Seedling Order

Conservation Forestry Program


Tree and shrub seedlings for development of wildlife habitat, windbreaks and many other uses.  Order deadline is March 23, 2018. 

Certain species will run out so please order early. 

The Lower Platte South NRD sells seedling trees and shrubs in bulk to cooperating landowners.

The minimum order is 25. Species are sold in bundles of 25 (except if ordering packages) and therefore must be ordered in increments of 25.

All trees and shrubs are $0.85 each for orders of 25 - 75 seedlings and $0.80 each for orders of 100 seedlings or more.

Trees ordered will be delivered directly to the NRD office and stored in our custom-made tree cooler.

It is up to the cooperator to retrieve their trees after receiving notification around mid-April.

The earlier you pick up your trees from our tree cooler and plant them, the better their survival rate will be.

Please visit www.lpsnrd.org for additional information and a hard copy of our order form or click here

For additional questions, please feel free to contact the NRD Forester at (402) 476-2729 or jseaton.forester@lpsnrd.org

If ordering 100 or more seedlings, be sure to check the box under EACH SPECIES in order to receive discount.

Conifers - Evergreens

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Black Hills Spruce

A large tree, very dense and pyramidal when young. Not as drought tolerant as Colorado Spruce. Black Hills Spruce is a naturally occurring variety of white spruce native to South Dakota. Better adapted than White Spruce (Picea glauca) which is native in the eastern United States, as far west as Minnesota. Soil Texture - Grows best on moist loams. Water: Fairly drought resistant. Needs additional moisture during droughts. Light: Full sun.

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Colorado Blue Spruce

A broad, dense, pyramidal tree with stiff branches horizontal to the ground. Native to intermountain states of the west. Choice specimen tree. Soil Texture - Performs best on moist, well-drained loams. Water: Does not tolerate flooding. Prefers moist areas, but is the most drought tolerant of the spruces. Light: Full sun. Does not tolerate shade.

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Concolor Fir

Concolor fir, also known as white fir, is native to the mountains of western North America. The tree grows in an almost perfect pyramidal Christmas tree shape when young (and is often grown commercially as a Christmas tree). At maturity the tree develops a dome-like crown. The short, flat, soft needles are silvery blue-green both above and below, although the undersides may have a whitish bloom. Concolor fir is a fairly slow-growing, drought-resistant tree. It does best in deep, rich and well-drained soils. Avoid heavy clay and wet spots, such as near over-irrigated lawns. This fir may need some protection on very windy, exposed sites. Courtesy of www.nrdnet.org.

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Eastern Red Cedar

A small tree with a short trunk and irregular, pyramidal crown native to the eastern United States. Dwarf or compact forms of this juniper are used as ornamentals. Soil Texture - Moist, deep loam to sand. Water: Drought tolerant, but prefers moist soils. Light: Full sun. Tolerates shade only in youth

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Eastern White Pine

Eastern white pine grows on a variety of soils ranging from light, sandy to heavy textured soils. It has fair wildlife value. Gray and red squirrels, deer, mice and 16 species of songbirds have been known to eat the seed. White pine is frequently used for windbreaks and screens along fields and right-of-ways. In dense stands, trees produce tall, cylindrical stems with pyramidal shaped crowns, characterized by distinctive, plate like branching, especially noticeable as the trees become older. Its evergreen needles are in clusters of 5, soft, flexible, 2 1/2 to 5 inches long, and bluish-green in appearance. Its cones are about 4 to 8 inches long and 1 inch thick.

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Jack Pine

A small to medium pine that quickly loses the pyramidal form characteristic of young pine and assumes an open somewhat irregular crown. Fire often required to open cones and allow seed dispersal. Soil Texture - Prefers sandy to loam soils. Pioneer species on poor sandy soils. May have establishment problems related to micronutrient deficiencies and lack of proper mycorrhizae. Water: Requires consistent moisture for best performance. Somewhat drought tolerant. Light: Full sun only.

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Norway Spruce

Norway spruce has been planted for windbreaks and shelterbelts in western prairies, although it grows better in more humid environments. It is recommended for shelterbelt plantings in humid, severe-winter regions. Norway spruce grows best in cool, humid climates on rich soils. Preferred soils include well-drained sandy loams. It also grows well on almost all other types of soils. Norway spruce provides important winter cover for a number of species of wildlife. Grouse eat spruce leaves and the seeds are consumed by a number of birds and small mammals.

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Ponderosa Pine

A large tree native to southwestern North Dakota that is pyramidal when young, becoming irregularly-oblong and open-crowned with age. Soil Texture - Grows best on deep, well-drained loam soils, but will tolerate sandy soils. Water: Prefers moist, well-drained soils for best growth. Tolerates drought. Does not tolerate flooding or poorly-drained soils. Light: Full sun, not shade tolerant.

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Rocky Mountain Juniper

Rocky Mountain juniper is native to northwest Nebraska. It is similar in appearance to eastern redcedar with a more compact pyramidal shape. It's drought resistant, prefers slightly alkaline soils, and retains a bluish-green color throughout winter. It is best used on the north and west outside rows in windbreaks.

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