Shelterbelts provide many benefits including:
- reducing wind and wind damage
- erosion control
- increase moisture for crop growth
- protecting buildings
- control and trap blowing snow
- beautification of landscape
- providing habitat for wildlife
- visual screening
- increase property value
If you are looking for hardy shelterbelt seedlings contact us or view our list here.
Colorado Spruce is a long-lived evergreen. A majestical pyramidal shaped native tree with rigid, tiered branches. Also known as blue spruce, it grows best in well-drained clay or clay-loam soils, but will tolerate sandy soils if adequate moisture is available. Very cold hardy.
Scots Pine is a drought tolerant, fast growing evergreen. Pyramidal shaped with an attractive cinnamon-brown bark which stands out as the tree matures. Great for sandy or rocky locations. Durable low maintenance plant. The lifespan is normally 150–300 years, with the oldest recorded specimens in Lapland, Northern Finland – over 760 years old!
Tatarian Maple is similar in habit to Amur Maple. Tatarian is a hardy, vigorous, and very fast growing plant. Occasionally grown as an ornamental plant in gardens throughout Europe and also in North America. Features attractive red foliage in fall. It is valued in farmland shelterbelts.
Amur Maple is a small, multi-stemmed graceful tree. Glossy green, lobed foliage in spring with radiant scarlet-red fall color. Adaptable and extremely hardy and drought tolerant. Its growth is similar to a lilac.
Red Osier Dogwood
Red Osier Dogwood is often used as a garden hedge. Deep green foliage turns reddish-pruple in fall. Showy white flowers in summer are followed by bluish-white berries that attract birds in winter. It is frequently used for waterway bank erosion protection and restoration in North America. Its root system provides excellent soil retention. With its deep red bark it provides an attractive shrub even when bare in winter. Very tolerant of wet conditions. Hardy.
Caragana is an old favorite for the farm. Caragana makes an excellent windbreak, and has proven itself over the long term. It is hardy and very drought tolerant. A fast growing shrub with yellow pea-like blooms in late spring/early summer. A multi-stemmed shrub that grows best on well-drained sites and full sunlight. Toughness is on of the most desirable features.
Siberian Elm has long been used on the prairies as a fast growing, hardy windbreak. This tree is very drought tolerant and will grow where many other plants will not. It will grow to a height of 30-40ft (10-14m).
Green Ash is a native plant used extensively for street tree planting across Canada and the northern U.S. This hardy, long-lived hardwood grows to a height of 60ft (20m) and is known for its drought and salt resistance. It is also very resistant to insects and disease. Green Ash makes a very beautiful shade tree in the yard and is a good choice for longevity and a maintenance free windbreak.
Interesting fact: Green ash wood is used in making electric guitars because it can be somewhat lighter than white ash without sacrificing too much in tone. It has a bright sound with long sustain, plus the wood grain is aesthetically desirable to many guitar players. Gibson, Fender, and many other luthiers use ash in the construction of their guitars.
Paper Birch is used extensively as an ornamental tree. One of the most permament and disrable of all white barked birches. Reddish young barke matures to an attractive chalk-white color. Dark green foliage turns a stiking yellow in fall. It also does nicely in areas where rainfall is more plentiful. Great screen or park tree. Drought tolerant once established.
Fountain Birch is also a wonderful ornamental. This drought tolerant, small tree (25ft), does well in southern Saskatchewan. Leaf miner resistant.
Okanese Poplar is a prairie-hardy hybrid developed in Saskatchewan. The hardiest hybrid to date, it was designed to be drought-tolerant, cold-tolerant and disease resistant. It is fast growing and semi-upright, with branch angles approaching 45 degrees with very large leaves which turn yellow in fall. No cotton or fuzz.
Sundancer Poplar is a fast-growing, very hardy, disease-resistant, columnar variety. The tree was developed at the Agroforestry Center in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. It is adaptable in many soil conditions and seems to do well across the prairies. Green heart-shaped leaves turn yellow in fall.No cotton or fuzz.