Nursery and Tree Improvement

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has grown and distributed over 2.5 billion forest tree seedlings since we began operating in 1928. It is the Forestry Commission’s mission to provide high-quality, improved seedlings for the landowners of South Carolina. We also provide a wide variety of species and products to meet the ever-changing needs of large and small landowners to include wildlife plantings, windbreaks, streamside buffers, longleaf pine - wiregrass ecosystem restoration, wetland mitigation/restoration, and rooted cuttings and seedlings for Christmas trees.

Please read more below about our exciting new partnership with commercial seedling provider ArborGen, which now provides management services at our 60-year-old tree nursery in Edgefield County.


In April 2018, the South Carolina Forestry Commission entered into a partnership with commercial forestry seedling provider ArborGen, which will provide management services to operate the agency’s Taylor Nursery in Trenton, S.C.

The collaboration represents a unique public-private partnership in which ArborGen now uses Taylor Nursery as a production facility for its portfolio of seedling genetics while the Commission retains ownership of the property. As part of the arrangement, ArborGen is making a substantial investment in modernizing the nursery’s equipment and infrastructure, including irrigation systems, storage coolers, and seeding and harvesting equipment.

The Forestry Commission still determines its own seedling production goals – up to 5 million annually – for South Carolina landowners, who are still eligible to purchase seedlings at the Forestry Commission's approved prices on orders up to 100,000 seedlings.

View and/or download our 2020-21 seedling price guide now!

To check seedling availability and place seedling orders, call Taylor Nursery directly at (803) 275-3578. BE SURE TO ASK FOR THE SC RESIDENT/LANDOWNER DISCOUNT!


Seedling Availability at Taylor Nursery at SCFC Prices

Order trees with this Arborgen Customer Order Information Form.


Tree Planting Guide

Planting Instructions - Planting instructions for various species. (pdf file)

Seedling Spacing/Trees Per Acre

When I Grow Up - "From a Seedling to a Tree - Mature Tree Shapes of the SC Forestry Commission's Forest Tree Nursery Seedlings"

Facility Locations


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