Replacement Plantings

Violet flower Depending on how long buckthorn has been established on your property, you may want to jumpstart your native plant community by purchasing native plants. There are several companies that specialize in the growth and care of native plants, and more retail locations are stocking native plants. You may also want to plant herbaceous native plants in the area. There are a wide variety of options, including Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Zig-Zag Goldenrod, Wild Ginger, ferns and more. View a  handout with some native plant ideas for buckthorn removal areas (PDF). You may also want to describe your site to your native plant supplier and ask for their recommendations.

Local Native Plant Sale Events


Arbor Day Tree Sale - Burnsville

 Every spring the City holds a tree sale, where bare root trees are sold at cost. The tree sale information page is available here.

Native Plant Market - Burnsville

 The City hosts a native plant market each spring. At the market, native plant vendors set up farmer's market style event consisting of all native plants. For more information on the plant market, click here

Scott County SWCD Tree and Shrub Sale

 If you are unable to participate in the City of Burnsville's tree sale, you may wish to participate in Scott County Soil and Watershed Conservation District's annual sale. You do not have to be a resident of Scott County to participate in this pre-order sale. Orders are accepted starting in late fall and pickup of plants occurs the following April. It is recommended to order as early as possible. Please click here for more info. 

Where else can I buy native plants? The best place to buy native plants is a store that specializes in their growth and care. The DNR has an updated list of approved native plant vendors and landscapers, which you can view here. (Click on central region)

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The information provided in the links below will walk you through identifying, removing, treating with herbicide and what to do when buckthorn is gone. Want a shortened version? View a two page identification and control guide (PDF).

Identifying Buckthorn

Removal Method – Pulling

Removal Method – Cutting

Tips on Herbicide Use

Disposal of Buckthorn

Replacement Plantings

Additional Resources

Take Back Your Woods - Identification and Control Guide (PDF)

Still have questions? Contact the City Natural Resources Department at 952-895-4543 or email.