Why Buy Bare Root Trees?
There are several advantages to buying your trees in bare root quantities rather than in pots. The obvious is no waste of a plastic pot that gets deposited into our landfills or the need to find someone to recycle it.
No root circling as these trees come in a bare root form. Roots circle around and around in pots causing the dreaded “root bound”.
Bare Root Tree Varieties
Hat Trick Apple: This is a BIG DEAL!! Espalier can lay flat on a wall. 3 Apple varieties in 1 . Budded and grown as an espalier, trained to grow flat against a wall, this apple tree will produce ‘Honeycrisp’ on the bottom, ‘Sweet Sixteen’ in the middle and Zestar!® apples on top. Three different apples that take up no space at all. Easy picking. No other pollinator needed since 3 apple varieties are on one tree.
Chestnut Crab: University of Minnesota 1946. (“Malinda”) Pleasant nut flavor. Large crabapple 2” diameter. Best pollinator.
Fireside: McIntosh x Longfield U of M 1943. Large red shaped fruit with sweet pleasant flavor. Excellent flavor good for eating, good storage life. Resistant to Cedar Rust. Mid late season pollinator. Ripens Mid October.
Frost Bite: University of Minnesota. Planted by seed in 1936 but not named till 2008. Nicknamed “Chilled Sugarcane”. Smaller apple, very sweet. Great for cider or for a sweet tooth person.
Haralson: University of Minnesota introduced 1922. (“Malinda” x “Wealthy”) Medium size, hard, crisp and tart red fruit. One of the most popular tart apple in Minnesota. Best pie apple. Late season, ripens in October.
HoneyCrisp: University of Minnesota. Our best apple. Sweet, tart taste, explosively crisp and juicy texture. This apple became the State of MN apple in 2006. Mid season ripens in late September.
KinderKrisp: Exceptional flavor and crisp texture, much like its parent Honeycrisp, this early ripening variety features much smaller fruit. Perfect size for snacking or kid’s lunches, with a good balance of sweet flavors and a crisp, juicy bite.
McIntosh: Fameuse x Detroit Red Ontario, Canada 1870. A well known apple that has a sprightly flavor and a medium storage. Nearly solid bright red/purple skin. Heavy bearer. Good eating and baking apple. Fruit tends to drop when ripe.
Red Prairie Spy: U of M 1940. A red selection of Red Spy that has better fruit adherence on the tree. At maturity long term storage. Best for baking. Pollinates mid season. Harvest Late Sept – early Oct.
Snow Sweet: University of Minnesota ( “Sharon” x “Connell Red”) Slight tart with rich undertones. Snowy white flesh is slow to oxidize and turn brown after cutting. Late season. Ripens in mid October. This is a fantastic apple.
Sweet 16: University of Minnesota introduced 1977. Crisp and juicy with an exotic yellow flesh and a very sweet, unusual sugar cane or spicy candy flavor.
Zestar: University of Minnesota (“State Fair” x “MN selection”) Introduced in 1998. An early apple that is juicy and crisp with a hint of brown sugar. Ripens late August to early September.
Evans Bali: 1” deep dark red fruit. Excellent for eating or baking. The fruit is sweeter than other sour cherries. Extremely hardy buds.
Mesabi: Red flesh with sugar content halfway between pie cherries and Bing.
North Star: Genetic dwarf University of Minnesota. 1950. Red fruit with small stone. Very productive. A sour pie cherry.
Sweet Cherry Pie: Don’t let the name fool you; although it is the sweetest of all tart cherries, it is still a sour cherry.
Contender Peach: A freestone peach with bright yellow flesh. Sweet extra juicy fruit is an absolute delight for fresh eating, canning, baking and freezing. ripens late August. Std: 12’-15’ Zone 4-8 self pollinating. I highly recommend planting this tree in a protected area, as peaches in MN are questionable.
Black Ice: A cross between a cherry plum and Japanese plum resulting in large fruit with superior winter hardiness. Ripening is 2-4 weeks earlier than other plums. Use Waneta for pollinator.
Mount Royal: Self pollinator. Large deep blue fruit. Freestone. Great for eating and preserves. Harvest mid to late August
Superior: Large dark red skin with yellow flesh food for eating, jam and jelly. Use Toka for pollinator.
Waneta: Large red sweet, juicy and good quality. Requires pollinator.
Bare Root Small Fruits and Other Plants
NorthBlue: 1983 A hardy Minnesota Cultivar. Plant at least 2 varieties for larger berries. Plants grow 24- 36” in size. Bears fruit in July. Large fruit firm, excellent for cooking and eating.
North Country: 1986 Another Minnesota hardy plant. Medium sized berries with a wild berry flavor. 18-24” tall x 24-35” High.
*Blueberries prefer very acid soil. 4.0 – 5.0. Use pine needles or miracid fertilizers in your mulch.
Caroline: Large red berry with excellent flavor. Highly recommend this variety.
Red Lake Currant: 1933 U of M. Large red fruit. World wide use. Try it today.
Chipman Canada Red: Minnesota’s favorite tart sweet treat. Pies, Sauce, bars. Plant today and enjoy year after year. Stalks can be harvested, frozen and used anytime a quick desert is in order. Rhubarb does very well when manures are added to the soils.
Ever bearing plants 4-10” h bears fruit June through Aug. Plant in ground or as a children’s project: plant in pots. Watch their eyes light up when harvesting their own fruit. A sweet NATURAL treat!!
Jersey Knight: Mostly male spears. Prepare soil. Crowns should be planted in trench 18” deep and covered with soil lightly. Once growing upwards, recover with soil till trench is filled. Weeds need to be under control for this spring harvested fruit. Second year a light harvest can be made.
Autumn Revolution Bittersweet
Orange berries twice as large as original oriental bittersweet. This showy vine will grow to 25’ h and will spread 24” w. The glossy green leaves will turn yellow in the fall. Unlike other varieties, the Autumn Revolution does not need a male or female to cross pollinate. Needs full sun and something to grow on. Harvest in the fall for decorative centerpieces. Will live 20 years and grows quite fast. This vine is a must if you want show stopping color!
Hydrangeas, Peonies, Lilacs & Bittersweet
Annabelle: Improved selection of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Grandiflora’. White flower heads are more erect than ‘Grandiflora’. Thrives in shade. Flowers may be small the first year, normal size by the second year. 2001 PA Gold Medal Award Winner. Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.
Limelight: As the name implies ‘Limelight’ has exquisite, bright, lime-green to cream flowers, a beautiful color that adds a much needed brightness to the late summer landscape. In autumn the blooms display shades of pink, burgundy and green. Excellent vigor and floriferous blooming. Prefers loamy, moist, well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Flowers on new wood so it can be pruned in winter or early spring. Hybridized by Pieter Zwijnenburg, Jr. Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles. 2006 Gold Medal Plant Award. (CPBRAF)
Pinky Winky®: Pinky Winky™ resembles its parent ‘Pink Diamond’ in size and hardiness. The difference is in the size of foliage and flowers. Fourteen-inch blooms are the norm and each floret contains 7 petals instead of 4, nearly doubling the petal count and giving the blooms a much fuller look. Stems are also stronger and able to support the large blossoms. (CPBR 2892)
Prairie Afire Peony
Deep pink Japanese type with a center of deep rose, red and yellow create a fire in the center of the bloom. Mid-season bloom timing.
Strawberry Sundae® Strawberry Sundae® is another outstanding selection from French breeder Jean Renault. This compact selection is similar to Vanilla Strawberry™ but much more compact. Flowers emerge creamy white in mid- summer and change to pink as night temperatures cool down. With its compact habit this hydrangea adds striking flowers to small spaces and is nicely proportioned for patio containers. The color lasts well into fall. Excellent for fresh cut and dried flower arrangements. Flower color varies based on climate and growing conditions. (CPBR #4609)
Summer Crush: Deep raspberry red. It’s not just about blue or pink anymore! The intense, deep coloration found in Summer Crush® is a true differentiator in the hydrangea marketplace. With a profusion of big raspberry red or neon purple blooms, Summer Crush® is a color breakthrough in reblooming garden hydrangeas and a welcome addition to the Endless Summer® brand. Introduced by Bailey Innovations, this new addition is the result of focused breeding and years of production and field testing. Proven to be Zone 4 cold hardy and the most wilt resistant Endless Summer® yet, this compact growing hydrangea with dark green glossy leaves fits smaller spaces in the garden and is the perfect size for patio containers. (CPBRAF, ®CA) Height: 18-36″, Spread: 18-36″, Shape: Upright, rounded, Exposure: Full sun to part shade, Foliage: Green, Fall Foliage: Insignificant, Zone: 4-9
Twist-n-Shout®: Like all plants in the Endless Summer® Collection, Twist-n-Shout® produces abundant blooms on both old and new wood all summer long. Lacy centers are surrounded by gorgeous blossoms of pink or periwinkle blue, depending on soil type. Sturdy red stems and glossy deep green leaves turn red-burgundy in fall to offer year-round interest in the garden. Easy to care for and hardy to zone 4, Twist-n-Shout® is an elegant stand-alone specimen,
dramatic in combination with other plants, and compact enough for containers.
Auten White: Double, sweet aroma, sturdy stems for cut flowers.
Charlie’s White Peony: Elegant white blossoms with full center tuft and enlarged guard petals sitting on strong, sturdy stems. Excellent cut flower complemented by mild fragrance.
Developed by Klehm Nursery.
Felix Supreme Peony: Large, double, showy, deep ruby-red fragrant flowers appear in mid-season amid glossy deep green, thickly textured leaves.
FD Roosevelt: Double, dark red sturdy stems for cut flowers.
A Japanese lactiflora type peony. Brilliant magenta guard petals which surround a ring of toothed pale pink staminodes in the center of which is a tuft of larger magenta red petals. Very striking.
Rachel: This attractive perennial is prized for its profuse amount of double blossoms. The late midseason blooming flowers are a bright crimson color and are held on strong sturdy stems above the clean bright green foliage.
Sarah Bernhardt: A classic favorite, with beautiful double pink flowers that are slightly paler at the edge of the petal giving it a silvery tip look.
Do Tell: A Japanese lactiflora type peony with orchid-pink, speckled guard petals. The flowers can be variable in color; some have creamy white staminodes surrounded by pink and yellow, while others have creamy white staminodes with pink tips. Full sun.
Kansas: Double red flowers that are non-fading. A Gold Medal Winner from the American Peony Society.
Prairie Afire Peony: Deep pink Japanese type with a center of deep rose, red and yellow create a fire in the center of the bloom. Mid-season bloom timing.
Albert F. Holden:
The deep violet blooms of this Father Fiala introduction possess a silvery blush on the reverse of the petals, thus giving it a bicolor effect. The loosely open flower panicles are large with a nice fragrance. This lilac is resistant to powdery mildew and rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.
Beauty of Moscow: This beautiful lilac produces abundant panicles of double, delicate pale pink flowers on a vigorous, upright plant. It is stunning in bloom. Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.
Charles Joly: One of the earlier French hybrids, this lilac is still popular. It bears smaller panicles of purple buds that turn to magenta double flowers as they open for a fabulous show! Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.
Ludwig Spaeth: An old cultivar developed in 1883, this is still one of the best purples available. Its panicle-like thyrses of single, red-purple flowers are produced in early June. Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.
Monge: This outstanding French hybrid lilac has showy panicles of single, red-purple florets. The flowers are held on long stems that lend themselves to great cut flowers. Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.
President Grevy: This vigorous, upright grower produces large panicles of starry, double lilac-blue florets. Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.
Wedgewood Blue: A Father Fiala introduction. This lilac is unique for its lilac-pink buds and large beautiful racemes. It is a showy lilac with a fine fragrance. Classified as excellent mildew resistance and rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.
Bloomerang®: Enjoy classic lilac fragrance for months instead of weeks. A revolutionary new lilac, Bloomerang blooms in spring and then recurrently throughout summer. While traditional lilac varieties bloom for a few short weeks in spring, Bloomerang’s fragrant flowers appear recurrently until frost. This compact, mounded variety fits easily into any landscape, and is ideal as a foundation planting or as part of the mixed border. You can even include it into perennial beds. (CPBRAF)
Yankee Doodle: A Father Fiala introduction. Among the deepest and darkest of the purples. Profuse bloomer with large clusters of single, large flowers produced on an upright plant of up to 8 feet in height. Rarely to never fed on by Japanese beetles.
Here’s how it works:
Browse our description of plants. Decide on which trees are right for you keeping in mind that all fruit trees except cherries and Mount Royal Plum need a pollinator. (See pollination guide below)
Place your order and pay by the due date remembering that some trees are subject to limited quantities and will be sold on first come basis. Then in the spring prepare your site. Once I call to notify that your trees are at the orchard, you will need to take possession immediately.
Please remember that these trees will come dormant. No leafing or budding. Once warm weather arrives they will come out of dormancy just like any other planted tree. It will help reduce stress on your trees if you plant immediately upon possession. If you need help in planting please make arrangements with us and we will quote an install price.
We personally have planted over 1200 bare root trees and I have sold bare roots for over 15 years with a huge success rate.