Ornamental Trees

GREAT things come in small packages

Crimson Cloud Hawthorn in bloom

Smaller in stature than shade trees, ornamentals have a more narrow spread making them easier to fit in small yards. Often, they add landscape interest in the form of flowers, fruit, or fall color. Many offer 3-4 seasons of interest.

Fruit trees are also ornamental.  But, they are a bit more work than those listed below, so we've grouped them together here. If you are up for yearly maintenance (and harvest!), they make wonderful ornamentals as well.

Please Note:  In stock availability of specific varieties listed below will vary depending upon time of season and sales.  Please call (719) 574-8058 for current availability.


Aspen (Populus)

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Fall Color

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 30'-40'

Spread: 12'-15'

Fall Color: Yellow to Orange

Other Notes: Native tree with pretty white bark and trembling leaves. Prefers rich, moist soil. Trees will sucker, forming groves. They do best at higher elevations. At lower elevations we see many disease and insect problems.  We offer these trees in pots of single trunk (pictured) or multi-stemmed clumps.  

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Cherry, Ornamental (Prunus)

Cprunuscanadaredsummerwide_pcojenanada Red Cherry AKA Shubert Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)

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Height: 20'-30'

Spread: 20'

Flowers: Pendulous clusters of white flowers in late spring, followed by purple-red cherries.

Fall Color: Reddish-purple

Other Notes: Green leaves in Spring while in flower change to a deep maroon for the rest of the season.  

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt


Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Pink Flair Cherry (Prunus sargentii)

Height: 25'

Spread: 15'

Flowers: Clusters of single pink blossoms in Spring

Fall Color: Orange-red

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Other Notes: Upright, narrow, vase-shape. Narrow and upright in form, but compact in height, this flowering cherry is well suited for urban landscapes. It avoids frost damage by flowering a week or two later than is typical of the species. Fall color is consistently bright, and its upright symmetry gives winter appeal.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Crabapple (Malus)

It's hard to beat crabapples for a show of spring flowers! They are typically as wide as they are tall which gives them a broad rounded shape. If you like the flowers but not the fruit, check out 'Spring Snow.'  It flowers profusely with little or no fruit.   Crabapples can also be useful to pollinate apple trees that produce edible fruit.  They must bloom the same time as your apple tree to do this.  Blooming times for ornamental crabapples are listed below.

Coralburst Crabapple
Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 10'-15'

Spread: 10'-15'

Flowers: Coral pink buds and double rose colored flowers. (Late blooming variety)

Fall Color: Small ½" bronze fruit is not particularly ornamental. 

Other Notes: A compact crabapple with a rounded shape.  Slow growing, hardy and a good choice for smaller spaces.

Royal Raindrops
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Photos Courtesy of Bailey Nurseries

Height: 20'

Spread: 15'

Fall Color Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Flowers: Deep pink.  

Fall Color: Orange-red leaves and small 1/4" red fruit. 

Other Notes: A purple-leaf type that changes color in Fall.  Upright spreading habit. 

    Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Ruby Tears
(Weeping Crabapple)
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 12'-15'

Flowers: Pink  

Fall Color: Leaf color is insignificant but dark red fruit persists into winter.

Other Notes:  Red buds open to fragrant pink flowers which completely engulf the cascading branches each spring. This naturally weeping crab has burgundy-green new growth that fades to green in season. 

Spring Snow Crabapple
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 20'-25'

Spread: 20'

Flowers: Sterile profuse double white blossoms cover the tree in early spring and produce little to no fruit.  (Early blooming variety)

Fall color: Yellow

Other Notes: Bark when young is a shiny amber color, very pretty.  Wonderful food source for bees in early Spring.

Gladiator Crabapple

Height: 20'

Spread: 9' (narrow spread great for smaller spaces!)

Flowers: Bright pink

Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Fall Color: Purple leaves with small reddish-purple fruit

Other Notes: Gladiator™ is an excellent ornamental tree with a profusion of bright pink flowers on a stately, upright crown. Glossy bronze-purple leaves remain lush all season long and are highly disease resistant. Gladiator is an ideal ornamental tree for space-challenged site.

Perfect Purple Crabapple

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 20'

Spread: 20'

Flowers: Deep pink  

Fall Color:  Deep purple leaves with purple-red fruit

Other Notes:  Leaves are purple in season as well as in Fall. Deep pink blooms set the spring stage for dark purple foliage that crowns the perfectly rounded canopy of this attractive tree. Very cold hardy.

Prairie Rose Crabapple

Height: 20'

Spread: 18'

Flowers: Large and fragrant double pink flowers look like miniature rosebuds. 

Fall Color: n/a

Other Notes: Midwest native crabapple is welcomed for its fruitless character.

Show Time Crabapple

Height: 22'

Spread: 20'

Flowers: Pink blooms

Fall Color: Bright red fruits in Autumn

Other Notes: Heavy blooming, with large bright fuchsia-pink flowers that are striking in springtime. Dark green foliage has a red overlay. A vigorous grower with upright oval form.

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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries
Indian Magic Crabapple
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 15'-20'

Spread: 15'-20'

Flowers: Single red buds open to deep pink flowers. (Late blooming variety)

Fall Color: Small ½" glossy red fruit changes to orange. Yellow leaf color in Fall.

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Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Prairie Fire Crabapple
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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 15'-20'

Spread: 20'

Flowers: Hot pink buds open to medium pink.  (Late blooming variety)

Fall Color: 1/2" Red fruit and leaves tinge orange/yellow.

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Sargent Crabapple
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 12'

Flower: Fragrant 1" flowers are pink in bud and open to white in Spring. (Late blooming variety)

Fall Color: Small, bright red fruits are favored by birds.

Other Notes: Wider than it is tall, this tree is a dwarf spreading type.

Radiant Crabapple
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 15'-20'

Spread: 20''

Flowers: Deep Pink  

Fall Color: Leaf color is insignificant but  1/2" red crabapples add interest.

Other Notes: This compact tree is hardy to Zone 3.  The foliage is deep red-purple when in flower...a striking contrast.  Leaves age to green and flowers are followed by bright red fruit. 

 

Elm (Ulmus)

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Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
'Frontier' Elm

Height:  25'

Spread:  15'

Fall Color:  Purple-red

Other Notes: The U.S. National Arboretum presents 'Frontier', an elm tree of moderate stature. This hybrid combines a high level of tolerance to Dutch elm disease, and a lovely red-purple autumn coloration. It is perfect for use in smaller landscapes, along city streets, and under power lines. 'Frontier' blazes a trail for elms in the urban landscape. Zone 5.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

(aka Maidenhair Tree)

 

'Autumn Gold' Ginkgo
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 40'-50'

Spread: 25'-30'

Flowers: Green (inconspicuous)

Fall Color: Bright yellow

Other Notes: Fan shaped leaves. A male selection (won't produce fruit) of ginkgo with a symmetrical conical form, turning broader with age. A nice yellow fall color. Prefers moist, sandy, well drained soil but will tolerate clay.


Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Golden Raintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)

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Photo Courtesy J Bailey Nurseries

Height: 20'-30'

Spread: 15'-20'

Flowers: Large sprays of yellow flowers in mid-summer followed by Chinese lantern-like pods.

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes:  Native to China and Japan, this small tree grows well in a wide range of soils, and is tolerant of heat, drought, wind, alkalinity, and air pollution. The bright yellow flowers are borne in large 12-15" panicles in July, followed by greenish fruit pods throughout the summer.

Seed Pods Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Hawthorn (Crataegus)

Crimson Cloud Hawthorn
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 15'-20'

Spread: 12'-20'

Flowers: In Spring, unusual red blooms with a bright white center.

Fall Color: Red clusters of berries. No noticeable leaf color.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Other Notes: This thornless tree bears exceptionally large, single bright red flowers with a star-shaped white area in the center of each bloom. Resistant to leaf spot diseases, it provides a second colorful display in fall when covered with glossy red fruit which persists into winter. Small ornamental tree. Thornless.


 

 

Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn 'Crusader'
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Height: 15'

Spread: 10'-15'

Flowers: Creamy white in late Spring.

Fall Color: Smothered in bright red showy berries. Bright yellow-orange leaf color.

Other Notes: A smaller, more compact type of thornless hawthorn.  Glossy green leaves.  Horizontal growth habit. Bark exfoliates in thin strips.  Interesting green berries in summer give the tree a two-tone effect.


 

Washington Hawthorn
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 25'-30'

Spread: 25'-30'

Flowers: Creamy white in late Spring

Fall Color: Red berries and yellow/orange/maroon leaves

Other: Birds love the bright red berries on this tree that persist into winter.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Lilac Tree (Syringa) / Japanese Lilac Tree

'Ivory Silk' Lilac Tree
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

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Spread: 15'-20'

Flowers: Showy, creamy white 'lilac' shaped flowers in early summer followed by tan fruit.

Fall Color: Not showy—gold tones.

Other Notes: Related to shrub form of lilacs. Dark cherry brown bark. Rounded vase-shape with age.


Locust (Robinia)

'Twisty Baby' Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 15'-20'

Spread: 15'-20'

Flowers: Uniquely shaped white flowers form in clusters

Fall Color: Yellow

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Other Notes: This is a dwarf, contorted tree of remarkable appearance. Branches twist and turn at every node; even the foliage twists. Its irregular, artistic form is as interesting in winter as in summer.


Maple (Acer)

Box Elder Maple 'Sensation'  (Acer negundo)
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 30'

Spread:  25'

Fall Color:  Red

Other Notes: Rounded shape. Seedless variety. Sensation is a male box elder clone that features slower, more controlled growth, improved branch structure, and an outstanding display of brilliant red autumn foliage.


 

Columnar Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 35'

Spread: 15'-20'

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes: Even though this tree can get quite tall, it offers a narrow mature spread...making it a good candidate for a relatively smaller space. True to its name, this cultivar produces a column of green foliage. It develops stout branches which grow stiffly upward, almost parallel to the main stem, which gives it a bold appearance in winter.


Norway Maple 'Crimson Sunset'  (Acer truncatum x Acer platanoides)
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 35'

Spread:  25'

Fall Color:  Reddish bronze

Other Notes: Upright oval shape. Deep maroon leaves in season lighten to reddish bronze in Fall. Flourishes in the summer heat.  Zone 4.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Flame/Amur Maple (Acer ginnala)

Height: 15'-20'

Spread: 20'-25'

Fall Color: Ranges from orange-yellow to red

Other Notes: A graceful irregular shape with slender branches. Rounded shape. Extremely hardy and drought tolerant. Medium green leaves in season are adorned with decorative samaras in summer. Leaves turn bright shades in fall. We offer the tree form, but you will also see this tree grown around Colorado Springs as a multi-stem large shrub.


Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
'Ruby Slippers' Flame/Amur Maple (Acer ginnala)

Height: 20'

Spread:  20'

Fall Color:  Bright Red

Other Notes:  Upright spreading to rounded shape (branches low to the ground) Medium green leaves in season are adorned with decorative samaras in summer.  Leaves turn bright shades in fall. This named variety offers more uniformity.  Selected for a straight trunk and dense canopy.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Tatarian Maple 'Rugged Charm' (Acer tataricum)
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 25'

Spread: 15'

Flowers: Small clusters of fuzzy white flowers followed by bright red tipped samaras.

Fall Color: Yellow to Orange-Red traditional maple color.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Other Notes: Compact and oval in form, the shapely canopy of this refined selection is a charming improvement over the hardy and rugged species! Bright red seed wings float in bright contrast against summer’s green leaves. Come autumn, the boldly textured foliage shows off a rich mix of yellow, orange, and bright red.


Mountain Ash, Oakleaf type

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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 30'

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Spread: 20'

Flowers: Clusters of small white flowers.

Fall: Showy orange-red fruit that persists into winter. Leaves turn rust colored.

Other Notes: This tree is grown from seed originally collected from Cheyenne Horticultural Field Station, Wyoming. A hybrid derived from European Mountain ash and Swedish Mountain ash, it is uniform with leaves lobed like English oak, and has white flowers followed by orange-red fruit.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Mulberry (Morus)

Weeping Mulberry
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Height: 15'

Spread: 15'

Flower: Inconspicuous greenish-white in late spring.

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes: Attractive weeping form with slender cascading branches. Fruitless type. Needs staking when young.


Oak (Quercus)

Crimson Spire Oak
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 45'

Spread: 15'

Flower: n/a

Fall Color: Traditional red color

Other Notes: Columnar form is a perfect fit for narrow or confined spaces. Planted alone, in groves, or in rows, it’s the perfect vertical design element. This fast growing, cold hardy, drought tolerant and disease resistant tree adapts to varied soils and tough urban growing conditions. Rich, dark green leaves stay fresh and bright through the heat of summer, turning rusty red to bright red in mid to late autumn.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Urban Pinnacle Oak

Height: 55'

Spread: 25'

Flower: Inconspicuous greenish-white in late spring.

Fall Color: n/a

Other Notes: Narrow and upright with a strong central leader, this cultivar also features attractive glossy foliage and resistance to both mildew and anthracnose. About 1/2” in diameter, the acorns are extremely small for a bur oak, making it a more suitable tree for landscape and street tree use. Zone 3.


Pear, Ornamental (Pyrus)

Chanticleer
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

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Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 25'-30'

Spread: 15'

Flowers: Clusters of creamy-white flowers in early Spring before leaves emerge

Fall color: Red/Purple tones.

Other Notes: This is one of the first trees to bloom in Spring and one of the last ones to drop its leaves in Fall. A very nice ornamental that fits in a small space due to its pyramidal, upright shape.

Fall Color Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Plum, Flowering --Ornamental Plum (Prunus)

Cistena Plum 'Big Cis' (Prunus x cistena)                
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 14'

Spread: 12'

Flowers: Fragrant single pink blossoms bloom in Spring before the foliage emerges.

Fall Color: Glossy Purple-red leaves all season.

Other Notes: A sport of Cistena, Big Cis® Plum grows quickly to a heavy-trunked, sturdy tree that is intermediate in size between Cistena and Newport. Cistena-like flowers are followed by dark purple foliage that keeps its fresh, clean appearance later in the season.


Newport Plum  (Prunus cerasifera)                        
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurserie Inc
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 15'-20'

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Spread: 15'-20'

Flowers: Fragrant pink blossoms in spring followed by small purple fruit.

Fall Color: Purple-red leaves.

Other Notes: Deep purple-red leaves all season. Rounded form.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Newport Plum 'Thundercloud'  (Prunus cerasifera)                
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Height: 15'-20'

Spread: 15'-20'

Flowers: Fragrant single pink blossoms bloom in Spring before the foliage emerges.

Fall Color: Glossy Purple-red leaves all season.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Other Notes: Seldom bears fruit.  Zone 5


Redbud (Cercis)

Redbud, Eastern
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 25'

Spread: 30''

Flowers: Lavender pink pea-like flowers in Spring emerge before the leaves

Fall Color: Yellow hues

Other Notes: Heart-shaped leaves emerge after the flowers. Zone 5. Rounded shape at maturity.


Serviceberry a.k.a Saskatoon or Juneberry (Amelanchier grandiflora)

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 20-25'

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Spread: 18'-20'

Flowers: Profuse white flowers in spring.

Fall Color: Yellow, Orange, Red leaves persist with purple/black berries.

Other Notes: You may not think of this as a typical fruit tree. It bears edible fruit in June that tastes similar to a blueberry. (sometimes called a Juneberry) Great fresh, in jams/jellies & pies. An ornamental tree and also a favorite of birds.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Spring Flurry
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Height: 28'

Spread: 20'

Flowers: Clusters of white flowers in spring.

Fall Color: Orange-red leaves

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt

Other Notes: A tree form serviceberry with a strong central leader.  As with other serviceberries, it produces edible 3/8" blue fruit in summer.  An ornamental tree that gives flowers in Spring and a good show of color in the Fall.  Upright oval shape.

Photo Courtesy J Frank Schmidt
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