Plant a $25 tree on your Minneapolis property

The City of Minneapolis is offering 1,500 trees this spring for only $25 each. The trees are approximately six feet tall with one-inch trunks. Starting March 14, any Minneapolis property owner – whether resident, business or nonprofit – can order a tree to plant on private Minneapolis property this spring. Varieties of trees available are honeycrisp apple, blue beech, Kentucky coffee tree, "welchii" juniper, sienna glen maple, regal prince oak, redbud (Minnesota strain) and autumn brilliance serviceberry.

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

A tree pest called the emerald ash borer has been found in Minneapolis and poses a special threat to the 200,000 ash trees in Minneapolis. Ash trees make up more than 20 percent of the City's trees. Planting a new tree now will help start the next generation of trees. Healthy trees look beautiful in our neighborhoods, increase property values, help clean the air we breathe, absorb carbon dioxide, save on our energy bills with strategic planting, keep the city cooler in the summer, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater.

The City Trees program helps meet our eco-focused City 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. In the past five years, the City Trees program has planted 6,000 trees in Minneapolis.

Orders for trees can be placed starting March 14 at www.treetrust.org or (651) 644-5800. In previous years the trees have sold quickly. Property owners who order early will get the best selection.

Published Mar 11, 2011