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September, 2019
Multi-stem Vine Maples

We have a stunning selection of  Acer circinatum 'Vine Maple' (multi stem) currently available.   
These are field grown vine maple planted from small seedlings, not the tall skinny field collected ones that struggle to survive in our exposed landscapes. Many are broad, dense, multi-stem specimens that will grow to fill important landscapes that you will be proud of.

Great news!
We have thousands of newly available trees that have just calipered up and are ready to sell following a very recent inventory. Growth in the nursery has been good this year and the trees are looking great. But as always, order as early as you can to hold what you need or let us help you find a great alternative species. Thank you again for considering our trees.
 We grow approximately  180 varieties   of trees  but here are some we have that are hard to find:

  • Nyssa & cultivars
  • Parrotia & cultivars
  • Carpinus caroliniana & cultivars
  • Ginkgo & cultivars
  • Quercus garryana
  • Tree Lilacs
  • Snowcone Styrax  
  • Many more
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Featured Tree
Urban Sunset® Maple
Acer truncatum x platanoides ‘JFS-KW187’ 27545  

Maples have been widely planted in the urban landscape because they are so tough and tolerant of the urban environment. Not that we need even more maples on our tree lists, but if you are growing them or are planting more, you should know how the various forms and cultivars compare to each other.  The Urban Sunset® Maple, Acer x platanoides ‘JFS -KW187’ 27545 is a close relative of the Pacific Sunset® and Norwegian Sunset® maples, relatively new maples that are so popular these days.  The most significant difference between these three is that the Urban Sunset® has a more narrow growth habit than the others.  Pacific Sunset® and Norwegian Sunset® maples can become incredibly wide. 

Urban Sunset® Maple is noted to produce consistent red or burgundy fall color. They are relatively easy to transplant. They grow very fast, but usually do not exceed 35 to 40 feet tall by about 20 feet wide. From my experience, they appear to be drought tolerant and show none of the sagging leaf characteristics of red maple that looks pathetic during dry summers.  The shade under mature specimens is so dense that turf will struggle.  A ground treatment of arborists chips and woodland adapted groundcover plants and ferns is the best option. Early and corrective pruning will be important to maintain a central leader on young trees.    

This type of maple is tolerant to wet or dry conditions and a variety of soil types. When planting, do not be afraid to disturb the outer root ball to cut away kinked, circling or girdling roots. You aren’t likely to harm these rugged roots and more likely to promote development of a stronger root structure.

Of some concern is that these ultra-tough maple trees are sometimes tough on urban infrastructure, with root strength to heave sidewalks and curbs. Roots are fast growing and aggressive so don’t cram these trees into a small tree pit or narrow planting strip. However, if you have enough planting space and can contain or direct the roots, all of these Acer platanoides crosses are worth the effort. 

The biggest downside to this cultivar is in the Acer platanoides parent species, which is very susceptible to Verticillium Wilt. If you find a maple dying from it, do not plant another in the same place as the disease is persistent in the soil. Fortunately, urban soils are not usually as likely to have Verticillium as agriculture soils, but it is important to be aware of when replacing dead or dying maple trees.

Urban Sunset® maple is a relatively new tree on the market. It is worth considering when you are looking for a fast-growing flashy tree of moderate size that does not demand perfect growing conditions.  As always, let me know what your experience is with this tree.

As always, I would like to hear of your experience with this or other tree varieties to pass on to others.

Jim Barborinas, ISA #PN-0135, ASCA Reg. # 356. TRAQ Qualified
Urban Forest Nursery, Inc.
Mount Vernon, Washington
FYI- Every tree in our nursery now has an  RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag  on it so that we can track it from the day the liner arrives in the nursery and is planted, to the day it is sold and leaves the nursery.  Every tree is unique and grows at a different rate and now we can track its source, growth rate, bag size and other unique characteristic to provide you more accurate availability throughout the year.
Our goal has always been to provide the best quality nursery stock both above and below ground, but chasing the caliper and height sizes has always been a challenge for us in keeping you in the know of what we have. We have been working closely with  Arbre T echnologies,   of Wauwatosa, WI,  the company that developed this application.  We welcome any questions while we implement and improve this amazing new system to improve our information transfer to you, our customer. 
2019 Available Inventory
Click below to see our latest inventory list. We will be updating it soon and will send out monthly emails to ensure our customers always have the most current information on our availability.
As always,  we invite our customers to come check out our production facility in Mount Vernon, WA , including our new RFID Inventory system.  Give us a call and set up your appointment today!
    We have reached our pledg e of $100,000 to the TREE Fund Endowment Campaign to fund research , with a special emphasis on root systems, in order to grow better nursery stock.   Our first $10,000 Research Grant will be awarded every other year in perpetuity starting next year. To meet that goal, we allocate d a portion of each sale to the Endowment and will continue to do so to increase the amount in the future . Go to  www.treefund.org   for more information and challenges facing our urban trees. Thank you for your support!