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AS SAID I LOVE HELPING FOLKS OUT, BUT THERE IS A LIMIT TO HOW MANY 12 HOUR DAYS I CAN SPEND.
IT IS SAD MANY CAN'T GET INFO ON WHAT THEY ARE PURCHASING AT THESE MINIMUM WAGE PLACES. BUT THEY HIRE MOSTLY UNKNOWLEDGABLE FOLKS AND
THESE COMPANIES ARE JUST IN IT FOR THE BUCK.
MOST KNOW LITTLE OR NOTHING ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE SELLING.
REMEMBER 99.9 OF ALL NURSERIES, LANSCAPERS,BIG BOX STORES, PLANT ENTUSIEST, AND MASTER GARDENERS KNOW DIDDLY SQUAT ( VERY LITTLE IF ANYTHING) ABOUT JAPANESE MAPLES, AND THE HONEST ONES WILL GLADLY TELL YOU THAT.
MANY ARE TRUE EXPERTS ON OTHER PLANTS AND TREES BUT NOT JMS ..
HORN SWAGGLING ME INTO GIVING FOLKS A BUNCH OF IN-DEPTH INFO SO THEY CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT BUYING ELSEWHERE JUST JUST NOT SIT WELL WITH ME TO PUT IT MILDLY. I REALLY DON'T HAVE THE TIME OR ENERGY TO DO THIS .
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OUR MOST ASKED CURRENT
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IS IT TOO LATE TO HAVE TREES
AND PLANT THEM ???
THE ANSWER FOR MOST OF US IS:::::
MAYBE,IT DEPENDS, OR JUST PLAIN YES YOU CAN PLANT THEM SINCE IT'S NOT TOO LATE
OR FOR SOME IN DEEP SOUTH:
NO! YOU SHOULDN'T PLANT THIS LATE IT MAY NOT BE TOO LATE
SOUNDS CONVOLUTED, WACKY,CONTRADICTORY?
THEN JUST READ ON:
I PLANT TREES ALL SUMMER EXCEPT WHEN IT IS IN THE 90'S AS LONG AS WE HAVE A FEW CLOUDY DAYS AND LATE AFTERNOON OR EVENING PLANTING ONLY. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS. BUT AFTER LATE JUNE IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO WAIT FOR A COOL WEEK OR PERIOD OR UNTIL FALL. SHIPPING TREES IN HEAT OF SUMMER IS DICEY TOO EXCEPT TO THOSE WITHIN A 1 DAY SHIP FROM US
(STATES SURROUNDING ILLINOIS OR WITHIN ILLINOIS)
#1..YOU CAN ALWAYS POT THEM UP MOVE THEM AROUND AND PLANT IN FALL.OR DURING A COOL SUMMER PERIOD THAT WAY YOU CAN BOTH ENJOY YOUR TREE THIS SUMMER AND FIND YOUR PERFECT PLACEMENT FOR YOUR TREE(S) WHERE BOTH YOU AND THE TREE(S) LIKE IT AND DO THE BEST. THEN PLANT IN FALL WHEN IT COOLS. MOST FOLKS FIND THIS TO BE VERY HELPFUL AND KEEPS THEM FROM PLANTING IN THE "WRONG" PLACE
#2 IF YOU ARE DOING CONTAINERS YOU CAN BUY JM'S ALL SUMMER JUST KEEP IN SHADED AREA DURING HOT PERIODS. CONTAINER GROWING IN VERY NORTHERN NON JM FRIENDLY AREAS IS ALWAYS THE BEST AND SAFEST WAY TO KEEP JMS. IN ADDITION YOU CAN GROW ANY CULTIVAR YOU LIKE EVEN THOSE FOR THE DEEP SOUTH. ONES EVEN I CAN'T PLANT OUT.
#3 OF COURSE IF YOU LIVE TOO FAR TO VISIT, SHIPPING IN HOT WEATHER CAN BE A PROBLEM EVEN WITH OUR QUICK SHIP TIMES BUT WE CAN WORK WITH YOU ON THAT DURING COOLER WEEKS WHEN WE CAN SHIP TO YOU. (THAT KEEPS THIS FROM BEING A YES OR NO ANSWER.)
#1... YOU LIVE IN A 1 OR 3 DAY SHIP TO AREA THEN WE CAN STILL SHIP ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.
#2....YOU LIVE IN THE FAR NORTH ,( BUT NOT TOO FAR TO GROW JM)'S ITS STILL COOL THERE. DEPENDING ON WETHER BETWEEN DAVIDSANS AND YOUR LOCATION
#3.... YOU ARE DOING CONTAINERS ON A PERMANENT BASIS AND PLAN ON KEEPING THEM THERE
#4...YOU ARE WILLING TO PUT IN CONTAINERS TIL AS COOL WEEK OR FALL (THE ADVANTAGES OF THIS ARE EXPLAINED ABOVE.
#5....YOU LIVE CLOSE ENOUGH TO PICK UP AND KEEEP THEM IN POTS FOR A COOL WEEK OR FALL.
#6...YOU ARE WILLING TO PUT A DEPOSIT DOWN TO HOLD YOUR TREE FOR LATER SHIPMENT A GOOD PLAN FOR TREES WE HAVE LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE
#7... YOU ARE PLANNING ON PLANTING THEM IN THE SHADE ANYWAY AND IT IS COOL ENOUGH FOR US TO SHIP
#8 YOU ARE PURCHASING OR PLANTING OUR NON JMS ( COMPANION TREES) LIKE CONIFER GINKGO ETC IN THE NORTH OR OTHER 2-3 DAY SHIP AREA EXCEPT MAYBE DEEP SOUTH.. THEY CAN BE SHIPPED IN HOTTER WEATHER AND PLANTED OUT WITH LITTLE PROBLEMS IF NOT TO HOT TO SHIP BUT THESE TEND TO TOLERATE HEAT BETTER WHEN SHIPPED THAN JM'S
BUT WE WON'T SHIP ON ANY HOT WEEK HERE ,OR TO YOUR RESIDENCE, OR BUSINESS, OR IN BETWEEN..WE ALWAYS CHECK ALL FED EX ROUTS FROM HERE TO YOUR LOCATION FOR WEATHER UPDATES BEFORE WE EVER SHIP
AT ANY RATE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME ON THIS IF YOU ARE UNSURE ..
WHY WE DON'T OFFER FREE
SHIPPING LIKE AMAZON AND
ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS THAT WE ARE JUST A SMALL COMPANY WITH LIMITED RESOURCES NOT ON THE NASDQ OR DOW....
Packing and shipping is a big loser for us since we don't stuff in an amazon box with a air bag or cardboard and ship. Here's our technique:
Each tree is de-potted a very little dirt taken off roots and roots spread out a bit if necessary, then root ball soaked in water and root ball heavy bagged with wetting gel (to be removed before planting.) Then the tops are wrapped with landscape fabric. Each tree is then tied to box securely with high tensile twine. If your tree is extra heavy we reinforce the box with lumber. Then the box is stapled shut. Then with high quality 2" strapping tape, we cover all staples and around bottom and all sides. Each boxed tree(s) take from start to finish 45 minutes if we don't have to make the box from scratch.
We pay our folks a living wage and do not use undocumented labor or under the table cash employees. We think getting your tree to its destination safely is worth the extra cost for us and our customers.
And our trees are not a one-size-fits-all sort of item like socks and hammers and electronics. Each one is different and requires many different sizes of boxes and often we have to make them from scratch.
Finally, shipping cost have gone thru the roof on larger items and we specialize in shipping those. We don't sell band pots or small one year grafts that fit just thrown into standard cheaper delivery services boxes. 50% of the time just get our shipping cost back and 50% not even that. And generally don't get back on any labor or materials. Just another cost of doing business. You will not find better packed larger trees on the net that much I can tell ya.
Your fair cost for ship and pack is 20% of tree(s) cost.
HERE IS OUR CURRENT
TREE AVAILABILITY LIST
AVAILABILITY LIST AS OF SEPT 22, 2015
Many JMs and companion trees were sold during our spring early bird sale, And during the nice early summer weather. Many more have been reserved for fall shipment. But with Davidsan's HUGE assortment of Jms and companion trees ( 24 greenhouses full)
Many are still available in certain sizes.
JUST CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINK THEN DOWNLOAD THE LIST.... EASY....
HOW TO OBTAIN MORE CURRENT AVAILABILITY AND PRICE INFORMATION:
WE DON'T POST OUR PRICES OR ARE ABLE TO UPDATE OUR AVAIL LIST AS OFTEN AS WE LIKE. BUT WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO EMAIL YOU OUR NEW ALL-CULTIVAR CURRENT AVAILABILITY LIST WITH PRICES
PLEASE EMAIL ME AT DAVIDSAN5611@GMAIL.COM
SORRY WE DO NOT SELL:
BAND POTS, 1ST YEAR GRAFTS, SEEDS, SCION WOOD, OR UN-GRAFTED JMS FOR BONSAI .
ATTENTION BONSAI FOLKS
NOTE: AGAIN WE DO NOT SELL UNGRAFTED JMS FOR BONSAI!!!
PLEASE VISIT US AT DAVIDSAN'S OR BUY LOCALLY IF TO FAR FOR A VISIT.
WE DO NOT SUGGEST EVER BUYING PRE- BONSAI JMS OR OTHER TREES FOR BONSAI OVER THE INTERNET. PERIOD.
IT IS A WASTE OF YOUR AND MY TIME. WE GROW YARD TREES AND THEY ARE GENERALLY NOT WHAT YOU WANT AND EVEN IF YOU WOULD TAKE A VERY LOW INVISIBLE GRAFT YOU WILL FIND SOMETHING ELSE YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT ANY GIVEN TREE.
NATURE IS NOT PERFECT !!!
BONSAI FOLKS KNOW THEY ARE A PERSNICKETY BUNCH AND REALLY NEED TO SEE THE TREE .
PLEASE VISIT DAVIDSAN'S OR BUY LOCALLY.
ATTEMPTING TO BUY ON LINE WILL NOT GO WELL FOR YOU.
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*****Davidsan’s Japanese Maples ******
**************** Informative New Article! ***************
“EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING A JAPANESE MAPLE TREE”
(This article updates and adds to the “choosing a Japanese Maple” found in pull-down at top of the home page. You can check that out too.)
FIRST THINGS FIRST: We try to take the problems out of purchasing on the Internet
The ideal way to acquire a JM is to buy it locally so you pick out your own tree. This might be impossible for you or will at least greatly limit your choices, so you must look at the internet as a way to purchase your tree. Here are some tips and observations:
1. Comparing apples to apples on the internet is very hard. There are just as many unscrupulous folks on the net selling Jms as there are selling other items. For most sellers it’s a business to make money. Very few folks are there out of love of their product. I discourage anyone from buying Japanese maple trees on Ebay or Amazon. Those sellers seem to be the least interested in their product. AT DAVIDSAN'S we love our trees and want you to get the very best.
2. Another big problem is that many internet tree sellers don’t offer larger trees because of shipping difficulties. These small, young trees will have underdeveloped root systems and are more likely to succumb from summer heat and winter cold. Buying small trees is a crap shoot and can be a “kiss of death” for the tree, especially for beginners and novice growers. At Davidsan's, unlike most e-tailers, we ship up to and including ten gallon sizes! Some 15 gals are also shippable. With stiff-limbed dissectums the shipping cut off size is usually 7 gal. (We have been told that we have a very “creative” packing technique.)
3. The other big problem is that most of the Japanese Maple Nurseries and Ebay sellers are on the west coast. This means that your order can take over a week to be delivered and can involve crossing the Rockies where winter weather can go into late May. And then the summer temps east of the Rockies can be very hot for that week long trip. Excessive hot or cold temps can severely damage trees during shipment. (Some sell bare root in winter which is even more of a crap shoot. I would never buy bare root Jms.)
AT DAVIDSAN'S our shipments take just one, two or up to three days almost anywhere in the lower 48! Also we keep our eye on the weather – not just here, but also where the trees are going – to make sure they will arrive to you safely.
Did You Ever Wonder?????
ARE ALL JAPANESE MAPLES GRAFTED?
All true Japanese maple cultivars are grafted. If you see a non-grafted Jm it is a seed-grown mongrel and not a true cultivar. The maple seed is not true to the mother tree. The father tree can be anywhere near by and cannot be 100% determined. These trees may or may not look like the mother tree and can take up to 4 years to develop their permanent characteristics. It is unethical to sell a seed grown tree as a named cultivar. Along with grafting, there are a couple of other ways to propagate Jms to get true cultivars: air layering or cloning. Neither of these propagation techniques has a good success rate and they don't work on many cultivars so they are not used commercially and air layering is very costly. Grafting is still the best, least expensive and most common way to make sure your Jm is a true cultivar. Keep in mind some JMs are VERY hard to graft thus are pricier. AT DAVIDSAN'S we sell only named grafted trees.
WHAT SIZE IS THE POT?
There are so many different sizes!!!! Classifying by size is very difficult. Some sell by age. Some sell by pot size or height. AT DAVIDSAN'S we use many factors in sizing and pricing our trees but have found pot size to be the best way to communicate the tree's value. We determine pot size by taking into consideration the root ball size, caliper, fullness and sometimes height to give you the most for your money.
At most places, pot size can be misleading. Some sellers transplant from band pots (That’s the size pot the Jms are in when first grafted) to one gallon pots sooner than they should. Before their first season these young trees don't have the root size necessary to be in that size pot. We think that a tree should have 2 full growing seasons to be placed in a 1 gal pot. AT DAVIDAN'S we do not sell band pots of newly grafted trees. Unscrupulous sellers move these up to one gal and sell them as such. The same goes for larger trees when sold in a pot that is larger than needed. Even more confusing is that the actual cubic inch size varies from “grower's pots” to “standard pots”. A “grower's” three gal pot is about the same as a “standard” two gallon pot. Most sellers use the smaller “growers” pots since they are less expensive and take up less room. “Grower's” pots hold about a third less soil than standard pots of the same name. Even the handful of premier U.S. growers use “grower's” 1 gal pots that are actually 3 quarts not 4 quarts, but they have the best quality of Jms with tree size and quality superior to other folks' 1 gallon standard size pots.
AT DAVIDSAN'S many factors are taken into consideration before we determine the “pot size” regardless of which type of pot is used. We include root ball size and and viability, caliper of trunk , type and fullness of branching, the height and overall look of each tree to determine its value. Davidsan's sells superior trees. Period.
HOW OLD ARE THE TREES?
The age of a JM can be exaggerated by sellers. If a tree was grafted in the fall it can be classified as a two year old graft as early as the next spring, so a “3 year old graft” may only have two actual growing seasons. At Davidsan's we use a “seasons-old” classification. A “two season” tree has had two full season of growth. We are integrating this classification into our web site.
HOW TALL ARE THE TREES?
The height of a tree is the most requested, least important and most deceptive means to determine the quality of a JM. A grower who is into making a lot of money quickly might make a high graft, with the graft being 12”, 24” and even 36” above soil line. This tree is deceptively tall and appears to be more mature than it really is. High grafted Jm's often are 90% root stock and 10% actual cultivar you are buying. It doesn't take a mathalete to know this is a rip off. Many call these “patio trees” and most are weeping dissectums. We do carry some weeping Ryusen grafted on pine bark root stock which makes much more sense since the pine bark offers a really nice second look for the tree with it's rough bark appearance and the grafts are very nice. The Ryusen weeps straight down, so it either needs a tall trunk or a tall pedestal to show it off! With most all high grafted dissectums the trunk color is different below and above the graft and does not match. Many have bad grafts that look like a big tumor and will only look good with a “Cousin It” type tree form covering that up. If you want to show tree structure by trimming you are out of luck.
AT DAVIDSAN'S If you really do want a tall trunk dissectum, we have a few grafted at 12 inches. That's much less than big box ones at 24”- 36”. Just because we don't care for them doesn't mean someone might have a place for them. As said, we much prefer low grafts on all our trees and 99% of ours are low grafts. We always notify the buyer if they choose one of the few dissectums we have that are high grafted.
Another way to force a young tree's growth is to beef it up with fertilizer. In that case, you get a very tall but thin tree with a small root system. This tree will take a long time to look like a nice Jm. Also with the small root system come the hazards of winter cold and summer heat affecting the tree's survival.
AT DAVIDSAN'S We allow the tree grow at its own rate, without much extra fertilizer. This results in a strong trunk, well branched appearance, and a well developed root system.
CAN YOU SEND ME SOME PHOTOS?
A lot of folks would like a picture to help them buy a tree. Of course, that can give you some idea of what you will get as long as it is not a stock jpeg as some send, but a picture of the actual tree. Even then the camera angle can mislead the appearance of the fullness of the tree, the caliper, etc. We sell so many trees that taking a picture of each one for our customers would be impossible. If we took photo after photo to find the “perfect” tree for you, we would be spending all our waking hours taking jpegs. With a larger tree we often do send a jpeg because there is a larger investment on your part and we want you to be confidant that you get the tree you need. Before we send a picture we also make sure that the price is good for you and you are truly interested in purchasing from us. We cannot take pictures for those just a-fishin'. We can only take jpegs of trees 5 gallons or larger, We ask that you trust us to send the best tree that we have on smaller less expensive cultivars. We will not ship any cultivar we feel is not first class.
DO YOU PRUNE YOUR TREES?
At Davidsan's we do very little pruning on our trees. Since many folks like lower branches and bushier trees, we leave trimming up to the customer. They can be trimmed up to whatever form you want. However we do stake our smaller trees for stabilization and to help them keep their form.
CAN A JAPANESE MAPLE BE A SHADE TREE?
A Japanese maple is NOT a street or shade tree. Japanese maples are ornamental trees. Many want no low branches, a perfect straight single trunk . Often, Jms either have lower branches, shorter trunks, or even multiple trunks. Most do not have perfectly straight trunks. With some cultivars, such as low grafted dissectums and some dwarfs, wavy trunks are actually preferred because they add character and individuality to the JM. IT also gives them a really cool look! If you have an anal personality JMs are NOT for you. Instead you should buy a Sugar Maple or Red Maple or Red Oak or another common street tree. Davidsdan's does not carry common street trees but we do carry rare and uncommon street trees like Franklinia, Tupelo, various rare and strange Oaks, Ginkgo, Beech, Yellowwood and many more. These special trees can be planted to set you apart from the suburban masses who seem to have the same trees that are planted in every yard by ho hum landscapers and builders or folks without an imagination. But if you want a street /shade tree, Jms will not be for you!
HOW BIG AND HOW FAST WILL MY JM GROW?
Most web sellers copy West Coast sizes and growth rates. These sizes are a 10 year growth estimate in ideal growing conditions of the west coast. Some also use J.D. Vertrees book as their bible not realizing he was from and had his nursery in Oregon Vis A Vis west coast sizes again. At Davidsan's we use Midwest and mid to northern areas ( zone 5 and zone 6) as our 10 year growth size and never put yearly growth inches but we will say “fast growing” or “slow growing.” Unless you live in a very maple friendly area our figures will be more accurate. If you see West coast size estimates, you should take about a third or more off! This becomes VERY important if you are older or don't plan on staying in your house for 20 years. You may be on oxygen or moved away before you can enjoy your tree. For those folks, we recommend that they buy a larger tree to start off with. Remember Jms take a year or two or more to grow out their root systems and then they will take off with variable amounts of yearly growth.
SHOULD I BUY A SMALL TREE SO I CAN WATCH IT GROW?
We hear people say over and over again they “want to watch their tree grow.” That usually means they don't have the money to spend or are just bargain hunters. We do understand many people have a hard time making ends meet and for many, buying trees is frivolous. That’s fine but watching the JM grow while actually enjoying your tree generally requires a bigger, older, more developed tree. We suggest save your money and buy the size of tree or trees you can enjoy from the get go. This is even more important in non Jm friendly places since it will take forever to enjoy. “Seeing it grow and actually enjoying it while it grows” makes a lot of sense to us. We usually suggest a 5 gal tree minimum for those who are older or want to have an immediate impact. If you are really on a budget our 3 gal size is nice, but there is usually a big difference in maturity compared to a 5 gal. To get a great looking JM of size, fullness and branching and caliper it costs very little more to get 5 gallon or larger JM that is more enjoyable. Again for those on a budget or those that want a Jm badly but can't afford it, save your money and buy a larger tree at a later date.
IS IT TOO COLD TO GROW A JM IN THE NORTHERN U.S.?
For people living in the far north, zone 3 and 4, you are not in a great Jm growing area, unless you are by water or similar micro-climate. Even our super hardy Psuedosieboldianum will have a hard time. It has great fall color but its growth pattern stinks. I have lost them down here in really bad winters. You should consider container growing. Then you can grow any Jm! These have to be brought in during the winter to an insulated unheated or lightly heated garage or out-building and will need repotting every few years but container growing gives you the whole spectrum of JM cultivars to choose from. Folks in zone 5 and 6 who have limited space should also consider planting in a container as an alternative.
IS IT TOO HOT TO GROW A JM IN THE SOUTHERN U.S.?
There are some Jms specifically developed for the sun and heat of the south and many others do well there as well. The trick, just as with northern trees, is where you plant them and all the basic specifications of the tree (root ball size, caliper, branching, fullness etc.) so that it can withstand the southern conditions in summer. Planting any JM in full sun in the south is not recommended. Davidsan's can help you find a Jm that can take southern temps better in difficult planting areas.
EXACTLY WHERE SHOULD I PLANT MY TREE?
Or: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!
In addition to your state's north/south location, where you actually plant your tree in your own yard is of the utmost importance to consider. Siting your Jm can be confusing and requires a lot of decisions. Poor and uneducated siting of your JM, along with not following the above buying information can make your Jm look shabby, or worse. The ideal siting is either morning sunshine and afternoon shade or all day filtered sun. This is not always possible. Most Jms will do okay in a lot of shade but they might not color well and have slower growth rates. A few seem to keep their color better than others in shade. The type of shade is also important. Full shade under any non-deciduous conifer is the deepest shade. Shade under deciduous trees can be a good place to grow Jms, as there generally have smaller, less dense leaves in spring and smaller leaves in fall (or maybe none!) so your Jm will have better color during those times. Full sun can be pretty hard on most Jms. There are a few developed for south that are more tolerant to full sun. After it matures, a Jms will fare better in full sun. As the tree ages it is less sensitive to heat in summer and winter damage. Excessive wind can be damaging to Jms. Receiving a lot of summer and winter wind is drying to the tree, can cause leaf damage in summer and die back or bark damage in winter. AT DAVIDSAN'S we can guide you to the JM that will work in your location. Just let us know where you want to plant your tree!
ARE ALL JM'S RED? OR “ I WANT A RED TREE”
OK WE HEAR YA!! We know most of you want a red JM. Most folks don't realize there are so many more choices and that most collectors and expert growers search out a wide variety of colors. Reds do look boffo and no doubt it's the first thing many people think when you say Japanese Maple. The problem is most “reds” are not red all summer (they tend to go green/bronze in the heat), they may get leaf burn in prolonged direct sunlight, but they need some direct sunshine to become their reddest. And don't worry about “light” or “dark” red as that can change year to year depending on weather conditions; frosts, soil composition, humidity, amount of shade.... Don't forget that the trees near your red JM will get bigger and give more shade each year. More shade means a darker red. Asking for red really limits your choices. Try using my Sap App and choose the “red” option for just the fall or just the spring color. See below for link. A tree that has a mix of fall colors can be the most interesting: that tree might start out red in the spring, be green all summer and then in the fall, it becomes yellow, then orange and then red. These stages result in an ever-changing rainbow of gorgeous, saturated fall color!
I hope this not-so-brief article helps you and doesn't confuse you too much. Just be an informed buyer. It helps to have a pretty good idea what you want before you contact us, but be flexible about it because there are so many variables with Japanese Maples. Use Davidsan's “sap app” to help you:
Try to visit us if you are within driving distance. We love visitors!!! Before you come, make a list of trees you like, where you want to plant, shade, soil, drainage, etc. Jms are a special and variable investment, not the same as your other daily purchases.
AT DAVIDSAN'S you will not get screwed or taken advantage of no matter how little gardening skill or experience you have had. We would rather lose a sale than mislead you. We want you to become an ongoing customer and buy other, different Jms that will quickly distinguish you from the masses. We are in it for the long run, not a quick buck. Please feel free to contact us for your special Japanese maple(s) needs.
COME AND VISIT OUR NURSERY !
APRIL - OCTOBER
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED DURING NORMAL WORKING
HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK
with 1000's of trees to look at and purchase, you can pick your own,
but unlike big box stores we have 100 times
more trees to choose from and in all sizes and prices
Our beautiful new 22 acre nursery location is:
919 S Farmingdale Rd, New Berlin, IL
That's 5 minutes west of Springfield IL
We are only 90 minutes from St Louis; 3.5 hours from Chicago;
and 3.5 hours away from Indy. Google up a map.
Our hours are:
APRIL – OCTOBER
10-6 Mon thru Sat, 12-5 on Sunday
And by appointment any other hours! If we have an early, warm spring
you can make an appointment and look for and/or purchase trees in March.
For those interested in our hand carved granite,
wood and marble statuary, benches, lanterns, people, animals,
and hand-carved wood tea tables and sculptures:
WE ARE OPEN without appointment every day APRIL - OCTOBER
AND by appointment NOVEMBER thru MARCH (weather permitting)
We have EIGHTEEN greenhouses on the new site, all organized for viewing! Plus new raised bed gardens, statuary and many outdoor larger trees available. We also have a one-acre lake and a shaded area so you can relax or take a break. There is a large parking area. It is a quiet and peaceful. We are extremely excited about our new Davidsan’s nursery. It is gorgeous and perfect in every way.
*****SUPER HOT GRANITE NEWS !!! ******
AMAZING ITEMS PERFECT FOR YOUR
JAPANESE GARDEN, HOME OR COMMERCIAL SETTING
Davidsan’s has a large assortment (500 plus) of hand-carved, solid granite Asian statuary (some weighing two tons or more!) This is the largest assortment in the USA of hand-carved granite statuary including pagodas, lanterns, fountains, tables, benches, animals, people, etc. Most of these items are one of a kind and with currency exchange, higher labor and shipping cost sculptures of this size are no longer imported into the USA. We have photos of each piece on the website.
Use the link below to see our entire GRANITE web site http://www.davidsansgranite.com/
We can load your car, truck or trailer. Many items come in several pieces making each piece more manageable to unload and re-assemble. Remember these are not concrete or plastic!! These are heavy solid granite. We can deliver and set up these heavy items to your prepared base. Please see our “Shipping and Delivery Options” or contact me by email or phone for more info.
Here are a few photos of some of our Asian pieces including a very large ceremonial tea table. It features detailed dragon and phoenix carvings at either end. It's carved out of a 200 year old fallen tree from a forest in China. We have three other smaller tea tables also. Hundreds more photos are available for viewing at the link above. You will also see other unique wood pieces, large porcelain and marble vases, glass gifts and many other interesting items.
To see every item we have in granite, marble, wood and other "non-tree" items just go to the web link. Here it is again!
*****David’s Editorial Section *****
YOU WILL NOT FIND HEALTHIER BIGGER FULLER MORE WELL BRANCHED TREES IN ANY POT SIZE THAN AT DAVIDSAN'S
YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FIND A CHEAPER SMALLER JM. BUT THAT USUALLY MEANS A PENNY WISE AND A POUND FOOLISH .. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. AND BUYING A CHEAPER TREE THAT'S BEEFED UP ON FERTILIZER WITH A SMALL ROOT BALL. JUST A FEW MONTHS OR ONE GROWING SEASON LONG (BASICALLY A BAND POT SIZE PUT IN AN OVER FERTILIZED ONE GAL POT). WILL LIKELY RESULT IN A NON TREE SHORTLY .
WHAT I MEAN BY THIS
#1 THESE QUASI ONE GALLONS WITH SMALL ROOT SYSTEMS ARE PRONE TO BEING TO WET OR TOO DRY AND THEREFORE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO DIE
#2 THESE SMALLER TREES ARE THE ULTIMATE CRITTER FOOD IF PLANTED OUT OR KEPT POTTED WITHIN CRITTER REACH
#3 YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT YEARS TO ENJOY THEM AS JMS GROW SLOWLY IN MOST PLACES WITHIN THE USA WHICH IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE THAT ARE OVER 50 OR PLAN TO MOVE WITHIN 5 YEARS.
I SELL ONE GALLONS BUT MINE ARE TWO FULL SEASONS OLD . BUT I NEVER RECOMMEND THEM TO BEGINNERS. I ALWAYS SAY "SAVE YOUR MONEY AND BUY A BIGGER TREE" . I DO NOT SELL BAND POTS OR SMALL ONE GALS WHICH ARE BASICALLY BAND POTS. ( BAND POTS ARTE SMALL +-2" WIDE SQUARE POTS WHICH ARE +- 3" LONG. BAND POTS ARE USUALLY SOLD TO BIG SELLERS WHO BUY HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS AND EXPECT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF DEATH RATE BUT ARE ALSO SET UP TO BETTER TAKE CARE OF THEM THAN MOST INDIVIDUAL BUYERS.
MY DREAM IS THAT THIS ONGOING QUEST FOR THE CHEAPEST TREE WILL END . I REALLY DON'T LIKE SELLING jMS LIKE SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR . I DIDN'T GET INTO THIS BUSINESS TO GET RICH BUT I DIDN'T GET INTO IT TO BE NICKELED AND DIMED EITHER. JMS AND OTHER RARE TREES SHOULD BE SEEN AS AN INVESTMENT IN SANITY AND BEAUTY AND PLEASURE. YOU ARE BUYING TIME WHEN YOU BUY AN OLDER TREE. TIME MANY OF US JUST DON'T HAVE OR CAN'T BE GUARANTEED TO HAVE.
IF YOU BUY ELSEWHERE DON'T BE SURPRISED THAT YOU WILL GET INFERIOR PRODUCTS AND SPEND MUCH MORE ON SHIPPING AND WAITING 10 DAYS SOMETIMES TO GET IT FROM THE WEST COAST. BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY ONLY 2-3 DAYS SHIPPING WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS... AT DAVIDSANS YOU GET HAND PICKED TREES THAT ARE BOFFO AND ARE PACKED LIKE FINE CHINA. WITH OUR PROFESSIONAL WHITE GLOVE PACKING SYSTEMS DONE BY ADULT EMPLOYEES.
I KNOW THIS BECAUSE I'VE BEEN THERE DONE THAT AS A COLLECTOR .. IF YOU ARE ON A TIGHT BUDGET JUST WAIT AND SAVE MONEY ( NOT MUCH IN MOST CASES) AND BUY FROM DAVIDSANS WHERE YOU GET A FAIR PRICE FOR A TREE THAT WILL GROW IN MOST NORMAL WEATHER CONDITIONS .. CHEAP JMS ARE USUALLY JUST THAT ... CHEAP JUNK!!
ABOUT JPEGS OF OUR TREES
UNFORTUNATELY WE CANNOT DO JPEGS OF ANY TREES LESS THAN TEN GALLONS OR GIVE EXACT SIZES ( WE CAN GIVE APPROXIMATE SIZE)...WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE TIME AND IN WINTER EVERYTHING IS STUFFED AWAY IN HEATED GREENHOUSES NOT ACCESSIBLE. BE ASSURED YOU WILL BE SENT BOFFO TREES LARGE FOR THERE POT SIZE.
IF YOU DON'T TRUST ME TO PERSONALLY MAKE SURE YOU GET THE BEST POSSIBLE PRODUCT AVAILABLE AND SUPERIOR TO ANYWHERE ELSE , THEN YOU BEST TAKE YOUR BUSINESS ELSEWHERE CAUSE SADLY I DON'T HAVE THE TIME OR ENERGY TO DO JPEGS OR SPECIFIC MEASUREMENTS ON SMALLER TREES SORRY. ONLY APPROXIMATE SIZE. LARGER TREES 10 GAL AND UP ARE MORE OF AN INVESTMENT FOR YOU AND THOSE TREES WE CAN DO "A SINGLE" JPEG AND EXACT SIZES WEATHER PERMITTING AND IN SPRING, SUMMER OR FALL NOT WINTER. I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND IT'S ME NOT YOU ;>)
AND OF COURSE IF YOU LIVE WITHIN A FEW HOURS OF US YOU ARE ALWAYS BETTER OFF STOPPING DOWN AND PICKING OUT YOUR OWN TREE. PHOTOS DO NOT DO JUSTICE TO THE TREE AND YOU MAY LIKE SOMETHING ELSE BETTER . AND WE MOST OFTEN HAVE DEALS ON FOR TREES YOU PICK UP HERE.
VISITING US IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR BONSAI FOLKS .. WE HAVE LEARNED THE HARD WAY IT IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA FOR YOU AS A BIONSAI BEGINNER OR EXPERT TO BUY OVER THE INTERNET. WE NEITHER ENCOURAGE THIS OR PROMOTE IT . WE ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT DO PHOTOS FOR BONSAI FOLKS . AND WE ARE NOT ONLY DOING OURSELVES A FAVOR BUT YOU TOO ... BONSAI FOLKS SHOULD ALWAYS BUY LOCALLY OR VISIT US DIRECTLY. IF WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE WE WANT SATISFIED CUSTOMERS .. AND BUYING OVER THE INTERNET WITH PHOTOS VIRTUALLY INSURES THAT THAT WON'T BE THE CASE FOR BONSAI FOLKS.
The Best Japanese Maples COME ONLY FROM DAVIDSAN'S
SO BUY, COLLECT, AND GROW ONLY THE BEST !!
******How to Order Trees******
HOW TO RESERVE TREES TO PICK UP AT DAVIDSAN’S
After you have chosen your trees using the “Sap App” just email your list to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email a ‘pre-invoice’ to you with further instructions. After you approve your order, follow the payment information and voila! Your trees will be flagged for you and made ready for pick-up. It’s easier for us if you let us know when you will be arriving to pick up your order. Email or call 217-303-2641 217-341-5904.
HOW TO ORDER TREES FOR US TO SHIP TO YOUR HOME
After you have chosen your trees using the “Sap App” just email your list to email@example.com and we will email a ‘pre-invoice’ to you with further instructions. After you approve your order, follow the payment instructions and voila! all you have to do is sit back and anticipate your beautiful trees. Or dig a hole.
*****Beautiful Video Tour of Davidan’s *****
*** This is an older video tour at our old location . we are currently trying to get a new Virtual Tour ready .. but health and the move to a new location has set us back
PLEASE IGNORE THE STATEMENT IN VIDEO OF :"BY APPOINTMENT ONLY" . SINCE WE HAVE MOVED WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK DURING NON WINTER PERIODS . YOU CAN STILL MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO GET SPECIAL HELP BUT IT IS NOT NECESSARY. HOURS 10-6 m-sat 12-5 sun AT OUR NEW LOCATION
Well here it is! A virtual tour of Davidsan's. THIS IS OUR ORIGINAL VIDEO AND WE ARE WORKING ON AN UPDATED VIDEO WITH OUR NEW LOCATION.
So for all of you spread out all over the world, but especially those who are within the USA who are considering purchasing from me, here you can see the quality and the special care I give to all my trees insuring you get the finest trees at a reasonable price. So now all of you can visit us anytime and see what we are made of. And if you are within driving distance we hope you can make a trip to Davidsan’s! It is a very worthwhile experience and a great road trip well worth the drive. You won't see anything like this in the Midwest, we are a one of a kind experience!!
I hope you enjoy it and get excited about all the cool rare Japanese Maples and other rare companion trees I carry. This video alone should give you a feel for the great variety of trees I carry that are available for sale answering that common question "what can I put in those special spots in my yard that demand something different and eye catching?” and not just the same old crap everyone else has . Just hit the link below and view our nursery. (If you have any trouble viewing this video please let me known through the contact section of this web page at top)
*****T-Shirts and Hats! ******
NOW AVAILABLE!! Super cool T-shirts and hats!
You can purchase a NO REHAB or an original DAVIDSAN'S T-shirt or hat.
Cost of t-shirt: $18 (M, L or XL) Hat: $12
Get them while you can!
NEW T-SHIRT AVAILABLE!!!