Tree sale

The 2014 tree sale program is over, but you can still learn about tree species you may have purchased. Learn more about the species that were sold in 2014 by viewing the Tree Sale Sneak Preview Presentation slides. The links at right will also take you to information about specific trees. You can double-check that what you purchased is a good choice for the conditions in your yard. If you need help planning the placement of your trees, how far away you should plant from the street or your neighbor’s property, etc. refer to the Tree Selection and Planting page. The Tree Sale Program page also has answers to common questions.

Picking up trees

  • Trees must be picked up on designated dates (listed above) or you forfeit the tree and the money you paid for it.
  • Leftover trees will not be available to other residents. They will be planted in Minnetonka parks.
  • Keep your yellow confirmation postcard to present to city staff at pick-up. Confirmation postcards will be sent to participants two weeks prior to pick-up dates as an additional reminder.
  • You may have someone (neighbor, etc.) pick up trees on your behalf, but they must have your confirmation postcard. Please be sure to give them your confirmation postcard which will be turned in to city staff at pick up.
  • You pick the date that works for you—Friday or Saturday.
  • Some assistance will be provided with loading trees into vehicles, but please order a tree that you can realistically transport home.
  • Unlike a retail nursery, these trees do not have a warranty.
  • The trees are all in a plastic pot.
  • Written planting and care instructions are provided with each order.

If we have a warm spring and you notice that trees in your yard are already beginning to leaf out, we recommend you bring a tarp or sheet with you to protect your new trees. This helps prevent water loss through the opening buds and leaves as they travel down the road in an open truck bed or trailer.

After planting, consider recycling your tree container pot at your local garden center. Check www.gardenminnesota.com for drop-off locations. Questions? Call Emily Ball, city forester, at 952.988.8400.

Descriptions

You might notice that some of the trees for sale are not Minnesota natives. While the Minnetonka Natural Resources Division strongly encourages the use of native trees and plants, we also recognize that many of the landscapes in our community do not have “native” soils. This means that the underground system of pore-space, minerals, microorganisms and nutrients that make up soil have been removed, compacted, and altered when our houses were built. That being said, great care has been taken to choose trees that are not invasive non-natives. Additionally, species and cultivars were chosen that are resistant to the most serious pests and insects in the Minnetonka area, and are well adapted to a variety of sites.


Large shade trees

Think about planting a large shade tree for the myriad of ecological benefits it provides when it is planted in the right spot and cared for properly. These trees may start out small, but will mature into something majestic.

Bur Oak

(Quercus macrocarpa)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Fuzzy capped acorns and interesting corky bark. Very little pruning needed, very adaptable tree: tolerates drought once established, tolerates tough sites. The very best tree you could plant to support birds and other wildlife.

Summary

Bur oak is native to Minnesota and commonly found in Minnetonka's woodlands. They need disturbance (usually fire) to regenerate in woods. It has a rounded, spreading canopy and majestic branching structure. It is an excellent shade tree able to tolerate a variety of soils. Grows best in full sun. Resistant to oak wilt. A great legacy tree as they can live up to 400 years.

Requires very little formative pruning to develop strong branch structure. Never prune oaks between April–October to avoid oak wilt.

Fall colors
  • Brown
  • Yellow
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
Height and spread

Initial height: 6-8ft

Mature height: 60-80ft

Mature spread: 60-80ft

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Ginkgo 'Autumn Gold'

(Ginkgo biloba)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Very long lived. Pyramidal canopy shape and unique branch structure and leaf shape. Bright yellow fall color. Fruitless variety.  Tolerates tough sites, including road salt, compacted soil and droughty conditions; resistance to pests.

Summary

Ginkgo trees are often called “living fossils” because the fossil records indicate it has been on earth for over 200 million years. Researchers believe it once had a huge natural range, and today it is planted throughout the world. It is often planted in tough urban sites including Minneapolis because it can tolerate poor soils and is resistant to insect and disease attacks. It is slower growing, but is extremely long lived with specimens in China as old as 3,000 years old.

Fall colors
  • Yellow
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
Height and spread

Initial height: 6-8ft

Mature height: 50-50ft

Mature spread: 30-30ft

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Hackberry

(Celtis occidentalis)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Looks similar to an elm tree but without disease. Small purple berries for birds. Can tolerate dry and seasonally wet areas. Interesting corky bark, vase-shaped canopy.

Summary

Hackberry is native to Minnesota and develops a rounded crown. Hackberry can do well in a variety of soil types and leafs out later than most trees in the spring. They are good for lake and stream edges as well as wetlands but can also do well in sites experiencing drought. The fruit ripens in September and stays on the tree until eaten.

Fall colors
  • Yellow
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Height and spread

Initial height: 6-8ft

Mature height: 50-75ft

Mature spread: 50-50ft

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Heritage Oak (Bur oak x English oak)

(Quercus x macdanielii 'Clemons')

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Attracts butterflies, fast growing, glossy leaves, acorns for wildlife.

Summary

Heritage oak is a vigorous cultivar; a cross between an English oak and a native bur oak. It has a nice pyramidal crown when young, becoming oval when fully matured. It is an excellent tree that is drought tolerant once established, resistant to tatter and mildew, and has the added feature of attracting wildlife. The city has planted a few of these trees in Minnetonka parks and they have performed very well. They are resistant to oak wilt, but not immune. Never prune oaks between April and October to avoid oak wilt.

Fall colors
  • Brown
  • Yellow
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
Height and spread

Initial height: 6-8ft

Mature height: 60-80ft

Mature spread: 40-50ft

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Kentucky Coffeetree

(Gymnocladus dioica)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Pod can provide winter interest, architectural bark, fern-like leaves produce dappled shade, a unique tree used in many Minnetonka parks.

Summary

Kentucky coffeetree is native to Minnesota, and has an open, spreading crown. It does best in a well drained soil, but will also tolerate drought once it is established. There are very few insects and diseases that affect this tree. Kentucky coffeetree is a little awkward and slow growing when it is young, but it develops into a picturesque, interesting tree. There are several good examples of this tree at the MN Landscape Arboretum in their parking lot area. It develops large (3–5″) pods between 3–5 years of age which persist on the tree through fall and create winter interest.

Fall colors
  • Yellow
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
Height and spread

Initial height: 6-8ft

Mature height: 50-60ft

Mature spread: 40-50ft

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Princeton (American) Elm

(Ulmus americana)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Vase-shaped, resistant to Dutch elm disease (DED), fast growing, tolerates tough sites.

Summary

American elm is native to all of Minnesota, but has been decimated by DED. Researchers have been at work for years to find Dutch elm disease resistant elms that have the qualities of the American elm. There are several elms that have been created by cross breeding but many are limited in quantity.

The Princeton elm is a variety of American elm which is highly resistant (but not immune) to Dutch elm disease. We have very few elms available for sale.

Elms have a fast growth rate and require regular pruning for the first 15–25 years in order to create strong branch structure. Elms do best in a moist well drained soil but also do well in compacted, droughty soils.

Fall colors
  • Yellow
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Height and spread

Initial height: 6-8ft

Mature height: 50-70ft

Mature spread: 30-50ft

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River Birch (clump)

(Betula nigra)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Golden brown exfoliating bark, clump type has multiple stems and drooping branches, can tolerate wet and dry areas, seeds for wildlife.

Summary

River birch is native to the southeastern corner of Minnesota and has an oval, spreading crown. The clump variety tends to form drooping branches and does best with ample room to maintain its natural branching structure; otherwise early pruning is needed to provide clearance. As the name implies, this birch is found in nature along rivers and streams but will tolerate a variety of soils if kept mulched with wood chips and watered regularly during periods of drought. If planted in high pH soils, river birch leaves can appear yellowish/light green in summer indicating iron chlorosis. If this occurs there are treatments available, but it is something to be aware of when planting this tree. Unlike paper birch, river birch is resistant to bronze birch borer.

Fall colors
  • Yellow
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Height and spread

Initial height: 5-7ft

Mature height: 40-50ft

Mature spread: 30-40ft

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White Oak

(Quercus alba)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Attracts butterflies, fast growing, acorns for wildlife.

Summary

White oak is native to Minnesota and has a rounded, spreading canopy. It is an excellent but slow growing shade tree able to tolerate a variety of soils. Special features include gray bark that exhibits an interesting flaky character in upper branches when mature and majestic horizontal branching structure. They are tied with Bur oak for best tree for wildlife as it provides habitat, flowers and acorns. White oaks can live up to 500–600 years and grow slightly faster than Bur oak.

It is resistant to oak wilt disease but not immune. Never prune oaks between April to October. Requires relatively little formative pruning to develop strong branch structure.

Fall colors
  • Purple
  • Scarlet
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
Height and spread

Initial height: 6-8ft

Mature height: 60-80ft

Mature spread: 40-50ft

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Small ornamental or understory woodland trees

Choose an ornamental tree if you have a small yard, need a burst of color or if you want to plant near power lines. Understory native shrubs or small trees are excellent replacements for buckthorn.

Blue Beech

(Carpinus caroliniana)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Blue-gray smooth bark, slower growing, best for moist well drained woods, excellent replacement for buckthorn in woods, interesting fruiting structure, fruit and seeds for wildlife.

Summary

Blue Beech is native to Minnesota and is found generally in the southern half of the state extending north to Itasca state park. Other common names for blue beech are American hornbeam, musclewood. It has blue-gray smooth bark and when mature the wood has a muscular look to it hence the name “musclewood.” Blue beech is a slow growing tree that does well in moist well drained soils but it can adapt to a variety of soil types. It is a very tough wood, it is resistant to frost damage and very windfirm, as well as having very few problems with insects and diseases.

Fall colors
  • Orange
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Yellow
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Shade
Height and spread

Initial height: 5-5ft

Mature height: 30-30ft

Mature spread: 20-20ft

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Hawthorn (thornless)

(Crataegus crus-galli var. inermus)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

White flowers, shiny dark green leaves, red berries.

Summary

Hawthorn is native to Minnesota, this is a thornless variety with a rounded crown. It does best in moist well drained soil, but will tolerate dry soils if mulched with wood chips and watered regularly during periods of drought. This variety is resistant to the disease cedar-hawthorn rust. Plant in full sun for best flower and fruit development.

Fall colors
  • Orange
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Height and spread

Initial height: 5-7ft

Mature height: 15-20ft

Mature spread: 15-20ft

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Japanese Tree Lilac 'Ivory Silk'

(Syringa reticulate ‘Ivory Silk’)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Fragrant large crème-colored flowers, glossy golden bark, tolerant of tough sites.

Summary

Japanese Tree Lilac is not native to North America but is well adapted to the climate in Minnesota. It is a small ornamental tree with a compact, oval crown, able to tolerate some of the worst soils, including salty, droughty, and compacted. Plant in full sun for best flower development.

Fall colors
  • Insignificant
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
Height and spread

Initial height: 4-4ft

Mature height: 25-25ft

Mature spread: 15-15ft

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Pagoda Dogwood

(Cornus alternifolia)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

White flowers, nice fall color, excellent replacement for buckthorn in woods, architectural branching, habitat value, fruit for wildlife.

Summary

Pagoda dogwood is native to Minnesota, and is sometimes called alternate leaf dogwood. It is a small tree with distinctive horizontal branching which appears tiered. This tree is beneficial to wildlife offering both cover and small dark blue fruit. It does best in a moist well-drained soil, and should be kept mulched with leaf litter or wood chips and watered regularly during periods of drought.

This is a great replacement for buckthorn if you are working on habitat restoration in your woods, and it does well in shade. This tree can tolerate full sun, but will not thrive on hot, dry sites.

Fall colors
  • Red
Sun or shade
  • Partial shade
  • Shade
Height and spread

Initial height: 3-5ft

Mature height: 15-20ft

Mature spread: 20-25ft

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Serviceberry (clump)

(Amelanchier x grandiflora)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Clump type has multiple stems, edible fruit for birds and humans, white flowers.

Summary

Serviceberry is native to Minnesota, and is sometimes called Juneberry. This densely branched large shrub will provide privacy screening and will recreate an understory in wooded areas recently cleared of buckthorn. While once prevalent in Minnetonka, this plant is now rare. It can tolerate a variety of soils if kept mulched with wood chips and watered regularly during periods of drought. The fruit is rapidly consumed by birds including robins, catbirds, and brown thrashers. Serviceberry will grow slowly in full shade, so for best growth, flowering and fruit development, plant in full sun or partial sun.

Fall colors
  • Orange
  • Red
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Height and spread

Initial height: 5-7ft

Mature height: 20-25ft

Mature spread: 10-15ft

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Conifers

Choose a conifer to add winter interest or screen an area in your yard. Conifers also provide food, nesting sites and good winter cover for birds.

Eastern Red Cedar

(Juniperus virginiana)

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Edible fruit for wildlife, aromatic foliage, tolerates tough conditions, good for screening on poor quality sites.

Summary

Eastern red cedar is native to Minnesota. The pyramid shape, its ability to grow in dry and sandy soil, and tolerance to drought, salt, and heat makes it a good candidate for hedges or screening on challenging sites such as south or west facing slopes. The seeds serve as food for birds and mammals beginning in the fall and winter. It is for the most part pest free, but should not be planted next to crop apples, hawthorn, serviceberry or crabapple trees.

Fall colors
  • Brown
  • Plum
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
Height and spread

Initial height: 3-3ft

Mature height: 40-50ft

Mature spread: 15-20ft

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Northern White Cedar 'Techny'

(Thuja occidentalis 'Techny')

Availability: Sold out

Price: $33

Significant features

Fragrant foliage, good for screening, provides food and shelter for wildlife.

Summary

Northern white cedar is a native to Minnesota. It does best in cool, moist, well drained and nutrient rich soils, but it grows in a variety of soil types. Although it will tolerate shade, growth will be more vigorous in partial sun to full sun. The broad pyramidal shape makes it a good candidate for screening and hedges. It is a very long lived tree and provides food and shelter for birds and mammals in the winter. It will need deer protection while it gets established.

Fall colors
  • Bright Green
  • Yellow
Sun or shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Shade
Height and spread

Initial height: 4-4ft

Mature height: 12-15ft

Mature spread: 6-8ft

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