Tree and Shrub Sale

Welcome to the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District Tree and Shrub Sale. The proceeds from this sale will be used to promote soil and water conservation programs, we thank you for your support. 

To browse our online catalog click on the image below to learn more about each plant. To order plants, select the number of plants at the bottom of the item description page and click add to cart. When you are done shopping, you may pay with a check or debit/credit card using the paypal button (no paypal account required) in the shopping cart .  Orders with payments must be received by March 17th to qualify for sale prices. If you prefer to order by mail complete a order form available in the in the 2019 Spring Newsletter or at the bottom of this page.

Additional plants may be available at Ellsworth Garden Club’s Pink Tulip Festival on order pick-up day May 18th.  If you have any questions about ordering online or submitting a paper order and check please contact the district office.

´Bare-root trees are shipped, sold, and transplanted in the early spring.  Trees are planted when in dormancy, and are most tolerant of root disturbance.  Bare-root trees are more economical than potted or burlap wrapped plants and are often easier (more successful) for novices.  Keep bare-root plants in their wrappings, keep wrapping paper moist but not soaked, and store in a cool dark or shady place (a basement? garage?).

´Potted plants often become root-bound and when planted have a greater root ball density than the recently dug soils.  When watered, the water infiltrates the new soil easily but not the dense root ball.  The expensive potted tree can dry out and die.  As a result, potted plants have different planting instructions.

´Be patient.  Because your bare-root plant is dormant, it will take some time to break dormancy and sprout leaves and flowers (generally around mid-April).  A bare-root plant that gets a good start in the spring can out-grow a potted plant of the same size.

Native plants are hardy and are co-adapted with the available wildlife.  Oak, willow and maple are probably the most important trees for wildlife and pollinators.  They provide critical pollen for the early bees and hummingbirds.  Willow also produces nectar, double benefit.  Oak and maple produce edible seeds.  Acorns are one of the most important foods for deer.

Native plants are not invasive and are unlikely to become pests.

So why have any non-native plants at all?  Some plants like crabapples and lilacs have been around for 200-300 years and have become adopted into the New England landscape.  For instance, male hummingbirds appear just before the lilacs bloom and set up their territories.  Female hummingbirds appear just as the lilacs bloom and generally will refuse to use feeders if lilac and quince blooms are available.  Crabapples produce an abundance of fruit that is critical for bird as the go into migration or into winter.  Some crabs hold fruit into the winter.  Native berry plants have taken a beating from invasive bugs and diseases.  Crabapples are a great substitute.