Hybrid SuperTrees – a unique cross of Salix matsudana and Salix alba, creating Salix matsudana x alba.
This amazing combination of genetics has created a Salix cultivar that grows extremely quickly.
These trees will often reach 18-20′ within two years of planting, while still having the structural integrity to reach a mature height of 50 – 70 feet.
Average height is 35′ and width is 15-20′. Width can easily be controlled by pruning.
We sell the Hybrid SuperTree all over the USA. It grows well in all climates.
This tree is hardy down to the cold of zone 3, up to zone 10.
This cultivar is disease resistant and has no known insect problems that affect the overall growth habit.
It grows well in many different soil types, from sandy to clay soils.
The most important requirement for Hybrid SuperTrees is moisture. If water is provided weekly during the first year after planting, the root system will easily support the tree after that, unless extreme drought conditions occur.
A WORD OF CAUTION: Please do not trust other internet sellers who claim these trees will live longer than 30 years or even “up to 70 years.” It is simply not true. We believe in being honest with our customers!
Our experience indicates that Hybrid SuperTrees will begin to have broken branches and decline at about 18-20 years old. Total lifespan seems to be about 30 years. We have about 500 of these Hybrid SuperTrees at our nursery that are 28 years old, which we are about to remove to replant more. Average trunk diameter of those specimens is about 30″.
ANOTHER WORD OF CAUTION: Avoid purchasing this species of tree from nurseries or online sellers who ship them BARE-ROOT or as simple cuttings or scions. Other species of trees grow well from bare-root stock, but this particular Salix species struggles to establish without a healthy complete root system. The death loss percentage can be very high (35%+) because the Salix species DOES NOT like to be bare-rooted, and is sensitive to drying out and can be hard to get established. This means extra work for you, even if the seller agrees to replace your dead trees. If one tree in a row dies, you will have an open space in the row that is difficult to fill in. The new replacements will be very small and the visual contrast will be exaggerated because the first set of trees planted will grow so quickly. Of course, you will unfortunately experience the same death loss percentage (35%+) with your replacements. Also, be aware that bare-root stock can only be planted in early spring. We do offer bare-root stock, but all of ours are second or third year plants with well established root systems.
We stopped shipping Salix Hybrid trees with spring grown bare-root transplants 22 years ago when we developed a much better alternative with the plugs.
OUR ROOTED-PLUG METHOD IS SUPERIOR:
Our Karsten Nursery Hybrid SuperTrees are sold and shipped as rooted plugs, with soil enclosing the roots so they are never exposed to the air.
Our stock WILL NOT die if given even basic care, and you can plant anytime during the year.
Your trees can be kept in water for a week or two if you cannot plant immediately after they arrive.
It is very important that you DO NOT remove the netting that will be around the root ball. The root plug is about the size of a soda can so it’s easy to plant.
Your trees will arrive as 12-24″ rooted plugs in a long carton, via either UPS, Postal or SpeeDee Delivery, depending on where you live. Shipping cost is $6.99 total for ten trees.
Instructions for care and planting will be shipped in the box with your trees. Please read those instructions.
You can also read information about care & planting on this page.
ADD SOME PLANTSKYDD® TO YOUR ORDER!
We highly recommend that you also purchase some PlantSkydd® animal repellent to protect your young trees from hungry critters like rabbits & deer. We are an authorized provider of PlantSkydd® & offer it because we want our trees to arrive healthy & then enjoy the best possible conditions to thrive after you planet them. You can order your PlantSkydd® in liquid or powder concentrate form, along with a sprayer to apply it to your freshly planted trees. Click here to see your options.
WHY PLANT HYBRID SUPERTREES?
Other trees can take 30 years to give you shade and provide a visual barrier from unsightly views. Why wait that long? If you need a fast-growing hedge row that will provide quick protection from wind, snow, noise or dust, order your Hybrid SuperTrees from Karsten Nursery and get them in the ground soon! If you have enough space, we encourage you to plant a variety of other species parallel to your row of Hybrids so that in 20 years you will have a healthy, mature stand of trees inside the declining row of Willows.
ORDERS PLACED AFTER JULY 1st, WILL BEGIN SHIPPING IN MAY OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
ORDERS AFTER MAY 15, IN THE SPRING, WILL NORMALLY SHIP WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE ORDER DATE.
We will confirm receipt of your order within one day by email. Orders placed after May 15 will usually ship within two weeks. Orders placed after July 1st will not ship until the next May as soon as our nursery is FROST FREE and it is safe to ship live nursery stock.
Please call or email if you have ANY questions about your order. We want only happy customers, so if you are not happy for any reason PLEASE let us know as soon as possible.
PRICING FOR OUR HYBRID SUPERTREES:
We are glad to offer homeowners, landscapers & retail customers the advantage of wholesale pricing from us by purchasing in bundles as small as 10 trees.
Our bundle prices for the Hybrid SuperTree are as follows:
10 trees – $69.99
20 trees – $136.99
30 trees – $200.99
40 trees – $262.99
50 trees – $322.99
60 trees – $379.99
70 trees – $434.99
80 trees – $487.99
90 trees – $537.99
100 trees – $585.99
200 trees – $958.99
300 trees – $1,399.99
400 trees – $1,839.99
500 trees – $2,279.99
1,000 trees – $4,499.99
To order, simply click in the box labelled “Choose an option” to select how many trees you want to purchase, and then click the Add to Cart button & proceed to payment.