Delaware Trees For Sale

Delaware, or The First State, is the second smallest in the United States. With a rich history of American patriotism, it is not surprising Delaware commands the traditional American Holly as its state tree. With its small, pointed leaves and colorful red berries, the American Holly is a favorite among privacy tree planters as it will grow to quickly build barriers. Delawareans are not limited to the American Holly, though; there are dozens of trees that would make a great addition to any Delawarean back yard.

Due to its low elevation, proximity to the ocean, and variation in temperature and precipitation, the smart Delawarean grower will need to consider the following; soil type, climate, irrigation, average precipitation, weather damage and growing zones.

Best Trees for Delaware

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. Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree – Ideal for providing stunning beauty and shade.

#2. Royal Empress Trees – Ideal for providing fast-growing shade, year-round beauty, and drought resistance.

#3. Cold Hardy Avocado – Ideal for bearing fruit for delicious, edible profits, color, and adaptable qualities.

#4. Muskogee Crape – Ideal for mildew resistance, fragrant lavender blooms, and fast-growing height.


Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Delaware

As property in Delaware continues to be developed, land owners are searching for trees that will provide privacy from prying neighborly eyes and loud, unwanted noise. There are many fast growing privacy trees in Delaware, which will quickly grow after initial planting to offer your property and family long sought-after privacy.

The Thuja Green Giant, a staple of privacy trees throughout the United States, is a fast-growing pine that will quickly provide a barrier between you and your neighbors. Growing between 3-5 feet a year, the Thuja Green Giant will offer your yard classic French design with minimal hassle. Alternatively, the Italian Cypress and American Holly will also add color and privacy to your yard’s perimeter.


Despite being the second smallest state in the U.S.A., Delaware tracks impressive variations in temperature and precipitation. Located along a low elevation plain, the ocean has a large impact on weather patterns of the region. Often switching between two climate statistical ranges throughout the year, Delaware resides either in a humid subtropical or continental climate depending on slight annual fluctuations. The southern parts of the state are cooler due to the Atlantic Ocean, and the growing season is, therefore, longer. Like much of New England, temperatures can drop to below -15°F in winter while rising easily above 100°F in summer.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Delaware is known for its Greenwich Loam, a well-draining soil full of rich nutrients. Almost every county in Delaware is covered with this loam, which increases agricultural growth, water quality, and wildlife habitats. While it is likely most properties in The First State are gifted with this prime farmland soil, a homeowner can perform a simple test to determine the type of soil he/she has on a given piece of land.

The test requires a handful of fresh soil from the layer just below the top. It should be damp but not wet. The tester should hold the soil in the palm of his/her hand and, not surprisingly, squeeze. The squeeze will produce one of three events.

1. The soil will hold its shape, likely forming a snake. If you touch the snake, the soil will maintain its original shape. You have CLAY.

2. The soil will hold its shape, likely forming a snake. If you touch the snake, the soil will collapse. You have LOAM.

3. The soil will fall apart as you open your hands. You have SAND.

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

Precipitation varies across the state of Delaware, with areas receiving on average 45 inches of precipitation annually. Severe weather systems, traveling along the East Coast, frequently dump snow and heavy rains in the winter and spring. In the summer and autumn, tropical systems bring thunderstorms and flooding to the state. Rain is slightly more prevalent in the south of the state, where storms from the ocean tend to have a larger impact. This is balanced by milder temperatures from the maritime effect.


University of Delaware researchers have recently begun sharing their knowledge through the Delaware Irrigation Management System (DIMS), which seeks to regulate water dispersal and landowner needs. The system is primarily used by farmers who are seeking to increase production of watermelon, corn, and other produce. Both small and large properties can benefit from appropriate irrigation systems. Newly planted trees require consistent and controlled water access in order to successfully root. Simple sprinkler systems or drip irrigation systems can be easily installed in order to enhance tree growth.

Growing Zones

Despite its relative small size, Delaware is still home to three 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.  The main reason for this temperature variance is because Delaware runs north to south, measuring only 9 miles wide at points. Plants in Delaware’s northern border with New York can expect temperatures to dip to -5°F, whereas plants along the southernmost coast, near Rehoboth Beach, will only need to sustain temperatures reaching 5°F.

Weather Damage

Delaware does receive severe weather systems occasionally, usually those that have traveled up from Florida and Central America. These storms do not usually cause extraordinary damage, although they tend to release a great deal of precipitation in the region. The rain Delaware receives is part of the reason it is such a strong agricultural area. Before planting trees, consider nearby buildings or power lines that could be affected by a fall. Also remember trees can help prevent erosion in flood-plains, and they will add property value to your home.If 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 Delaware nursery or garden center. However, since we don’t actually live in Delaware 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.


Delaware Trees For Sale | The Tree Center™
BearDelaware Lawn & Tree Service1756 Bear Corbitt Road302-834-7406
BearL & F Landscaping Nursery Inc3482 Wrangle Hill Road302-733-0559
BearPeterson’s Market1714 Pulaski Highway302-834-2424
BearSummit Bridge Garden Center3918 Red Lion Road302-836-0800
BridgevilleNanticoke Nursery20478 Atlanta Road302-337-8202
ClaytonForest View Nursery1313 Blackbird Forest Road302-653-7757
DoverAlexander’s Lawn & Garden890 New Burton Road302-674-1610
DoverAll Seasons Nursery & Garden1325 S Governors Avenue302-734-2060
DoverEden Hill Farm836 W North Street302-734-0456
DoverJoseph Wick Nurseries LTD5151 Forest Avenue302-730-9070
FrankfordBirdsong GardensRR 2 Box 195302-537-9680
GeorgetownGreenway Farms Inc13404 Seashore Highway302-337-0119
GreenwoodElmer’s MarketRR 1 Box 92302-349-4428
HarringtonCerillo’s Nursery19381 S Dupont Highway302-398-0148
HockessinFarm Meadows NurseryLimestone & Little Baltimore302-239-7719
HockessinGateway Garden Center Inc1170 Old Lancaster Pike302-239-2727
MiddletownBest Garden Center5097 Summit Bridge Road302-378-1231
MiddletownHuber’s Nurseries & Garden Center2424 N Dupont Pkwy302-378-8402
MiddletownLogullo’s Country Market5261 Summit Bridge Road302-378-3620
MilfordEastern Ornamentals24675 Bakerfield Road302-684-8733
MillsboroFrank J Smith Nursery200 Delaware Avenue302-934-6622
MillsboroInner Peace2 Chestnut Drive302-541-8444
MillsboroPear Tree Farms IncZoar Georgetown Road302-934-9127
MillvilleLord’s Landscaping Inc315 Atlantic Avenue302-539-6119
MiltonBeach Plum Gardens & Nursery30045 Eagles Crest Road #1302-645-2170
MiltonShady Oak FarmRR 2 Box 259A302-856-7178
New CastleLeon’s Garden World137 S Dupont Highway302-325-2440
New CastleRosehill Plantery3068 New Castle Avenue302-658-1073
NewarkAggs Inc830 Hasting CT302-836-3608
NewarkLeon’s Garden World1115 Elkton Road #A302-366-0737
NewarkOrzada Landscaping Inc1463 Otts Chapel Road302-266-7299
NewarkRichardson’s Aquatic Center1912 Kirkwood Highway302-369-8990
NewarkRichardson’s Floral Center1918 Kirkwood Highway302-737-1073
NewarkRichardson’s Floral Center2738 Pulaski Highway302-836-9898
Rehoboth BeachMartin’s Garden Center IncRR 1 Box 316A302-227-3449
SelbyvilleBroken Pine Nursery & GardenCounty Road 390302-436-8331
SelbyvilleBuds & BloomsRR 1 Box 52A302-436-4856
SelbyvilleBurpee COHoosier Avenue302-436-8277
SmyrnaRonny’s Garden World5580 Dupont Pkwy302-653-6288
SmyrnaTree Reflections879 Black Diamond Road302-659-3130
WilmingtonAlways the Garden1215 Philadelphia Pike302-798-6030
WilmingtonFestival of Trees3515 Silverside Road302-479-2593
WilmingtonGarden Valley Nursery1700 Rocky Run Pkwy302-478-0700
WilmingtonOld Country Gardens414 Wilson Road302-652-3317