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Vanderwolf the “Pyramid” Pine Tree

Overview: The Vanderwolf Pine (Pinus flexilis) also known as the limber pine, is a species of pine tree that usually grows in the mountains of the Western United States. It offers silver/blue colored needles and does well in rocky soil.  It’s shape and color is what makes it so beautiful, creating a full pyramid perfect for landscaping.
The Vanderwolf is a soft blue evergreen that requires full sunlight to reach a typical growth of 20 to 30 feet with a spread of 10 to 15 feet with a dense pyramidal shape. These trees are non-flowering pines with little maintenance needed.
Vanderwolfs grow best in medium moisture, well-drained soil with full sunlight. These trees are adaptable and once established, they are known to be drought tolerant. This limber pine species forms a large taproot which makes them difficult to transplant once established in a landscape.

FAQ: Red Sunset Maple Trees


Red Sunset Maple Trees have proven to be the best cultivars of red maple for the Midwest. ‘Red Sunset’ has strong wood and is a vigorous, fast-grower, reaching a height of 50 feet with a spread of 25 to 35 feet.

This tree is preferred when a fast-growing maple is needed, and will take on a pyramidal or oval silhouette. The newly emerging red flowers and fruits signal that spring has come.

Leaves retain an attractive high gloss throughout the growing season. The seeds of ‘Red Sunset’ red maple are quite popular with squirrels and birds too.

Hackberry Trees – Perfect for Nebraska conditions

Celtis occidentalis

Hackberry is a tree with an elm-like form and is, in fact, related to the elm. It is a forgiving urban tree and is considered tolerant of most soil and moisture conditions, which makes it a perfect tree for Nebraska conditions.

Hackberry forms a rounded vase reaching a height of 40 to 80 feet. It is also a rapid grower, and transplants very easily. The mature bark is light gray, rough and corky and its small berry like fruit turns from orange red to purple and is relished by birds. Hackberry is planted in mid-western cities because of its tolerance to a wide range of soil and moisture conditions.

However, even slight injury to the trunk and branches can initiate extensive decay inside the tree. If you decide to plant this tree in your yard, locate it where it will be protected from mechanical injury. Hackberry is perfect for low-use areas such as along the edge of woods or in an open lawn, and not for along streets, because this tree is very susceptible to damage in an ice storm.

Considering a Japanese Maple? Read on for helpful information…




The varieties of the ornamental Japanese Red Maple all with apt names – Bloodgood, Crimson Queen, Red Dragon – will definitely add an eye-catching splash of color to your property in the spring and fall. In the summer its leaves can fade in color or even turn green.

The Bloodgood variety will keep a deep reddish purple leaf throughout the summer.

The Japanese Red Maple offers slow to medium growth and a round-shaped canopy.  Its maximum height is 15 to 25 feet and it grows to a 20 foot spread.

If you want your yard to be your own wildlife sanctuary, the Japanese Red Maple is perfect. Squirrels are fond of maples seeds, which will also attract many songbirds.

The Japanese Red Maple is somewhat drought resistant once established, but prefers moist well-drained soil.

Its leaves spread symmetrically from a central point like fingers from the palm of hand. In fact, the Japanese word “momiji” is sometimes applied to the tree in Japan and has two meanings, one of them being “baby’s hands.” The other meaning is “becomes crimson leaves.”

If you’re considering planting a mature Japanese Red Maple consult with Arbor Hills Tree Farm. We can guide you through the purchase and even implement the planting to complement your current landscaping through Arbor Hills Landscaping.

Caring for an Oak Tree

Bur Oak
Bur Oak

There are many things that homeowners should do when caring for their oak trees. The most important is to know the tree’s exact water, light and nutrient requirements. 

Oak trees require full sun and plenty of room to grow and they are typically able to adapt to most soils.

For young oaks, mulching will feed the soil allowing it to adequately feed the tree. The natural grade around the tree should be properly maintained. This is critical if you wish to preserve the tree’s delicate root system.

When adding nearby plants, it is important to consider their compatibility with your oak tree. Be sure to choose plants that have similar water requirements.

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Tree Facts That Make You Stop and Think!

Tree Facts That Make You Stop and Think!
By: Hilary Rinaldi

Trees receive an estimated 90% of their nutrition from the atmosphere and only 10% from the soil.

Trees grow from the top, not from the bottom as is commonly believed. A branch’s location on a tree will only move up the trunk a few inches in 1000 years.

No tree dies of old age. They are generally killed by insects, disease or by people. California Bristlecone Pines and Giant Sequoias are regarded as the oldest trees and have been known to live 4,000 to 5,000 years.

There are about 20,000 tree species in the world. The United States has one of the largest tree treasuries second only to India.

The largest area of forest in the tropics remains the Amazon Basin, amounting to 81.5 million acres.

Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska in 1872. That state is now home to one of the world’s largest forests planted by people – over 200,000 acres of trees.

Some trees can “talk” to each other. When willows are attacked by webworms and caterpillars, they emit a chemical that alerts nearby willow of the danger. The neighboring trees then respond by pumping more tannin into their leaves making it difficult for the insects to digest the leaves.

Knocking on wood for good luck originated from primitive tree worship when rapping on trees was believed to summon protective spirits in the trees.

Trees can induce rainfall by cooling the land and transpiring water into the sky from their leaves. An acre of maple trees can put as much as 20,000 gallons of water into the air each day.

The most massive living thing on earth is the Giant Sequoia in the Redwood Forest of California. It stands nearly 30 stories tall and 82.3 feet in circumference. Its weight is estimated at 2,756 tons.

In Arnold, California, a tree still stands with a legible inscription carved into it in 1849 by pioneers blazing paths to California during the Gold Rush. The inscription reads “49 Road.”

Hilary Rinaldi is a professional landscaper who has written for gardening publications such as “Seed Trade News” and “Houseplant Magazine”. She also has been a professional public speaker and educator in the gardening industry for over 20 years sharing gardening information and tips to as many people as she can.