Saint Paul West Side Free Tree Distribution

Saint Paul West Side Free Tree Distribution: Let’s Grow Some Shade

Tree Trust would like to proudly present the Saint Paul West Side Tree Distribution. We are always looking for opportunities to grow the urban tree canopy on private property and engage communities. We are so excited to be able to bring free trees to the West Side this spring.

This program is on a first come, first served basis and is only available to property owners within the West Side (District 3) neighborhood of Saint Paul. Residents are limited to 1 tree per property.

The process is simple! Select the best tree for your yard, complete order form, pick up your tree on June 4th and Just Add Water weekly for the next two growing seasons and your new tree will be giving you shade in no time!

The tree pick up will be June 4th at Cherokee Heights Elementary and volunteers will load the tree into your car. If you do not have access to a car, we can offer delivery to a limited number of residents that would otherwise have no way of picking up their tree.

Please fill out your information and your 1st, 2nd and 3rd tree choices on our ORDER FORM.

Don’t worry if you have never planted a tree! We will provide information on how to properly plant a tree (including a video) and other care instructions. These trees will be approximately 6’ tall when you pick them up and ready to start making shade in a yard near you!

This program is a collaborative effort by West Side Community Organization and Tree Trust, made possible by funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Tree Selection

Small/Ornamental Trees 

 

Royal Raindrops Crabapple– This small ornamental tree is a great accent to a sunny yard or garden. In the spring, the branches become coated in beautiful pinkish-red flowers. Bright red fruit hangs on into the winter, giving color to your yard and food for birds. Attractive, deep purple foliage makes this tree a stunner from spring through fall. The upright, spreading form of this tree allows it to fit into small spaces. Does well in a variety of soils but will do best in moist conditions.

Height and width at maturity: 20’ x 15’
Sun or shade: full sun

Royal Raindrops Crabapple

Photo credit: Bailey Nursery, NetPS Plant Finder


Red Splendor Crabapple
– You cannot go wrong with a crabapple; the color enhances any landscape, and the birds will love you! Flowers buds emerge rose red and open pink to rose pink. If you want to add a tree to your yard but do not have a ton of yard space, this tree is great for landscape next to the house, in a garden, or next to your driveway. 

Height and width: 25’ x 15’
Sun or shade: full sun

Red Splendor Crabapple

Photo credits: Bailey Nursery, NetPS Plant Finder


Fruit Trees

 

Honeycrisp Apple (dwarf)- Have you dreamed of picking a fresh apple from a tree in your backyard? A dwarf tree that will not take up too much space in your yard, Honeycrisp is an “early to mid-early blooming variety”, so as long as there is 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. 

 

Height and width at maturity: 12’ x 8’
Sun or shade: full sun

Honeycrisp Apple dwarf

Photo credit: Bailey Nursery, NetPS Plant Finder


Sweet Cherry Pie
– This compact tree has beautiful white flowers in the spring and a bounty of delicious sour cherries perfect for pie, jam, and jelly. 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.

 

Height and width at maturity: 15′ x 12’
Sun or shade: full sun

Sweet Cherry Pie

Photo credit: Bailey Nursery, NetPS Plant Finder


Mt. Royal Plum (dwarf)– Everything tastes better when you grow it yourself! Take advantage of this fruit tree offering to create your own “urban farm.” If you have a sunny spot with well-drained soils and an interest in harvesting your own plums for jellies, jams, sauces, or off-the-tree fruit from your own backyard, this productive fruit tree is for you!

Height and width at maturity: 10’ x 8’
Sun or shade: full sun

Mt. Royal Plum (dwarf)

Photo credit: Bailey Nursery, NetPS Plant Finder


Evergreens

Techny Arborvitae- If you are looking for a little more privacy in your yard but do not like the idea of a fence, consider a Techny Arborvitae. This fast-growing evergreen makes an excellent green screen all year round. This tree prefers full sun to partial shade and does not mind our chilly Minnesota winters. Local wildlife will also thank you for providing them with a safe refuge.


Height and width at maturity: 15’ x 8’
Sun or shade: full sun, partial shade

Techny Arborvitae

Photo credits: Bailey Nursery, NetPS Plant Finder


Eastern Red Cedar-
If you don’t have the greenest of thumbs or know your planting area does not have the best conditions, the eastern red cedar could be the tree for you. This tough evergreen is resistant to extremes of drought, heat, and cold (perfect for Minnesota), tolerant of a wide range of soils, and can tolerate windy conditions, providing a great windbreak. It is also salt tolerant, which means it can be used near roads, driveways, and sidewalks. It is also a significant source of food and shelter for wildlife! 

Height and width at maturity: 45’ x 20’
Sun or shade

Eastern Red Cedar

Photo Credit: Bachman’s Nursery


Shade Trees 

 

Kentucky Coffeetree– Although a little “stick-ly” looking at first, this large shade tree will reward your patience with its stately mature form. A late bloomer every year, with a slow growth rate, your patience will be rewarded with interesting structure when mature. Do not worry, this is the seedless variety, so you do not have to deal with a mess in your yard!


Great replacement for Ash trees! 

 

Height and width at maturity: 50’ x 30’
Sun or shade: full sun

Kentucky Coffeetree

Photo Credit: Bachman’s Nursery

 

Sunburst Honeylocust- The delicate, fern-like appearance makes this a unique and popular shade tree. As this medium-sized tree grows, it forms a graceful, lime green spreading canopy that gives excellent filtered shade to your yard. No need to worry about those annoying seed pods as this tree is a fruitless variety. The leaves emerge a bright yellow then mature to a bright green giving your sunny yard a burst of color during the summer and fall. 

 

Great replacement for Ash trees! 

 

Height and width at maturity: 40’ x 30’
Sun or shade: full sun

Sunburst Honeylocust

Photo credit: Bailey Nursery, NetPS Plant Finder


Chinkapin Oak- 
This large shade tree has an oval form, unique, coarsely toothed leaves that turn to vibrant yellow to brown in the fall.  Plant this magnificent specimen and watch it become the conversation piece of your neighborhood. Wildlife will thank you and so will your electric bill! 

 

Great replacement for Ash trees! 

 

Height and width at maturity: 40’ x 40’
Sun or shade: full sun to partial shade

Chinkapin Oak

Photo credit: Bailey Nursery, NetPS Plant Finder


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. 

Great replacement for Ash trees! 

 

Height and width at maturity: 60’ x 60’
Sun or shade: full sun

Swamp White Oak

Photo credit: Bailey Nursery, NetPS Plant Finder

For more information, contact Tree Trust’s
Community Forestry Department

Email Our Forestry Department

952-767-3880