We Grow From SeedGolden Bough Tree Farm

I am pleased when walking in a labyrinth of my own raising, not to know whether the next tree I shall meet is an apple or an oak, an elm or a pear.
Joseph Addison; The Spectator, 1712

SHADE TREES

All our shade trees can be planted 3 to 4 m apart - as long-living fence posts.

XL Stock
Most of our stock is available in sizes easily shipped by mail, that is, under 1m.
This symbol indicates plants that are also available in sizes over 1m. The price is the same but you'll have to come and pick them up. This year some items are available only in sizes over 1m and these are marked For Pick Up Only

Our Spring pick-up dates are April 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2019 between 8am and 4pm. Please see Specials or this map to Marlbank for directions.


Amur Cork in winterAmur Cork in summerPhellodendron amurense
AMUR CORK Z3b/11m
From N.E. Asia. Long feathery aromat ic leaves. Tropical in appearance. Beautifully textured bark. Its medium shade does not compete with lawns. Clusters of black berries hang well into winter attracting wildlife. "Tolerant of a variety of soils. Withstands city conditions and drought... rapid growth... transplants readily. Few pests." H.O. Perkins, Ornamental Trees

Celtis occidentalis
HACKBERRY Z3/15m ‡
Its vase shape & disease resistance, makes Hackberry the best native replacement for Elm. Crown is almost as wide as the tree is tall. Tiny flowers followed by small, dark, edible fruit of importance to overwintering birds. Its deep drought-resistant roots permit an underplanting of shade-tolerant shrubs.

The best time to plant a tree was thirty years ago. The second-best time is now.
-Proverb

Platanus occidentalis
SYCAMORE Z5/30m
Once the tallest tree of the east, its tri-coloured puzzle-shaped bark attracts the eyes as well as birds who love to munch on the button-like seed clusters. Prefers low, damp places. Gives ample shade with its maple-shaped leaves.

Kentucky Coffee Tree

18 year old Kentucky Coffee Tree, unfortunately in the wrong place.

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Sizing up a valuble Kentucky Coffee Tree log with a chalk-line. Now it can be cut on site by a chain saw rather than trucked to a mill.

Gymnocladus dioicus
KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE Z4b/11m
Pale green June flowers, dangling seedpods, & long feathery leaves make this Appalachian native interesting in all seasons. Its shiny brown seeds resemble coffee beans. Root nodules contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria which enrich the soil.

Gleditsia triacanthos inermis
THORNLESS HONEY LOCUST Z4/14m ‡
Delicate leaves give a light shade & disappear without raking. A rapid growing native Appalachian, Honey Locust is hardy in our mid-north where its ferny form looks almost African. In the pea family, its roots fix nitrogen. Interesting long twisted seed pods.


MAPLE

Acer truncatum var. mono
PAINTED MAPLE Z5/15m
Striking yellow-orange with hints of red autumn colours have named this tree as well as its combs of yellow flowers and red-tinted seed heads. Grows best in full sun. Used to line the streets in China, its country of origin.

Unlike most living creatures, a tree keeps growing all its life.

Illustration of maple leaves

Acer rubrum showing fall colors

Acer nigrum
BLACK MAPLE Z3/20m
Statuesque cousin of Sugar Maple with darker bark and droopier, more tomentose leaves. Gives equally great sap. Grows vigorously on rich lowlands. Grown from authentic seed.

Acer rubrum
RED MAPLE Z4/14m
Pale bark that darkens with age. Delicate leaves & a refined form. This is the native Red Maple, not to be confused with the European red-leafed Crimson King maple so popular in suburban settings. Though cold-tolerant & wide-ranging, this native grows sparsely in woods and marshes. Brilliant scarlet leaves in autumn.

Acer saccharinum showing fall colors

Silver Maples, Salmon River, October.

Acer saccharinum
SILVER MAPLE Z3/25m
One of eastern Canada's most beautiful shade trees. Fast growing. Tall and stately, its silvery leaves sparkle in the breeze. Prefers rich, moist bottomland and full sun.

Acer spicatum
MOUNTAIN MAPLE Z2b/4m
Smallest of our Eastern Maples: tolerates shade & young mineral soils. Does poorly in the open. Red-grey bark, spring flowers & fall colours all very ornamental. Shallow rooted. Its delicate pink seed samaras are valuable to wildlife.


BIRCH - available in spring ONLY

Paper Birch in Winter Betula papyrifera
PAPER BIRCH Z2/20m
The northern landscape seems incomplete without the dazzling bark of the Canoe or Paper Birch. Considered among the world's most beautiful trees, this elegant native prefers cool sites. Tolerates shade while young. Unsuited to linear plantings: best in pure groves hi-lighted against a stand of conifers. Bark turns white around the fifth year.


POPLAR

Populus balsamifera
BALSAM POPLAR Z2/30m
Populus means Tree of the People. This pioneer requires sun to grow well and prepares the ground for other tree species that will eventually shade it out. Glossy leaves emit a clean fragrance into summer nights. Its resinous buds are used in a pain-killing ointment and by bees to make propolis.

Poplulus deltoides
EASTERN COTONWOOD Z5/50m
A gentle giant growing swiftly to a great height. Unsuitable for urban settings but urgently needed in ecological restoration projects. Provides resources to many wild critters and prepares healthy soils for future hardwood forests, not to mention its carbon sequestering super powers!


Willow - available in spring ONLY

I believe a blade of grass is no less than the journeywork of the stars.
Walt Whitman

Acer saccharinum showing fall colors

Salix babylonica Rothwell B&B Westport, ON

A thing to take hot tempers out of us is to go gardening boldly in the spring ... hoping the utmost of everything.
John Ridd in Lorna Doone

Salix babylonica
WEEPING WILLOW Z3/11m
A northern-hardy form of the classic weeping willow of art & legend. Long slender drooping branchlets romanticize any property. Prefers water nearby. Golden bark.

Salix integra "Haduro-nishiki"
DAPPLED WILLOW Z5/1m
Small riverine willow from N.E. Asia. Spectacular foliage: pink in spring mergin later with cream and green. Can be left in tree form or pruned back in late winter for fresh bright stems. Perfers full sun and dampish soil.

Salix chaenomeloides
RED-BUDDED PUSSY WILLOW Z5b/3.5m
This Japanese Pussy Willow enlivens moist places in its maroon stems, deep red buds and soft-pink hues in its silver pussies. In cooler areas may need some winter protection.

Salix babylonica "Tortuosa"
CORKSCREW WILLOW Z5/8m
This well-named curiosity from N. China literally twists its slender yellow limbs into corkscrews. With its bizarre genetics, small size and open form this tree offers an unusual backdrop to an intimate damp area or a Druid circle.

 

Earth is a goddess. She teaches justice to those who can learn, for the better she is served, the more good she gives in return. Xenophon, Greek general and farmer, 400 B.C.

Salix cinera var.
PUSSY WILLOW Z3/3m ‡
A small damp-land willow with circumpolar distribution. Charming furry gray catkins used as festival decorations by many cultures as they welcome Spring. Great for cuttings and flower arrangements.

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