Every year, the Seneca Conservation District holds a seedling sale as an opportunity for community members to purchase trees for their homes. Trees fall into three categories: conifers, hardwoods and miscellaneous.

The 2014 sale is already completed. Contact the office to find out about the 2015 sale, or to learn more about the listed trees.

Conifers (sold in packets of 25)

  • American Arborvitae – Also known as the Northern White Cedar, this tree grows 40 to 50 feet tall and spreads 10 to 15 feet. These trees are pyramidal in shape and well suited for windbreaks, hedging or tall screens. When planted as a windbreak, trees should be four to six feet apart. This tree grows in average soil conditions, but also does well in swampy areas and alkaline soil. The white cedar has slow to moderate growth. This tree displays bright green to yellow‐green flat, scale-like foliage in flat sprays on branches with upsweeping tips.
  • Austrian Pine – A tree that does well in full sun, the Austrian pine is a dense pyramidal pine that quickly grows up to 60 feet. The foliage is paired, four to six inch long, dark green needles on stout spreading branches. This tree will grow well in heavy clay to light, sandy areas and is great for windbreaks. When planted as a windbreak, trees should be 10 feet apart in a row.
  • White Pine – The light green-blue needles of the white pine make it a great ornamental tree. It can also be used for a windbreak or dense screen. The fast-growing tree can grow up to 100 feet tall, but it can be easily restrained to a manageable height with pruning. The tree’s needles are soft and about four inches long. The white pine tolerates dry, rocky soil and grows well in normal moisture conditions. However, it can also handle cooler, moist situations. When planted for a windbreak, trees should be 10 feet apart in a row.
  • Colorado Blue Spruce – This medium growth tree generally does not exceed 30 to 50 feet in height. Its stiff, silvery-blue to green, inch-long needles make it a handsome ornamental specimen. The tree also works well as a colorful screen or windbreak, planted 10 feet apart. The blue spruce prefers rich, moist soil in full sun and thrives in dry, well-drained sites.
  • Norway Spruce – The Norway spruce is one of the best conifers for shelters and windbreaks. Its branches droop gracefully as the tree matures, also making it an attractive ornamental tree. The tree’s dense, dark green needles never grow longer than an inch and the tree itself grows up to 100 feet tall. This spruce thrives in average soil conditions, but prefers soil with moisture to maintain its deep green color. When planted as a windbreak, trees should be 10 feet apart in a row.

 

Hardwoods (sold in packets of 10)

  • Northern Red Oak – One of the most popular ornamental oaks, the dense, lustrous green foliage of this tree turns a deep red in the fall. The red oak is the fastest growing of all oak trees and grows 60 to 70 feet tall. This tree is tolerant urban conditions and grows best in sandy to rich loamy soil in full sun. A easily transplanted tree, it is clean in habit and makes one of the best street or avenue trees.
  • Pin Oak – Pin oaks are trees well suited for lining both sides of a drive or street, because they hold their leaves until almost spring and the branches and foliage create a natural canopy. This native tree has upright upper branches, horizontal middle branches and pendulous lower branches, giving the tree a beautiful and graceful pyramidal outline. The trees fine-textured leaves are deeply cut and assume a russet, brown or red autumn color. The oak’s acorns make good food for wildlife. It prefers moist rich, well-drained soil, but also tolerates wet soil. Pin oaks also make a good windbreak almost year around and should be planted 10 feet apart in a row.
  • American Plum – The American Plum, also known as Wild Plum, is present throughout all of Ohio. Its white, pungently sweet blossoms emerge in early spring before the foliate breaks bud. The tree reaches 20 feet tall by 25 feet wide and grows at a medium rate. It prefers full sun and easily grows in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun.
  • Flame Maple – The Flame Maple is able to grow as a multi-stemmed clump, a small, single-trunk tree, or a sheared hedge. Reasonably drought-tolerant, this tree grows best in moist well-drained soil and handles a wide variety of soils. This maple handles shade, but develops a better fall color if grown in full sun. It grows at a medium rate and will reach 20 to 30 feet in height with a spread of 22 to 25 feet.
  • Swamp White Oak – Known for their broad, round head and massive, wide spreading branches, the Swamp White Oak grows best in a deep, moist, well-drained, acidic soil. The leaves turn reddish-brown to reddish-purple in the autumn. Although they need plenty of room to mature properly, the white oak is long-lived and requires very little maintenance. When mature, they are up to 80 feet tall and 100 feet wide. This tree is easily transplanted when young and have a high resistance to ice breakage and oak wilt.
  • Burr Oak – Burr Oak trees are known as the long-lived majestic oak tree. It has an impressive crown with a massive trunk, stout branches and corky ridges on stems, making this tree a picturesque specimen. Autumn colors are yellow-green, yellow and yellow brown. The Burr oak is tolerant to urban conditions and adapts to various soils unlike other oaks. It is a tall, fairly slow-growing tree, highly desirable for windbreaks, shelterbelts and ornamental use. This tree prefers full sun and grows 70 to 80 feet tall with an 80 foot spread.
  • Silky Dogwood – The Silky Dogwood is an excellent choice for any wildlife garden. Subtle, four-petaled yellowish-white flowers adorn this shrub appearing in May and June. Attractive, bluish berry-like drupes, which ripen in August and September, are desired by many bird species. This tree has an equal height and spread of six to 10 feet with a rounded, multi-stemmed form. The Silky Dogwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained, wet, wide range soils and prefers moist soil and partial sun. Trees in a row should be planted five to six feet apart, while cluster spacing of 8×10 or 10×10 is advisable.
  • Red Bud – In April, rosy pink flowers appear on this tree’s spreading, graceful form. The reddish-purple leaves of the Red Bud change to dark green, then to yellow. This tree takes full sun or light shade, but prefers partial shade in windy and dry areas. It can handle acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well-drained, wide range and clay soils. Grows to be 20 to 230 feet tall with a 30 foot spread. The Red Bud can be used as exterior rows in a multi-row windbreak to add spring color and low level wind protection. When planted in a windbreak, trees should be in rows eight to 12 feet apart, with 12 to 18 feet between rows.

 

 

 

 

About Dawn Mizen

As the Financial Coordinator, I spend my time keeping your taxpayer dollars accounted for. I also coordinate many of the District’s annual events, from the photo contest and tree sale to the election and meeting. Number crunching, balancing, communicating and reminding others are what I do. I most enjoy taking pictures of scenery, people and wildlife.

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