Seedlings are often given to children and other participants in Arbor Day events. Spruce and fir trees are popular because they are green at Arbor Day when most deciduous trees aren't leafed out yet.
Seedlings are usually bare-root (without soil) and need to be handled carefully. Keep seedlings cool and moist so that tiny roots don't dry out. Pack the roots of individual seedling trees with wet newspaper or other moistening agent in plastic bags.
These nurseries and organizations specialize in seedling orders:
- Musser Forests
- Forrest Keeling Nursery
- Van's Pines
- Itasca Greenhouses
- National Arbor Day Foundation (Also offers individually packaged trees)
- County Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) often have trees available or technical assistance. Kane-DuPage SWCD offers a variety of tree seedlings. Find your county's district.
- America the Beautiful Foundation offers free seed packets