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Welcome to each of you, past customers and prospective--alike!                                                   June 9th, 2017


We hope that all of you are doing fine, plants are growing and you are receiving the right combination of temperatures and rain. Not too snowy and cold here this part year. We enjoyed a very mild winter and an early jump to spring… so shipping went very smooth this year and we trust that you benefitted from it!

Now on to what’s new or deserves special note: As in prior years, our new offerings are printed in RED ink. Here are some new species we are growing: Highbush Blueberry, Twinberry Honeysuckle, Roundleaf Dogwood (page 8). You will want to give the Roundleaf a try -- beautiful contrast in berries (light blue) and stems --(red). Fall leaf color is a beautiful burgundy. It tolerates/prefers half shade, so it's great for woodland edges... similar habitat preference to Pagoda Dogwood. Look for Sweet Gale and Silky Willow (page 9), Dwarf Chinkapin Oak and Carpathian Walnut Not too many new species this year but we're adding production in many harder to produce species -- ie., increased numbers this year in American Mountain Ash and Bottlebrush Buckeye.
Are you a deer hunter or conservationist interested in wildlife improvement? Try these: Chinkapin Oak, (best acorns for bucks!!) American Hazelnut, Coralberry (browse) Domestic Apple, Dolgo Crabapple and/ or American Crabapple.

Difficult to establish plants!! We want to pass on to you some information that may help you avoid disappointment. If you see a red asterisk sign, “ * “ behind a species in the catalog -- this indicates a species that can be difficult to transplant. You are welcome to order them -- but these are the difficult ones -- and like all others -- are sold at your own risk.

We exhibit at some trade shows -- look for us at MANTS, MGIX (formerly CENTS), MNLA and others. See you there?

Soil Conservation Districts: We supply a lot of districts with plants for their annual sales. Since districts generally act as a local distributer, we can offer a discount on the pricing for those orders compared to normal catalogue terms. Contact us to see what we can do for your district!

Continued reduced cost of shipping for this year is 15%. We want to pass on our volume freight pricing to you!! Note that if the actual cost of shipping product is greater than the flat charge, we will bill you for the difference after we ship. If you’re buying 2-2 evergreen transplants and live more than 250 miles from us… your rate will probably be higher, anywhere from 20-35%... for the really big plants.

This catalog assumes that you know what species you need for your project. For those of you requiring additional information, give a call... we’ll do our best to fill you in on descriptions, color, appropriate soils, etc. Often, the easiest way to gain information is to do an internet search. The following are good sites:

http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/
http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/
http://plants.usda.gov (Native plants information)

You can use our website to click through on the name of the plant to get specific info on ach plant we grow. If you haven’t tried us yet, we encourage you to do so. We filled over 1000 orders this year -- thank you for your trust!

Best Regards,

Jeff Busscher
President
Alpha Nurseries
Phone: 269/857-7804            Fax: 269/857-8162             Email: info@alphanurseries.com