Orders Open Annually on October 1


The County of Wellington is distributing over 150,000 trees this year. The County, along with its partner Conservation Authorities, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry promote the planting of trees and care of forests in Wellington County. Seedlings are distributed free to residents of Wellington County, local environmental groups, service clubs, schools and Wellington's local municipalities. 

Order early for best selection!  Please keep in mind that this order form is not connected to a live inventory.  We do our best to fulfill all species and quantities requested, however they are NOT GUARENTEED.

Green Legacy trees are grown from source-identified seeds.  Many of our seeds are collected locally by staff and volunteers, while others are purchased from reliable sources.  Choosing seeds from appropriate seed zones and eco-districts is important because it increases the long term success of the trees.  

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Trees must be planted in Wellington County within one of the seven member municipalities. 

Note: The City of Guelph is a separate single tier municipality.

  • Trees may not be used for resale.

The minimum order is 10 trees (1 bundle) however, larger orders of 50 to 100+ trees are strongly encouraged. Trees are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Tree Deliveries

Deliveries will occur Monday - Friday (excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday) throughout the month of April.

Once your order has be scheduled on a delivery route, you will receive an additional email prior to receiving your seedlings.

Deliveries will begin in the South end of Wellington County, working towards the North. This allows us to provide trees to customers in the warmest areas first, where the weather is more appropriate for planting earlier in the season. Deliveries are weather dependent.

Trees will be delivered, no charge, to the end of your driveway in rural areas. In urban areas, we may place trees closer to a building where possible.
DELIVERY OF RODENT GUARDS WILL BE DELAYED - Due to a supply chain issue, customers who purchased rodent guards with their tree order will receive them at a later date.  Customers will be contacted with more information.
 2022 Tree Species - Available October 1, 2021
White Spruce Bladdernut* Silver Maple
Norway Spruce Buttonbush* Sugar Maple
Eastern White Pine Choke Cherry Red Oak
Red Pine Alternate Dogwood* White Oak*
Eastern White Cedar Red-Osier Dogwood Ohio Buckeye
European Larch Silky Dogwood Staghorn Sumac*
  Common Elderberry

Black Walnut

  American Elm Hackberry*
  Shagbark Hickory Hoptree*
  Kentucky Coffee Tree Tamarack*
  Honey Locust Tulip Tree*

*fewer than 500 available

 Tree Protection and Mulch Mats - SOLD OUT
Rodent guards are protective pieces of plastic designed to wrap around the trunk of a tree (usually a deciduous species). They offer protection against rodents (like voles) that eat tree bark. They are available to order for $1 each plus tax. All sales are final.

Mulch mats are woven coconut fibre mats that are placed on the ground at the base of the seedling. They offer protection against competition (like grasses) and help to retain moisture in the soil. They are 45 cm square and available to order for $1 each plus tax. All sales are final.

 Planting and Care Instructions
Download our Planting and Care Instructions

  Online Tree Order Form  Hardcopy PDF Order Form 

Do You Need Some Tree Advice?

The Ontario Tree Atlas can help you:

  • Identify native Ontario tree species using pictures of bark, fruit, cones, leaves and needles
  • Learn which species grow best in your area, including tips on when and how to plant a tree
  • Understand what types of soil and sun exposure will help a tree thrive

Choosing the Right Tree, A Landowner's Guide to Putting Down Roots (PDF)

September 22, 2021 - Posted above is the list of trees that will be available in 2022. Order early for best selection.

 Planting Assistance (Due to COVID-19 this option may not be available in 2022)

Orders of 500+ trees have the option of asking for planting assistance. The Green Legacy Programme may be able to pair you with a local school group to help get all those trees in the ground. These orders may also be eligible for upgrades to potted stock. Let us know on your tree request form if you're interested.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: When is the best time to submit a Tree Order Request?
Tree Order Requests open annually on October 1st. We suggest booking early for the best selection. We do our best to fulfill all species and quantities requested, however they are not guaranteed.
Q: Why are there different species available each year?
The diversity of species we grow, and how much, is affected by nature and the production of seeds. To propagate our new tree seedlings, we start them from seeds. When nature does not cooperate, please understand that we are doing our best to grow what we can and see that it is appropriately distributed to all of the Programme participants.
Q: How big are the seedlings that are distributed?
Seedlings average 15-40cm. Their height varies greatly depending on the species. There can also be a variety of sizes within each bundle.
Q: Are there any rules for where I can plant my trees?
Trees must be planted in Wellington County. Provided they are on your own property, you are free to plant the trees wherever you like. Keep in mind that some places are generally inappropriate to plant; i.e. on septic beds or under power lines.
Q: Does The Green Legacy Programme offer assistance with planting?
Orders of 500+ trees have the option of asking for planting assistance. The Green Legacy Programme may be able to pair you with a local school group to help get all those trees in the ground. These orders may also be eligible for upgrades to potted stock. Let us know on your tree request form if you are interested.  Note: Due to COVID 19 this opportunity may not be available in 2022.
Q: What can I do if I place a Tree Order Request and do not receive all the trees I wanted?

You are automatically placed on a waiting list for all of the seedlings that are unavailable to meet your request. If there are unclaimed trees at the end of our distribution, you will be notified if we can offer any of those seedlings to fulfill your original request.

The Green Legacy Programme offers free seedlings annually. You can always place another request next year.

Q: How do I plant and take care of my trees?

Download our Planting and Care Instructions

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