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:
- Soil Type
- Average Precipitation
- Growing Zones
- Weather Damage
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:
- Royal Empress Trees
Ideal for providing fast-growing shade, year-round beauty, and drought resistance.
- Bloodgood Japanese Maple
Ideal for adding color, providing ornamental beauty, and no-hassle maintenance.
- Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree
Ideal for bearing fruit, providing character, and moving between inside or outside.
- 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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|American Fork||Cascade Shadows Garden Center||383 S 500 E||801-756-6061|
|Bountiful||J and L Garden Center and Contracting||620 N 500 W||801-292-0421|
|Brigham City||Alpine Gardens||1810 S Highway 89||435-723-7748|
|Draper||Timberline Gardens||12401 S 300 E||801-572-7777|
|Elsinore||Brooklyn Garden||881 S Brooklyn Road||435-527-4946|
|Fairview||Birch Creek Gardens||RR 1 Box 32A||435-462-3717|
|Hinckley||Beaudine’s Nursery||210 E 500 N||435-864-5330|
|Hurricane||Little Valley Trees Lc||2555 S 1500 W||435-674-7769|
|Kamas||Nole’s Nursery||2365 N State Road 32||435-783-4134|
|Kamas||Woodland Flowers||2602 E State Road 35||435-783-2903|
|Kearns||Marvin’s Garden West||2220 W 5400 S||801-963-0945|
|Layton||Engh Flowers||1701 N Main Street||801-776-4490|
|Layton||J and J Nursery and Garden Center||1815 W Gentile Street||801-544-1211|
|Lindon||Linden Nursery||535 N State Street||801-796-8576|
|Logan||Anderson’s Seed and Garden Store||69 W Center Street||435-752-2345|
|Logan||Greenhouse Garden Center||295 W 300 S||435-752-7923|
|Lyman||Late Bloomers||325 S Center Street||435-836-2288|
|Moab||Sunshine Gardens Nursery||50 W 400 N||435-259-2570|
|Murray||Lambert Floral Spring Garden||3910 S Redwood Road||801-973-9158|
|Murray||West Side Nursery||397 W 6400 S||801-262-8545|
|Nephi||King’s Landscaping||250 S Main Street||435-623-3319|
|Ogden||Jerry’s Nursery and Garden Center||1410 N 1900 W||801-782-4149|
|Ogden||Lomond View Nursery||304 W Pleasant View Drive||801-782-0484|
|Ogden||Moore Nursery and Floral||4780 Old Post Road||801-479-3250|
|Ogden||Oak Mountain Christmas Tree||1121 E 1675 N||801-786-1976|
|Ogden||Valley Nursery Inc||6484 S 2000 E||801-479-6060|
|Orem||Cook’s Farm and Greenhouse||1645 W 1600 N||801-225-8271|
|Orem||Sun River Gardens Inc||1248 N State Street||801-229-1975|
|Orem||Vineyard Garden Center||435 S Geneva Road||801-225-4357|
|Payson||Olson’s Garden Shoppe||1190 W 400 N||801-465-4422|
|Price||Cedar Hills Nursery||140 N Cedar Hills Drive||435-636-0663|
|Price||Cedar Hills Nursery||180 N Cedar Hills Drive||435-637-3788|
|Provo||Cascade Shadows 2||490 S State Street||801-377-4237|
|Richfield||Anderson Garden Center and Greenhouse||170 N 400 W||435-896-8555|
|Riverton||Wild Land Nursery||12211 S 4000 W||801-254-6258|
|Roosevelt||Allred’s Yard and Garden||2210 E US Highway 40||435-722-0898|
|Roy||Stangers Greenhouse and Garden||3379 W 5600 S||801-825-0803|
|Salem||Laura K Garden Center||1066 N State Road 198||801-423-6436|
|Salt Lake City||Aposhian Gardens and Floral||6570 W 3500 S||801-250-9692|
|Salt Lake City||Ben’s House of Bonsai||1625 E 6400 S||801-278-9555|
|Salt Lake City||C D Nursery||1733 Catherine Street||801-536-5497|
|Salt Lake City||Garden Spot and Nursery||5025 Highland Drive||801-274-2533|
|Salt Lake City||Homestead Nursery||1720 E 6400 S||801-277-5993|
|Salt Lake City||Louise Gardens||1550 W 800 S||801-973-8414|
|Salt Lake City||Millcreek Gardens||3500 S 900 E||801-487-4131|
|Salt Lake City||Mitchell’s Nursery and Gifts||2184 E 3300 S||801-486-2059|
|Salt Lake City||Traces Inc||1432 S 1100 E||801-467-9544|
|Salt Lake City||Ward and Child-Garden Store||678 S 700 E||801-595-6622|
|Salt Lake City||Western Garden Center||550 S 600 E||801-364-7871|
|Sandy||Mitchell’s Nursery and Gifts||1220 E 7800 S||801-561-9380|
|Sandy||Tuscan Garden Works||9653 S 500 W||801-233-9434|
|Sandy||Wasatch Shadows Nursery Inc||9295 S 255 W||801-566-0608|
|Sandy||Western Garden Center||9201 S 1300 E||801-571-9241|
|St George||Lillywhite’s Plant World||352 E Riverside Drive #C4||435-628-8004|
|Syracuse||Stoker’s Nursery and Greenhouse||2050 S 1000 W||801-825-7676|
|Tooele||Koeven Greenhouses||1050 N Main Street||435-882-7696|
|Tremonton||Walton’s Valley Nursery||4565 W 11200 N||435-257-5041|
|Vernal||Royal Blooms||1260 W 3000 S||435-789-7777|
|Washington||Star Nursery||385 W Telegraph Street||435-986-0820|
|West Jordan||Bland’s Nursery||8630 Redwood Road||801-561-1321|
|West Jordan||Glover Nursery||9275 S 1300 W||801-562-5496|
|West Valley||Bruschke’s Greenhouse||5507 W 3500 S||801-966-2241|
|West Valley||Oakbridge Greenhouse and Floral||4740 W 3500 S||801-968-4632|
|West Valley||Western Garden Center||4050 W 4100 S||801-968-4711|
|Willard||Willard Bay Gardens||7095 S Highway 89||435-723-1834|
|Woods Cross||Wuthrich’s Center St Greenhouse||360 N 800 W||801-295-8960|
|Woods Cross||Wuthrich’s West Bountiful||360 N 800 W||801-295-8984|