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Ornamental Species

Boreal grows several conifer spp. that can be used in landscaping, nursery production and shelterbelts.  These are not native to the Prairies so they should not be used in reclamation.


Colorado spruce (Picea pungens) is an attractive hardy tree used for landscaping and shelterbelts.  About 30% of the seedlings grown from our seedlot have grey-blue needles.  Those with green needles, however, are still ornamental with a more attractive form than white spruce.  Seed-propagated.


Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is an attractive pine that can be used for landscaping, shelterbelts and Christmas trees.  Our Russian seedlot produces trees that are full, have good colour and excellent shape.  Seed-propagated.


Red pine (Pinus resinosa) has medium to dark green needles (10-12 cm), giving its branches a beautiful feathery appearance.  It is native to southeastern Manitoba to Atlantic Canada.  Seed-propagated.


Mugo pine (Pinus mugo pumilo) is a compact shrub with a dwarf growth habit and short, dark green needles.  Seed-propagated.


Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) is a beautiful long-needled (10-20 cm) pine with attractive orange-brown furrowed back.  It is slow-growing but has good hardiness.  Native to southern British Columbia.  Seed-propagated.


Siberian larch (Larix siberica) is a deciduous soft-needled conifer like tamarack but has a more attractive form with gracefully arched branches.  It has beautiful fall colour.  Seed-propagated.


Hybrid poplar (Populus x deltoides) are hardy, fast-growing clones that were developed for agroforestry.  Walker is a fast-growing female clone with a narrow form that produces fuzz (seed) but can grow up to 90 cm per year. Okanese is a male clone (no fuzz) with a spreading-upright habit with a fast growth rate, similar to Walker.  Northwest is a male clone with a moderately fast growth rate and a broad spreading habit.  All hybrid poplars have relatively short lifespans (40-50 years) but are valued for their fast growth rate.  Propagated by cuttings.




Colorado spruce