Find the Right Tree

rite1With so many beautiful options of shrubs and trees here in Mountain View County to choose from, sometimes it’s tempting to just buy your favourite mountain ash and put it outside your kitchen window so you can watch the birds every day. Trouble is, sometimes that mountain ash simply cannot handle the winds that prevail in our region. But how do you know a spruce tree would be a better fit than the ash? That’s where the experts at For Trees come in. We will help you find the right tree for the space available

Trees have Shapely Figures too!

The character of tree crowns and the form or shape of trees varies among species as much as leaf shapes or bark patterns. Shape is another clue to how well a tree will fit the space you have available, what problems might occur, and how well it will help meet the goals you have for your property.

Examples of Alberta’s shapliest trees. These trees are all hardy in Zones 2 and 3.

  • Columnar – Swedish Aspen, Dakota Pinnacle Birch
  • High-Headed Canopy – Didsbury Giant Poplar, Sargent Poplar, American Elm, Bur Oak
  • Pyramidal – all Spruce: White, Colorado, Dragon, Douglas Fir; All Pines: Lodgepole, Ponderosa Swiss Stone, Limber; Siberian Larch
  • Weeping – Tristis (Himalayan) Poplar
  • Multi-stemmed – Chokecherry, Amur Cherry, Amur Maple
  • Low, Round Headed- Ohio buckeye, hawthorns, Tree Lilac, Red-berried Elder


A High Quality Tree has:


  • Enough sound roots to support healthy growth.
  • A trunk free of mechanical wounds and wounds from incorrect pruning.
  • A strong form with well-spaced, firmly-attached branches.

A Low Quality Tree has:

  • Crushed or circling roots in a small root ball.
  • A trunk with wounds.
  • A weak form in which multiple stems squeeze against each other.