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Rhode Island Trees For Sale

Buying Trees and Shrubs in Rhode IslandThe Ocean State is the smallest state in the United States. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean’s coast, Rhode Island is home to one of the most common deciduous trees, the Red Maple, which is also known by the names Swamp, Water, and Soft Maple. Found throughout eastern North American, the Red Maple is relatively small, reaching only 49 feet at the height of maturity. Most characteristics of the tree are red to varying degrees, from its flowers to its twigs. The distinct autumn throughout New England offers the Red Maple its opportunity to shine as the red foliage can dominate deciduous forests. The Rhode Island planter may well consider the Red Maple for planting in the yard; however, there are hundreds of other varieties of tree from which to choose.

Due to its small size, coastal weather, and varied temperatures, the smart Rhode Island grower will need to consider the following:

Best Trees for Rhode Island

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.

  1. October Glory Maple

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

  1. Meyer Lemon Tree

Ideal for bearing fruit for delicious, edible profits, color, and adaptable qualities.

  1. Autumn Purple Ash

Ideal for providing unique fall colors, shade, climate tolerance.

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Rhode Island

New developments throughout the United States mean more infrastructure, more people, and more invasion of privacy. The residents of Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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.


Despite its small size, Rhode Island sits amidst the transition zone between two distinct climates: humid subtropical and humid continental climates. Temperatures are moderated by the state’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, which tends to cool summer temperatures while warming winter ones. Even still, the record high temperature was recorded in 1975 at 104°F. The record low is more reasonable, standing at -23°F since 1996. Typically, temperatures linger in the low to mid80s in summer, and temperatures hover near 20°F in winter.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Fertile Narragansett soils cover 12,000 acres of the smallest state, assisting in the production of corn, hay, and vegetables. Regardless of the property’s location in The Ocean State, 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 squeezed soil holds its squeezed shape. If you poke it, the soil will still hold its squeezed shape. You have CLAY.
2. The squeezed soil holds its squeezed shape. However, when you poke it the squeezed soil collapses. Congratulations, you have LOAM.
3. The soil collapses as soon 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

In Rhode Island it precipitates on average 116 days of the year, which is slightly above the United States average of 100 days. 46.8 inches of rain, on average, hit Rhode Island, and mild temperatures do nothing to diminish snowfall, which averages 33.7 inches annually across the state. Precipitation is moderately constant throughout the year, with large increases seen in the early spring, primarily March, with average monthly rainfall increases from a little over 3 inches to 5 inches.


The best way to capitalize on heavy spring rains is through the judicious use of irrigation systems. Irrigation systems simply help to conserve and direct water use, benefiting both irrigation system owner and user. Drip or sprinkler irrigation systems can be beneficial at moderating water use, directing the low-pressure water to disperse at regular intervals. Newly planted trees benefit from irrigation systems, as the stress of transplantation can be detrimental to new growth.

Growing Zones

Despite being the smallest state in the nation, Rhode Island is home to four distinct 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. Closest to the ocean, especially those regions southeast of Portsmouth and Newark bordering Massachusetts, areas are warmest. Temperatures here do not often drop below 0°F. Moving northwest across the state, temperature ranges cool, and in the northwestern corner temperatures can drop to as low as -15°F for extended periods.

Weather Damage

Rhode Island’s small size assists in protecting in from severe weather systems, which by sheer probability do not often hit the state; regardless, tropical storms, such as hurricanes, and occasional tornadoes have hit the state, often causing severe damage in the second densest population state. Plant trees away from power lines and small buildings, and remember trees can protect against erosion.Rhode Island State TreeScientific Name: Acer Rubrum
Common Name: Sugar MapleRhode Island State SoilNarragansett SoilRhode Island State FlagRhode Island State SealList Of Nurseries and Garden Centers in Rhode IslandIf 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 Rhode Island nursery or garden center. However, since we don’t actually live in Rhode Island 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.Alphabetical by City

Meadow Nursery
Sowams Nursery Inc
Sowams Nursery Inc
Potted Garden
Samuel Kinder and Brothers
Henry’s Fruit Center
Scenic Gardens
Umbrella Factory Gardens
Central Nurseries Farm Inc
Confreda Gardens
Hattoy’s Nursery and Garden Center
Casino Greenhouses Inc
Fire House Nursery and Garden
Pippin Orchard Nurseries Inc
Warwick Nurseries Inc
Dream Acres Nursery
Grigs Country Nursery
Briarbrook Farm
John’s Flowers
Bald Hill Nurseries Inc
GA Decoster Growers
A Way Nurseries
Good Earth
B and B Johnston Agway
Jacavone Garden Center
Nature’s Way Nurseries
Gladview Greenhouse
Lincoln Gardens
Windy Hill Nurseries
Boulevard Nurseries Inc
Chaves Gardens Inc
Hoogendoorn Nurseries Inc
Moore Blooms
Rhode Island Nurseries Inc
Spruce Acres
Bald Hill Garden Center
Freeborn’s Emporium and Garden
Little Tree Farm and Gardens
Little Tree Farm Workshop
Scituate Nurseries
Homestead Gardens and Gifts
Leeway True Value Hardware
Agway Inc
Briggs Flowers Inc
Chase Farms Inc
Island Garden Shop
Mello’s Flower Center
Plane View Nursery
Potting Shed
Van Hof Nurseries
Wicks Nurseries Inc
Rose Shack
Twin River Nursery
Conway’s Nursery
Matt’s Farm and Garden
Clark Farms Garden Center
Farmer’s Daughter
Stewart Nursery Co
Choppy’s Garden and Nursery Inc
Airport Nursery
Central Nurseries Inc
Confreda Farms and Produce
Greenwood Nurseries Inc
Vineyard Road Landscape
West Shore Road Garden Center
Holly Ridge Nursery and Landscaping
Broadview Garden Gift and Floral
Patceez Garden Center
Woody Hill Gardens311 Sowams Road
82 Sowams Road
91 Sowams Road
10 State Street
162 Poppasquash Road
5319 Old Post Road
4909 Old Post Road #B
4820 Post Road
47 Victory Hwy #C
1205 Tiogue Avenue
315 Blackrock Road
640 Dyer Avenue
24 Spring Meadow Court
1199 Pippin Orchard Road
261 Warwick Avenue
526 Diamond Hill Road
727 Nate Whipple Hwy
2693 S County Triangle
5857 Post Road
90 Ten Rod Road
76 Cucumber Hill Road #A
565 Joslin Road
1800 Scituate Avenue
1340 Hartford Avenue
1461 Atwood Avenue
2953 Hartford Avenue
2 Reservoir Road
1688 Louisquisset Pike
52 W Main Road
1105 E Main Road
935 E Main Road
408 Turner Road
577 Green End Avenue
736 E Main Road
1286 E Main Road
50 S County Triangle
917 Ten Rod Road
7470 Post Road
7500 Post Road
767 Hartford Pike
200 Industrial Drive
790 Great Road
1348 E Main Road
2211 E Main Road
1681 W Main Road
54 Bristol Ferry Road
444 Boyds Lane
770 Wapping Road
711 Union Street
54 Bristol Ferry Road
219 Moitoza Lane
2363 Tower Hill Road
31 Douglas Pike
3941 Main Road
3572 Main Road
711 Kingstown Road
716 Mooresfield Road
61 Tuckertown Road
379 Market Street
541 Main Avenue
4 Riverdale Court
461 Pavilion Avenue
2826 Post Road
303 Vineyard Road
1084 W Shore Road
895 Liberty Lane
5 Langworthy Road
165 Ashaway Road
55 S Woody Hill Road401-245-2664