More than 30 million tree seedlings sold last year
The Virginia Department of Forestry’s (VDOF) online tree seedling store will open Thursday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. Orders may be placed online at buyvatrees.com or by calling 540-363-7000. If the online store opening is delayed, orders will still be accepted by phone beginning Nov. 1.
“We grew and sold more than 30 million tree seedlings last year,” said Forestry Centers Manager Josh Bennicoff. “We expect demand to remain strong — so much so, that it’s likely some varieties of our loblolly pine seedlings may sell out early.”
The best seller and the foundation of the nursery program is loblolly pine. This species is planted on a wide range of sites east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and offers a great investment for private landowners. VDOF’s control pollinated seedlings can grow up to 90 percent faster than a wild loblolly pine tree.
In addition to loblolly pine seedlings, VDOF nurseries offer over 50 other species of tree seedlings for sale to Virginia landowners. These other species include dogwood, apple, bald cypress, maples, white pine and several species of oaks. There are also several specialty seedling packs that are designed for specific uses, such as riparian buffer establishment, wildlife habitat enhancement, quail management and a “pollinator pack,” which provides a good mix of tree species known for producing an abundance of food for Virginia’s native pollinators.
Payment for tree seedlings 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.
Tax-exempt orders must be placed over the phone or in person, and a fully completed ST-18 form must be provided before the tax-exempt order is placed.
“If you would like to browse our seedling catalog prior to the store opening, it can be found on our website at www.dof.virginia.gov, or you can access the link on our Facebook page ‘Virginia State Nurseries,’” said Bennicoff. “We look forward to serving you during another successful planting season.”