Trees, Shrubs & Perennials for Illinois

State Tree:

  • White Oak (Quercus alba)

State Flower:

  • Violet (Viola odorata)

USDA Growing Zones in Illinois:

  • 5, 6 & 7

Choosing Trees & Shrubs for Your Illinois Landscape

If you’re planting a garden or creating a landscape in the Prairie State, shop at Nature Hills Nursery. We are America’s largest online nursery with a fine selection of Illinois yard trees and shrubs. These plants were chosen by our staff horticulturalists for their ability to prosper in the Illinois climate.


The Land of Lincoln has distinct growing zones for planting enthusiasts. Except for Greater Chicago, the northern half of the state is USDA zone 5, allowing for hardy plants such as Quaking Aspen Trees and Western Sand Cherry Bushes. Nearly all of Southern Illinois is Zones 6 and 7, meaning more “warm-blooded” vegetation like the Mimosa Tree and Brightwell Blueberry Bush will shine. Use the USDA Plant Hardiness Map to learn more.


To start your search for Illinois plants, select a category or check out the tree and shrub bestseller. Each plant has a Highlight Fact section with important info about sun exposure, soil and moisture needs, growth rate and much more so you know if they’ll bloom in your unique yard. Nature Hills Nursery is a partner of Plant Sentry™, a database that ensures we only ship products meeting local and Illinois state planting regulations. For more about home gardening and landscaping, visit our Garden Blog or talk to an expert on Instant Chat.