Gerald L. Klingaman
Announcing spring's arrival across much of eastern and central North America with its snowy flowers, this small, suckering deciduous tree also yields edible yellow or red fruits that are enjoyed by humans and wildlife alike.
The sharply toothed oval leaves of this hardy tree flush in late winter or spring just as the saucer-shaped white flowers open. The leaves are dark green above with paler and often hairy undersides. The five-petaled, slightly malodorous flowers are held in small clusters...
One of the few apricot cultivars that weathers the bitter winters of the Northern Plains States, 'Scout' was introduced in 1937 by the Dominion Experimental Station, Morden, Manitoba. It was raised from seed imported from Manchuria in 1930. Unlike most modern apricots, which are selections of Prunus armeniaca, it probably descends from Manchurian apricot (P. mandshurica) or Siberian apricot (P. sibirica).
This vigorous, rounded, small to medium-sized...
(Meteor Tart Cherry, Sour Cherry)
Bred to endure the severe winters of the northern Midwest United States, this hybrid of the famous 'Montmorency' sour cherry was introduced in 1952 by the University of Minnesota. Cultivated since ancient times, sour cherries probably originated in eastern Europe or western Asia from a hybrid between sweet cherry, Prunus avium, and ground cherry, Prunus fruticosa.
This small, rounded, exceptionally cold-hardy tree has shiny, oval, dark green leaves that emerge in early to...
The traditional source of beach plum jelly, this hardy, suckering, deciduous shrub is a signature plant of coastal dunes from New Brunswick to Maryland. Typically low-growing in its windswept native haunts, it can attain small-tree stature in less demanding conditions.
The toothed, oval, dull green leaves with paler fuzzy undersides emerge in mid-spring, shortly after the small, white, bee-pollinated flowers open. The abundant blooms occur in numerous small clusters on the previous year's...
This small, round-crowned, deciduous tree from Europe and northern Asia has long been cultivated for its handsome foliage, fragrant white flowers, and bird-attracting fruit. It is closely related to the American Prunus virginiana.
The spreading to ascending branches of this hardy tree are furnished with elliptical, medium-green leaves which flush bright green in early spring and turn yellow in fall. The leaves have finely toothed margins and short-pointed tips. Long, drooping clusters...
(Berg Redleaf Bird Cherry, Bird Cherry)
This outstanding small tree boasts fragrant white spring blossoms and handsome burgundy foliage. Appearing early in spring, its oval, pointed leaves bear tints of bronze and green before deepening to wine red with maturity. Drooping clusters of sweet-scented, white flowers emerge in abundance from the branch tips in mid-spring. These are followed by small purple-black fruits which ripen in late summer and are beloved by many songbirds. The bitter fruits are edible to humans and are sometimes...
(Bird Cherry, Mayday Tree)
Exceptionally cold hardy with drooping, fragrant spring flowers and yellow fall foliage, Mayday tree is a tough deciduous shade or street tree. Hailing from Eurasia, from northern Europe fully eastward to Japan and Korea, it is a modest-sized tree and eventually attains an upright shape with ascending branches. Its leaves emerge early in spring, and may bear tints of bronze and green when young. Once mature, the leaves turn dull green and have an oval but pointed shape. In early to mid-spring, the...