Evergreen seedlings good for wildlife

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Evergreen seedlings good for wildlife


West Columbia, W.Va. – When considering which trees to plant in your woodlot or landscape, don’t overlook evergreens. Species like white and Virginia pine and Norway spruce make great choices for spring plantings.

Both white pine and Virginia pine are native to West Virginia which means they will grow well throughout the Mountain State. Red squirrels and some birds feed on seeds from Virginia and white pines, and both trees provide shelter for grouse, songbirds, birds of prey and small mammals. Songbirds use white pine and Virginia pine needles for nesting material.

Although Norway spruce is not native to West Virginia, it does grow well in the state. Some birds and small mammals consume the seeds. Norway spruce also provides good winter cover for birds and makes good roosting territory for hawks and owls.

Clements State Tree Nursery has all three species in stock. Prices range from 25 cents per tree to $1 per tree, depending on the number of seedlings ordered. There is a 20 percent discount offered on orders of 5,000 or more. Seedlings are sold in bundles of 25 – plenty for you to plant and share with friends and family.

Orders can be placed online at www.wvcommerce.org/ClementsNursery; mailed to Clements State Tree Nursery, 624 Forestry Drive, West Columbia, WV 25287; or phoned in to 304-675-1820. Order forms and a catalog are available at www.wvforestry.com.

Orders for spring 2012 will be accepted only through mid-April.

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Contact: Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Fitzwater@wv.gov