Trees, shrubs available at conservation district tree sale

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It's not too early to think about spring planting, especially with the Portage County Soil and Water Conservation District's annual plant sale coming soon.

Many of the plants included in this year's sale, such as sourwood and umbrella magnolia are very difficult to find in production. Rare finds like bunchberry, snowberry, New Jersey tea, and black huckleberry are not only difficult to find in production, they are difficult to find anywhere and are listed as threatened, endangered, or extirpated in Ohio.

The SWCD is hoping property owners will review the plant descriptions to determine if they have a suitable site for some of these threatened 'gems' and then try to add them to their own landscape in an effort to preserve Ohio's rich plant diversity.

The SWCD 2013 sale also includes blueberry and blackberry packets. Other fruiting plants available are persimmon, paw paw, red mulberry, and Alleghany serviceberry. In addition to these wonderful, hard to find native plants, the SWCD is also offering other native trees such as sugar maple, shagbark hickory, butternut, black cherry and many more.

The evergreen selection includes Colorado blue spruce, concolor fir, Norway spruce, eastern white pine and western arborvitae. And if it is beautiful flowering trees and shrubs a homeowner is looking for, the sale also has eastern redbud, white dogwood, yellowwood, and white fringe tree.

Plant descriptions give more information about site requirements for these plants.

The SWCD 2013 Tree Sale features 39 different plants. Visit the website at www.portageswcd.org for a full listing of plants and descriptions, email Lynn Vogel at lvogel@portageswcd.org or call 330-297-7633 with questions about the plant sale.

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