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Annual Native Tree & Shrub Sale

The 2016 Tree & Shrub sale is now over. Mark your calendars for next year, and make sure to get your order in early to ensure you get exactly what you need.

To Order Native Trees & Shrubs:

- Review the 2016 Tree and Shrub Description and Photos
- Print out the 2016 Order Form
- Complete the order form
- Mail the order form and payment before April 15, 2016
- Pick up your trees! (a reminder will be sent early May with further pick up details)

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.

2016 Pick Up Locations

Indicate your pick up location on your order form. A reminder will be sent in early May with final pick up details.


Proctor Fair Grounds - map

May 12, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
May 13, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
May 14, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Two Harbors

Lake County Service Centery - map

May 13, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Grand Marais

Cook County Courthouse - map

May 12, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Additional Information

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 2016 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).

Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been located in St Louis County (Park Point) and is likely to continue to spread throughout the region. 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.

For further information on the Emerald Ash Borer use the links below:
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - EAB
Minnesota Department of Agriculture - EAB Early Detection and Rapid Response

Native plant species make the best neighbors
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.

Tree Resources

Minnesota 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)

Backyard Tree Care (Mn DNR)

Itasca Greenhouse - local seedling supplies

Emerald Ash Borer ID & Action Guide

Don't Move Firewood (Mn DNR)

Firewise (Mn DNR)

Woodland Stewardship Book (UM Extension)


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