"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

What a great season for tree planting we had this year in the nursery! Throughout the last few weeks we were able to get a new crop planted into the nursery for the future. The liners looked beautiful & the weather cooperated well for us. Our crews worked hard and did a great job!

Some new varieties we are excited to be trying out this spring are Urban Sunset Maple, Early Glow Buckeye, Arnold Tulip Tree, Northern Splendor Black Tupelo, Swedish Columnar Aspen, Beacon Oak, Green Whisper Bald Cypress & Musashino Zelkova… just to name a few.

We would like to thank our liner growers who we value as partners in our business. We planted great liners from J. Frank Schmidt Nursery, Carlton Plants, John Holmlund Nursery, Robinson Nursery, Kuenzi Turf & Nursery and Evergreen Nursery

Please enjoy our new planting video of scenes from the field during planting. Now we are ready for some sunshine & rain!

A new favorite of ours in the nursery is the Little Twist Cherry. Prunus incisa ‘Little Twist’ matures to 8′ x 8′.  This Carlton Plants introduction comes from the Fuji Cherry. The stems & shoots have a unique zigzag appearance. The tight clustered white spring flowers are bell-shaped with pink centers. The foliage turns a rich maroon in the fall. Little Twist is grafted on a 3-4′ standard.

We have been growing Little Twist for several years now and we like the compact growth & the delicate spring blooms. We currently have some beautiful 2.5″ & 3.0″ specimens available this season. Here are some pics of Little Twist and a link to our Photo Gallery with more info:

http://springgrovenursery.com/ornamentals/our-gallery/prunus-cherry/little-twist-cherry

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We are back from a great trip out west to visit our supplier nurseries in Oregon. The weather was beautiful & the nurseries were even better! We are very proud to have such great nurseries to partner with. All of growers we work with produce top quality trees & the fields out there have never looked better! Here is a re-cap of some of the visits we had on our trip:

Carlton Plants – We started off the trip with a tour at Carlton Plants. Their fields were picture perfect as always. The day ended with Carlton Plants annual salmon dinner. The salmon was caught the day before & cooked in this traditional method. It was a real northwest treat!

Carlton Plants Salmon Bake

Carlton Plants Salmon Bake

Carlton Plants Tulip Tree

Carlton Plants Tulip Tree

Carlton Plants salmon cooked the traditional way

Carlton Plants salmon cooked the traditional way

J. Frank Schmidt Nursery – We were treated to 2 tours of the Schmidt farms. Their Barlow Farm is where most of the liners we buy are grown. Roger & Sam gave us a great tour of the fields. Everything looked perfect & we saw a few new trees to add to our mix as well. We also toured their Hood Acres farm where most of their root bag & container tree production is. Some of our new favorites we saw were Urban Sunset Maple, Green Whisper Bald Cypress, Beacon Oak, & Armstrong Gold Maple. 

IL Growers at J. Frank Schmidt Nursery - Roger is showing off their Elms 
IL Growers at J. Frank Schmidt Nursery – Roger is showing off their Elms

J. Frank Schmidt Nursery Ginkgo

J. Frank Schmidt Nursery Ginkgo

Gigantic Tulip Tree Leaves

Gigantic Tulip Tree Leaves

Green Whisper Bald Cypress - a new one we are adding to try - great foliage

Green Whisper Bald Cypress – a new one we are adding to try – great foliage

White Shield Osage Orange - we have been growing this new variety for a few years now

White Shield Osage Orange – we have been growing this new variety for a few years now

Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree - a new favorite variety which is seedless

Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree – a new favorite variety which is seedless

Urban Sunset Maple - Roger showing us a new hybrid variety we are going to try out next year

Urban Sunset Maple – Roger showing us a new hybrid variety we are going to try out next year


J. Frank Schmidt Nursery Arboretum Tour  – This part of the trip needs it’s own write up! To celebrate their 70th year, the Schmidt family hosted employees & customers for a fantastic evening. The grounds of the Schmidt family Arboretum were the perfect setting for the event which was kicked off by a tour led by Michael Dirr & Keith Warren. To those in the plant world – they need no introduction! Below are some highlights from the tour. Thanks Schmidt team & here’s to another 70 years of great trees!

Below are some pics & a video clip of Dirr & Warren talking about Oaks:

Streetspire Oak  - great form on this as it matures

Streetspire Oak – great form on this as it matures

Crimson Spire Oak - one of the oldest ones around

Crimson Spire Oak – one of the oldest ones around

Michael Dirr & Keith Warren giving the J. Frank Schmidt Arboretum Tour

Michael Dirr & Keith Warren giving the J. Frank Schmidt Arboretum Tour

Crimson Sunset Maple - this hybrid has become our favorite for purple foliage

Crimson Sunset Maple – this hybrid has become our favorite for purple foliage

Streetspire Oak - we have been growing this for a while & really like the form & foliage

Streetspire Oak – we have been growing this for a while & really like the form & foliage

Beacon Oak -  a new bicolor variety introduced by Michael Dirr. We were impressed & ordered some for next year!

Beacon Oak – a new bicolor variety introduced by Michael Dirr. We were impressed & ordered some for next year!

Emerald City Tulip Tree - this new intro from Schmidt is a great tree for the urban landscape

Emerald City Tulip Tree – this new intro from Schmidt is a great tree for the urban landscape

Triumph Elm - one of the first elm hybrids & still one of the best

Triumph Elm – one of the first elm hybrids & still one of the best

Heritage Oak - this English & Bur hybrid is becoming one of our favorites in the nursery

Heritage Oak – this English & Bur hybrid is becoming one of our favorites in the nursery


Robinson Nursery – Josh & Chris at Robinson Nursery gave us a great tour of their fields & container production. We get some really nice container oaks from them as well as some other species. They have a great product & are fun to work with!

Robinson Nursery Oaks

Robinson Nursery Oaks

The "HOT" new Coffee Tree - Decaf!

The “HOT” new Coffee Tree – Decaf!

Kuenzi Nursery – Myron always enjoys showing off his nursery & we once again saw some great trees! We like his root bag method of growing & his trees transplant well for us in our nursery. 

Myron at Kuenzi Nursery showing us his trees

Myron at Kuenzi Nursery showing us his trees

Around Oregon… We also had time to enjoy a few days of beautiful Oregon! From biking in Portland to hiking at Mt. Hood – Oregon is a great place to do business with fun on the side!

Gorgeous Mirror Lake & Mt. Hood

Gorgeous Mirror Lake & Mt. Hood

Biking in Portland

Biking in Portland

Hiking in the Hood!

Hiking in the Hood!

 

We are planting for the future at Spring Grove Nursery! We invite you to enjoy some pics around the nursery during our annual tree planting days. Featured in this video are some clips of planting Rugged Ridge & Redpointe Maples from J. Frank Schmidt Nursery. We also highlight planting Exclamation London Planetree, Oaks from Kuenzi Nursery, & unloading liners from Carlton Plants. Enjoy!