"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

One of our liner suppliers, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Oregon said it first… Trees are the Answer! And we couldn’t agree more! 

Trees really are the answer, and as Green Industry professionals it is our job to make sure our customers and our community knows that!  There are many ways to share the great news about the benefits of trees to our communities.  We put together a few resources that we often share.  Click below for links to some pdf files that you are welcome to use & share:

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION 2018
SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, & ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF TREES
TREE RESOURCES
ARBOR DAY WEBSITE
ARBOR DAY PHOTO GALLERY

We also put together a fun video slideshow of some of our tree plantings with kids over the years. Check out  our ARBOR DAY VIDEO for a look at some of our plantings.  We made the video on animoto.com. Videos are really easy to make on their site & cost only $3! If you are looking for a way to share photos from some of your community events or to showcase tree projects, that website is a great resource.

Another great local resource in Illinois is the Morton Arboretum.  We found lots of great tree facts & links on their website – check it out at http://www.mortonarb.org/learn-experience/educators/arbor-day-classroom

Finally, the official “Trees are the Answer” people at J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Oregon have a great website full of tree info – check it out at www.jfschmidt.com/treesaretheanswer/

However you choose to celebrate the year, have fun & Happy Arbor Day!

Seneca Arbor Day 2015 - Copy

Spring has arrived at Spring Grove Nursery! We are in full swing of planting & digging now. The crews are also keeping up with pulling the trees in from the field to stage for shipping. We are already done digging several ornamentals and moving along with shade trees. 

Our new crop of liners has arrived and is already planted! We could not be more happy with how perfectly the crop went into the ground. For more on planting check out our PLANTING 2018 VIDEO

As we continue digging, we will also start shipping soon. We will be pulling the trees in from the field to our loading area & our Holding Yard.

If you have projects coming up that you need trees for this spring, now is the time to get your order in. Please don’t hesitate to call. Thanks & have a great spring!

Tree Planting 2018

 

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. Our son Joey even recruited some of his varsity basketball team to spend their spring break in the nursery!

Some new varieties we are excited to be trying out this spring are Spaeth’s Alder, Emerald Avenue Pyramidal Hornbeam, Fire King American Hornbeam, Heartland Catalpa, Red Fox Katsuratree, True North Kentucky Coffeetree, Sparkling Sprite Crababpple… 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,  Robinson Nursery and Kuenzi Turf & Nursery.

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

Tune Credits “Running Down a Dream” Tom Petty

We recently attended the Iowa State Shade Tree Short Course and were treated to some excellent educational opportunities. One of our favorite presentations was by Guy Meacham from J. Frank Schmidt Nursery. Guy is the New Plant Development Manager for the nursery, and he shared some of the recent new introductions to come out of the nursery breeding & selection program. We have been planting J. Frank Schmidt nursery liners since the beginning of our nursery, and we are always excited to try new varieties. 

Guy shared how the plant breeding and selection process takes many years – sometimes over 20 – to find and select a new tree variety. Through careful observation in the landscape and breeding methods in the nursery, superior specimens are chosen for particular traits. The end result is often a tree that exhibits better color, habit, tolerance or beauty than the straight species. 

At Spring Grove Nursery we grow over half of the trees Guy featured in his presentation. We are always eager to try new varieties that we think will perform well in our nursery and for our customers in the landscape. Click the link to Guy’s presentation for his full list. The varieties that we are currently growing are Northern Glow Maple, Armstrong Gold Maple, Redpointe Maple, Crimson Sunset Maple, Urban Sunset Maple, Emerald Avenue Hornbeam, Heartland Catalpa, Prairie Sentinel Hackberry, June Snow Dogwood, Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree, Emerald City Tulip Tree, Royal Raindrops Crabapple, Afterburner Tupelo, Autumn Treasure Hophornbeam, Mountain Sentinel Aspen, Pink Flair Cherry, American Dream Oak, Beacon Oak, Urban Pinnacle Oak, Crimson Spire Oak, Streetspire Oak, Green Whisper Bald Cypress, Emerald Sunshine Elm. 

Thanks Guy Meacham for a great presentation. Keep up the good work finding new trees for us to grow!

2018 Iowa State Short Course JFS Handout

Schmidt New Trees

Did you know that in Illinois October is Oak Awareness Month? AKA OAKtober as designated by Gov. Bruce Rauner a few years ago. To celebrate, we would like to feature a few of our favorite new Oak hybrids here at the nursery.

For more on OAKtober, you can also check out this link from the Morton Arboretum: OAKtober 

For pictures & descriptions of the Oaks we are growing here at the nursery check out our Oak Photo Gallery 

American Dream Oak – Quercus bicolor ‘JFS-KW12’

50′ x 40′ – This new Swamp White Oak cultivar developed by J. Frank Schmidt Nursery was selected for strong resistance to anthracnose & powdery mildew resistance. As a grower, we love the branching consistency in the field. It also has a great shaggy bark with very glossy green leaves.

Streetspire Oak – Quercus robur x Q. alba ‘JFS-KW1QX’

45′ x 14′ – Similar to Crimson Spire Oak, it is another J. Frank Schmidt Nursery introduction. It differs in that it does not hold it’s foliage through winter. It has wider branch angles making it more storm resistant. The red fall color is another great feature of this tree.

Kindred Spirit Oak – Q. robur x Q. bicolor ‘Nadler’

30′ x 6′ – This Oak is one of the tightest columnar trees. It is a sister seedling to the Regal Prince but with a tighter form. The mildew & drought resistant features coupled with the form make it an excellent choice for narrow urban streets.

Heritage Oak – Quercus macdanielli ‘Clemons’ 

50′ x 40′ – The Heritage Oak has handsome dark green foliage which is very mildew resistant. It is an English and Bur Oak hybrid with excellent cold tolerance. The pyramidal form makes it a good street tree Oak.

American Dream Oak
American Dream Oak
Streetspire Oak
Streetspire Oak
Kindred Spirit Oak
Kindred Spirit Oak
Heritage Oak
Heritage Oak

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!

View More: http://sethmorrisphotography.pass.us/springgrovenurseryLast fall Becky Thomas wrote an article for ILCA magazine about a favorite All Star Plant. She chose to highlight the American Dream Oak – a new favorite of the nursery.  Here is her write up on the tree:

Quercus bicolor ‘JFS-KW12’ – American Dream Oak

Who wouldn’t want to plant the American Dream into their landscape! This new Oak introduction from J. Frank Schmidt Nursery is quickly becoming one of our favorites as a grower.

We started growing this “nativar” variety of the native Swamp White Oak back in 2014 shortly after the liners were available from our supplier & developer of the tree, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Oregon. They praised the foliage & branching superiority of the new cultivar so we were happy to give it a try in our fields. We have been impressed with how it has grown in our field & we will be harvesting our first crop next spring.

The American Dream Oak will get 50 tall by 40’ wide. The foliage is a bright glossy green that turns to yellow in fall. The bark is similar to the species with a slightly shaggy look. What makes this cultivar distinctive from the species is the strong resistance to anthracnose & powdery mildew. It also has nice branching angles with a broadly pyramidal shape.  The beautiful thick glossy foliage stays green all season, turns yellow in fall, & holds a nice brown into early winter. The texture in the landscape in all season is an asset to the plant.

You can learn more about the tree on our nursery website at www.SpringGroveNursery.com. If you search American Dream Oak on the top in our search box, several blog posts about the tree will pop up. Most recently, we had the opportunity to visit J. Frank Schmidt Nursery & tour their arboretum led by the famous plant duo Michael Dirr & Keith Warren (plant breeder who developed it). We posted a video clip of them talking about American Dream Oak. Check it out!

There is nothing more American than a beautiful old Oak tree. With this new cultivar of an old native favorite, you are sure to see the American Dream growing soon in our communities!

Here are some links to blog entries we have about American Dream Oak:

DIRR & WARREN TALKING ABOUT OAKS

IAA NURSERY TOUR

J FRANK SCHMIDT NURSERY AMERICAN DREAM OAK WEBPAGE

 

  • UPDATED LINKS FROM THE ILANDSCAPE PRESENTATION FEB 3, 2017
  • Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery & Dr. Bert Cregg, Michigan State University

Current climate projections suggest that the climate of the Great Lakes Region could resemble that of present-day Oklahoma by the latter part of this century. Drought, severe heat waves, torrential rains and floods, long-lasting winter snows and other severe weather events make it clear that our changing climate demands significant changes in urban forestry planting palettes and management practices. Learn about research that is helping to identify trees that can acclimate to climate change and how to apply research to your efforts to ensure future urban forest health by selecting and growing broadly adapted, resilient trees.

PRESENTATION UPDATE: Please see the links below to details from the presentation. Dr. Bert Cregg began the talk by sharing his research about the changing climate & how trees acclimate. Nancy Buley followed up by identifying trees that J. Frank Schmidt Nursery grows which have demonstrated successful acclimation in the landscape. Nancy highlighted 34 trees they have selected as superior for our changing climate in the Midwest. At Spring Grove Nursery, we grow almost all of the trees Nancy identified as well-suited for the Chicagoland area. For more info about the trees featured click these links below:

LINK TO PRESENTATION HANDOUT

LINK TO POWER POINT PRESENTATION

Trees we grow at Spring Grove Nursery referenced in the presentation:

  • Redpointe Maple
  • Crimson Sunset Maple
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Prairie Sentinel Hackberry
  • Yellowwood
  • Turkish Hazel
  • Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Emerald City Tulip Tree
  • White Shield Osage Orange
  • Royal Raindrops Crabapple
  • Afterburner Tupelo
  • Exclamation! Planetree
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Crimson Spire Oak
  • American Dream Oak
  • Urban Pinnacle Oak
  • Heritage Oak
  • Cobblestone Oak
  • Streetspire Oak
  • Beacon Oak
  • Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress
  • Emerald Sunshine Elm

 

iLandscape 2017We are looking forward to having a booth again at the iLandsape Show in Schaumburg. We always enjoy seeing customers & talking about trees.

Visit us at BOOTH #1111

We also encourage you to come out & support our Green Industry lobbying & advocacy efforts in both Springfield & Washington. The Green Industry Tribute Dinner Jan 31 is a great way to do that! This year the event will honor Jim Melka and it will be held in conjunction with the iLandscape Show in Schaumburg.  Here is a link to find out more about the event:

Green Industry Tribute Dinner

Finally, we are excited to participate in a great educational session at the iLandscape Show titled “Urban Tree Selection for a Changing Climate” on Feb 3 from 11:30am-1pm . As a member of the Ornamental Grower’s Association, Becky will be hosting the presentation by Nancy Buley of J. Frank Schmidt Nursery & Dr. Bert Cregg from Michigan State University. Please join us! 

“Tree Selection for a Changing Climate”

We hope to see you at some events this winter!