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.
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.
Flowers: Pendulous clusters of white
flowers in late spring, followed by purple-red cherries.
Fall Color: Reddish-purple
Flowers: Clusters of single pink blossoms in Spring
Fall Color: Orange-red
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.
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.
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.
Flowers: Fragrant double light pink flowers (Late blooming variety)
Fall Color: Leaves turn orange to orange-red. Fruit is over 1" and sparse.
Other Notes: Rounded shape.
Spread: 9' (narrow spread great for smaller spaces!)
Flowers: Bright pink
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flowers: White in early summer
Fall Color: Red-orange with edible red fruits
Other Notes: Rounded shape. Flowers, fruit, fall foliage and exfoliating bark deliver four-season beauty. In early summer, star-shaped white blossoms overlay tough, heat and drought resistant leaves. Edible red fruits form in late summer, attract birds and persist through the fall. Fall colors of red, orange and scarlet fall to reveal a distinctive horizontal branching pattern and mottled tan/grey bark. Zone 5.
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.
Fall Color: Yellow
Other Notes: The U.S. National Arboretum presents Ulmus wilsoniana 'Prospector', an elm of Asian origin with proven pest and Dutch elm disease resistance. 'Prospector' offers the vase shape, dense crown, and large green leaves of its American cousin but in a smaller package. It is a great choice for spaces that need an American elm but aren’t quite large enough. Try 'Prospector' as a street tree, under power lines, in municipal sites or parks, and, of course, at home. Plant in well-drained soil. Leaves emerge orange-red and turn to green during the season and yellow in Fall. Zone 5.
Flowers: Green (inconspicuous)
Fall Color: Bright yellow
Other Notes: Fan shaped leaves. A male selection (won't produce fruit) of ginkgo with a narrow spread for smaller yards. A nice yellow fall color. Prefers moist, sandy, well drained soil but will tolerate clay. Zone 4.
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.
Flowers: Creamy white in late Spring.
Fall Color: Green berries turn into a bright red that persists through winter. Orange leaf color.
Other Notes: Glossy green leaves. Horizontal growth habit. Bark exfoliates in thin strips. Interesting green berries in summer give the tree a two-tone effect.
Flowers: Creamy white in late Spring
Fall Color: Bright red fruits and yellow leaves
Other Notes: Wide-spreading showy gray branches exfoliate with age to show the attractive orange inner bark.
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.
Flowers: Uniquely shaped white flowers form in clusters
Fall Color: Yellow
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.
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.
Fall Color: Yellow/orange shades
Other Notes: A tall and narrow maple tree with nice fall color. Good for smaller yards.
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.
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.
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.
Flowers: Small clusters of fuzzy white flowers followed by bright red tipped samaras.
Fall Color: Yellow to Orange-Red traditional maple color.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flowers: Fragrant single pink blossoms bloom in Spring before the foliage emerges.
Fall Color: Glossy Purple-red leaves all season.
Other Notes: Seldom bears fruit. Zone 5
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.
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.
Flowers: Clusters of white flowers in spring.
Fall Color: Orange-red leaves
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.