When is the Best Time of Year to Plant Native Trees?

The fall season is considered the best time to plant native trees!

Are you thinking about planting a tree in 2019? Planting a native tree offers a variety of benefits for your surrounding ecosystem and the entire planet! Not only do trees provide shade and beauty to local landscapes, but they also serve as habitats for pollinators and other wildlife. Plan your next project with American Native Plants, and discover the best time of the year to plant a native tree! 

Fall Planting 

The fall season is considered the best time to plant native trees! The rule depends on many factors such as tree species, but generally, fall planting will yield success. 

Young saplings require time, nutrition, lighting, and healthy soil to grow into thriving trees. If you plant too late into the fall season, the saplings might not have enough time to develop robust root systems. Similarly, planting too early in the fall, when the weather is still exceptionally warm, might also harm the growth of young trees. To be safe, wait until the weather has leveled out to plant your native trees. For example, if you’re planting a native tree in Maryland, it’s generally safe to plant in October or early November. 

Native Tree Considerations 

Before you select a native tree to plant, assess your property and the site conditions to choose the best tree for your landscape. Are you planning to plant the tree in your front yard or the back yard? Does one area of your property receive more sunlight than the other? An expert at American Native Plants can help you select the best natives for your particular project. Once you plant the tree, consider purchasing helpful hardgoods such as mulch discs and tree shelters. Tree shelters protect your young tree from the elements, so that it may grow healthy throughout the year. Tree shelters are photodegradable and come separately or as a kit complete with necessary materials such as a wooden stake and cable ties. Mulch discs allow water, air, and nutrients to slip through while suppressing the germination of weed seeds. Not only are mulch discs cost-effective, but they can last for several years!  


Whether you’re looking to build a rain garden or beautify your property, American Native Plants can provide you with the right plants for the job. With an inventory of over 400,000 native trees, native shrubs, and herbaceous plants consider American Native Plants, your one-stop shop for wholesale native plant needs.

Our nursery, conveniently located in Middle River, Maryland, is open year-round to accommodate your native plant needs. We are constantly updating and increasing our inventory to meet the demands of our customers.

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