The Lansdowne sycamore, pictured here, was likely planted by Lenape or Swedes around 400 years ago to demarcate a spring alongside a trail. Though it is all that remains of the original forest in its area, it has served people and wildlife for four centuries and shows the potential of planting a single tree.

The Lansdowne sycamore, pictured here, was likely planted by Lenape or Swedes around 400 years ago to demarcate a spring alongside a trail. Though it is all that remains of the original forest in its area, it has served people and wildlife for four centuries and shows the potential of planting a single tree.

Shelterwood is a plant nursery and gardening resource located in Philadelphia, PA.

Our goal is to empower backyard gardeners, farmers, and urban foresters across eastern North America to combat climate change and mass extinction. We offer robust plants and innovative landscape management strategies to improve climate resiliency in any community.

Shelterwood was founded by Max Paschall - an ISA certified arborist and professional horticulturist coming from four generations of nurserymen and women.

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The name 'shelterwood' derives from a forestry practice that retains mature trees to seed in and provide shelter for the next generation of forest. We strongly believe in the value of maintaining and propagating the last truly ancient trees in eastern North America, and much of our seed stock is sustainably sourced from these sentinels - including state and national champion trees.