Date: April 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

It’s time to place orders for native tree and shrub seedlings. Prices start at $6 per bundle from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Residents can choose from a wide variety of trees and shrubs and receive the seedlings in the spring.

This spring, MDC staff will offer behind-the-scenes public tours that showcase how the nursery grows, stores and ships almost three-million seedlings each year. The open house is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reserve a spot on the tour, call 573-674-3229, ext. 0. 

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.

The nursery had a major flood in December 2015, and there was a loss of several varieties of seed, so there will be fewer seedlings available this season.

Seedlings are available in quantities of 10, 25, or 100 per species. Prices for seedling quantities range from $6 to $32 per bundle. Orders can be placed until April 15, 2017. Orders will be shipped or can be picked up at the State Nursery near Licking, MO (four hours from the Kansas City metro) from February through May. Customers with a Heritage Card receive a 15-percent discount, or up to $20 off. The seedlings do sell out, so MDC recommends early ordering.

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


Photo: Seedling Planting, USFS Region 5 // CC BY

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