Tree Talk Natives grows and sells pesticide-free trees and plants native primarily to Ecoregion 59, which includes parts of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. These plants have high pollinator values and support the birds, mammals, insects and other critters that live here. Our plants include flowering, fruiting, broad-leaf deciduous and evergreen trees, and a wide selection of bushes, wildflowers and grasses.
Some of our products hail from slightly further south but still thrive in our climate. We have a few cultivars (notably from the Mt. Cuba Collection) believing it better to plant a native cultivar than a non-native and invasive species.
Our trees grow in fabric containers that not only promote healthier roots but many of our pots are made from recycled materials, primarily water bottles.
Unlike the hard plastic pots found at most nurseries, our containers not only encourage fibrous root systems but also discourage roots from “circling,” which over time can damage and kill the tree.
Our containers also allow for airflow, protect roots from extreme heat and cold and promote vigorous root growth.
They also are reusable and make attractive containers for potted plants.
Minus a few exceptions, you can put our trees in your car and plant them yourselves.
Research* shows trees planted when they are small -- and in containers, retaining nearly 100 percent of their root systems -- do well and eventually outgrow and overtake large trees cut out of the ground and losing 95% of their roots.
*Tallamy, Douglas W. The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees. Timber Press. March 30, 2021
Like you, we want plants that feed insects and birds.
Browsing our nursery, you may find leaves with holes in them or aphids on the flower stems.
Birds eat those aphids, and they eat the caterpillars and other insects feasting on the healthy, chemical-free leaves.
These are clear signs of a living and sustainable landscape.
Photo by Becky Matsubara © 2018