The Woodlands of Missouri

The Woodlands of Missouri
...a stroll through the forest, a beautiful diverse biome.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 Want Quaking Aspen Trees for 33% Off?

Sure, why not... take the links below to learn more. Or would you rather learn a little bit about a very popular tree? How about both... 

Quaking Aspen is a very popular tree nearly nationwide. Aspens are fast growing, white trunks, with attract leaves that flutter in the wind. Overall, a pretty nice tree for the landscape design, either for commercial projects, or just at home.

Now the Aspen, in the Populus genus, belongs to the Willow Family (Salicaceae), a large family of trees and shrubs, of which the genus comprises about 30 true species found throughout the northern hemisphere. Many of the species are used for various lumber or pulp products, and many of the trees are used in shelterbelt and environmental plantings. Aspens provide a valuable food source for many animals, which browse the leaves and shoots, and sometimes the bark. They are a pioneer tree, fast growers, among the first to colonize burned or cutover areas.

The Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) has a huge natural range, and is the widest spread hardwood in North America. Aspens are native from the almost the Arctic Circle, across nearly all of Canada, down the Rocky Mountains and Cascade ranges, into the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico. Over this vast range, there are a wide array of phenotypical and genotypical variants. That is, there are biological differences within the species, hereditary adaptations, from the interaction of the various environments the trees are found. These differences are most notably in the flowering and fruiting dates,  leaf growth, and dormancy. Trees from northern Canada, for example, will look the same as Aspens from Colorado, but their biological functions will occur at different times. Trees from the southern ranges, might not grow or do as well if planted in the northern areas. Across the entire range, there are natural hybrids and varieties.

Want to learn more? Get the Book. It's on Amazon Kindle, and you can also click on the website below, or on our ads. On Kindle, look for (Simple How-to Plant and Grow Quaking Aspen Trees,
By William A. Jack, ASIN: B07H4TRS1B ). Our Catalog, Click here.

You will also see the note about getting them for 33% off.

Ok, there, we hope you found this message entertaining and informative... Happy planting!


Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Friday, November 29, 2019

 Black Friday Specials & Cyber Monday Deals

Yes, it is that time of year... Holiday sales events. Ok, good or bad, it is the reality of life these days, so deal with it!

No, actually, we are mixed about that. We too run hundreds of ads on ebay, Bonanza, Google, Bing, and Amazon, but our point and purpose of life is to promote trees and tree planting. Anyone want to plant a tree?

Ok, so here's our pitch... right here. Click on our webpages -

Super 33% Off on Quaking Aspen Trees, Horse Chestnut,, Ohio Buckeye, Red Buckeye, Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Pines and Dougls-Fir, and more... (

Get the Book... How-To's, Planting Instructions, and more. (

Get Fruit Trees... While Supplies Last... (

Enjoy and Happy Planting!

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


We Joined Bonanza!

Have you heard of Bonanza? You know ebay and Amazon... well, it's similar. Bonanza is a shopping site, like ebay or Amazon, where there are items for sale. You browse the catagories or do a search, and check it out. If you like it, you buy it. Same concept with Bonanza.

We have some of our trees listed in our new booth, so if you are inclined, take a look. Just click on any of the text below to connect to our booth.

Why? Why not. We have been on ebay since 1997, and Amazon also that long, which does promote our trees and non-nursery items. Bonanza gives us another avenue to do the same. Our hopes, plans, and goals, revolves around trees and getting trees to those who plant them. We are in the nursery business to promote trees and tree planting. It is actually pretty difficult work to grow them, and do everything it takes to get them ready for sale. There are easier ways to earn a living, but for us, it's all about the trees. 

Go to our Catalog, or the other webpages, and see what we do. For fun or curiosity, check out our Bonanza booth...

Check out our booth, EmpireNatlNursery .Just click anywhere on this text... and see our booth!

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Get a Free Tree

Yes, another promo... why not, it is that time of the year. Our last post we noted the special clearance deals currently going on at the nursery, and we have added another.

For a limited time, when you place an order of "Any" size, we will add a Free Tree. It is a simple offer, not too many strings attached. We just have more trees to push. Good crops, nice trees, but kind of like too many...  Just check out the Catalog to learn more.

Now our emphasis has always been, "fast growing trees for privacy screens and windbreaks", and pretty much holds true, now over 22 years later. We do have trees for shade, and those that flower, plus some fruiting types, but we like trees that grow fast the best...

And with our free tree promo, it is a random pick, whatever is excess when orders are filled (basically). That is, when orders are filled, there are often extras, good trees, but just overcounts, so they go back to the beds or the cooler. What we just assume do is add the extras to the orders.

Spring is happening, here at least, Buds are swelling, green tiny leaves are appearing, the fruit trees are just about to burst forth with color, and our horrid cold weather is done with! The grass (and weeds) are greening up, and the birds are very active. Plant, plant, plant... we are, and so should you be planting as well.

Anyways, our latest promo is to inspire planting, and yes, sales for us, but why not add a freebie in there. Have any questions, or looking for something in particular, drop us a note.

Happy Planting...


Monday, March 11, 2019

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Clearance - Overstock - Spring Super Deals - Get 33% Off

 Yes, it is time... time to mention that now that the trees have been lifted from the beds, we have a minor problem... we have too many! So, like every other store, we too will offer a super savings deal.

Right now, we are offering Sets of:
Quaking Aspen Trees
European White Birch Trees
Carolina Silverbell Trees
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Shrubs
Red and Ohio Buckeye Trees
Horse Chestnut Trees
White Willow Trees
Douglas-Fir Trees
Ponderosa and Scotch Pine Trees 
Colorado Blue Spruce Trees
paw Paw Trees
 Black Aronia Berry Shrubs

Go to the Catalog, and look for that link... (

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees. 

  More About Privacy Screens

We talk a lot about screens and windbreaks, simply because they have been asked about the most of any topic. Although it may sound like a repeat of former messages, the basics are the same, just that your particular planting situation is unique.

A barrier of trees works for many planting or design uses, and it is just the specifics that are needed. That is, a line of trees is good for making a living fence, screen, green barrier, or windbreak. Any tree species will work. But depending on the goal of the project, the more rows you can plant, the more effective the barrier becomes. There are no hard and fast rules, and your particular site conditions may alter your plans some, but each additional row makes the project goal attainable.

Although any tree species can work, we favor those that grow fast. Makes sense, saves time. For any planting project, you have to consider that it will take years for a barrier to grow in and become what you hope it will become, so aster growing trees makes sense. Which trees to plant?

For Fast-Growing trees, the Willows and Poplars, are at the top of the list, because in fair to good growing conditions, these types of trees will grow the fastest. These are good for most parts of the country, and in most growing conditions and climates. There are several species we prefer. Yes, because we also sell them, but still good choices. You can go to our Catalog by taking any of the links and ads to learn more.

But also, consider adding a row, or several rows of evergreens. The fast growing broadleafs grow quickly, but in the winter, they are bare sticks. Planting evergreens adds that winter screening, but as a whole, the evergreens grow much slower. Over time, the barrier will be magnificent, but it will takes several years to get there. Therefore planting evergreens with the faster growers, makes sense. Something to ponder...

And again, which evergreens to select will depend on your conditions, but we have some suggestions. Also plantable over much of the country, consider pines, like Ponderosa Pine, Eastern White Pine, or Scotch Pine. Also consider Douglas-Fir, Norway Spruce, White Spruce, and even the Colorado Blue Spruce.

There a lot of choices to make in planning and planting a green barrier, but whatever is done, the results can be great and worthwhile.


And then "Get the Book", to learn more and plan. Planting season is upon us...

Go to Amazon (Kindle), and do a search for: (Easy How-To Grow Trees for Privacy Screens and Windbreaks : 10 Fast Growing Trees You Should Plant; By: William A. Jack; ASIN: B07MYJNP85).


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Privacy Screens

As spring nears, people are getting more of that planting feeling. One of
the questions that keeps coming up are "What types of trees make good
privacy screens?"

Good question that has many answers. There are several things to keep in

1) What Plant Zone you're in (remember that topic?)
2) the space available
3) the desired outcome
4) value vs. "green junk"
5) time
6) cost
7) maintenance
8) neighbor aggravation/legalities
9) Others?

1) we talked about that, but if anyone has questions or wants a zone map,
just ask.
2) How wide your desired screen area is, plays an important role. "You
can't confine a shade tree in a 4x4 area very easily."
3) Dense, year-round, 20 feet tall, trimmable, no leaves to clean up
continually, etc. are typical desires for privacy screens
4) When you plant things, especially trees, plant what will increase the
value of your property, a long-term thought for you.
5) Do you have to have it now, then plant something already big. Or, if
you desire a dense screen in 3 years, or 5, then you can save money (and
your back) and plant smaller trees.
6) Related to #5, the bigger the tree, the more costly. Smaller plants
often grow as fast as larger ones, yet not as branched. In a few years,
you'd never really know the difference in many cases. "Biggest bang for
the buck" may well be the lil' fellas
7) How much trimming and clean up will be involved comparing this tree vs.
8) If you plant something that overhangs the fence, or send roots into
your neighbors sewer lines, guess what?
9) What other considerations might you have, I touched on a few.

Ok, so given the background-intro., what trees make good screens?
The whole cypress family - cypress, (false) cedars, junipers. They stay
green year round, grow dense, grow slow to fast, but can get huge or stay
very small, check the plant zones. Good nationwide choice - American
Arbor-Vitae. Western red cedar or eastern red cedar (which is a juniper)
are pretty good candidates also. Italian cypress is great, tall, very
narrow shape, dense, but limited plant zone range.

Other conifers - Douglas-Fir, the true firs, and spruces. They will grow
mostly nationwide, do well especially where its colder, growth rate is
usually slow. Douglas-Fir can grow very fast. All are trimmable, stay
dense year round, but they will get large and medium broad over time. The
larger specimens can be pretty spendy. Value - Colorado Blue Spruce.

The pines - as a young screen, they will be dense, but in time, they can
get huge and the lower branches on the trunks usually drop/die, possibly
losing that privacy. Grow rate is medium to fast. Scotch pine and Austrian
pines are good to plant. Go with smaller trees for better planting
survival and cost savings.

Redwoods and  Giant Sequoias - they can be good, dense and fast growth,
but limited climate zones and they get somewhat gigantic!

Hardwoods? Yes, many hardwoods and shrubs make great privacy screens too,
but the chief drawback is fall and winter bare stems often negate the
screening effect. Plant several rows, if space allows it, and the mass of
twigs in the winter will be somewhat screening.

Mix conifers and hardwoods? If the space allows it, plant two to four
rows, staggered, of slower growing conifers and faster growing hardwoods
or shrubs. The hardwoods make fast a "seasonal screen",  then in time the
conifers will make the permanent screen.

We'll address fence lines and shelterbelts later.


Now we recently released our book on Screens and Windbreaks. For that, take the Book link on the side and/or the bottom of this page. Interesting subject, and a lot to talk about, so ponder your planting projects, Spring is close...


Monday, February 11, 2019

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

 Spring is Near

We have received messages from all over the country people telling us
that spring is near, and others saying its still far away. How is it
where you're at?

Here in southwestern Missouri at our nursery grounds, the days are getting
into the low 40's, but the nights are still chilly in the mid 20's.
This has confused the trees, but a few plants are trying to leaf out.
The Flowering Quince  and Elderberries have lots of tiny new leaves. The willows, like the Weeping Willow, the White Willow, and the Ameri-Willow, which are often early, are still very dormant. Some of the grasses and weeds are greening up, hopfeully not the Johnson Grass yet.

Our spring planting and transplanting has been in full swing for over
two weeks now. Some cleanup, but a lot of planting, at least when the ground isnt frozen. There's still a lot get done.  We now have over 200 varieties of trees!
And growing!

What is the status of your spring plans?

Ready for planting? Take delivery early... do it now while everything is dormant.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Colorado Blue Spruce Trees

One of the most popular trees to plant as a specimen or a fence line is the
blue spruce. For obvious reasons, it is rare to have a blue-ish color
tree. A tree that helps to increase property value probably more than any
other single tree, is the blue spruce.

The Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) is a member of the Pine Family
(Pinaceae), and the natural range is in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. They
are found at the higher elevations from 6,000 to over 10,000 feet, either
in dense stands or as scattered individuals. In the past, it was used as a
timber tree, especially as the mountain area was being developed, but
since then, it is a minor timber species. The tree is slow growing, from a
few inches a year, to maybe a foot or more if the conditions are good.

Since the introduction into the ornamental landscaping market, the blue
spruce has become very popular. They are expensive trees to buy, related
to the slow growth, but also to the uniqueness of the tree. There are now
about twenty varieties of this tree, but basically its still a blue spruce.

Use this tree to highlight a key area in the yard, where the tree is the
focal point of that area. You can also plant a line of spruces, along a
fence, driveway, as a screen or other border. As they get bigger, the
visual impact is stunning, and the value of the property is greatly


Interesting? Then consider getting the book to learn more about this amazing and popular tree.

 On Amazon Kindle, Search for "William A. Jack" (Author), ASIN: B07HHHF6YS .

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

 Time to Start Planting Tree Screens and Windbreaks

One of the most sought after desires or goals in the home landscape design, is privacy. Green screens, privacy fences, and the like have become very popular over the last number of years. How to achieve it, at a minimal cost, and in the shortest time possible, are key questions asked. Building a fence or wall can work, at least to some extent. They can be quickly built, but the costs can be prohibitive, and there may be a limitation as to the effective height. The living fence can be that alternative. Planting trees for windbreaks and screens is actually easy, and there are some suggestions as to which trees to use.

In this guide, we firstly talk about Screens, the basics. Then, we talk about trees and notes on several that we think are more applicable and reasonably available. The last section is some of the how-to information most useful for any tree or shrub-planting project, whether for screens, commercial uses, or for the home and garden landscape.

 Get the eBook. It's easy enough. Just go to Amazon Kindle and look for the author. Or, plug the ASIN number into a search. Learn more about doing a Privacy Screen or Green Barrier this Spring.
Easy How-To Grow Trees for Privacy Screens and Windbreaks : 10 Fast Growing Trees You Should Plant
By: William A. Jack



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Another New eBook Has Been Published

Among some of the most tasty and healthy fruits we grow, are Blackberries. Thanks to our "consrcipted" author, William A. Jack, we now have live, "Simple How to Plant and Grow Blackberries", (Amazon Kindle ASIN: B07MJC38T), both in eBook and paperback. 

Cited, "One of the most  popular berries today is the blackberry. And what is not to like about the blackberry? They are sweet, juicy, produce berries in clusters that are fairly easy to pick quickly (at least the varieties without thorns), and they can grow across almost nationwide. They are also popular because of the health benefits, and there is a growing interest in large scale blackberry farms. There are many already, that is true, but even more interest for more and larger farms, as the fruit is  used in juices, cereal, dairy products, and a wide range of foods. Also, in the landscape design, blackberry makes a nice medium to tall shrub, planted as a single ornamental specimen, mixed with other plants, or in lines and hedges." 

Have an interest? "Get the Book"...

Learn more about Fast Growing Trees for your home and garden with this link.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Written by Empire National Nursery, Your Southwest Missouri Source for Fast Growing Trees.


"Get the Book", that's among our new slogans this year, part of our New Years resolutions... 

But actually, that we do have a growing "bookshelf" of helpful, how-to, and informative eBooks and paperbacks. These are available only on Amazon Kindle, but they make it very easy view or get or view. All of these are available in eBook form, and most can be purchased in paperback form.

What you would do, is go to, find the books in their Kindle section, then do a search for William A. Jack (Author), the title, or the ASIN number.

Each of the tree books, in particular, offers planting and care instructions, tips on planting, pruning, and fertilizing, plus other information. Easy to read, simple to understand, a nice informative reference for your home and garden library.

Consider these titles.

Compost 101: Simple How-to Make and Recycle Your Organic Wastes
By William A. Jack

How to Plant and Grow the Paw Paw Tree
By William A. Jack   

How-to Plant and Grow the Black Aronia Berry
By William A. Jack

Easy How-to Plant and Grow Blueberries
By William A. Jack

Easy How-to Plant and Grow the Ameri-Willow Tree: For fast growing Privacy Screens and Windbreaks
By William A. Jack


How-to Plant and Grow Mulberry Trees
By William A. Jack
ASIN: B07GC7331Q


How-to Plant and Grow Colorado Blue Spruce Trees
By William A. Jack

Simple How-to Plant and Grow Quaking Aspen Trees
By William A. Jack

Easy How-to Plant and Grow European White Birch Trees
By William A. Jack

Simple How-to Plant and Grow Horsechestnut, Ohio Buckeye, and Red Buckeye Trees: 3 Trees for Shade in the Landscape
By William A. Jack


The Empire of Trees: The ListBot Articles of Trees for Home Garden Landscaping and Reforestation Projects
By William A. Jack


The Empire of Seeds: The ListBot Articles of Seeds for Home Garden Landscaping

By: William A. Jack


Simple How-to Plant and Grow Blackberries
By: William A. Jack


How to Grow Marijuana Plants for Medical and Recreation Use
 By: William A. Jack


And, those written by Thomas Logwood, includes:

A Walk in the Sub-Alpine Meadows: A Look at the Tuolumne Meadows Ecosystem

By T. H. Logwood

Collecting Old Stock Certificates: A Look at the Past
By T. H. Logwood

The End of American Freedom: Free Speech Can Die in the 2020 Election
By T. H. Logwood


The U.S.S. La Porte (APA 151), The Pearl of the Pacific
By T. H. Logwood


Happy reading... Enjoy!

Go to the eBooks section in our Catalog.