Update March 16: All 200 trees have been sold. To help us better plan for the next sale, please fill out the wishlist at https://bit.ly/TreeWishlist2023. We'll ask what kind of trees you'd like offered in the sale, quantities you might buy and if you'd want to pay extra to have the trees planted for you.
Edina, Minnesota, March 1, 2023 –The City is offering residents a tree for their yard at half its cost to encourage increasing the tree canopy across Edina.
The tree sale, which opens at noon Monday, March 13, will feature deciduous and coniferous trees, each about 4 to 8 feet tall so they have a healthy start but still are easy to plant into a yard. All are climate adaptable and grow well in Minnesota.
“These are all trees that are underrepresented in the city,” Forester Luther Overholt said, explaining why they were chosen for the sale. “Adding one of these trees diversifies trees on private property. Homeowners might not even know about these trees or pick them first, yet they are perfect for Edina property.”
Residents and property owners can choose among these trees:
- Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree
- Presidential Gold Ginkgo
- Redmond Linden
- Royal Raindrops Crabapple
- Skyline Honeylocust
- Swamp White Oak
- White Pine
Photos and detailed descriptions of each, including size and tips on where to plan them, are listed now in the sale preview at bit.ly/EdinaTreeSale2023.
Residents or Edina property owners will pay $50 for a tree, with the other half and program costs paid by the City. Each of the 200 available trees will come in a 10-gallon pot. Limit one per Edina address.
Purchased trees will be available for pickup 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 3, or 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Fred Richards Park. Buyers who can’t make those times can have another person pick up their tree. All trees will come with planting information and mulch.
The sale is in partnership with Tree Trust, which conducts similar trees sales for other metro communities. Tree Trust has been involved in Edina tree-planting efforts as part of the City’s Climate Action Plan goal to increase the tree canopy from 36% to 43% by 2040. By fall 2023, more than 1,000 trees will have been planted in City parks as part of the NextGen Trees initiative.
“With the goals we have, it wouldn’t be possible to reach them by planting trees in parks unless all of our parks were filled with just trees,” Overholt said. “This tree sale and adding trees to private property is another way to help bolster the tree canopy.”
To learn more about the sale or preview it, visit bit.ly/EdinaTreeSale2023. Overholt can be reached at [email protected] or 952-826-0308.