Tree and Shrub Sale
Annual Native Tree & Shrub Sale
Five new tree species for 2014 ~ and beyond!
The 2014 Native Tree and Shrub sale will feature five new tree species common just to our south, and heading our way with gradual warming trends. From grand-daddy white oaks and cottonwoods, to smaller hackberry trees, black cherry and red cedar, we're looking ahead to the changing ecology of northern Minnesota. Similarly, we offer no ash trees because their devastating pest, the emerald ash borer, has been found in northern Wisconsin.
To receive our 2014 Tree Order Form by mail, please fill out our Sign-Up Form or email us or call us (218-723-4867). Forms are mailed in January, and early ordering is recommended for best selection.
You need not reside or own property in south St. Louis County to purchase trees and shrubs from us.
Give The Gift That Grows!
Contact our office to order this great-looking gift certificate in any amount for the spring 2014 tree/shrub sale. Give the gift that grows to your neighbors and friends! Send a check to our office in any amount, and we will send the gift certificate to you or directly to the lucky recipient! (South St Louis SWCD, 215 North 1st Ave. E, Rm 301, Duluth, MN 55802)
DNR is back in the nursery business!
Though our local DNR nursery, General Andrews, had to close last spring, the 2013 Legislature stepped in this summer to repeal the 2011 law that had eliminated seedling sales to SWCDs and private landowners. This is great news for those who care about planting native tree seedlings grown from Minnesota-harvested seed – like us!
State Nurseries Supervisor, Craig VanSickle says, "We can now sell seedlings to private landowners for 2014 and beyond." All landowners and SWCDs -- statewide -- can still purchase seedlings. While grown at Badoura Nursery in Akeley, MN, the old General Andrews Nursery will serve as a distribution center for folks in our area. It is located in Willow Falls. Private landowners interested in a minimum order of 500 plants can purchase direct from the DNR.
Smaller quantities are available at our tree and shrub sale!
Emerald Ash Borer found in Superior, WI
August, 2013, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in Superior, WI. This devastating insect will certainly find its way across the harbor in coming years. Black ash and green ash are native to our area, and other varieties may be part of the urban and suburban landscape. There are two important things you can do to help slow and mitigate EAB's damage.
1) Learn to identify Emerald Ash Borer and evidence of its presence. The Minnesota Extension has a great, step-by-step guide for identifying ash trees, the ash borer itself, and insect damage. Diseased trees may be treated or removed.
2) Begin planting replacement species. For black ash growing in moist forests, consider tamarack, yellow birch and red maple. For black ash in upland forests, consider basswood, quaking aspen, white spruce and maples. For green ash along river floodplains, consider American elm, box elder, or some of our native willows.
What might be the consequences of EAB for black ash stands in our wet, marshy areas? Read "Rising From the Ashes: What happens when the trees disappear from the forest?", published in the Fall 2013 issue of UM-CFANS' magazine, Solutions.
Get to know the local species
Tallest, oldest, reddest barked or tastiest berried – learn what each native tree and shrub has to offer. Our website features several layers of information, including soil and sun preference; best uses; and growth habits.
Begin by viewing our 2014 Tree/Shrub Descriptions & Pictures page. From there, to dig deeper into a species' character, click the underlined name, and you will get more photos, illustrations and descriptions.
How to plant bare-root trees & shrubs
There are simple but important steps for properly caring for your bare-root seedlings and getting them planted. The main thing is, plant them promptly. The tiny roots are fragile and if they dry out, the plant will die. The other common mistake is to plant the long roots in a shallow hole, with the roots curving up in a U-shape. It's better to trim the roots with scissors than to bend them in the hole. View all the steps for preparing, planting and caring for your new plants in our How To Plant information sheet (pdf).
Native plant species make the best neighbors
As of 2011, we offer only species native to our region. In using indigenous trees and shrubs, we help reclaim the original ecosystems of northern Minnesota. There is no worry about non-natives overtaking more sensitive natives, which happens in the plant world, just as it does among fish in our waterways. And, give them proper soil and water conditions, native species thrive, because they like it here!
Furthermore, in purchasing native plants, we are encouraging area nurseries to stock more of them. If there's a native tree or shrub you are interested in but don't see listed here, please let us know. With enough demand, supply will change.
SWCD Tree Handbook
USDA Plants Database
Our 'Forests In Focus' Poster
Interactive Trees Poster (Mn DNR)
Online Plant Selector (Blue Thumb)
Deer: Damage Prevention
and Control Methods
Bud Capping to Protect from Deer (UM Extension video)
How to Prune (USFS)
Tree Care (Mn DNR)
Itasca Greenhouse - local seedling supplies
Emerald Ash Borer ID & Action Guide (UM Extension)
Firewise (Mn DNR)
Woodland Stewardship Book (UM Extension)