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. 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
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; available in single and multi-stem form; needs ample water; Montana native. (40-60') see another image
ASPEN, Swedish Columnar: columnar form excellent for screening or narrow locations; fast 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-stem 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; 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 ; 
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 that birds love; drought tolerant; 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; available in single and multi-stem form. (20-30')
COTTONWOOD, Black (aka Balsam) (Populus trichocarpa): rapid grower and largest of the American poplars; used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition for dugout canoes; broad, dark green, shiny leaves; prefers moist sites; cottonless; native to the western half of Montana. (75-90')
COTTONWOOD, Lanceleaf (Populus x acuminata): naturally occurring cross between Narrowleaf and Plains Cottonwood; native from Alberta to New Mexico; hardy to 6,000'; 4" long leaves shaped like the head of a spear turn yellow in fall; cottonless. (40-50')
COTTONWOOD, Narrowleaf (Populus angustifolia): the predominant cottonwood along the Yellowstone River and its tributaries west of Billings; hardy to 10,000'; narrow leaves turn yellow in fall; tends to sucker; cottonless. (60')
COTTONWOOD, Plains (Populus deltoides): large, fast growing cottonwood native to eastern Montana and Wyoming at lower elevations; along the Yellowstone River, most common east of Billings; deeply furrowed barks gives it lots of character; broad triangular leaf with a flat bottom; defoliates later than most cottonwoods; cottonless; a Blake Nursery favorite. (60-90')
COTTONWOOD, 'JERONIMUS' PLAINS (Populus sargentii 'Jeronimus'): grows straighter than most cottonwoods, making it better suited to urban landscapes than other cottonwoods; moderate water needs; cottonless. (60')
ELM, Brandon: selected from Manitoba for excellent winter hardiness; popular in boulevard plantings throughout the Canadian prairie provinces; stately vase-shaped form, rapid growth, and adaptable to many soil types. (60-70')
FLOWERING CRAB, Brandywine: beautiful, fragrant, double, deep pink flowers smother this tree in spring; foliage dark green with burgundy overcast; vigorous grower. (20') see another image
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, Klehm's Bechtel: beautiful, fragrant, large pink double blossoms are loved by bees; blooms later than most flowering crab; minimal fruit. (20')
FLOWERING CRAB, Radiant: single, deep pink flowers and bright red, persistent, small fruit; leaves lustrous reddish, changing to green. (20')
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; 
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
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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
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: small, rounded, charming tree with white spring flowers and red summer berries; distinctive horizontal branching; thornless; year-round interest. (15-20') see another image
HAWTHORN, Snowbird: selected in 1967 from Morden Research Station in Manitoba for hardiness; small shade tree recognized for double, white spring blossoms and glossy leaves; thornless; a Blake Nursery favorite. (15')
HONEYLOCUST: 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 
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
MAPLE, Amur: very hardy small tree that's a Blake Nursery favorite; graceful, spreading branches; disease-free and drought-tolerant; excellent choice for xeriscape landscaping; 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')
MAPLE, Autumn Blaze: Silver and Red Maple hybrid; attractive oval shape with upright branching, striking red fall color, and rapid growth rate; adaptable to many soil types; one of best and hardiest maples for our area. (50-60') see another image; 
MAPLE, Sienna Glen: attractive shade tree with pleasing form requires 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); striking, informal tree with abundant character; Cedar Waxwings nest in ours annually; available in single or multi-stem form. (25') We also carry 'Hot Wings' Tatarian Maple, selected for it's bright red samaras and brilliant fall foliage.
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')
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')
NINEBARK, Diablo: compact tree form of the hardy shrub; whitish pink flowers in spring followed by red fruits; dark burgundy summer foliage; attractive white exfoliating bark all season long. (10') Tree available on special request, please contact us for details.
OAK, Bur: wonderful shade tree with amber to crimson autumn color; acorns with 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')
Oak, Northern Red: large shade tree with glossy, dark green foliage; numerous acorns in summer; leaves turn deep red in fall; faster growing than Bur Oak. (60-80')
SERVICEBERRY, Autumn Brilliance: unusual and spectacular small tree with white spring flowers and brilliant red fall foliage; fruit attracts birds, and excellent for jam; available in single and multi-stem form; Blake Nursery favorite. (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; wood prized by cabinetmakers. (50-75') see another image
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