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What Trees to Buy for Your Landscape This Year?

Best Trees To Buy This Year

Are you considering purchasing some trees this year? Let us help you choose the right tree for your landscaping. The Barn Nursery's landscape architects and horticulturalists have put together a list of their top trees to buy this year. Our team created this list while looking at the following criteria:

  1. Pricing & Availability: We believe every purchase should offer the biggest bang for your buck! The choices below are offered in sizes for every budget.
  2. Hardiness: All of the choices below are hardy for our area and proven growers in N. Illinois.
  3. Beauty & Function: Performs by adding beauty through it's blooms, bark, or foliage along with functioning as a privacy screen, shade tree, or specimen tree for the landscape.
  4. Pest & Disease Resistance: Easy to maintain, no major pest or disease issues.
Here are some great options for shade, ornamental, and evergreen trees that we typically stock at The Barn Nursery. Feel free to click on the tree name to learn more about each variety and to download a printable PDF on the tree. Read about more of the best trees for the landscape here.

1. Riversii Beech: The Riversii is a European Beech that is known for it's unusual color and long, glossy purple leaves. Great shade tree. Foliage emerges deep purple in spring, fades to purple green in summer and finally turns copper in autumn. Deer resistant. Prefers excellent soil and drainage. Likes cool roots, think Eastern Exposure with full sun. Up to 60' tall.


2. Green Giant Arborvitae: This "thuja" or arborvitae tops our Landscape Team's list of most reliable evergreen trees. Why? It's deer resistant, very fast growing, offers vibrant green year round color and is disease resistant. Good option for those on a budget because they can be purchased small and will grow to maturity quickly. Choose the Green Giant for privacy and screening. Only slightly shade tolerant, it should get at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.


3. Firebird Crabapple: This dwarf ornamental crabapple has the most persistent fruit, which means the fruit stays on longer, and it usually eaten by birds beore falling off. This attribute makes the Firebird a very clean crabapple. It's small unique size and white flowers in the spring make it a lovely addition to any landscape. This species is also one of the most disease resistent crabapples available. Grown locally, it is also a low cost acquisition to your landscape.


4. Purple Prince Crabapple: This mid-size ornamental tree grows to about 20'x20' making it an option for shade as well as an ornamental tree. Vibrant Pink flowers and purple leaves make this variety a showstopper! Very low maintence and low cost tree.


5. Frontier Elm: A unique elm for it's bright red fall color. This elm is very disease resistent, including reistance to Dutch Elm Disease. Good option if you need a slightly smaller shade tree. Grows to 40' tall and 30' wide.


6. Skyline Honeylocust:   A tall shade tree recognized for small, ferny leaves. More tall than wide, a good choice when for homeowners looking for height in a skinny spot. Great gold fall color. The Skyline creates canopy of cooling light shade for your home and outdoor living spaces. As it grows, keep trimming off the lower branches. It can become a stunning shade tree.


7. Bloodgood Japanese Maple: A beautiful red upright growing ornamental tree. Probably the most popular specimen tree. Stays small and is a very slow grower. Prefers a protected area with good soil and drainage. Prefers 6-8 hours of sun per day.


8. Autumn Blaze Maple: The Autumn Blaze is one of the most popular shade trees in our area. It is a fast growing shade tree that can grow in almost any soil conditions, including the clay that tends to appear in our part of N. Illinois. This tree is prized for its amazing bright red fall color. VERY rapid grower!


9. Paperbark Maple: The Paperbark is one of our favorite maples! It's pretty peeling bark makes it beautiful, even in winter. It is also a smaller size maple and is frequently found in a clump form (multi-stem). Great alternative for homeowners looking for something unusual.


10. Regal Petticoat Maple: This Maple has undergone rigorous testing to verify it's hardiness, soil adaptability, disease, pest susceptibility, salt and drought. All this and it's beautiful too! Great choice for diversity in your landscape. A Canadian native, so very hardy in Northern Illinois. Requires good soil and drainage.


11. Swamp White Oak: The oak tree is our National Tree and well known for it large size.  A fast growing Oak, the Swamp White Oak has a pretty copper fall color and is a very hardy tree, tolerant of most soil conditions. Will grow anywhere! Excellent Choice if you have the space.


12. Exclamation London Planetree:  The planetree is a less commonly used tree in the area, but a good alternative to maples and oaks. Very large, with a pyramidal shape.


13. Norway Spruce: The Norway Spruce is the best option for a hardy, easy to grow, disease resistant spruce tree. Green needles remain all year so the Norway is commonly used for privacy. Gets to 60' tall by 25' wide or more!


14. Blackhaw Viburnum: The Blackhaw Viburnum is a deciduous ornamental tree that goes to 20 feet tall and makes a great hedge or mass planting. It has small white flowers, glossy leaves and outstanding fall color.


 The Barn Nursery has been designing and installing beautiful landscapes throughout Northern Illinois for over 50 years. Our talented landscape architects and landscape designers will work with you to design a privacy berm, front yard landscape design, whatever meets the needs of your family. Learn more about our landscape design services by clicking here.

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