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Think of the Future

Nov 23, 2010

State nursery beds with workers

When it comes to planting trees and shrubs from our state forest nursery, think of the near future and the distant future. Orders that you place now can be delivered next February through May. Trees and shrubs that you plant next spring will improve your property and provide wildlife values for generations to come. The "2010–2011 Seedling Order Form" is now available online or from Department offices statewide.

Featuring nearly 75 species of low-cost, bare-root tree and shrub seedlings, the nursery’s offerings are designed for Missouri landowners with property that they wish to improve for wildlife or forest products. The plants are 1, 2 or 3 years old, depending on the species. The nursery does not supply the larger, older trees and shrubs typically used in home or commercial landscaping or ornamental plantings.

While most individual species are sold in bundles of 25 seedlings, the nursery also offers several special bundles of mixed species for specific purposes. This year’s mixed species bundles contain plants for conservation, wildlife cover, quail cover, wild edibles, nut trees and wetlands. American beech and butternut are two species being offered for the first time in the special bundles. Serviceberry and pawpaw are old favorites that are back in the line-up this year.

Prices for 25 seedlings of a single species are mostly $8, or 25 of some extra-large plants at $16. Specialty bundles contain from 25 to 75 plants and range in price from $15 to $35. Tax and a handling charge ($5) are added to all orders, but holders of the Heritage Card can receive a 15-percent discount of up to $20. Order early for the best selection and you will be billed later. No payment is required with your order, so you won’t be paying for items that may have already sold out. Orders will be shipped to you during the delivery month selected unless you specify pick-up from the nursery.

We still have to get through the winter, but this is a great time to think ahead and make your planting plans for next spring. Your wildlife will appreciate it, and your children or grandchildren may thank you.

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