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Cumberland County
Conservation District
310 Allen Road, Suite 301
Carlisle, PA 17013-9101
717-240-7812
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conserve@pa.net

40th Annual Tree Seedling Sale
2017

NEW! - Tree orders are no longer being accepted. If you did not place an order, some extra trees will be available the first pick up day at the Conservation District office on a first come first serve basis.

New this year, we will be selling a limited amount of planting bars for $25 each.
planting bar planting bar

Tree sale pick up dates for 2017:

Thursday April 20 from 1pm-5pm

Friday April 21 from 8am-2pm

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Thank you.

Each year the Conservation District holds a tree seedling sale to raise funds for our environmental education projects. The seedlings include evergreens, hardwoods, fruit trees and some ornamental trees. Most seedlings come packaged in bundles of 10 and range in size from 8 - 36 inches. The district also sells groundcover, flowering bulbs and wildflower seed mix. We also sell tree shelters and stakes, and Bluebird boxes.


If you would like to be added to the tree sale mailing list please email your mailing address to us.
conserve@pa.net

Below are links to the items that are available this year:
Trees
Fruit
Groundcover
Wildflower Mix
Bulb Packages

List of Frequently Asked Questions

All documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREE SEEDLING DESCRIPTIONS & INFORMATION

 

COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE

Should reach 6 feet in 8-9 years starting with three year seedling. Grows to 100 feet. One inch silvery blue to bluish green needles. Not all plants will have the bluish colored needles. Good for ornamental, colorful screen, windbreak or Christmas tree. Ordinary soil, average moisture. Full sun. Slow growing.

Sample colorado blue spruce image

 

 

 

 

FRASER FIR

A medium-sized pyramidal growing fir of great beauty. Good for ornamentals and Christmas trees. Prefers cool soils and north exposure.

Sample fraser fir image

 

 

 

 

WHITE PINE

Should reach 6 feet in 6-7 years starting with three year seedling. Will grow to 100 feet. A five needle pine, soft,light green blue four inch needles. Good for windbreak or hedge. Dry or poorly drained soils. Full sun.

Sample white pine image

 

 

 

 

CONCOLOR FIR

Also known as White Fir. Should reach 6 feet in 8-9 years with a three year seedling. Grows to 120 feet. Silver truck and soft silver foliage. One of the best Christmas trees. Holds needles best of any short needled tree. Needs good drainage.

Sample concolor fir image

 

 

 



RED MAPLE

Also known as scarlet or swamp maple. Growth 40 to 60 feet. Highly prized because of its bright red flowers in early spring before leaves appear. Medium to dark green leaves turn yellow to brilliant red in fall. An excellent wetland species, can tolerate wet, swampy soil conditions. Native to eastern U.S.

Sample red maple image





WHITE OAK

Grows 50 to 80 feet in height and as wide. Grows best in a deep, loamy, well drained soil. The most prolific lumber oak in the Northern Hemisphere. A good tolerance of highway salt. Wetland species. Broad, round, dense head, spreading branches and purple-red fall color.

Sample white oak image





RED OAK

Fast-growing oak, maturing with a broad round head, leaves turn a red to reddish-brown in Autumn. Will tolerate a wide range of soil types from acid to alkaline. Mature height 75 to 80 feet.

Sample red oak image

PEAR TREE PACK

Pack includes one each:


Harrow Sweet: Ripens approximately three weeks after Bartlett. This variety has shown very good resistance to fire blight. The fruit size and appearance are similar to that of Bartlett. The fruit is both juicy and sweet. The tree should be trimmed to maintain fruit size and avoid biennial bearing.







Harrow Crisp:This variety harvests with Bartlett and sizes slightly larger. Fruit has a very attractive finish with a red blush over smooth, yellow skin and the flavor is mildly sweet. The tree is hardy, productive and has proven resistance to fire blight.





Note: To get proper pollination, varieties should be planted no farther than 50 ft. apart. Semi-dwarf



Sample Harrow Sweet Pear image
Sample Harropw Crisp Pear image




APPLE TREE PACK

Pack includes one each:



Gold Rush: Best known for its remarkable keeping qualities (10-11 months) and sweet crisp flavor. Resists oxidation when cut, making a very yellow sauce or firm crisp slices for baking. Tree shape is slightly upright with a semi-spur habit. Resistant to scab and mildew, moderate resistance to fire blight. Matures in late Fall.











Liberty: Medium size, yellow fleshed dessert apple with 90% red over yellow background color. Tree is vigorous, spreading and annual bearer. Resistant to apple scab, cedar apple rust, fire blight and mildew. Good choice for home gardener. Matures in late September.










Initial: A scab resistant variety developed at INRA Angers, France. A Gala x Redfree cross. Matures in late August. Fruit has good size and is a red blush over a yellow background. Variety is prone to fruit drop making it an ideal selection for food plots. Tree is relatively non-vigorous and fruit is crisp with mild acidic flavor. Matures in late August.




Note: In order to get proper pollination, varieties should be planted no farther than 50 ft. apart. Customers can expect trees to start producing a small number of apples in 3 to 4 years. Trees should be fully producing apples in the 5th year. All semi-dwarf and will grow 12-14 ft. in height.



Sample Gold Rush apple image
Sample Liberty apple image
Sample Initial apple image





RED HAVEN PEACH

This variety is considered by many as the standard for the Northeast peach industry. Tree is vigorous, very bud-hardy and productive. Fruit is medium-sized and colors to a brilliant red. One of the best commercial varieties. Ripens around August 1 in south-central Pennsylvania.

Sample red haven image

 

GROUNDCOVER

MYRTLE (PERIWINKLE)

(2.25" peat pots - 50 per flat) An excellent groundcover for both sun and shade; a short evergreen perennial groundcover that matures at about 6" tall and 3' in diameter for each plant. Performs best in rich, evenly moist, well drained soils in partial shade, but is adaptable to soils of average fertility. Blue-purple blooming in late March and April but numerous times throughout the growing season.

Sample myrtle image


SHOWY NORTHEAST NATIVE WILDFLOWER MIX WITH NATIVE GRASSES

Sample wildflower seed mix image

Planting instructions:
It is recommended to mix four (4) parts of sand or soil with one (1) part of seed. This will help to evenly spread the seed. After spreading the seed over the bare ground, lightly rake the seed into the soil. A thin layer of straw or hay mulch can also be used after seeding is completed.





BULB PACKAGES AVAILABLE THIS YEAR
Sample gladiolus image
E - Spectacular Gladiolus
(14 bulbs) annual, likes sun
Stately blooms in dazzling multi-colored assortment.
Height: 4'-5' ; Bloom: 90 days after planting
Sample strawberry image
H - Everbearing Strawberry Plants
(10 plants) perennial, likes sun
The best available virus-free plants! Large, red, juicy berries throughout summer.
Height: 10" ; Bloom: spring and summer before fruit

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F - Hosta (perennial)
Shade lillies, dramatic variegated foliage with bell shaped flowers on graceful stalks. Stunning! Low maintenance border. Hardy.
Height: 18" - 32" bush ; Bloom: Late summer
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I - Stargazer Lilies (2 bulbs) perennial
Strikingly beautiful blooms of fuschia color, dramatic shape and pleasing fragrance. Hardy growth, excellent cut flowers!
Height: 25-30"; Bloom: July-September





















FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions

Following is a list of questions and answers about our tree sale. This page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee survival of any plantings. If your question is not addressed on this list, please call or email the Conservation District for assistance. Thank you.

Q.How should I plant my trees?

A.Dig a hole deep enough to make sure roots extend downward and do not form a "J". Make sure the hole is deep enough to cover all roots. Pack soil firmly around the roots. Keep watered. If possible, keep weeds and grass from growing to high or thick, blocking the sunlight from the tree.

 

Q.How do I care for the seedlings if I am not going to plant them right away?

A.The trees should be "Healed in". Dig a small hole or trench, tamp the seedlings in the ground, keep watered.

 

Q.What are tree shelters?

A.A tree shelter is a biodegradeable polypropelene tube that surrounds your hardwood seedlings and protects them from deer, rabbits, rodents, herbicides, mowers and weed trimmers. Tree shelters create a greenhouse environment that encourages seedling growth. Not recommended for evergreens. See picture.

Image of tree shelter with bird net on top