Spring 2017 season has begun!

Dear Friends of Chief River Nursery,

Each year, we’re humbled by how our customers continue to raise our company to new levels.  The 2015-16 season was no different, as previous sales records were handily broken again.  2016 brought another round of exciting changes to Chief River Nursery.  In spring, a new warehouse was constructed and additional cold storage rooms were built inside.  In addition to gaining extra space for production, we now have the ability to contain nearly 2 million plants at a time.

Our 2016-17 season has kicked off with considerable enthusiasm.  This year we have added Dolgo Crabapple, Shellbark Hickory and Allegheny Serviceberry to our lineup, as well as Montmorency Cherry, Moorpark Apricot and Methley Plum.  We hope you enjoy our selections, as they expand each season to meet your requests.

Our goals at Chief River Nursery are quite simple.  Provide healthy and hardy plants at favorable prices.  Treat our customers with the kindness and respect they deserve, while responding to their needs promptly.

Our commitment to providing quality plants at reasonable prices as well as excellent customer service has not changed.  Whether you need 2 trees or 20,000, Chief River Nursery is positioned well to serve you.  We thank you for your continued business trust.

Your planting friends,

Dean and Sheila Koch



By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: News|Comments Off on Spring 2017 season has begun!

Our new construction is underway!

Customers like you have made our business a big success! A new expansion is well underway at our office and shipping facility in Grafton, WI. The new addition will add on over 6,000 square feet of much needed warehouse space to our operations. Two state of the art cooler rooms will also be built inside, adding nearly 12,000 cubic feet of cold storage. This will bring our total cold storage area to over 30,000 cubic feet, enough to store nearly 2 Million tree seedlings at a time!

We thank you for your continued patronage, your word of mouth support about the quality trees we sell and our focus on customer service continues to spread. We hear from new customers who have been referred by family or friends several times each day.

Steel frame in place

Steel frame in place

Steel frame in place

Steel frame in place

Walls are next!

Walls are next!

By |March 6th, 2016|Categories: News|Comments Off on Our new construction is underway!

Exciting new species for the 2015-16 season!

Domestic Apple

Domestic Apples

The Chief River Nursery online store is open and taking orders for delivery in Spring of 2016!  We are very excited to have added several new species for this season.  We hope you enjoy our ever growing selection.  As always, if you don’t see something you are looking for, please let us know.  We take customer suggestions to heart.

Domestic Apple – This is an excellent and inexpensive option for wildlife apple trees.  This wild apple will produce a food source for many types of wildlife.  A must have for hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.

Bigtooth Aspen – Leaves tremble like its cousin the Quaking Aspen.  Disease and pest resistant, and provides a great food source for many birds and mammals.

Concolor Fir – This tree is becoming more and more popular as a Christmas tree since it is more heat tolerant than some other selections.  Works great in the home landscape and has many other uses.

Gray Dogwood

Gray Dogwood

Gray Dogwood – This highly adaptable shrub grows almost anywhere including wet and shady areas.  Produces clusters of flowers in the spring and white berries that game and song birds enjoy!

American Sycamore – This giant of a tree exhibits exfoliating bark that resembles camouflage.  Give this fast growing tree some room to grow and enjoy the shade it produces.

Magenta Crabapple – This USDA release was designed for small windbreaks and roadside beautification.  This tree will produce flowers in spring and crabapples will be eaten in fall and winter by many types of birds.

Yellow Birch bark

Yellow Birch bark

Yellow Birch – Another birch option this year, this tree has shiny golden bronze bark which peels naturally.  Has excellent wildlife value and brilliant yellow fall foliage as a bonus!

Black Chokeberry – This small to medium sized shrub offers something for all forms of wildlife.  Flowers for bees, and the berries are used by many birds, deer and small mammals.  Berries are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and can be used for making juices and jellies after being cooked.

Common Persimmon – This highly adaptable tree is known for its orange colored fruit.  The persimmons are eaten by deer and a host of birds and small animals.  Bark resembling alligator skin adds winter interest.

Bluecrop Blueberry

Bluecrop Blueberry

Bluecrop Blueberry – This easy to grow blueberry bush is a heavy producer for weeks in the summer.  Blueberries taste great fresh or frozen, and work very well in pies and cobblers.

Somerset Seedless Grape – Large crops of red seedless grapes are sure to please!  Grapes have a strawberry-like flavor and only get sweeter the longer you let them ripen.

Ayers Pear – A southern favorite, this self pollinating pear tree will grow in zones 5 to 8.  Pears are smooth and sweet, and will melt in your mouth.  A vigorous grower that is disease resistant.

Cortland Apple – A cousin to the McIntosh, the Cortland apple makes a great choice for eating out of hand and pie making.  Sliced apples will not brown easily, making it a great choice for salads.

By |September 26th, 2015|Categories: News|Comments Off on Exciting new species for the 2015-16 season!

Exciting new species & products for the 2014-15 season!

We have added some great species and products to the lineup for the 2014-15 season! 

  • Fuji Apple Tree – Great for eating fresh, making cider or using in salads!
  • Speckled Alder – Good choice for wetter areas where you want wildlife!

We have also added SunFlex grow tubes for the protection of your hardwood seedlings!


By |October 26th, 2014|Categories: News|Comments Off on Exciting new species & products for the 2014-15 season!

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|Categories: News|Comments Off on Spring 2015 ordering to begin soon!

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.

By |May 29th, 2014|Categories: News|Comments Off on Thank you for another great season!
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