Minnesota State Forest Nursery

Box of Red Pine seedling on belt in sorting room

Since 1933, Minnesota's State Forest Nursery has provided over 1 billion healthy, native tree and shrub seedlings for Minnesota plantings. With over 85 years of experience, we have developed methods to achieve the best seedling stock possible.

Seedlings are kept in the ground long enough to develop robust root systems and healthy stems. Depending on species, coniferous seedlings between 2–4 years of age and deciduous seedlings are between 1–3 years of age when sold.

We also sell transplants, which are seedlings that are moved at two years of age to a larger bed to promote growth. These seedlings develop strong fibrous roots and thicker stems, making them ideal for challenging sites.

Every seedling is inspected to meet high standards for height, diameter, root development, and health. Only the best seedlings are sold.

Spring 2021 Seedling Order Info

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges for the State Forest Nursery during the spring lift and 2020 growing season. As a result, seedling ordering is delayed. To ensure availability and confidence in our tree seedling stock, the State Forest Nursery will begin taking orders mid-November.

  • Customers who placed a 2020 order that went unfilled will receive priority, and can begin placing orders on Monday, November 9. These customers will receive an advance email with special ordering instructions.
  • The Nursery will begin taking orders for all other customers beginning Monday, November 16, 2020.
Order forms will be available on the website as soon as they are ready. Make sure you're registered for our newsletter to have the most up-to-date information sent directly to you. Thanks for your patience this season and for choosing the Minnesota State Forest Nursery to help meet your planting needs!

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