Wetland buffer trios remain in stock! Great shrubs for landscaping the wetland edge and upland areas of your yard, in sun or part shade. Tree guards and watering bags are also available.
Once again, the city is partnering with the local nonprofit Tree Trust to offer exclusive online tree ordering.
How do I pick up my trees?
Trees must be picked up on the designated dates at the Public Works facility, or the trees and the paid amount are forfeited and will be planted in city parks. Prior to the pick-up dates, you will receive a mailed reminder with details on your order. Please bring that paperwork to ensure a smooth pick-up process.
East Driveway, Public Works Facility
11522 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Follow the signs to the east driveway (where the recycling drop-off center is located).
Main Tree Pick-Up Events:
Friday, April 28, 9 a.m.–noon
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.–noon
Magnolia Pick-Up Events (new species this year with late delivery):
Tuesday, May 23, 4:30–6 p.m.
Thursday May 25, 4:30–6 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Only Magnolia trees will be distributed at the May event. If you order another tree species, trio, or duo, you must pick up those items at the April event.
- 2017 Tree Sale Options (pdf)
- Tree Sale Sneak Preview Presentation (pdf)
- Call Public Works at 952-988-8407 for more information.
Frequently asked questions about the annual tree sale:
When does the tree sale begin?
The 2017 tree sale began on Monday, Feb. 6 at 8 a.m.
When is the deadline to place my order?
The tree sale closes on Monday, March 6 (unless stock remains, in which case the city may extend the end date). You must prepay for the trees while placing your online order. Keep in mind that many trees sell out quickly, and in some years all the trees are sold before the sale ends. Be sure to order as soon as possible.
How many trees can I order? What if I have a need for a lot of trees?
Residents may order two trees per property, or one tree and one duo or trio, without exceptions. The trios or duos are considered one tree “unit” because they are a grouping of smaller-sized plants. Since the tree sale is a special program subsidized by the city to encourage replanting and tree diversity, we do our very best to make sure the program is as fair as possible and reaches many households. Trees are normally sold out before the deadline, sending between 700 and 1800 trees into the community each year.
This program's intent is to encourage replacement of diseased or storm-damaged trees, not to landscape an entire yard. Several retail nurseries in the area can meet a high-volume order. Please do not buy trees for cabins or for non-residents. The city reserves the right to limit the selection and quantity of tree species for associations, apartments, and residents with multiple properties. If you own multiple properties in Minnetonka and will be buying trees for more than one parcel, please contact forestry staff at 952-988-8407 before placing an order. Likewise, contact forestry staff if you wish to order trees for an association or apartment complex.
How can I learn more about the trees offered and if they are right for my yard?
A table with basic information is printed in the February Memo, and forestry staff offer a Tree Sale Sneak Preview presentation to residents, which is available on the city website afterwards (see the Informational Resources section, above). For additional photos, links and more detailed information created by the city, follow the “Order Trees” link to Tree Trust.
What are the options for submitting my order? Can I make payments online?
The city is partnering with Tree Trust, a local nonprofit organization, to host the online sale. You will be redirected to their website once you are ready to order.
I missed the deadline; can I still submit my order?
We occasionally extend the ordering deadline. If that is the case, you will be able to complete an order online.
I live in a townhome/condo with a homeowner's association. Can I place an order?
Residents living in a homeowner's association must order as a group. The allocation for the association is handled on a case-by-case basis and the association may not receive the full two trees per property address, depending on tree availability. The chair or lead of the association or landscape committee should contact forestry staff at 952-988-8407 prior to placing the order to receive authorization. The city reserves the right to limit tree species selections and quantities for associations, apartments, and residents with multiple properties.
When can I pick up my trees?
You must show up on one of the designated dates, listed at the top of this page. If you know ahead of time that you will not be in town on the pickup dates, be sure to get a friend or neighbor to agree to pick them up for you.
Can someone else pick up my trees for me? What do they need to pick the trees up?
Yes, you may choose someone else to pick up your tree. We encourage neighbors and friends to send one trailer or truck to pick up a big group of trees. This decreases the volume of cars waiting in line and conserves fuel. Be sure to give your representative all of the confirmation paperwork mailed to you from the city so they can provide the proper information to city staff on the pickup dates.
Trees must be picked up on the designated dates below at the Public Works facility, or the tree and the paid amount are forfeited.
Where is the tree pick up site?
It is located at the City of Minnetonka Public Works facility.
East Driveway, Public Works
11522 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
I forgot to pick up my tree on the two designated days; when can I stop by and pick it up?
In order to use staff time most efficiently, trees that are not picked up on the designated days will be reallocated to city park projects.
What is the best way to plant a tree?
The Minnesota DNR website offers excellent guidance on tree planting. Refer to the "How to Plant a Containerized Tree" and "A Pocket Guide to Planting Trees."
My tree died right away or within a year; can I bring it in for a refund or a new tree?
Don't worry, this is not a common question! When young trees die, it is usually because they received too little or too much water. Unlike a retail nursery, however, these trees do not carry a warranty. If the tree does not leaf out within two weeks after you pick it up, please call forestry staff; we will track it and report it to our supplier. Although we may not be able to replace it, we do want to know if there are excessive losses of certain species.