Nursery management practices for three nurseries each from highland and lowland zones of central Ethiopiaare are evaluated. Characteristics of stock quality are identified for the containerised plants of A. albida, E. camaldulensis and G. robusta from lowland and A. mearnsii, E. globulus and H. abyssinica from highland. The results of this research study showed significant differences for the mean shoot height, root length, root collar diameter and shoot and root dry weight concerning tree species studied in the nurseries. At Bushoftu and Godino nurseries, E. camaldulensis showed variations in growth of mean shoot height, root length and root collar diameter. At Bekate and Garmama nurseries, A. mearnsii has no significant differences in the root length. At Bekate, Garmama and Menagesha nurseries E. globulus has not shown significant differences in the growth of root length while E. globulus has not shown differences in the growth of root collar diameter at Bekate and Menagesha nurseries. All other tree species studied showed differences in shoot height, root length, root collar diameter and shoot and root dry weights. Based on the results of nursery management practices, seedling growth and quality criteria, the growth of most tree species at Germama nursery in the highland zone is relatively better than in other nurseries. In the same way, tree seedlings at Modjo nursery in the lowland zone have demonstrated promising growth as compared to other nurseries. The role of shoot and root pruning as well as the importance of soil substrates for the growth of the tree seedlings are discussed. Based on the analysis of the parameters for stock quality test recommendations for further research are given.