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- When will my trees arrive?
To be sure that your trees arrive in a strong and healthy condition, we ship bare
root stock only when it is dormant in the fall and spring seasons. Trees are sent
according to your local climate and this year's weather.
Fall Shipping: We have to wait for a couple of hard frosts so the trees go
dormant and can be shipped safely. Trees can be planted until the ground is frozen
solid. Fall shipments are made between November 1 and December 10.
Spring Shipping: Our trees can be planted during a broad range of weeks or
months - from when the frost first leaves the ground through late spring. Spring
shipments are made between February 26 and May 30. Please
see our shipping schedule
- How are my trees shipped?
Your 10-Free-Tree membership package will ship by USPS bulk rate. All Nursery orders
ship USPS Priority or UPS Ground depending on the size/weight of the order. The
majority of Nursery orders will travel by USPS Priority. All of our trees can be
delivered to a PO Box. If your package is too large to fit, the post office will
leave a card in your box indicating the arrival of your trees
- I only received part of my order. Where is the rest?
Paid nursery orders and free membership trees come from separate facilities and
arrive at separate times.
Membership trees: Please inspect all orders carefully upon arrival. Our membership
trees are one year old seedlings and are about 6 – 12 inches in length. All of your
membership trees come in a plastic package and are bundled together with a twist
tie. Please remove the twist tie and carefully separate the trees. Each deciduous
seedling should look like a stick with some roots at the end.
Nursery stock: Please inspect your order carefully upon arrival. Our nursery
trees are 2 year old seedlings. They are packaged in a recyclable cardboard box.
Please remove all of the contents from the package upon receipt. Your tree seedlings
are all bundled together and secured inside of a clear plastic bag covering the
rootball. There should be a twist tie securing the clear plastic package to your
seedlings (just above the roots). Please remove the twist tie and remove the trees
from the clear plastic bag. You should now be able to see white paper tags on the
seedlings indicating the species of tree above the roots. NOTE: when you order multiple
trees of the same species they are bundled together with another twist tie. There
will be only one paper label per species of tree ordered. Carefully separate all
of your trees. You should have also received a small package of papers in a clear
plastic package. Please open the package and locate the packing slip (green and
white piece of paper). Compare your order with the items listed on this packing
If you are missing any trees from your order please
contact Member Services and we will be happy to schedule a free replacement
for the missing items.
To be sure your bare root trees arrive in a strong and healthy condition, we ship
them in a dormant or "sleeping" state. This means your trees have experienced 2-3
hard frosts and are already prepared to withstand the cold winter conditions. They
can even be planted up until the ground is frozen solid! Also note, snow on the
ground does not mean your soil is frozen. In order to freeze, your day time low
temperature has to stay below 32°F for generally 4-6 weeks. If possible, plant your
trees within 5 days upon arrival.
- Your trees can be planted from the time the frost first leaves the ground through
late spring. A Planting Guide containing the instructions is included with every
- It is best to plant your trees within 5 days of their arrival. If it is not possible
to plant within this time frame, it is recommended that your trees be heeled
(Trees from our
We're sorry, but nursery trees cannot be shipped to
HI, U.S. territories,
or countries outside the U.S. This is due to the agricultural laws within these
(Trees you receive for becoming a member.)
Please note that, due to lengthy inspection times and other restrictions, we are
unable to ship membership tree packages to Hawaii, the Territories, APOs, FPOs
and countries other than the United States.