Each year, the Alamosa District sells low cost, high quality seedling trees and shrubs to landowners for conservation purposes.
Alamosa District – Seedling Trees
Seedling Tree Program
- CSFS Conditions for Seedling Sales
- Recommended Trees & Shrubs for San Luis Valley
- How to Decide What to Order
- Seedling Trees & Supplies Order Form
- Products Available from the Alamosa District
Each year, the Alamosa District sells low cost, high quality seedling trees and shrubs (small trees or shrubs that are one to three years old). The seedlings are available to landowners who wish to plant a windbreak or shelterbelt, or for reforestation, erosion control, wildlife, visual screening or noise barriers.
All seedlings are grown in our nursery in Fort Collins and are delivered to Alamosa in April.
If you want more information about this program, please call our office at (719) 587-0915. If you forget to place your order this year, contact us at (719) 587-0915! We will have a supply of extra trees and shrubs available for sale in the spring on a first-come basis.
- This nursery stock must be used for conservation purposes only.
- Bareroot seedlings are available in multiples of 25 per species only.
- Containerized seedlings are available in multiples of 30 or 50 per species only, while Extra-large potted seedlings are available as a single plant.
- Payment must accompany order. No cancellations or refunds.
- There are no guarantees for survival.
- If trees ordered are not available, a refund may be issued unless a substitution is requested.
The most popular shrubs native to Colorado and the valley are: chokecherry, sumac, buffaloberry, wax currant, antelope bitterbrush and four-wing saltbrush.
In addition, sumac and four-wing saltbrush are excellent for drought resistance and cold hardiness. If you have alkaline soils, buffaloberry and four-wing saltbrush are good choices.
Trees native to the valley are: narrowleaf cottonwood, and in higher elevations, aspen, Colorado blue spruce, Douglas-fir, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, Rocky Mountain juniper, white fir, bristlecone pine and limber pine.
Due to a shared pest with potatoes – the green peach aphid – the Colorado Department of Agriculture has imposed a quarantine of certain Prunus species. Due to this quarantine, Manchurian Apricot and Plum are not for sale within the San Luis Valley. There is an exception to this quarantine for the following species as they are not a known host for the green peach aphid:
- Prunus besseyi – western sand cherry
- Prunus cisterna – purple leaf sand cherry
- Prunus glandulosa – flowering almond
- Prunus maackii – amur chokecherry
- Prunus tomentosa – nanking cherry
- Prunus triloba – flowering almond
- Prunus virginiana – chokecherry
If you want to plant a windbreak in the valley, buffaloberry and Rocky Mountain juniper are excellent for drought resistance, cold hardiness and alkali tolerance. The narrowleaf cottonwood and golden willow require more water, but also do well in alkaline soils and are cold hardy.
For more information about these recommended trees & shrubs, please refer to the CSFS Nursery Buyer’s Guide (1.9 MB PDF).
Determine your Goal
- Wildlife – Choose species that provide shelter and food
- Aesthetics – Choose species with good color and size variety
- Windbreaks and snow fences – Choose a variety of species that provide different layers of vertical cover. See Living Snow Fences: Protection That Just Keeps Growing (5.3 MB PDF)
Determine your Environment
- Plant species appropriate to your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone
- Plant species appropriate to your soil type – Use a USDA Web Soil Survey for specific soil data
Select Appropriate Species
- Plant species according to elevation range
- Plant species with water needs according to your capabilities and resources
- For additional species information, visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Database
- Species Comparison Chart for the San Luis Valley (121 KB PDF)
- San Luis Valley Seedling Tree Planting Guide (83.5 KB PDF)
- 2017 Order Form (1 MB PDF) – Updated 1/5/17
Products Available from the Alamosa District
- 2017 Supplies & Services (236 KB PDF)
|Fertilizer Tablets 20% nitrogen, 10% phosphorous & 5% potassium|
(Packaged in bags of 50)
|Polymer Soil Additive|
(8 oz bag – will do approx. 60 seedlings)
|Slurry Polymer (8 oz bag – will do approx. 100 seedlings)||$5.75/bag|
|Tree Guard with stakes (24″ high)||$1.00 each
|Tree Shade (sunscreen) with wickets||75 cents each|
|Weed Barrier Fabric – 6′ x 300′ roll|
Weed Barrier Fabric – 4′ x 4′ square