Missouri residents can order low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through April 15. Each year, MDC grows 3-million tree seedlings to sell to residents for as little as $0.16 each.

The MDC George O. White State Nursery offers one-year-old, bare-root seedlings with sizes varying by species. Tree and shrub seedling varieties include pine, pecan, oak, dogwood, tulip poplar, cottonwood, sweet gum, cypress, birch, hickory, willow, persimmon, pawpaw, deciduous holly, redbud, wild plum, ninebark, witch hazel, serviceberry, mulberry, elderberry and others. The Seedling Order Form Catalogue displays a full listing and order form.

Native trees, shrubs, and woody vines can help improve wildlife habitat, soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of property. Native plants can also be used for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, wildlife food and cover.

Seedlings are available in quantities of 10, 25, or 100 per species. Prices range from 16 to 80 cents per seedling depending on the variety and quantity. Orders can be placed until April 15 and will be shipped or can be picked up at the State Nursery near Licking, MO (four hours from the Kansas City metro) through May. Customers with a Heritage Card receive a 15-percent discount, or up to $20 off.

For more information and to download the Seedling Order Form catalogue, visit MDC.

Photo: Eastern redbud tree, Missouri Department of Conservation