Native Trees for Northeast Landscapes: A Wild Seed Project Guide

$ 18.00

  • 64 pages, 6" x 9" booklet
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For those wanting to make positive environmental change, this guide demonstrates the why, what, and how of planting native trees to rewild our landscapes.

Planted around homes and businesses, in parks and public open spaces, along city streets and highway margins, and even in parking lot islands, native trees offer countless benefits beyond their four-season beauty — purifying air, shading and cooling in hot weather, storing atmospheric carbon, minimizing flooding and stormwater runoff, and helping to sustain vital pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.

Offering readers an ecological lens on local landscapes, this guide helps inspire thriving and impactful plantings in yards, neighborhoods and communities.

What’s Inside:
  • Details on 31 stunning and stalwart native tree species for urban, suburban and rural landscapes of the Northeast
  • Expert advice on buying organically grown, genetically diverse and budget-friendly native trees
  • Guidance on growing native trees from seed
  • Examples of community tree-planting in action
  • Suggestions for forest-inspired native plant combinations to use in landscaping
  • Recommended native street trees

After purchasing the guide, you may enjoy digging deeper into more resources about native trees on our website!


Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions.

  • A Seeds can be sown outdoors in fall or early spring.
  • B Seeds need a winter or cold period to germinate. Sow outdoors in fall or winter.
  • C Seeds need light to germinate; sow on soil surface and leave uncovered.
  • D Seeds need alternating cycles of warm-to-cold-to-warm to germinate. They can be sown either outdoors in spring or summer and will germinate the following year or in a flat in a warm place for 3 months, then moved to a refrigerator for 2 months, then moved outside in the early summer warmth.
  • E Seeds can not be allowed to dry out. Sow immediately.
  • F Seeds take two years to germinate. Sow outside in the fall or winter and look for germination in the second spring. A shady location prevents the flats from rapid drying and reduces weeding
  • G Large seeds should be soaked overnight in water.
  • FERN: Sow spores in a warm bright location in a sealed container and keep moist. Directions enclosed with package. Challenging.

If you have specific questions about seeds and germination guidelines please contact us at info@wildseedproject.net.

All seeds can be sown and placed outdoors in fall or winter bypassing the need for an artificial indoor cold stratification (refrigerator) required for some species when planted in spring. This is the simplest method. See How to Grow Natives From Seed for detailed instructions.