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Trees, shrubs can be ordered
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MONROE - The Green County Land and Water Conservation Department is offering 10 varieties of trees and two varieties of shrubs for landowners interested in planting trees in spring of 2016.

The tree varieties are bur oak, red oak, white oak, swamp white oak, sugar maple, sycamore, black cherry, basswood, white pine and harbin pear. Shrubs available are hazel nut and highbush cranberry. The trees and shrubs will be bare root and one- to two-feet tall for basswood and two- to three-feet tall for all the rest.

The cost is $2 a tree with a minimum order of 10 of one species and must be ordered in increments of 10 per species.

Most of the trees and shrubs are native to the area except the harbin pear. The species offered cover a broad range of soil types and moistures, from dry to very wet.

The featured species this year is the basswood. Bass-wood is the favorite tree of both honeybees and beekeepers. Its non-showy, fragrant flowers appear in late May or June and attract large numbers of bees which produce a distinctive tasting honey which is sometimes sold separately as "basswood honey."

Trees can be ordered by contacting the LWCD by phone or walk-in, or by ordering through the Green County website

For information about what trees will work in certain soil, or to pose any questions about the trees or how to order, visit Green County LWCD or call the department at 325-4195.

The department will be taking orders until Dec. 31. Trees will be delivered near the end of April.