J. Frank Gaudet Tree Nursery Services

Producing trees and shrubs

The J. Frank Gaudet Tree 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 on the Island Trees and Shrubs page.

What tree species does the nursery typically produce?

Coniferous Species    

  • White Pine
  • Red Pine
  • Austrian Pine*
  • White Spruce
  • Black Spruce
  • Norway Spruce*
  • Balsam Fir
  • Eastern Larch
  • Eastern White Cedar
  • Eastern Hemlock    

Deciduous Species

  • Sugar Maple
  • Red Maple  
  • Red Oak
  • White Ash
  • Black Ash
  • White Birch
  • Yellow Birch    

* Non-Acadian Forest species

Planting programs

The nursery does not plant trees but the Division does offer the following three primary planting programs:

Advice on selecting the right plants for the right sites

Selecting the tree and shrub species best suited to your needs and the growing conditions of the planting site is important for growth and development and reducing the impacts of insects and diseases. Tree and Shrubs  is a searchable database that contains information on some 700 species and varieties of plants. 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.   

The Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division also offers information to the public on tree insects and diseases through the Facebook page Tree Insects and Disease: Prince Edward Island

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. 



Published date: 
February 11, 2019