Seedling Day


As part this year's seedling program we are collaborating with Forests Ontario, a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes healthy forests through tree planting, forest stewardship, education and awareness initiatives. www.forestsontario.ca

For those of you purchasing seedlings this year, Forests Ontario is offering a complimentary one-year membership. If you are interested please check the appropriate box on the seedling order form.

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Plants available for 2018

Riparian Lake Edge Garden  New

Lake Edge flowers, shrubs and grasses that provide important habitat that will directly and indirectly help fish populations. 

Red Oak (Native deciduous) - Quercus rubra

Beautiful large tree, excellent for landscape use and timer. Prefers sand/loam soils, with a well to moderate drainage. Red Oaks should be planted in a full sun to partial shade environment. Squirrels and wild turkeys are attracted to the acorns. Can grow up to 24 meters.

“Looking forward, it is thought that Red Oak may be a good candidate in the battle against climate change as it is the hearty nature of this tree’s ability to establish, grow and thrive in harsher conditions that could make this species well suited in our forests with ever increasing temperature regimes. It will also be an important species to counteract the devastating impacts of the Beech Bark Disease currently killing our American beech in the Parry Sound/Muskoka area, as Red Oak is considered second to American beech in terms of importance as a mast species for wildlife such as deer and bear.”

White Birch (Native Deciduous) Betula Papyrifera New

Found on forest edges, lakeshores and roadsides, usually mixed with other birches, pines, spruces, hemlock and maple. 

White Pine (Native evergreen) - Pinus strobus

This is a rapid growing tree with wide spreading lateral roots and is an important nesting and perching tree. This tree achieves a maximum height of 30 meters in dry or moist conditions. A shore stabilization tree, it requires a sunny or part-shade environment.

White Spruce (Native evergreen) - Picea Glauca

White Spruce grow on a variety of soils under a wide range of conditions. This includes moist or wet conditions in the sun or part-sun. It can be used for shore stabilization. Needles are short and light green in colour.  Excellent for Christmas trees, windbreaks and landscape. They can grow up to 24 meters.

White Cedar (Native evergreen) - Thuja occidentalis

Narrow growing. Makes excellent hedging plants. Dark green foliage. Grows in wet areas, but tolerates most soils. Better in sand, loam, clay types of soil; it can grow up to 15 meters.

Red Osier Dogwood (Native deciduous shrub) - Cornus sericea

Noted for its red branches, great background with snow. Produces small white flowers and white berries. Should be planted in a dry to moist sand/loam/clay soil; full sun to partial shade. Red osier dogwoods can grow up to 3 meters and are excellent for erosion control.

American Highbush Cranberry (Native deciduous shrub)  Vacinium macrocarpon New

Found in swamps and open bogs on wet shores of ponds and streams.

Service Berry (Native deciduous shrub) Amelanchier Arborea New

Wildly distributed in Southern Ontario, in open fields, edges of woods, thickets, wooded slopes, sandy bluffs and rocky ridges.

Ostrich Fern (Native perennials)

This fern is deer resistant, and should be planted in a moist sand/slit soil,  with partial shade/sun exposure. It strives along streams and riverbanks and in moist forested sites.

 

Sources:

  • On the Living Edge – Your handbook for waterfront Living, Sarah Kipp, Clive Callaway Conservation Ontario, 2003
  • Richardson’s PineNeedle Farms – 2017 Seedling Guide
  • Sassafras Farms
  • * Michael Henry, R.P.F.—ShoreLines Fall 2016 
  • Forests Ontario

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