This years’ leaves have not even finished falling and you can already order trees and shrubs for next year!  The Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual Tree and Shrub Sale order form is ready and available for download on our website (www.chisagoswcd.org).  You can also pick one up at our office in North Branch.
Large trees are once again available this year!  White spruce, Norway spruce, basswood, red splendor crabapple, and American plum trees can be purchased in bundles of 5.  Each of these trees is guaranteed to be at least 2-3’ tall, rather than the smaller trees in bundles of 25.  These large trees typically sell out fast, sometimes even before the first county-wide mailing of the tree order form.  If you are looking for these trees, you may wish to submit your order right away to ensure they are still available!
Evergreens are great for providing year-round interest and wildlife habitat.  The SWCD offers balsam fir, Norway spruce, white spruce, Black Hills spruce, red pine, white pine, tamarack, and white cedar in bundles of 25 trees of each species.  One of the most common questions we get at the tree barn each year is “what’s the fastest growing evergreen?”  We recommend Black Hills Spruce or either of the pine species.  If you have deer, they tend to really enjoy pines and cedar, but seem to avoid spruce.
Many people also look for trees or shrubs that are good for wildlife.  We recommend planting species that have fruit or nuts for birds and small mammals.  Good options include oaks, common chokecherry, American plum, black chokeberry, rosa rugosa, redosier dogwood, juneberry, and Nanking cherry.
Looking for flowering trees or shrubs?  The best flowering trees available are common chokecherry and red splendor crab apple.  There is a good variety of flowering shrubs to choose from, including American plum (large shrub/small tree), black chokecherry, rosa rugose, common lilac, redosier dogwood, juneberry, and Nanking cherry.
The SWCD is taking tree orders now.  Print off a copy of the tree and shrub order form from our website and mail it in to reserve your tree order early!  Ordering before February 19 qualifies you for $1 off per bundle of trees!  Download the order form at www.chisagoswcd.org.