Minneapolis Tree Distribution

Congratulations, Minneapolis! This year’s City Trees sale sold out in record time!

Thanks to the many, MANY residents who are interested in helping to green Minneapolis, we sold out of 1,200 trees more quickly than ever in the nine years we have been facilitating the City Trees program! It was unfortunate that there were some technical difficulties due to the unprecedented amount of traffic; however, how wonderful that so many people were excited about purchasing a tree! Pending funding, we hope to bring back the City Trees program for a tenth year in spring 2015.

If you had heard about a wait list option and are looking for that, we have taken it down. We are grateful that Minneapolis residents were able to express their interest in getting a tree and impressed by the number of people who did so! We will share that information with the City of Minneapolis to further demonstrate the positive support of this program; and if we are able to get more trees, we will notify people on the wait list.

Thank you!

Trees Initially Available:

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SOLD OUT: Ohio Buckeye: Fast-growing, medium-sized tree with beautiful fall color. This tree is tolerant of sun and light shade. Showy, yellow-green flowers open in early spring. Interesting palmately compound dark green leaves make this tree a fabulous specimen tree for any yard. This tree does produce fruit which is considered inedible by humans. 30-40’h x 20-30’w. Aesculus glabra. Showy. Works well in full sun or partial shade. This tree is sold out.



Blue beech

SOLD OUT: Blue Beech: Medium-sized, native tree often referred to as “musclewood” for its smooth, gray bark. Interesting rainbow fall color ranges from yellow to reddish purple. Performs well in a variety of light conditions from full sun to shade. The smaller stature of the blue beech makes for a perfect lawn tree. 20-30’h x 25’w. Carpinus caroliniana. Is showy and shade-tolerant. This tree is sold out.






Honeycrisp-Apple-Trees-3SOLD OUT: Honeycrisp Apple: 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. 20’h x 20’w. Malus ‘Honeycrisp’. Is showy and edible, prefers full sun. This tree is sold out.



SOLD OUT. Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry: Serviceberry 2
Looking for an ornamental tree that’s compatible with your partial shade yard? Serviceberry is the one for you. This tree has profuse white flowers in early spring, delicious blue berries in early summer and amazing fall color. Serviceberry is a perfect focal point for any yard. Be sure to protect from rabbits in winter! 25’h x 10’w. Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’. Is showy, and is good for edible fruit and wildlife. Works in full sun to full shade. This tree is sold out.




Majestic Skies oak


SOLD OUT: ‘Majestic Skies’ Pin Oak: A large native tree that over time will provide unparalleled energy savings and wildlife value. This stately tree has a pyramidal form and if grown in full sunlight it will be straight as a flagpole. The dark green leaves turn to a lively red in the fall and hang on all through the winter providing a beautiful contrast to the white snow. Plant this tree on the east or west side of your home for maximum energy savings. 50-60’h x 40-50’w. Quercus ellipsoidalis ‘Majestic Skies’. Good for wildlife, energy savings, and fall color. Works well in full sun to partial shade. This tree is sold out.







tamarack fall

SOLD OUT: Tamarack: Also known as a larch, the tamarack is native to the bogs of northern Minnesota. This tree makes a unique yard tree and becomes the talk of the neighborhood when it turns an eye popping yellow in the fall. This is a deciduous evergreen meaning it sheds its needles in the fall. The tamarack is truly an interesting and unusual specimen. Prefers moist, well-drained soil. 40-80’h x 15-30’w. Larix laricina. Good for wildlife and fall color, prefers full sun. This tree is sold out.





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SOLD OUT: Korean Maple: A nice alternative to the Japanese maple, the Korean maple is an accent tree perfect for small spaces. The leaves turn a brilliant red and gold color in the fall and the uniquely shaped leaves make this tree an elusive beauty. If you are looking to add something special to your landscaping then this might be the tree for you. Plant in full sun to partial shade. 15-25’h x 15-25’w. Acer pseudosieboldianum. Good for fall color and is ornamental. This tree is sold out.




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SOLD OUT: Hemlock: This native evergreen has elegant draping branches and soft glossy green needles. The hemlock is an understory tree in its true habitat making this attractive tree suitable for your shady yard. Great for screening or groupings, the hemlock can be sheared to any height or width desired. If planted in an open area, wrap in winter to protect from harsh winds. The hemlock will also grow in partial to full sun. 70’h x 25-35’w. Tsuga canadensis. Good for wildlife and is shade-tolerant. This tree is sold out.








SOLD OUT: Evan’s Bali Cherry: This compact tree has beautiful white flowers in the spring and a bounty of delicious sour cherries perfect for pies, jams and jellies. Don’t like cherries? Then just enjoy the showy red fruits on this self-pollinator and let the birds enjoy this productive tree’s harvest. 15’h x 10’w. Prunus cerasus ‘Evans Bali’. Good for wildlife and is showy and edible. This tree is sold out.








SOLD OUT: Princeton Sentry Ginkgo: The ginkgo’s unique fan shaped leaves and brilliant gold fall color give this tree its beauty. It is a living fossil and a distinctive plant in the landscape. The ginkgo makes a great legacy tree and was voted the number one tree species to survive climate change by the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Plant this survivor for you and many future generations of people to enjoy. A non-fruiting male selection. 50’h x 30’w. Ginkgo biloba ‘Princeton Sentry’. Good for energy savings and fall color. Prefers full sun. This tree is sold out.




Amur Cherry


SOLD OUT: Amur Cherry: An easy-to-grow, medium-sized ornamental tree, the Amur cherry tree has much to offer. From the flush of white cherry blossoms in the spring, to the magnificent shiny golden exfoliating bark, to the small fruit enjoyed by birds, this tree will provide you with year round interest. A great tree for the novice gardener and birder alike. 25’h x 25’w. Prunus maackii. Good for wildlife and is showy and ornamental. Prefers full sun. This tree is sold out.





Dakota pinnacle


SOLD OUT: Dakota Pinnacle Birch Tree: If you are looking for a tree that can fit in narrow spaces but still provide you with energy savings, then consider the Dakota pinnacle birch tree. This is a hardy birch tree that can withstand harsh urban conditions. The bark is highly ornamental and changes color as the tree grows maturing to white. If your lot is small, don’t be discouraged, plant a Dakota pinnacle! 30’h x 8’w. Betula platyphylla ‘Fargo’. Good for energy savings and does well in full sun to partial shade. This tree is sold out.




North Star CherrySOLD OUT: North Star Cherry: Introduced in 1950 by the U of M, the North Star cherry has been a staple fruit tree in the Minnesota landscape for the last 63 years. This productive cherry tree is self-pollinating and will provide your family with an abundance of fleshy fruit perfect for your baking needs. White flowers in the spring are an added bonus to this mainstay. Disease resistant. 8-10’ h x 6-8’ w. Prunus ‘North Star’. Is showy and edible and prefers full sun. This tree is sold out.





SOLD OUT: Swamp White Oak: The thick leaves of this stately tree are dark green on the upper surface, and whitish on the under surface. Unlike other oaks, the dark brown bark of branches peels away in ragged curls exposing the lighter colored bark beneath. It is hard to beat an oak tree for energy conservation and wildlife benefits. 60’h x 60’w. Quercus bicolor. Good for energy savings and wildlife. This tree is sold out.





redbud clump

SOLD OUT: Red Bud (Clump): This once marginally hardy tree is now available for Northern yards thanks to the U of M! A beautiful understory tree, it produces magenta-pink flowers in spring before leaf-out, a perfect way to welcome spring. This showy ornamental has heart-shaped, dark green leaves which turn a lovely yellow in fall. Plant in part shade to shade, you won’t be disappointed! 20-30’h x 20’w. Cercis canadensis. Is showy and does well in partial sun to full shade. This tree is sold out.






SOLD OUT: Cologreen Juniper: The green welchii juniper is a compact evergreen with a nice pyramidal form. The welchii is a carefree tree and will retain its attractive narrow form with little to no upkeep. Use this juniper as a screen or plant it as a focal point to any garden landscape. Well suited for dry sites. 15’h x 7’w. Juniperus scopulorum ‘Cologreen’. Good as an accent and for screening and does well in full sun. This tree is sold out.







Things to consider:

  • Only Minneapolis property owners are eligible – this program is funded by the City of Minneapolis
  • One tree per property, up to five properties (for multi-property residential or business owners)
  • You may not plant your tree on the boulevard (between sidewalk & street).
  • It’s the law to call Gopher State One Call (651-454-0002) at least three days before digging. They will mark buried utility lines for your safety.
  • You will receive a postcard prior to the pickup dates, which will serve as your ticket to pick up your tree.
  • Save money and energy by planting large shade trees on the west or east side of your home and evergreens on the north or west side of  your home.
  • You will receive a brochure containing information about tree planting and care when you pick up your tree.
  • In order to reduce future problems, large shade trees should be planted at least 20 feet away from nearby power lines, buildings, and/or driveways.
  • For more information, contact Tree Trust’s Community Forestry Department at (952) 767-3886 or karenz@treetrust.org.

Picking up your tree:

City of Minneapolis Impound Lot
51 Colfax Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55405


  • Thursday, May 15, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 17, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 18, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Monday, May 19, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please note:

  • Volunteers will be available to help load your tree and complimentary bag of mulch into your vehicle.
  • Trees may be up to 6 feet tall, so be sure to bring a suitable vehicle.
  • You may pick up your tree only during the designated times above. If you do not, you forfeit your tree and the cost. If you are unable to pick up your tree, you can have someone else pick it up for you.
  • There will be no refunds for trees that are not picked up or do not survive after being removed from the pick-up location. Any remaining trees will be planted in Minneapolis’s public spaces.


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