"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

We finished tree planting in 2 days this year. The ground worked up great & the weather cooperated beautifully.  We even got an inch of rain a few days later to get them soaked in good.  The liners this year looked great & we were very happy with the quality of the trees.  Some new trees we planted this year from J. Frank Schmidt Nursery were Street Keeper Honeylocust, Mountian Sentinel Aspen, Urban Pinnalce Oak, & Crimson Sunset Maple.  We also switched our crab production to all Sprout Free understock from Carlton Plants.

Here is a picture of our kids chipping in over their spring break to help us get everything planted.

The weather has been great & things are coming along nicely in the field! We are planting our new trees this week starting tomorrow. If all goes well, our new crop will be in the ground within a few days!

Our Photo Gallery is updated for the season! New pictures of the holding yard will be added in April 2010 as the trees are brought in from the field.  Our Photo Gallery is a great tool for customers to use. You can browse photos of trees throughout the season, in the holding yard ready for sale, & in the field. Enjoy!


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.