Each year, the forest service nursery program produces millions of seedlings for nearly 50 species of conifers, hardwoods and native understory plants.
Genetically improved longleaf pine, shortleaf pine, white pine and other species are available. These offer better volume growth, form, disease resistance, straightness and other characteristics needed to produce quality forest products, stated a press release.
Hardwoods are sold in quantities as low as 10 and conifers in quantities as low as 50. For those wishing to submit larger orders, the nursery sells tree seedlings by the hundreds and thousands.
Tree seedlings can be ordered from the online seedling store at www.buynctrees.com, by phone at 1-888-NCTREES (1-888-628-7337) or by using the order form found in the current catalog. Complete the form and mail to Seedling Coordinator, 762 Claridge Nursery Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.
A catalog is available at the “Tree Seedlings & Nursery Program” at www.ncforestservice.gov. Catalogs are also available at local NCFS offices located in all 100 counties. The catalog has information about types of tree species, quantities and costs to order. It includes information about ideal planting locations and whether a species is typically used to benefit wildlife, restore habitat or as marketable timber.
Accepted methods of payment are check, money order, Mastercard and Visa.
Distribution of tree seedlings will occur December through mid-April, depending on weather conditions. Seedling orders can be shipped to one of 12 distribution centers statewide for a fee or via UPS for a charge.
Orders are also available for pickup from the Claridge Nursery in Goldsboro or the Linville River Nursery, near Crossnore.