PLANT SPOTLIGHT: If you wait until summer, these trees will be hard to find.

Only certain trees are “spring dig” which means they are able to be dug up (and so added to your landscaping) in springtime. Starting in March and April, the most inventory and variety of specimens are available.

For spring dig trees, we highly recommend quickly snapping up a flowering pear (left image)— its beautiful shape sets it apart from other trees. Inventory dwindles during the summer since they can only be taken out of the ground in spring.

The Chanticleer Pear is a modified version of a flowering pear tree and holds its structure in a more compact way (making it better for smaller spaces). With white flower blooms in spring and vibrant fall color, this pear tree holds its leaves late into the season.  



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Hardiness Zone: Chanticleer Pears grow in Hardiness Zones 5–8

Tree Type: Chanticleer Pears a flowering tree and an ornamental tree and has visual interest and spring flowers

Mature Size: Chanticleer Pears grow to a height of 25–35′ and a spread of 16–25′ at maturity

Growth Rate: Chanticleer Pears grow at a medium to fast rate from 13″ to more than 24″ per year

Sun Preference: Chanticleer Pears should get at least six hours of sunlight each day




Spring Dig Birch Tree

We also highly recommend the River Birch (left image), White Oak (lower images), Birch Oak, and the Serviceberry as beautiful spring dig trees.

The attractive thing about oak trees — they are a native tree to Chicagoland. Because of their hardiness, they will not die out from our extreme weather conditions. Oaks also attract local wildlife for habitation, nesting, and food sources.Spring Dig Oak Tree


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Hardiness Zone: White Oaks grow in Hardiness Zones 3–9

Tree Type: White Oaks are a shade tree with a spreading canopy

Mature Size: White Oaks grow to a height of 50–80′ and a spread of 50–80′

Growth Rate: White Oaks grow at a slow to medium rate, from less than 12″ to 24″ per year.

Sun Preference: White Oaks like a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight each day



Designer Tips: Remember to be patient with oak trees. They are tall and strong when fully mature, but it takes years to get to that point. (It’s worth the wait!) If you are looking to upgrade your curb appeal and want a faster mature tree we recommend maple trees. They become tall and take up space much quicker than other trees. 



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