Iowa Native Trees and Shrubs is a small owner-operated nursery serving the growing demand for native plants.   To schedule an appointment call Zach Burhenn at 515-664-8633.

To inquire about having plants grown for you on contract, plants not ready for sale, or to suggest other species to be grown please e-mail me at
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Iowa Native Trees and Shrubs specializes in propagating and growing native plants from locally collected seed. Plants are grown in a patented system of root pruning containers to produce an extremely fibrous root system that ensures a healthy and vigorous plant ready to be successfully transplanted.

In early March, seeds are germinated in the greenhouse, fertilized, and irrigated for 8 to 10 weeks.  Patented air-root-pruning cell trays maximize the number of roots and the development of the root system, establishing a strong foundation for top growth. 


From the cell trays, seedlings are transplanted into 1 gallon root pruning containers for the next 8-10 weeks and finally transplanted into #3 or #7 (gallon) root pruning containers or planted directly into the field in 12" root control bags


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