Native Tree Species and Planting Information

Aitkin County is home to a number of native tree and shrub species, all with their own unique combinations of wildlife, food, shelter, forest product, and aesthetic benefits.

If you’re considering choosing trees to plant on your land, the chart below provides a quick comparison of tree needs and growth characteristics:

Many of these species are sold through the Aitkin County SWCD’s annual Native Tree and Plant Sale, but availability does change from year to year. Trees can be ordered from local greenhouses and plant nurseries, or in large quantities (more than 500) from the MN Department of Natural Resources’ state nursery in Badoura, near Akeley.

Click on the name of each tree or shrub below for more information about the benefits, planting environment, maintenance, and common issues of each species.