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Spring 2015 ordering to begin soon!

Chief River Nursery is gearing up for another sales season!  We will open up the website for ordering in mid-October.  Trees and shrubs that are purchased will be reserved just for you and shipped in April and May of 2015.  Ordering early ensures your trees and shrubs will be available and held for your order.

Want to be reminded when the trees or shrubs you want are available for ordering?  Simply go to the product page of the tree or shrub you are interested in and leave your email address.  You will receive an email reminder when they can be ordered.  A sample of what you are looking for is shown below.

Out of Stock

Sample image of reminder

By |September 25th, 2014|

Thank you for another great season!

Tree iconThank you to all of our customers who made the 2013-14 season a major success, it was another record year for our company!  We will begin taking orders again for spring of 2015 delivery in mid-October.  If you would like to know when a certain tree or shrub is available for ordering again, simply go to its product page and enter your email address in the appropriate area.  You will receive a one time email alert letting you know that the stock can again be ordered for spring delivery.

Win a free conservation assessment from the WI DNR!

Would you like to know what rare plant and/or animal species are on your property and how to manage them? 

The Wisconsin DNR is giving away 100 free Conservation Planning Assessments or Endangered Resources Review – winner’s choice.

Open to Wisconsin landowners, these programs helps conserve the rare plants, animals and habitats found in Wisconsin.  The intention of these programs is to work with landowners, businesses, communities and others to consider the potential impacts of development, planning and management projects on the state’s endangered resources.  These assessments and reviews will be given away through a landowner lottery.  In order to enter the lottery, the participant must complete an online survey or print it out and send it in through the U.S. mail.  Interested parties have until March 10th, 2014 to enter the lottery.

The survey can be found here:

For more information, please visit one of the following links:

If you have any specific questions on the program or lottery, you can call the department at 608-267-2108 or email the WI DNR directly at:


By |February 14th, 2014|

“Like” us on Facebook and you may win a $100 Visa gift card!

CRN_facebookOne lucky friend of our Facebook page will receive a $100 Visa gift card simply for following us.  Facebook is a pleasant way to stay in touch with Chief River Nursery.  We offer various updates, Facebook promotions and a “Tree of the Day” post every few weeks which highlights one of the species that we sell.  Not to worry, we won’t clog up your News Feed with hourly or even daily posts!

Simply “Like” our Facebook page by 11:59 PM on January 31st, 2014 to be entered!  The winner will be contacted through Facebook in early February and the Visa gift card will be mailed by the end of February.  Search for “Chief River Nursery Co.” on Facebook or click this link and log in to your Facebook account to be taken to our page:

Thanks again for following us on Facebook!


By |January 8th, 2014|

New information on the Emerald Ash Borer

Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University,

Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University,

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Chief River Nursery sat down with prominent Research Entomologist Dr. Robert Haack for an exclusive interview regarding the Emerald Ash Borer.  Find out information on the origins of this insect, how it spreads and what is being done to slow its progress in this informative one on one interview.

Now is the time to begin diversifying the mix of trees on your property.  We always stress the importance of having a mixture of many types of trees and shrubs on your land.  Unfortunately, you never know when the next unexpected pest is around the corner.  Approximately 150-200 million ash trees have already been killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.  One sad reality is for certain.  The Emerald Ash Borer is coming to an ash tree near you.  Why wait until your trees are affected?  Begin planting today for the future.

Read the interview by clicking HERE 

By |October 18th, 2013|

We have 7 new selections for the 2013-14 season!

This year, Chief River Nursery is excited to announce the addition of 7 new varieties of trees and shrubs to our lineup.  Please take a moment to meet them!

Arrowwood Viburnum

Arrowwood Viburnum

Gala Apple – A widely grown apple tree with small apples.  Crisp flesh, sweet and tangy taste!  Great for eating fresh, making apple sauce or apple cider.

Winesap Apple – A well known heirloom apple which dates back to the 18th century.  Tart and tangy taste is great for eating fresh, but better know for use in sauces and baking.

Arrowwood Viburnum – This tough shrub adapts to most soil types.  Beautiful spring show of flowers, pleasant fall color and blue colored berries that many types of wildlife love to consume.

Ninebark – Another tough shrub which will grow in most areas.  This multi-stemmed shrub produces fragrant white flowers in the spring and has an interesting brown colored bark which naturally peels.  The dense arching branches make great cover for birds and small animals.

Sweetheart Cherries

Sweetheart Cherries

Sweetheart Cherry – This is the sweet cherry you have been asking for.  This self fertile cherry tree will produce cherries without another pollinator.  The bright red cherries are sweeter and juicier than most!

Staghorn Sumac – This short tree is great for erosion control and has a very unique appearance.  The leaves turn an amazing red color in fall and the seed spikes they produce are consumed by deer and many types of game birds.  Great for poor soils and erosion control.

Bartlett Pear – The #1 grown pear worldwide has come to Chief River Nursery!  This tree produces a nice crop of yellow-green fruit which has a smooth texture and juicy flavor.  This long lived pear tree is sure to please!

By |October 17th, 2013|

Funding still available for trees lost in 2012 drought

An FYI for our Wisconsin customers……………

From the Wisconsin DNR website

For a second year Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP) Emergency Funds have been designated for tree planting failures due to the 2012 drought in 49 counties. What this means is that landowners who have experienced a significant loss (>25%) this year in trees planted in 2008 through 2012 may be eligible to receive a grant for replanting the trees lost. The DNR Forester must verify that the loss is directly related to the 2012 drought. Grants awarded will cover up to 60% of the costs for preparing the site and replanting trees where the DNR Forester has determined there is a need.
WFLGP Emergency grants are awarded as the applications are received instead of waiting until the next regular award date. Emergency grants will be available until May 1, 2014 or until all of the designated funds have been awarded whichever comes first.

All other WFLGP eligibility rules still apply including

  • owns at least 10 acres but not more than 500 acres of forest land in Wisconsin
  • must have a written and approved Forest Stewardship Plan that includes the tree planting practice
  • does not exceed the $10,000 maximum in grants per year.

Please contact the DNR Forester in the county where your land is located for more information.
Eligible counties: Adams, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Dunn, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Saint Croix, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago, Wood.

By |October 3rd, 2013|

New Fruit Offerings!

You asked and we heard.  This year we have added four additional fruit selections to our offering!  New this year are the Honeycrisp Apple, Methley Plum, Red Gold Nectarine and the Moorpark Apricot.  Chief River Nursery is committed to providing you selections which allow you to produce your own edible fruit.  Visit the Fruit Bearing Seedlings section on the Products tab to see all of our fruit offerings or click on the links below to be taken to their product pages.

Honeycrisp Apple

Methley Plum

Red Gold Nectarine

Moorpark Apricot

By |October 26th, 2012|