Purchase a tree at a discount and help green up Minneapolis

Hundreds of trees are still available to city residents for planting this spring as part of the City Trees Program, which has provided a low-cost way for folks to help build the City's urban forest. Varieties of trees available include Black Hills spruce, accolade elm, and bur oak. The program, which is funded by the City of Minneapolis, provides trees which are approximately six feet tall with a one-inch trunk for $25. Residents can order one tree per household, and all trees will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Order your trees by May 1

Orders for trees can be completed online by visiting the Tree Trust website or by calling 651-644-5800. You can also order a tree by picking up an order form from your neighborhood group or local library. 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. Volunteers will be on hand to help load your new tree and complimentary bag of mulch in to your vehicle. Trees can be picked up at Franklin Middle School East parking lot, 1501 Aldrich Ave. N. at the following times:

Saturday, May 9
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 10
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, May 11
3 – 7 p.m.

Research has proven that trees are a valuable investment and improve urban quality of life. Healthy trees 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 storm water. 

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.

Updated April 21, 2009

Published Mar. 23, 2009