Karsten Nursery
      Southwest Minnesota's Best Source for          
    Hybrid Willows and other Windbreak Stock     

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About Us
Karsten Nursery is a small family-owned production nursery that sells a variety of trees and shrubs.  About 25 years ago Glen Karsten stumbled across an amazing new cultivar of Willow Tree he dubbed the "Hybrid Willow" and he began to propagate this cultivar and sell it as a replacement for other less desirable windbreak trees, such as the Honeysuckle or the Dogwood. 

The Hybrid Willow tree had one amazing characteristic: it grew extremely rapidly.  By simply watering and adding some fertilizer, the trees would easily reach 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide in three years.  This amazing growth rate was highly desirable for a windbreak tree. 

Farmers and ranchers loved this species as they could plant them across a field and within a short time have a wonderful thick hedge row to stop the wind and snow. 

Suburban homeowners also love this species as it provides an attractive visual barrier from neighbors, without the time and expense of installing a fence.  The Hybrid Willow is also somewhat drought tolerant once established, doesn't require pruning, and has very few insect or disease problems. 

The popularity of this HYBRID Willow means the nursery now ships them all over the USA and we have sold hundreds of thousands at this point with thousands of happy customers. Most of our customers now come from referalls from past customers who were so pleased with the trees we shipped them.

Glen Karsten - Owner of Karsten Nursery - Glen has a background in farming for nearly fifty years.  He started his tree nursery in the early 1980s and has grown hundreds of thousands of trees and shrubs that have been sold throughout Southern Minnesota, Northern Iowa and Eastern South Dakota.  He will never retire, even though he's slowing down a little these days. He is still charge and will let you know that if you have any concerns that he is not. 

Joel Karsten
- JOEL@KARSTENNURSERY.COM  - BS in Horticulture Science from the University of Minnesota, Certified Nursery Professional through the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association - Joel has a background in Landscape Design, Gardening and Teaching Horticulture.  If you have questions about what trees to plant where, horticulture questions, or how to plant or how big a particular tree will grow, he is the best contact.  Visit www.StrawBaleGardens.com to see more about his ventures outside of the family nursery.