Greetings from Northwest Shade Trees

Founded in 1973 by family members and employees of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., the company today grows more that 360 cultivars of deciduous and evergreen trees. Our cultural techniques produce an excellent root system and a handsome canopy with uniform branch structure. Survival and growth after transplanting are exceptional and have established Northwest Shade Trees as the region's leader in the supply of premium trees and specimen field grown plant materials.

Our location on well-drained soils and sloping terrain allows us to dig throughout the winter months.. In addition to trees dug to order, we dig and hold a quantity of trees in summer storage for our customers' convenience.  


One of the most important attributes of a quality tree is the part you cannot see. While many nurseries direct their effort into manicuring the tree's branch structure, we also concentrate on producing the quality root system necessary for exceptional survivability and reestablishment in the landscape. Northwest Shade Trees begins with premium quality liners from J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. and other suppliers. Our controlled drip irrigation limits lateral root growth and encourages a fibrous root system. In order to capture as many roots as possible, we generally dig a root ball that is one size larger than that recommended by the American Association of Nurserymen. Such practices result in harvest of a higher percentage of the root system, a root ball that holds together better, and a tree that transplants well. 


Pruning practices developed over two decades result in beautiful trees with symmetrical, perfectly formed crowns that set us apart as industry leaders in specimen tree pruning. Customers tell us they buy from us because they can count on our consistent quality tree after tree and year after year. Our uniform quality helps to enhance your reputation as a professional who maintains high quality standards.

Plan to visit our nursery. Just give us a call and we will take you for a tour of our grounds and make sure to point out the new varieties that we are introducing to our available tree list.