• Landscape Use: Use in areas where you have lots of room, this tree can dominate a small site. Best grown in beds with some understory plants. Mix in with other plants to make a more complex and interesting planting. In nature, they germinate and grow in the shade to become the climax community; imitate those conditions when planting. Special Conditions: All spruce will perform best if grass is not allowed to grow next to base. Keep spruce dry, they do not like wet feet. Always look up to make sure you are not planting under a power or phone line.
  • Landscape Use: We use it for shade foliage as an understory. Unique and underused plant. Unknown in the mainstream nursery industry. Special Conditions: A new introduction with limited numbers.
  • Landscape Use: This plant is valuable for its winter wood, adding colour to dreary winter landscapes. The early blooming pussy willows (male catkins) give hope for spring. Kids and adults can’t resist touching the soft, fuzzy catkins. Works well as a unique screen. Leafy in the summer and brightly coloured in the winter. Interplant with tall narrow screening trees to make for a more vibrant visual boundary because it has a relatively small footprint for tight areas. Likes full sun. Is versatile and can be used in wetter areas, but this isn’t a requirement. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Native pollinators (bees) feed on the early flowers. Special Conditions: Don’t plant too close to the neighbour’s yard because they’ll steal your pussy willows, and your friends and family will want bouquets in the spring.
  • Landscape Use: Nice little border plant for a bed. Spreads to fill in areas. Full sun prairie plant. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Special Conditions: Commonly used for reclamation for bank stabilization. Suckers freely, so give it lots of room. May invade other areas and difficult to control.
  • Landscape Use: Will enhance your winter landscape with vibrant colours on twigs, buds and catkins. Soft, fine textured shrubs act as a great filler plant in the summer. Fits well into relatively narrow problem areas. Full sun. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. N ative pollinators (bees) feed on the early flowers. Special Conditions: Can handle wet, but this isn’t a requirement. You can make lovely pussy willow bouquets as a bonus.
  • Landscape Use: Use as an understory to complete a landscape. Can be added at any time to an established landscape. Scented flowers add to the appeal of a woodland garden. Prefers the shade, but will also grow in a sunny site. Special Conditions: Vastly different from the cultivaed spiraea on the market.
  • Landscape Use: Alberta’s provincial tree. Plant in areas that can handle a large tree. Chickadees and finches eat the seed through the winter. Full sun, well-drained and dry is the ideal site. Special Conditions: Pines will thrive if planted in mulched beds free of grasses and weeds. This is a fast growing tree, usually 0.75m per year if it is not overwatered.
  • Landscape Use: Of limited use in the Calgary region due to cool nights; performs better on the prairies with the warmer summer nights. Neat compact plant for full sun. In the right spot, you can look forward to a great fall show. Special Conditions: We’ve grown it at Bow Point Nursery but it has not performed very well. Research continues to find seed sources better adapted to the Calgary area. Under trial at this point Not in normal production for sale; call to enquire.
  • Landscape Use: Use where a large coarse shrub is needed for screening, windbreak, and bird habitat. It’s called chokecherry for a good reason, although the fruit can be used for jellies or wine. Prefers full sun and windy conditions. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Special Conditions: This is a large shrub, so make sure you have adequate room for it. Always look for a local seed sourced plant because they are less susceptible to black knot. The more open and windy the area, the healthier the plant.