Tree seedlings now available for Virginians

Published 7:27 am Thursday, January 5, 2017

Virginia’s tree seedling store opens Tuesday at 10 a.m. Orders may be placed online at buyvatrees.com or by calling the Augusta Forestry Center at (540) 363-7000.

“We grew and sold 30 million tree seedlings last year,” Justin Funk, forestry centers manager, said in a press release. “And we expect demand to remain strong — so much so, that it’s likely some varieties of our loblolly pine seedlings may sell out early.”

According to the release, the top loblolly pine varieties offered this season include Control Pollinated (CP) priced at $135 per 1,000 tree seedlings and are limited to 25,000 seedlings per customer. “Virginia’s Best are selling at $105 per 1,000 and Elite at $85 per 1,000 seedlings; both varieties will be limited to 50,000 per customer. These prices include pesticide treatment for Pales weevils.”

In addition to pine seedlings, Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) nurseries offer 45 other species of tree seedlings for sale to Virginia landowners. “These other species include dogwood, apple, bald cypress, maples and nine species of oaks.”

“We also have several specialty seedling packs that are designed for specific uses, such as Riparian buffer establishment, Wildlife habitat enhancement and Quail management,” Funk said in the release.

Payment must be made at the time of purchase. If placing an order by phone or online, credit card is the only accepted method of payment. Walk-in orders may be paid with credit card, check or money order.

For more information, visit www.dof.virginia.gov.