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Trees offered are suitable for planting throughout Northern Illinois. To insure survival of the plantings, it is important to consider proper site selection, planting and maintenance. The Stephenson SWCD has some photos available to view before making your selection and can offer planting and maintenance information. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 815/235-2161 x3.


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These plants are for conservation purposes only
and shall not be used as ornamentals or for landscaping.

 

WINDBREAK
A windbreak can save you home heating money, provide added privacy, improve working conditions around a farmstead, and attract and protect wildlife. Designing a good windbreak requires careful planning for site selection, tree types, and spacing. The District offers free windbreak planning assistance. Farmstead visits can be made by appointment. Windbreak

PLANTING SEEDLING TREES
  • Plant seedlings as soon as possible after they are received. If planting is delayed, store trees in a cool place and keep roots moist.
  • Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the entire root system of the tree.
  • Place the tree into the hole and loosely fill dirt around the roots. Never crowd the roots into the hole or allow them to "J" up.
  • Place dirt tightly into the hole. Stomp around tree with your foot to make sure there are no air pockets left around the root system.
EVERGREEN TREES

FRASER FIR
(Abies fraseri) – A medium sized pyramidal with horizontal, stiff branches, excellent for ornamental and a favorite for Christmas trees. Among the most elegant of confers. Slow growth rate.

WHITE PINE
(Pinus strobus) - A large, picturesque native tree with long soft needles widely used in reforestation, windbreaks. Moderate to fast grower which thrives in a wide range of soils. Average maximum height to 80'.

COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE
(Picea pungens) - Very hardy, pyramidal shaped tree with stiff branches; blue green needles providing excellent nesting, roosting, and winter cover for birds; great in windbreaks. Mature height in Illinois is 30-60' with a spread of 10-20'. Likes ordinary soil, average moisture, full sun. Does not like wet soil.

NORWAY SPRUCE
(Picea abies) - A hardy, lofty tree with ascending branches that intermingle to break the wind. Moderately fast grower. Grows well in a wide range of soils.

WHITE SPRUCE
(Picea glauca) - Pyramidal shaped tree with dark blue green needles favored for windbreaks, Christmas trees. Mature height of 60-70 ft.

RED PINE
- (Pinus rubra) - A long needle pine which thrives in poor soil conditions. This is a tough tree which can survive under adverse conditions. Red Pine produces dark green needles in bundles of two egg shaped cones.

AMERICAN ARBORVITAE
(Thuja occidentalis) – Pyramidal in habit. Leaves are frond-like on flat branches varying from dark green to light green during the growing season. Grows best in loamy, moist soil. May be planted as
an ornamental, hedge or windbreak. It is also a good source for wildlife food, shelter from enemies and elements and nesting cover.


NATIVE DECIDUOUS TREES

BLACK WALNUT
(Juglans nigra) - The valuable dark rich wood from this tree make plantings a good long-term investment. Prefers deep, rich soils. May grow to 100'.

NORTHERN RED OAK
(Quercus rubra) - Large, pyramidal tree with irregular spreading branches producing valuable wood. Broad headed with maturity. Rich foliage turns a bronze-red in the fall.

WHITE OAK
(Quercus alba) - The Illinois State Tree. Known for its majestic beauty and longevity, the White Oak prefers moist, well drained upland soils. This is a sensitive tree which cannot tolerate urban conditions. Acorns are loved by wildlife, produces valuable wood.

SWAMP WHITE OAK
: (Quercus bicolor) – Exhibits many of the qualities of the White Oak. Does well in moist to wet soils. Is drought resistant. Has a yellow to purple fall color.

PIN OAK
(Quercus palustris) - Fast growing, grows well in most soils including wet soils, tolerates city conditions. Small acorns feed birds and animals.

BUR OAK
(Quercus macrocarpa) – Slow growing, will grow in dry upland sites, moist “bottoms” and tolerates alkaline soils. Most widespread of the oaks. Wood is used to make whiskey barrels, railroad ties, flooring, and furniture.


BLACK CHERRY (Prunus serotina) – Bears dark green leaves, turning yellow to red in fall, white flowers in spring, producing valuable wood. Produces edible fruit in summer suitable for wildlife.



SHRUBS

REDOSIER DOGWOOD
(Cornus stolinifera) – Native shrub, very distinctive red branches highly recommended for windbreaks. Produces small, flat clusters of whitish flowers in late May followed by white berries that are a favorite food of song birds. Adapted for wet soils but will also do well upland when established.

SILKY DOGWOOD
(Cornus amomum) – A tough rounded multi-stemmed shrub good for windbreaks. White flowers in June produce blue berries in the fall. Provides wildlife food and cover.

HAZELNUT
(Corylus Americana) – Medium sized shrub, adaptable to a wide variety of sites. Root suckers easily, produces an edible nut for wildlife and good cover.

AMERICAN PLUM
(Prunus Americana) – Large shrub or small tree. Prefers moist areas but can be found in uplands. Produces white blossoms followed by a fruit that a variety of wildlife will eat.


ADDITIONAL ITEMS

MARKING FLAGS
- Ideal for marking trees that may be hidden by tall grass or for laying out windbreaks. Plastic flag on 36" wire mast.

BIRD AND BAT HOUSES
- Houses for bats, bluebirds and wood ducks will be available for purchase. All are made by a local craftsman of high quality cedar.

TREE MATS
-These mats stop the weeds that steal growth from the trees. These 3’x3’ mats block sunlight, killing weeds 3 years. No spraying or hoeing. Each mat comes with 4 wire staples.

TREE SHELTERS
– Various size tubes protecting seedlings against animal damage, while increasing both seedling growth and survival rates. (Tree shelters are a special order item.)

PLANTING GEL
– Root additive provides better root establishment and keeps seedling roots from drying out.

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ALL STOCK ARE BAREROOT SEEDLINGS TREES AREN’T POTTED OR BALL & BURLAPPED

The Stephenson SWCD is an equal opportunity provider.
 
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