The Minneapolis Tree Sale Lottery Sign Up is Open Until March 13th at Noon.
Please read through the following information about this year’s tree lottery and sale.
T H E D E T A I L S :
- Only one entry per address.
- Duplicate address entries will be deleted.
- If you are the owner of multiple properties, you may register up to three (3) addresses.
- Payment is not required at this time. If you are selected to purchase a tree, payment instructions will be provided at that time.
- Trees are $30 for shade trees and evergreens.
- Fruiting trees and ornamentals are $40 each.
How does the tree sale lottery work?
- There are 850 trees available to Minneapolis property owners-a small fraction of the total number of property owners in Minneapolis. In order to give everyone the opportunity to participate in the tree sale, we utilize a lottery system to select the 850 property owners eligible to purchase a tree.
- Registering is easy! Please read through the details below, click on the link and answer a few simple questions and you’re in! It’s easy. If you prefer to register by phone, please call: 952-767-3886. We do ask for your first choice of tree which is only to inform us of the general level of interest in each species. We will send out confirmation emails at the end of each day. No need to check back.
- You will be notified of your status on March 18th. At that time you will be given information on how to order your tree. Please check your email often.
- Check out the species available below-no need to select your tree, just start thinking spring! Consider your property and why you want to plant a tree. Be mindful of overhead lines and proximity to buildings. Think about mature size. If you have questions, feel free to contact Tree Trust’s Community Forestry Department. We can talk you through species and location selection.
What if I am selected?
- If you are selected for a tree, you will be given instructions on how to complete your order. Trees will be available on a first come, first served basis following the selection notification. You will have 7 days to complete your order-quantities are limited. If you are selected, we will have a tree for you on day 7; however, your options may be limited by that time.
- Trees are in #10 container pots and range in size from 6-8′ tall for deciduous trees and 3-4′ tall for evergreens.
- Your pre-ordered tree will be available for pick up at the Minneapolis Impound Lot* on May 18 (8:00am-2:00pm), May 19 (8:00am-2:00pm), or May 20 (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. If you are not available during the pick-up times above, you may have someone else pick up your tree for you.
***This program is funded 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.
*Minneapolis City Impound Lot: 51 Colfax Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55405
Some other things to consider if selected:
- 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.
- 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 send an email to the Community Forestry Department.
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’.
Japanese Tree Lilac:
When the purple lilacs fade away, this one is just starting to shine. This single stem tree has bunches of fragrant, creamy white flowers in late spring and shiny dark red bark all through the year. The Japanese tree lilac prefers full sun and grown in the right conditions will need little maintenance.
20’h x 20’w. Full sun. Syringa reticulata.
Also known as musclewood, this underused tree develops interesting fluted bark as it matures. The blue beech does great in partial shade and its compact form lends itself nicely to small yards. In the fall, the leaves change to a multi-color display of oranges and reds and curious hop-like fruit dangle from the branches into late winter. A Minnesota native.
20-30’h x 20-30’w. Partial shade to full shade. Carpinus caroliniana.
The Tuliptree is unique to this region and is well suited to a warming climate. Orange to yellow tulip shaped flowers give this tree its name. You will also appreciate the unique shaped leaves and bright yellow fall color. Plant this beauty in a protected location and make it your legacy for generations to come. A zone 5 introduction.
60-70’h x 35-50’w. Full sun. Liriodendron tulipfera.
The yellowwood is a perfect shade tree for a smaller yard. An underused medium sized tree the yellowwood offers long panicles of fragrant white flowers in the spring, smooth grey to brown bark and a nice yellow fall color. Avoid planting in an exposed site and be sure to wrap its delicate bark in the winter.
30-50’h x 40-50’w. Full sun. Cladrastis kentucka.
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 architecture when mature. The espresso Kentucky coffee tree is seedless and easy to care for. Tolerant of heat, drought, insect pressure and urban conditions. An all-around winner!
50’h x 35’w. Full sun. Gymnocladus dioicus.
Looking for instant shade? Look no further! This fast growing shade tree is easy to grow and will mature to the majestic shade tree elms are known for. Feel good about improving water quality and reduce your cooling costs by planting on the west or east side of your home. The Triumph elm is Dutch elm disease resistant. Requires pruning when young.
50-60’h x 40’ w. Full sun to part shade. Ulmus ‘Morton Glossy’.
A medium to 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, making it a great choice for birders. 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.
40-60’h x 30-50’w. Full sun. Celtis occidentalis.
One of the oldest living tree species known to humankind, the dawn redwood is a true living fossil. Closely related to the sequoia and bald cypress, the dawn redwood has tropical fern like foliage that it sheds in the fall. Does great in raingarden plantings or in larger yards. Avoid planting in windy exposed sites or where the soil is particularly dry. A zone 5 introduction.
70-100’h x 25’w. Full sun. Metasequoia glyptostroboides.
The Boulevard linden has a regal narrow form and fragrant white flowers that blossom in June. The dark green leaves and dense structure make this sturdy native an excellent shade tree. To prevent seasonal bark damage be sure to wrap its trunk in the winter.
50-60’h x 25-30’w. Full sun to part shade. Tilia americana ‘Boulevard’.
A beautiful, large evergreen with long soft needles, the white pine is a majestic Minnesota native. This tree has a fast growth rate and is long lived. Plant this legacy in an open sunny location and enjoy the greenery all year long. Makes a great screen or windbreak.
60’h x 35’w. Full Sun. Pinus strobus.
Northern Blue Limber Pine:
This low maintenance evergreen has attractive blue green needles and a rounded conical shape. It has a slower growth rate but is long lived. Works great planted as a screen and can also be an attractive addition to a garden planting. Very cold hardy.
50’h x 25-30’w. Full sun to part shade. Pinus flexilis ‘Northern Blue’.
Yard Fruit Duo-Mount Royal Plum and Sweet Cherry Pie Cherry
Everything tastes better when you grow it yourself! Take advantage of this fruit tree offering to create your own “urban farm.” The Mount Royal plum is a productive fruit tree perfect for our northern climates. The Sweet Cherry Pie cherry produces great fruit for pies, jams and jellies. Both require full sun and well drained soils and are both self fruitful, no second tree for pollination required!
Mount Royal Plum: 12’h x 10’w. Full sun. Prunus ‘Mount Royal’.
Sweet Cherry Pie Cherry: 15’h x 12’w. Full sun. Prunus ‘Eubank’ PPAF.
Pair O Pears:
Two fruit trees dependent on one another for pollination are offered together as one. The Golden Spice and the Summercrisp pear trees are excellent fruit tree choices for the northern climate. The Golden Spice pear is compact and produces oblong yellow fruit best used for canning. The Summercrisp produces smaller greenish red fruit and gets great fall color. Needs full sun to produce.
Golden Spice Pear: 15-20’h x 10-15’w. Full sun. Pyrus ussuriensis.
Summer Crisp Pear: 25’h x 20’w. Full sun. Pyrus ‘Summer Crisp’