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FAQ

Do you provide delivery?
No, we are not equipped to deliver to customers. Most customers make their own transportation arrangements, either with their own fleet or with commercial carriers. However, we do work with several reliable carriers and would be happy to source freight quotes and arrange pickup and delivery on your behalf. We also cooperate with other growers to arrange pool shipments for customers. 

Do you contract grow trees?
Yes. Each contract is priced individually based on the quantity, the growing time period and the species of tree. Contact us to discuss specifics.   

Do you offer quantity discounts?
Yes. Price discounts are based on sales volume per order, and/or prior year’s sales. All discounts are subject to payment within agreed terms. See Terms of Sale for details.   

What are your hours of operation?
Business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Often times we are available before or after business hours or on weekends for freight pick-up or tours of the nursery. Please contact us for special arrangements. We are closed for all National Holidays and mid-winter, from December 22 to January 5.   

Are your trees machine dug or hand dug?
We utilize two Holmac digging machines which enable us to machine dig root balls from 16” up to 44”. However, we do hand dig a number of trees  every year. This is dependent on species and field soil conditions. Some species such as Ginkgo, and some Magnolias, give better results from hand digging. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact us.   

Are your tree balls in wire baskets?
All larger root balls and species which do not readily establish dense root systems are tied with wire baskets. Also, wire baskets may be employed on entire orders upon customer request.    

Can you ship to Canada?
Yes. We have several years of experience shipping to Canada. Since import/export regulations are subject to frequent change and different import brokers have specific requirements, it is best to address each Canadian shipment on an individual basis. Please contact us for details.   

What is the weight of your various B&B trees?  How many trees will fit on my truck?
Regretfully, we do not have truck scales at the nursery. Root ball weights of any given size will vary depending on soil type, soil moisture content, and time of year. Approximate ball weight calculations and trailer load capacities follow:

Caliper Ball Width Ball Height Weight Average Number per 45 ft. Trailer
1.75” 22” 15” 175 lbs. 120
2.0” 24” 16” 200 lbs. 110
2.5” 28” 19” 350 lbs. 90
3.0” 32” 20” 480 lbs. 50
3.5” 38” 23” 700 lbs. 35-40
4.0” 42” 25” 1000 lbs. 20-25
4.5”-5.0” 50” 30” 1700 lbs. 15-20

Do you have trees available for summer shipment?
We offer a limited supply of pre-dug B&B trees  for summer shipment. Additionally, we have a good selection of potted plants, sizes 1.25”-2.25” caliper that are available for shipment year-round.

Do you summer dig?
Yes, we have had good success with summer digging on a number of species. Please note, however, that various plants respond differently to summer digging and it is not recommended for all species. Between the months of June and September, when days are long, the weather is warm, and trees are fully leafed, we must incur additional costs to ensure plant survival. Our summer digging protocol may include special watering, soil nutrient amendments, spraying foliage with an anti-desiccant product, and several days of post harvest misting to gently harden off the plants before shipment. Our summer dig surcharge is between 10-15% depending on species and size of order. All plant material dug out of the normal dormant season is dug at the customer’s own risk. The following chart may be of interest: 

Chrishaven Trees - Summer Digging Guide

SUCCESSFUL MARGINAL UNSUCCESSFUL
Acer rubrum Acer griseum Chionanthus
Cercidiphyllum Cornus florida Cladrastis
Cornus kousa Cornus mas Davidia
Ginkgo Nyssa Halesia
Magnolia (some spp) Oxydendrum Liriodendron
Parrotia Stewartia pseudocamellia Stewartia monadelpha
    Styrax
   

Your catalog indicates hardiness zones. What does this mean?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture originally developed a system of Plant Hardiness Zones to reflect expected minimum winter temperatures for areas of North America. This system has since been extended globally. Each zone covers 10 degrees Fahrenheit. We have attempted to indicate the low to high zone recommendation on the plants we grow, based on the best literature. Many factors besides temperature may affect cold hardiness, such as plant hardening days (40 degrees F.) prior to first frost; soil moisture content; wind chill factor; sun scald; etc. Plants may survive beyond their recommended zones but, in such cases, may fail to thrive. This may be evident by various forms of winter damage, lack of flower or fruit production, or a shortened life span.

Zone Rating - Our plant descriptions reflect the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones.

Zone 1……….below -50°F             Zone 7………..0 to 10°F

Zone 2……….-50 to -40°F             Zone 8………10 to 20°F

Zone 3……….-40 to -30°F             Zone 9………20 to 30°F

Zone 4……….-30 to -20°F             Zone 10……..30 to 40°F

Zone 5……….-20 to -10°F             Zone 11……..40 to 50°F

Zone 6……….-10 to    0°F             Zone 12……..50 to 60°F      

You list so many attractive plants.  How does one decide on the best plant for a given location?
Obviously, the plant kingdom is hugely diverse. There is no “BEST” plant for any given location, but rather, several great choices, dependent on individual preference. We would recommend first selecting a plant that is suited to your particular plant hardiness zone. That being done, we list below a number of our trees and their most desirable features. Many of our trees have more than one pleasing feature and will be listed under more than one heading. Also, be sure to check out Great Plant Picks™  for additional information.

Attracts Wildlife (birds or bees)
Cercis canadensis Magnolia sieboldii
Cornus alternifolia Magnolia virginiana
Cornus florida Oxydendrum arboreum
Cornus kousa Stewartia pseudocamellia
Cornus mas Styrax japonicus
Columnar Form
Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Gold' & 'Dawyck Purple' Nyssa sylvatica 'Tupelo Tower'
Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry' Parrotia persica ‘Golden Belltower’
Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Fastigiatum’  

Fall Color

Burgundy Red Red/Orange/Apricot Yellow
Acer griseum Acer triflorum Betula nigra
Stewartia monadelpha Cornus spp. Cercidiphyllum (to apricot)
  Nyssa sylvatica Chionanthus
  Oxydendron Cladrastis
  Parrotia (to yellow) Ginkgo
  Stewartia pseudocamellia Liriodendron
  Zelkova s.
   

Flower Colors and Seasons

White Stewartia spp.- Summer Yellow
Chionanthus v. – Summer Styrax spp. – Summer Cornus mas - Early Spring
Cladrastis k. - Summer   Liriodendron - Spring
Cornus alternifolia - Spring Pink Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’- Spring
Cornus x 'Aurora' - Spring Cornus f. ‘Cherokee Chief’ – Spring Mag. ‘Yellow Bird’ - Spring/Summer
Cornus x 'Venus' - Spring  Cornus x 'Rosy Teacups'  
Cornus kousa chin. - Summer Cornus k. ‘Beni Fuji’ - Summer
Davidia - Spring Cornus k. ‘Satomi’ - Summer  
Halesia m. - Spring Cornus f. ‘Cherokee Brave’ – Spring Red/Purple
Magnolia kobus – Spring
Magnolia ‘Galaxy’ - Spring
Magnoli virginiana – Spring/Fall   Mag. ‘Blazing Beauty’ - Spring
Oxydendrum a.- Summer   Mag. 'Vulcan' - Spring

   
Showy Bark
Acer grisuem Betula nigra Parrotia persica
Acer triflorum Cornus kousa chinensis Stewartia spp.
Showy Fruit
Chionanthus v. – Fall, dark blue Magnolia virginiana – Fall, red orange
Cornus alternifolia – Fall, blue-black Nyssa sylvatica – Fall, blue-black
Cornus f. cvs. – Fall, red
Cornus k. cvs. – Fall, red
Cornus mas – Summer, cherry red  
Small Tree
Acer griseum Cornus k. 'National' Magnolia virginiana
Acer triflorum Cornus k. 'Satomi' Magnolia 'Vulcan'
Chionanthus virginicus Cornus k. 'Wolf Eyes' Oxydendron arboreum
Cornus alternifolia Cornus mas Stewartia monadelpha
Cornus florida cvs. Cornus 'Aurora' (hybrid) Stewartia pseudocamellia
Cornus k. 'Beni Fuji' Magnolia 'Butterflies' Stewartia sinensis
Cornus k. var. chinensis Magnolia kobus Styrax japonicus
Cornus k. 'Gold Star' Magnolia sieboldii Styrax obassia