CBP Property Plant Database

Welcome to the CBP property plant database. From this view it looks a bit sparse. No worries, we like a good challenge; like to think of it as Eden in Hell: Permaculture in a Dry Climate


CRP Disked Fields and Wild Fire Smoke

There is no doubt in our minds that the #1 effort is to establish trees. The role they play is critical; shade, wind break, nitrogen fixing, bird habitat, mulch, food, fuel, medicine, micro climates and more. We purchase saplings from Nurseries, gather seeds from locally acclimated trees, take cuttings from wild trees, take cuttings from our new trees & encourage volunteers.

Trees & Shrubs

Trees already occurring on the property before 2007

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)   16
Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) 03
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) 01
Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra) 03
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra) 08
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila) 02
Apple (Malus sp) 04
Apricot (Prunus sp) 03
Almond  (Prunus sp) 02
Cherry  (Prunus sp) 02

Total         44


Trees & Shrubs 2012 – 2014

This list includes new volunteers, transplants found in other locations and brought to CBP, earlier planting by Will Kearns (that established with no irrigation), seeds dispersed (Kyle Chamberlain 2009) and nursery stock. In 2013 CBP applied for and won the Espoma Award through the National Gardening Association and received $2000 towards nursery stock to begin selection of  climate appropriate (Bsk) trees & shrubs to increase plantings. The following list includes 26 Genus groups.

Apricot (Prunus sp)  9
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)   5                                                
Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa)  23
Black Locust (Robinia psuedoacacia)  13
Buffalo Berry (Sheperdia argenteus)  6
Box Elder (Acer negundo)  8
Choke Cherries (Prunus virginiana)  14
Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana) 2
Coyote Willow (Salix exigua)  7
Currents (Ribes sp)  26
Dogwood (Cornus mas)  4
Drummond Willow (Salix drummondiana)  1
Elderberry (Sambucus sp)  7
Goji Bery (Lycium barbarum)  4 
Goumi Berry (Eleagnus sp)  6
Hell’s Canyon Plum (Prunus americana)  11
Hybrid Willow (Salix sp)  9
Hybrid Poplars (Populus idahoensis)  10
Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)  5
Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris)  2
Maple (Acer platenoides)  1
Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii)  5
Mountain Mohagony (Cercocarpus ledifolius)  4
Mulberry (Morus sp)  2
Nectarine (Prunus sp)  1
Oak (Quercus sp)  1
Pacific Willow (Salix lucida)  3
Peach (Prunus sp)  3
Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)  10
Plum Dawn’s (Prunus sp)  3
Plum Italian (Prunus sp) 1
Plum (unknown lower raised beds)  1
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)  8
Rose  (Rosa sp)  30
Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)  4
Seaberry (Hippophae sp)  7
Siberian Elm (Ulmas pumila)  21
Siberian Pea Shrub (Caragana arborescens)  13
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)  4
Snowbrush (Ceanothus velutinus)  2
Yellow Horn (Xanthoceras sorbifolium) 4

Total                       312 

In total, 18 Families are represented for 2014;



2015 Plant Additions

Purchased & in the ground;

American Chestnut
Aronia Berry
Austrian Pine
Balsam root
Basin Big Sage
Big Leaf Lupine
Black Birch (New Family Betulaceae)
Blue Fescue
Buffalo Berry
Bush Hazelnut (New Family Betulaceae)
Butternut (New Family Juglandaceae)
Columbia Clematis
Common Camas
Cornus Mas
Firecracker Penstemon
Goji Berry
Golden Silverberry
Grape (black monukka) (Vitaceae)
Hybrid Poplar
Limber Pine
Marron Di Val Di  Susa Chestnut
Mulberry (Morus alba)
Mulberry (alba x rubra)
Palmer Penstemon
Prairie Smoke
Purple Coneflower
Red Osier Dogwood
Rocky Mountain Iris
Rocky Mountain Penstemon
Service Berry
Showy Milkweed
Siberian Pea Shrub
Sticky Geranium
Sugar Maple
Wyeth Buckwheat


Green house:  Bears Lime Citrus, Meyer Lemon, Washington Navel Orange, Giant Timber Bamboo, Sunset Glow Bamboo, Fig Tree, Afghan Pine


January 1 – March 31

We’ve planted 109 trees & shrubs for this time period. The addition of Giant Timber Bamboo (Phyllostachys vivax) & Sunset Glow Bamboo (Fargesia rufa), Black Birch (Betula lenta), and Butternut (Juglans cinerea) brings the Family Count to: 21

Poaceae is in the grass family.

Black Birch is in the  Betalaceae family.

Butternut Walnut is in the Juglandaceae family.

This brings the total count to 502 for 2016, so far. 


Another 50 trees are in the ground and growing; some we planted, some have come up on their own. 

We have 300 trees in stock rotation ready to go for next year and the year after. 

  • Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis)
  • Black Locust*
  • Siberian Pea Shrub
  • Lilac
  • Black Cottonwood
  • Afghan Pine
  • Quince


These species will be added to the greenhouse nursery stock this spring:

  • Prosopis chilensis
  • Prosopis juliflora
  • Prosopis pubescens
  • Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos

I’m looking to source the following for 2018 Fall in-ground plantings

  • Quercus oblongifolia
  • Quercus alba
  • Quercus macrocarpa

* like everyone else around North America, sadly, we too have the locust borer. Despite our remote location, most likely, the borer traveled here in one of our landscape material pick-ups from the local town. We’re working on potential ways around this situation; to ensure the health of our new black locust transplants; without the use of chemical spray.















































Taking a simple inventory has been eye opening  and didn’t take long to do. I’ve heard people complain about “having to learn those scientific names” and relying only upon common names to try to communicate http://tabsmall.com/cialis-otc/. Ever have a conversation with some who says “wow I saw this movie with what’s her name in it and that guy you know the one that was in that action film last year and anyway they were traveling to oh what’s the name of that city and ate amazing fruit that looked like a melon.”?  WTF??????


There is also – no escaping the wind. The combination of wind and intense sun greatly increases evaporation over precipitation we receive during the summer months.  Overuse of water resources (and that resource is becoming increasingly limited) is not an option.

By applying the wholistic, ethical design science of permaculture we are pursuing multifaceted stacked function approaches to repairing the soil, building soil, & reducing water use – all towards the establishment of a well designed 5 acre forest on 21 acres of CBP.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our trees. Let me know if you see any miss-spells!!!

 Please check back each year as we add more wonderful life giving friends to the property.

Sheila Grace