DNR Tree Distribution

DNR-logo_WebIowa DNR Residential Tree Distribution Program

The Iowa DNR through a program with the USDA Forest Service is offering shade tree sales at a $25 per tree rate to private residents of eastern Iowa.
Waterloo Leisure services will be hosting the distribution of these shade tree orders on
Tuesday, October 10th starting at 4:00pm at the Leisure Services office, 1101 Campbell Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701.

Order Requirements
Full details and order form may be found at: https://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Forestry/Urban-Forestry/Residential-Tree-Programs

  • Orders are limited to 2 trees per private property.
  • Trees must be picked up on distribution day, Tuesday, Oct 10 starting 4:00pm. Any unclaimed trees will be donated to Leisure Services.
  • There is no warranty on ordered trees.
  • Unsold trees may be sold towards the end of the event.
Tree Species Available 
Shade Trees:
  • ‘Heritage’ River Birch (Betula nigra ‘Cully’)*
  • Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
  • American ‘Sentry’ Linden (Tillia americana ‘McKSentry’)
  • Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
  • Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
  • Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)*
Ornamental/Fruit Trees
  • ‘Liberty’ Apple (Malus domestica ‘Liberty’)*
  • White Pine (Pinus strobus)*
  • Black Hills Spruce (Picea glauca var. densata)*
  • Norway Spruce (Picea abeis)*

*Species prohibited for use along City of Waterloo streets.

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Planting trees on city right of way property in Waterloo, IA is subject to Leisure Services department approval. Please contact Leisure Services office at (319) 291-4370 for site inspection and approval. 

Consider the location and mature height of the tree species so you don’t plant a tree that could interfere with power lines. Shade trees are 5-8 feet tall in 7- to 10-gallon containers. Conifers and ornamentals are 3-5 feet tall in 5- to 7-gallon containers. Dial Iowa One Call at 811 or visit iowaonecall.com at least two business days before you dig. Attend a short, free workshop to learn the best way to place and plant a tree. Register by emailing shaila.claibourn@dnr.iowa.gov

Find resources and information about selecting, planting, and maintaining trees in the landscape on the Iowa DNR Urban Forestry Resources and Links webpage.

For more information, contact Shaila Calibourn, Urban and Community Forestry Technician, at 515-380-8876 or shaila.claibourn@dnr.iowa.gov.