City offers $25 trees after June 21 storm losses
This fall’s City Trees program is making 500 trees available to residents affected by the solstice storms. Planting a tree is the easiest way to improve the value of property, reduce your energy needs, shrink your carbon footprint and improve our air and water quality. We are offering a variety of shade, flowering and fruit trees. Your city lot may be small, but remember, a tree trunk doesn’t take up much space and the canopy will grow up and over your property. Big trees make great neighbors!
Do your part to help Minneapolis recover from the devastating June storms by planting one of these trees this fall.
These trees cannot be planted on boulevards.
How to order
Click the green button below to learn more about things to consider before ordering a tree. Then, check our website beginning at 8 am on Monday, September 9. Ordering will end on September 20 – or earlier if the trees sell out.
Trees will be available for pickup on Thursday, September 26 from 2:00-7:00 pm and on Saturday, September 28 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Pickup will be at the Minneapolis Impound Lot at 51 Colfax Ave. N.
There will be no refunds for trees that are not picked up or die. If you purchased a tree and are unable to pick it up, we encourage you to have someone else pick up your tree for you.
Volunteers will be available at the pickup location to help load your tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into your vehicle. (Trees can be messy! Please consider bringing a tarp or blanket for your vehicle as soil may spill.) If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Karen Zumach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All trees are of similar quality. There is little benefit to picking up your tree at the very start of the distribution.
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Tree species available
Seven species of trees will be available for order: Hackberry, Harvest Gold Linden, Heritage Oak, Heritage River Birch, Honeycrisp Apple, Royal Star Magnolia, and Oak Regal Prince. The trees are in 10-gallon containers and will be approximately 4′-8′ tall, depending on species.
A large, native tree, perfect for a yard in need of shade! Interesting corky bark appears as the tree matures. This tree produces a small fruit enjoyed by many types of wildlife. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and does best in full sun. For maximum energy conservation, plant this excellent shade tree on the west or east side of your home.
This cross between Littleleaf linden and Mongolian linden provides excellent shade, upright growth habit and narrower crown spread. Perfect for Minneapolis yards. Interesting exfoliating bark provides attractive winter interest and the glossy green foliage turns a brilliant yellow each fall. Plant on the east or west side of your home for maximum energy savings.
The Heritage River Birch tree is a beautiful specimen due to its richly colored salmon to cinnamon peeling bark. This multi-stemmed tree is highly resistant to the bronze birch borer and can tolerate a variety of soil conditions. Useful for screening or as a focal point in any yard!
This hybrid with English oak (Quercus robur) is a vigorous grower, unusual for an oak. It is a broad pyramidal grower that becomes an oval tree to 60′ tall and 30′ wide. It offers attractive foliage that is dark green, glossy and resistant to mildew and tearing in the wind. Plant this energy saver on the east or west side of your home for maximum environmental benefit.
This columnar oak is a perfect fit for Minneapolis yards. The glossy, bright green foliage on top makes way for a lighter green on bottom, giving the tree a “two toned” appearance. The lime-green acorns, when young, provide ornamental interest before turning brown in the fall. For maximum energy savings, plant this tree in full sun on the west or east side of your home.
Have you dreamed of picking a fresh Honeycrisp apple from a tree in your backyard? This tree not only produces fruit, but also has beautiful flowers. Honeycrisp is an “early to mid-early blooming variety,” so as long as there’s a crabapple nearby, you should be picking your own apples in no time. Pollination can also occur by hanging a basket of in-bloom branches from a crabapple or similar blooming apple tree in your tree.
An upright, rounded, small stature tree. The beautiful, star-shaped, fragrant, white flowers emerge in early spring prior to the leaves. Plant this fast-growing beauty in a sunny spot, but avoid southern exposure which can freeze this early bloomer. A great focal point for any garden.
For more information, please contact Karen Zumach at email@example.com or (952) 767-3886.