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Trees & Shrubs Available

Green County Land & Water Conservation Department is offering 9 varieties of trees,  and 2 varieties of shrubs, for landowners interested in planting trees next spring. The tree & shrub varieties are listed below.  The trees and shrubs will be bare root and range between 1-4’ tall depending on variety.  The cost is only $20.00 for 10 trees and must be ordered in increments of 10 per species. The trees and shrubs are all native to the area except Norway Spruce.  The species offered this year cover a broad range of soil types and moistures, from dry to very wet.  The featured species this year is the Black Currant.  It is a deciduous shrub.  Its berries are a favored food for animals and are used to make jams and jellies. Trees can be ordered below or by contacting the LWCD directly by phone and walk-in.  If you are unsure about what trees will work in your particular soil, have any questions about the trees or how to order stop in or contact the Green County County Land and Water Conservation DepartmentWe will be taking orders until Tuesday December 31st, 2019.  Trees tentatively will be delivered around April 23rd or 24th. Tree Planters and Tree Spuds are available to rent.

Typical trees & shrubs available each year include:

Bur Oak

Medium to large tree. Commonly grows up to 60-80 feet in height and 2-3 feet in diameter. Some trees reach 5 feet in diameter. Slow growing. They will grow on dry upland sites as well as moist ‘bottoms’. Most wide spread of the oaks. They are often seen in pure stands on old pasture sites. A member of the white oak group, it is used to make whiskey barrels, railroad ties, flooring, and furniture. Bur Oaks tolerate alkaline soils. They should be included in any planting.

Red Oak

Medium to large-sized tree growing 70-90 feet tall and 2-4 feet in diameter. Red Oak grows best on moist sites with black oak and walnut. They are one of the fastest growing oaks. Wood is most desirable of all red oaks and supplies the majority of all red oak lumber. Red Oak self-prunes very well as large clear stems bringing added.

Red Oak Leaves

Red Oak Acorns

White Oak

Large tree reaching 80-100 feet tall and 2-3 feet in diameter. They grow well on dry uplands and hillsides. Slow growing. Wood is historically the most valued of all the oaks. Early ships were built almost entirely of white oak. Currently used for whiskey barrels, flooring, furniture and veneer. White Oak are becoming more rare in natural stands. They should be planted in any upland planting.

Swamp White Oak

Medium-sized tree reaching 50-70 feet tall and 2-3 feet in diameter. Tolerates high moisture, though not long periods of standing water. One of the faster growing species in the white oak group. Wood is used for lumber and veneer. Acorns eaten by a variety of wildlife species.

Sugar Maples

This shade tree grows to be 60-75′ in height with a spread of about 40-50′ at full maturity. It grows in deep, well drained, acidic, to slightly alkaline soil. Prefers moist soil conditions but has moderate drought resistance. This maple has an oval, rounded shape with leaves that are 3-5 in. across with 5, or rarely 3, distinctive lobes. Flower colors are green and yellow and they bloom in April and May. Do not plant in confined areas or where salt is a problem. The wood of the Sugar Maple tree has always been highly valued for furniture because of its beauty and extreme hardness. Once mature enough it can be tapped to make maple sugar.

Shagbark Hickory Tree

Large slow growing tree may reach up to 100’ in height. They grow in moist soils. It was often found in association with other hardwood trees. Nuts from the hickory are edible and are often eaten by wildlife such as; squirrels, ducks, pheasants, turkey, and deer. It has dense hard wood used for baseball bats, furniture, and flooring.

White Pine

A conifer reaching 75 to 100′ tall by 30-50′ wide. It can reach well over 100′ tall. They like moist, sandy soils, but grow well on a variety of soil types. They tend to grow in clay soils better than most pines. White pines prefer well-drained soil and cool, humid climates, but also grow in boggy areas and rocky highlands. The needles are in fascicles (bundles) of five (rarely 3 or 4), with a deciduous sheath. They are flexible, bluish-green, finely serrated, and 2–5 in long. Seed is eaten by squirrels, wood duck, bobwhite, pheasant, and many varieties of woodpeckers. The seed and needles are eaten by spruce grouse and turkey.

Norway Spruce

A conifer that can reach 125 feet tall and spread to 25-30 feet. They grow well in sandy, acidic, well drained soils. They prefer sunny locations. Fast growing when young and slows with age. The seed is eaten by a variety of woodpeckers, pheasant, and many other varieties of birds. They are commonly plated for Christmas trees.

American Plum

Grows as a large shrub or small tree sometimes up to 25-30 feet. Likes moist soils. The shrub is winter-hardy, but has little tolerance for shade, drought, or fire. Produces white flowers in spring and fruits are about 1 inch in diameter. The American plum is used for both ornamental and culinary purposes. The sour and sweet fruit is eaten fresh and is made into jellies, jam and wine.

Serviceberry

A shrub also referred to Juneberry and Shadberry. They prefer moist to well drained soils but, are tolerant to a variety of soils. Reaches a height between 10-20 feet. This shrub is known for its delicate white flowers and delicious fruit. They bear fruit in late June making them the earliest summer berries. Berries attract and are eaten by; Baltimore Orioles, Cardinals, and Scarlet Tanagers to name a few. Deer and rabbits browse on the leaves and twigs. The blue/black fruit tastes and can be used much like blueberries.

Serviceberry berries

Black Currant

A shrub that grows 1.5-5’ in height. It prefers moist to wet slightly acidic soil. It favors understory shad but, will grow in sun. Pollinators such as, honeybees, bumblebees, and butterflies are attracted to the flowers in spring. The berries are black in color a 1/3 inch in diameter. Both mammals and birds eat the berries. Berries can also be used to make jelly, wine or pie. Some teas are made with berries. It can be a host for White Pine Blister Rust. We do not recommend planting within 200 feet of White Pine.