Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property, say Missouri Department of Conservation officials.
MDC’s George O. White State Forest Nursery in Texas County offers a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for sale for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, and wildlife food and cover.
The nursery provides mainly year-old, bare-root seedlings including pine, bald cypress, cottonwood, black walnut, hickory, oak, pecan, persimmon, river birch, maple, willow, sycamore, blackberry, buttonbush, hazelnut, redbud, ninebark, elderberry, sumac, wild plum and witch hazel. MDC recommends ordering early for the best selection.
Fiaoni added that even if a species is listed as “sold out,” customers can still place an order for those seedlings because other orders may get canceled, freeing up inventory.
Seedlings are available in bundles of 10 or increments of 25 per species. Prices range from 34 cents to $1 per seedling. Sales tax will be added to orders unless tax exempt. There is a shipping fee and a $9 handling charge for each order.
Orders will be shipped or can be picked up at the nursery, located near Licking, from February through May. Place orders online at mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants/tree-seedlings.
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