Ornamental Trees for Fort Collins

Fort Collins is an ideal location for planting many different ornamental trees. These trees typically serve as a focal point in a landscape because of their shape, flower, fruit, color, or other attribute. Like all other trees that grow in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Fort Collins ornamental trees need to be planted in the right spot to reach their full potential. Tell us what you’re looking for and we can help you find the ornamental tree that makes the right statement in your yard.

BUFFALOBERRY

Buffaloberry
Shepherdia Argentea


Height: 25-20 feet
Spread: 12-25 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 2
Foliage: Silver
Flower: Yellow

This plant grows into a thicket of silver foliage. This plant is grown from seed and will vary genetically. Each plant is either male or female, with females producing yellow flowers and small bright red fruit. Most branches have several sharp thorns; so take care to where it is planted. Extremely drought tolerant once established.


BURNING-BUSH

Burning Bush
Euonymus Alatus


Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 6-8 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 3
Foliage: Green
Fall Color: Bright Red

This small tree has an amazing red fall color when planted in a
sunny area. Although slow growing, this tree has a lot of interest once established. Its light green narrow leaves emerge in early May, followed by a very small yellow flower. Small orange seeds can create some winter interest. Another common name for this plant is winged bark euonymus which describes its unusually shaped branches.


TINA-CRABAPPLE

Tina Crabapple
Malus “Tina”


Height: 6-8 feet
Spread: 8-10 feet
Shape: Spreading
Zone: 4
Foliage: Green
Flower: White

This horizontally branched ornamental tree has red buds that open to a white flower, sometimes with yellow in the center. Flowers mature to a small red fruit that persists through out the winter. Tina Crabapple is a plant best utilized in a large shrub bed.


ROYAL-GEM-CRABAPPLE

Royal Gem Crabapple
Malus “Fridlund”


Height: 8 feet
Spread: 5-8 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 3
Foliage: Crimson/Green
Flower: Rose Red

This is the smallest of our dwarf crabapples. Gorgeous red blooms in early May mature to a dark red fruit. The quality of the blooms increases every year after transplanting. Leaves emerge with a purple to crimson color, maturing to a dark green, subsiding to yellow in fall. This tree is a wonder shot of color that fits into a tight space. It is also disease resistant.


RADIANT-CRABAPPLE

Radiant Crabapple
Malus ‘Radiant’


Height: 20 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 3
Foliage: Green
Flower: Pink

This tree is one of the best crab apples in our area. Beautiful pink flowers in spring produce a thumbnail sized fruit. Reddish purple leaves in the spring mature to green over the course of the summer. Bark on the young tree is smooth, maturing to a very rough bark with some exfoliation. The fruit is somewhat persistent and attracts birds throughout the winter.


JAPANESE-TREE-LILAC

Japanese Tree Lilac
Syringa Reticulata


Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 20-30 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 4
Foliage: Green
Flower: White

This Japanese variety has beautiful white flowers for the early summer and medium green foliage until the fall. This tree is very drought and soil tolerant once established. Japanese Tree Lilac may add a unique element to any landscape. Started from seeds, each plant has its own genetic vigor and growth pattern.


SWEDISH-COLUMNAR-ASPEN

Swedish Columnar Aspen
Populus Tremula ‘Erecta’


Height: 30-40 feet
Spread: 10-15 feet
Shape: Narrow Upright
Zone: 2
Foliage: Green
Fall Color: Gold to Red

This is a selected tree with an upright form from a European Aspen found in Sweden. The bark is smooth and light green on younger wood. On older wood it turns to dark gray to black on smaller stems. The fall color is orange to red and very striking. All other good or bad characteristics are the same as the quaking aspen. As a result, care should be used when planning this tree in your yard.


RED-CANADIAN-CHOKECHERRY

Red Canadian Chokecherry
Prunus Virginiana ‘Canada Red’


Height: 20-25 feet
Spread: 18-20 feet
Shape: Broad Oval
Zone: 2
Foliage: Green
Flower: White

The new growth appears bright green, turning burgundy-red as the leaves mature in early summer. White flowers borne in 3”-6” long dropping racemes appear in Mid-May followed by dark purple fruit, excellent for jams. It will provide a thick quick screen and is great for attracting wildlife. This plant will sucker profusely and should not be planted in grass. It is also extremely drought, cold and wind tolerant once established.


CORAL-BURST-CRABAPPLE

Coral Burst Crabapple
Malus ‘Coralcole’


Height: 10-25 feet
Spread: 10-15 feet
Shape: Dense Rounded
Zone: 3
Fruit: 1/2″ Orange
Flower: Double Rose

This tree has a small, uniform globe shape and is usually grafted onto a 3’ standard. Pruning is seldom needed. Dark green leaves are smaller than the species. Ruby-red flower buds, open to semi-double coral-pink flowers. Coral burst has an excellent resistance to fire blight, possibly due to the fact that it is a very slow grower.


INDIAN-SUMMER-CRABAPPLE

Indian Summer Crabapple
Malus ‘Indian Summer’


Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15-20 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 4
Fruit: 5/8″ Red
Flower: Dark Pink

This crabapple was selected for its dark pink to red flowers and striking persistent red fruit. A somewhat open canopy when young, tends to become thick with age. It has also been noted for its tendency to be a good pollinator for several apple trees including Honeycrisp Apple. So far this tree has shown to be very disease resistant.


LANCELOT-CRABAPPLE

Lancelot Crabapple
Malus ‘Lanzam’


Height: 10-12 feet
Spread: 8-10 feet
Shape: Compact Rounded
Zone: 4
Fruit: 3/8″ Gold
Flower: White

The Lancelot Crabapple is a genetic dwarf that is grafted onto the stem of another crabapple. It has dark pink buds that open to white blooms. The medium green foliage turns to a yellow fall color. Small pea sized golden fruit persists through out the winter.


CANDYMINT-CRABAPPLE

Candymint Crabapple
Malus ‘Candymint Sargent’


Height: 6-8 feet
Spread: 10-15 feet
Shape: Horizontal
Zone: 3
Fruit: 1/2″ Red
Flower: Red-Pink Bi-Color

This unique crabapple has a distinct growing pattern. Its’ branches spread like protruding arms which are covered with tightly spaced blossoms in the spring. Candymint is the jazz musician of its species. The dark green leathery leaves with red-tipped growth will turn yellow-orange in the fall. No disease issues have been observed on this new cultivar.


THUNDERCHILD-CRABAPPLE

Thunderchild Crabapple
Malus ‘Thunderchild’


Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15-20 feet
Shape: Upright Rounded
Zone: 3
Fruit: 1/2″ Red
Flower: Light Pink

An upright, spreading tree with deep purple leaves throughout summer that will turn red in fall. Large pale pink, single blooms appear before the foliage emerges. In our experience we have seen no fire blight in Thunderchild.


GOLDEN-RAIN-TREE

Golden Rain Tree
Koelreuteria Paniculata


Height: 30-40 feet
Spread: 30-40 feet
Shape: Broad Rounded
Zone: 5
Fall Color: Yellow

This tree has large, unique compound leaves that emerge red and mature to green. It has, 12-15 inches long, small fragrant yellow panicle flowers that cover this tree in mid-summer. In November its leaves turn from green to yellow to red and then brown. A distinctive ornamental tree that is barely hardy for the Ft. Collins area. So this tree should be planted in a very protected site.


COCKSPUR-THORNLESS-HAWTHORNE

Cockspur Thornless Hawthorne
Crataegus crusgalli inermis


Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Shape: Broad Rounded
Zone: 3
Flower: White
Fall Color: Orange to Red

Cockspur Thornless Hawthorne is an attractive tree with grey, horizontally spreading branches. It produces abundant white flowers in early summer. Green glossy leaves are very vibrant through out the summer. The fruit is bright red, ½” in diameter, and ripens in late September. This tree has a one-time fruit fall that blankets the tree understory. Being very disease resistant, it is a great tree for this are


TOBA-HAWTHORNE

Toba Hawthorne
Crataegus x mordenensis ‘toba’


Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15-18 feet
Shape: Upright Rounded
Zone: 3
Flowers: White/Pink
Fall Color: Yellow to Orange

Toba Hawthorne is a hybrid developed at the Modern Research Station, Manitoba, Canada. Clusters of double white flowers appear in May aging to a showy pale pink. Medium sized red fruit ripens in late summer. The branches and trunk have a distinctive yellow-orange bark that twists and exfoliates with age. Some fire blight and cedar apple rust problems can occur.


PRESIDENT-GREVY-LILAC

President Grevy Lilac
Syringa Vulgaris ‘President’


Height: 10-12 feet
Spread: 8-10 feet
Shape: Broad Upright
Zone: 3
Flower: Blue

Lilac buds open to pale blue double florets. Its panicles are large, loose, and pyramidal. It has a beautiful fragrance and outstanding flower texture. Growing this plant as a tree instead of a shrub pushes the height to 10 to 12 feet with an 8 to 10 foot spread. It does sucker profusely so it is best planted in a shrub bed with a barrier installed around its trunk. Very drought resistant but requires maintenance to achieve its maximum beauty.


VELVET-PILLAR-CRABAPPLE

Velvet Pillar Crabapple
Malus ‘Velvetcole’


Height: 18-20 feet
Spread: 10-12 feet
Shape: Upright
Zone: 4
Flower: Pink/Red

Although extremely upright in youth, this tree may spread its braches out with age (10+ years). Single dark-pink to red flowers will mature to sporadic 1/2-inch persistent fruit. Foliage will have a somewhat purple color through the summer months. This tree has shown no disease problems in our field.


HOT-WINGS-MAPLE

Hot Wings Maple
Acer Tartaricum ‘GarAnn’


Height: 20-25 feet
Spread: 18-20 feet
Shape: Broad Irregular
Zone: 3
Fall Color: Red-orange

This is a superior selection of a tartarium maple. Consistent, breath-taking, bright red samaras appear in the summer giving the tree the appearance of being in bloom. The fall leaf color migrates from orange-red on the outside of the plant to yellow in the middle of the plant. Strong branch unions make it less prone to storm breakage than other maples. Very few disease problems and good tolerance to soil, sun, drought and wind make it an excellent tree.


AUTUMN-BLAZE-PEAR

Autuimn Blaze Pear
Pyrus Calleryana ‘Autumn Blaze’


Height: 30-35 feet
Spread: 15-20 feet
Shape: Pyramidal Rounded
Zone: 4
Flower: White
Fall Color: Red

This tree has white flowers that bloom in early spring before the leaves emerge. Green glossy leaves turn to outstanding, crimson-red fall color. However, because it holds its leaves late into the fall it has a lot of fall snow breakage risk. It also is quite susceptible to fire blight. Despite these draw backs its beauty makes it worthy of considering it in your landscaping plans.


PRINCESS-KAY-PLUM

Princess Kay Plum
Prunus nigra ‘Princess Kay’


Height: 18 feet
Spread: 12-15 feet
Shape: Narrow Upright
Zone: 2
Flower: White
Fall Color: Yellow/orange/red

This selection of black plum is one of the most cold-hardy plants in our inventory. Masses of single white flowers emerge in April most of which will not produce any fruit. Dark green leaves emerge after the flowers fade turning in the early fall to a mix of orange, red and yellow colors. A few minor insect problems can occur on some plants but over all is a good small ornamental tree in shrub beds.


REDBUD

Redbud
Cercis Canadensis


Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Shape: Broad Rounded
Zone: 4
Flower: Magenta
Fall Color: Yellow

One of the earliest trees to bloom in the spring this tree produces long lasting magenta blooms on the bare stems before leaves appear in early April. Heart-shaped foliage changes to yellow in the fall. Because it is seed propagated, its’ cold hardiness varies genetically. For this reason it is best planted in a protected location.


PRAIRIE-RADIANCE-WINTERBERRY

Prairie Radiance Winterberry
Euoynymus bungeana ‘Verona’


Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15-20 feet
Shape: Broad Rounded
Zone: 3
Fall Color: Red

A new cultivar selected for its superior winter hardiness and excellent fruit display. This is a small tree with a low-branched trunk, which has all season appeal. It produces a large quantity of pink colored capsules in September, then the capsules split open exposing bright red ariles. Soft red fall color contrasts against the grey bark making a beautiful display over an extended period. A very tough plant, it is also drought resistant.


WINTER-KING-HAWTHORNE

Winter King Hawthorne
Cratagaegus “viridis”


Height: 20 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Shape: Broad Rounded
Zone: 4
Flower: White
Fruit: Orange

The Winter King Hawthorne tree has striking orange fruit that appears late in the fall, giving this tree some of the best late-fall early winter color. The silver-grey bark is also attractive but does have some thorns among the branches. It flowers white in the spring and develops some purple to scarlet fall colored leaves. Cedar apple rust and fire blight are the two main problems that may occur.


DIABLO-NINEBARK

Diablo Ninebark
Physocarpus ‘opulifious’


Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 6-8 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 2
Flower: White
Foliage: Burgundy

This is a popular shrub being grown in a tree form. It is a plant with distinctive year round ornamental appeal including clusters of white flowers, which are offset by dark burgundy foliage in the spring. As the plant matures the bark on the larger stems turns to a cinnamon/white color and exfoliates with large strips hanging from the branches and trunk. It does sucker and needs to be planted in a shrub bed.


OAK-LEAF-MOUNTAIN-ASH

Oak Leaf Mountain Ash
Sorbuys hybrida


Height: 30 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Shape: Upright
Zone: 3
Flower: White
Fruit: Orange Clusters

This selection of mountain ash is vastly superior to the European Mtn. Ash because it is better with disease resistance and soil tolerance. Flat pads of creamy white flowers emerge in mid-May maturing to clusters of small red-orange fruit. The dark green leaves of this tree have very deep lobes. Giving it the appearance of an oak leaf.


CHINA-SNOW-LILAC

China Snow Lilac
Syrina pekinesis ‘China Snow’


Height: 30 feet
Spread: 25 feet
Shape: Upright Rounded
Zone: 3
Flower: White

This tree form lilac is a new addition to our inventory. The bright golden colored bark will peel and exfoliate over time creating winter interest that is the trademark of this tree. This tree should be very drought tolerant once established and is probably going to perform best in shrub beds.


CHANTICLEER-PEAR

Chanticleer Pear
Pryus callerynas ‘Geln’s Form’


Height: 25-30 feet
Spread: 15 feet
Shape: Upright Pyramidal
Zone: 5
Flower: White
Fall Color: Red-Orange

A beautiful pear that resembles autumn blaze pear but stays narrow as it matures. It has the same outstanding ornamental appeal and the same problems as the autumn pear.


PATTERN-PERFECT-MAPLE

Pattern Perfect Maple
Acer tataricum ‘Patdell’


Height: 20-25 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Shape: Upright Rounded
Zone: 3
Fall Color: Orange-red

This maple was selected for its consistent red to orange fall colored leaves. It also has red-pink samaras that form in the middle of the summer. This tree has very few disease problems and can tolerate harsh growing conditions.


SPINDLE-TREE

Spindle Tree
Euonymus ‘Europus’


Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10-15 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 5

This tree is propagated by seeds and varies genetically in regards to its ornamental appeal because each plant’s flowers, fruit, leaves, fall color and branches are unique. It is best planted in a protected area with in a shrub bed. Some spindle trees develop masses of their very unique flowers and fruits.


SNOWCAP-LILAC

Snowcap Lilac
Syringa reticulata ‘Elliott’


Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10-12 feet
Shape: Compact Rounded
Zone: 3
Flower: White

This tree was selected for its very compact shape and incredibly showy flowers. The leaves of this tree are very large and dark green forming a small dense canopy. Japanese Lilacs tend to get leaf tatter when planted in a windy area. Once established, this tree is very drought and soil tolerant.


QUAKING-ASPEN

Quaking Aspen
Populus Tremuloides


Height: 30-40 feet
Spread: 15-20 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 2
Foliage: Green
Fall Color: Gold

This Colorado native is well known for its golden fall color. The quaking leaves produces a soft sound that many consider a hallmark of the quaking aspen tree. Grown from seeds, each tree varies dramatically from each other in rate of growth, soil tolerance and disease resistance. However, they all sucker so care should be used when placing them in a landscape.


CAMELOT-CRABPPLE

Camelot Crabapple
Malu ‘Camzam’


Height: 10 feet
Spread: 8 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 4
Foliage: Green/Red
Flower: Pink-Red Bi-Color

This dwarf crabapple has some of the best flower coloring in the mid-spring. An open shape creates the look of arms of red-pink buds. Large green leaves often have a burgundy overcast and it will also have a nice orange to yellow fall color.


AMUR-CHOKECHERRY

Amur Chokecherry
Prunus Maackii


Height: 25-30 feet
Spread: 25-30 feet
Shape: Rounded
Zone: 2
Flower: White

This small tree produces white flowers and black fruit, which are usually eaten by birds before fully ripe. The outstanding exfoliating bark is golden brown to dark red with a glistening metallic color for excellent winter effect and landscaping interest. It needs protection from the winter sun to attempt to avoid freeze cracking on its young bark.