To sustain the South's forests and meet the increasing demand for forest resources, several southern state forestry agencies produce high-quality tree seedlings for tree farms, wildlife plantings, streamside buffers, longleaf pine - wiregrass ecosystem restoration, wetland mitigation/restoration, and seedlings for Christmas trees.
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia have tree improvement programs that work to provide the best genetic quality seed for use in forest regeneration.
Genetic improvement maximizes productivity in the form of faster height and diameter growth, resistance to fusiform rust, stem straightness and drought tolerance. This improvement results in trees that grow faster, produce healthier stands with higher survival and stocking, and have better wood quality for higher value products.
To order seedlings and learn seedling care and planting instructions, visit your state forestry agency's Web site.