The Tree Center

Save 10% by preordering with code: SPRING10

Nebraska Trees For Sale

Buying Trees and Shrubs in NebraskaThe Cornhusker State is well-named, for Nebraska is known for its agricultural industry. Sitting in the central United States, Nebraska is home to many tree varieties, including the Cottonwood. These large, deciduous trees can reach heights of 70 feet, and are identifiable by their thick, deeply creviced bark and dual-green triangular to diamond-shaped leaves. Similar to dandelion puffs, the Cottonwoods release their seeds on cotton-like structures, which are carried by the wind or a furry pollinator. The Nebraskan grower is not limited to the Cottonwood, though; several varieties of trees are available for the choosing in Nebraska.

Due to its large size, climate differentials, and rainfall variations, the smart Nebraska grower will need to consider the following:

Best Trees for Nebraska

Read about the specifics for your state in the following sections. If you’re looking for some quick ideas on what to plant, consider the following trees as expert-tested and The Tree Center approved:

  1. Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Ideal for adding color, providing ornamental beauty, and no-hassle maintenance.

  1. October Glory Maple

Ideal for continuous color, adaptable growing conditions, and landscaping designs.

  1. Sweetheart Blueberry

Ideal for bearing fruit for delicious, edible profits, color, and perimeter planting.

  1. Willow Hybrid

Ideal for providing privacy, fast-growing properties, and easy care

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Nebraska

New developments throughout the United States mean more infrastructure, more people, and more invasion of privacy. The residents of Nebraska have the option to plant and tend trees that produce privacy, turning away prying eyes and loud noises and instead enjoying the quiet and peace of private property.

The Leyland Cypress is the perfect privacy tree for Nebraskan inhabitants. The Leyland Cypress grows quickly, adds distinct charm, and produces thick barriers between a private abode and unwanted chatter. Growing between 3 and 5 feet a year, the Leyland Cypress will give the Nebraskan yard the fast-growing privacy for which they have been searching. Alternatively, the Thuja Green Giant and American Holly will bring privacy, color, and solitude to the savvy planter’s yard.


Nebraska is the 16th largest state in the United States, and its large size means that despite relatively low elevation variances, Nebraska is home to two distinct climates. In the east, Nebraska displays a humid continental climate. In the west, a semi-arid climate prevails. Generally, Nebraskan residents can expect hot summers and cold winters. Summer can be hot, and humidity decreases across the state from east to west. The record high temperature was recorded in 1936 at 118°F, and the record low temperature was set in 1899 at -47°F.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Holdrege soil covers about 1,500,000 Nebraskan acres, providing rich soil for farming. This well-draining soil is best suited to growing soybeans, corn, and grain, though pastureland is also successful. Regardless of the property’s location in The Cornhusker State, a soon-to-be tree planter can perform a simple test to determine his/her soil type.

In order to determine the type of soil in your yard, try this test to give you a basis for finding the best matched trees. For this test, you will need a healthy handful of soil from the layer beneath the topmost piece of soil. The soil should be a little damp, but not recently watered or wet. Simply squeeze the soil sample and one of the following events will occur.

1. You have CLAY if, after opening your hands, the soil maintains its shape, forming a ball. If you touch the sample, it does not fall apart.
2. You have LOAM if, after opening your hands, the soil maintains its shape, forming a ball. If you touch the sample, it falls apart.
3. You have SAND if, after opening your hands, the soil immediately collapses.

Once you know what soil type you have, you can find trees best suited to the dirt’s properties. Loam is the best soil to have, as its unique qualities make it ideal for holding and transferring water to trees.

Average Precipitation

Rainfall varies in average amounts throughout the state. The rainfall follows humidity, with higher averages in the southeast and lower averages in the northwest panhandle. The southeast corner receives, on average, 31.5 inches of rain, while the northwest receives, on average, 13.8 inches of rain. Nebraska’s cool to cold winters bring in a moderate amount of snow, usually between 25 and 35 inches.


With varying amounts of rainfall, newly planted trees are at risk for stunted or poor growth. New trees require consistent and constant access to water in order to ensure successful rooting and growth. Investigate the property for natural or manmade water systems. If none are present, consider a drip or sprinkler irrigation system, which will assist in managing water access for the Nebraskan garden. Even at its best, Nebraska receives only a moderate amount of rainfall. Consider trees best-suited to rainfall averages. Remember, many new trees should be watered every two to three days.

Growing Zones

Despite being the 16th largest state, Nebraska is only home to four unique growing zones. A growing zone simply refers to the USDA’s determination of areas where certain plants are most likely to thrive, preferring to focus on minimal temperature ranges in which a plant can survive. Most of Nebraska sits at an even elevation, which is part of the reason for the minimum growing zone dispersal. Most of the northern half of the state sits soundly in zone 4b, with temperatures lingering at -25°F. Both warmer and colder enclaves exist, with temperatures varying between   -20°F and -30°F. In the southern half of the state, temperatures do not typically drop lower than

Weather Damage

Nebraskan planters are at risk for thunderstorms and tornadoes. Violent thunderstorms occur in spring and summer, bringing much of the year’s annual precipitation. With such little variation in elevation, this can lead to flash-flooding. Nebraska also sits in Tornado Alley, and destructive tornadoes throughout the spring and summer, as well as the occasional autumn tornado, are not uncommon. Trees can be a benefit with severe weather of this nature; plant trees in loose soil along river banks or areas prone to flooding as thoroughly rooted trees can prevent erosion. Be sure to plant trees away from powerlines or buildings that could be damaged by an uprooted tree during a tornado.Nebraska State TreeScientific Name: Populus sect. Aigeiros
Common Name: CottonwoodNebraska State SoilHoldrege SoilNebraska State FlagNebraska State SealList Of Nurseries and Garden Centers in NebraskaIf you prefer to purchase your trees or shrubs in person instead of online, we offer this comprehensive guide to purchasing a tree at your local Nebraska nursery or garden center. However, since we don’t actually live in Nebraska we can’t guarantee this list to be 100% accurate – but we did attempt to be as accurate as we possibly could. We have no affiliation with any of the businesses listed below and make no guarantees as to the businesses’ ability or the quality of trees you will receive. As with any purchase you make, be sure to check out the business with the Better Business Bureau, references, and any other sources you may have.Alphabetical by City

Schrad Nursery and Greenhouse
Mullins Nursery and Landscaping
B and B Landscaping
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Wallman Nursery
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Trees Shrubs and More
Blair Garden Center and Greenhouse
Custer County Garden Center
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Landmark Landscapes
Price’s Tree Svc
Eagle Nursery
Elwood Farms Nursery
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Gering Garden Center
Wildwood Tree Farm
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Heavens Petals Greenhouse
Sun Valley Gardens Greenhouse
Scented Geraniums of Nebraska
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Garden Gallery Greenhouse
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Campbell’s Nurseries and Garden
Campbell’s Nurseries and Garden
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Finke Gardens and Nursery
Fleming’s Flower Fields
Pine Lake Nursery
Williams Garden Center
Sam Hill Gardens
Kaspar Tree Farms Inc
Peaceful Prairie Nursery
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Pine Acres Nursery and Garden
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Norfolk Nursery
Dublin Nursery and Landscaping
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Huebner’s Nursery Lawn and Garden
Shamrock Nursery
Cirian’s Farmers Drive-In Mkt
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Garden Shed Old Market
Indian Creek Nursery
Lanoha Nursery
Lanoha Nursery
Loveland Sod Farms
Sunrise Lawn and Garden
Village Nursery
Garden Designs By Kiley
Moore’s Garden Center
Abc Nursery
Pheasant Ridge Nursery
Plantman Garden Center
Eaton’s Floral and Greenhouse
Garden Perennials
West Point Garden Center
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
Faller Landscape and Nursery244 E Church Street
525 N 5th Street
18701 Ashland Road
2511 Schneider Avenue
2121 Court Street
1001 Oak Street
410 Galvin Road N
3803 Cornhusker Road
1561 S Highway 30
500 Thelma Street
4444 Howard Blvd
3790 26th Avenue
3555 US Highway 77
910 S 214th Street
72464 Road 429
2445 E 23rd Avenue S
850 10th Street
HC 79 Box 50
1604 Diers Avenue
508 S Shady Bend Road
11345 S 216th Street
Box 153
2220 N Kansas Avenue
7480 N Roseland Avenue
320 W 4th Street
2342 S 40th Street
7000 S 56th Street
100 Wedgewood Drive
5555 S 48th Street
500 N 66th Street
8101 S 14th Street
7250 Pine Lake Road
1742 N 48th Street
9405 NW 112th Street
2151 County Road 11
40095 Linden Drive
1739 S 11th Street
1010 7th Corso
1910 Center Drive
404 N Victory Road
RR 1 Box 54
702 E Francis Street
620 E 8th Street
RR 1 Box 112T
4911 Leavenworth Street
13130 W Dodge Road
14005 S Plz
9229 W Center Road
1120 Jackson Street
303 N Saddle Creek Road
19111 W Center Road
19707 W Center Road
9816 F Street
3615 N 120th Street
8529 Frederick Street
16618 Bestman Drive
246 N Webster Street
1522 Denver Street
805 W 27th Street
RR 1 Box 113A
404 3rd Street
706 Winter Street
85261 Highway 15
1980 Highway 275
722 S Lincoln Avenue
1502 Road M402-395-6519