Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tree Excitement!

Here along the Front Range in Colorado we are seeing major construction underway. Thank goodness!!! Whole communities are starting to be built. And, within those communities there will soon be a need for a whole lot of trees. We have them at Loma Vista Nursery and they are FABULOUS!

What is the added value you get when buying our trees from the Midwest? They are grown in the same type of climate, have similar soil types and lower freight costs. 

Here are a couple of newer varieties that are being recognized for their wide range of soil type tolerance. They are great for the Front Range and Midwest landscapes. 

Quercus madcanielli Clemons (Heritage Oak)

Heritage Oak (Quercus x macdanielli 'Clemons') is a cross of Q. macrocarpa and Q. robur and has a fairly fast growth habit that is not usually associated with the Oak family.  It is very adaptable to a wide range of soil types including dry and wet soils.  With proper care and conditions, this tree could live to be over 300 years old!  Hardy to zone 4, matures 50-60' x 35-45'. 



Pacific Sunset Maple
Pacific Sunset Maple (Acer truncatum x A platanoides 'Warrenred' PP 7433) is a beautiful tree that starts turning color earlier in the fall and has very good form. This tree tends to have better alkaline tolerance than other maples and gives a spectacular fall show with hints of red, orange and yellow fall foliage. Hardy to zone 4, 30-40' x 20-30'. 

Susan and Alfredo recently toured our fields and took photos of many of the trees available for fall and spring harvest. For a complete look at the images of our tree fields, please go to our Dropbox Tree Fields folder.

Happy fall!
Michelle Cadena, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nurserylanting.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Images of our Tree Fields

CARPINUS betulus Fastigiata field shot

ACER rubrum Red Sunset 2in
What were we thinking? Alfredo and I picked a day when it was about 100 degrees to walk the tree fields and take photos in July. We started off strong in the early hours of the morning and slowly faded...

We did journey across 100's of acres and took quite a few photos. Our field crops of trees and shrubs are looking very nice! They appreciate the great weather we have had of sunny days and regular rainfall.

GLEDITSIA tricanthos Shademaster 3in
ACER ginnala Flame 7ft

Above  are a few of the images of our trees. For a complete look, please go to our Dropbox Tree Fields folder.
Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing, Loma Vista Nursery

Tough Plants, Tough Sites

Foot traffic, trash, chemical applications, snow removal equipment, shopping carts, and occassional out of control cars are just a few of the problems facing parking lot and street plantings.
While no plant can stand up to all that abuse, there are some plants tougher than others for these sites. Here's a mix of new and old favorites for these sites.

Rose Creek Abelia, shown left, is a semi-evergreen plant with summer flowers for full sun sites. Matures 2-3' x 3-4'.

Little Goldstar Rudbeckia fills the landscape border with bright golden flowers. It has an improved compact form with clean foliage. Matures 2-2 1/2'.

For an evergreen, sabina junipers have good salt tolerance: Buffalo, New Tam Blue and Skandia. Wiltonii and Bar Harbor are two horizontalis to use in these designs.

The sumacs are all tough plants with great fall color. Tiger Eyes, Prairie Flame, Gro-Low, Cutleaf, and Fragrant are a few we recommend.

Add color, form, summer flowers, drougt tolerace and durability with Bright Edge Yucca.

Green Vase Zelkova

Green Vase Zelkova is tolerant of urban conditions. It has red-brown bark, fine textured foliage, upright vase shape form. Matures 45' x 30'.

Regent Pagodatree (Sophora) tolerates both drought and air pollution. It has creamy white flowers in the summer. Bright green bark gives winter interest to the landscape. Matures 50' x 45'.

A Caddo sugar maple, John Pair's foliage stands up to the summer heat. It has consistent red fall color. Matures 40' x 40'.

Regal Prince Oak
Regal Prince Oak, shown to the left with Alfredo, is one of many columnar trees great for street islands. Others to include in your design: pyramidal hornbeam, Crimson Spire and Green Pillar Oaks.
Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing, Loma Vista Nursery

Monday, August 12, 2013

Goji Berries, New at Loma

goji and flaxA few months ago I purchased a bag of ground flax seed mixed with Goji berries at a local health food store for a whopping $19.99. I've used it in recipes from cookies to pancakes and, sometimes, I just sprinkle it on top of yogurt.

A relative to the tomato, potato, peppers, eggplant and tobacco, Goji berries are an anti-oxidant packed superfood.
Superfood is a term used to describe food with high nutrient or phytochemical content that offer health benefits when consumed and very few to no negative attributes.

Goji berries have been given the title superfood because they are one of the world's most nutritionally rich foods. If you have not seen a Goji, it is about as big as a raisin. They contain 18 amino acids and more vitamin C per pound than any other fruit and more iron than spinach. 


LYCIUM barbarum Big Lifeberry is a cultivar introduced by Proven Winners available this fall at Loma Vista Nursery.

Goji BerriesWe all know the grow-your-own food movement is moving full steam ahead. Big Lifeberry Goji Berry is a great addition to the health enthusiasts' garden. This shrub form plant can be grown in well-drained soil or a container. Staking is recommended as the plant wants to sprawl along the ground. Gojies are hardy to zone 5 and do not require a pollinator. Minimal to no pruning required and health benefits galore.

For more information and recipes using Big Lifeberry Goji Berry, go to Proven Winners.
Lyndsi Oestmann, Loma Vista Nursery