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Iowa Trees For Sale

The Hawkeye State has a history of strong agricultural practice and wildlife sustainability. The traditional Oak, of which there are dozens of variants in North American, represents this tree. Chosen because it provides shade, shelter and food to both humans and animals alike, the Oak represents a way of life deemed essential to the Iowan. Soon-to-be planters are not relegated to just the Oak, but instead have hundreds of tree varieties perfect for Iowa planting. Sometimes call the American Heartland, Iowa is surrounded by the Mississippi on the east and two rivers, the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers on the west.

Due to its rolling hills, many lakes, and cooler temperatures, the smart Iowan grower will need to consider the following variables; climate, average precipitation, irrigation, soil type, weather damage and growing zones.

Best Trees for Iowa

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 – Ideal for mildew resistance, fragrant lavender blooms, and fast-growing height.

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

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

#4. Autumn Purple Ash – Ideal for providing unique fall colors, shade, climate tolerance.

 

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Iowa

As property in Iowa 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 Iowa, 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 Leyland Cypress and American Holly will also add color and privacy to your yard’s perimeter.

Climate

Iowa experiences weather extremes, with hot summers and cold winters. The average temperature is 50°F with the northern regions slightly lower, at 45°F. Winters get quite cold, with temperatures falling as low as -47°F. Snow is frequent in the winter season. Spring brings seasonal severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Summer is hot and humid, with temperatures reaching as high as 118°F, though usually lingering around 100°F.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. The state soil of Iowa is called tama, one of the most well-renowned for its agricultural fertility. Deep, rich loam such as tama is ideal for the prairie grasses and crops for which Iowa is known. Regardless of the property’s location in The Hawkeye 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, 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

Iowa receives on average 38 inches of rain per year, but flash floods and rising levels in lakes and rivers are frequent. Thunderstorms occur often in both spring and summer, bringing much of the year’s rain. In the same year, Iowa will receive over 40 inches of snow in winter. Precipitation varies frequently from year to year, with the wettest year bringing in over 74 inches of rain in the period of one season.

Irrigation

In a state with such variations in precipitation, irrigation is essential to the state’s infrastructure. Irrigation can help provide consistent and controlled water access to yards and plants. Rolling hills, multiple bodies of water, and extreme variations in yearly rainfall mean that with the necessities of newly planted trees, irrigation can assist with water availability and growth. New trees need to develop strong roots and irrigation is an important tool in this process. Consider a drip or sprinkler system to ensure successful plant growth.

Growing Zones

For a state with such an enormous size, it may seem surprising that Iowa only has three 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. Unlike many of its closely related relatives in size, which can have upwards of ten zones, Iowa has relatively few. This is due, in part, to the relative level nature of Iowa. Despite some rolling hills, especially in the north, Iowa contains relatively flat farmland. The state can be split into two main zones: in the south, plants should withstand temperatures down to -20°F and in the north, -25°. There is a small region northeast of Waterloo where temperatures occasionally may drop to -30°F.

Weather Damage

Severe thunderstorms hit first, spring and summer bringing over 50 days of thunderstorms, which is above the national average. Thunderstorms lead to tornadoes in late summer, with Iowa averaging at least 37 tornadoes a year. Iowa is one of the most dangerous states to live in due to tornadoes, with recent tornadoes wreaking havoc and death in the region. High winds and strong storms cause fallen power lines and buildings. When planting trees in Iowa, the Iowan planter should consider locations further away from buildings. Trees can also prevent erosions in flash floods.

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 Iowa nursery or garden center. However, since we don’t actually live in Iowa 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.

 

Iowa Trees For Sale | The Tree Center™
AmesAmes Landscape and Nursery4320 US Highway 69515-232-2840
AmesEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1601 S Kellogg Avenue515-232-2929
AnkenyDes Moines Nursery Company2538 NE 102nd Avenue515-964-3642
AnkenyEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1509 N Ankeny Boulevard515-964-2884
AnkenyStruthers Trees2908 NE 94th Avenue515-964-5145
AtlanticEarl May Nursery and Garden Center315 Poplar Street712-243-1765
BelmondAldrich Tree Farm1941 Taylor Avenue641-853-2365
BettendorfWallace’s Garden Center Company2605 Devils Glen Road563-332-4711
BloomfieldClearview Tree Farm and Nursery16247 285th Street641-929-3320
Blue GrassFerris Tree Nursery1610 Zachary Avenue563-381-2034
BooneEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1504 S Marshall Street515-432-5941
BooneLowe-Berry Floral Creations2204 Mamie Eisenhower Avenue515-432-6275
CambridgeStrautman Tree Farm58976 290th Street515-383-4675
CarrollEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1607 Radiant Road712-792-9660
CarrollEnchanted Gardens18923 Highway 71712-792-1985
CarrollSnyder Tree Service and Nursery439 Washington Street712-792-3389
CascadeCascade Forestry Service Inc21995 Fillmore Road563-852-3042
Cedar FallsDierks Tree Transplant Inc9128 W Cedar Wapsie Road319-277-7173
Cedar FallsEarl May Nursery and Garden Center2501 Melrose Drive319-277-2021
Cedar FallsJordan’s Nursery1715 W 1st Street319-266-4717
Cedar RapidsEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1200 Edgewood Road SW319-396-7684
Cedar RapidsEarl May Nursery and Garden Center5155 Northland Avenue NE319-377-7582
Cedar RapidsFrontier Garden Center1941 Blairs Ferry Road NE319-393-8546
ClarenceKevin Kelly Tree Farm191 Quincy Avenue563-452-4300
Clear LakeRoma Flower and Garden Center2200 4th Avenue S641-357-0805
ClintonGateway Gardening Center1845 Manufacturing Drive563-243-6853
CliveThe Woodsmith Store10320 Hickman Road515-875-7076
CorrectionvilleCorrectionville Nursery4161 150th Street712-372-4485
Council BluffsEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1718 Madison Avenue712-322-8780
Council BluffsHardiman’s Greenhouse1221 N 16th Street712-329-8910
Council BluffsQuality Curb Service1128 Avenuenue D712-322-6690
CrescoGrube Lawn and Garden112 2nd Street SW563-547-3920
CrescoHolub’s Greenhouse Nursery429 8th Street E563-547-3521
CrestonEarl May Nursery and Garden Center802 S Oak Street641-782-4721
CummingHowell Tree Farm3129 Howell Lane515-981-4762
Dakota CityOaks Garden Spot707 3rd Avenue S515-332-1778
DavenportGarden Town USA3324 Diehn Avenue563-326-4590
DavenportGreen Thumbers3030 Brady Street563-323-4984
DavenportWallace’s Garden Center Company6227 Northwest Boulevard563-445-2458
DecorahLadybug Landscapes906 S Mechanic Street563-387-0217
DecorahWillowglen Nursery3512 Lost Mile Road563-735-5570
DenisonEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1624 4th Avenue S712-263-3348
Des MoinesAugustine Tree Farm4946 SW 42nd Street515-285-7782
Des MoinesDes Moines Feed and Garden Shop2019 Hubbell Avenue515-262-0154
Des MoinesDes Moines Seed and Nursery Company6015 Grand Avenue515-274-2586
Des MoinesEarl May Nursery and Garden Center5910 Douglas Avenue515-276-5518
Des MoinesEarl May Nursery and Garden Center7701 Bloomfield Road515-287-5727
Des MoinesGreat Plains Garden Center4365 NE 44th Drive515-265-6058
DixonSchaecher’s Nursery4965 280th Street563-843-3744
DubuqueBreitbach Tree Farm7901 Hendricks Lane563-557-3227
DunlapWillow Nursery Garden Center600 Montague Street712-643-2380
DyersvilleDeutmeyer Nursery and Sod1020 1st Avenue W563-875-8535
EarlingTremel Nursery and Lawn Ornament541 2200th Street712-747-9411
EpworthLA Don’s Gardens502 W Main Street563-876-3784
EsthervilleEstherville Garden Center408 2nd Avenue N712-362-8733
FairbankCountry Roads1129 150th Street319-635-2929
FairfieldDrug Town Garden Center407 W Burlington Avenue641-469-5040
FarleyHermsen Nursery11431 Jamesmeier Road563-744-3991
FarmingtonRider Nursery32004 295th Street319-878-3313
Fort DodgeEarl May Nursery and Garden Center168 S 25th Street515-576-4231
GeorgeG and L Nurseries Inc4041 250th Street712-475-2642
GlenwoodOakcrest Gardens22871 Kane Avenue712-527-4974
GlenwoodTerry’s Evergreen Valley Nrsry22573 Norris Avenue712-527-4915
GowrieGarden of Dreams907 Market Street515-352-3414
GrangerDierks Trees Today Inc10911 NW 115th Avenue515-999-2799
GrimesHoys Tree Farm8211 NW 114th Street515-986-3540
GrinnellLawn and Garden Center1807 West Street S641-236-8115
HarlanFlower Barn1439 1120th Street712-755-9603
HarlanGarry’s Garden and Landscaping2305 Chatburn Avenue712-755-2216
HumboldtTree Farm1645 220th Street515-332-9855
HumboldtWempen Enterprises Inc2095 K Road515-332-1979
Ida GroveLunzman Nursery2531 Jasper Avenue712-364-2002
IndependenceIn the Company untry Garden and Gifts2392 240th Street319-334-6593
Iowa CityEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1901 Lower Muscatine Road319-354-5028
Iowa CityIowa City Landscaping520 Highway 1 W319-337-8351
Iowa CityPleasant Valley Garden Center1301 S Gilbert Street319-337-3118
JeffersonJefferson Nursery and Tree Spade900 W Mahlon Street515-386-3371
JeffersonOutdoor Artistry Nursey305 E Lincolnway Street515-386-2816
JeffersonSquirrel’s Nest702 E Lincolnway Street515-386-4042
JohnstonHolub Gardens6125 Merle Hay Road515-278-8600
JohnstonMiller Nursery Company5155 NW 57th Avenue515-276-7505
KalonaEnglish Valley Trees2140 Highway 22319-656-3125
Lake CityGoins Garden Center701 W Franklin Street712-464-7638
Lake MillsTree Moving and Sales709 E Main Street641-592-8192
LarchwoodWilliams Tree Farm1072 110th Street #B712-477-2468
MarionCulver’s Nursery and Garden CenterHighway 151319-377-4195
MarshalltownEarl May Nursery and Garden Center3001 S Center Street641-753-6124
MarshalltownIsle of Green Garden Center609 S 9th Street641-752-1999
Mason CityBlackmore Gardens1007 4th Street SW641-423-5104
Mason CityBlackmore Nursery and Garden Center650 S Garfield Avenue641-424-1213
Mason CityEarl May Nursery and Garden Center12251 265th Street641-423-7932
MononaRiveland Nursery and Garden Center10738 Falcon Avenue563-539-2084
MonticelloLimestone Studios and Gardens15457 Jones Delaware Road319-465-3337
MonticelloSunset Nursery and Garden Center18136 County Road D62319-465-6422
MoorlandTrees and More Nursery1479 230th Street515-549-3796
MT VernonMount Vernon Tree Transplant1000 Irish Lane319-895-6516
MuscatineGreen Thumbers5112 Grandview Avenue563-263-4403
New SharonMahaska Park Nursery2660 170th Street641-637-4450
NewtonEarl May Nursery and Garden Center2306 1st Avenue E641-792-4404
OnawaGardenland508 Emerald Street712-423-2707
OsageHappy Acres Nursery2012 Highway 9641-732-5173
OskaloosaEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1311 A Avenue W641-673-6264
OskaloosaHolub Greenhouses and Garden Center406 S 11th Street641-673-8689
OttumwaEarl May Nursery and Garden Center2857 N Court Street641-682-5617
OttumwaThomas Tree Farm17591 Highway 34641-683-1835
OxfordLewis Brothers Tree Farm1786 Iwv Road SW319-828-4569
PaloCedar River Garden Center2889 Palo Marsh Road319-851-2161
PeostaSplendid Valley Nursery14973 Highway 20563-557-8325
Red OakEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1701 N Broadway Street712-623-4604
RemsenChip and Dale Nursery13146 Shamrock Avenue712-786-3136
RunnellsMorgan Oaks Tree Farm1667 SE 88th Street515-967-9766
Sac CityLake’s Tree Farm2361 Rolf Avenue712-662-7332
Scotch GroveScotch Grove Nursery16336 116th Avenue319-465-3985
ShelbySilver Creek Nursery and Gdn Center30962 380th Street712-544-2187
ShenandoahEarl May Nursery and Garden Center301 S Fremont Street712-246-2780
ShenandoahEarl May Seed and Nursery Company208 N Elm Street712-246-1020
Sioux CenterGreenworld Inc309 7th Street NW712-722-2621
Sioux CityEarl May Nursery and Garden Center4141 Gordon Drive712-276-4776
Sioux CityMosher Garden Center3235 N US Highway 75712-293-1333
Sioux CityMosher Garden Center4305 Floyd Boulevard712-239-2252
Sioux CityMosher Greenhouses4101 War Eagle Drive712-233-2951
SpencerDel’s Garden Center1808 11th Street SE712-262-4912
Storm LakeJones Nursery and Garden Store861 Highway 7712-732-6785
Story CityLone Tree Nursery12487 Timberland Drive515-733-4435
SwisherHorak’s Landscape Nursery1354 Curtis Bridge Road NE319-848-7222
TiptonKevin Kelly Tree Farm1045 Streetone Mill Road563-886-2995
WashingtonWashington Nursery and Landscape1820 W Main Street319-653-2471
WaterlooMeyers Nursery1685 Independence Avenue319-232-3954
WaterlooPlatt’s Nursery Garden Shop3700 University Avenue319-234-2686
WaverlyTiedt Nursery and Forestry Service2419 E Bremer Avenue319-352-0418
West BurlingtonTender Top Gardens2902 406th Road319-752-3305
West Des MoinesEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1845 22nd Street515-223-8827
West Des MoinesEarl May Nursery and Garden Center245 S 50th Street515-223-3882
WintersetWinterset Seed Store615 S 2nd Avenue515-462-2829