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Shade Trees

A shade tree will bring beauty and function to your landscape. Most of our shade trees have a distinctive look and grow to be quite tall, making a dramatic addition to any open space. They also create cooling shade in the hot, summer months and provide protective windbreaks in the cold, winter months. Plus, this protection from the elements outside will help you keep energy costs down inside! Shade trees are natural, eco-friendly ways to save on heating and cooling. Try planting multiple trees to maximize your enjoyment and your savings.

Enter your zip code to find your hardiness zone, see which trees and plants are best suited for your area, and learn your next ideal planting time.

Buyer's Guide

To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when shopping for a shade tree.

Zone Compatibility

Your climate plays an important role in whether or a tree will grow and blossom successfully. Before ordering a tree, make sure its recommended hardiness zone range includes your area.

Shipping Information

Most of our shade trees are shipped bare-root (without soil) to ensure good contact with your garden soil for easier planting. These young trees arrive in a dormant (resting) state without any apparent green growth, but they will spring to life soon after planting. And, since you don’t have to pay extra shipping costs for the soil in a pot, we are able to offer a tree of superior quality at a lower price. When shipped to you, these trees are approximately 3-4' tall with a ⅜" or larger trunk diameter.

Promise of Satisfaction

Since 1816, Stark Bro's has promised to please customers with the very best fruit trees and landscaping products, no matter what. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, let us know within a year of delivery and we will send you a free one-time replacement or a refund of the full purchase price.

Which option is best for me?

Bare-root Trees

Trees that are shipped without soil to ensure good contact with soil in your yard. When shipped, they are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. When they mature, they will be one of three sizes*:

Dwarf

Matures to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Provides an abundance of full-size fruit.

Semi-Dwarf

Matures to be about 12-15' tall and wide. Gives maximum fruit yield per square foot.

Standard

Matures to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. A multi-purpose fruit and shade tree.

Stark Supreme Tree®

Top-grade, bare-root trees that give you a head start on growing. When shipped, they are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.

EZ Start® Potted Trees

Trees in bottomless pots that allow some roots to be air pruned, so that a dense mass of productive, feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting easier. Mature sizes vary. When shipped, they are about 1-2' tall.

Select EZ Start® Potted Trees

Top-grade, potted trees chosen to give you a head start on growing. When shipped to you, they are about 3-4' tall.

*Tree sizes may vary by variety. See our Growing Guide for details.