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Utah Trees For Sale

The Blue Spruce thrives in The Beehive State, where the semi-arid climate is advantageous for the tree. The Blue Spruce is a medium to large sized evergreen, with blue-green waxy leaves. In the wild the Blue Spruce can grow up to 75 feet tall, though usual ornamental plants rarely exceed 50 feet. Considered a conical evergreen conifer, the Blue Spruce is Christmas-tree shaped, with the bottom branches generally scraping the ground. Although at lower risk for loss, the Blue Spruce is threatened by several pests and diseases, including two types of aphids. Although the Blue Spruce can make a fine addition to a Utahn backyard, the Utah grower has several tree varieties from which to consider when planting.

Due to its large size, semi-arid climate, and varied temperatures, the smart Utahn grower will need to consider the following:


Best Trees for Utah

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. Bloodgood Japanese Maple

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

  1. Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree

Ideal for bearing fruit, providing character, and moving between inside or outside.

  1. Tulip Poplar

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

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Utah

A state that without doubt deserves its millions of residents, Utah is continuing to attract new inhabitants from other parts of the United States. Although a boon for the local economy, new infrastructure can be invasive and annoying. Solutions exist for prying eyes and sound-producing highways. Trees that are cultivated to form protective barriers, better known as ‘privacy trees’ can be planted to afford the Utahn yard the solitude and peace it deserves.

Although there are many privacy trees the Utahn planter may plant, none is as fitting as the Willow Hybrid. The Willow Hybrid grow quickly, at upwards of 6 feet a year, and provides fast-growing privacy. Unlike many privacy tree species, the Willow Hybrid is not an evergreen but a subset of the willow, providing a unique barrier against intrusions of every kind. The Willow Hybrid is not the only option to choose from in STATE. Alternatively, consider the Thuja Green Giant or Juniper ‘Witchita Blue’.

Climate

Most of Utah lies in a semi-arid climate, with the western regions in the mountains often experiencing a multitude of climates. Summers are hot and winters are cold. summer temperatures vary throughout the state. Temperatures range from 85°F to 100°F throughout the region, though low humidity often leads to cooler evenings. Winters are cold and mountain regions can receive heavy snow. Utah’s most populated regions are at higher elevations, which causes colder temperatures. The record low for the state is -69°F set in 1985. The record high is 118° set in 2007.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Mivida soils cover more than 200,000 acres of Utah. Easy to irrigate, these soils are used for pasture and agriculture. Regardless of the property’s location in The     Beehive 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 is minimal in many parts of the state, where the sheltering effect of both the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Wasatch Mountains leave most of Utah in a rain shadow. The rain Utah does receive comes from the Pacific Ocean via a northeastern route. Lower elevations receive less rain, usually 12 inches or less on average annually. St. George and the Great Salt Lake Desert frequently receive less than 5 inches of rain annually. On the other hand, Salt Lake City receives upwards of 60 inches of rain annually. Snow can also be variable. Snow has been recorded in every month of the year in some mountain ranges, which can receive, on average 500 inches of snow annually. This has led to a large ski-industry. Other areas of the state receive a slightly more moderate amount, between 50 to 100 inches of snow annually.

Irrigation

With variable rainfall amounts and heavy snow, irrigation systems can be an effective method for controlling and dispersing water. Some systems can even use the winter snow as melted water in later, drier summer days. Consider a drip or sprinkler system to assist with water control. Newly  planted trees require consistent and adequate water management, and irrigation systems can be an efficient tool for this.

Growing Zones

Utah’s diverse landscape is home to eleven 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. Overall, temperatures are warmer in the south and cooler in the north and in higher elevations. In the south, both near Lake George and Lake Powell, temperatures are warmest, rarely dropping below 10°F. In some areas, temperatures may never drop below 20°F for extended time. Temperatures are coldest in the north, along the panhandle border area with Wyoming west of Logan. Here, temperatures may linger below -35°F for extended lengths of time. Central Utah is colder than its borders in both the east and west, and Salt Lake City falls into one of these moderate zones, where temperatures may drop to -15°F for a length of time.

Weather Damage

Thunderstorms and tornadoes are the most concerning natural weather disasters to occur in the area. Although thunderstorms are rare, they can be severe, touching down in the monsoon season between mid-July and mid-September. The drier soil of Utah often has difficulty in absorbing the heavy rainfall accompanied with the storm, which can lead to flash-flooding. Although tornadoes are uncommon and usually not deadly, the Salt Lake City Tornado of 1999 caused over $170,000,000.00 in damage. Plant trees away from powerlines and buildings, and near banks of streams and roads to ensure safety.

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

 

Utah Trees For Sale | The Tree Center™
American ForkCascade Shadows Garden Center383 S 500 E801-756-6061
BountifulJ and L Garden Center and Contracting620 N 500 W801-292-0421
Brigham CityAlpine Gardens1810 S Highway 89435-723-7748
DraperTimberline Gardens12401 S 300 E801-572-7777
ElsinoreBrooklyn Garden881 S Brooklyn Road435-527-4946
FairviewBirch Creek GardensRR 1 Box 32A435-462-3717
HinckleyBeaudine’s Nursery210 E 500 N435-864-5330
HurricaneLittle Valley Trees Lc2555 S 1500 W435-674-7769
KamasNole’s Nursery2365 N State Road 32435-783-4134
KamasWoodland Flowers2602 E State Road 35435-783-2903
KearnsMarvin’s Garden West2220 W 5400 S801-963-0945
LaytonEngh Flowers1701 N Main Street801-776-4490
LaytonJ and J Nursery and Garden Center1815 W Gentile Street801-544-1211
LindonLinden Nursery535 N State Street801-796-8576
LoganAnderson’s Seed and Garden Store69 W Center Street435-752-2345
LoganGreenhouse Garden Center295 W 300 S435-752-7923
LymanLate Bloomers325 S Center Street435-836-2288
MoabSunshine Gardens Nursery50 W 400 N435-259-2570
MurrayLambert Floral Spring Garden3910 S Redwood Road801-973-9158
MurrayWest Side Nursery397 W 6400 S801-262-8545
NephiKing’s Landscaping250 S Main Street435-623-3319
OgdenJerry’s Nursery and Garden Center1410 N 1900 W801-782-4149
OgdenLomond View Nursery304 W Pleasant View Drive801-782-0484
OgdenMoore Nursery and Floral4780 Old Post Road801-479-3250
OgdenOak Mountain Christmas Tree1121 E 1675 N801-786-1976
OgdenValley Nursery Inc6484 S 2000 E801-479-6060
OremCook’s Farm and Greenhouse1645 W 1600 N801-225-8271
OremSun River Gardens Inc1248 N State Street801-229-1975
OremVineyard Garden Center435 S Geneva Road801-225-4357
PaysonOlson’s Garden Shoppe1190 W 400 N801-465-4422
PriceCedar Hills Nursery140 N Cedar Hills Drive435-636-0663
PriceCedar Hills Nursery180 N Cedar Hills Drive435-637-3788
ProvoCascade Shadows 2490 S State Street801-377-4237
RichfieldAnderson Garden Center and Greenhouse170 N 400 W435-896-8555
RivertonWild Land Nursery12211 S 4000 W801-254-6258
RooseveltAllred’s Yard and Garden2210 E US Highway 40435-722-0898
RoyStangers Greenhouse and Garden3379 W 5600 S801-825-0803
SalemLaura K Garden Center1066 N State Road 198801-423-6436
Salt Lake CityAposhian Gardens and Floral6570 W 3500 S801-250-9692
Salt Lake CityBen’s House of Bonsai1625 E 6400 S801-278-9555
Salt Lake CityC D Nursery1733 Catherine Street801-536-5497
Salt Lake CityGarden Spot and Nursery5025 Highland Drive801-274-2533
Salt Lake CityHomestead Nursery1720 E 6400 S801-277-5993
Salt Lake CityLouise Gardens1550 W 800 S801-973-8414
Salt Lake CityMillcreek Gardens3500 S 900 E801-487-4131
Salt Lake CityMitchell’s Nursery and Gifts2184 E 3300 S801-486-2059
Salt Lake CityTraces Inc1432 S 1100 E801-467-9544
Salt Lake CityWard and Child-Garden Store678 S 700 E801-595-6622
Salt Lake CityWestern Garden Center550 S 600 E801-364-7871
SandyMitchell’s Nursery and Gifts1220 E 7800 S801-561-9380
SandyTuscan Garden Works9653 S 500 W801-233-9434
SandyWasatch Shadows Nursery Inc9295 S 255 W801-566-0608
SandyWestern Garden Center9201 S 1300 E801-571-9241
St GeorgeLillywhite’s Plant World352 E Riverside Drive #C4435-628-8004
SyracuseStoker’s Nursery and Greenhouse2050 S 1000 W801-825-7676
TooeleKoeven Greenhouses1050 N Main Street435-882-7696
TremontonWalton’s Valley Nursery4565 W 11200 N435-257-5041
VernalRoyal Blooms1260 W 3000 S435-789-7777
WashingtonStar Nursery385 W Telegraph Street435-986-0820
West JordanBland’s Nursery8630 Redwood Road801-561-1321
West JordanGlover Nursery9275 S 1300 W801-562-5496
West ValleyBruschke’s Greenhouse5507 W 3500 S801-966-2241
West ValleyOakbridge Greenhouse and Floral4740 W 3500 S801-968-4632
West ValleyWestern Garden Center4050 W 4100 S801-968-4711
WillardWillard Bay Gardens7095 S Highway 89435-723-1834
Woods CrossWuthrich’s Center St Greenhouse360 N 800 W801-295-8960
Woods CrossWuthrich’s West Bountiful360 N 800 W801-295-8984