In 1979, Clayton Tree Farm (originally Clayton Nursery) was started when Bill and Diane Clayton planted 2,500 trees on their farm near Boise, Idaho. In 2002, we expanded and moved our operation 20 miles to the west to the small farming town of Wilder. Having started with just 2,500 trees, Clayton Tree Farm now produces over 20,000 trees a year for the intermountain region.
Given our semi-arid climate, we are able to produce cold hardy trees that match well with our surrounding states. Our hot summer temperatures and low humidity also allow us to ship right through the summer to our customers in Idaho, Utah and Colorado. Many of our customers claim that our dormant shipped trees acclimate well to their new environment and our summer shipped trees experience substantially less ‘shock’ than trees from other regions.
While Balled and Burlap trees have been the backbone of our company for over 40 years, we also grow containerized trees. We have grown #7s - #20s since the mid-90s using a pot-in-pot production system and over the past 10 years, we have developed a special #25 growing system.
Our #25s, are grown to become 2” caliper trees. They develop the head of a field grown tree with an even more fibrous root system and can be harvested and shipped year round, even during the heat of the summer. Over the last 10 years, given the positive feedback from our customers, we have consistently increased the quantity of #25s we produce.
We ship our trees to many different types and sizes of businesses. We work hard to deliver our trees to our customers precisely when they want them. While we will try to accommodate smaller orders, given the constraints and expenses of shipping, we believe a ½ truckload minimum works best.
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