Chief River Nursery and PottedTrees.com are online mail order nurseries that sell young trees and shrubs in large volumes.

Our offices and shipping warehouses are located in Grafton, WI.  Due to the large volume of plants we sell online, it is inevitable that some excess nursery stock will be available at the end of our sales season.  This is your opportunity to purchase young bare root, and small potted nursery stock, at or below wholesale prices. Please note, since this is a surplus sale, we do not guarantee which species will be available for purchase.

Below you will find answers to the most common questions about our local tree sale.  If you have further questions, please email us at [email protected] and we will respond as promptly as possible.

When is your sale?

The Spring 2021 public sale has been canceled.

Where is your sale?

Our property is located at 976 Ulao Road in Grafton, WI.  We are located just 2 blocks east of the Interstate 43 on Highway 60 which is called Ulao Road east of I-43.  Travel 2 blocks east from I-43 and look for the Chief River Nursery sign.  Our building is tan with brown trim, and has a small pond near the road.  A map is located on the Contact Us page.

What will PottedTrees.com be selling?

PottedTrees.com will have small potted trees and shrubs for sale individually.  Please visit our Tree & Shrub Listing page to view the varieties which may be available.  Since availability can change rapidly, we do not guarantee which species will be sold at our sale.

Example 1.5 qt. evergreen
  • Evergreen trees:  A variety of beautiful evergreen trees used in reforestation and the home landscape.  These trees typically range in height from 12-24″ in height above the pot.  These are easy to plant trees sold in 1.5 quart pots.  Cash pricing will be just $5 each.  Credit pricing will be $6 per pot.
  • Deciduous trees and shrubs:  A variety of trees & shrubs used in reforestation and the home landscape.  These trees typically range in height from 8-16″ in height above the pot.  These are easy to plant trees and shrubs sold in 1.5 quart pots.  Cash pricing will be just $5 each.  Credit pricing will be $6 per pot.
  • Fruit bearing shrubs:  A handful of fruit bearing species will be available for sale.  These are easy to plant shrubs sold in 1.5 quart pots.  Cash pricing will be just $5 each.  Credit pricing will be $6 per pot.

What will chief river nursery be selling?

Chief River Nursery will have bare root trees and shrubs for sale in bundles of 10.  Please visit our Tree & Shrub Listing page to see the varieties which may be available.  Since availability can change rapidly, we do not guarantee which species will be sold at our sale.

  • Evergreen seedlings:  2-3 year old trees typically 6-12″ in height above the roots.  Seedlings will be sold in bundles of 10 and priced at $7.50 per bundle.
  • Evergreen transplants:  3-5 year old trees typically 10-24″ in height above the roots (heights depend on the species). Transplants will be sold in bundles of 10 and priced at $15.00 per bundle.
  • Hardwoods and shrubs: 1-2 year old trees typically 10-24″ in height above the roots (heights depend on the species).  These seedlings will be sold in bundles of 10 and priced at $7.50 per bundle
  • Fruit trees and shrubs:  Will be available and priced individually, generally priced at $7.50 to $10 each.

What forms of payment will you accept?

Due to the reduced rates given at our sale, cash transactions are preferred and checks are not accepted. 

Bare Root Nursery Stock:  Cash only on orders under $100, Visa and Mastercard will be accepted on orders over $100 of bare root stock.  Sorry, no checks.

Potted Nursery Stock:  Cash only on orders under $100, Visa and Mastercard will be accepted on orders over $100. The per pot price for credit card transactions are $6 per pot with no discounts. Sorry, no checks.

Can I pick and choose my own nursery stock?

Potted Trees:  Potted trees and shrubs will be displayed in flats inside and outside of our warehouse.  We will assist you in locating your desired species, and picking your plants.  Since plants do not all grow at a uniform rate, not all nursery stock will be of uniform height.  All nursery stock has a range of sizes, and your order will include plants throughout the entire size range for each species.

Bare Root:  Bare root species will be pre-bundled.  In the event we do not have your desired bare root plants ready to “grab and go”, one of our staff will pick your order from our cold storage rooms and package them for you.   Since plants do not all grow at a uniform rate, not all nursery stock will be of uniform height.  All nursery stock has a range of sizes, and your order will include plants throughout the entire size range for each species.

Will a Guarantee or warranty be offered on any of your nursery stock?

No.  We have a superior reputation for providing viable nursery stock which will thrive with proper care.  While warranties do come with nursery stock that is sold at full price during our regular season, all sales will be final and without warranty on discounted nursery stock purchased at our local sale in May.