Keystone Tree Seedling Pack

Keystone Tree Seedling Pack

Contains: Three seedling plants

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Soil Moisture: Moist to medium

Soil Type: Well drained.

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This pack contains 3 tree seedlings, young trees that are between 6 and 12 inches tall. They have been grown in a container that is 2.5×2.5×5 inches, making them an easily manageable size for planting. Because of their small size your seedlings will take longer to become established in your garden, but they are a cost-effective alternative to larger, more expensive plants. We recommend using a tree shelter or similar barrier to protect your seedlings from deer and lawn equipment as they grow.

Your Keystone Tree Pack will contain one each of the following:

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

Keystone Value: The Acer (Maple) genus supports over 250 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Sugar Maple is a diverse tree with an iconic status. The Sugar Maple leaf is actually the national symbol of Canada, but it’s said that the United States technically has more of these trees than its northern neighbor. It is a mid sized tree and usually develops an attractive, rounded shape. The Sugar Maple’s most notable features are its brilliant yellow-orange fall color and its ability to produce the sweet maple syrup we know and love. It makes for an excellent specimen/shade tree, however it unfortunately doesn’t tolerate salt/road pollution well, so it should be kept away from the street if possible. Maples host over 250 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, making Sugar Maple a valuable keystone species. Hardiness zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8

Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)

Keystone Value: The Quercus (Oak) genus supports over 500 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Willow Oak gets its name from its leaves, which are long, narrow, and willow-like instead of wide and lobed like other Oak trees. This mid sized tree is fine-textured and forms an attractive rounded/oval habit at maturity. The acorns provide food for a variety of native mammals and birds, and Oak trees host over 500 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars. Hardiness zone: 5,6,7,8,9

Sweet Birch (Betula lenta)

Keystone Value: The Betula (Birch) genus supports over 400 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Sweet Birch is prized in the home landscape for its striking fall color: a brilliant golden yellow. It is a mid sized tree that usually forms a rounded shape when mature. The sap can be used to create Birch Beer as well as a syrup similar to molasses, and when the stems are bruised they produce a wintergreen odor. In fact, Sweet Birch was once overharvested close to extinction for its production of wintergreen oil. Sweet Birch is a great choice for areas with a large deer population as it is deer resistant. As a keystone plant, Birches pack an ecological punch as the host plant for over 400 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars. Hardiness zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Three seedling plants

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Soil Moisture

Moist to medium

Soil Type

Well drained.

Shipping Information

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants supports the United States Postal Service, so your plants will ship via USPS Priority Mail. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.

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