Click here to print the 2022Tree and Wildlife Seed Order Form

As hard as it is to believe, it is time once again to be thinking about the 2022 spring planting season. If conifers, hardwood, fruit trees, and wildlife food plot seed is what you are looking for, then look no further, because Noble SWCD has what you need! Each year we seek out new varieties, and we think you’ll be pleased with this year’s assortment.

Noble SWCD is able to offer the community lower rates due to the large quantity we order. We are able to offer people potted seedlings, and some varieties of bare root seedlings. The potted seedlings are often taken home and repotted into larger containers and nursed through the summer, and then are planted in the spring of the following year, which tends to bring excellent results. On the other hand, bare root seedlings are taken home and planted in the ground right away and tended to through the summer.

Over the past several years we have partnered with Merit Seed, out of Berlin Ohio, to sell wildlife food plot mixes. This has been a very successful partnership, and we are continuing it again this year. On the order form we offer three, and five pound bag sizes, but we can also order larger quantities, if desired. We encourage you to look at the Merit Seed website at to see what they have to offer. Through this sale seed can be purchased at the same price you’d buy it at Merit’s store in Berlin, but producers save in shipping cost, which can be very expensive when dealing with a 50 pound bag of seed.

On this year’s order form you’ll notice a couple of new things. First of all, we will not be selling Round-Up Ready Corn and Soybeans this year. We understand that this is disappointing for some of our wildlife stewards, but we hope that you’ll find some of our other seed options compatible with your management plans. Secondly, a line for Sales Tax has been added to the Order Total line. Please, be sure to figure sales tax appropriately and add it to your order. If you do not add sales tax, we will not be able to process your Tree and Wildlife Seed Order.

2022 Tree and Wildlife Seed Descriptions

Eastern White Pine – Fast growing 90 to100 feet. Spread 25 to 40 feet. A five needled pine, with soft, light green-blue needles, 4 inches long. Can tolerate dry, rocky soil. Grows in normal moisture conditions but can tolerate wet, swampy areas. Excellent ornamental tree for specimens, naturalizing, windbreak or dense screen. Can be easily restrained to manageable height by pruning. For screen or Christmas trees, shear when new growth appears. It is easily controlled, and is good for small properties as well as field plantings. Also widely used for Christmas trees and timber.

American Elm – This fast growing tree will grow to a height of 55 to 85 feet , with a spread of 35 to 65 ft. Its vase-shaped form and gradually arching branches makes it a favorite for urban tree planting. The six inch long leaves are dark green throughout the summer fading to yellow in fall. Early spring before leaves unfold, small green flowers appear, followed by green wafer-like seed pods which when mature are popular with birds and other wildlife. Wood of the American Elm is very hard and is a valuable timber tree used for lumber and furniture making. Native Americans once used the American Elm trunks to make canoes and early settlers used them to make barrels and wheel hoops. Likes well drained, rich soil, but grows under a variety of conditions. May be used as an ornamental. Native to North America.

White Oak- Grows 50 to 80 feet. Dense foliage is bluish-green, to reddish-brown in autumn. Grows best in a deep, loamy, well-drained soil. Tree from which the phrase ‘Mighty Oak’ was coined. Known for their broad, round head and massive, wide spreading branches. An excellent specimen tree needing plenty of room to mature properly. Also the most prolific lumber oak in the Northern Hemisphere. Advantages of white oak are that they are easily transplanted when young and they have a high resistance to ice breakage and oak wilt. Also, a good tolerance of highway salt. They are a long lived tree and require very little maintenance. Native to eastern to mid United States. Wetland species.

Red Oak- Fast growth 60 to 70 feet with equal spread. Its dense, lustrous green foliage turns a deep red in the fall. Grows best in sandy to rich loamy soil in full sun. The fastest growing of all oaks. One of the most popular ornamental oaks. It transplants easily, withstands city conditions, is clean in habit and makes one of the best street or avenue trees we have. Red oak is tolerant of urban conditions; i.e., salt, ozone and sulphur dioxide. Native to eastern to mid United States. Very valuable as a timber tree.

Chestnut Oak- Also known as Rock Oak and Basket Oak. Height and spread to 60 feet. Growth habit is rounded and fairly dense. Leaves are a lustrous dark yellowish-green spring and summer, changing to orange, yellow and brown in fall. Can tolerate poor, dry, rocky soil. Can grow to 15 feet in 7 to 10 years. Acorns are rich dark brown with a very sweet taste. Relished by squirrels, deer and other wildlife. Native from southern Maine to South Carolina.

Paw Paw-Also known as the Poor Man’s Banana or Hoosier Banana. Indigenous to the United States. A deciduous, often narrow conical tree growing 12 to 25 feet in height and less broad. This pyramidal shaped tree has dense, dangling foliage giving the Paw Paw an interesting tropical appearance. The dark green leaves grow up to 12 inches in length. In March to May they produce maroon, upside down flowers that measure up to 2 inches across. The large edible fruit is produced, often in clusters from the blooms. The Paw Paw is an oblong shaped fruit, light green in color, weighing 5 to 16 ounces and is 3 to 6 inches in length. The fruit has a high amount of protein, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. The inside has a creamy, custard texture, varing in color from creamy-white to yellow-orange. Its taste is described as a cross between a mango and a banana. The 10-14, brownish to black seeds are arranged in two rows and shaped like lima beans, with a length of 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long. Harvest time mid August to mid October. Should produce fruit in 5 to 6 years. Grows best in full sun once established. Plant in deep, fertile soil that is well drained and slightly acidic. Deer and rabbit resistant. Wildlife food for foxes, raccoons and squirrels. Bees show no interest in Paw Paw flowers. Relatively disease free. Plant at least two trees for fruit production to ensure cross-pollination. Be the first to grow the largest edible native fruit in America.

Sugar Maple- Often called Rock Maple or Hard Maple. Height 60 to 75 feet. Spread 45 to 50 feet. Mature trees provide sugar products from sap in the spring. Brilliant yellow, burnt orange and limited red tones in autumn. A good timber tree. Does not do well in wet areas or in small compact restricted growing areas. Native to northeastern United States.

Red Maple – Also known as Scarlet or Swamp Maple. Growth 40 to 60 feet. Highly prized because of its bright red flowers in early spring before leaves appear. Medium to dark green leaves turn yellow to brilliant red in fall. An excellent wetland species. Can tolerate wet, swampy soil conditions. Native to eastern United States.

Black Eyed Susan – A very vigorous and compact variety of Black-Eyed Susan, with exceptionally bright golden flowers, July into fall. Height and spread 2 to 2 1/2 feet. Easily reseeds. Seeds attract wild birds, a favorite of wild turkeys. Spectacular in mass plantings, use along fences, driveways, walks, property boundaries.

Purple Coneflower – A very robust perennial that is native to the Midwestern and southeastern United States. This plant grows to a height of 24 to 36 inches tall with a spread of 12 to18 inches. The large, daisy-like flowers grow on sturdy stems ranging in height from 3 to 5 feet. The flower petals range in color from purple to lavender. The seed center is a large, orange-copper colored cone that is hard and prickly. Blooms all summer and into autumn. Plant in full sun or partial shade. Prefers well drained fertile soil, but is drought tolerant and adaptable to heat, poor soils and high humidity. Maintenance free. Great for cutting and drying. A butterfly favorite. Goldfinches and other birds love to feast on the seeds in winter. One of the most dependable flowers lending color to a garden, in the height of the summer. Stunning in mass plantings!

Grimes Golden (Apple) – An old favorite, suitable for fresh use, cider and cooking. This variety is medium in vigor, productive and an excellent pollinizer.

Melrose (Apple) – The official state apple of Ohio, this Jonathan x Delicious cross ripens before Stayman season. Fruit is large, firm, crisp and juicy. It finishes an attractive red on a yellow background. Melrose keeps well in storage and is a premium cooking apple.

Reliance (Peach) – Well known for its cold hardiness, this variety is ideal for northern climates where peaches are not typically grown. The fruit is medium-sized, freestone with a dull blush over greenish-yellow background. Good for canning and freezing.

Rich May (Peach) – Developed by Zaiger Genetics of Modesto, California, this is the earliest ripening peach offered by Adams County Nursery. The fruit is medium in size, clingstone, highly colored and very firm. The tree is vigorous and productive under Pennsylvania conditions. This is one of the best flavored of the early season varieties.

Bell (Pear) – This exciting new release from the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, WV is named after the ling time pear breader, Richard Bell. The fruit has ranked the highest in flavor intensity, flavor balance and juiciness among other pear in its season during year of extensive evaluation. The tress is vigorous and exhibits excellent resistance to fire blight.

Blake’s Pride (Pear) – A mid-season pea ripening one week after Bartlett. The fruit is medium in size with an attractive yellow color and excellent, aromatic flavor. Blake’s Pride produces annual crops and has a high degree of resistance to fire blight.

12 Point Buck Food Plot Seed Mix- Is a premium blend of high end clovers, alfalfa and chicory.  The blend consist of Merit Platinum Ladino Clover, Jumbo Ladino Clover, Alsike Clover, Cyclone Red Clover, Alfalfa, and Oasis Chicory.  Should be planted in well drained loam to clay loam soils and a good firm seed bed with a pH of 6 or higher.  Recommended seeding rate is 18-20 lbs /acre, frost seeding rate is 9-10 lbs. /acre.  Planting dates are spring, fall, or frost seeding, at a depth of ¼ to ½”.  This is an excellent source of high protein forage with good mineral content and good digestibility.

Platinum Ultra Food Plot Seed Mix- Is an excellent blend of white clover, wetland and multileaf all soil grazing alfalfa supplemented with Durana Clover and drought resistant forage chicory.  Seed blend consist of Merit Platinum Ladino Clover, Durana White Clover, Wetland Alfalfa, 5225 All Soils Alfalfa and Oasis Chicory.  It has fast regrowth and withstands heavy late season grazing.  Has a very good cold weather and drought tolerance that adapts well to shale or reclaimed soil.  Should be planted on well drained loam, clay loam soils and a good firm seed bed with a pH of 6 or higher.  Seeding rates and times are the same as 12 Point Buck.

Hillcrest Trail Food Plot Seed Mix- Is a mixture of Tetraploid Ryegrass, Duo Festulolium, Red Clover, Alsike Clover, and Chicory.  This is a quick establishing mix with good wildlife food value that is ideal for heavy traffic trails, logging yards, and gas lines.  This is an outstanding mix for erosion control also.  Widely adapted to all soils that are well drained.  Ideal for early to mid-late summer planting in a firm seed bed with a pH of 5.2 or higher.  Seed at 40-45 lbs. /acre in the spring, summer and fall ¼ to ½” deep.

Deer Max Food Plot Seed Mix- Is an annual premium Brassicas blend of turnips, kale, and rape that are very high in soluble protein and carbohydrates.  This is an excellent late season food plot.  The colder it gets, the better it gets.  Mix includes Kale, Hybrid Pasja, Forage Rape, Grazing Turnip, and Purple Top Turnip.  Grows in a widely adapted soil type with a firm seed bed that has a pH of 5.2 or higher.  Seed at a rate of 8-10 lbs. per acre between May and October at a seeding depth of ¼-1/2” deep.

Daikon Tillage Radish- Also known as the Groundhog Radish.  This brand produces more root mass than oil seed radish.  This large root will pull nitrogen and nutrients deep from within the soil and bring them to the surface.  Diakon Radish cover crops captures 150-200 pounds of nitrogen per acre before winter killing.  This nitrogen will then become available to the next

crop.  The decomposing roots leave large voids in the soil to improve water infiltration and soil aeriation.  This plant not only improves your soils, it will suck those monster bucks on to your property in the late season.  It will grow in a wide variety of well-drained soil types.  Plant at a rate of 10-12 lbs. per acre a ¼” to ½” deep between May and August.

Buck Forage Oats- Is a winter hearty oat that is a fall and winter food source for deer and other wildlife.  They are extremely winter hardy, drought resistant oat designed to provide more tender growth for a longer interval of time.  Is also excellent product that has dual uses both as a cover crop and as a fall forage.  It grows in widely adapted, fertile soil at a seeding rate of 100-125 lbs. per acre at a planting depth of ½”-1” deep in the spring and fall.

Large Lad Eagle Brand Soybeans- are becoming the most popular soybeans to plant for wildlife food plots.  Large Lad plants can reach up to 84” that will provide excellent forage and cover for deer and turkeys.  They are easy to grow, with resistance to many foliar diseases, root rots,, stem canker and races of nematodes, they are widely adapted to numerous soil types, and will with stand harsher growing conditions than regular soybeans.  Drill beans at a rate of 50-80 lbs. per acre during April thru June at a seeding depth of ¾”-1” deep and a soil pH of 6.0 to 7.0.  Broadcast at a rate of 75 lbs. per acre.  These are Roundup Ready.  A Monsanto Agreement form will have to be signed by purchaser

Two Year Fertilizer Tablets- 25/package This fertilizing tablet is designed to root feed evergreen and hardwood seedlings and fruit trees for up to 2 years. Just drop tablet into the hole near the root zone at planting time.  Releases slowly for 2 years.  Tablets should not touch root system of trees.