Union County, Ohio

Tree Sale

2020 Union SWCD Annual Tree & Shrub Sale

Union SWCD 2020 Annual


 Mark your calendars for this year’s tree sale!  The new sale will be held on Saturday, May 16 at the Union County Agricultural Center as a DRIVE THRU type of Sale.  STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE and we will fill your requested orders to help keep everyone safe.

When: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Drainage Maintenance Building, Union County Agricultural Center, 18000 St. Rt. 4, Marysville, OH 43040

Ordering: No orders may be placed prior to the sale. All stock are seedlings only. Please bring a completed order form with you the day of the sale, but extras will be available. Orders will be totaled at the sale, after ensuring that all species desired are still available. No credit cards will be accepted for payment, cash and check only. Please make checks out to Union SWCD. 

Sale: The sale is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a species is sold out, it will be unavailable for purchase, so come early if you have a specific need! Any remaining seedlings not sold during the sale will be sold the following week, Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, in the Union SWCD office located in Suite B of the Union County Agricultural Center.

2020 Tree Sale Order form-5/16/2020                   2020 Species Comparative Table

**See Below for descriptions and images of each species available.  Additional information can be with links provided by the Ohio Division of Forestry and the United States Department of Agriculture. **

Canaan Fir - Abies intermedii

Canaan fir is an attractive medium-sized tree generally reaching 40-55 feet in height and 20-25 feet in width. It exhibits a relatively dense, pyramidal crown with a slender spire-like tip. An important asset of Canaan fir is its ability to grow in areas not well suited to other native firs, but will not do well in heavy, wet, clay soils. In recent years, considerable interest has developed in using Ca-naan fir as a Christmas tree species.

2020 Tree Sale Order form-(2)(1)(1).pdf

Colorado Blue Spruce - Picea pungens

This non-native spruce, to 50’ high and 16’ wide, is a conical evergreen conifer with densely growing horizontal branches. It has scaly grey bark on the trunk with yellowish-brown branches. They are often grown as ornamental trees in gardens and parks and also grown for the Christmas tree industry It grows at a slow to medium rate, adapts well to many soils - growing in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. It requires normal moisture with moderate tolerance to flooding and drought.

White Pine - Pinus strobus

According to many the Eastern White Pine is a NE Ohio native. This beautiful pine is majestic in appearance and may reach a mature height of 80’+ with a 40’ pyramidal spread. Its soft blue-green needles add beauty to the landscape. It is a fairly fast grower and loves full sun but will tolerate partial shade. It prefers moist, but very well drained soils.

Common Paw Paw - Asimina triloba

Pawpaw is a small, deciduous tree that may attain 15’ to 30’ in height. Pawpaws flourish in the deep, rich fertile soils of river-bottom lands where they grow as understory trees or thicket-shrubs. Fruit set in the wild is usually low and may be pollinator or resource-limited but under cultivation, tremendous fruit loads have been observed. Pawpaws are ideally suited for the residential 'edible' landscape due to their lush, tropical appearance, attractive growth form, size, fall color, and delicious fruit.

Northern Catalpa - Catalpa speciosa

Is a native to a relatively small area of the central Mississippi Valley basin, has been extensively cultivated in Ohio for over 200 years, and is now naturalized in urban and rural areas, primarily used today as a large ornamental shade tree.  Farmers introduced Northern Catalpa to Ohio in order to produce large amounts of relatively lightweight timber for fence posts, since the wood is very resistant to rotting.

Ohio Buckeye - Aesculus glabra

It is the state tree of Ohio, is found primarily as an understory tree in the western half of Ohio, where the soils are more alkaline in pH. However, it is scattered throughout the eastern half of the state, except in extreme northeastern and extreme southeastern Ohio. Its lightweight wood is used in the production of artificial limbs, and the holding of a "buckeye nut" in one's pocket is considered good luck. A native of the Midwestern and Great Plains states, trees found in the open may reach 60 feet tall by 30 feet wide, but as a native understory it is often half that size.


Paper Birch – Betula papyrifera

The Paper Birch tree is considered to be one of the most attractive tree species in North America. Its’ handsome summer and fall foliage, graceful form and showy white bark keep this Birch species in demand for landscaping applications. Paper Birch was once used by northern Native Americans to build canoes and is also known as ‘Canoe Birch’. It should not be pruned during late winter through spring due to the copious bleeding that occurs from sap rising during that time of the year. Union County would be considered to be at the southernmost range of its area of growth.  


Sugar Maple – Acer saccharum

Another Union County native, Sugar Maple can be expected to grow across Union County – except in areas of extended seasonal wetness.  This maple is the most efficient at producing maple syrup.  Growth habit includes a broad canopy and beautiful fall color.  It prefers plenty of space and sunlight.  Will tolerate shade with subsequent slower growth.

Swamp White Oak - Quercus bicolor

If Union County had an official tree, this would be an excellent candidate. While it is tolerant of extended seasonal wetness, this white oak family tree is just as much “at home” on higher and drier sites.  It is used as a tree lawn tree where space is afforded but grows anywhere adequate space will permit (Mature height 60’, with a 50-60’ wide crown).  Swamp white oak has recently been referred to as “Bicolored Oak” in the landscape industry - taking from its scientific second name of bicolor. This reference is to the summer’s glossy green leaves that are silvery white on the backside.