Trees for Bird & Wildlife Habitat.

Fruit Trees Provide food in the Cold winter.
gross beak2Birds & Wildlife benefit from fruit trees in your landscape every winter. Birds need food to survive the winter. Many types of Flowering Crab Trees produce small fruit that is not messy in your landscape & provides food for birds in the winter.

Evergreen trees such as Spruce, Pine & Fir provide nesting sites for songbirds in the summer & provide cover from the extreme cold & wind in the winter months.

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Evergreens for screening


One of the most common uses of evergreen trees in a landscape or property is screening. Many times individuals are looking to establish some privacy in their landscape. Others may have views to neighboring properties that are undesirable.   Planting evergreens is a great way to establish these goals.

The photo above shows a site Arbor Hill Tree Farm planted Balsam Fir Trees along the driveway, helping define the lot line from another property.

Arbor Hill Tree Farm has years of experience assisting homeowners with tree species selection, placement recommendations as well as full planting and installations and over 37 acres of trees in production.

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December Tree Planting

Its hard to believe but 2015 is just hours from being over. The snow & cold was slow to arrive, keeping the frost from making the ground hard. We had a late order & we were able to dig & plant 4 beautiful 12 foot White Pine in Bayport, Mn on December 21st, 2015. Definitely a record for the latest tree planting of the season at Arbor Hill Tree Farm. 2015 was a record sales year. Thanks to all our customers for making it all possible. We look forward to another successful year in 2016.



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Early Spring Pruning

Winter finally came to a close as far as the calendar is concerned. We are still in March and had some more snow after experiencing some great warm, above average temperatures for about 2 weeks. People are anxious to get to there Spring projects, even though it is quite early to start digging in the ground. It is a great time to do some tree pruning. A good rule to follow for the safest time to prune trees is as long as the month has an “R” in it, then it is safe. Pruning shade tree this time of year also allows you to see the true branching of the tree. I recommend pruning lower limbs up to about eye level. This will allow walking below trees easy.

Evergreen trees are pruned to maintain 1 dominant leader & prune off anything irregular. The photo above is a Balsam Fir planting we completed last year. These trees were placed so that they will eventually provide some privacy from a neighboring property.

Arbor Hill Tree Farm is completing our pruning for the year and will soon be out in our fields burlapping trees. If you have a project in mind for the Spring & are in need of some trees, we are currently taking orders. Customers can contact us to come out & walk our fields to select trees if they wish, or we can select trees for them. As soon as weather permits, we start planting trees at customers sites. Typically end of April. For much more information on our products, pricing & services Arbor Hill Tree Farm offers, please review our website or contact Jerry at 651-245-7978 or email us at

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Minneapolis Home & Garden Show

Arbor Hill Tree Farm will be an exhibitor at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show again this year. Take a break from the cold, get some excercise & get inspired for a spring or summer project. We will be in the 900 isle, a short distance off innovation avenue. We will be displaying a large Balsam Fir & an Autumn Blaze Maple. We will also have our updated price list and flier on our Spring & Show Tree Specials. Hope to see you at the show.

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Korean Dwarf Lilac Tree

The Korean Dwarf Lilac tree, shown here in Summer & Winter, is a great addition to your landscape. This is a tree form of a Lilac. It is produced at the nursery by grafting a branch onto a tree stem or standard. It has a very rounded shape, getting about 6 ft in diameter by 8 ft tall. To keep a nice shape, prune yearly after the flowers are done. The flowers are a typical purple color and extremely fragrant. Birds like making nests in this tree because it is very dense. Arbor Hill Tree Farm sells this tree potted or burlapped. Bailey nurseries has also produced a similar tree using a Miss Kim Lilac. That variety has a bright pink flower and is called Tinker Belle. As you can see by the picture on the right, the Ivory Silk Lilac Tree can be very attractive in the cold of winter when nature paints it white with frost. I have found this tree to be extremely hearty in Minnesota and very easy to grow.

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Winter Beauty

Winter came very early this year bringing bitter cold & snow before Thanksgiving. Now we are having way above normal temperatures. The unique warm, wet, sometimes foggy weather has made for some beautifully naturally decorated trees. I took several photos & wanted to share a few.


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Thanksgiving is once again almost here. As we prepare for our upcoming holidays & Christmas Tree Sales, I would like to say thank you very much to all our many customers for 2014. We have had another year where our sales have grown by about 15%. We appreciate all our new customers as well as our repeat & referral sales. We look forward to next year.

As always this year we clean out our barn to make room for our Christmas Tree Display. We have Fraser Fir trees from 6 to 11 feet tall. We also have some Spruce Trees available.

Check out our Christmas Tree Page for much more info.

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Tree Moving & Spading

Arbor Hill Tree Farm’s newest purchase for moving & transplanting trees.

We are able to transplant evergreens up to 12 ft tall or Shade Trees up to 5 inch diameter.

The new T650 Bobcat is equipped with tracks to minimize turf damage. We can put on a 36 or 48inch diameter tree spade. This is in addition to our existing truck mounted 90 inch diameter Big John tree Spade. Check out our web site Tree Spade Page at  for more information.

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River Birch Trees


A very hearty, native & popular tree for Minnesota.

The River Birch is most common sold as a Clump form, but can also be purchased as a single stem tree. The River Birch loves water, so is very tolerant of heavy, excessively wet soil. It likes full sun. It is a very fast growing, large tree at maturity. The bark is off white to brown in color and has a peely look to it.


The picture to the right is a close up view of the River Birch bark. As the tree gets larger the bark will turn a darker color.


The River Birch has a lot of roots. When it is transplanted it requires a lot of water to compensate for the root that was cut off for transplanting. The picture below illustrates how much root reestablishes in a short time. This tree was dug & burlapped in early May. The tree was placed in a holding display area & watered regularly. A customer purchased the tree in late August. The tree had to be re tree spaded for transplanting purposes. You can see that the tree grew approximately 2 feet of root in those few months.

If you have a River Birch in your landscape water frequently. I believe it is impossible to overwater. A sign the tree wants more water is leaves turning yellow and falling off during summer months. In the fall the leaves normally turn a yellow color and shed.Always plan for the future on this tree and others. Give them plenty of room to grow.

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