Trees and Shrubs

Trees and Fruiting Shrubs – $2.50 per packet

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TR0.  Red Currant – An outstanding producer of small red berries in the summer that make excellent jams and jellies, wine or can be dried as an addition to cakes and cookies.  The raisin of the prairies.  Growing instructions included.

TR1.  High Bush Cranberry – Another wild edible from tall shrubs that are abundant producers and yield red berries in the fall for uses similar to red currants.  A must with turkey.  Instructions included.

TR2.  Tamarack – a variety of Larch that is known to drop it’s leaves in the fall, growing in wet areas and yielding an extremely hard and rot-resistant wood.  Can be used as firewood, ornamental or other uses such as fencing, building and the like.  Easily grown from seed in soil with a sandy medium in the beginning.

R3. White Spruce – a conifer common to the Alberta prairies and woodlands, and growing tall and relatively large for here.  Common uses as firewood and building needs.  Can be pruned for ornamental uses and shelterbelts.

TR4.  Black Spruce – A lowland variety of the white spruce, known for it’s compact growing habit, dense wood structure, and resistance to rot.  It was said that a larger black spruce could be used to make shakes for roofs.  Jack Pine was also useful for this.  See below.

TR5.  Scotch Pine – or Scotch pine, is one of the ornamental pines brought to Alberta by settlers and that likes to grow here.  An uncommon trait is the long, graceful needles, common to pines, but especially long in this variety.

TR6.  Lodgepole pine – used by Native Peoples across the land to construct their winter lodgings, these trees when found in stands grow straight and tall.  Excellent ornamentals as well, and easy to grow on any soil.

TR7.  Jack Pine – A variant of the Lodgepole pines, these pines are not as straight, but have great character, loving sandy soils where they are readily found throughout the province.  Used for shake manufacturing as they are resistant to rot and large enough to accommodate this use readily.

TR8.  Ponderosa Pine – these tall giants usually inhabit warmer climes, common to the interior of BC, in places like the Okanagan Valley where they are immense, daunting giants.  We have the fortune of having an Alberta Source where these trees were lovingly established by a master gardener.  Special seeding instructions included.

TR9.  White Pine – limited quantities.  These seeds are again native to warmer areas of BC, but can be established here and found occasionally in Alberta.

TR12.  Fast-growing spruce (likely Norway) – obtained from cones of a neighbor, these spruce can grow incredibly fast here.  Have a nice blue tinge but not blue spruce as the needles are softer.

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