Free Hardwood Tree Seedlings for Families! Plant a tree and learn together.

At this time, we have orders for all of our seedlings, so the program is closed for this year. However, we invite you to use our learning activities below with your friends and family! We plan to offer trees again in the near future, so stay tuned.

 

Learning Activities to Do

Learning Activities for Planting and Growing a Tree

Project Learning Tree Family Activities

Tree Planting Guides

Arborday.org Guide

Bareroot Tree Planting Guide

Growing Guides – Search for your tree in the Plant Finder Box

 

About Our Trees

Each of these are potential climate adaptation species. See pictures of each tree and more at https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/

White Oak  – (Quercus alba)  This beautiful, large, functional tree is a Maine native that doesn’t grow naturally in Waldo County, but has great potential as a tree for our area, providing high quality lumber and sweet acorns that are excellent food for wildlife. As a yard tree, white oak develops a beautiful round, spreading form and has beautiful oak leaves with rounded lobes. Planting oaks is one of the best ways to support our native butterflies and moths as hundreds of caterpillar species feed on them.

Tulip poplar – (Liriodendron tulipifera) This tree has a very nice form both when young and when older. It is our second largest tree after sycamore, growing to tremendous size in the southern US. As a yard planting, it has a symmetrical, slightly conical form, with unique, large leaves that become yellow in the fall. As it grows taller, it has a very straight, clear bole. It is a good lumber tree, is fast growing, and shows great potential to adapt and thrive in our area. Its beautiful, tulip-like flowers appeal to pollinators, and it produces small, soft seeds which provide wildlife food similar to ash trees, which are likely to die out due to the invasive insect emerald ash borer.

Shagbark hickory – (Carya ovata)   The bark of this tree is unique and ornamental, with gracefully curving, peeling strips. Its leaves and twigs are also attractive, and it produces very tasty, edible nuts that also feed wildlife. Hickory wood is strong, is an excellent fuelwood and also provides forest products. Hickory regenerates well after harvest from stump sprouts. It is not native to our area, but shows potential to be able to grow here and adapt to a variety of conditions. It likes to grow in dry upland sites.

Black walnut  –  (Juglans nigra)  This sturdy tree produces prolific, edible walnuts. Its lumber is highly valued, and it is also used for veneer. Although it is not native to our area, it is successfully grown here and in similar climates. It is an adaptable tree, and like hickory, has potential to provide mast (nuts) food for wildlife, to replace lost chestnut, butternut and beech nut crops.