Tree and Shrub Sale
Winning photographers each tell the story of their tree specimen.
"They shade runners and walkers as they pass under the canopy in Bagley Nature Area. . . . The light that is filtered down creates a glowing warmth like I have never seen before!"
—Kiah Brasch, Most Aesthetic
"A great display of fortitude. Despite being crowded and bullied, close to a recently paved driveway, and suffering some trauma leading to a split trunk, this tree continues to provide beautiful color and form."
—Kate Kubiak, Most Heroic
"We have rescued at least four. The one pictured is one of the oldest. I think of birch as one of the good weeds, springing up wherever there is a bit of sunlight."
—Melvyn Magree, Most Classic
WHITE CEDAR & RED PINE
"These are pictures from Amnicon State Park. The roots are uplifting us through nature on our walks through the park and the old pines are reminding us of our responsibilities of being guardians of Mother Earth."
—Mary Jane Olson, Most Poetic
Zoom in on photos and full stories in our Forests In Focus poster.
2013 Native Tree & Shrub Sale
Notice: One Week Weather Delay
Pickup Dates & Times
Thurs. & Fri., May 16 & 17, 9am - 5:30pm
Sat., May 18, 9 - 11am
St Louis County Fair Grounds
900 Boundary Ave., Proctor
Friday, May 17, 8am - 5pm
Lake County Human Services Center / alley
616 3rd Avenue
Thursday, May 16, 2 - 4pm
Cook County Courthouse / east side
The 2013 Tree and Shrub Order Form features 31 native species to choose from. Note that the starting sizes of these bare-root seedlings and transplants are now listed right in the order form itself. Plants come in bundles of 10 or 25, depending on their initial size.
If you did not receive our Tree Order Form in the mail in January, please fill out our Sign-Up Form or email us or call us (218-723-4867) to be added to the Tree and Shrub Sale Mailing List for next year.
You do not need to be a resident or property owner of our area to purchase trees and shrubs.
Share a winter pick-me-up!
Pair a pack of notecards with a gift certificate for our spring tree and shrub sale. An inspiring mid-winter gift!
Gifts That Grow Order Form
Forests In Focus Notecards
$7— pack of 4, with matching envelopes
Native Tree & Shrub Sale Gift Certificate
$20, $35, or any amount you choose (view sample)
Forests In Focus Poster
$49—24" h x 48" w, high-resolution glossy (view details)
Prices include MN sales tax and shipping. Print and fill out Gifts That Grow Order Form. Then mail it, along with your check, to South St Louis SWCD, 215 North 1st Ave. E., Duluth, MN 55802. Questions?
Call (218/ 723-4867) or email us today.
A poster of native tree photos and stories by Kiah Brasch, Melvyn Magree, Mary Jane Olson, and our own Kate Kubiak.
We received a few exquisite submissions to our Forests in Focus photo contest. Any lack in quantity was more than made up for in quality. From the heroic oak to the poetic cedar roots—plus luminous maples—these are just the kinds of personal stories and images we hoped for.
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 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 Your 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
How to Prune (USFS)
Tree Care (Mn DNR)
Itasca Greenhouse - local seedling supplies
Firewise (Mn DNR)