North Dakota Trees For Sale

North Dakota is known by many nicknames, including the Peace Garden State. Here in the Upper Midwest of the United States, the American Elm has been identified as the state tree. The American Elm is native to North American, frequently found throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada. Although Dutch Elm disease has done much to harm the species, the American Elm is hardy and tolerant, surviving well in places where the temperatures drop as low as -42°F.   The American Elm is deciduous, hermaphroditic, and tall, reaching well over 100 feet. Although the American Elm grows well throughout North Dakota, the North Dakotan grower has several varieties of tree to choose from when considering planting.

Due to its Upper Midwest geography, distinct seasons, and large size, the smart North Dakotan grower will need to consider the following:

Best Trees for North Dakota

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. Hybrid Poplar

Ideal for providing fast-growing shade, year-round beauty, and disease resistance.

  1. October Glory Maple

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

  1. Everbearing Strawberry

Ideal for bearing fruit, providing color, and delicious, edible profits.

  1. Twilight Crape Myrtle

Ideal for providing stunning year-round color, ornamental qualities, drought tolerance.

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in North Dakota

As property in North Dakota 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 North Dakota, 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 North Dakota, 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.


North Dakota is the 19th largest state, and sits in the center of North America. North Dakota experiences some of the most diverse seasons in the United States, and it is general split into two climatic regions straight down the state. In the east, the state has a humid continental climate with hot, at times humid summers and cold, windy winters. In the west, the state has a semi-arid climate, and both summers and winters are drier, though temperatures remain consistent. Winters can be quite cold, and temperatures drop to as low as -60°F with frequent blizzards. On the other hand, summers remain hot and 120°F temperatures are rare, but possible.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Williams soil covers over 2.2 million North Dakotan acres. Economically valuable, Williams soil is idea for growing all manner of crops, including wheat, barley, and oats. Since grass grows well, much of North Dakota is used as grazing pasture for cattle and livestock. Regardless of the property’s location in The Peace Garden 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

North Dakota is far from any source of moisture, the closest water body being Lake Superior. As such, precipitation in the form of rain is moderate to low. In the east, rainfall totals on average 22 inches annually. In the drier west, rainfall remains lower at 14 inches annually. Snowfall is heavier in the winter, and it has snowed in North Dakota in every month but July and August. Blizzards, hail, sleet, and snow have all been known to fall, though the totals are low due to low elevations. The northeast and southwest regions of the state see on average 38 inches of snowfall, while central regions of the state may only see 26 inches of snowfall.


In a state with minimal and inconsistent forms of precipitation, such as North Dakota, irrigation systems can be essential for successful tree growth. Newly planted trees require consistent and controlled access to water, as the stress of transplantation can cause damage to the root and transport systems of the tree. Use of a drip or sprinkler irrigation system can be effective at managing water availability for your new trees.

Growing Zones

North Dakota is home to four unique growing zones, due in large part to its size and lack of geographical anomalies. 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. The southern and eastern areas of the state experience the higher temperature ranges, which can still drop to between -25°F and -30°F for extended periods. Most of the rest of the state falls into zone 3b, where low extended temperatures range from -30°F to   -35°F. In the north central region, northwest of Rugby and northeast of Minot, temperatures drop to between -35°F and -40°F.

Weather Damage

Tornadoes and blizzards are the most common severe weather systems to affect the North Dakota region. The number of tornadoes varies widely from year to year; in 2013, North Dakota measured 16 tornadoes, in 2012 the state measured 9 tornadoes, and in 2011 the state measured 59 tornadoes. Blizzards are more common, occurring almost annually. Though snow totals can be minimal, heavy winds usually accompany most storms.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 North Dakota nursery or garden center. However, since we don’t actually live in North Dakota 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.


North Dakota Trees For Sale | The Tree Center™
BaldwinBaldwin Greenhouse and Garden1725 201st Avenue NE701-255-0736
BismarckCashman Nursery and Landscaping3400 E Main Avenue701-222-3333
BismarckPlant PerfectHighway 83 N701-258-1742
BismarckTrees N More903 E Front Avenue701-255-3086
BurlingtonDes Lacs Valley Nursery9050 Project Rd S701-839-5217
DickinsonDacotah Garden Center1110 3rd Avenue W701-225-8854
EmeradoJ and G Garden Center1811 24th Street NE701-594-9727
FargoBaker Nursery Gardens2733 S University Drive701-237-6255
FargoGarden Elegance5508 53rd Avenue SW701-282-4449
GarrisonGiffey’s Yard and Garden Center Inc4920 15th Street NW701-463-7445
GraftonGrafton Floral-Moe’s Yard Care945 Summit Avenue701-352-2241
Grand ForksAll Seasons Garden Center5101 S Washington Street701-746-7777
HankinsonValley Tree Service9810 County Road 21701-242-8733
HarwoodSheyenne Gardens17010 29th Street SE701-282-0050
JamestownDon’s Garden Center1602 Business Loop E701-252-0989
MandanFaulkner’s Market2309 Memorial Highway701-663-9223
MandanPaula’s Plants3028 Memorial Highway701-663-8099
MayvilleBloomersHighway 200701-788-4227
MinotDakota Valley Tree Farms10311 County Road 15 W701-725-4485
MinotLowe’s Garden Center1620 4th Avenue NE701-838-2868
TaylorTaylor Nursery3519 94th Avenue SW701-974-3535
Valley CityCenex Garden Shop722 W Main Street701-845-1174
Valley CityPine Country Nursery911 E Main Street701-845-5550
Valley CityWagar Nursery Inc1127 11th Avenue SW701-845-0233
West FargoFarmers Market349 Main Avenue E701-281-1539
WillistonWildrose Nursery2202 6th Avenue E701-572-7915