The South Carolina Forestry Commission is encouraging landowners to place their tree seedling orders while seedlings are still available and the conditions for planting remain favorable.

ArborGen’s Taylor Nursery in Edgefield County has more than 900,000 seedlings left for sale at special South Carolina landowner pricing. These seedlings include bare-root varieties of loblolly and shortleaf pine, containerized longleaf pine and a variety of hardwoods. Chickasaw plum, Southern crabapple, redbud and dogwood are among the remaining hardwoods.

“The blooming redbuds and dogwoods remind us that warmer temperatures are just around the corner,” said Tim Adams, SC Forestry Commission Resource Development Director.

“These and other tree selections, including both pines and hardwoods, are still available for a few weeks. Don’t delay, though, as seedling sales will end shortly.”

The purpose of the Forestry Commission’s seedling program is to provide a diverse selection of genetically improved seedlings to South Carolina landowners for timber and Christmas tree production as well as for wildlife and wetland habitat improvements.

Contact Taylor Nursery at 803-275-3578 to place an order, and be sure to ask for the South Carolina landowner pricing, which will only apply to the first 100,000 seedlings ordered annually by each qualified landowner. Landowners must plant the seedlings in South Carolina to be eligible for the special pricing.

More information about the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s seedling sales program, species availability and pricing can be found on the web at: www.state.sc.us/forest/nur.htm.

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