Minneapolis' urban forest grows this weekend

Minneapolis property owners who ordered trees from the City Trees program will pick them up this weekend and plant them all across town. The City of Minneapolis offered 1,500 trees this spring for only $25 each, and an additional 400 trees were available to residents in the tornado-affected area of north Minneapolis at no charge. The $25 trees available for Minneapolis homeowners, businesses and nonprofits sold out in a record three days.

The trees are approximately four to eight feet tall with one-inch trunks, and the varieties for $25 were 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 for the free trees program were Honeycrisp apple, swamp white oak, Firebird crabapple and Japanese tree lilac.

The tree distribution site is the Minneapolis Impound Lot, 51 Colfax Ave. N., and people should bring the postcard they were mailed confirming their tree order. Pick up times are:

Volunteers will help load the new tree and complimentary bag of mulch into each vehicle. Trees may be up to eight feet tall, so property owners should be sure to bring a suitable vehicle. Anyone unable to pick up his or her tree may have someone else pick it up. No refunds will be given for trees that are not picked up or do not survive.

Anyone interested in volunteering over the weekend should contact Karen Zumach.

The City Trees program helps meet Minneapolis’ eco-focused goal recognizing trees as a solid green investment. In the past five years, the City Trees program has provided 7,500 trees planted in Minneapolis. 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 City of Minneapolis.

Published May 11, 2012