Ornamental Trees

Boreal grows several conifer spp. that can be used in landscaping, nursery production and shelterbelts. These are not native to the Prairies, so they should not be used in reclamation.

Black Hills white spruce (Picea glauca densata) is a compact form of white spruce that comes from the Black Hills of South Dakota. Very attractive landscape tree.

Colorado spruce (Picea pungens) is an attractive hardy tree used for landscaping and shelterbelts. About 30% of the seedlings grown from our hardy seedlot have grey-blue needles. Those with green needles, however, are still ornamental with a more attractive form than white spruce. We use seed from a shelterbelt in the Fairview, Alberta area.

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is an attractive pine that can be used for landscaping, shelterbelts and Christmas trees. Our Russian seedlot produces beautiful trees that are full, have good colour, excellent shape and hardiness. Seed-propagated.

Siberian larch (Larix siberica) is a deciduous soft-needled conifer like tamarack but has a more attractive form with gracefully arched branches. It has beautiful fall colour. Seed-propagated.

Hybrid poplar (Populus x deltoides) are hardy, fast-growing clones that were developed for agroforestry. Walker is a fast-growing female clone with a narrow form that produces fuzz (seed) but can grow up to 90 cm per year. Okanese is a male clone (no fuzz) with a spreading-upright habit with a fast growth rate, similar to Walker. Northwest is a male clone with a moderately fast growth rate and a broad spreading habit. Sundancer is a male clone with a narrow form. All hybrid poplars have relatively short lifespans (40-50 years) but are valued for their fast growth rate. Propagated by cuttings.