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Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

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Central Washington, Eastern Washington, Seattle Metro, Western Washington

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  • Island
  • Kitsap
  • Kittitas
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
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Articles by James Barborinas

Lindsey’s Skyward™ Bald Cypress Taxodium distichium ‘Skyward’ PP22812

Once again, I find myself impressed with a relatively new tree cultivar. We are fortunate that nature provides so many alternatives. The Lindsey’s Skyward bald cypress tree has many unique qualities, especially attractive to urban plantings.    First of all, it is a relatively compact tree, maturing out at less than 30 feet tall and under … read more of Lindsey’s Skyward™ Bald Cypress Taxodium distichium ‘Skyward’ PP22812.

Sweet New Sugar Maple Cultivars: Sugar Cone and Apollo® Acer saccharum ‘Sugar Cone’ and ‘Barrett Cole’

Growing up in the Midwest, I found the sugar maple, Acer saccharum, to be one of my favorite native trees. I recall them being tolerant of the understory shade but eventually becoming the dominant tree with huge, massive limbs. Their size suits them in native forests as well as in parks and boulevard plantings, but … read more of Sweet New Sugar Maple Cultivars: Sugar Cone and Apollo® Acer saccharum ‘Sugar Cone’ and ‘Barrett Cole’.

Main Street® Shantung Maple Acer truncatum ‘WF-AT1’

Have you heard of the Main Street® Shangtung maple, (Acer truncatum, ‘WF-AT1’)? I hesitate to explore another maple as most cities are trying to find alternates to avoid over planting them. However, more selections and cultivars keep emerging and they certainly are a proven genus and a favorite throughout the country. The Main Street® maple … read more of Main Street® Shantung Maple Acer truncatum ‘WF-AT1’.

American Hornbeam Cultivars – Carpinus caroliniana: Native Flame®, Palisade®, Ball O’ Fire™, & Rising Fire®

In a Tree Profile over 10 years ago, I raved about the American hornbeam, Carpinas caroliniana and still feel the same today. With the more recent arrival of several new cultivars which display some of the best characteristics of this species, an update on this tree is in order. Let’s start with its generic attributes. … read more of American Hornbeam Cultivars – Carpinus caroliniana: Native Flame®, Palisade®, Ball O’ Fire™, & Rising Fire®.

Urban Sunset® Maple – Acer truncatum x platanoides ‘JFS-KW187’ 27545

Maples have been widely planted in the urban landscape because they are so tough and tolerant of the urban environment.  Not that we need even more maples on our tree lists, but if you are growing them or are planting more, you should know how the various forms and cultivars compare to each other.  The … read more of Urban Sunset® Maple – Acer truncatum x platanoides ‘JFS-KW187’ 27545.

PNW Tree Profiles September 2017 Updates

In place of a tree profile this quarter, I’ve compiled an update of what we have observed about the performance of different species. Over 60 trees have been reviewed here and we have learned a lot of helpful information for tree selection and management. Remember, these are my observations, limited to these specific trees grown … read more of PNW Tree Profiles September 2017 Updates.

Persian Spire™ Upright Ironwood, Parrotia persica ‘JL Columnar’ P.A.F

Cultivars of Parrotia persica have been mentioned in past articles but the Persian Spire™ upright ironwood, ‘JL Columnar’ P.A.F., merits its own profile. Discovered by John Lewis of JLPN Nursery in Salem, Oregon in 2013, he likely first noted its strong upright growth. He then found that the foliage was finer with a narrower leaf … read more of Persian Spire™ Upright Ironwood, Parrotia persica ‘JL Columnar’ P.A.F.

Silver Linden Tilia tomentosa

Linden trees, especially American, Tilia americana and littleleaf, Tilia cordata, have been widely planted in urban areas because they are drought tolerant, durable and beautiful, and thrive is some of our toughest locations. However, aphid infestations on these lindens can be incredibly messy and a real nuisance. The “honeydew” under a street tree can appear … read more of Silver Linden Tilia tomentosa.

Emerald Spire® Flowering Crabapple Malus x adstringens ‘Jefgreen’

There are technically only a few trees that come close to the small tree category for utility planting these days, maturing at less than 15 feet tall. There are even fewer that are narrow and this short. The new Emerald Spire® crabapple, Malus x adstringens ‘Jefgreen’ fits the bill.   Maturing at no more than 15 … read more of Emerald Spire® Flowering Crabapple Malus x adstringens ‘Jefgreen’.