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Buying Trees and Shrubs in Montana

Montana, known as The Big Sky Country or The Treasure State, is a vast western state bordering Canada, where the Western Yellow Pine thrives, reaching towering heights up to 268 feet, making it the tallest known pine tree. Recognizable by its unique yellow or orange-red bark and bundles of bright green needles, this coniferous evergreen offers a distinctive presence in the landscape. While the Western Yellow Pine dominates, Montana’s diverse geography and climate offer growers a wide range of tree options. Considering factors like climate, soil type, precipitation, irrigation needs, growing zones, and weather damage is crucial for smart cultivation in this region.

Best Trees for Montana

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. Everbearing Strawberry – Ideal for bearing fruit, providing color, and delicious, edible profits.
  4. Tulip Poplar – Ideal for providing fast-growing shade, year-round beauty, and drought resistance.

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Montana

As property in Montana 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 Montana, 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 Montana, 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

Montana displays a wide variety of geographical and topographical variations across its large mass, and so it is no surprise the climate varies widely, too. The western half of the state is mountainous and the eastern half includes low plains, badlands, and isolated hills and mountain ranges. The Continental Divide largely impacts the area, stopping the movement of both warm Pacific air and cool continental air. The records speak for the temperatures variations; the highest on record is 117°F from 1893 and the lowest on record is -70°F in 1954. Temperature generally varies based on elevation, latitude, and season. Summers are hot with relatively low humidity, cooling above 4,000 feet. Winters are cold and snowy, averaging daily at about 28°F. Again, temperatures vary greatly. The same date -70°F was recorded near Rogers Pass, Helena, only 40 miles southeast, recorded a temperature of -36°F.

  • Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Montana is covered in the rich, deep Scobey soils. Covering more than 700,000 acres, Scobey soils are well-draining and ideal for wheat. Regardless of the property’s location in Big Sky Country, a soon-to-be tree planter can perform a simple test to determine his/her soil type.

The squeeze test is a tool pedologists (soil scientists) use to determine the type of soil in a given area. Remove the first layer of soil and grab a handful of damp (but not wet) dirt. Then, squeeze the soil in the palm of your hand. When you open your hand, the results will help you to determine your specific type of soil.

  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

The average annual precipitation in Montana is low, measuring at only 15 inches a year. However, as geography and temperatures vary greatly, so, therefore, does annual precipitation. The east of the state is drier, with the mountains blocking Pacific moist winds and creating a rain shadow. Places in these regions often measure less than 11 inches of rain. Heron, in the west, records 34 inches of rain annually, while the mountains can receive upwards of 100 inches of rain. Snow can be quite heavy, though again variable. Some areas in the south have averaged only 6 ½ inches of snow over sixteen years, while most cities receive between 30 and 50 inches of snow in the winter. Mountains ranges, unsurprisingly, can receive upwards of 300 inches of snow in a given season.

  • Irrigation

With a low annual average of rainfall, and such variations existing across the state, the Montana tree-planter will benefit from well-though out irrigation systems. Newly planted trees require consistent and controlled access to water. Upon transplantation, new trees’ root balls and new growth can suffer. Depending on the variety of tree you plant, your tree may need water anywhere from once a week to twice a day. Investigate the property for natural or man-made irrigation systems, and if none exist, consider a drip or sprinkler irrigation system to ensure well-managed water access for your plants.

  • Growing Zones

Montana’s diverse geography and temperature variations are part of the reason it has eight 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. Montana’s growing zones are centered around elevation points, with divergent zones throughout the state. Along the far west of the state, temperatures do not usually drop below -10°F, while many regions of the east and north experience frequent lows between -35°F and -40°F. At very high elevations, temperatures are likely to fall to -50°F for extended times.

  • Weather Damage

Snowstorms and floods are the most common in Montana. Snowstorms occur from September to May, though most falls from November to March. On the other hand, weather in Montana has continued to warm recently. Montana’s Glacier National Park is expected to be glacier-less in a few decades, and the melting water has caused flooding and record high temperatures. This has also caused severe forest fires in recent years, with a 200% increase in areas burned by wildfires and an 80% increase in air pollution. Trees can be an asset in flood and pollution situations, increasing air quality and providing protection from erosion.