Minneapolis Tree Distribution

The Minneapolis Tree Sale begins March 9, 2015 for Wards 3, 4, 5 & 6 at 8:00AM and March 23, 2015 for the entire city at 8:00AM!

Trees are $25.00 each. You can order here online or you may request a paper order form by calling 952-767-3880. Sorry, no phone orders.

Your preordered tree will be available for pick up at the Minneapolis Impound Lot on May 16 (8:00am-3:00pm), May 17 (8:00am-2:00pm), May 18 (3:00-7:00pm), or May 19 (3:00-7:00pm).  Please note: all trees are of similar quality; Saturday morning tends to be the busiest time and when you will be subjected to the longest wait.

The program is subsidized by the city of Minneapolis. If you do not pay property taxes to the city of Minneapolis, you may not participate. Please check with your municipality about their forestry efforts.

Find your ward here!

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Things to consider:

  • Only property owners of Minneapolis are eligible to participate in this program.
  • You may order one tree per property, maximum of three properties.
  • You cannot plant 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 brochure containing information about tree planting and care when you pick up your tree.
  • Save money on energy by planting large shade trees on the west or east side of your home.
  • Trees will vary in size depending on species; average between 3-8′ tall.
  • Large shade trees should be planted at least 15 feet away from nearby power lines and/or buildings.
  • For more information, contact Tree Trust’s Community Forestry Department at (952) 767-3886 or karenz@treetrust.org.


Available trees:

oak regal prince


Oak ‘Regal Prince’: 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. 40’h x 15’w. Full sun. Quercus x warei  ‘Long’.

MNDOT Plant Selector – Regal Prince oak

Bachmans Landscaping Data Sheet – Regal Prince oak

Missouri Botanical Garden – Regal Prince oak




Northern hackberry


Northern Hackberry: 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 and hardy shade tree on the west or east side of your home. 40-60’h x 30-50’w. Full sun. Celtis occidentalis.

Bachmans Landscaping Data Sheet – Hackberry

UCONN Plant Database – Hackberry




Northern catalpa

Northern Catalpa: Every year, in late spring, this tree becomes adorned in a breathtaking display of showy white flowers. Not only are the flowers impressive, this tree has interesting upright architecture and as-big-as-your-face heart shaped leaves. A medium to fast growing tree, the catalpa can provide shade to a sunny property in little time. 40-60’h x 20-40’w. Full sun. Catalpa speciosa.

MN DOT Plant Selector Data Sheet - Northern Catalpa

Bachmans Landscaping Plant Data Sheet – Northern Catalpa







Prairifire Crabapple: A small, rounded tree with brilliant red flowers emerging in the spring.  With its disease resistant purple foliage aging to red-green and persistent red fruit, this full-sun loving tree provides year round interest.  This tree is perfect as a focal point for any garden. 15-20’h x 15-20’w. Full sun. Malus ‘Prairifire’.

Missouri Botanical Garden - Prairifire Crabapple

Bachmans Landscaping Plant Data Sheet – Prairifire Crabapple




honeycrisp appleHoneycrisp 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.  A dwarf tree that won’t take up too much space in your yard, 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.  12’h x 8’w. Full sun. Malus ‘Honeycrisp’.

Bachmans Landscaping Plant Data Sheet – Honeycrisp Apple

U of MN Extension: Simple Steps to Productive Apple Trees
Serviceberry 2Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry: 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’.

MN DOT Plant Selector – Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

WSU Extension Plant Database – Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry





Heritage Oak



Heritage Oak: This hybrid of burr and 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. 60’h x 30’ w. Full to partial sun. Quercus x macdanielii ‘Clemons’.

Bachmans Landscaping Data Sheet – Heritage Oak

MN DOT Plant Selector – Heritage Oak




Heritage River Birch


Heritage River Birch: The Heritage river birch tree is a beautiful specimen due to its interesting peeling bark ranging from tan to creamy white. 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! 50’h x 30’w. Full to partial sun. Betula nigra ‘Cully’.

UCONN Plant Database – River Birch

MN DOT Plant Selector Data Sheet - River Birch


Fall Fiesta Mpale



Sugar Maple ‘Fall Fiesta’: A first class, reliable shade tree for the North, featuring an intense fiery blend of fall colors ranging from yellow to orange and red. Glossy, thick, dark green foliage in the summer provides exceptional shade.  Save energy by planting this beautiful tree on the west or east side of your house. 60’h x 50’w. Full sun. Acer saccharum ‘Bailsta’.

Bachmans Landscaping Data Sheet – Fall Fiesta Maple

MN DOT Plant Selector Data Sheet – Fall Fiesta Maple




kentucky coffeetree

Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree: Don’t be intimidated by the meager looking “stick” when you pick up this soon to be stately tree.  A late bloomer every year, with a slow growth rate, it will reward your patience with interesting flowers and architecture when mature. The huge compound leaves add texture and uniqueness to your landscaping. The Espresso is a seedless variety.  Plant this native in an open location on the west or east side of your home. 50-60’h x 30’w. Full sun. Gymnocladus dioicus ‘Espresso – JSF’.

Bachmans Landscaping Data Sheet – Kentucky Coffeetree

UCONN Plant Database – Kentucky Coffeetree

Arbor Day Foundation Tree Guide – Kentucky Coffeetree



Common Horse chestnut

Baumanni Horse Chestnut: The horse chestnut is a nice shade tree that develops beautiful double panicles of white flowers at the ends of the branches during the summer months. The Baumannii horse chestnut will not produce seeds.  Keep well watered, especially when tree is young, and avoid hot and dry locations. 50’h x 40’w. Full Sun to partial shade. Aesculus hippocastanum ‘Baumanni’.

UCONN Plant Database – Common Horse Chestnut







Katsuratree: Native to Japan, the Katsuratree is a beautiful and distinctive tree in the landscape. The heart shaped leaves emerge in the spring as a purple red color, change to green during the summer and become a yellow apricot color in the fall. Mostly used as smaller accent trees, in perfect conditions the Katsuratree has potential to become a medium sized shade tree at maturity. Beautiful and unique. 40’h x 40’w. Full sun. Cercidiphyllum japonicum.

UCONN Plant Database – Katsuratree

Missouri Botanical Gardens – Katsuratree




Limber Pine
Vanderwolf’s Pyramid Limber Pine: A medium sized evergreen, the Vanderwolf’s Pyramid Limber pine has nice pyramidal form and silvery blue needles. Its needles grow in twisted upright clumps giving it a nice narrow form. Evergreens are nice for giving some green to the landscape all year long. Plant in a sunny location and this easy to care for tree will thrive in most conditions. Drought and urban tolerant. 45’h x 35’w. Full sun to partial shade. Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’.

Missouri Botanical Gardens – Limber Pine

UCONN Plant Database – Limber Pine



Newport plum

Newport Plum: The smaller stature and ornamental quality of the Newport plum make it a nice accent tree for Minneapolis yards and gardens. White to light pink flowers coat the branches welcoming spring with a fragrant display. People love the purple leaves of this plum and the small fruit is enjoyed by birds and other wildlife. 20’h x 15’w. Full sun. Prunus cerasifera ‘Newport’.

MN DOT Plant Selector Data Sheet – Newport Plum

UCONN Plant Database – Newport Plum





Parker PearParker Pear & Summercrisp Pear: New this year, two fruit trees dependent on one another for pollination are offered together as one! The Parker pear and the Summercrisp are both excellent fruit tree choices for the northern climate. The Parker pear is compact and produces medium sized reddish brown fruit. The Summercrisp produces smaller greenish red fruit and gets great fall color. *Please note that these trees will be smaller than the other trees at pickup. 25’h x 20’w. Full sun. Pyrus ‘Summercrisp’.

Bachmans Landscaping Data Sheet – Parker Pear

Bachmans Landscaping Data Sheet – Summercrisp Pear