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Spring Seedling Sale

The 2022 spring seedling sale is now closed. We look forward to next year's sale in January 2023.

DEC operates the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery, which produces tree and shrub seedlings for conservation plantings on public and private lands. Native New York seed sources are used when available. The nursery's annual spring seedling sale is open to all interested customers in New York and bordering states.


Before ordering, consider specific space requirements for each type of tree:

Species Spacing in Feet Trees/Acre
Wildlife 6 x 6 1,210
Conifer 8 x 8 680
Hardwood 12 x 12 300

How to Order

Line of planted sanbar willows
Sandbar willow makes a great visual screen
and live snow fence

All requests are filled after January 3 in the order received. Some species sell out quickly, so order early. The 2022 sale is now closed.

Ordering by Phone

Customers could order seedlings from January 3, 2022 until May 13, 2022 by calling (518) 587-1120, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM. This is the recommended way to order since operators have the latest availability information.

Operators can answer questions or direct you to the proper office for other information. An order will be completed over the phone and sent to you via mail or e-mail for your signature and payment.

For all other inquiries call the Nursery office at (518) 581-1439, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ordering by Mail or E-Mail

Complete the order form (PDF).

Send the order form to:

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Saratoga Tree Nursery
2369 Rt. 50 S
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4771

Or e-mail the form to

Rows of red oak seedlings
Red oak seedlings

Do not send payment at this time. DEC will send you an invoice for you to sign and return within 10 days along with your check or money order to complete the purchase, unless other arrangements have been made. DO NOT SEND CASH. Instructions on how to complete the order are on the invoice. We do not accept credit cards at this time.

Shipping Options and Instructions

Please make shipping arrangements when you place your order. Orders placed after May 1 must be picked up at the Nursery. There are three (3) options available:

1. Pick up your order at the Saratoga Tree Nursery, located just south of Saratoga Springs on Route 50, approximately 30 miles north of Albany. You will be notified by mail when your order is ready. Pay no shipping.

2. Preferred method: For a fee, seedlings are shipped by designated truckers to a single location within certain counties. Customers pick up their orders at designated locations on specified dates, which are not set until early April. Do not choose this option if you need delivery by or on a specific date. Orders shipped this way are given preference over option #3. Customers will be notified of the shipping charges when the order is made. Orders MUST be placed by March 31 for this option.

3. UPS delivery: Limited to customers who do not have the "designated trucker" option, or who place an order after March 31. Fee per order: $5.00 plus 20% of the total bill or $20.00, whichever is higher. Minimum UPS fee is $25.

Shipments are made from mid-April through early May. Seedlings should be planted as soon as possible. Until planted, keep seedlings cool and out of direct sunlight. Do not let roots dry out.

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