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Large Trees for Sale at Nature Hills Nursery
Looking for a large tree to fill your bare landscape? You’re in the right place. From colored and flowering to rustic and natural, you’ll find an assortment of large, mature trees for sale at Nature Hills Nursery.Find the Perfect Large Tree for Your Landscape
Find the perfect large tree for your landscape starts by determining your USDA growing zone. Enter your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on any product page.
Once you know your planting zone, you can filter your large tree selection by USDA growing zones, sun exposure levels, height, spread and other options.
Family-owned and operated since 2001, Nature Hills Nursery prides itself on meeting the needs of customers with an ever-growing collection of online plants backed by our product guarantee and protected by Plant Sentry™. Plant Sentry™ helps ensure regulated plant materials aren’t shipped to areas where they are prohibited.
All our large trees are delivered safely to your home with instructions on planting, care and storage. You’ll also get tracking information so you can track your new tree right to your doorstep. Place your order with confidence, knowing you’ll have exactly what you need for your new tree to succeed.Large Tree FAQ
What is the biggest tree you can plant?
We have some pretty big trees for sale here at Nature Hills Nursery. You’ll find tall and thin trees to create a forest-like landscape as well as large and wide trees for a nice front yard accent.
Some of the biggest trees you can plant include:
- Southern Live Oak: This long-living tree is a well-known, dependable shade tree that grows in zones 8 to 10. This tree can grow up to 50 to 80 feet in height and can spread from 70 to 90 feet. That’s a big tree.
- Longleaf Pine: Looking for a taller, thinner tree? This one's for you. This amazing tree grows up to 100 feet and spreads 30 to 40 feet. You’ll also see impressive pinecones around 10 inches in length. Add this tree to your landscape to start a legacy.
Can I buy mature trees?
Looking for mature trees for sale? We offer large container trees so your tree can start filling your yard the moment it arrives. This is a good starting point for any landscape. Here are our favorite trees we sell in large containers.
- Dawn Redwood: This historic, massive tree is a long-living beauty. We offer a #25 container, which houses trees that are about 10 to12 feet tall. This tree grows to 50 to 90 feet tall, making a gorgeous statement in any landscape.
- Autumn Gold Ginkgo: This extremely low-maintenance tree is truly breathtaking. You can purchase this tree in a #20 container, which houses trees that are about 8 to 10 feet tall. Once fully grown, this tree will be around 40 to 50 feet tall. Just wait till you see this gorgeous tree in the fall — the gold leaves glow.
What is the world’s largest tree?
The largest tree in the world is the General Sherman tree. This massive tree grows to 275 feet in height. Its ground circumference is 102 feet. Imagine that large of a tree. You can see this tree and many other massive trees in Sequoia National Park. Sequoia trees are known as the biggest trees in the world.
Make a statement in your yard with the selection of mature trees for sale at Nature Hills Nursery. Place your order today.
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How much does a full-grown tree cost? 🪴 Learn how to grow things 👩🌾 Landscaping
One of the most common questions homeowners have is how much full grown trees cost. After years of buying trees online, at local nurseries, and from wholesale providers, here’s what I’ve found about common prices of large and fully grown trees.
A fully grown tree generally costs between $100 and $500. Specialty trees can cost $500-$1000+ when mature. Additional charges for delivery and planting of the tree can add hundreds of dollars to the bill if those tasks are hired out. The overall price of a full grown tree varies due to the size of the tree, species of tree, age of the tree, location of the store, and how many trees are being purchased.
Common varieties of trees generally cost less than rare trees. Younger trees have a lower cost than mature trees. Trees cost less if grown nearby, and if purchased in bulk (or at least not one-at-a-time). Read on to learn more about how much fully grown trees cost.These fully-grown hornbeam trees are about 15 years old and were priced at $400 per tree. You need heavy machinery to move and plant them!
Prices Of Fully Grown Trees: Cost Guidelines & Factors
Planting A “Teenager” Tree Instead Of A Fully Grown Tree
Real Prices Of Medium and Large Trees
How Much Does It Cost To Plant A Large Tree?
Prices Of Fully Grown Trees: Cost Guidelines & Factors
A fully grown tree rarely costs less than $100. Fully-grown trees of rare varieties often cost several hundred dollars. Slow-growing, particularly large, or mature specimen trees can cost more than $500. I saw a lovely full-grown Japanese Maple last month priced (quite competitively) at $750. There will also be additional charges for delivery and for planting the tree if you don’t do those tasks yourself.
Linked below are some common choices with example prices for large-sized trees that are approaching their full height:
- Columnar Maple Tree ‘Armstrong’
- Honeylocust ‘Imperial’
- Blue Cedar ‘Blue Atlas’
- Lacebark Elm Tree ‘Allee’
- Redbud Tree ‘Oklahoma’
- Japanese Maple Tree ‘Bloodgood’
- Kentucky Coffeetree ‘Espresso’
- Red Maple ‘Red Pointe’
- Columnar European Hornbeam
- Gingko Tree ‘Autumn Gold’
Full grown or mature trees are generally sold in very large nursery pots or burlap bags. A tree sold in a #10 nursery pot (10 trade gallons of volume) might be only 5-6 feet tall (not exactly full grown). Some larger trees sold in burlap root coverings (balled and burlap) also have wire mesh surrounding the root ball.
Height is often a key factor in tree pricing. Since different trees are different sizes when full grown, it is key to research the full-grown mature size of the variety of tree you’re looking at. Urban landscape trees like hawthorn, sumac, hornbeam, and dogwood might not ever grow over 25 feet. Large trees like pine, oak, redwood, and linden can approach 100 feet! It is easier to find a fully grown tree of a mid-sized variety than trying to buy a full-grown tree of a giant species. Full-grown height is relative to species.
So, research how high and how wide the tree you’re after will grow before researching pricing. Different trees take different amounts of time to grow. Truly grown trees won’t get too much taller, just wider! Double check that the tree you’ve picked is actually the right size for the job when it’s fully grown. Bigger does mean more shade and privacy, but also more leaves to rake up and pruning to do. Once you have an idea of the fully-grown height, it’ll be easier to shop around for a healthy tree that’s both the right size and the right price.
Resource: Check out this handy graphic from the Arbor Day Foundation that shows the typical mature heights of different trees in urban settings.
We purchased three full grown hornbeam trees for our side garden last year. They were approximately 15 years old and maybe 20 feet high. There’s a picture of them below. The 20′ trees were listed at $400 each, but the nursery gave us a discount because we bought three. The total bill for the three trees and taxes was just over $1000. We transported them home ourselves in our utility trailer.How much does a full-grown tree cost?
Planting A “Teenager” Tree Instead Of A Fully Grown Tree
We were so happy to find fully grown trees for the side yard, but they were expensive! It was also quite a production dealing with them. It was very cool to just have fully-grown trees appear in our yard, but we opted for slightly younger/smaller trees the next time. This choice has required a bit of time and patience, but the cost savings was more than worth it.
Later last summer, we bought six Chanticleer Pear trees from the same nursery. Instead of getting the big burlap-root-ball trees that were fully grown, we chose potted trees. We got six trees for slightly less than a thousand bucks. They could also be planted without heavy equipment. I think they had a better time adjusting to the transplanting too. And they’re still not small!Here are some large potted ornamental dogwood trees priced at $268 at the nursery.
We’ve been happy with the not-quite-full-grown trees we’ve planted. These are the trees we’ve bought that have been between six and ten feet tall at purchase. They’re more reasonably-priced, easier to maneuver, and are probably less bothered by the whole delivery and planting process. We will have to wait a few years for them to “fill in”, but now that they’re there I don’t really worry about it. They’re actually growing pretty fast.
If we needed more trees, we would certainly choose potted trees in the 6 to 10-foot-tall range instead of fully-grown trees in the 20-foot-tall range. They seem to do a decent job more easily and cost-effectively than a full grown tree. Planting a tree that’s not much taller than you is a much more reasonable proposition than planting a tree that’s two stories high!
Further Reading: This article from Iowa State University’s Extension & Outreach Office describes the differences in growth rates of common landscape trees chosen by homeowners.
Real Prices Of Medium and Large Trees
Here are some websites that list their prices for trees that are at least 6 feet high already:
- Nature Hills Online Nursery – USA
- Fast Growing Trees Online Nursery – USA
- Tree Valley Garden Centre – Ontario, Canada
I’m assuming you’d like to buy a tree, but it is also possible just to move a tree from somewhere else to the desired location. We did this with a maple tree and it worked very well.
Young maples cost about $100 in our area, while older maple trees can be over $500. Since we live close to a golf course that regularly moves larger trees, it was much cheaper just to move one of the older maples from our backyard to the front yard. The tree spade was cheaper than buying an established maple tree.
Here is the tree spade from the golf course planting some evergreens along the back fence. Notice the little baby maple tree to the front-right of the truck? The same tree spade truck came back ten years later and moved that maple to the front yard.Here is the tree spade truck after transplanting the maple tree. This maple tree was about $100 to buy and was planted in the back yard. After ten years of growth, the tree spade moved it to the front yard. It’s still happy and healthy now, thirty years after original purchase from the nursery.How Much Does It Cost To Plant A Large Tree?
“Be a patient gardener and you will be a frugal gardener. Buy small shrubs and trees, and let them grow into their space. You will get to know them, and they will adjust to your garden and do a magnificent job of gracing it.”Thrifty Gardening: From the Ground Up, by Marjorie Harris
Some trees are just too big to be planted by homeowners. When buying fully grown trees that have large root balls or that tower in height over us humans, the nursery will inform you of the machinery requirements to have the tree planted. Trees that have to be planted professionally can start to get super expensive once the delivery and planting charges get added onto the price of the tree.
Some large trees can be planted with a small excavator or other piece of heavy machinery. Really big trees are planted with a tree spade (see the photos above). A tree spade is like a giant conical shovel mounted on a heavy truck.
Tree spades can generally be rented by the hour in most areas. They’re best used in open locations that are easy for the truck to maneuver in. Beware that heavy trucks can compact soil and cause ruts, so it’s best to do large tree installation before lawn installation if you can help it.Y ou’ll likely be charged an hourly rate for the equipment that’s needed, as well as hourly rates for all the landscape crew members that are needed. This can get expensive! Get ready to pay at least a few hundred dollars.
Let’s consider a hypothetical example. Say you’ve decided to go with a 15 foot tree, delivered by the nursery and planted with their tree spade. The tree could cost $500, the tree truck rental could cost $500, and the crew could charge $500. That’s a $1500 tree. These numbers aren’t unreasonable in many markets. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into when paying to plant a large tree!
Some landscapers will tell you exactly what it’s going to cost before the project happens, but this has not been our experience. Get a written quote of what they plan to do and what they estimate it will cost. Some landscapers will do detailed printed quotes, or it may just be an email or even a quick text message. Landscapers sometimes advertise that they “guarantee” the plant will live if they are the ones that do the planting, but many nurseries will also do this for DIY homeowners for at least one year.
Most potted trees are happy to be planted by homeowners! Just ask for instructions at the nursery. In general, dig a wide hole that’s only as deep as the soil in the pot. Don’t add anything fancy and backfill the tree with the same soil. However the tree is planted, water it frequently for the first couple years.
how to choose large size for the garden.
What are the characteristics of large trees?
Large-sized trees include mature trees or shrubs with a well-formed root system and crown. Such plants are used to create a seemingly long-existing garden. The main difference between large-sized trees is not at all in their height, but in a special long-term preparation for a subsequent transplant in adulthood.
Preparation of large trees in the nursery
An adult tree dug out in the forest is not considered a large-sized tree, since we are talking about growing technology. A young seedling is “taught” from an early age to adapt to changing conditions by repotting it every 3-4 years and trimming the roots to form a compact and dense root system. The roots tightly braid the soil and are not injured when digging. Planting trees of large trees is carried out strictly with an earthen clod.
How to choose large size for your garden?
The range of large-sized trees in Moscow and the Moscow region is extensive. There are large-sized deciduous trees on sale, you can also buy large-sized coniferous trees, which take root well, subject to the basic rules of planting. They are adapted to the climate of central Russia, and they can be planted without fear on their site. Fruit and berry plants are also no exception, although the risks in this case are higher: having bought large-sized fruit trees, the harvest is not always possible to get right away.
There are two main ways to grow and sell mature trees. The open-rooted plant grew in the ground, replanted many times, and eventually dug up for sale. In the Moscow region, transplantation of a large-sized plant with a frozen clod of earth is practiced, when the plant is removed from the soil and planted in the winter, which guarantees its high survival rate. You can also buy a large-sized plant grown in a container. The advantage of a closed root system is the possibility of planting at any time of the year.
Signs of a healthy mature tree
Upon arrival at the nursery, a natural question arises how to choose large-sized plants so that the plants are healthy and are guaranteed to take root. It is better to focus on trees grown in the local climate. Pay attention to the size of the earthy coma, the density of the crown and the condition of the bark.
Features of large coniferous trees, deciduous and fruit trees
|Softwood||They live several hundred years, but grow very slowly. Therefore, the vast majority of breeds are offered in adult form. Among them are such giants as cedar pine, which barely reaches a meter height in 30 years. They buy large-sized cedar for a single planting. But there are also fast-growing firs that are popular for hedges. You can buy large-sized fir grown in a pot.|
|Hardwood||Trees or shrubs over 3 years old are planted in places closest to natural conditions. Birches, lindens, maples, mountain ash are perfect if you are thinking about which large-sized trees to choose to create an alley or grove. Pay attention to the neighborhood with other types of plants.|
|Large fruit trees||The dream of a garden that will bloom and produce a crop a year after planting is the main reason to buy a large fruit. However, there is no guarantee of 100% survival and fruiting: you can buy a large-sized apple tree already with apples, and the next year, with improper care, remain with a diseased tree and no harvest.|
Do you want to buy large trees and plant them in your garden? Only with the help of professionals!
In terms of price, large-sized trees are superior to all other seedlings. Therefore, the quality of planting material, acquiring it from unverified suppliers, cannot be risked. We recommend buying large-sized seedlings in arboretum nurseries with a solid work experience. How a large-sized tree will take root in your garden is influenced not only by the correct technology for growing and digging a tree, but also by observing the rules for transporting and transplanting it.
Rules and methods for transplanting large-sized trees in plot
- The best time to transplant a mature tree with an open root system is winter. At this moment, the sap flow of the plant is slowed down, and the earthen lump is seized by frost.
- The pit for planting is prepared in about a week, its dimensions should be a meter wider than the earthen clod and have a margin from below.
- After planting, it is recommended to fix the tree by creating a frame or using ties at the height of the middle of the trunk.
- In the case of conifers, for example, if you bought a large spruce, you must keep the orientation of the branches to the cardinal points.
The role of special equipment in the transportation of large trees
Taking into account the size of the tree and the weight of the earthen clod, it is impossible to do it on your own when loading, transporting and planting the plant. For this, special machines are used for transplanting large-sized trees. They allow you to perform all the necessary procedures safely for the tree.
What do you need to know about loading large items?
The price of a mistake when transplanting large-sized trees is high. Therefore, first of all, it is necessary to monitor the integrity of the earthen coma. It must be wrapped in material and placed in a mesh container, which will also be required to lift the tree: it is forbidden to cling to the plant by the trunk. The krupnomer is tied up without damaging the lower branches: they will protect the crown during transportation.
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Planting large-sized trees, shrubs in Barnaul and Novosibirsk
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Currently, a landscape can be created almost instantly. A similar opportunity is provided by a new technology - planting large-sized trees. Large-sized trees are understood as mature, already formed trees, the height of which can be from 3 to 10 m. Such trees are dug out and transplanted along with a clod of earth. Since they have an already fully formed root system and crown, any area with their help can be turned into a forest or park area. The technology of planting in this way, in contrast to planting seedlings, has significantly changed the idea of the traditional length of the planting season. After all, planting large-sized trees can be done all year round. It is not surprising that the sale of large-sized trees is now in growing demand from both corporate and private customers.
It must be understood that replanting mature trees is a rather complicated process.
In order for the planting of large-sized trees to be successful and the plant to take root in a new place, it is necessary to use not only special methods, but also special equipment, as well as certain types of fertilizers. The general planting scheme, in this case, looks a little different than planting seedlings. First, the tree is dug up along with a clod of earth containing its root system. This operation is performed using a special technique: the lump is cut out, and the “tulip” nozzle penetrates the ground and cuts off the lateral roots, and then closes at the bottom of the lump. As a result, the lump acquires a conical shape.
After that, the lump is packed in burlap, which is protected by a metal basket.
Installation of a tree in a hole intended for it is usually carried out with the involvement of a truck crane. The pit is covered with soil, while attention is also paid to tamping the lump from below. The earth is compacted in layers. The room is installed in such a way that it is slightly above ground level, since in spring the soil sags somewhat. The tree is fastened with stretch marks, which remain for one to two years, and are removed when the earth settles and the plant is completely strengthened in it. Stretch marks need to be bandaged periodically, as the tree trunk increases in volume.
The sale of large-sized trees carried out by our company, as well as services for their transplantation, today allow each customer to take advantage of this modern technology. And in the shortest possible time, turn your site into a flowering garden.
When planting shrubs and trees, it is necessary to ensure that the orientation of the plant to the cardinal points in the new place corresponds to that which was in the old one. Since the branches on the north side are rarer on any tree, it is not difficult to plant a large-sized plant correctly. It is clear that this applies to separate trees, which are easy to identify by the crown of the correct shape. Maintaining orientation during planting will accelerate the survival of the tree, which is very important. An adult plant has a crown that is focused on maximizing the capture of sunlight. Based on the amount of ultraviolet radiation received, the tree forms an appropriate layer of bark and annual circles along the cardinal points. Violation of the geographic orientation when planting a tree will lead to frost holes in winter or sunburn of the trunk in summer.
In general, planting trees above 3.5 meters is a complex technological process that is best left to professionals. In a new place, the large-sized plant finally takes root 2 years after disembarkation. Even if all the rules for landing a large-sized plant are followed, in 10% of cases it will still not be able to take root. This percentage is slightly lower when planting shrubs and is 7%. An increase in the percentage of "mortality" implies a violation of technology or carelessness in digging, transporting, planting or leaving.
The timing of planting a tree depends on its species. Winter transplantation is considered the most successful due to the suspension of vital processes in plants. As for the rest of the seasons, birch does not tolerate transplanting in autumn, and oak should not be transplanted in spring. In general, different tree species have different survival rates.