"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

SHADE TREES

  • SHADE TREES

Freemanii Maples

These stunning trees glow in the fall landscape! We grow several varieties, including Autumn Blaze Maple, Celebration Maple, & Autumn Fantasy Maple. Click the album for more photos.

Red Maples

Red Maples really shine in the landscape in the fall! Their bright reds & oranges stand out from the rest. We grow several varieties, including Burgundy Belle, October Glory, Red Sunset, Sun Valley, & Redpointe. Click the album for more photos.

State Street Maple

Acer miyabei 'Morton' - 50' x 35' - The State Street Maple is a Morton Arboretum release & Chicagoland Grows introduction bred for excellent urban tolerance & beauty. The textured bark is complimented by its bright green leaves that turn golden yellow in the fall.

Norway Maples

Tried & true these shady Maples cast a dense shade with their large leaves. We grow several varieties including Deborah & Emerald Lustre. Click the album for more photos.

Sugar Maples

Sugar Maples are native to our region in Illinois. They burst with yellow, orange, & red colors in the fall. We grow several varieties at the nursery including Commemoration, Green Mountain, Crescendo & Fall Fiesta. Click the album for more photos.

Pacific Sunset Maple

Acer truncatum x A. platanoides 'Warrensred' - 30' x 25' - Another great J.Frank Schmidt Nursery introduction, this hybrid Maple brings the best of 2 trees - the Shantung & Norway Maples. The outstanding glossy green foliage turns magnificent shades of yellow, orange, & red in the fall. The small-medium size of the tree makes it an excellent choice for the landscape.

Crimson Sunset Maple

Acer truncatum x A. platanoides 'JFS-KW202' - 35' x 25' - This new J.Frank Schmidt Nursery introduction is another hybrid of the Shantung & Norway Maple. The Crimson Sunset has deep purple foliage all season with an upright compact habit.

Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' - 18' x 18' - Widely used & very reliable, this Japanese Maple variety is among the best purple leaved variety available.

Paperbark Maple

Acer griseum - 25' x 20' - This rare beauty graces the landscape with cinnamon-red exfoliating bark crating 4 seasons of interest. The delicate foliage adds texture turning from dark green to red in the fall.

Amur Maple

Acer ginnala - 15' x 15' - The Amur Maple is an excellent specimen tree with brilliant red fall color and a compact rounded shape.