In 1993, anticipating a future home site in a vacant field, the Lederman family acknowledged their appreciation for trees and planned ahead by planting 6 acres of nursery stock. The goal was to create a forest, adding character and beauty, in front of their homestead, with intentions of marketing a few trees for their children’s education fund.

After a few years of growth, they began selling trees at local tree auctions, and realized the potential for a retail tree nursery operation serving the local community.


Their first hydraulic tree spade was purchased in 1997. As tree sales increased, they continued to plant additional, larger tree stock and expanded their acreage of trees as well as the varieties of landscape trees.

In 1998, Todd & Cindy Lederman sold their existing excavation business of 14 years and dedicated more time to the nurture, growth, and community awareness of Dogwood Hills Tree Farm. Equipment services have expanded to include 4 tree spades. Three are mounted on skidsters, and work well for moving smaller trees, and in tight spots. The larger spade is truck mounted which allows us to transport trees over-the-road. This machine can accommodate a 6-7″ diameter tree. The company has continued to expand over the years with an excellent crew, serving the expanding community.

In April of 2017, a new chapter began as Curtis Bontrager (long-time employee) & his wife Melody, purchased the business! They plan to move forward, continuing with quality products & services, also bringing new ideas & energy. Curtis’s love of trees & knowledge of the business is evident, as well as his strong work ethic, leading the crew in providing excellent, professional, friendly service.

Dogwood Hills Tree Farm is excited to be northern Indiana’s premiere provider of landscape, specimen-quality trees.

It’s a pleasure serving our growing community. Trees add value, both aesthetically and monetarily, to anyone’s property.

Bring a friend and come visit us at Dogwood Hills Tree Farm!