Annual Arbor Day Tree Sale

February 12-April 12, 2024

The City of Lakeville’s annual tree sale is a City-sponsored sale that offers trees at a discounted price to residents.

How to Order

  • Online at Tree Sale
  • By phone: 952-985-4600
  • In person: Call ahead (952-985-4600) for in-person ordering

For species selection, planting and tree care information, visit the links below or download a site selection chart (PDF).

Orders must be submitted by Friday, April 12, 2024. Many trees will sell out prior to the deadline.

Quantities are limited, and orders are processed on a first-come, first-served pre-pay system. Purchasers will be notified by email confirming which trees are reserved for them. Our goal is to increase Lakeville’s canopy cover and tree diversity, so priority will be given to residents planting trees within the City of Lakeville. Trees sold through this sale are not under warranty. 

Tree Pickup

Trees will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 20 from 8-10:30 a.m. at Lakeville’s Central Maintenance Facility (7570 179th Street West).

Shade Trees

  • American BasswoodSOLD OUT
  • Eastern Redbud - SOLD OUT
  • Honeycrisp Apple - SOLD OUT
  • Imperial Honeylocust - SOLD OUT
  • New Horizon Elm - SOLD OUT
  • Northern Hackberry - SOLD OUT
  • River Birch - SOLD OUT
  • Swamp White Oak

Conifers (Evergreen Trees)

  • White Pine - SOLD OUT

Trial Seedlings

The City of Lakeville is offering seedlings of unique tree species we are trialing in our parks. These species are predicted to do well in the future Twin Cities metro. Although these species are not frequently planted, some are already naturally growing in forested areas of Minnesota. The trees being offered are sold as 1'–3’ bare root stock. While individual examples of these trees are found in the metro area, they are not guaranteed to be winter hardy.

  • Bitternut HickorySOLD OUT
  • Chinkapin Oak - SOLD OUT
  • Jack PineSOLD OUT
  • Shagbark Hickory - SOLD OUT
  • Sycamore - SOLD OUT


Choosing a Tree and Ordering

  • Trees offered in bare root form are lightweight and easy to transport. They should be kept in a cool place and planted within 1-2 days from pickup to ensure roots do not dry out. 
  • Trees offered in pots (containers) should be “box” cut with a hand saw prior to planting. If they are kept in a cool spot and watered, they can be planted as time permits. 
  • Not sure it’s worth buying a “smaller” tree instead of hiring a contractor to install a larger tree? Consider that for every inch in stem diameter, the tree will go through a year of transplant shock where it will only grow roots. Smaller diameter trees establish root systems and start growing taller/wider faster. In many cases because of their exceptional root systems, bare root trees can outgrow their “larger” tree counterparts simply due to the number of roots present at planting time and their ability to establish. 
  • All trees are offered at a discounted price compared to typical retail prices. 
  • Unlike a retail nursery, these trees do not have a warranty. 
  • Townhome associations are encouraged to participate to improve their species diversity.


Care and Maintenance

  • Planting is a stressful experience for the tree being planted. It takes time for the plant to start growing new roots and establish in its new landscape. 
  • A rule-of-thumb is that it takes 1 year for every inch of trunk diameter for a tree to establish in the landscape. For a 2 inch tree, it may take 2 years for the tree to establish its root system and start growing more branches and increasing in trunk size. 
  • Consistent watering and mulching can help plants better establish. 
  • Newly planted trees need to be watered 15-25 gallons of water each week, watering can be skipped if it rained 1 inch or more that week. If you have heavy clay soil that does not drain well, you can kill the tree roots by over watering and need to monitor soil moisture more closely.  
  • Consider using a gator bag to water your new tree.
  • Stop watering your tree once the ground freezes and remove gator bags if you are using them.
  • Rodents and other animals may try to climb your new tree or peel its bark during the winter. Consider using a tree guard to protect it from this type of damage.
  • For guidelines on watering and mulching your new trees, visit the Minnesota DNR webpage on caring for trees

For more information about Lakeville's Arbor Day Tree Sale, contact our Forestry Technician at 952-985-2726.