Bare root ornamental trees 2018

Winter has arrived which means many of the stunning deciduous ornamental trees we sell at Greenhill Nursery are now available in bare root form.

Buying bare root is a cost effective way of acquiring deciduous trees, saving you up to 70% when compared to our normal pricing for the same varieties in bags and pots! You’ll also save 10% when buying 5 or more.

There’s a great selection of trees available this season including Lipstick Maples (Fairview Flame, October Glory and Autumn Blaze), silver birches, flowering apricots, weeping cherries, poplars, ornamental pears, mop top robinias and more.

Come on in and pick your trees!

At this time of year there’s no need to place an order, you can simply turn up to the nursery and our friendly staff will help you choose your ornamental trees, prune them for you if required, and give you all the advice you need.

If you’re unable to make it into the nursery, you can email or phone your order through, pay for them in full, and we’ll put them aside for you. Please note that all bare root orders need to be collected by 31 July 2018.

What varieties are available?

To see what’s arrived in season 2018 and for pricing, check out our order form. Please note that availability and pricing is subject to change, and some varieties may have already sold out.

Download our 2018 Ornamental Tree Order Form (Excel format)

Download our 2018 Ornamental Tree Order Form (PDF format for printing)

When will my order be ready for collection?

We’ll let you know as soon as your bare root ornamental trees have arrived and are ready for collection. All orders should be available for collection by the end of June, and need to be collected by 31 July 2018.

What happens if I don’t collect my order?

All ornamental tree orders need to be collected and paid for by 31 July 2018. Where no prior arrangements have been agreed to with Greenhill Nursery, orders not collected and fully paid for by this date will be charged a holding fee of 25% of the order total, and stock will be returned for sale. Any amounts paid over 25% of the order total would be applied as a store credit.

How do I change or cancel my order?

If you need to change or cancel your order, please call us on (03) 6239 6850. Please note that any deposits paid are non-refundable, and some changes may not be possible depending on stock allocations from our suppliers.

How do I prune, plant and care for my bare root trees?

When you collect your bare root ornamental trees we’re happy to prune them for you or show you how to do it yourself, and give you any advice you need on planting and caring for them. You’re also welcome to call us on (03) 6239 6850 if you need help.

My bare root trees aren’t developing leaves. What should I do?

Provided you’ve adequately cared for your bare root ornamental trees, in most cases they’ll break dormancy in spring, but it’s not uncommon that they’ll show few signs of life until as late as December and sometimes into January. If you think a tree you’ve purchased from us has died, please don’t remove it from the ground and instead call us on (03) 6239 6850.

Why are bare root trees so much cheaper than trees in bags and pots?

Because bare root trees can be easily transported in bulk from our suppliers without the need for a container and soil during their period of winter dormancy, there are very few overheads required to keeping them alive, and we’re able to pass these savings on to you.

Outside of their dormant months, deciduous trees need soil and a container, regular watering, a home in the nursery and a lot of other love and attention by our staff to keep them healthy and happy! This adds a lot of cost to the final product.

The cheap pricing of bare root trees also indicates an assumed risk that some of your trees may not survive transplanting and will fail to grow. If you’d like a more assured product then we recommend buying trees in bags and pots. For more info, please see our bare root refund, returns and exchanges policy below.

What’s your refund, return and exchange policy for bare root trees?

Greenhill Nursery and its suppliers take great care to ensure we supply you with healthy and hardy bare root trees. In fact, each season we use the same trees in our nursery for our potting stock and our failure rates are less than 1%! However, once bare root trees leave the nursery there are many factors outside of our control that determine their chances of survival such as: the drying out of roots; delays in planting; incorrect pruning; under and over watering; amount and type of fertilisers used; soil type and condition; pests including insects and animals; air, soil and waterborne diseases; and other environmental and climatic conditions.

It’s also important to note that some varieties such as oaks are less capable of surviving bare root transplanting than others, so even if you’ve adequately cared for them a higher failure rate is to be expected.

For these reasons we don’t offer refunds, returns or exchanges, except where we’ve determined stock to be defective, or in accordance with Australian consumer law. If you experience any issues with your bare root trees, please phone us on (03) 6239 6850.