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Tree Resources (Advice and Information)

Saddle Hills County's Agricultural Services Department works with a contracted Tree Specialist, Toso Bozic, who is available to help you with any advice or information regarding trees.

We have created a Tree Resources Booklet, with multiple articles on all aspects of tree care and maintenance. A copy of this can be viewed or downloaded online, or you can pick up a copy from the County Office, or request a copy be mailed to you. 

We have compiled some of the individual articles here, along with tree resources, including webinars and other Agricultural Outreach and Extension Programs in the County.

Past Workshops & Webinars

If you would like further information on a specific issue or concern you are facing you can fill in the Report an Issue Form or contact our Agricultural Services Department at or by calling (780) 864-3760.

Cold Hardy Prairie Trees

The Grande Prairie area, including Saddle Hills County, is situated in Cold Hardiness Zone 3.


Prairie Horizon Manchurian alder (alnus hirsuta 'Harbin')

Amur cork tree (phellodendron amurense)

Cloud 9 Amur cork tree (phellodendron amurense 'ByPSN800')

Northern Blaze white ash (fraxinus americana 'Jefnor')

Nobility white ash (fraxinus americana 'Jefwis')

Mancana ash (fraxinus mandshurica 'Mancana')

Foothills green ash (fraxinus pensylvanica 'Mancana')

Patmore green ash (fraxinus pensylvanica 'Patmore')

Prairie Spire green ash (fraxinus pensylvanica 'Rugby')

Northern Gem hybrid ash (fraxinus x 'Northern Gem')

Northern Treasure hybrid ash (fraxinus x 'Northern Treasure')

Lanceleaf poplar (populus x acuminate)

Narrowleaf pine (populus angustifolia)

Skyfest poplar (populus deltoides 'Jefcot')

Siouxland cottonwood poplar (populus deltoides 'Siouxland')

Sargent poplar (populus sargentii)

Assiniboine poplar (populus x 'Assiniboine')

Byland Green poplar (populus x 'Byland Green')

Gatekeeper columnar aspen (populus x 'Byrick')

Memorial poplar (populus x 'City of Calgary')

Guardian columnar aspen (populus x 'Jefguard')

Prairie Sky poplar (populus x 'Prairie Sky')

Tristis aspen (populus x canescens 'Tower')

Northern Tribute river birch ('betula nigra 'Dickinson')

Cutleaf Weeping birch ('betula pendula 'Laciniata')

Dakota Pinnacle birch ('betula platyphylla 'Fargo')

Parkland Pillar birch ('betula pendula 'Jefpark')

Purple Treasure hybrid birch ('betula x 'ByDaveK')

Autumn Splendor buckeye (aesculus x 'Autumn Splendor')

Prairie Touch buckeye (aesculus x 'Bergeson')

Klondike Amur cherry (prunus maackii 'Jedike')

Goldspur Amur cherry (prunus maackii 'Jefspur')

Advance mayday (prunus padus 'Advance')

Sunstar mayday (prunus padus 'Sunstar')

Rocky Mountain Douglas Fir (pseudotsuga menziesii glauca)

Prairie Expedition American elm (ulmus americana 'Lewis & Clark')

Endeavor hybrid elm (ulmus americana x 'By1709')

Discovery elm (ulmus davidiana var. Japonica 'Discovery')

Freedom elm (ulmus davidiana var. Japonica 'Freedom')

Northern Empress elm (ulmus davidiana var. Japonica 'Northern Empress')

Night Rider Japanese hybrid elm (ulmus davidiana x pumlia'Durby')

Triumph hybrid elm (ulmus x 'Morton Glossy')

Balsam fir (abies balsamea)

Sub-alpine fir (abies lasiocarpa)

Siberian Fir (abies siberica)

Hackberry (cellis occidentalis)

Snowbird hawthorn (crataegus x mordensis 'Snowbird')

Toba hawthorn (crataegus x mordensis 'Toba')

Ironwood (ostrya virginiana)

Oasis Siberian larch (larix siberica 'Durcarl')

Frontyard linden (tilia americana 'Bailyard')

American Sentry linden (tilia americana 'McKSentry')

Redmond linden (tilia americana 'Redmond')

Littleleaf linden (tilia cordata)

Golden Cascade linden (tilia cordata 'Golden Cascade')

Chancellor littleleaf linden (tilia cordata 'Chancole')

Corinthian littleleaf linden (tilia cordata 'Corzam')

Greenspire littleleaf linden (tilia cordata 'Greenspire')

Norlin linden (tilia cordata 'Ronald')

Glenleven linden (tilia flavescens 'Glenleven')

Lighthouse linden (tilia flavescens 'Jefhouse')

Windancer Mongolian linden (tilia mongolica 'DurJake')

Harvest Gold Mongolian linden (tilia mongolica 'Harvest Gold')

Summer Frost Amur maackia (maackia amurensis 'Summer Frost')

Royal Crown Amur maple (acer ginnala' JefUM')

Ruby Slippers Amur maple (acer ginnala 'Ruby Slippers')

Baron Manitoba maple (acer negundo 'Baron')

Trailblazer Manitoba maple (acer negundo 'ByPSN705')

Prairie Rouge red maple (acer rubrum 'Jefrouge')

Northwood red maple (acer rubrum 'Northwood')

Silver maple (acer saccharinum)

Silver Cloud silver maple (acer saccharinum 'Silver Cloud')

Unity sugar maple (acer saccharum 'Jefcan')

Inferno sugar maple (acer saccharum 'Jeferno')

Lord Selkirk sugar maple (acer saccharum 'Jefselk')

Raging Bull freeman maple (acer x freemanii 'DurPSN 204')

Regal Celebration freeman maple (acer x freemanii 'Jefcel)

European mountain ash (sorbus aucuparia)

Black Hawk mountain ash (sorbus aucuparia 'Black Hawk')

Luxor mountain ash (sorbus aucuparia 'Advlux')

Skybound mountain ash (sorbus aucuparia 'Skybound')

Shooting Star northern pin oak (quercus ellipsoidalis 'Durmarg')

Majestic Skies northern pin oak(quercus ellipsoidalis 'Bailskies')

Russian olive (elaegnus angustifolia)

Almey flowering crabapple (malus 'Almey')

Big River flowering crabapple (malus 'Big River')

Dark Knight flowering crabapple (malus 'ByFrank')

Torchlight flowering crabapple (malus 'By1901')

Emerald Spire columnar crabapple (malus 'Jefgreen')

Midnite Spire columnar crabapple (malus 'Jefnite')

Green Wall columnar crabapple (malus 'Jefwall')

Purple Spire flowering crabapple (malus 'Purple Spire')

Royal Mist flowering crabapple (malus 'Royal Mist')

Shaughnessy Cohen flowering crabapple (malus 'Shaughnessy Cohen')

Mountain Frost pear (pyrus ussuriensis 'Bailfrost')

Rocky Mountain Bristlecone (pinus aristata)

Swiss Stone pine (pinus cembra)

Ponderosa pine (pinus ponderosa)

Scots pine (pinus sylvestris)

Columnar Scots pine (pinus sylvestris 'Fastigiata')

French Blue Scots pine (pinus sylvestris 'French Blue')

Mountain pine (pinus uncinata)

Finnish spruce (picea abies 'fennica')

White spruce (picea glauca)

Montrose Charm white spruce (picea glauca 'Montrose Charm')

Weeping white spruce (picea glauca 'pendula')

Meyer's dwarf spruce (picea meyeri)

Baby Blue Colorado spruce (picea pungens 'Baby Blue')

Baby Blue Eyes Colorado spruce (picea pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes')

Crystal Blue Spruce (picea pungens 'Crystal Blue')

Fat Albert spruce (picea pungens 'Fat Albert')

Hoopsii spruce (picea pungens 'Hoopsii')

Golden Eclipse Japanese tree lilac (syringa reticulata 'Golden Eclipse')

Ivory Silk Japanese tree lilac (syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk')

Signature Japanese tree lilac (syringa reticulata 'Sigzam')

Summer Storm Japanese tree lilac (syringa reticulata 'Summer Storm')

Ivory Pillar Japanese tree lilac (syringa reticulata 'Willamette')

Butternut (juglans cinera)

Acute Leaf willow (salix acutifolia)

Advance Golden willow (salix alba 'Advance')

Silverleaf willow (salix alba 'Sericea')

Golden willow (salix alba 'Vitellina')

Lace weeping willow (salix babylonica 'Lace')

Northern Fountain willow (salix babylonica 'Northern Fountain')

Prairie Cascade willow (salix x 'Prairie Cascade')

Information taken from 'List of Cold Hardy Prairie Trees' by Rick Durand, 2023. 

You can check the performance of all the trees listed at, alongside some of the insects, diseases, and environmental conditions that can affect them. While all listed trees may be cold hardy and suitable for our area, they could still be susceptible to diseases that limit growth.

Contact Us

Saddle Hills
Junction of Hwy 49 & Secondary Hwy 725
RR1, Spirit River AB
T0H 3G0
T. 780-864-3760
Fax 780-864-3904
Toll-free 1-888-864-3760

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