A unique maple variety – long popular in Europe it is being used more frequently in the United States. Stays low – often used as a hedge, great choice under powerlines as reduced height avoids disfiguring utility pruning. Can be used anywhere in the residential landscape and is increasing used as a suburban and urban […]

A wonderful specimen tree.  Exfoliating bark is rich brown to reddish brown, and as it gets older, turns to a cinnamon brown, which gives it seasonal interest.  It adapts to a variety of soils, but prefers well drained.  Because it likes full sun, it can be put in an open landscape.  A one of a […]

Wonderful broad, rounded canopy, with a number of varieties within the family.  This tree can be grown as a single or multi stem, with bark turning slightly grey as it ages.  Leaf color depends on the variety.  Tree likes dappled shade and moist, well drained soil.  It is among one of the most popular specimen […]

Wonderful specimen tree – a great way to bring red into the landscape. Maturing at less than 20’ tall and wide, this tree fits nicely into a wide range of landscape locations – from rock gardens to open expanses of turf.

New growth is a very interesting orange-red, fades to bronze-green in summer, and finishes the year with bright scarlet fall color. A great way to punctuate the landscape with a touch of red. Makes a great specimen tree, wonderful standing alone in a sea of green grass.

One of the two classic weeping Japanese maples that have introduced thread leaf maples to millions of people. Less popular than the red leaf variety – the deeply cut, finely textured leaves have a light green color that changes little throughout the growing season. Slow growing, with a mounded shape that becomes more pronounced with […]

This new introduction from J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Oregon is a great densely branched Maple.  It has less co-dominant leaders, but still a bright red fall color.  With better resistance to spider mites, and it’s fast growing nature, it is a great tree.

Best known for its spectacular fall color, which is deep red to reddish orange. Color starts slightly late and provides a great end to the fall foliage season. Grows quickly to a nice rounded mature shape. Fall color is its calling card and worth the wait. Zone 4b.

With its silvery underside blowing in the wind, this deciduous tree makes for a very pretty landscape accent.  It will get very large however, so may be more suitable for a lawn tree.

Dark, glossy leaves, that hold their orange color well into fall.  Great drought resistant cultivar.

Dense foliage with heavily textured dark green leaves that have very distinct veins. Steel-gray bark is showy in winter. Tolerates a range of soil conditions and air pollution. Can be pruned into a hedge shape, trees in a line can be pruned into a hedgerow which is common in Europe.

Takes an already dense tree and tightens it up even further. Very thick, dense and perfectly symmetrical canopy is an ornamental feature on its own. Same great glossy textured leaves as the species. Works well close to buildings, and makes an excellent street tree.

Best known for striking display of pure white flowers in early summer. Individual flower petals are almost fringe-like, but are so numerous that tree appears to be absolutely covered in them. Great medium size tree that is slow growing and tolerates a half (1/2) day of shade.

The classic flowering dogwood. Still a reliable sign that spring is in full bloom when the white flowers of dogwood are on display. Equal spread and height. Loves half (1/2) day of shade, although best flowers are in full sun. Interesting bark, fruit and great fall color.

Much like the species in all respects except for the flower which is anywhere from a medium pink to a dark pink/red. Vibrant fall foliage is reddish purple.

Typically blooms 3 to 4 weeks after Cornus Florida. Striking white flowers are prolific, and can last well over a month. Exfoliating bark, especially with age, red to reddish-purple fall color, and better drought resistance than Cornus Florida.

Quick growing, tends to hold its tight pyramidal shape slightly better than many Cryptomeria. Blue green foliage becomes slightly bronze green in winter. Cryptomerias rarely go unnoticed in the landscape due to their combination of form, texture and color.

Native to the eastern U.S., and very long-lived in the landscape. Plants can easily be over 100 years old. Ultimately the tree can be wider than it is tall with fantastic twisting branches, some of which hug the ground. A specimen beech is something to marvel at.

Deeply cut leaves are unlike any other beech and give the tree a willowy appearance. Many gardeners are surprised this tree is a beech because leaves are so different from the species, but silvery-gray trunk is a dead giveaway. Graceful and majestic.

Tight columnar growth habit combined with deep purple leaves makes for a very unique tree. Works well close to buildings, or as a tree hedge. This is the kind of tree that even the disinterested passer by will take notice of. Very unique.

Very tight columnar form through middle age, somewhat looser at maturity. All the wonderful attributes of the species are retained – beautiful glossy textured leaves, wonderful silvery-gray bark, golden brown fall color.

Wonderful tree with numerous cascading branches spilling out of a central leader. Predominant foliage color is purple but bronze and green tones are evident through the growing season. Tight habit and relatively slow growth make this a great rock garden plant that also works well close to buildings.

A striking addition to the landscape this massive ornamental tree is best known for the dark purple leaves in spring through mid-summer. Leaves change to a bronze color by late summer. A great park, shade or lawn tree that stands out particularly well against a green backdrop.

Another striking purple leaf beech. Deep purple leaves hold their color through early summer and fade to a purplish-green by mid-summer. Magnificent specimen tree, wonderful when planted by itself so nothing else detracts from or gets in the way. Strikingly beautiful.

Relatively slow growing tree forms symmetrical upright branches over time – making it a great shade tree. More compact and uniform than some other varieties. Aptly named for its brilliant golden yellow fall foliage. Extremely hardy. The fruits dropped from female trees have a distinctly bad odor, an issue that is eliminated by the use […]

Flowers in late winter (February or March). Flowers range from yellow to orange and red-orange. Dark green leaves are interesting for their prominent veins, and irregular shape. Tolerates an incredible range of soils. Good for naturalizing, informal hedges, single specimen.

Slow growing holly that is densely pyramidal at youth, but opens up a bit as it matures. Cold hardy but should be protected from strong winter winds. Tolerant of air pollution and air-borne salt. Bright red berries.

Not a cedar, this is a dense, moderately slow growing juniper that maintains an overall pyramidal form. A very tough plant, tolerates a wide range of soils and endures the extremes of drought, heat and cold. Most ornamental feature has to be the numerous silver blue berries that contrast nicely with the lighter green needles. […]

For those of you seeking an Italian Cypress, this is the tree for you.  With its tight growing habit, year round screening, and soft blue green foliage, it is a great alternative.

Mid-summer pendulous clusters of showy yellow flowers give way to very ornamental seed pods that resemble chinese lanterns – very showy. Yellow flowers are nicely highlighted against green foliage. A good urban tree, very adaptable.

A good lawn, park or campus tree. Perhaps best known for 5-lobed glossy green leaves which can turn a dramatic range of colors in fall. Autumn colors range from yellow to red to purple and often have an almost bronze appearance. Spiky fruit capsules are unique.

A strikingly large tree at maturity, oldest specimens have been well over 100 feet tall. Grows very rapidly when young. Needs room to grow – probably best as a lawn or park tree. Has been described as aristocratic because large trees are striking and dramatic. Known for bright yellow fall color.

Large primrose-yellow flowers are quite striking. Mid-spring bloom typically avoids frost damage. Moderate grower has a distinctly pyramidal shape. Dark green leaves. Yellow-flowering Magnolias are a site to behold and this is no exception.

A mainstay of southern gardens, cold hardy varieties have made their way up north. Large glossy green leaves are the most striking feature. Magnificent white flowers are often partially obstructed by leaves, but are prominent enough to invite a closer look. A wonderful tree.

A multi-trunk tree that can grower wider than it is tall. A very adaptable plant that does best in full sun. Flower buds are pinkish-purple when closed and open to a white, 5” wide bloom. Flowers are prone to damage from late spring frosts, but if unscathed the flower display is magnificent.

Medium-sized, multi-trunked tree. Flowers appear in late spring or early summer which means they are far less prone to the frost damage that affects some Magnolias. Wonderful contrast between dark green top of leaves of silver-green underside – leaves shimmer in a breeze.

A dwarf crabapple, wider than it is tall. Reddish pink buds open to white flowers. Persistent red fruit are very showy in the fall. Beautiful deep green, deeply lobed foliage is unique, and provides interest through the summer. Makes a good patio tree, great in masses.

Pyramidal deciduous tree with soft green needles and fascinating contorted bark. Deciduous tree – drops it’s needles in fall, but they turn a beautiful reddish-bronze before dropping. Fast grower to over 70 feet. A small Dawn Redwood is beautiful, a medium to large one is absolutely spectacular.

Best known for its’ fall color which is second to none. At times there is a mix of orange and red, but more often a hot coppery-red predominates, a show-stopper in autumn. Nice glossy green leaves emerge with a hint of red. Makes a good shade tree, great lawn or park tree.

So many great qualities they are hard to list. Early broad pyramidal form gives way to a unique dome shaped canopy. Bright red flowers in early spring. Spectacular fall color – each leaf can contain the full spectrum of fall colors. Interesting exfoliating bark.  

A very popular spruce, and justifiably so. Dense, pyramidal shape opens up over time. Branches arch with age. A good urban tree, tolerates a wide range of soils, and air pollution. Hardy to Zone 3b-7.

Little known spruce variety that should be far more popular. Densely pyramidal tree that is often three times as tall as it is wide. Silver-green needles, small, persistent cones, and interesting silvery bark. Makes a great screening or specimen plant. Very tolerant of ocean salt spray.

Dark green needles are the shortest of any spruce. A slow but steady grower – typically two to three times as tall as it is wide – one of the better large spruces for tight spaces. The most shade tolerant of the spruce family. Makes an excellent specimen or screening plant.

Dense tight pyramidal shape well past middle age, opens up a bit at maturity. Very narrow form can create an exclamation point in the landscape – it is dramatic and eye-catching. Short, distinctly horizontal branches. Silver-blue to green needles. Very tolerant of ocean salt spray.

Picturesque pine that is underused and underappreciated. Slow growing, densely pyramidal when young, more open with age. Soft needles are similar in feel and texture to white pine. The combination of soft green needles and tight pyramidal shape makes for a unique specimen. Hardy to Zone 3b-7.

This spectacular variety of white pine is unlike any other pine. Needles are blue with prominent white stripes. Conical when young it develops a wide spreading, flat-topped habit with age. Makes a great specimen. The kind of plant that makes Halka Nurseries so special. This is a completely different plant with age than it is […]

The most popular cultivated pine. Grows quickly, makes a great screening plant, good for wind breaks. An excellent lawn or park tree. Retains a soft texture throughout its lifetime, regardless of how large it grows.

Open and irregular shape, no two trees are the same, almost has the habit of a bonsai and makes a great specimen tree. Waxy dark green leaves. Very adaptable. Very tolerant of ocean salt spray.

Pyramidal growth habit with a strong central leader. Resistant to anthracnose and powdery mildew, no frost cracks.

Profuse bloomer in spring, a mass of double rosy-pink clusters of blooms. Ornamental bark, great fall color. Makes a great screening plant, lawn or park tree.

Profuse bloomer in spring, a mass of double rosy-pink clusters of blooms. Ornamental bark, great fall color. First branches start at 6 feet up the trunk – which allows people to walk under the canopy and gives mowers closer access to trunk area.

Very popular, widely planted but never fails to amaze. A weeping fountain of double pink blooms. Great foliage and weeping habit give ornamental value throughout the growing season.

Beautful profusion of white blooms in spring. Small leves turn yellow and orange in fall. Slowing growing, compact form make it a great choice closer to structures, rock gardens, poolscapes, etc..

Impressively large leaves with deep lobes, leaves unfurl slightly reddish pink and mature to a dark glossy green and end in beautiful fall colors. A very hardy and adaptable plant. Tolerates urban conditions well.

A Halka introduction with some unique qualities. Acclaimed for it’s dense branching which creates a uniform, symmetrical canopy. Clusters of creamy white flowers in summer borne in upright 6 to 12” tall clusters. Great shade tree, excellent lawn, street and park tree. The most canker resistant Sophora.

A wonderful medium size flowering tree that also casts dappled shade. Clusters of large, very fragrant, white pendulous flowers in late spring – very showy. Dappled shade allows other plantings underneath. Great patio tree.

Dense symmetrical structure creates a beautifully uniform tree. Small pendulous pure white, bell-shaped flowers in late spring. Dark green foliage. Great patio tree, excellent lawn specimen, good for naturalized plantings, tolerates part shade.

All the beauty of a lilac in a tree form. Upright form spreads out with age. Large, creamy white flowers in spring – magnificent in bloom. Beautiful bark and foliage add interest. A show-stopper in bloom.

Dense formed canopy, sturdy and compact. These have heavy flowers, with a cherry-like bark. It’s horizontal lenticels are a great feature to separate this variety from others. As it matures, the trunk becomes more gray, rather than a reddish-brown. Likes a well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Flowers best in full sun. May be one of the […]

Dramatic pyramidal tree with soft, light green needles. Bald Cypress are deciduous and the needles turn an eye-catching rust brown in fall. Beautiful bark. Great specimen tree, excellent street or park tree.

A handsome pyramidal evergreen with yellow tips that take on a rust hue in fall. Deer resistant which is unusual for an arborvitae. Tight form allows it to be planted close to structures. Good small specimen, but with width, to make a great hedge.

Unique amongst arborvitaes for it’s exceptional height, Green Giant is also very deer resistant. Makes a great specimen and screening plant. Can be tightly pruned. Specimens are magnificent. Very adaptable.

A fast-growing variety that is heat and drought tolerant. Silver undersides of leaves contrast nicely with green tops – leaves shimmer in a breeze. Profuse early summer flowers are hidden somewhat by the foliage but are quite fragrant. Great shade tree.

The contrast between the green topside of leaf and silver-gray underside creates a shimmering effect even in light breezes. Fast growing. makes an excellent shade tree. Good street, lawn or park tree.

Beautiful evergreen tree with soft glossy green needles. Wonderful hedging and screening plant. Very agreeable to pruning. Tolerates shade, avoid wind-swept locations, not tolerant of drought. Hardy to Zone 3b-7.

Very hardy, durable tree that shows strong resistance to insects and disease. Exfoliating bark with patchy spots underneath in a range of colors – often called lacebark elm for this trait – very ornamental. Tolerates a wide range of soils, and air-pollution. Excellent urban tree. Good street, park and campus tree. Provides dense shade. Should […]

This is the wisteria best known as a vine but trained to grow upright in tree form. Spectacular clusters of pendulous flowers in early spring. A wisteria in full bloom is something to behold. Delicate airy foliage provides dappled shade. Very dramatic in bloom.

This is the wisteria best known as a vine but trained to grow upright in tree form. Spectacular clusters of pendulous flowers in early spring. A wisteria in full bloom is something to behold. Delicate airy foliage provides dappled shade. Very dramatic in bloom.

This is the wisteria best known as a vine but trained to grow upright in tree form. Spectacular clusters of pendulous flowers in early spring. A wisteria in full bloom is something to behold. Delicate airy foliage provides dappled shade. Very dramatic in bloom.

Perhaps the most distinctly vase shaped of all the Zelkova. Magnificent arching habit is evident even in young trees. At maturity the arching is very dramatic. The main branches can easily be 20 feet or more up the trunk There is something special about walking or playing under a Zelkova, you feel the presence of […]

A Halka introduction. Vase shaped but with a somewhat looser, more open canopy. Often described as having the most American Elm-like habit of all the Zelkovas which is a wonderful characteristic to have. An excellent street, park, campus or lawn tree. Hardy and adaptable. One of the most popular Halka introductions.

Unique shape for a Zelkova. Distinctly wider than it is tall. Somewhat flat-topped at maturity. Even with its limited height the branching begins high enough up the trunk to allow people and equipment to pass easily underneath. This quality makes it a great street and sidewalk tree – stays low enough to stay under power […]

Vase shaped, shorter and wider than Green Vase. Rapid grower and very adaptable to a range of soil and environmental conditions. Tall branching structure makes it an excellent street tree. Great shade, lawn, park and campus tree. Deep green foliage in summer gives way to vibrant red autumn color.