In our earliest days, Lakes Nursery sold trees. Hundreds and hundreds of local gardens and farms have a Lake Nursery tree or trees growing there. In those days, we sold 3 trees for $10! Trees cost more now but we still take pride in our great selection, quality, and low prices. Our specialty now are large landscape sized trees available at a reasonable price but we also stock many other sizes, both large and small.

Flowering Trees for springtime
Redbuds-A great year round tree with super spring flowers, nice summer leaves, and yellow fall foliage. We stock several varieties including the weeping ‘Lavender Twist’. A purple leafed variety is ‘Forest Pansy’. Moderate to regular water. Our native Western Redbud is drought tolerant (you can kill it with normal landscape water!) and is available by special order.

Dogwoods-Stunning spring blossoms, nice summer foliage, striking red fall leaves. We stock both landscape sized dogwoods, unusual varieties, and dogwoods in smaller containers for patient gardeners who want to watch their tree grow and mature. We have many varieties and colors. A favorite at the nursery is ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’, a cross between our lovely native dogwood of the Foothills and an Eastern Dogwood. It’s extremely vigorous and if you’re looking for white blossoms, it’s stunningly beautiful. Dogwoods do best with regular water. Typically grown in some shade, they do well in full sun as well and have more prolific blossoms and less disease but require more water.

Flowering Plums-Great spring color followed by deep purple foliage throughout the year. We typically have this in stock. Flowering plums use moderate to regular water.

Flowering Cherries-Great spring color. We stock a few flowering cherries but have found that customers prefer to order in their favorite varieties. Let us know what you want, give us a few weeks to search and find it, and we can get that unique variety that you dreamed about. Keep in mind that flowering cherries require good drainage and regular water.
Flowering Pears-Good early blossoms with great fall color. There are several varieties. We typically special order these for customers. Flowering pears require moderate water.

Flowering Crabapple-Early spring blossoms. A harbinger of spring. ‘Floribunda’ is exceptionally early pink buds that are fragrant and profuse. ‘Klehm’s Bechtal’ has fragrant 2″ double blossoms a few weeks later. Moderate to regular water.

Japanese Snowdrop Tree-Often spoken of by plant geeks as their favorite spring tree. Lovely small white or pink flowers hang from layered branches like tiny bells. Best with regular water and some partial shade, at least in the afteroon. We presently stock ‘Pink Chimes’.

Flowering deciduous magnolia-The quintesential spring tree in this area. Big pink flowers. A local favorite and a good tree for this area. Best with regular water and full sun to part shade.

To Provide Shade
Red Maple The classic shade tree. It’s what you want. Green leaves turn brilliant scarlet and crimson in the fall. Tall enough to shade the backyard with a shape that doesn’t dominate the patio or lawn like the claustrophobic mulberry that is often planted. Fast growing. Full sun or partial shade. Moderate to regular water. Roots are mostly deep if you water correctly. We stock hundreds of red maples and dozens of varieties.
Linden Nice yard tree with heart shaped leaves. Good lawn or street tree.

Full sun and regular water.
Raywood Ash One of our favorite shade trees. Green leaves turn wine red in fall. Quick growth. Full sun and moderate water. We stock this one.

Fall Color
We LOVE trees with fall color!!! Fall color is best when trees are planted in full sun. Sun brings out bright reds and oranges in leaves. Trees need short days, bright sunshine, and cool nights with warm afternoons for the best color. Named cultivars or varieties have been selected for reliable and consistant color so we stock a lot of these but other trees have spectacular color as well. Do you have one tree that is turning color earlier than the rest? That can be a sign of stress. in this area, it’s usually water stress, so it’s a good idea to check irrigation practices for trees that have colored up a tad earlier than normal. But then again, sometimes trees just turn early!

Autumn Blaze Maple (earliest maple to color in the fall-brilliant orange-red)
Japanese Maple (reds, oranges, gold, yellow)
Red Sunset Maple (red)
October Glory Maple (red, although in this area, it changes color in very early November)
Autumn Fantasy Maple (bright ruby red, leaves change slowly so color lasts a long time)
Brandywine Maple (deep red)
Redpointe Maple (red)
Princeton Gold Maple (gold)
Burgundy Bell Maple (red)
Trident maple (multi-colors, usually gold with red and orange highlights)
Crape Myrtle (not only do crape myrtles have summer flowers, they have great fall color!)
Birch (yellow fall leaves)
Tupelo (reds and oranges in fall)
Persimmon (bright orange leaves!)
Dogwood (flowers in spring, good fall color too)
Chinese Pistache (multi-colors, usually gold, reds, russets, and neon-orange)
Pin Oaks (long lasting color starting with gold and changing to orange to red to russet to deep brown)
Japanese Snowdrop Tree (yellow fall leaves)
Ginkgo (Gold fall leaves)
Raywood Ash (Dark red in fall)

Sometimes a customer wants an evergreen tree with the idea that it won’t drop leaves. Untrue! ALL trees drop leaves and grow new ones. Deciduous trees drop leaves all at once, in the fall. Evergreen trees drop leaves throughout the year as it grows new ones, although most evergreens do grow new leaves and drop old ones primarily during the height of their particular growing season. Unless there is a need for a year round screen, we recommend deciduous trees. Even without their leaves, a mature deciduous tree blocks much of the view with it’s many branches and twigs.

Italian Cypress We no longer stock these but are happy to order them as needed. We found that since these are often planted in rows, that we never had the right amount growing in our nursery, and when we ordered the remainder, they would be different sizes than the ones that we had grown and the row would be mismatched. Now we order all Italian Cypress at the same time and from the same grower so that they are matched in size and look. A great tree for our dry climate.

Deodar Cedar and Redwoods Both are large conifers. Check the trees eventual size before planting in a suburban backk yard. Deodar Cedars are drought tolerant when mature. Redwoods need moderate to regular water for their entire life to maintain their good looks and health.
Palms We have several palms in stock and can order large palms for customers.
Strawberry Tree Both Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’ and Arbutus ‘Marina’ are available. A great tree for this region.

Weeping Trees

A partial list. We love weeping trees!
Weeping Sequoia
Weeping Atlas Cedar
Lavendar Twist Redbud
Ryusen Japanese Maple
Weeping White Pine
Weeping Norway Spruce
Lace Leaf Japanese Maples
Jiro Shidare Japanese Maple
Weeping Mulberry
Weeping Willow
Weeping Pussywillow
Weeping Hackberry

Planting Instructions

Digging the hole and planting: Dig a hole twice as wide (or more) as the container but no deeper. Digging a hole that is too deep is not only unnecessary, it can cause the plant to settle and eventually may contribute to root rot and other problems. It is better for the crown of the plant to be planted at the same level as it is in the container, or even a little high, than to be placed too low. Place the plant or tree on the undug bottom of the hole and backfill with the original soil. Water thoroughly.

Amendments: Amendments are usually not necessary for most plants except in situations such as compacted soils, new construction sites with disturbed soils, or soils with excessive clay. However, trees will exhibit faster growth in the first few years if soil is amended, so we recommend adding a high quality compost and/or a product like VermiBlend, for Japanese maples or other high-value plants.

Mulch: After planting, add a 2-4″ layer of coarse organic mulch like bark. Pull the mulch 3″ away from the trunk. Water the area thoroughly to settle the soil and mulch.

Water: The newly planted tree or shrub should not be allowed to completely dry until it is established and the roots begin to reach out into the surrounding soil. The soil and rootball should feel moist, not dripping wet or dusty dry. Do not overwater. Saturated soils are a common cause of plant death. We suggest drip irrigation for all plants if possible. As the plant matures, its water needs will change. Water should be applied less often, depending upon the specific plant, and the water should be deep to encourage the roots to reach out in the soil. Shallow watering practices are the most common cause of large surface roots in lawns and gardens.

Lawns and Groundcovers: These plants compete with the newly planted tree for water and nutrients. It is preferable not to grow lawn or groundcovers under new trees.

Fertilizing: Most trees and plants purchased at Lake’s nursery have already been fertilized earlier in the year. Fertilizers can be added soon after planting if the customer desires and should applied to the soil surface (not dug into the soil) or as directed by the fertilizer package. Fertilizing newly planted trees and shrubs may promote more rapid growth and help plants grow more quickly. Do not apply more fertilizer than is recommended by package directions.

Young trees can be fertilized for the first few years until the plant reaches a satisfactory height. Spring fertilization is the most important application followed by later applications as per package directions. We recommend either an organic fertilizer or a standard or slow-release N-P-K fertilizer in early spring followed by organic fertilzer during the hotter months (if fertilization during the summer is desired). Organic fertlizers are often absorbed at a slower, more natural, rate than other fertilizers and Japanese maples do quite well with organics. Mature trees and shrubs do not usually require fertilizing.