In most parts of the country, the ground will be thawing soon, and it will be time to plant trees. If you’re looking for native tree seedlings, you can find some great deals at your state conservation department.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers native tree and shrub seedlings for as little as 22 cents each in bundles and will ship out-of-state orders. The Kansas Forest Service offers larger trees starting at $30 per container and will ship to nearby states. Residents of other states can find resources by state at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Associations or check with their conservation department for similar offers.

The MDC George O. White State Nursery grows three-million tree seedlings each year and sells 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 (pictured above), wild plum, ninebark, witch hazel, serviceberry, mulberry, blackberry, elderberry and others.

The online Seedling Order Form Catalogue displays a full listing and order form. Seedlings are available in bundles of 10 or 25 per species. Prices range from 22 cents to 90 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 MDC State Nursery near Licking, MO from February through May. Customers with a Missouri Heritage Card receive a 15-percent discount, or up to $20 off.

The Kansas Forest Service offers native and non-native trees, shrubs, seeds and supplies. Some of the tree varieties include American plum, Eastern red cedar, Kentucky coffee and pawpaw. Tree orders can be placed now and will be available for shipping or pickup at the Kansas Forest Service at 2610 Claflin Rd, Manhattan, KS beginning March 14. Orders will be accepted through April 29.

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.

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