Nebraska Trees For Sale

The Cornhusker State is well-named, for Nebraska is known for its agricultural industry. Sitting in the central United States, Nebraska is home to many tree varieties, including the Cottonwood. These large, deciduous trees can reach heights of 70 feet, and are identifiable by their thick, deeply creviced bark and dual-green triangular to diamond-shaped leaves. Similar to dandelion puffs, the Cottonwoods release their seeds on cotton-like structures, which are carried by the wind or a furry pollinator. The Nebraskan grower is not limited to the Cottonwood, though; several varieties of trees are available for the choosing in Nebraska.

Due to its large size, climate differentials, and rainfall variations, the smart Nebraska grower will need to consider the following:

Best Trees for Nebraska

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. Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Ideal for adding color, providing ornamental beauty, and no-hassle maintenance.

  1. October Glory Maple

Ideal for continuous color, adaptable growing conditions, and landscaping designs.

  1. Sweetheart Blueberry

Ideal for bearing fruit for delicious, edible profits, color, and perimeter planting.

  1. Willow Hybrid

Ideal for providing privacy, fast-growing properties, and easy care

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Nebraska

New developments throughout the United States mean more infrastructure, more people, and more invasion of privacy. The residents of Nebraska have the option to plant and tend trees that produce privacy, turning away prying eyes and loud noises and instead enjoying the quiet and peace of private property.

The Leyland Cypress is the perfect privacy tree for Nebraskan inhabitants. The Leyland Cypress grows quickly, adds distinct charm, and produces thick barriers between a private abode and unwanted chatter. Growing between 3 and 5 feet a year, the Leyland Cypress will give the Nebraskan yard the fast-growing privacy for which they have been searching. Alternatively, the Thuja Green Giant and American Holly will bring privacy, color, and solitude to the savvy planter’s yard.


Nebraska is the 16th largest state in the United States, and its large size means that despite relatively low elevation variances, Nebraska is home to two distinct climates. In the east, Nebraska displays a humid continental climate. In the west, a semi-arid climate prevails. Generally, Nebraskan residents can expect hot summers and cold winters. Summer can be hot, and humidity decreases across the state from east to west. The record high temperature was recorded in 1936 at 118°F, and the record low temperature was set in 1899 at -47°F.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Holdrege soil covers about 1,500,000 Nebraskan acres, providing rich soil for farming. This well-draining soil is best suited to growing soybeans, corn, and grain, though pastureland is also successful. Regardless of the property’s location in The Cornhusker State, a soon-to-be tree planter can perform a simple test to determine his/her soil type.

In order to determine the type of soil in your yard, try this test to give you a basis for finding the best matched trees. For this test, you will need a healthy handful of soil from the layer beneath the topmost piece of soil. The soil should be a little damp, but not recently watered or wet. Simply squeeze the soil sample and one of the following events will occur.

1. You have CLAY if, after opening your hands, the soil maintains its shape, forming a ball. If you touch the sample, it does not fall apart.
2. You have LOAM if, after opening your hands, the soil maintains its shape, forming a ball. If you touch the sample, it falls apart.
3. You have SAND if, after opening your hands, the soil immediately collapses.

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

Rainfall varies in average amounts throughout the state. The rainfall follows humidity, with higher averages in the southeast and lower averages in the northwest panhandle. The southeast corner receives, on average, 31.5 inches of rain, while the northwest receives, on average, 13.8 inches of rain. Nebraska’s cool to cold winters bring in a moderate amount of snow, usually between 25 and 35 inches.


With varying amounts of rainfall, newly planted trees are at risk for stunted or poor growth. New trees require consistent and constant access to water in order to ensure successful rooting and growth. Investigate the property for natural or manmade water systems. If none are present, consider a drip or sprinkler irrigation system, which will assist in managing water access for the Nebraskan garden. Even at its best, Nebraska receives only a moderate amount of rainfall. Consider trees best-suited to rainfall averages. Remember, many new trees should be watered every two to three days.

Growing Zones

Despite being the 16th largest state, Nebraska is only home to four 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. Most of Nebraska sits at an even elevation, which is part of the reason for the minimum growing zone dispersal. Most of the northern half of the state sits soundly in zone 4b, with temperatures lingering at -25°F. Both warmer and colder enclaves exist, with temperatures varying between   -20°F and -30°F. In the southern half of the state, temperatures do not typically drop lower than

Weather Damage

Nebraskan planters are at risk for thunderstorms and tornadoes. Violent thunderstorms occur in spring and summer, bringing much of the year’s annual precipitation. With such little variation in elevation, this can lead to flash-flooding. Nebraska also sits in Tornado Alley, and destructive tornadoes throughout the spring and summer, as well as the occasional autumn tornado, are not uncommon. Trees can be a benefit with severe weather of this nature; plant trees in loose soil along river banks or areas prone to flooding as thoroughly rooted trees can prevent erosion. Be sure to plant trees away from powerlines or buildings that could be damaged by an uprooted tree during a tornado.

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

Nebraska Trees For Sale | The Tree Center™
AlbionSchrad Nursery and Greenhouse244 E Church Street402-395-6519
ArlingtonMullins Nursery and Landscaping525 N 5th Street402-478-4538
AshlandB and B Landscaping18701 Ashland Road402-944-2435
AuburnEarl May Nursery and Garden Center2511 Schneider Avenue402-274-4116
BeatriceEarl May Nursery and Garden Center2121 Court Street402-223-5330
BeatriceWallman Nursery1001 Oak Street402-223-3680
the “East Side”Earl May Nursery and Garden Center410 Galvin Road N402-731-5531
the “East Side”Trees Shrubs and More3803 Cornhusker Road402-291-9374
BlairBlair Garden Center and Greenhouse1561 S Highway 30402-533-2040
Broken BowCuster County Garden Center500 Thelma Street308-872-6095
ColumbusEarl May Nursery and Garden Center4444 Howard Blvd402-564-0622
ColumbusLandmark Landscapes3790 26th Avenue402-564-0702
CortlandPrice’s Tree Svc3555 US Highway 77402-798-7070
EagleEagle Nursery910 S 214th Street402-781-9337
EdisonElwood Farms Nursery72464 Road 429308-962-7327
FremontEarl May Nursery and Garden Center2445 E 23rd Avenue S402-721-5666
GeringGering Garden Center850 10th Street308-436-5634
GothenburgWildwood Tree FarmHC 79 Box 50308-848-2831
Grand IslandEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1604 Diers Avenue308-382-8625
Grand IslandHeavens Petals Greenhouse508 S Shady Bend Road308-381-1243
GretnaSun Valley Gardens Greenhouse11345 S 216th Street402-332-5115
HallamScented Geraniums of NebraskaBox 153402-450-2154
HastingsEarl May Nursery and Garden Center2220 N Kansas Avenue402-462-6576
JuniataGarden Gallery Greenhouse7480 N Roseland Avenue402-744-4261
KearneyEarl May Nursery and Garden Center320 W 4th Street308-237-2107
LincolnCampbell’s Nurseries and Garden2342 S 40th Street402-483-7891
LincolnCampbell’s Nurseries and Garden7000 S 56th Street402-423-4556
LincolnEarl May Nursery and Garden Center100 Wedgewood Drive402-489-7168
LincolnEarl May Nursery and Garden Center5555 S 48th Street402-423-5354
LincolnFinke Gardens and Nursery500 N 66th Street402-466-1995
LincolnFleming’s Flower Fields8101 S 14th Street402-423-9059
LincolnPine Lake Nursery7250 Pine Lake Road402-421-3584
LincolnWilliams Garden Center1742 N 48th Street402-466-1981
MalcolmSam Hill Gardens9405 NW 112th Street402-796-2191
MeadKaspar Tree Farms Inc2151 County Road 11402-624-2131
MitchellPeaceful Prairie Nursery40095 Linden Drive308-623-2881
Nebraska CityEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1739 S 11th Street402-873-6589
Nebraska CityPine Acres Nursery and Garden1010 7th Corso402-873-4119
NorfolkEarl May Nursery and Garden Center1910 Center Drive402-371-4660
NorfolkNorfolk Nursery404 N Victory Road402-371-9740
North BendDublin Nursery and LandscapingRR 1 Box 54402-352-8887
North PlatteEarl May Nursery and Garden Center702 E Francis Street308-532-5850
North PlatteHuebner’s Nursery Lawn and Garden620 E 8th Street308-532-6100
O NeillShamrock NurseryRR 1 Box 112T402-336-3323
OmahaCirian’s Farmers Drive-In Mkt4911 Leavenworth Street402-551-1879
OmahaEarl May Nursery and Garden Center13130 W Dodge Road402-493-5131
OmahaEarl May Nursery and Garden Center14005 S Plz402-895-1146
OmahaEarl May Nursery and Garden Center9229 W Center Road402-391-9778
OmahaGarden Shed Old Market1120 Jackson Street402-346-6123
OmahaIndian Creek Nursery303 N Saddle Creek Road402-558-5900
OmahaLanoha Nursery19111 W Center Road402-289-4103
OmahaLanoha Nursery19707 W Center Road402-289-4103
OmahaLoveland Sod Farms9816 F Street402-331-5262
OmahaMulhall’s3615 N 120th Street402-496-0700
OmahaSunrise Lawn and Garden8529 Frederick Street402-399-0288
PlattsmouthVillage Nursery16618 Bestman Drive402-298-8338
Red CloudGarden Designs By Kiley246 N Webster Street402-746-3121
SchuylerMoore’s Garden Center1522 Denver Street402-352-2344
ScottsbluffAbc Nursery805 W 27th Street308-632-6500
StantonPheasant Ridge NurseryRR 1 Box 113A402-439-2888
SyracusePlantman Garden Center404 3rd Street402-269-2694
WakefieldEaton’s Floral and Greenhouse706 Winter Street402-287-2622
WayneGarden Perennials85261 Highway 15402-375-3615
West PointWest Point Garden Center1980 Highway 275402-372-5631
YorkEarl May Nursery and Garden Center722 S Lincoln Avenue402-362-3394
YorkFaller Landscape and Nursery1502 Road M402-362-2714