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Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.
Robert A. Heinlein

Utility Trees

Shelterbelt

”What is a utility tree?” you ask.

A utility tree is one that works for a living. A tree:

These are my shelterbelt trees. My privacy hedges. My naturalization trees and shrubs.

*”You grow these by the thousand. Why are they in pre-orders?”

Skyfest poplar

Bulk poplar in 1 gallon pots. I can get several kinds of poplar, as well as laurel willow, acute leaf willow,


Two reasons:

A: Some of them I’m not set up to grow myself yet. I got a call from a guy in Wetaskiwin yesterday. He wanted 500 Prairie Sky poplar. My supplier had 4000 left in stock, so it was a call to add them.

B: Because they are often bought in big quantities, the supply can be unreliable. I had one person who bought 160 Northwest poplar last year, and left me with 30. If I make a point of listing them in pre-orders, then you can’t tell me, ”Why didn’t you tell me that you only had 200 of these?”

As of Fall 2016, I can still get:

1 Gallon Pots Size Mature Shape Use Status 2017-Jan
Prairie Sky Poplar 3-4 foot 65-80 ft x 10-12 ft windbreak, screen 4000
Northwest Poplar 3-4 ft. 50-65 ft x 30-40 ft Medium Shade SFTF only
Sundancer Poplar 3-4 ft 40 ft x 10 ft. windbreak 4100
Golden Willow 3-4 ft. 30 ft x 10 ft windbreak, snow trap 1600
Laurel Leaf Willow 3-4 ft. 35-50 ft x 30-40 ft Dense shade, screen SFTF only
Acute Leaf Willow 3-4 ft. 50-60 ft x 30-40 ft Light Shade SFTF only
Bare Root Seedlings Size Mature Shape Use Status 2017-Jan
Manitoba Maple 12-18 in 30-40 ft x 25-30 ft shade, windbreak 1425
Amur Maple 12-18 in. 15-25 ft x 10-15 ft hedge, windbreak 515
Saskatoon 12 in. 10-15 ft x 4-6 ft. fruit, hedge 2300
Cotoneaster 12-18 in 5-7 ft x 3-6 ft. hedge 5400
Common dogwood 12-18 in. 4-5 ft x 3-4 ft deer food, snow trap 1900
White spruce 4 yr old 12-18 in. 60-90 ft 10-20 ft windbreak 2800
Ponderosa Pine 3 yr old 6-10 in. 60-100 ft 10-20 ft parks, road edge
Colorado spruce 4 yr old 12-18 in. 60-90 ft 10-20 ft windbrake 2850
Villosa Lilac 12-18 in. 8-12 ft x 4-6 ft windbreak, hedge 4900
Common Lilac 12-18 in. 8-12 ft x 4-6 ft windbreak, hedge SFTF Only

Poplar shelterbelt with chokecherry hedge.

Cheap doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty too.

SFTF ONLY means you are limited to what I have on hand in the table below I will try to update this once a month.

This table is not limited to shelterbelt trees, but is everything that I have more than a hundred of. It includes my Fall Inventory (always semi-fictional...) and what I’ve ordered for spring.


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Asparagus, Millennium Crown 140 $2.00
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Birch, paper 125 ml plug 150 $2.75
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Buckthorn, Sea, seed run Bare Root Seedling 68 $3.25
Buffaloberry, Canada 1000 ml Styroblock 10 $6.00
Buffaloberry, Canada 125 ml plug 180 $2.75
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Caragana, common Bare Root Seedling 150 $3.25
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Cherry, Chokecherry 1000 ml Styroblock 133 $6.00
Cherry, Chokecherry 125 ml plug 180 $2.75
Cherry, Pincherry 1000 ml Styroblock 132 $6.00
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Cotoneaster, Peking Hedge Bare Root Seedling 595 $3.25
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Currant, Golden Bare Root Seedling 97 $3.50
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Dogwood, Red Osier 1000 ml Styroblock 117 $6.00
Dogwood, Red Osier 125 ml plug 360 $2.75
Dogwood, Red Osier Bare Root Seedling 75 $3.25
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Fir, Balsam 1000 ml Styroblock 336 $6.00
Fir, Balsam 80 ml plug 705 $2.25
Fir, Douglas 1000 ml Styroblock 508 $6.00
Fir, Douglas 80 ml plug 630 $2.25
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Larch, Siberian 5 gal. pail (20 qt) 5 $35.00
Larch, Siberian 80 ml plug 480 $2.25
Larch, Tamarack 1000 ml Styroblock 100 $6.00
Larch, Western 80 ml plug 300 $2.25
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Lilac, Common Bare Root Seedling 580 $3.25
Lilac, Late Bare Root Seedling -900 $3.25
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Maple, Manitoba 1000 ml Styroblock 15 $6.00
Maple, Manitoba Ball and Burlap -2 $180.00
Maple, Silver Bare Root Seedling 100 $3.25
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Oak, Bur Bare Root Seedling 100 $7.00
Oak, White 1000 ml Styroblock 100 $12.50
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Pine, Austrian 1000 ml Styroblock 135 $9.00
Pine, Austrian 5 gal. pail (20 qt) 10 $50.00
Pine, Eastern White 1000 ml Styroblock 53 $6.00
Pine, Jack 1000 ml Styroblock 45 $6.00
Pine, Jack 5 gal. pail (20 qt) 44 $35.00
Pine, Lodgepole 1000 ml Styroblock 840 $6.00
Pine, Lodgepole 80 ml plug 315 $2.25
Pine, Ponderosa, Rocky Mtn 5 gal. pail (20 qt) 9 $35.00
Pine, Ponderosa, Rocky Mtn Bare Root Seedling 200 $3.50
Pine, Red 1000 ml Styroblock 150 $6.00
Pine, Red 5 gal. pail (20 qt) 7 $35.00
Pine, Scots 5 gal. pail (20 qt) 43 $35.00
Pine, Scots 80 ml plug 525 $2.25
Pine, Swiss Stone 1000 ml Styroblock 31 $12.50
Pine, Western White 80 ml plug 195 $2.25
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Poplar, 'Hill' 1000 ml Styroblock 115 $6.00
Poplar, 'Northwest' 125 ml plug 325 $2.75
Poplar, 'Northwest' 5 gal. pail (20 qt) 133 $35.00
Poplar, 'Okanese' 125 ml plug 1170 $2.75
Poplar, Balsam 1000 ml Styroblock 50 $6.00
Poplar, Trembling Aspen 1000 ml Styroblock 180 $6.00
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Raspberry, Double Delight Bare Root Seedling 30 $3.25
Raspberry, Souris Bare Root Seedling 75 $3.25
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Rose, Prickly 1000 ml Styroblock 156 $6.00
Rose, Prickly 125 ml plug 180 $2.75
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Saskatoon, wild Bare Root Seedling 120 $3.25
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Snowberry, Common Bare Root Seedling 200 $3.50
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Spruce, Black Hills 80 ml plug 495 $2.25
Spruce, Black 1000 ml Styroblock 88 $6.00
Spruce, Black 80 ml plug 270 $2.25
Spruce, Colorado 1000 ml Styroblock 141 $6.00
Spruce, Colorado 5 gal. pail (20 qt) 13 $35.00
Spruce, Colorado 80 ml plug 360 $2.25
Spruce, Colorado Ball and Burlap -2 $180.00
Spruce, Colorado Bare Root Seedling 500 $3.50
Spruce, White 1000 ml Styroblock 87 $6.00
Spruce, White 5 gal. pail (20 qt) 180 $35.00
Spruce, White 80 ml plug 540 $2.25
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Strawberry, Seascape Bare Root Seedling 50 $1.25
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Walnut, Black Bare Root Seedling 147 $5.25
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Willow, Acute Leaf 125 ml plug -120 $2.75
Willow, Bebb's 1000 ml Styroblock 8 $6.00
Willow, Bebb's 125 ml plug 180 $2.75
Willow, Coyote 1000 ml Styroblock 144 $6.00
Willow, Coyote 330 ml plug 900 $4.00
Willow, Flame 330 ml plug 295 $4.00
Willow, Laurel Leaf 330 ml plug 270 $4.00
Willow, Pussy 1000 ml Styroblock 36 $6.00
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Wolf Willow, Silverberry 1000 ml Styroblock 15 $6.00
Wolf Willow, Silverberry 125 ml plug 160 $2.75
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