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All plants must be picked up in person at Blake Nursery in Big Timber, MT or delivered by nursery staff. Sorry, we do not mail plants.

All trees and shrubs listed below are potted or balled and burlapped (B&B), branched, and nicely shaped. If windbreak/hedge plants are desired, see Windbreak page. Multi-stemmed trees shown by m/s. When carrying trees in an open pickup or trailer, please bring sheets or tarps to protect leaves and buds during travel.

Ornamental and Shade Trees


ALDER, Mountain: handsome native plant, oval form with multiple stems; excellent plant for natural landscaping; attracts birds; of interest year round - we especially like its winter aspect: reddish buds noticeable for their contrast to gray bark, catkins, and attractive small cones; thrives in moist soil, but not limited to it. (30')

ASH, Foothills: new shade tree from Alberta, Canada, selected for its extreme hardiness - no tip dieback; resists sun scald; excellent shape needing little to no pruning; seedless. (40') see another image

ASH, Patmore Seedless Green: superior shade tree for Montana; improved seedless strain of Green Ash with round, symmetrical form; attractive shiny leaves; very hardy; steady performer in adverse conditions. (50-60') see another image

ASH, Prairie Spire: selected by North Dakota State U. for superior hardiness and survivability in adverse prairie conditions; seedless; deep green glossy foliage turns golden in fall. (50-60')

ASPEN, Quaking: excellent native tree for natural landscaping; delicate leaves "tremble" in the breeze; beautiful white bark; brilliant yellow fall color; extremely hardy and adaptable to soil types; needs ample water. (40-60') see another image

ASPEN, Swedish: columnar form excellent for screening or narrow locations; slow growing and very hardy. (30-40')

BIRCH, Paper: beautiful white bark; multi-stem form; needs moist, well drained soil; very hardy. (40') see another image

BlRCH, Water: multi-stemmed form with shiny, cinnamon red bark; leaves yellow to orange-red in fall; attractive year-round; this has to be one of our favorite trees; prefers moist soil; a Montana native. (25')

BUCKEYE, Ohio: hardy flowering shade tree with distinctive palmate leaves; vibrant fall color; performs best in deep, moist soil; grows beautifully in Big Timber area - one of our favorites, seldom found in nurseries in Montana; related to Horse Chestnut. (40') see another image [2]; [3]

CATALPA: fast growing, upright large shade tree; white 2 inch flowers in June followed by fruit pods in summer; drought tolerant. (50-60') tree available on special request, please contact us for details.

CHERRY, Canada Red: attractive maroon-red foliage on this small, very hardy tree makes this a good substitute for red-leaved maples where hardiness is essential; white, fragrant flowers in spring and red fruits in summer; also available in shrub/multi-stem form. (20-25')

CHOKECHERRY, Amur: exceptional small trees with white flowers followed by black berries birds devour; exfoliating golden bark beautiful in winter. (20-30')

COTTONWOOD, Plains, Narrowleaf, Lanceleaf, and Black: hardy, fast growing upright trees native to Montana; dense foliage makes for excellent shade trees; superior choice for natural landscaping. (45-90'). See another image. See also Cottonwood feature.

FLOWERING CRAB, Brandywine: spectacular tree - fragrant, double, deep pink flowers smother tree in spring; foliage dark green with burgundy overcast; vigorous grower. (20'). View other pictures: [1]; [2]

FLOWERING CRAB, Dolgo: this tree is a fabulous ornamental with large, pure white flowers and has the added attraction of producing brilliant crimson fruits ideal for jelly making; extremely hardy. (20-25')

FLOWERING CRAB, Donald Wyman: beautiful white flowers and showy, persistent, small red fruit; foliage glossy, dark green; highly rated for quality and disease-resistance; available in single or multi-stem form. (20')

FLOWERING CRAB, Prairiefire: later blooming with true red blossoms, persistent fruit, glossy red bark beautiful in winter; spreading shape. (20')

FLOWERING CRAB, Radiant: single, deep pink flowers and bright red, persistent, small fruit; leaves lustrous reddish, changing to green. (20')

FLOWERING CRAB, Red Jewel: white flowers; red fruit that persists through winter; dark green foliage. (15')

FLOWERING CRAB, Red Splendor: very pretty tree with pink flowers and small, bright red fruit; no litter problem from fruit as it seldom falls off tree; very hardy. (15-20') see another image; [2]

FLOWERING CRAB, Royal Beauty: hardy weeping tree, single deep pink flowers, dark red persistent fruit. (6-8')

FLOWERING CRAB, Royalty: fruit and flowers dark red; new leaves reddish and turn purple with green undercast; red persistent fruit in winter; truly a splendid tree; very hardy. (20')

Spring Snow flowering crab

Spring Snow Flowering Crab

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FLOWERING CRAB, Spring Snow: this is the ideal tree for somebody who wants a profusion of flowers but no fruit; fragrant flowers are white and foliage is bright green; outstanding for its tidy, rounded shape. (15-18') see another image [2]

HACKBERRY: very hardy fast growing tree; tolerant of drought and wind; unusual corky bark. (50-75') Tree available on special request, please contact us for details.

HAWTHORN, Crimson Cloud: thornless variety with bright red flowers in spring; great tree for a smaller yard. (10-15') see another image

HAWTHORN, Cockspur: a small, rounded charming tree with white flowers in spring and red berries in summer, thornless. (15-20') see another image

HONEYLOCUST: very graceful form with delicate leaves; spreading, open crown makes this tree, like all Honeylocusts, ideal for filtered sunlight, where light shade is desired; fast growing; thornless and mostly seedless. Imperial (35'), Skyline (50'), and Northern Acclaim (45'). see another image

LILAC, Dwarf Korean: profuse, fragrant, lilac flowers cover this amazing small tree; beautiful accent plant – a real show stopper! (5-6') see another image [2]

LILAC, Japanese Tree: large creamy white blooms in June; glossy foliage; a fabulous specimen plant and Blake Nursery favorite; very hardy and trouble-free; single and multi-stem forms. (20-25')

LINDEN, American: rapid growing, large and stately shade tree; fragrant yellow flowers; very hardy. (60-80')

LINDEN, Dropmore: a cross between an American and Littleleaf Linden; smaller tree with yellow fall foliage; very hardy, suited to prairie conditions. (35')

LINDEN, Greenspire, Littleleaf and Shamrock: very tidy Little-Leaf Lindens with perfectly straight trunk; spicy, fragrant flowers; make ideal street trees, as pruning is seldom necessary. (40-50') see another image

LINDEN, Redmond: we're rather partial toward this distinctive cultivar - for years we've admired it thriving in Montana; tidy, pyramidal growth makes it an ideal street tree; attractive foliage turns bright yellow in fall; reddish stems appealing in winter; very hardy. (35-45') see another image

LOCUST, Black: hardy large shade tree with dark rose colored flowers in summer; unusual open branching habit and drought tolerant. (50') see another image Tree available on special request, please contact us for details.

MAPLE, Amur: very hardy small tree that's a Blake Nursery favorite; graceful, spreading branches; disease-free and drought-tolerant; fragrant flowers; seeds attract birds; brilliant red fall foliage; available in single or multi-stem form. See Shrub section for compact varieties. (15-20')

MAPLE, Norway, Emerald Queen: straight-trunked, spreading shade tree; rapid growth; does very well in our area - many beautiful specimens in Big Timber and Livingston; glossy green in summer turn yellow in fall. (50-60') see another image

MAPLE, Norway, Royal Red: dense shade tree similar to Emerald Queen but with glossy, rich maroon foliage throughout growing season. (40-50')

MAPLE, Northwood: hardy Red Maple with fabulous orange-red fall foliage; excellent large shade tree; does best in moist well-drained soil; performs well in Big Timber; in 1994 selected as Plant of the Year. We also carry Autumn Spire Red Maple - with striking red fall foliage. (50') See other pictures [1]

[ Autumn Blaze; 2]

MAPLE, Sienna Glen: super shade tree with pleasing form requiring little pruning; rapid growth; excellent winter hardiness - less susceptible to frost cracking, sun scald and dieback; burgundy fall leaves. (60')

MAPLE, Tatarian: high on our list of longstanding favorites because of extreme hardiness, manageable size, and attractiveness; white flowers followed by unusual coral samaras (winged fruit); a striking, informal tree with abundant character; Cedar Waxwings nest in ours annually; available in single or multi-stem. (25')

MOUNTAIN ASH, European: attractive throughout the year with reddish bark, clusters of white flowers in spring and orange-red berries in autumn; if you like having birds around, you should certainly consider planting one or more; very hardy. (30')

Oakleaf Mountain Ash fruit

MOUNTAIN ASH, Oakleaf: started from Wyoming collected seed; uniform shape; blossoms and fruit like other Mountain Ash; leaves lobed like English Oak; fireblight resistant. (30') (shown at right)

MOUNTAIN ASH, Showy: same delightful features as European Mountain Ash but smaller and even hardier; one of our favorite trees. (25')

Burr Oak

NINEBARK, Diablo: a compact tree form of the hardy shrub; whitish pink flowers in spring followed by red fruits; dark burgundy foliage in summer; attractive white exfoliating bark all season long. (10')

OAK, Bur: wonderful shade tree with amber to crimson autumn color; acorns with a mossy fringe, thus nicknamed "Mossycup" Oak; likes lots of sun; not particular about soil; native to eastern Montana; extremely hardy, drought resistant, and long lived; needs lots of space, plant this tree for the long haul. (70')

SERVICEBERRY, Autumn Brilliance: an unusual and spectacular small tree with white spring flowers and brilliant red fall foliage; fruit is large and edible; a Blake Nursery favorite; single as well as multi-stemmed. (20-25') see another image

WALNUT, Black: magnificent shade tree with heaps of character---including distinctive nuts, bark and leaves; prefers deeper, moist soils found in the bottomlands along rivers and creeks; its wood prized by cabinetmakers. (50-75') see another image Please Call For Prices

WILLOW, Golden: graceful spreading habit; fast growing; excellent for screening; needs moist site; bark attractive and colorful in winter; very hardy. (50') see another image