This is a group of our favorite questions to answer. First and foremost, we love, just love, large trees. We like selling trees to our customers that give them “instant gratification.” We like seeing the birds making nests in our trees because they feel as if they’ve been there for years. We just like the feeling we get after we’ve planted one in someone’s yard and literally transformed it. Yet, another reason we specialize in large trees is because that’s our niche. It’s our way of competing with other nurseries and it seems to be something high in demand.
As far as survival rates for larger trees—yes, your tree has just as good of chance, if not a better one, of surviving an installation as smaller ones do. One thing we want our customers to remember is that we only sell healthy, root pruned, correctly-dug trees. That means that because each root ball is dug in direct proportional ratios to the size of the tree’s trunk, each tree has the same chance of survival. With larger trees, however, there are larger amounts of essential roots developed, which are stored within the root ball--this makes the trees survivability skyrocket as it's less reactive to the installation, weather changes, and shock. In essense, it has a large reservoir of life to pull from just in case. So many small trees have such a small amount of essential roots developed that they tend to need a lot more care initially. And one or two missed watering can prove detrimental for a small tree. A larger one, however, isn't as dramatically affected so suddenly.
We’ve heard people say that friends have told them that "a smaller tree will thrive and grow faster than a larger tree and, thus, catch up to the larger tree in no time." And that "while the larger tree will take longer to establish its roots and, thus, remain the same size for many years, the smaller tree has be 'catching up' with it during the same time-frame." The thought behind this is, "Why buy a larger tree, when you can invest a smaller amount and know the trees will each be the same size in a few years?" Well, we disagree. First of all, the larger tree will not remain the same size for many years: In five years, a larger version of the same tree will, undoubtedly, be larger in size than the smaller tree. But many times a few years isn't just five. Some tree grow quickly, others take 10+ years to really develop and take off. Therefore, some trees will always be dramatically different in size if planted at varying ages. Others might look relatively close in age over time. In addition to the trees growing a different rates, when you plant a larger tree, you get a large tree that day! There is no waiting for it to get the size you want. Most people don’t plant trees for the next owners of their homes; therefore, you shouldn’t plant a tree that you won’t get to enjoy because of its smaller size. Even though a larger tree does cost more, you’re only paying what is fair for its age. At our nursery, we not only have a high quality, large tree selection, we guarantee to have the best price in all of Boulder County. Thus, know that you’re making a good decision in your tree purchases and feel confident that you’ve done your research.
As for the tree being a good investment… There are many people who ask us for a “fast-growing tree” because they think it’s the best way to go when deciding what tree to plant in their yard as time is usually of the essense. Yet, as with most things, there are prices to pay for “fast-growing trees.” For one, the faster the tree grows, the softer the bark. The softer the bark, the more likely the tree is to break in winds and snows. Let us take care of finding a well cared-for tree so that you can focus your energies on finding a larger tree, rather than one that just grows fast. For your money and overall investment, a larger tree is better than a “faster” tree. (For additional information, visit “Trees are an Investment?” in the FAQS).