Every year the South St. Louis SWCD offers a wide selection of native trees and shrubs for purchase at a reasonable price. These trees are picked up by the purchaser in May. Orders can be placed by sending a check and completed order form to the SWCD or via an online order. All online orders are subject to a 4% online convenience fee.
We have fewer than 50 bundles available for sale in our 2021 season. THANK YOU for wanting to help us with our conservation work by planting trees! We were able to secure a few additional pollinators through one of our partner nurseries which is why you will see remaining inventory in Black Chokeberry, False Indigo and Ninebark still available. Click the link at the bottom of the page to see full availability numbers.
Our online store is open! Scroll to the green button at the bottom of the page. Online ordering is your very best way to check current availability as well as to confirm the varieties you’d like to purchase. We will still be collecting mailed in order forms but those will be processed once a week due to COVID protocol.
NOTE: All bundles in the 2021 season are bundles of 25 seedlings and all are $40/bundle. You will want to plan your order and planting schedule accordingly. Also, please check sizes of the seedlings you’re ordering as they may be different from previous years. Tree descriptions have been updated on page two of the order form to give customers easy to access information about mature sizing as well as sun and soil needs.
2021 Pickup Information and Locations
Duluth – 218-723-4867
800 N. Boundary Ave., Duluth
Thursday, May 13: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 14: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 15: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Two Harbors – 218-834-8370
Lake County SWCD
408 E. 1st Ave., Two Harbors
Friday, May 14: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
**PLEASE CALL before or upon arrival so staff can prep and place your order.**
Grand Marais – 218-387-3647
Crechville Rd. Storage Garage
Crechville Road between Gunflint Trail and W 5th St.
Thursday, May 13: Noon – 4:00 p.m.
How does the sale work?
1) Review tree and shrub descriptions to select the appropriate plant for your location
2) Place Order – online (scroll down for online store) or by mailing a completed form and check to the SWCD (found below)
3) Mark your calendar with your pickup date and location
4) Begin planning your planting so trees get in the ground asap!
5) Pick up your trees and have fun planting
Early ordering is recommended for best selection, as trees will sell out as sale progresses. After March 1st please check the updated website 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. We do not offer refunds or cancellations on orders. If you need to make a change, contact the office and we will try to accommodate.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 bath towel, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. Often our inventory is determined by nursery availability. Year to year growing conditions change and what is offered changes with it.
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.
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.
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.