We will be at The 20th Annual Alabama Cooperative Extension System Beekeeping Symposium Saturday February 7, 2015

Rock Bridge Trees will be

showing our trees at the

Alabama Cooperative

Extension Beekeeping

Symposium with Dr. James

Tew

The Symposium will be at the Conference and Performing Arts Center 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton, Alabama on February 7, 2015

Pre-orders Qualify for Show Special Pricing:

               1 Gallon trees- $25.00

               2 Gallon trees- $35.00

 

Dear Valued Customers

Dear Valued Customers,

If you are returning to this site, you will notice prices have increased as of January 1, 2015

This price increase is due entirely to changes made by UPS and FEDEX to their pricing structure. These carriers now charge based on the cubic measure of the box, weight is now virtually irrelevant.

Since we grow and sell high quality large trees, we have been impacted by these changes.

We here at Rock Bridge Trees have not increased the base price of our trees at all. The entirety of this increase lies with the carriers.

We here at Rock Bridge Trees will not compromise the quality of our product in any way.

We are currently working to find ways to ease this discomfort.

Please feel free to contact us about this or any other issue.  Contact us

Thank You for your understanding,       David Hughes

How to select trees for your bees

First let’s  look at why we would plant trees for bees.

Sourwood trees in bloom

Sourwood trees in bloom

 

Trees being large, long lived plants are capable of withstanding short term weather variations better than most annual and perennial flowering plants. While all three types of plants are important to bee health, trees have certain advantages. 

Annuals produce a large number of flowers quickly  but they are the first to suffer in hot dry weather. Likewise, they are the quickest to recover after a rain.

Perennial and biennial flowers generally have a deeper taproot and are more resistant to short and moderate dry spells. They still succumb to deep drought and heat.

Tulip Poplar Flower

Tulip Poplar Flower

Trees are much more resistant to drought and will tend to bloom effectively in spite of the weather. While it is possible to miss a bloom cycle for an individual tree species due to extreme weather or exhaustion from over blooming, this is unusual. 

Thankfully with trees, there are many species, and they bloom at different times during the warm seasons.Some bloom in turn while others bloom over a period of many weeks providing forage for bees over the entire season.

Beehives

Beehives

There are many reasons to plant trees for bees. Let’s look at why we are planting trees. What are our goals? 

Are we planting for a honey crop? This requires a large scale approach to planting trees. It takes many millions of flowers to produce a super full of honey. Trees are large and provide millions of flowers but, it still takes many trees, just as it takes many acres of flowers to make a honey crop.

American Linden, Little leaf Linden, Korean Bee Bee, Black Locust, Vitex, and Tulip Poplar are candidates for a honey crop.

Are we planting to fill the gaps in other nectar sources? Identifying the gaps in nectar flow can be determined by watching your bees.Are there regular periods each year when your bees are idle? Idle bees signal the queen to slow brood production which leads to weaker bee numbers later in the season.What good is a fall nectar flow if there aren’t enough bees to go get it?

See tree descriptions for bloom times. Flowering Trees

Are we simply diversifying food sources?One of the possible contributors to colony collapse is the narrowing of food sources for bees. Just as we would not thrive on a diet of just one food, bees need a varied diet.A series of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals blooming throughout the season will give the bees and other pollinators the varied and plentiful diet they need to thrive.

Grafted Pecan Trees

2014  Grafted Pecan Trees

Grafted Pecan Trees For Sale by Rock Bridge Trees

View In Store 

 

Above are some examples of the pecan trees we grafted this year (2014) This shows the range of growth for a grafted tree in one season. These are nice healthy happy pecan trees.

Rock Bridge Trees Will Be At HAS And EAS Summer Meetings

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Rock Bridge Trees Will Be At

 The Heartland Apicultural Society Summer Meeting At Carbondale IL July 10,11, and 12

And

The Eastern Apicultural Society Summer Meeting At

Richmond KY July 29- Aug 1

Meeting Specials

All 1 gallon trees $20.00

All 2 gallon trees $30.00

Pre-order trees to be picked up at the meeting at

Contact us

We Look Forward To Seeing You There

Walter T. Kelly Field Day

Walter T. Kelly Field Day

June 7, 2014

Rock Bridge Trees will be at Walter T.

Kelly’s Field Day

Field Day Specials

2 gallon Sourwood Trees: $30.00

2 gallon American Linden: $30.00

Pre-order your trees today at

Contact us

To pick up at

Kelly’s Field Day in Clarkson, KY

We will be giving a presentation on

Trees For Bees

       We look forward to seeing you there

Delay Pruning To Avoid Winter Injury

This brutal winter will take a break one day. Care should be taken that the urge to do something,anything outside might tempt us to prune our trees and vines before its time.
Pruning trees and vines should be delayed, if possible, until mid to late February. Even then we should watch the forecast should more bitter cold be lurking.
Pruning cuts, even those made during winter cold, stimulate a growth response in trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Though not visible to us, the healing response to a cut is real and the hormonal change and cellular division makes the area around the cut more tender and vulnerable to injury.
This should not deter you from necessary pruning. An unpruned tree will be less productive and an ugly tree can be made more attractive by proper pruning. Just be patient and prune at the proper time.
Rake those windblown leaves and pull the dead grass from the beds. Enjoy those rare pleasant mid winter days.

Farmer Dave

APPLES OR PEARS

 
APPLES OR PEARS

 

PEARS  OR  APPLES ?

 

Apples are the iconic fruit. Instantly recognizable and a familiar shape and taste. Apples, though are notoriously difficult to grow well. Millions of apple trees are planted in the U.S. every year yet very few people are pleased with the results of their planting. Apple trees are finicky and to bear those iconic fruit they require a great deal of care and attention. An apple tree must be pruned  and will be beset by numerous pests and diseases. All of which are determined to consume or disfigure the apple as seen in the minds eye when the tree was planted.

Seckle PearMaxine Pear

               Seckle Pear                                                                                                                 Maxine Pear

Pears are the ugly duckling of the fruit world. Under appreciated and under planted pears are a work horse . The pear tree is hardy throughout the U.S. , adapted to all regions of the east. Pear trees will produce some sort of crop most years with near total neglect. But with some care and attention  you will be rewarded with a bumper crop  of large luxurious fruit worthy of the finest gourmet kitchen.

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but to put fruit on the table year in and year out, pears are the best bet.

We only offer pear trees that have proven themselves to be productive here in our orchard. Our trees have proven themselves year in and year out to be a consistent crop.

Contact us for our personally selected productive trees

 

Chojuro Asian Pear

                      Chojuro Asian Pear

 

 

 
 

 

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Pear Trees

Chojuro

A wonderful small Asian pear which ripens early but keeps very well. Produces crisp fleshed pears with a hint of butterscotch sweetness. Ripens in August here.Chojuro

Pecan news

Kanza Pecans

Kanza is a disease resistant variety recommended for northern areas. Kanza produces medium large pecans, about 70 per pound, which shell into perfect halves. The tree grows with a strong structure resistant to freeze damage. Nuts mature in early October. Type 2 pollen shed (late pollen) Will pollinate Pawnee and Major.pawnee