Colorado Spruce is a long-lived, hardy evergreen. 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. If you are looking for hardy Shelterbelt Seedlings contact us today or view our full list here
Scots Pine is a drought tolerant, fast growing evergreen. Great for sandy or rocky locations. 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. It is valued in farmland shelterbelts.
Amur Maple is a multi-stemmed tree. Its growth is similar to a lilac, with a deep red fall color.
Red Osier Dogwood
Red Osier Dogwood is used as a garden hedge. This plant grows up to 12ft high, and it makes a wonderful trimmed hedge. Very tolerant of wet conditions. It is frequently used for waterway bank erosion protection and restoration in North America. Its root system provides excellent soil retention. It is hardy and provides an attractive shrub even when bare in winter.
Caragana is an old favorite for the farm. Caragana makes an excellent windbreak, and has proven itself over the long term. It is a very drought tolerant. A multi-stemmed shrub that grows best on well-drained sites and full sunlight.
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 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. It also does nicely in areas where rainfall is more plentiful.
Fountain Birch is also a wonderful ornamental. This drought tolerant, small tree (25ft), does well in southern Saskatchewan. It is 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. 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. No cotton or fuzz.