Plant a low-cost or free tree on your Minneapolis property

The City of Minneapolis is offering 1,500 trees this spring for only $25 each. The trees are approximately eight feet tall with one-inch trunks. Starting March 12, any Minneapolis property owner – whether resident, business or nonprofit – can order a tree to plant on private Minneapolis property this spring. An additional 400 trees will be available to residents in the tornado-affected area of north Minneapolis at no charge.

Varieties of trees available for $25 are Bali cherry, bur oak, Black Hills spruce, Fall Fiesta maple, Honeycrisp apple, ironwood, Prairifire crabapple, Princeton elm, red bud (tree form) and Whitespire birch (clump form). Varieties available for the free trees program are Honeycrisp apple, swamp white oak, Firebird crabapple and Japanese tree lilac. Ordering begins March 12 for both tree offerings at www.treetrust.org or 952-767-3886. Paper order forms will also be available at UROC (the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center at 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.) and at North Side Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board recreation centers. Additional forms are available by calling 952-767-3886.

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

Tree Trust will host two free workshops for participants on proper tree planting and care 10 to 11 a.m., April 28, Powderhorn Park and 7 to 8 p.m., May 1, UROC (the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center at 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.). To register, please contact Tree Trust’s Forestry Department at 952-767-3886. Space is limited.

The City Trees program helps meet Minneapolis’ eco-focused goal recognizing trees as a solid green investment. 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 City Trees program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and Tree Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community environment. The free trees program for tornado-affected residents is made possible through a grant from State Farm Insurance and support from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis. In the past five years, the City Trees program has provided 7,500 trees planted in Minneapolis.

Orders for trees can be placed starting March 12 at www.treetrust.org or 952-767-3886. In previous years the trees have sold quickly. Property owners who order early will get the best selection.

Published Mar. 9, 2012