Minneapolis residents can order an inexpensive tree to enjoy for their yards

posted Mar 18, 2010, 1:13 PM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Apr 17, 2010, 8:28 AM ]
Order by Friday, April 23, 2010.

More than 1,000 trees are being made available to Minneapolis residents for planting this spring. Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City
Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help build the city’s tree canopy. The trees cost $25 each, residents can order one tree per household, and all
trees are available first-come, first-served. Last month, the emerald ash borer was found in Minneapolis and could potentially contribute to the decline of all
of the City’s more than 200,000 ash trees. Planting a new tree now will help start the next generation of trees.

Varieties of trees available are
  • Fat Albert spruce,
  • pagoda dogwood,
  • Kentucky coffee tree,
  • blue beech,
  • Merrill magnolia,
  • regal prince oak,
  • Canada select chokecherry,
  • Redmond linden and
  • burgundy belle maple

Orders for trees can be placed at www.treetrust.org. You can also order a tree by calling (651) 644-5800. In previous years, the trees have sold quickly, so place your order early.

Folks who order trees will need to pick them up on one of three days at the Minneapolis Impound Lot, 51 Colfax Ave. N.

  • Saturday, May 8, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 9, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Monday, May 10, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Volunteers will be on hand to help load your new tree and complimentary bag of mulch into your vehicle.

Research has proven that trees are a valuable investment and improve urban quality of life. Healthy trees are beautiful, increase property values, help improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide, save energy, keep the city cooler, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater.

The City Trees program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and Tree Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community environment.