Dogwoods for Fall Color in the Landscape

 by Jan Cashman This year we have had a beautiful, long fall.   The first freeze at our house was as late as I can ever remember, October 14.  The fall leaves have been beautiful.  Quaking aspens, maples, birch all have stunningly colorful leaves that have stayed on the trees, not fallen off prematurely.  The leaves … Read more


 by Jan Cashman This spring, many deciduous trees in Bozeman are not leafing out.  We were hoping the trees were just slow because of our extremely late spring.  But now it appears some of the green ash, especially the commonly planted cultivar of green ash called ‘Patmore’, and other deciduous trees, including quaking aspens, cottonwoods, … Read more

Plant Problems

By Emily Talago A tough winter, an abrupt end… Record breaking lows, high winds, heavy snow pack, a rapid thaw, and hungry wildlife: it was another tough winter and we’re seeing associated symptoms manifest throughout the valley. Over the past few years, temperature fluctuations, including early freezes in fall, and warm Chinook thaws in February, … Read more

Growing Fruiting Shrubs

Honeyberries (AKA Haskap) are in the honeysuckle family. The flowers and fruit are very frost tolerant – a great feature for cold climates and higher elevations. Fruits are high in antioxidants, range from sweet to tart, and require another variety to pollinate, great fresh or made into jams, jellies, and sauces. Variety Characteristics Size Zone … Read more

Pine Trees

by Jan Cashman This time of year, most trees in our landscapes are leafless and brown, so we appreciate more our large evergreens. The most common upright evergreen planted here is the familiar Colorado spruce, sometimes called “blue spruce”. Pines (Pinus) have longer, greener needles than spruce, are faster-growing, and, therefore, make good specimen trees … Read more

Bare Root

A Great Way To Plant At Cashman Nursery we offer most of our deciduous trees and shrubs in bare root form during March, April, and May. ‘Bare root’ means the plants are dug and stored without soil around their roots, and kept in our climate controlled “root cellar”. The 2024 Bare Root Season is HERE … Read more


by Jan Cashman 6/13/20 Everyone loves lilacs…and what’s not to love? Lilacs (genus Syringa) are beautiful to look at and wonderfully fragrant. They are hardy in our climate and grow well in our local soils that tend to be alkaline. Lilac bushes are long-lived; they make good hedges. If you choose carefully, you can have … Read more

Worthy (But Underused) Trees for the Gallatin Valley

Deciduous Trees Common Name Scientific Name Image Burr Oak Quercus macrocarpa   Ohio Buckeye Aesculus glabra   “Flame” Amur Maple Acer ginnala ‘Sensation’ Boxelder Acer negundo Amur Cherry Prunus maackii   Saskatoon Serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia   Swedish Columnar Aspen Populus tremula ‘Erecta’   ‘Brandon’ American Elm Ulmus americana   Oakleaf Mountain Ash Sorbus quercifolia   … Read more

Flowering Crabapple Trees

For a quick overview, see the comparison chart/table below » Care and Planting Plant the graft (the bulge near the union of root and top) at soil level. Leave a depression around the tree for a watering well. Frequent watering (once or twice a week depending upon conditions) is necessary the first few years (and … Read more

Growing Fruit Trees

Download this article as a PDF Fruit trees are a beautiful addition to your ornamental and edible landscape. Growing fruit trees can also be a rewarding hobby. Hardy varieties of apple, apricot, cherry, pear, plum, and plum-cherry trees do well in Southwest Montana. We carry select varieties for our high altitude and short growing season. … Read more