Live Stakes/Whips

Live stakes are dormant cuttings of woody species with the branches cut off. Live stakes are usually 3/8" to 1-1/2" diameter and 2 to 3 feet long but our crew can cut material to meet your specifications. Stakes are used alone or driven through erosion control fabric to grow roots which will help hold soil in place.

Cephalanthus occidentalis Button bush
Callicarpa americana American beautyberry
Cornus amomum Silky dogwood
Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark
Salix caroliniana Carolina willow
Salix nigra Black willow
Salix sericea Silky willow
Sambucus canadensis Elderberry
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Coralberry


Planting Instructions

Our stakes are cut and stored in tubs of water. Please keep the stakes from drying out prior to planting. Drive the stake perpendicularly into the ground pointed end down until the stake is two-thirds of the way in the ground. If the ground is compacted or rocky a pilot hole can be driven first.  Place stakes 2 to 6 feet apart and tamp soil around stake to prevent air trapping near the stem.