Planting 500 trees in spring, recommendations?

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by xroads, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. xroads

    xroads LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I am going to plant 500 trees this coming spring.

    What would you recommend for best resale value in 7-10 years?

    I can choose five of the following

    Black Cherry
    Black Walnut
    Silver Maple
    Sugar Maple
    Red Oak
    Black Oak
    White Oak
    Pin Oak
    Burr Oak
    Concolor fir
    Norway Spruce
    White Spruce

  2. Steiner

    Steiner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Where are you located?

    Have you asked local nurseries what their hottest trees/most popular are?

    Call a few landscape companies and see what they use often, I find LA's tend to use the same thing over and over.

    Large shopping malls/commercial areas usually want trees that tolerate urban conditions, are drought/swamp tolerant and hardy as hell.

    Local nurseries that deal with the public often want small yard trees that have some form of ornamental value.

    Take a drive around and note the trees that are popular in your new landscapes and what does well in your soils.

    Hope that helps.
  3. OP

    xroads LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20


    I am located in Iowa.

    I have not, and thanks for the ideas. We are not a farm/business yet, but wanted to get something in the ground and growing while I can to get a jump on things. We have the space and want to start making it productive. I know everyone seems to love the Lindens, but I dont have a source for them.
  4. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,367

    Around here the only marketable plants on that list are the oaks.
  5. treeman06

    treeman06 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    Spruce, oaks, sugar maple. There are many new crosses of red-silver maples that are good, growing black walnut and cherry for resale is going to be tough. Bailey Nurseries is a good source for line out trees, as well as Lawyer Nursery.
  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    My answer is up above
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Say you should plant some them Bigfoot willows those starting to catch on

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