"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

Our Trees

our-nurseryResting on 90 acres in North Central Illinois, Spring Grove Nursery offers a diverse and superior selection of Shade, Ornamental, and Evergreen trees. Our nursery offers landscape contractors, garden centers, municipalities, park districts, and landscape architects a collection of healthy specimen trees to utilize in their projects.

Starting with only the finest quality liner stock, we monitor closely the root structure and planting depth of the trees as they are planted. Proper root structure, root flare, and planting depth are essential to the ability of a tree to thrive later in the landscape. We pay close attention to these details early on so that our customers can rest assured the trees we deliver will stand the test of time.

After planting season wraps up, we begin crafting our trees with respect to their natural beauty. As we have mentioned, growing is as much art as it is science. Pruning requires a keen eye and prudent timing to ensure a well-structured habit. Part of our vision at Spring Grove Nursery is to maintain a level of quality and control over what we grow. By keeping our nursery a manageable size, we can give each tree the attention it deserves. In addition to pruning, we retain a consulting service to regularly inspect our stock for pests & diseases. We are licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and committed to growing healthy trees for our customers.

We harvest our trees at a target caliper of 2”-4”. Our trees are machine dug with a Red Boss Tree Spade and placed in treated burlap and a wire basket. Extra care is given to protect the truck and branches while loading and shipping our trees to our customers.

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Our Selections
Plant diversity is not a trend at our nursery – it’s the only responsible way to add value and sustainability to the landscape. At Spring Grove Nursery, we seek to offer our region a diverse and hardy selection of trees. Through careful observation of the natural landscape and continuing education within the industry, we plant and grow varieties that contribute to our landscape yet thrive in our urban conditions.

Spring Grove Nursery is proud to grow plant releases from the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. such as ‘Sun Valley’ Red Maple, ‘Frontier’ Elm, ‘Homestead’ Elm, ‘Prospector’ Elm, and ‘Pioneer’ Elm. We also grow several selections from the Chicagoland Grows® program such as State Street® Maple, Marmo Freeman Maple, Crescendo Sugar Maple, Exclamation! London Planetree, Accolade™ Elm, and Triumph™ Elm. We are proud members of the Morton Arboretum, which offers a wealth of information to the public about plant selection and hardiness. By keeping current with promising new varieties, we can contribute to a landscape that is rich in diversity.