J. Frank Gaudet Tree Nursery Services
The J. Frank Gaudet Tree Nursery is Prince Edward Island's largest tree seedling production facility. Named after the Province's first forester, the nursery produces tree and shrub seedlings for:
- reforestation projects on private and public forest land
- watershed enhancement projects
- buffer zone establishment
- Christmas trees
- wind breaks and hedgerows
- as well as landscaping and wildlife management.
Seedlings are not sold directly to the public but are available through the participating garden centres listed at Island Trees and Shrubs.
What tree species does the nursery typically produce?
Availability for some species varies from year to year.
- White Pine
- Red Pine
- Austrian Pine*
- White Spruce
- Black Spruce
- Norway Spruce*
- Balsam Fir
- Eastern Larch
- Eastern White Cedar
- Eastern Hemlock
- Sugar Maple
- Red Maple
- Red Oak
- White Ash
- White Birch
- Yellow Birch
* Non-Acadian Forest species
What tree planting programs are available?
The nursery does not plant trees but producers seedlings for the following tree planting programs:
- Forest Enhancement Program for private woodlot owners.
- Greening Spaces Program for schools, communities and community groups.
- Hedgerow Planting Program for home owners, farmers and businesses.
- Carbon Capture Tree Planting Program
How do I select the right plants for the right sites?
It is important to select the tree and shrub species best suited to your needs and the growing conditions of the planting site for growth and development and to reduce the impacts of insects and diseases.
Home owners, watershed groups, woodlot owners and others can use the database to determine which plants can be grown successfully for their needs.
Advice on tree insects and diseases
Staff also provide advice to property owners to help them identify and deal with insects and disease problems of common native tree and shrub species. For detailed information on how to collect and submit samples, visit: Tree Insects and Diseases Identification services.
Improving tree quality
The Tree Improvement program produces genetically improved seed from selected Acadian Forest tree species. Seedlings produced from this first generation improved seed should provide faster growing, higher quality trees for many different uses and services in future generation.