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Nature Foundation Online Tree and Shrub Sale

Fall leaves on a tree.

Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock

The Nature Foundation of Will County Autumn Native Tree & Shrub Sale begins online at 9 a.m., September 1, and ends at noon, September 24. Online orders can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 30, at Isle ala Cache Preserve, in Romeoville. A pop-up sale with additional tree and shrub stock will be held the same day. Prices range between $20 and $45, and customers can pay with cash, check or credit card. The sale will be held rain or shine.
The Foundation sells only native species, because those are the keystone plants that support native wildlife, including pollinators. “Keystone plants are natives that are essential because they support 90 percent of the caterpillar species that enable terrestrial birds to reproduce, as well as all of our specialist native bee species,” says Cynthia Harn, executive director of the Foundation.
Keystone natives that will be available during the sale include white oak, red oak, American plum black cherry, river birch, shagbark hickory, bitternut hickory, pussy willow, prairie willow, serviceberry, blue-fruited dogwood, gray dogwood, red-twigged dogwood, American filbert, maple-leaf viburnum, arrowwood viburnum and nannyberry viburnum.
Proceeds from the plant sales go to the Foundation, which supports the education, recreation and restoration efforts of the Forest Preserve District of Will County.