Customers are encouraged to order their bareroot plant selections early for best selection from the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual tree and shrub sale.

Orders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The pick-up date is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Spear Farm on Upper East Pond Road in Nobleboro. The deadline for ordering is May 3.

The conservation district sells hardy stock that is perfect for a colder zone, which ensures that plants will survive in Maine. The conservation district will offer several types of dwarf trees ranging from four to six feet in height. Some of the fruit trees offered include Cortland, Pioneer Mac and Honeycrisp Apple Trees, Bartlett and Clapps Favorite Pear, Veteran, Reliance and Harrow Beauty Peach, and Balaton Cherry. Several new items have been added to the order form for 2010: American Larch, Ash Leaf False Spirea, Carolina Rose, Carolina Silverbell, Eastern Redbud, Golden Raintree, Chaste Tree, high bush cranberry, Arrowwood Viburnum, Hungarian Lilac, Red Buckeye, Shadblow Serviceberry and Red Osier Dogwood. Also offered are the ever-popular Patriot Blue Ray and Northland Blueberry, Polana Raspberry, Northeaster Strawberry, and Sparkle Strawberry plantings.

Order forms and description sheets are included in the 2009 Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Report and are also available for download at knox-lincoln.org. For more information about the tree and shrub sale, call the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District at 273-2005, ext. 101 or stop by the office at the USDA Service Center at 191 Camden Road (Route 90) in Warren.