Rhode Island Trees For Sale

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The 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:

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

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.

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 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.


Rhode Island Trees For Sale | The Tree Center™
BarringtonMeadow Nursery311 Sowams Road401-245-2664
BarringtonSowams Nursery Inc82 Sowams Road401-245-8969
BarringtonSowams Nursery Inc91 Sowams Road401-247-1054
BristolPotted Garden10 State Street401-253-5595
BristolSamuel Kinder and Brothers162 Poppasquash Road401-253-3347
CharlestownHenry’s Fruit Center5319 Old Post Road401-322-7335
CharlestownScenic Gardens4909 Old Post Road #B401-364-6580
CharlestownUmbrella Factory Gardens4820 Post Road401-364-9166
ChepachetCentral Nurseries Farm Inc47 Victory Hwy #C401-568-1810
CoventryConfreda Gardens1205 Tiogue Avenue401-828-5068
CoventryHattoy’s Nursery and Garden Center315 Blackrock Road401-821-5549
CranstonCasino Greenhouses Inc640 Dyer Avenue401-942-1532
CranstonFire House Nursery and Garden24 Spring Meadow Court401-942-6866
CranstonPippin Orchard Nurseries Inc1199 Pippin Orchard Road401-828-0358
CranstonWarwick Nurseries Inc261 Warwick Avenue401-781-3700
CumberlandDream Acres Nursery526 Diamond Hill Road401-333-5338
CumberlandGrigs Country Nursery727 Nate Whipple Hwy401-333-6044
East GreenwichBriarbrook Farm2693 S County Triangle401-884-2066
East GreenwichJohn’s Flowers5857 Post Road401-884-5758
ExeterBald Hill Nurseries Inc90 Ten Rod Road401-294-9100
FosterGA Decoster Growers76 Cucumber Hill Road #A401-392-3600
HarrisvilleA Way Nurseries565 Joslin Road401-568-3701
HopeGood Earth1800 Scituate Avenue401-826-3130
JohnstonB and B Johnston Agway1340 Hartford Avenue401-421-0688
JohnstonJacavone Garden Center1461 Atwood Avenue401-351-9554
JohnstonNature’s Way Nurseries2953 Hartford Avenue401-949-5700
LincolnGladview Greenhouse2 Reservoir Road401-765-5700
LincolnLincoln Gardens1688 Louisquisset Pike401-722-2722
Little ComptonWindy Hill Nurseries52 W Main Road401-635-4888
MiddletownBoulevard Nurseries Inc1105 E Main Road401-846-1263
MiddletownChaves Gardens Inc935 E Main Road401-846-0623
MiddletownHoogendoorn Nurseries Inc408 Turner Road401-847-3405
MiddletownMoore Blooms577 Green End Avenue401-848-2096
MiddletownRhode Island Nurseries Inc736 E Main Road401-846-0721
MiddletownSpruce Acres1286 E Main Road401-847-7854
North KingstownBald Hill Garden Center50 S County Triangle401-295-2839
North KingstownFreeborn’s Emporium and Garden917 Ten Rod Road401-294-1090
North KingstownLittle Tree Farm and Gardens7470 Post Road401-294-4148
North KingstownLittle Tree Farm Workshop7500 Post Road401-294-3600
North ScituateScituate Nurseries767 Hartford Pike401-934-0581
North SmithfieldHomestead Gardens and Gifts200 Industrial Drive401-765-4847
North SmithfieldLeeway True Value Hardware790 Great Road401-765-2222
PortsmouthAgway Inc1348 E Main Road401-683-1203
PortsmouthBriggs Flowers Inc2211 E Main Road401-683-4644
PortsmouthChase Farms Inc1681 W Main Road401-683-1510
PortsmouthIsland Garden Shop54 Bristol Ferry Road401-683-2231
PortsmouthMello’s Flower Center444 Boyds Lane401-683-6262
PortsmouthPlane View Nursery770 Wapping Road401-849-2464
PortsmouthPotting Shed711 Union Street401-847-2183
PortsmouthVan Hof Nurseries54 Bristol Ferry Road401-683-0538
PortsmouthWicks Nurseries Inc219 Moitoza Lane401-849-9429
SaunderstownRose Shack2363 Tower Hill Road401-294-6088
SmithfieldTwin River Nursery31 Douglas Pike401-231-3440
TivertonConway’s Nursery3941 Main Road401-624-8222
TivertonMatt’s Farm and Garden3572 Main Road401-624-6888
WakefieldClark Farms Garden Center711 Kingstown Road401-783-8844
WakefieldFarmer’s Daughter716 Mooresfield Road401-792-1340
WakefieldStewart Nursery Co61 Tuckertown Road401-783-2631
WarrenChoppy’s Garden and Nursery Inc379 Market Street401-245-2227
WarwickAirport Nursery541 Main Avenue401-463-3255
WarwickCentral Nurseries Inc4 Riverdale Court401-828-0418
WarwickConfreda Farms and Produce461 Pavilion Avenue401-827-5000
WarwickGreenwood Nurseries Inc2826 Post Road401-737-4380
WarwickVineyard Road Landscape303 Vineyard Road401-732-2353
WarwickWest Shore Road Garden Center1084 W Shore Road401-739-8889
West KingstonHolly Ridge Nursery and Landscaping895 Liberty Lane401-782-1270
WesterlyBroadview Garden Gift and Floral5 Langworthy Road401-322-0390
WesterlyPatceez Garden Center165 Ashaway Road401-377-4825
WesterlyWoody Hill Gardens55 S Woody Hill Road401-322-1682