Trees are dynamic, colorful, and textural sculptures that control our views, serve as focal points, and unify our neighborhoods and cities.
When I'm selecting a tree for a landscape design I focus on these three key criteria:
Cultural compatibility — will it thrive in the sites' soil, sunlight, and water availability.
|A pinyon pine, Pinus edulis, thrives in a narrow planting area adjacent to a sun and heat drenched parking lot.|
|This protected courtyard planting pocket at the base of a rain chain is the perfect site for a Japanese maple, Acer palmatum in the foothills of Boulder County.|
|This Colorado blue spruce, Picea pungens, has plenty of room to grow in a suburban landscape and makes an effective year-round screen.|
|This ginnala maple, Acer ginnala, is the perfect size for an intensive pruning regime at Denver Botanic Garden's Japanese Garden.|
|Showy flowers in spring and colorful, persistent fruit via Crimson Cloud hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata 'Superba'|
|Edible, mid-summer fruit follows springtime flowers, and showy fall foliage color. Autumn Brilliance serviceberry, Amelanchier x grandiflora|
|Vibrant fall foliage follows a floriferous springtime display on Cleveland Select pear, Pyrus calleryana.|
|Bark is beautiful, year-round attribute that can't be beat. Shown here: sycamore, Platanus acerifolia.|
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