Annual Tree & Shrub Sale

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Annual Native Tree & Shrub Sale
Every year we offer a wide selection of native trees and shrubs for purchase at a reasonable price. Hard copies of the order form are mailed out in early January each year, and if you'd like to be added to this list, please email your mailing address to info@southstlouisswcd.org. At the same time a PDF copy of the form is loaded to this page.

2018 Tree & Shrub Order Form - Available for reference only
2018 Tree Descriptions

Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? See if the answer is here! Otherwise, reach out to us via contact info below.

How do I store my trees until I can plant them?
Find a cool, shaded spot of earth next to something you can lean the trees against. Set the roots directly in the dirt, wrap the outside of the roots in burlap or an old bathtowel, and water multiple times a day. Keep the roots wet, the burlap/towel will help if you keep it soaked. Do not submerge roots in a bucket of water, they will drown.

When do I need to plant the trees?
Ideally, as soon as you get them home. Realistically, get them in the ground within a few days. Much past a week after pick-up is pushing it. The trees need to be tended to daily (see above), so it will be easier on you and the trees to plant them quickly. It's best if you can make your planting plans before you pick them up!

How big are the trees? Do I need to bring a trailer?

No, most of the trees will easily fit in a car. Look at the order form for the heights of the trees. We will wrap the roots in a bag so your car doesn't get dirty.

Can I order less than a bundle?
Unfortunately we can't break down the bundles. However, you can split an order with someone else. We ask that you coordinate the splitting of the bundles yourself, we aren't able to hold your split bundles at the pickup location for fear of confusion with full bundles.

What if I can't pick up my trees on the assigned days?
Then you'll need to find someone to pick them up for you. We aren't able to care for the trees after the last pick-up day.

Why don't you sell [insert tree name here]?
We only sell Minnesota native trees and shrubs, as they not only thrive in our environment, but they also restore and reclaim land. We select trees that are available through our nurseries and are suitable for current needs in forestry.

Will the deer eat my trees?
If they're hungry enough, we've all seen what deer can do to any plant. If deer are a problem in your yard, you can build cages or put fences up around your trees. Your local hardware store has all the supplies you'll need, we do not sell any cages or tubes.

Can I buy the leftover trees?
We do not sell trees that people have failed to pick up. The chances of having any extra unsold trees for sale are low, so call our office during the sale to see if anything is available. You may also ask when you pick up your pre-ordered trees if there are extras available for purchase.

I don't know when to pick up my trees, I didn't get a reminder email.
We send email reminders about a week before pick-up starts. However, sometimes emails bounce back or our emails end up in your spam folder. Put it on your calendar straight away, and if you're unsure of the dates just call or email us and we'll be happy to get you the info you need.

How does the sale work?
1) Review tree and shrub descriptions to select the appropriate plant for your location
2) Fill out your order form, mail in with a check
3) Mark your calendar with your pickup date and location
4) Begin planning your planting so trees get in the ground asap! (check out resources to the right)
5) Pick up your trees and have fun planting

Early ordering is recommended for best selection, as some trees will sell out toward the end of the sale. After March 1st please check the updated Order Form above for availability before mailing in your order. You need not reside or own property in south St. Louis County to purchase trees and shrubs from us. Tree Sale trees cannot be resold.

Contact Us

Can't find your answers here? Want more specific advice on tree selection for your site? Contact Julie or Beth, or leave a message with the office in case you miss us, and we'll be happy to help.

Beth Kleinke - forestry specific questions

Julie Venhuizen - general sale questions


Tree Planting & Care Resources

Minnesota SWCD Tree Handbook

USDA Plants Database

Our 'Forests In Focus' Poster

Interactive Trees Poster (Mn DNR)

Deer: Damage Prevention
and Control Methods

Bud Capping to Protect from Deer (UM Extension video)

How to Prune (USFS)

Backyard Tree Care (Mn DNR)

Itasca Greenhouse - local seedling supplies

How To Plant

Wild Fruits of Minnesota

Protect Your Trees


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