It is already time for the Kansas Forest Service tree seedling sale for spring. The Kansas Forest Service’s Conservation Tree Planting Program offers tree and shrub seedlings, as well as other items for use in conservation plantings. Plantings may function as wildlife habitat, windbreaks, wood lots, timber plantations, or educational and riparian (streambank) plantings.
The spring distribution offers both bare root and container-grown seedlings for sale. Orders are accepted from the first Monday of December through May 1. Orders are shipped or picked up beginning in mid-March.
New for this year is the Eastern Pollinator Bundle. This bundle contains seven tree/shrub species suitable for planting in eastern Kansas, including five American plum, five chokecherries, five golden currants, three false indigo, five elderberries, three buttonbushes and four eastern redbuds. These shrub and small-tree species provide food to pollinating insects during the spring, summer and fall. Shrubs also provide shelter from the wind for pollinators and nesting materials for native bees.
Also new for this year is the Western Pollinator Bundle. This bundle contains five species suitable for planting in western Kansas. The species in this bundle have exceptional drought tolerance and can handle the dry conditions in the western part of the state. The bundle includes five Sandhill plum, five chokecherries, five golden currants, five false indigo, and five fragrant sumac. These shrub species provide food to pollinating insects primarily during the spring and summer months.
• Online: Go to http://kfs.mybigcommerce.com/. This will allow you to place an order via the internet using MasterCard, Visa or Discover.
• Mail: Order forms can be found by going to and printing the Seedling Order Form for 2020 and mailed. Send order form with check or money order (do not send cash) made payable to Kansas Forest Service to Kansas Forest Service, 2610 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS 66502.
— Scott Eckert is a Kansas State Research and Extension agent for Harvey County. Horticulture is his specialty. The Harvey County Extension Office can be contacted at 284-6930.