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After God and family at Mossy Oak it's all about the dirt. We started with a fistful of dirt, limbs, and leaves and created a revolution in the outdoor industry resulting in one of the world's most recognized and trusted outdoor brands and enterprises.
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Purchasing Questions

Are there any discounts for bulk orders?
Yes, orders for over 100 trees. Call for discount pricing.
Do you have a plant catalog?
Call to receive a paper catalog 662.590.4326 or email nativnurseries@mossyoak.com.
Did my order go through?
If your order has been processed correctly a confirmation will be sent to your e-mail account.
Can I request a specific ship date?
Yes, when purchasing your order a section called "order notes" is located near the bottom of the check out page. Make any comments or requests you may have in this area.
Can I send someone trees as a gift? If so can I include a card or note?
Yes, when purchasing your order a section called "order notes" can be found at the bottom of the check out page. Make any comments or requests you may have in this area.
What is the minimum plant order?
A minimum order of $20 is required for a purchase. This does not include shipping and handling.
What is the shipping cost?
Shipping cost depends directly on the order. We ship our air pruned seedlings in a box containing no more than 30 seedlings. The price depends on the weight of the box. We offer free shipping on all bare root seedlings, tree protectors, and Nativ Seed blend orders.

* Bare Root shipping season does not begin until late November.
When does your Air Pruned seedling shipping season begin?
Air pruned seedlings can be shipped at any time during the year.
When does your bare root shipping season begin?
Late November through early March.

Growing Questions

Do I need to trim or make a slit in the root ball or are they ready to plant as is?
Our seedlings come ready to plant "as is".
I have some seed I would like to have propagated; can you grow them for me?
We make no guarantees we will plant any seed sent to us, but we always welcome new native plant varieties. Contact our customer service to confirm that we can use your seed before sending.
Are any of your plants genetically altered or engineered in any way?
No, our trees are hand selected from the best parent trees Mother Nature has to offer. Our trees are genetically superior and professionally grown but no alterations have been made to genetics to further enhance performance.
When is a good time to begin planting?
Planting times vary from zone to zone but generally speaking Fall to early Spring is the optimum time to plant. The sooner the better. Planting in early fall allows roots time to become established in the soil before entering the dormant stage.
Is there a difference in bare root and air pruned planting times?
Yes, bare root trees can not be "lifted" (taken out of the ground) until winter when the plants become dormant and must be planted in winter while seedlings are still in the dormant stage. Air pruned seedlings offer an increased window of planting time but best results will occur if planted in the fall, this allows for maximum root development before flushing in the spring.
Should I do any "site prepping" in areas I want to plant?
Better site preparation = better growth.
Do I need a tree shelter (tree tube)?
We encourage the use of tree shelters although they are not absolutely necessary. Keep in mind however, a tree tube holds moisture surrounding the tree and acts as a mini green house which will encourage faster, healthier growth. Tree tubes also provide excellent protection against deer and other wildlife who love to browse the tender leaves of a young seedling.
When transplanting, what is the best type of soil to use on my plants?
Any normal store bought potting soil or compost from your own pile mixed with existing soil will encourage better aeration and more vigorous growth.
Do I need to cover my fruit trees when temperatures become extremely low?
Yes, anytime temperatures get below 38 degrees, you should cover your fruit trees.
Do I need to plant the same species of fruit trees near each other for pollination? If so which species?
Yes, cross pollination information can be found on each fruit tree’s individual description page.
Is there a formula I can use to calculate how many trees I should plant on my property? What type of spacing should I use when planting trees?
There are two different spacing guidelines to follow when planting your trees. If you are planting to attract wildlife and increase acorn production, your trees should be spaced further apart. If you are planting trees with plans to harvest for timber, planting trees closer limits branching and encourages lateral growth. Actual spacing varies with each individual species.
What type of spacing should I use when planting blackberries?
Typically blackberries should be planted 6ft apart in rows 12ft apart.
What type of spacing should I use when planting raspberries?
Typically raspberries should be planted 2ft or 3ft apart in rows 5ft to 6ft apart.
What type of spacing should I use when planting muscadines?
Typically muscadines and scuppernongs should be planted 8 to 10ft apart. They also are trained to grow along a trelace.
How far should I space my apple trees?
25ft to 30ft apart.
How far should I space my pear trees?
25ft to 30ft apart.
How far should I space my plum trees?
15ft to 20ft unless your goal is to create a thicket and provide cover.
How far should I space my fig trees?
Typically fig trees should be planted 10ft to 15ft apart.
Should I fertilize my plants every week, month, year?
Trees should not be fertilized until one year after they have been established, after that once per year will suffice.


Low lying alluvial land
Moist sticky earth; mud
Having the male and female organs in separate and distinctive individuals; having separate sexes
A bud, shoot, section of a plant inserted in a groove, slit, or the like in a stem or stock of another plant in which it takes hold and continues to grow
A species living outside it’s native distributional range, which has arrived there by human, animal, or weather related means
Native and non-native species that heavily colonize a particular habitat
Soil composed of a mixture of sand, clay, silt, and organic matter
A buff to gray windblown deposit of fine-grained, calcareous silt or clay
Species of plants that originally inhabit an area or region
The biotic agent (vector) that moves pollen from the male anthers of a flower to the female stigma of a flower to accomplish fertilization or syngamy of the female gamete in the ovule of the flower by the male gamete from the pollen grain
Blossoming before the appearance of leaves
Prevent the germination of seeds by inhibiting a key enzyme
A tree or plant in a juvenile state
Site Plastic
Tolerance to a wide range of site conditions. Example: Water Oak is commonly found in bottoms but can also thrive in on an upland site
Land or an area of land of high elevation, especially when level