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Containerized Seedlings

Descriptions and Pricing

These are species which we generally grow. Not all are available at all times as we are limited by seed supply, space and previous contracts. See our current inventory for containerized stock that is available for the next planting season. We may also be able to custom grow an order if you don’t see what you need or if you know your future needs.

Price breaks are per species and size.

Grading to your specs is available for an additional $0.08/seedling.

Conifers

Abies balsamea
Balsam fir
A favorite for Christmas trees, sheared or unsheared; nice pyramidal shape; soft short dark green needles; "Christmas tree" fragrance; prefers moist soils.
northern MN
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 20

4-10”
5”
8-15”

1.61
1.87
2.68

0.66
0.92
2.02

0.51
0.73
1.74

0.30
0.46
1.29

Juniperus virginiana
Eastern redcedar
A hardy juniper species favored by wildlife for food and shelter; small tree or large shrub for full sun; short, sharp scale-like needles; tolerates most soil conditions; cones are dark blue "gin berries".
western Minnesota, eastern South Dakota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10
Styro 20
Styro 60

4-10”
5-16”
5-10”
8-18”
12-20”

1.61
1.87
2.14
2.68
7.50

0.66
0.92
1.04
2.02
5.19

0.51
0.73
0.85
1.74
3.63

0.30
0.46
0.59
1.29
2.50

Larix laricina
Tamarack
A deciduous (loses its leaves) conifer; short, feathery needles that turn bright yellow in fall before dropping; fast-growing in dry areas; does well in soils ranging from wet to dry; full sun; for cold climates.
northern Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6

4-10”
5-12”

1.61
1.87

0.66
0.92

0.51
0.73

0.30
0.46

Larix sibirica
Siberian larch
Very hardy deciduous conifer similar to tamarack; prefers moist well-drained sites but may do better in drier sites than tamarack; medium-size tree; leaves (needles) turn yellow in fall before dropping; full sun only.
commercial
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 10

12-18”

2.14

1.04

0.85

0.59

Picea abies
Norway spruce
Short shiny dark needles on drooping branches;very distinctive look; fast-growing and tolerant of many soil conditions; sun or shade.
northern Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10
Styro 20

4-15”
5-12”
5-15”
8-24”

1.61
1.87
2.14
2.68

0.62
0.81
0.94
1.85

0.47
0.61
0.74
1.47

0.26
0.41
0.54
1.18

Picea glauca
White spruce
Short needles; tolerant of most soil conditions; one the most versatile trees; partial shade to full sun; medium- to fast- growing when established.
northern Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10
Styro 20

4-10”
5-12”
5-12”
8-20”

1.61
1.87
2.14
2.68

0.62
0.81
0.94
1.85

0.47
0.61
0.74
1.47

0.26
0.41
0.54
1.18

Picea glauca var. densata
Black Hills spruce
A heat and drought tolerant variety of white spruce; short needles; excellent for windbreaks and shelterbelts; beautiful form.
Black Hills, South Dakota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10
Styro 20
Styro 60

4-10”
5-10”
5-10”
8-15”
8-12”

1.61
1.87
2.14
2.68
7.50

0.62
0.81
0.94
1.85
5.19

0.47
0.61
0.74
1.47
3.63

0.26
0.41
0.54
1.18
2.50

Picea mariana
Black spruce
Very short dull bluish needles; native in swampy areas but also does well in dry areas; fast grower on dry sites; for cold climates.
northern Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6

4-18”
5-12”

1.61
1.87

0.62
0.81

0.47
0.61

0.26
0.41

Picea meyerii
Meyer spruce
An exotic species from China grown here for Christmas trees and ornamentals; very good needle retention and high resistance to insects and disease problems; blue-green color; medium growth rate and tolerant of many soil conditions;resembles blue spruce but needles are not as sharp and branches are not as stiff.
commercial seed source
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10
Styro 20

4-8”
5-8”
5-12
8-16”

1.61
1.87
2.14
2.68

0.62
0.81
0.94
1.85

0.47
0.61
0.74
1.47

0.26
0.41
0.54
1.18

Picea pungens
Colorado blue spruce
Beautiful well-shaped tree for all uses; short stiff needles range in color from blue to green; prefers moist well-drained soils but will tolerate most soil conditions; full sun to partial shade; slow to medium grower.
commercial seed source Majestic
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10
Styro 20

4-18”
5-10”
5-15”
8-20”

1.61
1.87
2.14
2.68

0.62
0.81
0.94
1.85

0.47
0.61
0.74
1.47

0.26
0.41
0.54
1.18

Pinus banksiana
Jack pine
Short stiff needles; fast-growing; best for dry soils in full sun; will grow on sites too poor or cold for anything else.
northern Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6

4-6”
6-15”

1.61
1.87

0.62
0.81

0.47
0.61

0.26
0.41

Pinus nigra
Austrian pine
Long stiff needles; tolerant of tough environmental conditions; fast-growing; good for windbreaks and as yard trees.
commercial seed source
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10

3-6”
3-6”
5-12”

1.61
1.87
2.14

0.62
0.81
0.94

0.47
0.61
0.74

0.26
0.41
0.54

Pinus ponderosa
Ponderosa pine
Long, fairly stiff needles; large tree used for shelterbelts and timber; drought-resistant; full sun; tolerates salt and alkalinity in soils.
Black Hills, South Dakota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10
Styro 20

3-6”
3-10”
5-10”
8-18”

1.61
1.87
2.14
2.68

0.62
0.81
0.94
1.85

0.41
0.61
0.74
1.47

0.26
0.41
0.54
1.18

Pinus resinosa
Red or Norway pine
Long, brittle needles; reddish bark; full sun; dry sandy soils; good for Christmas trees and timber; Minnesota State Tree.
northern Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10

3-6”
3-6”
5-14”

1.61
1.87
2.14

0.62
0.81
0.94

0.47
0.61
0.74

0.26
0.41
0.54

Pinus strobus
Eastern white pine
Medium-length soft needles; very large stately tree with a "feathery" look; partial shade to full sun; well-drained but not overly dry soil; makes a distinctive yard or Christmas tree and excellent timber.
northern Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 20

3-6”
3-6”
6-10”

1.61
1.87
2.68

0.62
0.81
1.85

0.47
0.61
1.47

0.26
0.41
1.18

Pinus sylvestris
Scotch pine
Most often used for Christmas tree; short- to medium-length needles; prefers dry to moderate soils and full sun; fast-growing. Riga seed source.
Riga
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 10
Styro 20
Styro 60

4-8”
5-12”
5-10””
8-16”
12-24”

1.61
1.87
2.14
2.68
7.50

0.62
0.81
0.94
1.85
5.19

0.47
0.61
0.74
1.47
3.63

0.26
0.41
0.54
1.18
2.50

Thuja occidentalis
Northern white cedar (American arborvitae)
Thick flat scaly needles; easy to transplant; wide variety of soils from swampy to slightly dry; good for windbreaks, hedges and privacy screens; a favorite deer browse.
northern Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 4A
Styro 6
Styro 20

3-5”
5-10”
8-20”

1.61
1.87
2.68

0.62
0.81
1.85

0.47
0.61
1.47

0.26
0.41
1.18

Deciduous

Acer freemanii
Red x silver maple cross
Large tree; fast-growing; tolerates wide variety of conditions
central Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

8-15”
8-18”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

Acer rubrum
Red maple
Medium-sized tree; medium- to fast-growing; grows in wide range of soils from swampy to dry; yellow and red fall colors.
commercial seed source
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

5-18”
5-20”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

Acer saccharinum
Silver maple
Very fast growing large tree; yellow-brown fall color; any soil type; large spreading crown.
western Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 10

8-15”

2.14

0.94

0.74

0.54

Aronia melanocarpa
Glossy black chokeberry
Shrub growing 4-8' tall; shiny, dark green leaves that turn reddish in fall; purplish-black berries in fall attract birds; grows in wide range of soil types and conditions.
western Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

5-10”
5-12”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

Betula alleghaniensis
Yellow birch
For cool climates; yellow/bronze bark changing to reddish brown; moist soils; yellow fall color; medium-sized tree; tolerates more shade than other birches.
commercial seed source
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

4-8”
5-10”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.54
0.41

Betula papyrifera
Paper or white birch
White bark often used with evergreens for winter landscaping; bright yellow fall color; fast-growing; prefers cool soils; medium-sized tree.
northern MN
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

5-16”
5-18”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

Cornus sericea
Redosier dogwood
Hardy, fast-growing shrub; up to 9' tall; stem color is red which makes the shrub very attractive in the winter; does best in moist soil (often seen along swamp edges) but quite adaptable to other conditions; white flowers not particularly showy; also has white fruit.
North Dakota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

5-10”
8-18”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

Malus 'red splendor'
Red splendor crabapple
Bright red fruit; pink flowers; 20-25' height; leaves range from green to reddish; excellent wildlife tree, birds like fruit.
commercial seed source
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

5-12”
5-12”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

Populus tremuloides
Aspen
Fast-growing, relatively short-lived tree; tolerates wide range of soil conditions but it needs full sun; yellow fall color; excellent for wildlife.
western Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

6-12”
12-18”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

Prunus americana
American or wild plum
Common shrub or small tree native to eastern US; 10-25' tall; fast-growing but needs full sun; white flowers in early spring; fruits good for jams and jellies.
western Minnesota and 'Prairie Red' NRCS ND introduction
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

5-10”
6-12”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

Prunus virginiana
Common chokecherry
Fast-growing, hardy small tree or large shrub with white flowers in spring; native to northern US and Canada; food and shelter for wildlife; dark purple fruit good for making jelly; best in full sun with well-drained soils.
western Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

5-8”
4-12”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

Quercus macrocarpa
Bur oak
Slow-growing; will grow on sites too poor for anything else; large spreading crown makes it a great shade tree; excellent for wildlife food and shelter.
central and western Minnesota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 10
Styro 20

3-12”
3-16”

2.14
2.68

0.94
1.85

0.74
1.47

0.54
1.18

Quercus prinoides
Dwarf chinkapin oak
Small shrubby oak that grows to about 15-20' tall; produces acorns at young age, 2-5 years old; acorns very desirable for deer and turkey because they are low in bitter tannins; prefers full sun; withstands tough weather conditions; also called dwarf chestnut oak or scrub chestnut oak; seed source is SE Nebraska, zone 5.
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 20
Styro 60

6-12”
8-20”

5.00
8.00

n/a
n/a

n/a
n/a

n/a
n/a

Shepherdia argentea
Buffaloberry (Silver buffaloberry)
Thorny shrub provides good wildlife cover and food; orange-red berry; tolerant to drought and alkaline soils; large prairie shrub.
North Dakota
Container Size Avg Heights 1-49 50-199 200-499 500+

Styro 6
Styro 10

6-15”
6-15”

1.87
2.14

0.81
0.94

0.61
0.74

0.41
0.54

David & Michelle Olsen
10466 405th Avenue,
Evansville, MN 56326
218-747-2622
Toll Free 877-702-5579
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