More than 50 species of trees and shrubs from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery are now available to public and private landowners and schools.
Spruces, pines, shrub willows, dogwoods, high bush cranberry, winged sumac, white cedar, and wetland rose are among the 50 species available from the State’s Saratoga Tree Nursery. The sale provides low-cost, native tree and shrub seedlings from New York seed sources to encourage landowners to enhance the state’s environment for future generations. Mixed species packets are also available.
Enhancing habitat in your backyard is made easier with packets of trees and shrubs for your specific planting goals including enhancement of ruffed grouse, riparian, and streamside habitats, and flowering species that attract pollinators. Most of the State Nursery’s seedlings are native, which are preferred by native caterpillars. By planting trees that host native caterpillars, people can help provide the food sources vital to butterflies, moths and birds. Trees and shrubs also provide important food sources for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects, which have declined over recent years.
The Saratoga Tree Nursery is located at 2369 Route 50, Saratoga Springs. For more information, visit the Spring Seedling Sale web page on DEC’s website.
Photo of Red Oak Seedlings, courtesy DEC.