The Spring and Fall Tree Sale events are supported by the efforts of many volunteers. Would you like to volunteer with the WCCD distribution events?
With more orders than ever before, we rely on our volunteers to run the distributions efficiently. It's also lots of fun, and we'll have plans in place to keep everyone safe. To sign up to volunteer for a 2 hour shift, click here.
Sign up soon and we will be communicating with you in early April. BONUS: Volunteers get early access to sign up on the Extra Trees & Shrubs Sale when they do their volunteer shift.
The Spring Tree & Shrub Sale deadline of March 19th has passed. Last call for online orders only:
March 19th - We are no longer accepting paper/offline orders.
Your purchases support conservation work by the Washtenaw County Conservation District.
Spring Tree & Shrub Distribution - April 23rd 1-6pm, April 24 9-10:30am at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds
We will be sending out order confirmations and reminders in early April before the pick up event. Masks and social distancing required when at the event.
Extra Trees & Shrubs sale - April 24 10:30am - Must be on list!
We sometimes have extra trees at the end of the April 23/24th distribution. There will be a call list you can sign onto in order to get in line to purchase trees at 10:30am on Saturday April 24th. To get on the list:
Fall Tree & Shrub sale
No date is set yet, it will be early October. We will make every effort to offer many of the species that sold out quickly this spring, however the species selection will depend on supplier availability. We cannot carry over unmet orders to the fall given the selection might change. Please follow WashtenawCD on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.
About Spring & Fall Tree & Shrub Sales
Each spring and fall the Conservation District sells a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and prairie grasses which are intended for conservation uses, such as:
It is unlawful for these trees and plants to be resold with the roots attached, in accordance with the Insect Pest and Plant Disease Act, P.A. 189 of 1931, as amended.
Both individual species and plant packets or garden kits are offered, in addition to planting aids to support your planting efforts. Generally the following types of trees and plants are offered:
Note: specific species and varieties vary from sale to sale.
A Tree & Shrub Planting Guide is provided with all orders.
Refer to the Tree/Shrub Selection Guide or Native Plant Information Chart to help you select trees, shrubs or native plants best suited to your location based on soils, soil moisture/drainage, sunlight and desired uses.
In general, a good root system must be developed before trees reach their indicated growth rates. Most trees grow slowly for 1-3 years after planting or transplanting and more rapidly after their root system becomes developed.
Generally, trees with Rapid to Moderate growth rates reach 5-6 feet tall in 7-9 years. Moderate to Slow growth rates reach 5-6 feet tall in 9-11 years. Soils, weather, animal or other damage, weed and grass competition, and general care will also affect growth rates.
Care must be taken when selecting fall tree planting sites and soils for the best winter survival. Avoid planting in low areas that may collect water and freeze, damaging seedlings. Limit planting in heavier clay soils because they have a greater tendency to freeze and thaw, causing seedlings to be heaved out of the ground. Use mulch to help moderate soil temperatures and reduce heaving.
The National Wildlife Federation has a great Tree Planting and Care Guide (PDF).