Our Specialties

Cercocarpus montanus - True Leaf Mountain Mahogany

Ht: 4-9 ft. Width: 4-6 ft.

Native shrub with dark gray-green, deeply veined leaves. Inconspicuous flowers produce fuzzy twisted "seed tails" in fall, providing interest through the winter.   Hardy at 9,000’.  Full sun.

Zone 2

Jamesia americana - Waxflower

Ht: 3-5 ft. Width: 4-6 ft.

Charming native that grows among boulders in a shady location along the eastern slope of the Rockies. Thick, 1" oblong leaves are green above and whitish below. Orange to rosy-pink fall color. Dainty, waxy white flowers in showy clusters appear in late spring. Prefers dry soils with good drainage. Full sun to shade.

Zone 3

Ribes aureum 'Gwen's Buffalo' - Gwen's Buffalo Currant

Ht: 5-6 ft. Width: 5-6 ft.

Here is a hardy selection of the Rocky Mountain native with an improved fruiting habit. Very fragrant, clove-scented yellow blooms appear in May followed by black teardrop-shaped edible fruit. Fall color is a fine orange to red. Tolerates dry conditions. An excellent shrub for multi-seasonal interest. Full sun.

Zone 3

Rhus trilobata - Three-Leaf Sumac

Ht: 6-10 ft. Width: 6-8 ft.

Very hardy native shrub of the Rocky Mountains. Three-lobed dark green leaves turn red to orange in the fall. Bright red berries follow dainty yellow flowers. Medium spreading plant that makes an irregular hedge. Height may be dependent on available water. Full sun.

Zone 3

Rubus deliciosus - Thimbleberry

Ht: 3-5 ft. Width: 4-6 ft.

Rocky Mountain native with large white single flowers in May and June, followed by small dark purple raspberry-like fruit. Dark green leaves on arching, thornless branches. Open, vase-shaped growth habit. The cinnamon-brown bark is exfoliating on older stems. Also called Boulder Raspberry. May be fuller and denser if older canes are pruned out every few years. Full sun to part shade.

Zone 3

Quercus undulata - Wavyleaf Oak

Ht: 10-20 ft. Width: 8-16 ft.

Small tree or large shrub native to the southern Rocky Mountains that is a naturally occuring hybrid between Q. gambelli and Q. turbinella. Thick leathery leaves are blue to green in color and generally have wavy margins. In a very protected site, it may be semi-evergreen. Full sun.

Zone 4

Quercus gambelli - Gambel Oak

Ht: 15-30 ft. Width: 12-20 ft.

Native Rocky Mountain oak with a shrubby growth habit that may grow to a small to medium size tree. Glossy green leaves turn a golden yellow to an occasional orange or red in fall. Tolerates both dry conditions and alkaline soils. Hardy to 8,000' where it grows in beautiful groves that may cover entire mountainsides. Full sun.

Zone 3

Yucca baccata - Banana Yucca

Ht: 3-4 ft. Width: 3-4 ft.

Thick, agave-like evergreen leaves with huge spikes of ivory-white flowers in spring. Known as Banana Yucca because of its banana-shaped leaves and banana-flavored seed pods (the flesh is edible!) Full sun.

Zone 4

Yucca glauca - Soapweed Yucca

Ht: 2 1/2-3 ft. Width: 3 ft.

Native plant of the Rocky Mountains. Sharply-pointed, narrow, bluish-green leaves have curly fibers on their leaf margins. Greenish white flowers bloom in spring on 3' to 4' spikes and can be very attractive to deer. Full sun.

Zone 4

Yucca elata - Soaptree Yucca

Ht: 4-8 ft. Width: 3-7 ft.

An interesting yucca that with time will become tree like. Sends up the tallest flower stalk in the genus. This is the state flower of New Mexico. Several specimens are doing well in Denver according to Panayoti Kelaides of Denver Botanic Gardens. Full sun.

Zone 5

Rhus glabra cismontana - Rocky Mountain Sumac

Ht: 3-6 ft. Width: 3-10 ft.

Native shrub with dark green pinnately-compound leaves turn brilliant red in the fall. Decorative clusters of red fruit. A western sub-species that grows to only half the height of the species. This hardy plant suckers to form colonies making it a great ground cover. Full sun.

Zone 2

Chrysothamnus nauseosus albicaulis - Tall Blue Rabbitbrush

Ht: 4-6 ft. Width: 4-6 ft.

Bushy, semi-evergreen native shrub with thin silvery-blue leaves and showy golden-yellow flower clusters in fall. Tolerates poor soils and grows naturally in very dry sites. Becomes leggy if overwatered, possibly causing the stems to weaken and collapse during bloom. Vigorous re-seeder. Full sun.

Zone 3

Chrysothamnus nauseosus graveolens - Tall Green Rabbitbrush

Ht: 4-6 ft. Width: 4-6 ft.

A rabbitbrush with a brighter green leaf color than C. nauseosus graveolens (Tall Blue); this one also blooms with similar yellow flower clusters late in the season. Full sun.

Zone 3

Caragana arborescens 'Sutherland' - Sutherland Peashrub

Ht: 12-20 ft. Width: 4-6 ft.

A unique fastigiate form of C. arborescens found at the Cheyenne Research Station. An extremely hardy columnar shrub or small tree that could be used for screens or strong vertical statements in the landscape. Glossy sienna brown bark adds winter interest. Yellow, pea-like flowers appear in late spring. Full sun.

Zone 3

Caragana microphylla 'Tidy' - Tidy Peashrub

Ht: 6-10 ft. Width: 5-7 ft.

This is a medium-sized, spreading large shrub/small tree found at the Cheyenne Station having upright branches, narrow bright green foliage and an open growth habit. 'Tidy' has an airy southwestern look and was selected for reduced suckering which would be perfect for a courtyard. Yellow pea-like flowers in May. Xeric and hardy. Full sun.

Zone 3

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