Fast-growing columnar trees that reach 50 feet or so in just a few years. These slender trees are used best in wind breaks and hedges, They are excellent in the cold and are disease resistant, making them an easy tree to care for. With a pretty yellow fall color, they'll attract drivers from the road as well as animals. They are not drought resistant and do require more care as far as watering goes, but are a pretty addition we are excited to offer.
An evergreen coniferous native. Typically reaching 150 feet and living over 500 years, these pine trees are sturdy and withstand time itself. Some having reached over 1,000 years old. We can expect to see two to three feet of growth per year. Douglas Firs prefer to grow near each other, creating a dense forest of intertwining pine needles. It has been said that when you close your eyes in a pine forest, the sound of the breeze is the same as the sound of the ocean. Except, the smell is much better than low tide. Home to deer, squirrels, foxes, and more. The quintessential Colorado tree. Classic, graceful, and timeless. Being the inspiration to this afforestation project, we are so proud to grow these trees at Meadow and Pine Homestead, we even put them in our name.
These trees can normally be found near rivers and creek beds as they do need a fair amount of water to grow successfully. They grow so quickly in fact, they form thickets or clusters of trees. At full maturity, these fast-growing trees reach 65-95 feet in no time at all. Honeylocust trees tolerate urban conditions as well as more rural areas. They grow well in poor soil as well as in heat and drought. Despite the name, these trees do not provide honey, but their seed pods are sweet. In the fall, the leaves are a golden yellow. These trees will provide shelter for many bird species as well.
Normally a suckering shrub, there are some species that grow well here in Colorado Springs that do not require the maintenance of removing numerous suckers so often. The leaves begin in spring as a bright green with fragrant flowers that give way to dark reds and purples as autumn arrives. It is a fast growing tree, that attracts bees and birds. (We like bees and birds, they help with pollination). At maturity, they can be about 25 feet tall. As they need ample water, we intend to plant them near the creek that runs through the property. Creating a very picturesque picture in just a few short years.
Also called Quaking Aspen because of the rustling dance the leaves make in the wind. Common throughout the state of Colorado, aspens grow quickly and well at such high altitudes reaching upwards of 95 feet tall when fully grown. They are able to survive forest fires and are often the only flora left after such devastation. People take weekend drives in the fall to "see the aspens" as the leaves are brilliant oranges and bright yellows. We are pleased to offer these magnificent native trees as they are a local favorite.
Colorado is a prime climate to grow apple trees of many different species and flavors. Apple trees do well with the altitude and are relatively drought tolerant, making them an ideal fruit tree to grow even in drier seasons. Growing to about 20 feet tall, and giving fruit within 5 years, they're a perfect reminder to be hopeful for the future. We intend to plant a few varieties here at Meadow and Pine Homestead to bring forth some delicious new recipes as well as giving back to the community what we cannot use. You can be certain any apple tree we plant will be loved graciously by us and many others.
Often called scrub oak, this deciduous tree could also be considered a large shrub. It’s very common along the foothills and lower mountain elevations in Colorado, as well as other parts of the western U.S. Typically reaching a mature height of 10-30 feet, there are a few that can max out at close to 60 feet tall. The wood is rigid and dense, often making it a shrub that is hard to maneuver through. Deer find comfort in this and are often known to bed down under them during the night for safety. The branches are irregular and crooked, making it a very interesting shrub indeed. Scrub oak produce acorns, much like their bur oak cousins, but on a much smaller scale. These little nuts are a favorite for squirrels, deer, bears and birds alike. Gambel oak spread quickly, creating dense groves of tangles and unique leaves that are green in the spring and summer, turning to a vivd orange in the fall. Interestingly enough, these shrubs are often seen on the edges of pine forests and do well to compliment the evergreens throughout the year.
It is our hope to successfully grow Mount Royal Plums at Meadow and Pine Homestead. Plum trees usually need a secondary type of flowering tree to begin pollination, but this species is self pollinating- making it quite special. This species is cold hardy to -20 degrees fahrenheit. After planting, we should see the trees give mid-summer fruit in three to six years. Growing 15-20 feet tall, this tree will certainly be a favorite here for us to care for.
Gargantuan and gorgeous giants when fully mature, growing to upwards of 100 feet tall. These deciduous trees can be seen in the open and do very well on the prairie, they are drought, wind, cold and fire resistant, which makes them an absolute favorite here on the Meadow and Pine Homestead. Slow to grow, but the wait will be worth it. Trees have leaves that are dark green on top and a grayish green on the underside, having a wide branch reach as well. Acorns can be one and a half inches long. These massive trees will provide shade, shelter for many animal species such as owls and robins. We look forward to tending to these gentle giants for years to come.
Named for it’s soft blue or grey colored needles, the Blue Spruce is Colorado’s state tree. It is a coniferous tree, meaning it does not drop it’s needles like an aspen or an oak would in the fall. It generates a height range from 65-115 feet tall as it matures. Like other evergreens, the blue spruce produces pinecones. In the fall, these cones can be almost 4 inches long, and have a more flattened scale than other species, making these cones less spiky. These trees are the picturesque Christmas tree. Branches grow close together for a full looking majestic pine tree that we are honored to share and care for here. Like the Douglas fir trees, the everlasting beauty of the blue spruce is why we’re so proud to incorporate them into this project and even our logo.
The Ponderosa Pine is the most common pine species in North America. Growing upwards of almost 200 feet, some trees have measured much higher, breaking records in Oregon. Resilient and lean, this stately tree exemplifies the Wild West. Commonly used as lumber, here at the Meadow and Pine Homestead, these trees will be utilized as a windbreak, and as regal landscape planting. For a pine tree species, it grows relatively fast, we can expect to see a foot and a half of growth or more a year. This majestic tree adapts to most any soil condition, and is drought tolerant-once established. Wind-resistant and fire-resistant (at maturity due to the thick bark), the ponderosa pine is a statement tree we are excited to offer. We hope to plant several thousand of these to provide that timeless western forest aesthetic. Not only are they gorgeous, they endure. Which, is sort of a Colorado way of life. We endure. Much like the people of Colorado, the ponderosa pine is proud, regal, rugged and tough.
Also called the redcedar, this tree is commonly found on the plains and prairies. It is a hardy and stubborn juniper evergreen that can grow anywhere from 10-60 feet tall. Tolerant of heat, road salt, and different types of soils, these trees will do well on the Colorado prairie. Used as windbreaks, hedges, privacy screens, and more, the red cedar trees we plant will be sure to earn their keep in no time. Red cedar trees are aromatic, smelling of vintage cedar chests and gin barrels. Bluebirds and wild turkeys are known for enjoying the little berries that grow on them. Living well over 800 years, the eastern red cedar is a truly special species we’re excited to grow old with.
Also called the Scots Pine, this hardy species of evergreen tree was introduced to America by way of Europe during the colonial era. Now common throughout the United States, it is best known as a perfect Christmas tree due to it’s shape and and ability to keep it’s needles from dropping for an extended amount of time compared to other coniferous tree species. Normally uses for ornamental purposes, these trees also do well as a windbreak. Like most evergreen trees, the scotch pine is a slow grower, but we are of the firm belief that good things come to those who wait. Living upwards of 200 years, and reaching a height of about 110 feet, these regal trees are not only gorgeous to see, they provide shelter to many species of owls. It is our hope to be able to give back to our donors and community during the Christmas season by selecting a few of our finest scotch pines to be used as Christmas trees in deserving homes and businesses in the coming years. Families who would otherwise not be able to afford trees in their homes or businesses who go above and beyond sharing our message. We would be so happy to share these gorgeous trees with our community.
Also known as the Desert Olive, these large, gorgeous shrubs have a pale grey or white bark with light green leaves in the spring and summer months that change into a brilliant golden yellow in the fall. Drought and heat resistant, these shrubs will do well here at the Meadow and Pine Homestead, as our ideal climate and rainfall meet the needs of these little trees to thrive. Female plants of this species produce bluish black berries that are a favorite of many songbirds and deer. We look forward to incorporating these shrubs this year into our eclectic forest and sharing their gentle beauty with you.
Known for having some of the strongest wood used in furniture and carpentry, the dark and smooth brown color of the timber is like hot chocolate on a winter day. Left in it’s wild state, the black walnut is known for it’s spicy smell and generous height of over 100 feet tall. It produces edible nuts 4-6 years after planting and provides excellent shade. Like a well-distinguished and dressed member of tree society, the black walnut commands attention with yellow and orange autumn foliage. This stunning tree is also an allelopathic organism; meaning it produces biochemicals through its roots that influence the growth and survival of surrounding plants. It snuffs out commutative flora around its trunk base, ensuring itself a competitive edge and ability to take what sunlight, water and nutrients it requires to not only survive in its location, but thrive. Since this is the case, we are consciously planning on planting these trees as a breathtaking windbreak down the length of the private road on our property or in a grove by themselves wherein they will do beautifully without fear of stifling the life of other trees we plant. Black walnut trees are gorgeous and very refined. They have added sass, but to us, that only adds to their true splendor.
Soft and delicate little white and fragrant flowers blossom in the springtime, decorating these small trees. Which is a welcomed sight after months of winter grays and browns. The promise of spring is so teasing we can’t help but delight in the beauty of it. Edible fruits are produced a few years after planting with a tart after-bite. What nanking cherry trees lack in height they are make up for in character and beauty. Living comfortably through cold winters and hot summers, these trees will surely love our Colorado climate. The leaves turn a dark red in the fall and provide a romantic juxtaposition against the drab late autumn browns. Nanking cherry trees will be truly adored for years to come.
Bluish grey and green needles adorn this tree like a body of graceful armor. Growing to be over 130 feet tall, white pines are sure to catch the eye year round. While coniferous trees are often overlooked for the autumn colors of their deciduous counterparts, this species of pine will surely grab attention. Stately and wise. Living over 250 years old in some parts of the country, we are so excited to live among these gentle beauties and care for them for the rest of ours. A new favorite species we cannot wait to plant.
If white pines are the royalty of the pine family, pitch pines will surely be known as the jesters. Growing irregularly, they are not generally used for timber production, but the bends and gentle curves in the trunk and branches do add a generous sense of character. Often seen in twists and loops, the branches resemble a juggling performer. Pitch pine trunks grow thick bark that helps the trees stay fire resistant, and are easy to re-sprout after such devastation. Charismatic and what can only be described as lighthearted, who ever said a forest couldn’t have a few jokers mixed in?
In researching the characteristics and facts about each species of tree, it is also fun to visualize and plan an ideal spot for each one to truly live a great life. Mountain maples enjoy moist soil and full or partial sunlight. They can be found growing naturally our of rock cliffs and near water edges, which means these amazing little trees would do very well near the creek that runs through the property. They are excellent for erosion control and the brilliant red autumn foliage will be a breathtaking next to the vibrant yellows of a future aspen grove. Can you picture that amount of color? We can. What’s more, is that these trees can be tapped for their sap, which can be boiled down to make maple syrup. Yummy and beautiful!
While we try to remain objective and not become overly anthropomorphic, it’s hard not to sit in awe of just how different trees are and how they do seem to have a personality and self-awareness to some degree. Autumn blaze maples are so colorful its almost as if they were made of fiery red fabric. Too call them show-offs would be an understatement. Growing at a fast rate of 3 feet a year, reaching 50 feet at maturity, these active beauties are also able to grow well in most soils and are drought tolerant. Overachieving and athletic. The red splendor of the autumn leaves mixed among the other trees will make for spectacular photos and memories we are eager to share.