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Large trees shape the landscape and help us tell a story.

Over the past 40+ years Environmental Design, Inc. has established itself as the premier service provider for specimen tree supply and transplantation in the United States and throughout the world. Our comprehensive service offerings include large tree sourcing and procurement, as well as project specific custom growing, and in box/in-ground tree nursery establishment. We also offer turnkey tree harvest, delivery, and installation services.

Each of our offices, located strategically throughout the country maintains a fleet of state of the art truck mounted hydraulic tree spades capable of transplanting trees. We also offer project-specific custom tree digging, basketing, and boxing services. Environmental Design, Inc. maintains a national/international network of tree nursery relationships that allow us to source and procure any tree species your project requires. Our offices in both Southern and Northern California maintain box tree nurseries with inventories that include all conifer and oak species found through the region. Our office in Minneapolis services the midwest and specializes in hydraulic custom digging and transplantation. This office also provides sourcing and balled in burlap digging of conifers, deciduous maple species as well as oaks. Our central United States offices provide comprehensive tree services in Houston, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and throughout the southern states as well as housing tree farms. Our east coast offices located in Charleston, South Carolina services Florida, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, the Washington D.C. metro region and New York.

A Few Of Our Amazing Clients

Our Team

Tom Cox


Mark Merit


Phillip Irvin


Jesse Shulse

Executive V.P. - Business Development

David Marks

Central Division V.P.

David B. Cox

Eastern Region V.P.

Paul Cox

Western Region V.P.

ISA Certified Arborist

Jon Hillis

Austin/Dallas-Fort Worth V.P.

ISA Certified Arborist

Jim Paul

Northern Division Manager

Phillip Zellner

Business Development - East

ISA Certified Arborist

Scott Willard

V.P. of Operations

Zach Elias

Business Development - South Central US

Shane Hrobar

Business Development - Central States

ISA Certified Arborist

Clint Holloway

Area Manager - Central Texas

Don White

Project Manager - Austin

Joey Carlisle

Lead Mechanic

Daniel Wagner

Business Development - DFW

Tony Bolado

General Manager - Big Trees Nursery

Agripino Salgado

Project Manager - Bentonville, AR

Alex Burk

Project Manager - Houston

Dakota Smith

Project Manager - Houston

Brad Trentham

ISA Certified Arborist

Carlos Salgado

Tree Farm Manager

Noah Ownbey

Project Manager - East

Sandy Capezzuto


Jeanne Klansek

Accounting Manager

Ellen Lewis

Social Media-Marketing

Dita Nehme

HR Payroll Administrator

Mary Tooley

Accounts Payable

Jacob Cox

In Loving Memory 1981 - 2021

Frank Hughes

Project Manager - East

Our Crew Teams