Trees in the Valley

A Family Tradition


Premium Colorado blue and Black Hills spruce
Homegrown with care in the
Red River Valley

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What our customers say:

"The trees are great. Thanks for the great customer service and follow up."
- Steve S., Sabin,


"The trees are beautiful. Thank you very much."
- Dianna B.,
Moorhead, Minnesota


"The trees look fantastic and they're growing well. I was amazed at how easy everything was. The delivery and transplanting was handled so well.Thank you!"
- Kate P., Big Cormorant Lake

Audubon, Minnesota


    "What I found with Trees in the Valley was a great price for the size of the trees and the whole experience was easy."

    - Marty M., West Fargo, North Dakota




Our story

With just five-and-a-half acres, a desire to farm, and a father with knack for growing things, Jean Anderson started Trees in the Valley 12 miles south of Moorhead, Minnesota, on land homesteaded by her great grandparents more than 100 years ago.


Entering a partnership with her 79-year-old father, Lynn Anderson, Jean began in 1995 by planting 50 tiny Colorado blue spruce. Lynn, a semi-retired farmer, pruned, watered, fertilized and mulched the tender crop, with Jean pitching in along the way. Together they fought drought, grasshoppers and dust storms, until finally – eight years after that initial planting – Jean sold her first trees in the fall of 2003.


Every year since that first season, Jean and Lynn have planted new seedlings, including Black Hills spruce and several deciduous varieties. Today they tend a living inventory of 600 trees for residential and commercial planting, and Jean has realized a lifelong dream. She has returned to her roots and is working the land she loves.



Our trees

Trees in the Valley specializes in Colorado blue and Black Hills spruce. Our stock ranges from 6 to 12 feet in height. Each variety has slightly different characteristics.


Colorado blue spruce

Needle color: Green to blue.Color varies from tree to tree; usually one out of every five trees tends to a blue color.

Growth rate: Slow growing

Average height: 60 to 100 feet

Average spread: 20 to 35 feet

Exposure: Full sun

USDA hardiness: -40 degrees

Soil requirements: Tolerates most well-drained soils.Needs moisture before going into the winter months.It is the most drought­tolerant of the spruce and is deer-resistant.

Black Hills spruce

Needle color: Dark green

Growth rate: Slow growing

Average height: 30 to 40 feet

Average spread: 20 to 30 feet

Exposure: Sun to light shade

USDA hardiness: -40 degrees

Soil requirements: Tolerates most well-drained soils.

Native to the Dakotas, the Black Hills spruce is resistant to disease problems, winter injury and deer.




Landscaping tips

Like all trees, when carefully selected and placed, spruce trees can greatly enhance a landscape. Spruce trees are most suited to large, open areas with full sun. The majestic Colorado blue spruce make excellent specimen trees. Black Hills spruce are commonly used for privacy screens and windbreaks, as well as accent plantings.

Landscaping not only beautifies a property, it adds significantly to its value. Consider the following: *

  • Improving landscaping from "average" to "good" can increase the sale value of a home by 4 to 5 percent.
    - Clemenson University
  • Landscaping can bring a recovery rate of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Compare that to kitchen remodeling, which has a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate.
    - Money Magazine
  • In one study, 83 percent of Realtors believe mature trees have a "strong or moderate impact" on the salability of homes listed under $150,000. For homes listed over $250,000, this perception increases to 98 percent.
    - American Forests, Arbor National Mortgage

*Information provided by American Nursery and Landscape Association




Fair prices, excellent service

Trees in the Valley is proud to provide superior stock and the best in customer service. The farm is inspected and certified annually by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

  • Colorado Blue and Black Hill Spruce trees range in size from 6 to 18 feet.
  • Expert transplanting by Hanson Tree Service and is included in the cost for trees moved within twenty miles of the tree farm.

Call or email for a time to visit the tree farm and select your trees.


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Contact us

If we may be of assistance, please contact us today.

Phone: (701) 371-8787


Mailing address:

Trees in the Valley

420 6th Ave. S., #207

Fargo, ND 58103


This site is in loving tribute to my dad, Lynn, who passed away in November of 2005. It was through his inspiration, passion and teaching that I am able to continue loving and working on the land. Thank you for your interest in trees - they bring beauty and blessings to the earth.