Southwest Minnesota's Best Source for
Hybrid Willows and other Windbreak Stock
Hybrid Willows - A unique cross of Salix matsudana and Salix alba creating Salix matsudana x alba. This amazing combination of genetics has created a species that grows extremely quickly, usually reaching 20' within two years of planting, and yet maintains structural integrity to allow it to reach a mature height of 50 - 70 feet. Left without any pruning the width can reach 18-20' but can easily be controlled by pruning. The species is rather disease resistant and has very few insect problems that affect the overall growth habit. The species does well in many different soil types, from sandy to clay soils, however the most important requirement is moisture. If water is provided regularly during the first year after planting, the root system will support the tree after the planting year unless drought conditions occur. This tree seems to have a lifespan of around 18-22 years, other nurseries will say they live longer, but we have over 5,000 18 year old trees planted at our nursery, and the trunk diameter is about 30" on average. They are beginning to show early signs of decline due to their maturity. So don't believe it when others tell you they live 70 years, that's just not true.
Karsten Nursery - Maintains a production greenhouse facility in rural Southwest Minnesota near Worthington. All shipments originate from zip code 56187.
Karsten Nursery - Has a Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Nursery Professional on staff,and has extensive experience in nursery production for more than 30 years. Many past customers have returned year after year to purchase additional stock and have always found the finest quality and lowest prices around. Normally we sell wholesale, however over the years retail customers looking for good prices, and willing to order in our minimum bundle quantities have used Karsten Nursery as a great source of trees, shrubs and conifers at a very good value.
Why Plant Hybrid Willows? - Other trees can take 30 years to give you shade and provide a visual barrier from unsightly views. If you need a fast-growing hedge row that will provide quick protection from wind, snow, noise or dust then call today and get your Hybrid Willow trees in the ground soon! We encourage you to plant a variety of other species inside of the outside row of Hybrid Willows, that way in 20 years you will have a good stand of trees inside of the declining row of Willows.
*Caution - avoid purchasing Hybrid Willows from nurseries who offer them bare root. The death loss percentage is very high (35%+) because Willows DO NOT like to be bare rooted, and tend to die in high percentages. This means extra work for you even if the seller replaces the dead ones. If one tree in a row dies, now you'll have a hole in your row that is difficult to fill in, since the new one will be very small and the others grow very quickly. Our stock is sold as rooted plugs, so the soil comes with and the roots are never exposed to the air. OUR STOCK will NOT die. Other species will start just fine from bare root stock, but NOT the Willows. OUR STOCK can be planted anytime during the year while bare root stock should only be sold during the early spring. We used to sell the Hybrid Willow bare root, but we stopped years ago and developed a better method that really works. Don't get fooled by low prices, you will be sorry.