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N.H. State Forestry offers 40-plus seedling species

The New Hampshire State Forest Nursery is offering more than 40 species of tree and shrub seedlings for delivery this spring.

The nursery, which has been in operation for more than 100 years, is offering 13 species of conifers, including pine, spruce and fir, three species of hardwood trees, including maple and walnut, and 25 species of deciduous shrubs.

Five packages of mixed seedlings also are available. That includes the winter survival package, which contains plants that produce fruit that will remain on the plant into the winter months, providing a food source for wildlife.

The nursery was started in 1910, when much of the landscape was cutover, burned over and abandoned farmland. Today, the nursery distributes more than 300,000 seedlings annually, mostly to New Hampshire landowners and residents, with an expanded program that includes seedling sales for Christmas tree planting stock and conservation uses such as windbreaks, gravel bank reclamation, wetland plantings, native plant species and wildlife and songbird habitat.

“We collect as much of our seed as possible from local sources to ensure our seedlings are well adapted to New Hampshire climate and soils,” said nursery forester Howie Lewis. “Because of good inventories of several of our more popular Christmas tree species this year, many are still available including balsam and fraser fir.”

Prices range from as much as $1.50 each in a package of 10 to as little as about 30 cents each for larger quantities.

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