In just 0.6 square metres (6 square feet), a berry patch will give you loads of berries for your family. During the spring, their pinkish white blossoms sometimes last as long as two weeks. But for city gardeners, I recommended low-maintenance trees that are known to be disease-resistant and cold hardy. A hardy, compact and disease-resistant tree, the Japanese lilac is a workhorse, tolerating most soil conditions and even extended dry spells. A welcome email is on its way. But a small tree stays stuck in the shadows of surrounding fences and neighbouring buildings. We propagate, grow and sell fruit trees that are adapted to the northern climate. © 2020 Montreal Gazette, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. A: I have awe and respect for all trees. Our vision is to provide every individual and farm the possibility to successfully grow fruit trees. Q: What are the biggest mistakes urban dwellers make when choosing a tree? It grows to 20 feet high and 10 feet wide and sports white or cream-coloured flowers with a strong fragrance. Not too big, not too small: Trees for city gardens. Often, urban and suburban homes are built on lots with compacted soil that doesn’t drain properly. 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. Their beauty is impossibly inspiring. Read more about cookies here. During the spring, it bursts into frothy clusters of pink carnation-like double flowers that are followed by bronze foliage. We encountered an issue signing you up. The Hardy Fruit Tree Nursery is located in Sainte-Julienne, one hour north of Montreal, in the Lanaudiere region of Quebec, Canada. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Dwarf pears make fruit-picking easy. During the fall, the leaves turn glorious shades of golden, orange and red. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. A dwarf cherry tree: City gardeners should consider a tree's full size at maturity, François Dubois advises. It features a profusion of pea-like flowers that form in long clusters in early summer and a handsome broad crown and forking trunk that make it beautiful to behold all year long. François Dubois loves all trees. Their slightly ruffled glossy foliage is pretty, too. Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Montreal Gazette, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. But these are the ones the Montreal horticulturist recommends for tight urban spaces: Amur maple (acer ginnala). Pear trees grow in a wide range of soils and many dwarf cultivars are compact enough (8 to 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide) to provide abundant harvests in small backyards. Come visit our Garden Centre – Montreal’s first entirely dedicated to growing fruit and vegetables in the city. There are a wide variety of fruit trees and berries that grow very well in our northern climate. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. A: Actually, a dwarf tree can be even more obtrusive in a small garden than a larger tree. Sweet-tart purplish berries (that attract birds) ripen in summer and are delicious for scones, pies and jams. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. Cherry blossoms: François Dubois says his favourite cultivar is the Kwanzan flowering cherry. A small compact maple tree that grows 13 to 20 feet high. At maturity, dwarfs are 15 feet tall or less, with the lowest part of the crown at 5 or 6 feet from the ground — right at eye level, and in the way. The other thing is people aren’t always honest with themselves about the conditions in their gardens. That includes space, but also available light and the quality of the soil. There are a few cultivars hardy enough for our climate, among them are Flemish Beauty, Savignac and Ste-Sophie. If you don't see it please check your junk folder. The lowest branches of a larger tree, on the other hand, don’t begin until a height of 10 feet or more. The resident tree expert at Pepinière Jasmin, François Dubois (I know, he has a most fitting name) says the right tree in even the smallest yard offers shade, colour, beauty — and a little act of magic. I am always looking at the colour and texture and shape of the leaves. Our fruit trees are grown naturally and have been selected from over four hundred varieties that we are testing to offer you the very best trees that can be grown in Canada. The next issue of Montreal Gazette Headline News will soon be in your inbox. Its glossy, pale-green leaves turn bright red in fall. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. They provide shade. A tree is an exceptional phenomenon of nature that will, if given the right chance, outlive any of us.”. They clean our air. They look at their newly purchased tree the way dog owners look at puppies — as if they’ll never get big. A slightly larger tree will also survive better in gardens with less-than-ample light because its upper branches will grow high enough to “seek out” available light. As planting season gets underway, we caught up with Dubois in the greenhouse at Jasmin Nurseries in St-Laurent to get his advice about choosing the right tree for a city garden: Q: In a small city space, is a dwarf tree the best option? Why not let one take root in your garden this season? We offer only semi-dwarf trees topping out at 3.7 metres (12 feet) tall so they can fit in an urban edible yard. But these are the ones the Montreal horticulturist recommends for tight urban spaces: Amur maple (acer ginnala). “At this time of year, everybody is excited to plant flowers,” says Dubois, a horticulturist whose specialty is trees and woody plants. Kentucky yellowwood (cladrastis kentukea). Serviceberry (amelanchier canadensis). Native to northern Asia and eastern Russia, it has a higher tolerance for shade and pollution than other maples. Please try again. If only city gardeners paid more attention to trees. Extraordinary in autumn, too, with an eruption of gold-orange foliage. “But a tree creates the foundation of a garden. The serviceberry is the first tree to flower in spring, bursting into white star-shaped blossoms with a pinkish blush. Our nursery started at the very beginning because of the disappointment in not finding any proper fruit … Unlike other lilacs, it will grow in tree form rather than as a shrub. A: A medium-size tree that grows to between 20 and 40 feet tall would provide plenty of shade and privacy, but still free up what we call in French “la hauteur d’homme,” or shoulder height. Kwanzan is narrower and more vertically shaped than other cultivars, growing to 20 or 30 feet tall. It grows in a pleasing vase-shaped form to no more than 20 feet tall and is tolerant of most growing conditions. A cultivar like the amur maple, for example, offers all the advantages of a big maple, but only grows to 20 feet. A cultivar like the amur maple offers all the advantages of a big maple, but grows only to 20 feet. It amazes me how much energy and potential is stored in a single tiny seed. tap here to see other videos from our team. This rare, medium-size tree is native to the southeastern United States, but also makes a fine ornamental in more northerly zones. Q: What are the qualities you look for in a tree? Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. Kwanzan flowering cherry (prunus serrulata). Thank you so much for your passion and your support! Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Dwarf and semi-dwarf pear (pyrus). Q: So what size of tree should a city dweller consider? There was an error, please provide a valid email address. François Dubois loves all trees. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. Japanese lilac (syringa reticulata). Star-power all year long with this tree native to southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States. This cultivar is one of the most dazzling of all cherry trees. It will clean the air and cool the house and make anyone in its presence feel better psychologically. Even during the winter, there’s beauty in the Japanese cherry tree’s bare, artful form, whether upright or weeping. A: Too often, they don’t think ahead to the tree’s full size at maturity. It will offer shade and shelter. They have beautiful blossoms in the spring time, and then berries and fruits in late summer and coloured foliage in the fall. Some of my favourite trees offer year-round interest. We are now closed to orders for fall shipments, as we have already reached our full capacity of order preparation for October 2020!