Kentucky Trees For Sale

The Bluegrass State is at the center of the American spirit. Rich in both the music and grass for which it takes it takes its nickname, Kentucky’s identity is further enhanced by its state tree, the Tulip Poplar. Growing up to 165 feet, the Tulip Poplar is valuable for woodworking and lumber as it displays a straight trunk with braches only at heights upward of 40 feet. Native to much of the United States, the Tulip Poplar is the tallest hardwood. Kentucky planters are not limited to the Tulip Poplar, and instead have hundreds of tree varieties from which to choose.

Due to its large size, severe weather, and varied temperatures, the smart Kentucky grower will need to consider the following:

– Climate
– Soil Type
– Average Precipitation
– Irrigation
– Growing Zones
– Weather Damage

Best Trees for Kentucky

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

#2. October Glory Maple – Ideal for continuous color, adaptable growing conditions, and landscaping designs.

#3. Meyer Lemon Tree – Ideal for bearing fruit for delicious, edible profits, color, and adaptable qualities.

#4. Tulip Poplar – Ideal for providing fast-growing shade, year-round beauty, and drought resistance.


Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Kentucky

A state that without doubt deserves its millions of residents, Kentucky is continuing to attract new inhabitants from other parts of the United States. Although a boon for the local economy, new infrastructure can be invasive and annoying. Solutions exist for prying eyes and sound-producing highways. Trees that are cultivated to form protective barriers, better known as ‘privacy trees’ can be planted to afford the Kentucky yard the solitude and peace it deserves.

Although there are many privacy trees Kentucky planter may plant, none is as fitting as the Willow Hybrid. The Willow Hybrid grow quickly, at upwards of 6 feet a year, and provides fast-growing privacy. Unlike many privacy tree species, the Willow Hybrid is not an evergreen but a subset of the willow, providing a unique barrier against intrusions of every kind. The Willow Hybrid is not the only option to choose from in Kentucky. Alternatively, consider the Thuja Green Giant or Juniper ‘Witchita Blue’.


Kentucky is the 15th largest state, and its history is part of the reason for its boundaries. Soundly within the humid subtropical climate, Kentucky has hot, humid summers and mild winters with occasional cold drops in temperature. The state is vast, and its weather varies throughout. Summers typically remain in the high 90s, sometimes venturing close to the 1930 record 114°F. Winters can be chilly, with low temperatures in the 20s. The record low is -37°F.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Covering over 500,000 acres of Kentucky is Crider soil, a deep, well-draining soil used primarily for crops and pasture land. Regardless of the property’s location in The Bluegrass 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.

Average Precipitation

Rainfall is plentiful in Kentucky, usually lasting farmers and gardeners will throughout the autumn dry season. Average annual rain stands at 47 inches, with more precipitation found in in the southern regions of the state. Spring is the wettest season, followed by summer, both of which bring strong, localized thunderstorms that dump vast quantities of water in one place. Winter frosts and freezes happen between October and April.


Although rainfall is abundant in Kentucky, irrigation can help balance heavy rainfall in specific localities with less in others. Floods are frequent in the state, and much of Kentucky is bordered or run-through by rivers. Adequate irrigation can help to spread ease of water access. This is necessary for newly planted trees stressed by movement. Roots require consistent and controlled access to water, usually two to three times a week at a depth of three feet. Using a drip irrigation system or sprinkler system can help ensure successful growth of your tree.

Growing Zones

Despite being the 15th largest state in the nation and its inclusion of varied geographical landforms such as the Appalachian Mountains and low valley rivers, Kentucky has, surprisingly, only two growing zones that cover most of the state, with a third zone covering two small regions directly southeast and southwest of Lexington. 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 northern Kentucky experiences temperatures as low as -10°F, with the exception of the two regions south of Lexington where the temperature can drop as low as -15°F. In the southern portion of the state, west of the Daniel Boone National Forest, temperatures rarely fall below -5°F.

Weather Damage

Distinct seasons are visible in Kentucky, and with proximity to Appalachia and wind currents from the Gulf, it is often prone to severe weather. Tornadoes are the most common, causing over 300 deaths in the last two hundred years. The most dangerous of which was the 1890 Mid-Mississippi Valley tornadoes, which hit on March 27th, killing over 100 people in Kentucky alone. Floods, ice storms, and thunderstorms frequent the region, too. Bordered by the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, Kentucky’s high levels of annual precipitation coupled with low flood plains mean annual damage from flash floods. In the past, earthquakes have also affected the area, and though uncommon, still occur today.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 Kentucky nursery or garden center. However, since we don’t actually live in Kentucky 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.


Kentucky Trees For Sale | The Tree Center™
AlexandriaAlexandria Garden Center7633 Alexandria Pike859-635-5555
AlexandriaSmith and Jolly Garden Store4786 US Highway 27859-635-1200
AlvatonAlvaton Nursery10420 Scottsville Road270-781-3940
AnnvilleGibson Perennial Gardens2712 Highway 577 E606-364-3027
BardstownVillage Green Garden Center987 Chambers Blvd502-348-8199
BattletownValley Krest Farm2245 Liberty Road270-496-4900
BentonWyatt Farms-Greenhouse-Nursery14 Moors Camp Highway270-527-2855
BereaBerea Garden Center2197 Highway 1016859-986-1010
BereaSunshine Corner556 Big Hill Road859-985-9804
BoazRex Beckham Greenhouses1330 State Route 849 E270-856-3266
BostonBowling’s Nursery2541 Ice Town Road502-549-8868
Bowling GreenClark Landing Nursery1014 Clark Landing Road270-781-3440
Bowling GreenFern Runners Garden Center6558 Nashville Road270-842-4677
Bowling GreenFrank Otte Nursery5710 Scottsville Road270-781-3220
Bowling GreenWarden and Co Garden Center1039 Broadway Avenue270-782-7100
BrandenburgMeade County Nursery592 Broadway Street270-422-1197
BrandenburgVena’s Country Gardens626 Broadway Street270-422-5544
BronstonAshley’s Garden Center2167 Highway 90606-561-4131
BronstonJ and B Lawn and Garden Center Inc2279 Highway 90606-561-0278
BrownsvilleMammoth Cave Transplants5394 Brownsville Road270-597-2533
BurlingtonAmmon Wholesale Nursery6089 Camp Ernst Road859-586-6246
Calvert CityHolly Nursery and Garden Center4095 US Highway 62270-395-4802
Calvert CityPossum Trot Nursery427 Walker Harris Lane270-395-4564
CarrolltonS and W Garden Center3356 US Highway 42 E502-732-0472
Central CityTudor’s Evergreen Nursery1505 W Reservoir Avenue270-754-3616
ClarksonDebbie’s Water Garden Plants368 Nosey Creek Road270-242-6977
ClarksonJoe’s Lawn and Garden5103 Elizabethtown Road270-242-7914
CorbinCommunity Garden201 Opportunity Drive606-528-1020
CorbinLaurel Gardens2200 Level Green Road606-528-3186
CorbinLaurel Nursery2198 Level Green Road606-528-3191
CorbinWorley’s Nursery678 Nursery Road606-528-1487
CovingtonFrank’s Nursery and Crafts4383 Winston Avenue859-291-0444
CovingtonRolling Hills Nursery347 Madison Pike #A859-356-2848
CrestwoodChris Summers Nursery6702 Old Zaring Road502-241-5818
CrestwoodJules Klein Nursery4004 Glenarm Road502-241-1332
CrittendenDixie View Nursery537 Eads Road859-356-0414
DanvilleRiverbend Farms1457 Mitchellsburg Road859-332-7300
DanvilleStonegate Gardens1318 Lebanon Road859-236-6846
ElizabethtownL and B Lawn Care and Landscaping4979 N Dixie Highway270-737-3676
ElsmereSchreiver and Son4311 Dixie Highway859-342-7575
ErlangerStevenson Road Greenhouse563 Stevenson Road859-342-5600
ErlangerWorm’s Way1360 Donaldson Highway859-525-9676
FalmouthOak Hills Plant Farm1343 Oak Hill Road859-654-8972
Fern CreekEden Shale Nursery Gardens6319 Bardstown Road502-239-4636
FinchvilleMeadow Lark Christmas Tree5950 Buck Creek Road502-834-7822
FlorenceFrank’s Nursery and Crafts8032 Burlington Pike859-525-0839
FrankfortFour Seasons Nursery Inc15 Devils Hollow Road502-223-0176
FrankfortKentucky Nursery and Landscape350 Village Drive502-848-0055
FrankfortShooting Star Nursery444 Bates Road502-223-1679
FranklinPennyroyal Garden Shop937 Witt Road270-586-7645
FranklinTanglewood Farms Garden Shop106 Barrett Lane270-598-0169
FultonKentucky Green Nursery5544 State Route 166 E270-472-1445
GeorgetownEllis Greenhouses3968 Iron Works Road502-863-0391
GeorgetownGlover’s Nursery3895 Iron Works Road502-868-9753
GlasgowTriple J Nursery and Landscape164 Reynolds Road270-678-7738
GlasgowWallace Nursery2897 Edmonton Road270-651-9232
GoshenGoshen Gardens Nursery11900 W Highway 42502-228-1733
GoshenOak Valley Gardener Inc11946 W Highway 42502-228-4117
GreenvilleEast of Eden260 Airport Road270-338-9503
HarrodsburgGardenscapes Garden Center CO547 Legion Drive859-734-7744
HazardC and W Greenhouse1149 E Main Street606-487-1506
HebronRiver View Greenhouses7022 River Road859-689-7147
HendersonDay’s Garden Center200 S Alvasia Street270-826-7498
HendersonTodd’s Airline Greenhouse7350 Airline Road270-827-3807
Highland HeightsHighland Garden Center Inc2227 Alexandria Pike859-441-6200
HodgenvilleLee’s Garden Center1918 Bardstown Road270-358-9897
HopkinsvilleAmbrosia1314 S Virginia Street270-885-8054
HopkinsvilleBeacon Nursery5620 Old Madisonville Road270-886-3021
HopkinsvilleL and M Pottery830 E 21st Street270-707-0550
HopkinsvilleMa and Pa’s Country Greenhouses7280 Antioch Road270-886-8535
HopkinsvillePotting Shed5045 Canton Pike270-887-0034
HopkinsvilleSuperlawn1108 N Main Street270-885-4769
HudsonRocky Top Tree Farm and CraftsSmiley Basham Road #148270-257-2777
IndependenceDeaton’s Nursery and Greenhouse11009 Madison Pike859-356-7701
IndependencePerennial Lady5061 Madison Pike859-356-1486
IndependenceWeibel Nursery and Landscaping10134 Falcon Ridge Drive859-371-6531
JacksonTrue Value Garden Center726 Highway 15 N #1606-666-4056
JeffersontownNew Earth Indoor/Outdoor Garden9810 Taylorsville Road #1502-261-0005
KevilGod’s Green Earth3520 Bethel Church Road270-462-3854
KuttawaEmerald Forest Lawn and Landscaping192 Doom Chapel Road270-388-9835
LA GrangeExterior Appearances4203 W Highway 146502-222-0165
LexingtonCopper Garden161 Lexington Green Cir #C2859-272-6575
LexingtonCountry Place4100 Nicholasville Road859-971-6999
LexingtonFayette Garden Center4400 Athens Boonesboro Road859-264-0085
LexingtonFayette Rental and Sales855 Angliana Avenue859-252-8980
LexingtonHillenmeyer Garden Shop800 E Main Street859-335-6680
LexingtonLose Nursery and Garden Center4174 Leestown Road859-233-0197
LexingtonLouis Flower Power Shop3391 Tates Creek Road859-266-6889
LexingtonLouis’ Flower Power Shop344 Romany Road859-266-9843
LexingtonMaverick’s Garden and Produce1400 N Limestone859-252-1946
LexingtonRaymond’s Garden Center4381 Harrodsburg Road859-223-2850
LexingtonRedmond’s Gdn LndscpandGift Center4432 Nicholasville Road859-272-6697
LexingtonSunshine Grow Shop2177 Versailles Road859-255-9876
LexingtonSunshine Grow Shop4694 Georgetown Road859-255-4119
LexingtonTwo Brothers Garden Center4000 Leestown Road859-254-4920
LondonKeavy 312 Nursery2142 Laurel Lake Road N606-878-9318
LondonMink’s Nursery and Garden Center806 S Dixie Street606-864-5863
LouisvilleBoone Gardiner Garden Center16411 Shelbyville Road502-245-0238
LouisvilleCrestwood Nursery937 Phillips Lane502-387-8888
LouisvilleDigs Home and Garden109 Chenoweth Lane502-893-3447
LouisvilleFrank Otte Nursery Garden Center12902 Shelbyville Road502-245-5920
LouisvilleFrank Otte Nursery Garden Center2930 Bardstown Road502-454-4000
LouisvilleFrank Otte Nursery Garden Center9316 Taylorsville Road502-267-8888
LouisvilleGarden Wall the Fine Garden636 E Market Street502-583-9255
LouisvilleGotta Grow3939 Shelbyville Road502-719-9618
LouisvilleLori’s Gardens7701 Smyrna Pkwy502-968-0533
LouisvilleMailbox Designs1634 Mellwood Avenue502-584-3926
LouisvilleMaple Crossing Nursery11804 Lagrange Road502-245-3060
LouisvilleMiller Nursery and Landscaping8900 New Lagrange Road502-426-1008
LouisvilleSchevetto’s Nursery124 Dorchester Road502-425-0054
LouisvilleSecret Garden11728 Old Shelbyville Road502-244-0560
LouisvilleStan Humphries Nursery and Gardens9708 Brownsboro Road502-425-6414
LouisvilleStephenson’s Nursery and Garden Center8136 Dixie Highway502-935-0353
LouisvilleSunshine Grow Shop1400 S Hurstbourne Pkwy502-327-6300
LouisvilleWallitsch Nursery and Garden Center2608 Hikes Lane502-456-2908
LouisvilleWalnut Grove Farm Nursery16200 Eastwood Cut Off Road502-244-7019
MadisonvilleLawn and Garden Center350 Dulin Street270-821-4288
MadisonvilleMetcalfe Landscape and Garden410 Princeton Road270-821-0350
Mc KeeGreen Door Plants659 US Highway 421 N606-965-2299
MorgantownRagland’s Nursery224 W G L Smith Street270-526-9915
NicholasvilleKings Gardens3090 Brannon Road859-272-7077
NicholasvilleLouis Flower Power Shop101 Springdale Drive859-219-3299
OwensboroGreen River Growers Inc2110 Southtown Blvd270-683-9130
OwensboroIntegrity Lawn Care and Nursery1100 Burlew Blvd270-684-4959
OwensboroWatkins Nursery1224 Goetz Drive270-683-5672
PaducahBob Williams Nursery4850 Reidland Road270-898-7010
PaducahClay Pot5601 Benton Road270-898-0701
PaducahFlorida Garden Center812 Old Mayfield Road270-442-3525
PaducahLone Oak Farm Store3312 Lone Oak Road270-554-1122
PaducahMama’s Bloomers2810 Morgan Lane #B270-442-1565
PaducahPrairie Perennial Gardens200 Fugate Lane270-575-3366
PaducahWoodland Hills Nursery7020 Old Mayfield Road270-554-7695
ParisThoroughbred Daylilies6615 Briar Hill Road859-988-9253
PhilpotCook’s Greenhouse8950 State Route 762270-275-2838
PhilpotMarlene’s Garden Center6264 Old Highway 54270-729-4594
PikevilleSunshine Grow Shop2927 N Mayo Trl606-433-0934
Pleasure Rdg PkFrank Otte Nursery Garden Center5203 Elzie Lane502-935-3900
PrincetonDavis Greenhouses Inc4969 Cadiz Road270-365-6070
ProspectFrank Otte Nursery and Garden7505 River Road502-228-5974
QualityQuality Nursery8849 Huntsville Quality Road270-755-2678
RadcliffGreen Thumb Inc141 Shelby Avenue270-351-3004
RichmondHillcrest Nursery and Garden Center998 Red House Road859-623-9394
RichmondSunshine Grow Shop1025 Four Mile Road859-624-0781
RushJohnson’s Nursery and Garden Center238 Nursery Drive606-928-6456
RussellGreens Garden Center and Produce400 US 23 Highway606-836-2461
Russell SpringsCoffey’s Garden Center2349 S Highway 127270-866-4769
Russell SpringsCoffey’s Plants Direct2349 S Highway 127270-866-4372
SalvisaReynolds Nursery2919 Kirkwood Road859-865-4537
SalyersvilleCountry Nursery and FlowersFalcon Road606-349-7184
ScottsvilleAbsher Nursery46 E Old State Road270-622-2270
ScottsvilleKim’s Nursery300 Bowling Green Road270-237-5003
ShelbyvilleFour Seasons Nursery60 Frankfort Road502-633-7319
ShivelyGeorge Gagel Truck Farm2400 Lower Hunters Trce502-447-6809
SimpsonvilleMarty’s Garden9332 Shelbyville Road502-722-9900
SmithlandEvergreen Lawn and Nursery509 Mill Street270-928-1176
St MatthewsBonsai Store3804 Wilmington Avenue502-896-0049
St MatthewsFrank Otte Nursery Garden Center5025 Shelbyville Road502-896-2226
St MatthewsGarden Place110 Fairmeade Road502-895-8730
St MatthewsMall Nursery Center425 Sherburn Lane502-895-8733
St MatthewsPlant Kingdom4101 Westport Road502-893-7333
StantonRosa’s Produce and Garden Center321 E College Avenue #B606-663-1915
SturgisWadlington Nursery and Landscape2654 State Route 950270-333-2222
TaylorsvilleBullfrog Nursery851 Taylorsville Road502-477-0792
UnionBaeten Nursery and Greenhouses364 Frogtown Road859-384-4769
Valley StationK M Marasa Greenhouse11203 Bearcamp Road502-937-9414
VersaillesMacdougal’s Garden Center1460 Troy Pike859-873-8811
VersaillesOle Tavern Nursery4275 Midway Road859-846-5012
Vine GroveHaynes Greenhouse and Nursery641 Highland Avenue270-877-5853
WarsawCloverfarm Nursery347 US Highway 42 W859-567-8000
WarsawCountry Blooms Garden Center327 US Highway 42 W859-567-4440
West LibertyGo-Go Lawn and Garden Center197 W Main Street606-743-3100
West LibertyMorgan County Tree Nursery326 Tree Nursery Road606-743-3511
WilliamstownHegge’s Nursery665 Knoxville Gardnersville Road859-824-6593
WilliamstownTriple Ridge Produce and Greenhouse3315 Baton Rouge Road859-824-6701
WinchesterAl’s Garden Center6109 Lexington Road859-744-4840
WoodburnCedar Bluff Plants2315 Cedar Bluff Road270-529-9546