"Growing trees is as much an art as it is a science." - Becky Thomas
"When you plant a tree, you plant a legacy," - Pepper Provanzano
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Society of Municipal Arborists has announced it’s 2010 Urban Tree of the Year – Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud). This adaptable tree won the votes of arborists, foresters, & green industry professionals from around the country. Trees chosen must prove to be hardy & adaptable to a wide range of conditions throughout the country.  The tree species must also have strong ornamental traits. 

The Eastern Redbud is hardy to USDA Zone 4b.  It put on a showy early spring display of purple/pink flowers along the stems.  The leaves are an attractive heart-shape & turn yellow in the fall.  The branches mature with a horizontal structure giving the tree great architectural interest.  The mature size is about 25′ tall by 30′ wide.

We are proud to be harvesting this award winning tree this spring in clump form & single stem specimens.  Check out this link to the Society of Municipal Arborists website to read more


Although Jamie does make a great “Tree Model” in most of our nursery pictures, I am referring to the “long & lean” tree varieties in these pictures. For projects that require a narrow specimen, consider these two great choices. 

The Crimson Spire Oak is a J. Frank Schmidt Nursery introduction. It melds the best characteristics of its White & English Oak heritage to produce a fast growing, hardy, columnar tree that’s a great fit for streetscapes & landscape settings. With a mature size of around 45′ tall x 15′ wide it makes a great accent plant or livnig hedge.  This tree had grown very well for us in the nursery and has proven to be one of our quicker growing oak varieties.  You can read more about it on the tree’s very own website here.  We have some beautiful 2″ & 2.5″ specimens ready to dig next spring.

Another attractive upright tree specimen is the Pyramidal European Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’.  This tree will end up wider that the Crimson Spire Oak reaching a mature size of about 35′ tall x 25′ wide.  The tree is very drought resistant with few disease & pest problems.  In the nursery, it has grown moderately fast for us and we are looking forward to harvesting some nice 2″ & 2.5″ specimens this spring.


We will once again have some great Field Direct Specials on trees delivered or picked up by May 15, 2010.  A few on the list are:

3.5″ & 12-14′ clump Autumn Blaze Maple

2″-4″ Deborah & Emerald Lustre Norway Maple

2″-3.5″ Red Sunset & October Glory Red Maple

3″ State Street Maple

10-12′ clump Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

2.5″ Thornless Cockspur & Washington Hawthorn

2.5″ Skyline Honeylocust

2.5″ Flowering Crabapple

2″ Crimson Spire Oak

3″ Redmond & American Linden

6′ Black Hills & Colorado Spruce

9′ Douglas Fir

In addition, we will also be offering Free Delivery on all full loads delivered to wholesale customers in Illinois by May 15, 2010.

Give us a call or email & we will send over our current availability & pricing. We look forward to working with all our customers again in 2010!

Spring Grove Nursery is proud to be a grower partner with the City of Chicago’s new program the Chicago Trees Initiative.  Click on the link below to find out more about this project:

Chicago Trees Initiative

The Chicago Trees Initiative is a city-wide, public-private effort to plant, care for and advocate for trees. This means many more trees will be planted in Chicago, which is already known for its green urban spaces. Every Chicago resident – and indeed, anyone who cares about trees has an important role to play. The goal invites all of us to be involved in planting and caring for trees on both public and private land.



We are proud to annouce our 3rd Annual Green Legacy Project™ this fall in Grundy County.  

Trees provide value to our communities in many ways.  From providing habitat for wildlife, to shading our homes, to producing oxygen for our environment, or beautifying our landscape – trees add to the quality of life we all experience.  The simple act of planting a tree can bring many benefits to a community for years to come.  

 The Green Legacy Project™ began in the Fall of 2007.  A huge success the past two years, the project will continue this fall.  Through the project, Spring Grove Nursery will donate one tree each to 20 local communities in and around Grundy County.  Each community will get a large balled & burlapped tree delivered to their town this fall.  The trees will be picked from varieties suitable for urban conditions that will also beautify the landscape. The nursery looks forward to continuing the project for many years to come.

Communities invited to receive the free tree are Morris, Mazon, Kinsman, Odell, Coal City, Braceville, East Brooklyn, Channahon, Minooka, Carbon Hill, Seneca, Wilmington, Gardner, Verona, Braidwood, Grand Ridge, Diamond, South Wilmington, Dwight, & Godley. Many small towns around the county do not have large budgets to add trees to their landscapes every year.  Spring Grove Nursery is proud to be able to contribute these trees through their Green Legacy Project™.

We harvested our first crop of grapes last weekend from our vineyard on our family farm.  Becky’s brother planted a 2 acre vineyard 3 seasons ago, and we got the first sizeable crop this year.  We harvested enough white wine grapes to get a batch started in the Wine Pod (a very cool machine that makes wine).  The variety is Lacrosse, which should make a nice light white wine – we’ll see how it turns out!  In the two days from when we decided the grapes were ready to pick & we actually picked them, all of the red wine grapes were eaten by birds.  So unfortunately no red wine this year!  Pictured below are the Concord grapes we picked & made into juice & jelly.  It was a fun day with everyone in the family pitching in to pick & crush the grapes.  We are looking forward to our own Spring Grove Nursery label soon!