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Wye Oak Seedlings Available For Purchase

Own a Piece of Maryland History

Annapolis, Md. (October 19, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now featuring Wye Oak descendant seedlings for the first time in two years. The seedlings are available online through the DNR Outdoor Store at

“Marylanders have a very real connection with the historic Wye Oak,” said Nursery Manager Richard Garrett. “They stopped to see it on their way to the beach and bought seedlings to plant at their new home when they moved out of State.”

Maryland’s Wye Oak was recognized as the largest White Oak tree in the nation. Its stately presence in the village of Wye Mills in Talbot County marked the passage of time for many generations. Since it sprouted in the 1500s, until it fell in 2002, the Wye Oak witnessed the fall of a civilization and the birth of a nation.

The desire to have this tree’s legacy live on led Maryland's John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery to grow its offspring whenever the Wye Oak produced acorns. Thousands of Wye Oak offspring have been planted not only across Maryland, but around the United States. The seedlings come with a Certificate of Authenticity and a history of the tree.

These seedlings are available for order now and shipped in spring 2012. DNR was unable to collect Wye Oak acorns this year so they will not be available next year. The seedlings are limited in quantity and available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, call the nursery at 1-800-873-3763 or visit

DNR also encourages private citizens who would like to plant trees to save $25 off the purchase of a $50 tree through the Marylanders Plant Trees Program. Coupons are redeemable at 86 participating nurseries across the State. For more information, visit

   October 19, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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