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Greenmantle Nursery
3010 Ettersburg Road
Garberville CA 95542
(707) 986-7504

WE ACCEPT ORDERS YEAR ROUND. We ship bareroot nursery stock during our natural dormant season (January through April depending on kind of fruit). Container stock may also be available for local delivery in Autumn. Please understand: We cannot maintain an inventory of all our possible variety/rootstock combinations.... Instead, we try to keep available a limited selection of our most popular and/or important varieties; these are usually propagated on standard or vigorous semi-dwarf rootstock. Since many varieties are likely to sell out before our shipping season begins, we encourage early orders for trees.

If you require variety/rootstock combinations not in inventory, we can propagate them for you on a custom basis during our grafting season (late February through early May). These can then be shipped to you as dormant Benchgrafts at the appropriate planting time - that same season. Benchgrafts are substantially less expensive, easier and cheaper to ship, and may be better adapted for planting in colder zones. This option, however, requires some horticultural skill and attention on the part of the customer. We provide detailed instructions and - if needed - telephone or written consultation.....

At the present time, Greenmantle Nursery will not be shipping any larger stock to customers outside of California, Oregon, and Washington. Instead - we offer custom Benchgrafts shipped by USPS- Priority Mail at a time appropriate for planting . While this approach may not prove satisfactory to every situation, it will nevertheless afford dedicated orchardists with the opportunity to grow hard-to-find varieties on the rootstocks of their choice.


Our trademarked Rosetta™ and Sweetmeat Crab™ varieties
are presently only available as Benchgrafts
(Limit of 2 per variety per customer)
and require the filing of a signed non-propagation agreement.

Peaches are propagated by summer bud-grafting
and are NOT available as Benchgrafts......

To book an order for fruit trees or benchgrafts , we ask for an initial deposit of 50% of the order. However, it is best to write or call first to check on availability. We invoice customers for the balance due before shipping time.

Orders must be paid in full prior to shipment....


Cox's Orange Pippin - Since 1830, considered the ultimate English dessert apple.....
Intensely sweet and aromatic, perfectly balanced with acidity. It is also a bit tricky to grow,
preferring a warm - but not excessively hot - growing season. Ironically, it is not that
well suited to typical English conditions (cool & humid) and can be very susceptible to scab.
We grow a strain obtained from Bob Stebbins of Oregon State University
that he selected for health and adaptability to western USA conditions.
Illustration circa 1876, by Robert Hogg (1818-1897)

Fruit Order Form

To place an order by mail , you may print out the ORDER FORM from this site or adapt any ordinary piece of paper. Please remember to include both mailing and shipping addresses if they are different; also your home & work telephone numbers so we can call you should we need to discuss your order....

Don't forget to indicate your rootstock preferences for each variety! Information regarding these choices may be obtained from this website -
For apples, see Apple Rootstocks ... other Fruit rootstocks in appropriate sections
- as well as from other resources on the Internet or in the library.

You may contact us by phone: (707) 986-7504 if you have any questions
or just wish to consult.
We also accept orders by telephone and can advise
on availability, substitutions, etc. We appreciate phone calls at reasonable hours (Daily 9 AM to 6PM PACIFIC TIME)........ SORRY - We do not communicate
with our customers by e-mail, web-mail, or FAX.

One year whip...

One year "feathered maiden" ...
Both replanted and entering 'second leaf season'


While our fruit tree inventory includes a diverse range of stock in various sizes, ages, and levels of branch development - both bareroot and in containers - most of the trees we ship are 1 year old whips (unbranched) or "feathered maidens" ( a few light branches). Typically, these are 42" to 50" tall; bigger trees are usually headed back to about 50" to fit our boxes and avoid UPS surcharges.

Our trees are shipped "bareroot", we actually try to leave a fair amount of soil around the roots when phytosanitary regulations permit. We feel this helps our trees get a better start when re-planted. Otherwise, the roots will packed in a peat moss/perlite mix that can be added to your planting medium.

We also ship out some older, more heavily branched stock when available - and when the tree can be safely pruned back to fit our boxes. All our trees, regardless of age and size, are guaranteed to be healthy and ready for planting in your orchard. Over the years, we have come to regard the younger, less branched stock to be the best choice for most situations; they are easier to train to a strong healthy form and are usually less traumatized by the transplanting process.

However, in situations where the newly planted trees will not receive an adequate level of protection and attention, the bigger, older trees will have an obvious advantage. If this is the case, growers might do well to nurture the younger trees for a season before planting them out in their permanent site. The extra time could be spent on orchard preparation (building fence, developing irrigation systems, improving soil) so the trees will have the best possible chance of getting established.

Customers who prefer older, more branched trees might note: Most of those branches should be pruned off before planting, and the remaining 2 or 3 are then headed back. This heavy pruning promotes a strong scaffold and compensates for root damage sustained at digging. Greenmantle Nursery prunes all its trees before shipment so the stock is ready for planting.

Eden Crab™ grafts being
frameworked to understock
- Spring 1988

Eden Crab™ tree in Fall 2005 -
Part of crop still hanging
after abundant harvest


Greenmantle Nursery adheres to the organic approach to plant production - we do not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides of any kind. While we are strictly organic, we do not presently participate in any official certification program. Customers purchasing Benchgrafts please note: we purchase our rootstocks from specialist nurseries that use conventional (i.e. chemical) methods of production. These are the best available rootstocks and conform to the highest phytosanitary standards, but are not organically grown. Most certification programs make allowances for this reality of the nursery industry; trees are recognized as organically grown after a season's growth under compliance with acceptable practice.


Greenmantle Nursery guarantees its stock to be correctly identified and correctly labeled. The plants we ship are healthy and viable, and are carefully packaged by us personally to arrive in this condition: Please open your package immediately upon receipt and inspect your plants. If you detect any problem......... inform us at once so that we may assist you in sorting it out.

However, beyond that point - We cannot accept responsibility
for the impact of factors outside our control
(e.g. cultural practices, growing conditions, weather,
and unruly animals - wild or domestic).

We care very much about every plant that we propagate, nurture and sell - and wish them to thrive in their new homes. If you have any questions at all relating to plants purchased from Greenmantle - please feel free to call and consult with us.

Your satisfaction is important to us......

Ribston Pippin - Until Cox's Orange Pippin came along
around 1830, this was the favorite apple variety
in England. Compared to its more famous seedling,
Ribston is at once richer and more austere than Cox.


We have NO MINIMUM ORDER...... Our shipping rates, however, may
favor larger orders - this reflects UPS policy regarding "over-size" packages.

Grafted Fruit Trees
Own-root Fruit Trees (Fig and Quince)
$25.00 *
$10.00 *

Please add $2.00 royalty fee for each tree and/or graft.
Customers are required to sign a non-propagation agreement for our files. Quantities for each variety will be limited to 2 per order.

Grenadine® - One of our 7 Rosetta™ Varieties

An array of Sweetmeat Crabs™

Variety collectors may wish to consider our Benchgraft Option.


We normally ship our stock via UPS Ground or U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail) may be possible on an individual basis. Please note that UPS requires a Street Address - Post Office Box addresses are not usually deliverable...

Local Deliveries: We can arrange to deliver bareroot and container nursery stock to our customers in many locations in Humboldt County. Please call for information.....

Bareroot Fruit Trees - via UPS Ground to CA, OR, WA

1-5 Trees: $15.00
Each additional tree add $ 2.00

Because UPS Ground shipments are not protected from freeze damage and since transcontinental delivery can take more than a week - we prefer not to ship trees by Ground to the Eastern half of the country. We do not use cold storage, so our trees must be shipped during their natural dormancy. This makes the logistics for shipment of many kinds of trees almost impossible for "Back East" customers who need to plant in April or May; even apples and pears are tricky to coordinate.

For these reasons, we offer our Benchgraft Option for customers in less temperate zones. Apples and pears work best this way, but we can also furnish Asian pears, cherries, and plums by this method; peaches, however, are propagated by summer budding and cannot be supplied as grafts.

Please check our Benchgraft Option section for complete information.
The two most important advantages are these:

  1. Later Shipment. We store our scionwood under refrigeration and our rootstocks can remain relatively dormant into April.
  2. Smaller, lighter packages make Air Express shipments affordable. We now ship
    grafts via United States Postal Service (Priority Mail) and can upgrade to faster more expensive modes at the customer's request. Air shipment assures maximum protection and viability for transcontinental orders.


No extra shipping charges will normally be required when benchgrafts are included in an order with tree...

Via UPS Ground - CA, OR, WA

1 - 10 Grafts: $12.00
11-20 Grafts: $14.00
21-30 Grafts: $16.00

Via U.S. Postal Service - Priority Mail (AIR)

1 - 10 Grafts: $14.00
11-20 Grafts: $17.00
21-30 Grafts: $20.00


Greenmantle Home

Site Guide

The Fruit Collection

"Antique" Fruit

Fruit Features

Fruit Tree Ordering Info

Fruit Tree Order Form

The Benchgraft Option

Organic Fruit Culture

Apples: Master List

Apple Rootstocks

The Ettersburg Apple
Legacy: Original Varieties

The Greenmantle/ Etter

The Rosetta™ Apples

The Sweetmeat Crab™

Apple Cider Varieties


Asian Pears






The Rose Collection

The Age of the Rose

Rose Showcase

Roses: Master List

Rose Ordering Info

The Glastonbury Thorn

Rare Bulbs & Species Iris

Fruit Collection
- Rose Collection

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