The website is dated but the varieties and quality of the trees is really good. They have a LOT of different types of Apple, Plum and Pear trees (enough to fill their own catalogues). They also have a bunch of other shrubs and trees that are really interesting.
I have purchased a bunch of Pear, Apple, Plum and Apricot trees from them. They are growing now for 2 winters. Since everything is on Full Size root stock I may have to wait a few more years to get fruit but once they start fruiting I should get fruit for many years.
One of the best things about this nursery is that everything is grown in a colder climate zone (3) then me so I know it will live through the winters here.
i have some apple trees from them and ordered a few new ones this year. they have a variety of y. transparent that was discovered in my hometown of ft. kent called garfield king! I've picked apples off the original tree thats 200 yrs. old! they have very solid trees. I'm in z 3b so i know they will survive my area.
I've never purchased from SLN but I just want to say that I enjoyed reading some of the comments at the link presented above. I learned a lot and found that some of their opinions have occurred to me as well. They seemed to be very uncomfortable with dwarf apples trees. Myself I won't touch one. I am comfortable tho with semi-dwarfs which they also avoid.
I've never noticed that there's a difference in a full size apple tree on a rootstock as opposed to a "Full Sized" apple tree. He says a full sized tree is 15 foot high. I looked at Starks 2017 catalog, they say a full sized apple is 18 foot. Myself there is a an apple tree two properties over that is about 60 foot. I had one fall over on my place early this winter was at least 40 foot.
Bernard, it looks like you can say anything after "I give this." It looks like it's programed to pick up on "I give this _______ # out of 10 acorns." The blank space can be "nursery," "seed company," "seed source" or "tree nursery" or whatever.
I have purchased several fruit trees and shrubs from them over the years, including placing an order this year. My previous orders were before the ownership change, but I do want to continue to support the nursery as they have a good story, obviously care about what they do, and sell a good product. Also I like the fact that they are smaller operation with a focus on quality over quantity.
The cold hardiness is a definite draw, but also their attention to tap roots on the various nut tress they offer. They dig deep to ensure as much as the tap root it protected in the process of propagation. I have particularly enjoyed an Ely pear I got from them a few years back; I didn't see it on offer this year, but it has been a vigorous grower and I am looking forward to the fruits (hopefully this Spring?)
The website is pretty bare-bones, and does not match the stock offered in the current year's catalog. It might shy some folks away, but I think their focus is in physical nursery and taking care of their plants, so I can forgive the basic web presence.
Bare-root stock care and shipment have been great in the past, I can't recall a plant that did not take.
If I think back, I think I have purchased Hudar and Ely pears, hazel-berts, sea berries, buffalo berries, elders, black currants, nanking cherries, manchurian apricots, sour cherries, bush cherries, and blue berries in the past.