Tree, shrub seedlings available through DEC

maple seeds on tree in Western New York
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

During this year’s Spring Seedling Sale, you can buy tree and shrub seedlings through various counties or through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis as stock is limited, so place your order early. The seedlings will be shipped to a central location in your county where you can pick up your order on a certain date. Ordering deadlines and pickup dates vary by county.

If you live in a county that doesn’t have a central location for pickup, you can order through the State DEC and have the items shipped to your home for an additional fee.

Erie County

You must order by March 18 for pick up on April 23 at the Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg. You can pick up on the evening of Friday, April 22 at the Fairgrounds by appointment only; call 652-8480, ext. 5 to make arrangements.

Here’s the printable order form. You can also order wildflower seed mixes, bluebird nest boxes (the bluebird is the New York State bird), fertilizer tablets and tree shelters.

See descriptions of the trees and shrubs as well as planting instructions.

The sale is held by the Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District.


Niagara County

Orders must be placed by Friday, March 11. If you order after March 1, please call for availability first as stock may be sold out. The number is 434-4949, ext. 4.

Pickup will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29 and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30  in the Merchant Building at the Niagara County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave. (RT 78), Lockport.

In addition to trees and shrubs, they will also sell a couple of ground covers, a wildflower seed mix, conservation grasses, bat roosts, bluebird houses, wood duck boxes, fertilizer tablets and marking flags.

Niagara County is also offering American Chestnut seedlings this year in an effort to help restore them. The American Chestnut had been attacked by a blight previously and had to undergo backcross breeding in order to heighten its blight-resistance.

See the order form and descriptions here.

Also, again this spring is the fish and grass carp program. You can buy these fish to stock your pond. Fish orders  will be accepted until May 6 with a pickup date of May 13 at 10 a.m.

The sales are held by the Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District.


Chautauqua County

You must order fruit trees and berries by March 15; the deadline for other items is April 1. You will be notified by first class mail when and where to pick up your trees. There will be two pick-up days at the Agricultural Center on Turner Road in Jamestown.

This sale also consists of fruit trees including apple, pear and peach and a mix that includes plum, cherry, nectarine, peach and apricot.

They are also selling flowers, berries, ferns, ground covers, bulbs, bird-bat boxes, rain barrels, posted signs and barley straw.

The descriptions of the trees and shrubs are here, and the order form is here.

The sale is held by the Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District.


Cattaraugus County

Orders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until March 31. Be advised that berry plants and apple tree packages must be ordered by March 15.

You can pick up your order April 22 and 23 at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley.

Several species of conifers, hardwoods, shrubs and berries are available, as well as assortment packets for reforestation, wildlife and erosion control.

You might be able to place special orders for species not listed if sufficient quantities are requested; please call soon if you are interested because quantities may be limited. The number is 699-2326, ext. 101.

See the listing and order form here.

The sale is held by the Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

You must place orders by March 31 through the State DEC for pickup in your county. Customers will be notified of the shipping charges and pickup date when the order is placed.

UPS delivery is limited to customers who don’t have a central location for pickup or who place an order after March 31. There are extra fees for this option.

Pick up your order at the Saratoga Tree Nursery, located just south of Saratoga Springs on Route 50, approximately 30 miles north of Albany. Any orders made after May 7 must be picked up at the nursery. You will be notified by mail when your order is ready. Pay no shipping.

You can email or postal mail the order form, but they suggest you call in your order to (518) 587-1120 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday since operators have the latest availability information. Phone orders are able to be placed now through mid-May.

See the brochure here, the species descriptions here, and species availability here and order form here.

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