Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Story City Trees Forever will be holding its 21st annual Tree Sale at the former Lone Tree Nursery Site.

Each tree will be priced at $45 (a small portion of the actual value) and sold on a first come basis with a limit of two trees per household, until 11 a.m. After 11 a.m., you may purchase additional trees.

All trees must be planted within the city limits of Story City, either on private property or if on city property (the area outside the sidewalk), you will need to obtain a planting permit at least one week prior to planting time. Permits are free and available at City Hall. The permits are required to give the city time to check for underground utility locations prior to any trees being planted.

This project is made possible through a grant from Story City’s natural gas supplier, Black Hills Energy, and matching funds from the city of Story City.

Once again, this year, a large variety of trees — small, medium and large — will be available for sale.

With the emerald ash borer now confirmed here in Story City, it is even more important that we plant many varieties of trees throughout our community, there is never a better time to plant a new tree on your property than now.

Check the Story City Herald again the week of the sale. Some of the tree selections listed below may have of changed due to the nursery not being able to ship certain trees due to weather conditions so substitutions are made.



(Generally larger than 40 feet in height at maturity)

Bur Oak, Fire Fall Maple, Valley Forge Elm, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Boulevard Linden and Prairie Dream Birch.


(Generally between 20-40 feet in height at maturity)

Yellow Wood Tree, Northern Red Bud Tree, Northern Acclaim Honey locust, Hot wings Maple, Autumn Brilliance Service Berry Tree and Ironwood.


(Generally shorter than 20 feet in height at maturity)

Butterflies Magnolia Tree, Firebird Crab apple Tree, Korean North wind Maple, Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea and Korean Sun Pear.

All funds from the tree sale will go towards future tree planting in Story City.

Healthy trees equal healthy people. Keep planting more trees!