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Washington Trees For Sale

The Evergreen State chose, not surprisingly, the Western Hemlock as its state tree. The Western Hemlock is an evergreen coniferous tree, which often stretches towards heights between 165 and 230 feet; although, some specimens have been found exceeding this height, reaching 270 feet tall. Native to the west coast of North American between Sonoma Valley and Alaska, the Western Hemlock is well-distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest, where its existence is a sign of health. Used for its timber, the Western Hemlock is valuable; oftentimes, though, residents will choose to plant the Western Hemlock as an ornamental tree in gardens throughout the region. Despite the appeal of the Western Hemlock, there are hundreds of tree varieties from which to choose for Washington’s tree planters.

Due to its large size, coastal weather, and varied temperatures, the smart Washingtonian grower will need to consider the following:


Best Trees for Washington

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. Cold Hardy Avocado

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

  1. Muskogee Crape

Ideal for mildew resistance, fragrant lavender blooms, and fast-growing height.

Fast Growing Privacy Trees in Washington

A state that without doubt deserves its millions of residents, Washington 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 Washingtonian yard the solitude and peace it deserves.

Although there are many privacy trees Washington 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 Washington. Alternatively, consider the Thuja Green Giant or Juniper ‘Witchita Blue’.

Climate

Washington has two diverse climates, split between the eastern and western regions of the state. In the west, along the Pacific Ocean, the region is characterized by a west coast marine climate or oceanic climate. In the east, a semi-arid climate prevails. This is due, in large part, to the Cascade Mountains which travel down the center of the state. The mountains cause a rain shadow in the east, cooling moisture-laden air before it can cross the mountains peaks. The air then condenses and falls in the western regions of the state. Spring and summer is dry, due to anticyclone systems that spiral air clockwise. In the autumn and winter, a low pressure system takes over, and this brings a wetter season. The highest temperature recorded in Washington is 118°F. The coldest temperature recorded  is -48°F in the mountain ranges, though it has not fallen below 0°F in Seattle.

Soil Type

Most trees require well-drained soil rich with minerals to grow. Over 1,000,000 acres of Washington land is covered in Tokul soil. Tokul soils formed from volcanic ash, and are typically a gravelly loam. Valuable for lumber, crop, production, and grazing, the soil is a valuable asset to the region. Regardless of the property’s location in The Evergreen 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

Just as the climate systems are divergent in Washington, so too is precipitation. The western areas of the state receive the most rainfall of any of the 48 contiguous states, totaling as much as 160 inches. In the east, however, less than 6 inches of rainfall may fall. The mountain regions see heavy snowfall, sometimes as much as 200 inches.  The Olympic and Cascade Mountains are partially responsible for this extreme difference, causing a significant rain shadow in the east.

Irrigation

With such dramatic differences in precipitation throughout the state, irrigation can be an essential tool in appropriately distributing water needs. Newly planted trees require adequate water and sunshine to grow, and an irrigation system, such as a drip or sprinkler system, can be one way of providing consistent and controlled access to water. Search the property for either natural or manmade water systems, and if none exist, consider investing in a simply system to ensure the new tree’s success.

Growing Zones

Washington is home to ten 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. The zones generally move from east to west across the state. In the far southwest, temperatures are warmest, rarely dropping below 10°F; however, some small regions may never see temperatures below 25°F. Lower temperature ranges appear along the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, where temperatures may fall anywhere between zones 7b and 5b, between 10°F and -15°F. In the far southeast, temperatures remain relatively high, rarely dropping below 0°F for extended lengths of time. In the northeast portion of the state, temperatures are cooler, sometimes lingering as low as -25°F.

Weather Damage

The rainfall differences cause most of the weather damage in the state, with floods and droughts equally affecting the region. These are usually minimal and cause mild to moderate damage. Blizzards can also hit heavily in the mountainous areas of the state. Mount Baker is one of the snowiest places in the world, recording a world record for highest annual snowfall in a single season. In 1999, the mountain accumulated 1,140 inches of snow, or 95 feet. At lower elevations, snow is less severe. Approximately two-thirds of Washington state is forest, and trees of many varieties do well here.

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

 

Washington Trees For Sale | The Tree Center™
AmboyAldrich Berry Farm & NurseryP.O. Box 340360-247-8733
ArlingtonAlpine WildseedPO Box 277360-631-9788
ArlingtonArtemis Ridge Natives13015 246th Street N.E.360/435-9473
ArlingtonBankSavers Nursery26929 115th Ave NE800-663-4304
Bainbridge IslandBFI Native Seeds, LLC2105 Country View Lane NE206-387-5943
Battle GroundBriggs Nursery, Inc.12713 NE 184th St.360-687-5167
BellevueBlack Lake Organic Nursery15831 NE 8th St., Suite 100425-641-7577
BellinghamBurnt Ridge Orchards, Inc.5652 Sand Road360-592-2250
BellinghamClark’s Native Trees and ShrubsPO Box 5271360-715-9655
BellinghamCottage Lake Gardens5192 Aldrich Road360-384-3763
Benton CityThe Country Store & Gardens68911 River Road509-588-4328
BothellDerby Canyon NativesPO Box 23425-483-8108
BowDesert Jewels Nursery16564 Bradley Road360-757-1094
BremertonFancy Fronds3651 NE Loretta Lane360-649-8465
Camano IslandFar Pastures Nursery1440 Arrowhead Rd360-387-1358
ClarkstonFir Run Nursery908 Port Drive800-582-2070
ClintonFriendly Natives Plants and Design3443 E. French Road360-579-1770
ConnellFrosty Hollow Ecological Restoration4756 W. Highway 260800-995-0234
DavenportFourth Corner Nurseries1404 Fourth St.800-828-8873
Deer ParkGrassland West3226 W. Montgomery Rd.509-276-8278
EllensburgGreg Peterson1308 N Alder, #1509-933-3063
EnumclawHood Canal Nurseries31218 Se 408th St360-825-7051
Gig HarborInside Passage Seeds5919 78th Ave NW253-857-6808
Gold BarIsland Horticultural ServicesPO Box 1090360-793-1420
LangleyJudd Creek NurseryP.O. Box 53360-579-2332
LongviewL&H Seeds, Inc.2039 44th Avenue360-423-6456
Lummi IslandLandmark Seed Co.3679 Sunrise Rd.360-758-7260
LyleLewis River Reforestation620 State St.509-365-5222
Mill CreekMadrona NurseryPO Box 12486360-668-8755
Moses LakeMaxwelton Valley Gardens1145 S Jefferson Ave509-765-6348
Moses LakesMethow Natives6754 Partridge Dr. N.E.509-765-7946
MossyrockMicroseed Nursery190 Aldrich Road360-983-3138
OlympiaMilestone Nursery4407 Henderson Boulevard206-352-5405
OlympiaMsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery4711 Black Lake Blvd SW360-786-0537
OlympiaThe Northwest Gardener’s NurseryPO Box 7505360-352-4122
OlympiaNorthwest Native Nursery9805 Blomberg St.877-890-2626
OnalaskaNorthwest Native Seed432 Burnt Ridge Road360-985-2873
OnalaskaOlympic National Park Native Plant Nursery139 Kidd Creek Lane360-978-4504
PeshastinOlympic Nursery9750 Derby Canyon Rd.509-548-9404
Port AngelesPacific Natives and Ornamentals600 East Park Avenue360-565-3130
Port AngelesPark Place Gardens Nursery616 Shore Road360-457-1536
Port GamblePlantas Nativa, LLCPO Box 36360-638-2091
Port TownsendPlantas Nativa East, LLCP.O. Box 639800-361-9657
PoulsboPlants of the WildPOB 1422360-779-5002
PoulsboRainier Seeds, Inc.22370 Indianola Rd. NE360-598-3323
PuyallupRaven Nursery15102 91st Ave Ct. E.253-848-4731
RidgefieldRimrock Nursery7207 NW 291st St.360-887-4477
RochesterRochester Greenhouse7935 Highway 12 SW360-273-5527
RoyRosso Wholesale Nursery317 James St.253-843-2246
SeattleShore Road Nursery802 37th Ave206-323-8325
SeattleSilvaseed Company, Inc.915 Davis Place S206-329-5804
SeattleSound Native Plants, Inc.PO Box 80345800-832-1888
ShorelineSpring Creek Nursery20312 15th Ave NW206-546-1281
SnohomishStorm Lake Growers21809 89th Street SE360-794-4842
SpokaneSun Gro Horticultural Distribution, Inc.9809 E. Upriver Dr.509/893-3771
SpokaneSunbreak NurseryN. 120 Wall St., Suite 400800-268-1080
SpokaneTadpole Haven Native Plants5511 S. Dorset509-688-3426
TekoaTree Frog Farm, Inc.PO Box 866509-284-2848
TwispTreez, Inc.303 Twisp River Road509-997-0273
VashonViewcrest Nurseries20211 Vashon Hwy SW206-463-3655
VashonWACD Plant Center20929 111th Avenue SW206-463-9641
West RichlandWabash Farms223 Mt. Adams View Dr.509/967-5913
WinthropWatershed Garden Works19 Aspen Lane509-996-3562
WoodinvilleWebster Forest Nursery17301 191st Avenue NE425/788-1952
WoodinvilleWildlands Nursery16507 140th Pl NE800-570-8883
WoodinvilleWindy Ridge Tree Farm20322 197th Ave. N.E.425-788-6100
WoodlandWoodbrook Native Plant Nursery1203 NW Hayes Road360-225-6357