Plant Some Shade Program is a partnership initiative funded by MidAmerican Energy and administered by the Iowa DNR - Bureau of Forestry and the City of Cedar Rapids Forestry Program.
MidAmerican Energy customers in Iowa are eligible to purchase trees for $30 each (with the remaining cost funded through a grant from MidAmerican Energy). Tree purchase is initially limited to two trees per household to ensure all customers have an opportunity to purchase trees. Advanced purchase is recommended. In the event additional trees are available on distribution day, they will be released for purchase at 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis, or until all trees are sold. Trees must be picked up Thursday, April 18, 2013, between 4 and 6 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Works north parking lot located at 1201 6th Street SW in Cedar Rapids. Any trees not picked up by 6 p.m. on distribution day will be considered a donation to the City of Cedar Rapids. Trees are nonrefundable. Exchanges will not be accepted and plant material is under no warrant and/or guarantee.
TREES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE (100 available) - Shade trees are 6-8 feet tall in 5-7 gallon containers. Please consider the size at maturity when selecting the right tree for your site. Remember to call Iowa One Call at 800-292-8989 or 811 to check for utilities at least 48 hours prior to digging.
American Hornbeam (can be 30 feet tall; 30 feet wide) (click here for picture 1, picture 2, picture 3 )
A small, slow growing tree. Sometimes called Blue Beech because of the bluish-gray branch color. The rival to any sugar or red maple in terms of fall color, foliage turns orange to red in the fall. Prefers partial shade but will grow in full sun. With its smooth, marbled stems this tree is also referred to as Musclewood. The tree is highly adaptable to different soils and pH; it is drought tolerant. Grows 20 ft high and 15 Ft. wide.
Swamp White Oak (can be 80 feet tall; 80 feet wide) (click here for picture 1, picture 2, picture 3)
Grows 60' to 70' tall. Spreading branches forming an open oblong crown. A beautiful native tree with dark, shiny green leaves with wavy margins that change in the fall to tan to brown or yellow. Well adapted to wet soils. Spring only planting. SALT TOLERANT.
Sugar Maple (can be 75 feet tall; 50 feet wide) (click here for picture 1, picture 2, picture 3)
Grows to about 70' tall. One of our finest native trees and best for fall color. Spreading branches form a broad symmetrical top. Beautiful orange, yellow and red fall colors. Slow to medium rate of growth. Not tolerant of wet sites.
Pagoda Dogwood (can be 25 feet tall; 30 feet wide) (click here for picture 1, picture 2)
This Dogwood is typically found growing forming dense thickets along fence rows, edges of timber, creek banks and open prairies. The thick cover it produces along with it’s heavy fruit production in the fall, make this one of the best native plants for naturalizing areas to encourage birds and other wildlife. Please note that even though the tree produces a lot of fruit it is not a “messy” tree. The birds devour the fruit. Pagoda dogwood also has a very horizontal branching structure that looks great with some snow cover. Height 6-12’, spread 6-12’.
Larch (can be 75 feet tall; 30 feet wide) (click here for picture 1, picture 2)
Given their massive size, Larch trees are hard to miss. They can grow from 80 to 140 feet tall, although heights of around 50-60 feet are to be expected locally. The fast-growing mountainous trees thrive in higher altitudes as well as wet acidic soils in the Midwest. Larch leaves take the shape of soft, flat needles which sprout out in tufts. Each cluster features roughly 30 to 40 green needles, which turn golden-yellow in autumn. Like the Bald Cypress and Dawn Redwood, which also grow here in Iowa, the Larch or Tamarack drops its needles in the fall. The tree's thick bark is light brown in color, though some varieties feature a pink tinge under the brown. The bark is comprised of thin layers that spilt easily.
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