Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kelsey Flowering Crab

This is one of four flowering crab trees that grow in a backyard in Red Deer, Alberta. This tree grows best in full sun.  In our backyard none of the locations are ideal as there are many other mature trees which create a lot of shade.  Nonetheless, the trees have grown satisfactorily.  In the spring, the flowers are a joy to behold.  They do create messy berries later in the season which tend to last until the birds eat them or they are raked up in the following early spring.  The tree is known to grow to be about 15 feet tall with a spread of 12 feet and a clearance of 4 feet from the ground.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Hardiness Zone 3B
May Long Weekend 2013
This saskatoon bush grows in a backyard with a southwest exposure in Red Deer, Alberta.     It was planted between the garden shed and the fence two years ago.  This spring it was covered with blossoms for the first time.  Saskatoon berries are native to Alberta.   This bush thrives on most soils with plenty of organic matter and prefer slightly acidic soil.  They don't like wet roots but need to be watered consistently in order to establish the bush and for plump berries.