacterium can enter.
Hardy to -35°F Maximum Elevation: 8,000 ft.
Swamp White Oak
Native to the United States, the Swamp White Oak is a beautiful tree which grows very well in the Boulder and Denver metro areas. This oak also grows well in either normal or poorly-drained, swampy soil. A Front Range favorite, this is a fast growing tree that produces small yellow flowers in spring. As with all oak trees, this tree produces acorns, which shed in September or October.
This tree can live to be 300-350 years old and is one of the best shade producing trees with a rounded crown and dense foliage. The Swamp White Oak has dark green leaves, which become golden orange and red in fall. Its bark sheds in ragged, papery flakes providing great winter interest. It has stiff branches and it holds up well in tough conditions such as ice freezing and thawing.
This tree grows to be 40-60 feet at maturity, is highly adaptable, and should be planted in full or mostly full sun.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 7,000 ft.
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