I have ordered a variety of trees from Oikos numerous times since the early 1990's. Ken's selection of hybrid oak trees is outstanding. Don't let his northern locale fool you -- I have successfully grown his oaks in northeastern Oklahoma for years now. In particular, my no. 1 recommendation is the Bur x English oak cross, - my original specimen (circa 1993) has survived drought, blizzard, hail, heat, humidity, prairie wind, and everything in between. It dependably crops acorns every year. I've also had excellent luck with his Chinkapin and Chestnut oaks. This year I am trialing Scarlet and Turkey oaks. My approach is to take his container trees and bareroot trees and raise them in containers the first year before transplanting into the landscape. I seem to have a better success ratio this way. Many of these trees also make it into the forest on my grandfather's farm. Regardless, I truly enjoy doing business with this man and his company.
I can't say enough good things about this company, if they ever go out of business it will break my heart. LOTS of different trees and shrubs, most geared toward edible landscaping or wildlife, in sizes ranging from tiny to very large. The small ones are very inexpensive, so you can experiment with lots of different things. Plus, if you need or want to order in bulk, their prices per 25 of one kind are unbeatable. The only complaint I have is that the catalog gets mailed so late (the end of March!). Of course if it came sooner, I'd probably buy even more stuff!
On May 15th, 2004, adksam added the following:
I ordered a total of 17 plants this year - I received 22, all healthy and ready to grow, most leafed out, perfectly packed - how can you beat it!!!
On Dec 28, 2003, Chills Saint Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:
Excellent service, hard to find products. Any questions, just call the company (which is also the way to get a catalog) 1-269-624-6233.
Everything I purchased was as expected (small, but the prices reflect that). Additionally everything put on a lot of growth this last summer. My only problems were due to a bunny that just wouldn't leave the little giant blueberry alone. I'll be digging through next year's catalog and ordering a replacement and protecting it better from the killer bunny.
My best experience with mail order nursery ordering.
On Sep 8, 2003, mominem Ashton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
This spring I ordered a couple of pawpaw trees from Oikos. They were pretty small but I followed the directions and planted inside the treetubes they provided. They have grown about 18 inches this summer and appear to be very healthy despite the drought Northern Illinois has experienced this summer.
I have ordered from alot of tree companies for years, and I have never wanted to brag about many until now. Oikos was packed and shipped better than most. I am so glad I found this company on the enternet. My nut trees are leafing out nicely, and I look forward to ordering more trees from them in the future.
I ordered northern-seed pawpaws. I got beautiful little trees, each with its own tree-tube. They are all growing great, of course, they haven't seen our Minnesota winter yet. Ordering was easy and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The trees arrived promptly and well packed. The catalog is filled with nuts and fruits, many of which you'll never find offered anywhere else! And with a focus on northern hardy varieties.
I've been ordering from Oikos for several years. They have some rare trees that I haven't seen anywhere else: example: Chamaecyparis thyoides. I had been looking for this valuable seedling for years, and this was the first time I had found it in the nursery trade. This is the "Atlantic cedar". They are selling the full size, wild tree, not dwarfed, bred-down versions. This tree was almost wiped out by the pioneers, who used the rot-resistant lumber for railroad ties and doorsills. It grows in acid swamps, or slightly drier ground. Now if people would grow this tree commercially and build decks out of it, a lot less deadly chemicals would get into the environment! I like the rooted seedlings in tubes that they send. Very reasonable prices, so I can buy a dozen or two Chinese pseudo-larix or Korean pine trees at once. The tubes are excellent for worry-free planting.
On Oct 1, 1998, Lucky_P Hopkinsville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Ken Asmus, OIKOS' proprietor is the edible oak consultant for NAFEX. OIKOS carries a wide selection of species and hybrid oaks, with special emphasis on 'sweet' (low-tannin) acorn selections. In addition, they also carry a wide selection of nut trees, American native edibles (pawpaws, persimmons, saskatoons, etc.), deciduous magnolias, and other unusual ornamental trees and shrubs. Most are available as small, 1-2 yr. seedlings, many grown in paper containers, so transplant shock is minimal. Prices are very reasonable. Ken has many interesting plants I've never seen offered elsewhere!