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Buying Trees and Shrubs in Idaho

The towering Western White Pine, also known as the Idaho Pine, dominates Idaho’s landscape, reaching heights exceeding 150 feet and boasting distinctive bundles of five needles and narrow cones. The Western White Pine is native to the Sierra Nevada, Cascade, Coast, and Rocky Mountain Ranges and is even commonly called the Idaho Pine, the state which it represents. Despite its status as an ornamental tree, logging and white pine blister rust fungus threaten its population. While Idaho offers a range of tree options beyond white pines, considerations such as soil type, climate, average precipitation, growing zones, irrigation, and weather damage are crucial for successful cultivation due to the state’s varied elevations and geographical diversity.

Best Trees for Idaho

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. Muskogee Crape Myrtle – Ideal for mildew resistance, fragrant lavender blooms, and fast-growing height.
  2. October Glory Maple – Ideal for continuous color, adaptable growing conditions, and landscaping designs.
  3. Cold Hardy Avocado – Ideal for bearing fruit for delicious, edible profits, color, and adaptable qualities.
  4. Willow Hybrid – Ideal for providing privacy, fast-growing properties, and easy care

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Idaho

As property in Idaho 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 Idaho, 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.

  • Climate

For a state as far north and with such extreme elevation changes as Idaho, it is surprising it does not receive more extreme weather. In the west this is in part due to the Pacific Ocean, which while over 350 miles away, is still noted for causing milder summer and winter temperatures. In the east, residents should expect more precipitation in summer and less in winter, where the maritime effect is less prominent. For a northern state, Idaho can get quite hot, with the record temperature standing at 118°F. However, typically even hot days do not inch over 98°F. Winters can also get quite cold, with the record being set at -60°F in 1943. Usually, temperatures only drop below freezing for short spans of time.

  • Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Idaho has Threebear soil, a well-draining soil rich with volcanic ash. Western White Pines and Douglas Firs love the soil, as do wildlife. Regardless of the property’s location in The Gem State, a soon-to-be tree planter can perform a simple test to determine his/her soil type.

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. If you touch the soil, it will maintain its original shape. You have CLAY.
  2. The soil will hold its shape. If you touch the soil, it 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

Idaho receives, on average, 36 inches of precipitation annually. Moisture arrives from different areas, with the western portion of the state receiving thunderstorms from the Pacific Ocean and the eastern regions receiving moisture traveling up from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Precipitation is varied across the state because of this. Regions of north and west report more precipitation in the winter and less in the summer, while southern and eastern regions report the opposite, with greater precipitation falling in the summer and less in the winter.

  • Irrigation

It is no secret that Idaho is an agricultural state, with its potatoes, barley, beef, beets, sheep, and apples shipped around the country. The availability of irrigation and regulation of water access plays a large part in this. Without water, young trees recently planted will undergo stress, often leading to minimal growth or dying roots. Use sprinklers, furrows, micro-emitters, or drip systems to effectively and efficiently provide water access to newly planted trees to ensure successful growth.

  • Growing Zones

In a state as large as Idaho, with such diverse elevations and weather systems, only ten unique growing zones may seem minimal. 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.  In small regions of the east, bordering Wyoming, plants must endure temperatures as low as -45°F, whereas the western border rarely sees temperatures below -15°F.

  • Weather Damage

In recent years, Idaho has seen wildfires, floods, and other severe weather storms affecting the region. Though usually smaller than similar storms in other areas of the country, Idaho suffers from rising temperatures and more frequent heat waves. When planting new trees, the Idaho grower should carefully consider access to water. Irrigation is a great tool to use. Although floods are infrequent, consider trees as a great defense, as deep-rooted trees, like the October Glory Maple, will prevent erosion.