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D8509 Kiwi Fruit ( Actindia chinensis )
Cold hardy to zone 4. Kiwis are vigorous vines. They cannot support their own weight and will spread up to 30 feet. They require strong support such as trellis, arbor, or fence. In nature, they grow up into trees. Training to the south side of a building is excellent for the small planting. Kiwi vines are heavy feeders and like their roots to be in warm soil. A mature kiwi vine can produce 200 pounds of fruit.
Kiwis require special training and pruning to produce good crops. When planted, the vines should be pruned back to 4 or 5 buds. From these a main stem should be selected and staked to grow to the top of the arbor or trellis, usually 6-7’ high. The trellis should be strong to support the heavy future fruit loads.
Kiwis are beautiful vines. Their vigorous spring growth is a spectacular sight. Excellent for a privacy screen, they will rapidly cover a fence and with support will cover a wall or steep slope. Kiwis grow in a manner similar to grapes but more rapidly. They are very high in Vitamin C. (Ten times as much as lemons.) They are excellent for eating fresh and are a tasty addition to salads and desserts. Ice cream, pies, jam and wine are other ways to use kiwis.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
IP073 Artic Kiwi, Siberian Gooseberry ( Actinidia arguta )
A strong-growing vine with dense, dark green foliage. The fragrant but inconspicuous white flowers appear in early spring. The fruit, which ripens in late summer or fall, is about 3/4"-11/4" long. It tastes much like the commercial kiwi fruit, to which it is closely related, but is somewhat sweeter and has smooth skin. The seeds are very small and not noticeable, so eating the fruits is somewhat like eating large seedless grapes. Most selections should be hardy to around -30° F. In the native Asian habitat of this species the vines typically grow wild in trees, where they are known to climb as high as 100'.
  15mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
Z1615 Kolomikta Kiwi ( Actinidia kolomikta )
This seed packet should produce a mix of male/female plants. A deciduous, ornamental vine that takes full sun to partial shade. Hardy for zones 3-8, grows 15 to 25 feet on a fence or trellis. Grown mostly for its beautiful foliage, the male vine matures with leaves having green, creamy white and rosy red markings on them. Can be prune to size as desired. The female bears fruit that is small, very sweet, and has up to 16 times as much vitamin C per unit weight as oranges.
  15cc pack, 50 plus seeds. Price per pack: $5.95
D8581 Issai Kiwi ( Actinidia sp. issai )
Small 1" fruits with a very sweet taste. The vines will grow vigorously and bears loads of small fruit that is great for salads, desert or jelly. A vigorous, fast-growing, deciduous, woody vine that grows 25-30' but can fill a 200 sq. ft. trellis in time. Grown for its foliage and edible fruit. Foliage is a lustrous dark green throughout the growing season. Flowers appear in May-June and are slightly fragrant and greenish white, but are not particularly showy since they are largely hidden by the foliage. This cultivar does not require a separate male pollinator plant. Smooth-skinned kiwi fruits ripen in early fall and are the size of a large grape. It tastes similar to, though slightly sweeter than, its larger-fruited relative, the true kiwi, Actinidia deliciosa, which can not be grown north of Zone 8.
  Package of 6 seeds $1.95
1A440 Bael Fruit Tree ( Aegle marmelos )
Tropical plant for zone 10b and higher outside, also can be grown in tubs in warm greenhouses. The bael fruit, is also called Bengal quince, Indian quince, golden apple, holy fruit, stone apple. The bael fruit tree is slow-growing, of medium size, up to 40 or 50 ft (12-15 m) tall with short trunk, thick, soft, flaking bark, and spreading, sometimes spiny branches, the lower ones drooping. New foliage is glossy and pinkish-maroon. Fragrant flowers, in clusters of 4 to 7 along the young branchlets, have 4 recurved, fleshy petals, green outside, yellowish inside, and 50 or more greenish-yellow stamens. The fruit, round, pyriform, oval, or oblong, 2 to 8 in (5-20 cm) in diameter, may have a thin, hard, woody shell or a more or less soft rind, gray-green until the fruit is fully ripe, when it turns yellowish.
The tree grows wild in dry forests on hills and plains of central and southern India and Burma, Pakistan and Bangladesh, also in mixed deciduous and dry dipterocarp forests of former French Indochina. Mention has been found in writings dating back to 800 B.C. It is cultivated throughout India, mainly in temple gardens, because of its status as a sacred tree; also in and northern Malaya, the drier areas of Java, and to a limited extent on northern Luzon in the Philippine Islands where it first fruited in 1914. It is grown in some Egyptian gardens, and in Surinam and Trinidad.
The tree has no exacting cultural requirements, doing well with a minimum of fertilizer and irrigation. The spacing in orchards is 25 to 30 ft (6-9 m) between trees. Seedlings begin to bear in 6 to 7 years, vegetatively propagated trees in 5 years. Full production is reached in 15 years.
Normally, the fruit is harvested when yellowish-green and kept for 8 days while it loses its green tint. Then the stem readily separates from the fruit.
A tree may yield as many as 800 fruits in a season but an average crop is 150 to 200, or, in the better cultivars, up to 400.
Bael fruits may be cut in half, or the soft types broken open, and the pulp, dressed with palm sugar, eaten for breakfast, as is a common practice in Indonesia. The pulp is often processed as nectar or "squash" (diluted nectar). A popular drink (called "sherbet" in India) is made by beating the seeded pulp together with milk and sugar. A beverage is also made by combining bael fruit pulp with that of tamarind. These drinks are consumed perhaps less as food or refreshment than for their medicinal effects.
The young leaves and shoots are eaten as a vegetable in Thailand and used to season food in Indonesia. They are said to reduce the appetite. An infusion of the flowers is a cooling drink.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
RHM983 Seed of Heaven ( Aframomum sp. )
Also known as Guinea Pepper. A spice and fruit native to West Africa. The dried seeds are a popular spice locally and were once extensively exported as African Pepper. This ginger from Uganda also has edible fruits borne in clusters at the base of the plant that are harvested for their tangy, sweetish, juicy pulp. The seeds are used as a piquant spice. Can be grown outside in tropical climates, or inside in tubs in warm greenhouses.
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SF185 Chocolate Vine ( Akebia trifoliata )
Also known as Three Leaf Akebia. An attractive climber with twining stems. Deciduous palmate leaves are divided into three wavy edged leaflets. Stems are violet when young and brown at maturity. Small deep purple flowers (both male and female) are borne in clusters in May and have a delicate cinnamon scent.
Very interesting edible fruits, resembling a sausage in shape and reaching 4-5" long. May be grown in full sun or partial shade. All Akebia species retain their attractive leaves through most of the winter, are excellent for growing on walls, fences, trellis.
Best planted in a sheltered position. It can be trained up various kinds of garden supports, or alternatively, allowed to climb up a tree. Hardy to 24 degrees.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN282 Titberry ( Allophylus cobbe )
Titberry is a fast growing small woody tree growing to about 12 feet when mature. It is occurs naturally on wood lands scrub-jungles or road side ways mostly in wet zone in the low country province of Yunnan in China, to India and Indo-China.
It forms spirals of hairy leaves, dark green above and pale green below, with pronounced midribs and tubular inflorescences of tiny white flowers, followed by edible, orange-red, sweet tasting berries ( but sour before they ripen, like a persimmon ). Aside from the ornamental potential, Titberry has a variety of medicinal properties.
We beleive this plant to be best suited to zones 9A-11.
 5 seeds $2.95
E3102 Juneberry, Saskatoon Serviceberry ( Amelanchier alnifolia )
Low water requirements, grows as high as 10,000 feet. A deciduous shrub that seldom exceeds 15 feet in height and occasionally suckering to form a slowly spreading clump. An easily grown plant, it prefers a rich loamy soil and thrives in any soil that is not too dry or water-logged. The largest yields, and best quality fruits, are produced when the plant is grown in a sunny position, though it should also do reasonably well in semi-shade. The plants are fairly lime tolerant and they will also grow well in heavy clay soils. They are very cold-hardy and will tolerate temperatures down to at least -20°c and probably much lower. Flowers in Early Spring, these white flowers are produced before the plants come into leaf, and are usually produced so abundantly that the whole plant turns white. They look particularly beautiful at this time. By late June, or more commonly early to mid July, the plants will usually be carrying large crops of fruits. These fruits are about 15mm in diameter, they are soft, sweet and juicy with a taste that reminds us of apples. Small enough to be eaten without problems, though they can add a slightly bitter almond-like flavour to the fruit if they are crushed whilst eating. The fruit can also be cooked in pies etc., when dried it is quite sweet and can be used in the same ways as raisins.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
IP055 Canadian Serviceberry ( Amelanchier canadensis )
A deciduous, early-flowering, large shrub or small tree which typically grows 15-30' tall. Features showy, slightly fragrant, white flowers in drooping clusters which appear before the leaves emerge in early spring. Finely toothed medium to dark green leaves, 1-3" long, change to orange-red in autumn.
Flowers give way to small, round, green berries which turn red and finally mature to a dark purplish-black in early summer. Edible berries resemble blueberries in size and color and are used in jams, jellies and pies.
Best when used in woodland, naturalized or native plant gardens, especially with dark or shaded backdrops which tend to highlight the form, flowers and fall color of the plant. Also effective along stream banks and ponds.
Suitable for zones 4-8.
 10 seeds $2.25
TRN399 Northern Juneberry ( Amelanchier lamarckii )
Attractive understory tree for lawns, shrub borders, woodland margins or native plant areas. Shrub forms can be grown as tall informal hedges or screens. Good plant for bird gardens (birds love the berries).
Grows 15-25 feet tall. Features showy, 5-petaled, slightly fragrant, white flowers in drooping clusters that appear in early spring (April) before the leaves. Flowers give way to small, round, edible berries which ripen to dark purplish-black in June (hence the common name of Juneberry) and resemble blueberries in size, color and taste. Berries are often used in jams, jellies and pies.
Best suited for zones 4-8.

Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.

125mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
3349 Snowy Mespilus ( Amelanchier ovalis )
A rather rare north European plant with very sweet violet berries, which are at their best when overripe and resembling strawberries in taste and they make a delicious jam.
Abundant white flowers in April and May before the leaves make for a showy plant in the lawn or as a background. The leaves turn beautiful colors of orange and red in autumn. These characteristics make it a very interesting tree for parks and gardens planted alone or in groups. It's seeded fruits the size of a pea are a blue-black colour.
Hardy to zone 5.
 10 tiny seeds $2.95
RLP085 Cherimoya Fruit ( Annona cherimola )
The cherimoya is a fairly fairly dense, fast-growing, evergreen tree, briefly deciduous in California from February through April. The tree can reach 30 feet or more, but is fairly easily restrained. Young trees "harp," forming opposite branches as a natural espalier.
The cherimoya is subtropical or mild-temperate and will tolerate light frosts. Young growing tips are killed at 29°F and and mature trees are killed or severely injured at 25°F. If cherimoyas do not receive enough chilling, the trees will go dormant slowly and then experience delayed foliation. The amount of chilling needed is estimated to be between 50 and 100 hours. The tree grows well in the coastal and foothill areas of southern California.
The compound fruit is conical or somewhat heart-shaped, 4 to 8 inches long and up to 4 inches in width, weighing on the average 5-1/2 to 18 ounces, but the largest fruits may reach 5 pounds in weight.
The sweet, juicy, white flesh is melting, subacid and very fragrant. The fruit turns a pale green or creamy yellow color as they reach maturity. They should be picked when still firm and allowed to soften at room temperature. Ripe fruit will give to soft pressure. Overripe fruit will be dark brown. Fruit left on the tree too long will usually crack or split and begin to decay. The fruit should be clipped rather than pulled from the tree. Cut the stem close to the fruit so it won't puncture other fruit during storage.
Store mature fruit above 55°F to prevent chilling injury to the skin and flesh. Ripe fruit will deteriorate quickly but can be stored at temperatures lower than 55°F for short periods. Ripe cherimoyas can be frozen and eaten like ice cream. Cherimoyas are best served chilled, cut in half or quartered and eaten with a spoon. The fruit can also be juiced or used to make delicious sorbets or milkshakes.
Easily grown container plant, or zone 10 outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
RLP123 Annona Edulis
A very rare and little-known Annona native to northern and western South America at low elevations. Annona edulis grows into a small tree with scented flowers and edible, relatively small, curiously warty, green or yellow fruits. In cultivation it is best suited for tropical climates but not commonly traded and hard to obtain.
Easily grown container plant, or zone 10 outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.75
Z2832 Pond Apple ( Annona glabra )
A small deciduous tree with a mature height of up to about 20 feet. Native to Central America. Fruit is edible small and seedy but taste good. Easily propagated from seed and is relatively fast growing. They can be grown as year round houseplants or even as unique bonsai specimens. It is used as a landscape item in tropical regions. Many parts of the tree have medicinal properties are used by the local traditional medicines.
A medium-sized tree to 40-50ft. Pond apple's can stand immense flooding and spend weeks at a time with their roots under water. The pond apple is very useful as a rootstock for other Annona species.
Easily grown container plant, or zone 10 outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.75
RLP195 Soursop ( Annona muricata )
Soursop (also known as graviola or guanabana), is a small evergreen tropical tree that is native to Central and tropical South America. In the wild, it is a slender tree that will grow to 15-20' tall often with down-curved branching. It grows much smaller in containers.
The name soursop is in reference to its large edible fruits which have a slightly acidic or sour taste. This tropical plant is not reliably winter hardy to most of southern Florida, but may be grown in the Florida keys and Puerto Rico.
In greenhouses, it typically flowers in summer producing fruits in fall. Each flower ( to 2" long) appears singly on a woody stalk almost anywhere on the tree ( twigs, branches or trunk ). Each flower has three yellowish-green outer petals and three dull yellow inner petals. Flowers give way to rough-skinned, prickly-textured, oblong fruit ( each fruit from 6-12" long to 4-6" wide with weight to 8-15 pounds ). Fruit pulp is used in ice cream, sherbets or juices. Leathery, egg-shaped, malodorous ( when bruised ), oblong to oval leaves (to 6" long) are glossy green above. Plants have been used for various medicinal purposes.
Easily grown container plant, or zone 11 outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.75
SF068 Custard Apple ( Annona reticulata )
Custard-apple originated in the Caribbean and Central America. It is cultivated and occasionally naturalized in tropical areas worldwide, including Florida in the U.S., Southeast Asia, Taiwan, India, Australia, and West Africa.
The custard-apple fruit varies from heart-shaped to cylindrical or spherical, is beige to brownish red when ripe, and may weigh 2 pounds or more. The flesh is white and creamy, and is used to make beverages, juice, and ice cream.
Unripe fruit and leaves are anthelmintic (kills intestinal worms and parasites), and the seeds and leaves have insecticidal properties and may be somewhat toxic if consumed. Various parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine: a poultice from crushed leaves is used to treat boils, abscesses and ulcers; dried unripe fruit and bark are used as a remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. The bark is very astringent and the decoction is taken as a tonic and also as a remedy for diarrhea and dysentery; root bark fragments may be placed on gums for toothaches; and a tea made from roots is used to treat fevers (Morton 1987). Easily grown container plant, or zone 10 outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TCB003 Sugar Apple ( Annona squamosa )
Sugar Apple is an excellent tub or container plant for indoors and patio, with an added bonus of being rewarded with edible fruits. High in calories with nutritional value, its fruit is usually eaten fresh out of hand. The thick juicy and creamy pulp, after being separated from the seeds can be used to make delicious milkshakes, ice-creams and sherbet.
A small (2-4"), knobby fruit with soft, creamy white flesh often having a minty or custardy flavor. The sugar apple is extremely popular throughout the tropics, especially in climates where the cherimoya can not be grown.
Sugar Apple is relatively carefree. Being a tropical fruit tree, it'll reward you handsomely if properly watered and provided with enough light, warmth and humidity, together with a monthly feed. After harvesting of fruits, prune back long branches and thin its center of unsightly twigs. Check occasionally for mealy bugs and caterpillars.
Easily grown container plant, or zone 10 outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TRN675 Salamander Tree ( Antidesma bunius )
This interesting fruit tree in the Euphorbiaceae family bears large quantities of small, sweet-sour and slightly astringent berries, densely packed on fruiting stalks like small black currants. They can be eaten fresh or used for making juices and jams.
Even though it is widely cultivated and relatively common throughout its scattered range from India to southern China and Malesia, the Bignay nevertheless deserves a wider audience in other warm zones of the globe.
With ample moisture and good light, it is a very fast growing tree and can start fruiting within 4 to 5 years. Despite its tropical origin, it is suitable even for some warm temperate climates and there are reports that it has grown and fruited well for instance in Central Florida
 10 seeds $2.95
3342 Mountain Currant Tree ( Antidesma montanum )
Mountain Currant Tree is a tree about 25 feet tall with thin flaky bark in old trees. Branchlets are cylindrical, velvety. Leaf stalk is 0.25-1.2 cm long. Flowers are borne in racemes in leaf axils or at the end of branches.
The globose to ellipsoid fruits resemble a drupe. Their color varies from green to white, red and black. The fleshy and juicy fruits are edible with a sour to bitter sweet taste.
Can withstand light frost.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM149 Tassle Berry ( Antidesma Venosum )
Related to the bignay and bearing similar, dark purple-red fruits in large, colorful clusters. The small berry-fruits are edible having a bitter sweet taste and have a variety of uses. Native to southern parts of Africa. Shrubby growth to several feet. Can be container grown in large tubs, zone 9 and higher outside.
 10 seeds $2.95
D2285 Strawberry Tree ( Arbutus )
The strawberry tree is a beautiful small evergreen tree or shrub that usually grows about 15 feet tall.
The strawberry tree produces masses of beautiful white flowers followed by small fruits. Since the fruit takes 12 months to ripen, the tree carries both mature fruit and flowers at the same time and is then incredibly beautiful. This is a superb plant to grow as a specimen in a lawn, and it also grows very well on the sunny edges of a woodland garden.
Best grown in a rich, well draining soil for best results, though it will grow to some degree in most type soils, except for water-logged soils. Does well in full sun or partial shade.
The small strawberry shaped fruits ( hence the name )have gritty skin and must be fully ripe to be eaten. It has a sweet, delicate flavor that some people love, and others do not care for. The fruit can also be made into wine and is used to make delicious jams and preserves.
Grow this shrub in USDA Zones 7-10. It originally comes from western Europe and the Mediterranean region.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
FB154 Black Chokeberry ( Aronia Melanocarpa )
Black chokeberry is a deciduous shrub that grows to about 6 feet tall in bogs, swamps, wet woods and occasionally in dry sandy soil of oak woods and pine barrens. It can tolerate partial shade, but produces the most flowers and fruit, and the brightest red fall color, in full sun. Best suited for zones 4-9.
The leaves are up to 8 cm long, with finely serrated edges. The flowers bloom in May and are white, rounded and with a short claw. The flowers are in loose clusters of 8 to 10 up to 5 cm across.
The fruit, which matures by late August, is round, up to 12 mm across, dark purple to black, and in drooping clusters on long red stalks. The fruit is technically a "pome", like an apple or pear, where the seeds are in a stiff core surrounded by fleshy tissue. The fruit is sour, even when ripe, so that it persists until midwinter as a "last resort" food source for songbirds, upland game birds and small mammals.
In northern Europe Aronia is commercially grown for bottled fruit juice. The fruit is valued for its juice which is very high in anthocyanins, blends well with other fruit juices and is reputed as a source of "phenols, leucoanthocyanins, catachines, flavonoles, and flavones" that are considered to be bioactive in humans. In the US it's growing in popularity as a landscape shrub since it tolerates both wet and dry soil, is attractive from spring through fall and resists most diseases and pests.
  250mg pack ( about 75-100 seeds ) $2.95
FDR95 Paw Paw Tree ( Asimia triloba )
Pawpaws are native to the Eastern half of the United States, from the Gulf Coastal plain to the Great Lakes. The fruit look like short, fat bananas. They have a fragrant aroma, a custardy texture, and a tropical taste. The best ones are rich, creamy and sweet, reminding some people of banana cream pie. Compared to apples, peaches and grapes, Pawpaw is higher in food energy, and has more than double the amount of vitamin C, and is much higher in minerals.
It is higher in protein, fiber, and carbohydrate. It has a much higher content of amino acids in a good balance. It has mainly unsaturated fatty acids, and is a good source of linoleic and linolenic acids. It is a small tree, seldom taller than 25 feet. Grown in full sun, the pawpaw tree develops a narrowly pyramidal shape with dense, drooping foliage down to the ground level. In the shade it has a more open branching habit with few lower limbs and horizontally held leaves. Pawpaw trees require warm to hot summers, mild to cold winters, and a minimum of 32 inches (81 cm) of rainfall spread rather evenly throughout the year, with the majority falling in spring and summer. It can be grown successfully in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 (-15 F/-26 C min. temp.) through 8 (15 F/-9 C min. temp.)
Shading for the first year, and sometimes the second, is normally required outside, and it is for this reason that pawpaws are almost always found in nature as an understory tree. Although the pawpaw is capable of fruiting in the shade, optimum fruit yields are obtained in open exposure, with some protection from wind (on account of the large leaves). Plant at least two trees for fruit production, to ensure cross-pollination. The soil should be slightly acid (pH 5.5-7), deep, fertile, and well-drained. Good drainage is essential to success. Pawpaws will not thrive in heavy soil or waterlogged soil. In its native habitat the pawpaw has few pests of any importance.

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BN17 Star Fruit, Carambola ( Averrhoa carambola )
The Carambola is a beautiful evergreen tree with delicate small pinnate foliage that is sensitive to light-folding up in low light. Known for its increasingly popular yellow skinned "Star fruit" which is star like in appearance when it is sliced. This tree grows very well indoors with warmth and bright light.
Carambolas are best consumed when ripe, when they are yellow with a light shade of green. It will also have brown ridges at the five edges and feel firm. An overripe fruit will be yellow with brown spots. The fruit is entirely edible, including the slightly waxy skin. It is sweet without being overwhelming and extremely juicy. The taste is difficult to compare, but it has been likened to a mix of papaya, orange and grapefruit all at once.
Carambola is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and low in sugar, sodium and acid. It is also a potent source of both primary and secondary polyphenolic antioxidants.
Best grown outside in zone 9A and above, although we have grown it in zone 8B. Also can be grown in warm greenhouses.
 5 seeds $2.95
2936 Pickle Tree ( Averrhoa bilimbi )
This Carambola relative produces very small pickle-like fruits which are borne directly on the trunk of the tree and also on the branches. The fruitation is preceded by small red flowers on the trunk and branches. Delicate oval leaflets make this small tree very inviting as an indoor ornamental that would require warmth and bright light. Can be pruned to desired size; may be used as bonsai.
Its flowers, like its fruits, are found in hairy panicles that directly emerge from the trunk as well as from the oldest, most solid branches. The yellowish or purplish flowers are tiny, fragrant and have 5 petals. The bilimbi fruit's form ranges from ellipsoid to almost cylindrical. Its length is 4-10 cm. The bilimbi is 5-sided, but in a less marked way than the carambola. At the stem's end, the fruit is capped with a star-shape calyx. If unripe, it is bright green and crispy. It turns yellowish as it ripens. The flesh is juicy, green and acidic. Easily grown container plant, or zone 10 outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TRM102 Darwin's Barberry ( Berberis darwinii )
Small blue/purple edible berry growing on an ornamental bush. Berberis darwinii is an evergreen Shrub growing to 9 feet by 11 feet at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 7 and is not frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects, self.The plant is self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.
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TRM001 Climbing Blueberry ( Billardiera longiflora )
A choice Tasmanian climber that sports thin twining stems that produce creamy-yellow purple-tipped waxy flowers in spring. In autumn, outstandingly lovely clusters of deepest violet grape-sized berries appear when this unusual color for autumn is appreciated. Hardy in zones 7-9, this variety grows 6-10 feet in full to part sun.
No shade of purple is lovelier than the fruit, it's a tasty treat, too. This evergreen climber twines up any available support.
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3500 Borojo Fruit Tree ( Borojoa patinoi )
It is a native of the rainforests of Colombia, Ecuador and Panama. In its natural habitat, the Borojo Tree lives with 85% humidity in the air. The tree reaches 3-5 meters high.
The Borojo Tree is cultivated for its fruits rich in calcium. They have 7-12 cm in diameter and their color is green. The pulp of these fruits is acid and very dense. It is also brown. Each fruit contains hundreds of seeds. They are ready to consume when they fall off the branches. The uses of the Borojo fruits vary from juice, ice cream, capsules and jelly.
The trunk of the tree is small and sometimes separated in two or three smaller trunks. The trunk is grey-brown and harsh. The tree is an evergreen. The foliage is dark green and the leaves have a smooth texture.
Hardiness zones 10-11. The Borojo Tree can resist small periods of frost and even floods. It needs an average temperature of 28°C. Easily grown in warm greenhouses in cooler climates.
The tree enjoys moderate light. It requires good watering, don't let the soil dry out. You may fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer.
  10 seeds $3.95
Z2600 Tea Plant ( Camellia sinensis )
This is the tea produced commercially around the world. The tender, young leaves are used in the process of tea production. Can be grown in tubs inside, or in cool greenhouses, outdoors in warm climates. Prefers moist, well drained, humus rich, slightly acidic ( 5.5-6.5 )soil. We recommend maintaining a 2-3 inch deep mulch of shredded bark or leaves around base of plant.
Hardy to zone 7. To make green tea, pick only the top 3 leaves from new growing tips, spread and dry in the shade for 6-8 hours, then in an open pot, heat ( simmer ) the leaves, stirring frequently for about an hour.
For black tea, you must ferment the leaves. USDA Zones 8 to 11.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
TRN627 Turkey Berry ( Canthium inerme )
Turkey Berry is a tough, adaptable medium-sized tree from South Africa. It bears small edible fruits that are loved by birds ( thus the common name ) and has a variety of uses in traditional medicine.[Ref]
It is a beautiful and charming tree and greatly recommended for the garden setting where its low-growing and compact habit makes it ideal where space is slightly limited. Its evergreen nature ensures that its attractive foliage is present throughout the year and its presence is bound to attract numerous fruit-eating and insectivorous birds. The thorns, though stout and strong and worthy of respect, are generally not as menacing as some gardeners are led to believe and in fact give the tree a lovely visual quality. Plant in a large hole with plenty of compost and ensure watering is carried out until established. It is fairly hardy and because of its ability to tolerate a range of conditions, can be used in a variety of garden habitats to great effect.
Canthium inerme, like so many tree species in southern Africa, is utilized for medicinal purposes, the leaves being used in the treatment of stomach ailments (Coates Palgrave 2002) As mentioned previously, the fruits are eaten by people. The tree has been much used as shelter for stock, while the wood, which is hard, heavy and tough, is handsome and has been used in wagon-making and for furniture (Palmer & Pitman 1972). The species, with its horticultural potential becoming increasingly recognized, is now commonly encountered in the South African nursery trade.
We estimate zone 9b and higher.
  5 seeds $3.95
IP041 Red Lady Papaya ( Carica papaya )
An early and productive fruiter, Red Lady is an excellent papaya for southern gardens or as a tropical container fruiting plant in the north. The dwarf tree starts to flower and set fruit during its second year when the plant reaches 4' tall. It can fruit the first year, if grown in high light with an extended growing season. Red Lady is a self-fertile hybrid whose fruits often weigh 3-5 pounds. Two-pound fruits are more common for container grown plants. The oblong papaya is orange-red, sweet and juicy when ripe. Rich in vitamins A, C and other nutrients, it also contains papain, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of protein. Harvest the fruit when the skin yields slightly to the touch and changes from green to yellow. You'll notice a sweet, delicious aroma when it's fully ripe. Green papayas are sometimes shredded and used in salads or stews. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil.
Hardy to Zone 10 and higher for outdoors.
Full sun, grows to 8' in container, minimum temperature 50°, blooms in spring.
  10 seeds $3.95
D2205 Mountain Papaya ( Carica pubescens )
A hardy papaya from the mountains that will stand cold and disease better than Golden Papaya. Very attractive foliage.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
IP155 Natal Plum ( Carissa macrocarpa)
Natal Plum is a shrub native to South Africa, where it is commonly called the Large Num-Num. In Zulu, as well as in the Bantu tribes of Uganda, it is called amatungulu. In Afrikaans the fruit is called Noem-Noem.
It deals well with salt-laden winds, making it a good choice for coastal areas. It is commonly found in the coastal bush of the Eastern Cape and Natal. It produces shiny, deep green leaves and snowy white flowers whose perfumed scent intensifies at night. It is a spiny, evergreen shrub containing latex.
The flowers are about 2 inches across and sweetly fragrant, like orange blossoms, especially at night. The edible fruit is a pretty plum shaped red berry abut 2 inches long which tastes like sweet cranberries. Natal plum blooms almost all year long and most of the time both flowers and fruit are present. The fruit can be eaten out of hand or made into pies, jams, jellies, and sauces.
A traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known fruit has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.
Natal plum are among the best ocean front foundation, hedge, container and groundcover plants for tropical and subtropical regions. They are very popular in South Florida. Natal plums are often grown in containers on ocean front condominium balconies. Their thick leathery leaves are not torn by wind nor bothered by salt spray.
Zones 9-11 outdoors, but easily grown as a container plant and brought inside during winter.
  10 seeds per pack $2.95
FDR76 Chinese Chestnut ( Castanea mollissima )
Chinese Chestnut is a deciduous tree growing to about 60 feet tall with a broad crown. The nuts are edible, and the tree is widely cultivated in eastern Asia.
Chinese Chestnuts have evolved over a long period of time in coexistence with the bark fungal disease chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica, formerly Endothia parasitica), and have evolved a very successful resistance to the blight, probably more so than any other species of chestnut, so that, although it is not immune, it typically sustains no more than minor damage when infected.
It is hardy to zone 4. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. The plant prefers acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
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FDR11 Shagbark Hickory ( Carya ovata )
Shagbark hickory is probably the most distinctive of all the hickories because of its loose-plated bark. Common names include shellbark hickory, scalybark hickory, shagbark, and upland hickory. Shagbark hickory is evenly distributed throughout the Eastern States and, together with pignut hickory, furnishes the bulk of the commercial hickory. The tough resilient properties of the wood make it suitable for products subject to impact and stress. The sweet nuts, once a staple food for American Indians, provide food for wildlife. Zones 5-8A.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
FDR51 Mockernut Hickory ( Carya tomentosa )
A large nut tree growing to 60-80 feet tall and hardy for zones 4-9. Mockernut hickory is a medium to large, deciduous tree with a straight trunk and rounded crown that typically grows 60-80' (less frequently to 100') tall. It is primarily native to hillsides and ridges in somewhat dry soils. It grows throughout the eastern and central U. S., with concentrations of tall trees in the Ohio River valley and Mississippi River valley. In Missouri, it is found in dry upland woods, ridges and slopes throughout the State, except it is not present in the southeastern lowlands and northwestern corner.
Compound, odd-pinnate, dark yellowish-green leaves (each to 6-12" long) have 5-7, toothed, ovate-lanceolate leaflets. Leaflets grow 3-6" long. Leaflet undersides are downy and glandular. Rachis and petiole are pubescent. Leaflets are aromatic when cut or bruised. Leaves turn an attractive yellow in fall. Thin dark gray bark develops furrows and flattened ridging as it matures. Non-showy, monoecious, yellowish-green flowers bloom in April-May, with the male flowers in drooping catkins (to 6" long) and the female flowers on short spikes.
Female flowers give way to fruits (rounded nuts), but only after the tree reaches about 25 years old. Each nut is encased in a thick, four-grooved husk which splits open in fall when ripe. Nuts are edible for humans but can be very difficult to extract from the husks, hence the common name of mockernut.
Nuts are eaten by a variety of mammals including squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons and black bears. Light colored sap wood of this tree gives rise to a sometimes used common name of white hickory. Genus name is a Greek name for walnut. Specific epithet means with short hairs in reference to the leaflet undersides.
  Package 3 large seeds $3.50
D2209 Chinese Hackberry ( Celtis sinensis )
Tree grows to 10m in cultivation. Fruits are rich orange: stone pitted. A medium growing deciduous tree. Succeeds in any reasonably good soil, preferring a good fertile well-drained loamy soil. Succeeds on dry gravels and on sandy soils. Trees prefer hotter summers and more sunlight than are normal. Trees can be very long-lived, perhaps to 1000 years. Zones 7-9.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.00
D2249 Carob Tree ( Ceratonia )
Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the carob tree, St John's-bread, or locust bean is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae.
It is widely cultivated for its edible pods, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The ripe, dried pod is often ground to carob powder, which is used to replace cocoa powder. Carob bars, an alternative to chocolate bars, are often available in health-food stores.
Carob consumed by humans is the dried (and sometimes roasted) pod. The pod consists of two main parts: the pulp accounts for 90% and the seeds for 10% of the pod weight.
Carob is mildly sweet and is used in powdered, chip or syrup form as an ingredient in cakes and cookies, and as a substitute for chocolate. Carob bars are widely available in health food stores. A traditional sweet, eaten during Lent and Good Friday, is also made from carob pods in Malta. Dried carob fruit is traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat.
While chocolate contains levels of theobromine which are toxic to some mammals, carob contains significantly less caffeine and theobromine, and is therefore used to make chocolate-flavored treats for dogs.
Carob pod meal is used as an energy-rich feed for livestock, particularly for ruminants, though its high tannin content may limit its use. Carob pods were mainly used as animal fodder in the Maltese Islands, apart from times of famine or war when they formed part of the diet of many Maltese. In the Iberian Peninsula, carob pods were used to feed donkeys.
The carob tree is native to the Mediterranean region, including Southern Europe, Northern Africa, the larger Mediterranean islands; to the Levant and Middle-East of Western Asia into Iran; and to the Canary Islands and Macaronesia.
Carob trees may be grown in USDA zones 9-11.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
NW56 Japanese Flowering Quince ( Chaenomeles japonica )
A plant with many uses. It has showy fragrant flowers, is easy to grow, very adaptable, can be used as a bonsai, it attracts butterflies, has edible fruit, can be used as espalier, hedge, or screen/windbreak, and it is drought and wind tolerant
Very nice for a shrub border, hedge, screen, barrier or espaliered to wall. Cut branches with swollen flower buds may be forced indoors, making a welcomed winter flower arrangement.
Japanese Flowering Quince is a dense, broad-rounded, deciduous fruiting shrub or small tree. It typically grows to 5 to 10 feet tall and as wide. The leaves are finely-toothed, oval to oblong, glossy dark green to 3.5 inches long. Leaves may emerge in spring with a bronzy cast. 2 inch, scarlet to red and sometimes pink or white five-petaled flowers bloom before the leaves fully unfold in an often showy early spring bloom.
Flowers are followed by hard, dot-speckled, yellowish-greenapple shaped fruits (2.5 inch Quinces) that may acquire red tinges as they mature in autumn. The fruit is called Karin in Japanese and is very hard and astringent and very unpleasant to eat raw, though they do soften and become less astringent after frost (when they are said to be "bletted"), much like persimmons.
They are suitable for making liqueurs, as well as marmalade and preserves, as they contain more pectin than apples and true quinces. The fruit also contain more vitamin C than lemons.
Zones 5-9.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TRN425 El Oro ( Cayaponia sp. )
A large scrambling vine with lemon-sized, bright orange fruits popular in South America. Native to rainforests in southwestern Ecuador, this requires a long growing season and is best suited for zones 9 and higher, could possibly be grown in cooler zones if seeds started inside early.
  Package 5 seeds $3.50
RLP100 Edible Wild Grape Tree ( Coccoloba tuerckheimii )
An erect medium-sized tree with large, thin shiny leathery leaves. This beautiful evergreen tree usually grows to about 25 ft (8 m) tall. Native to southern Mexico (including Yucatan), Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. Widely grown in the tropical regions and the fruit can be eaten fresh, used in cooking, pies, excellent in ice cream. This tree is easy to grow from seeds and can be used as a landscape tree urban environments. Zone 10 and higher outside.
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D4503 Coffee Plant ( Coffea Arabica )
The world's most important trade crop also makes a wonderful house plant. The plants have dark shiny-green leaves and white fragrant flowers. A very ornamental plant. Very unique.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.00
1A136 Kona Coffee ( Coffee Arabica )
The Kona is the very popular coffee of Hawaii. Its a heavy bearing variety with excellent quality. Normally it begins to produce in 4 years. One producing tree can provide 1 lb. of coffee.
Price per pack: $2.95
  10 seeds
1A138 Coffea Canephora ( Coffee Robusta )
A popular coffee crop, this Coffee is better known as Robusta. Approximately 30% of the coffee produced in the world is robusta. The plant has a shallow root system and grows as a robust small tree or large shrub. It flowers irregularly, taking about 10-11 months for cherries to ripen, producing oval-shaped beans.
The robusta plant has a greater crop yield than that of Coffea arabica, and contains more caffeine - 2.7% compared to arabica's 1.5%. As it is less susceptible to pests and disease, robusta needs much less herbicide and pesticide than arabica.
It is shorter than Coffea arabica with longer leaves. Good-quality robusta beans are used in traditional Italian espresso blends, to provide a full-bodied taste and a better foam head (known as crema). May be grown indoors in bright light. Height is under 3'.
  10 seeds $2.95
Z2819 Dwarf Catura Coffee ( Coffee arabica )
This is the gourmet cafe coffee variety. Grows only 24-30" tall and a mature plant is loaded with beans. Can be grown inside as a houseplant, needs tropical warmth outside.
 10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $2.50
1A139 Coffea Racemosa ( Coffee Racemosa )
Another commercial Coffee similar to Robusta but with a more branching, compact habit with a mature height of 4'. A very prolific coffee of excellent quality. Favored by most growers.
  10 seeds Price per pack: $1.95
RLP107 Fragrant Manjack, Glue Berry ( Cordia dichotoma )
Common names include fragrant manjack, snotty gobbles, glue berry, pink pearl, bird lime tree, and Indian cherry.
The fruit of this tree has long been valued for its sticky mucilaginous pulp, which is eaten to suppress coughs and chest complaints, and to treat sore throats. The pulp is also applied as an emollient to abscesses, to calm rheumatic pain, and to purge parasitic intestinal worms. In Tanzania the fruit pulp is applied to ringworm. In Mali and the Cote d'Ivoire the leaves are applied to wounds and ulcers. A macerate of the leaves is taken to treat the effects of tsetse fly bites, and also applied to the bites externally.
The sticky pulp, especially from the unripe fruits, has widespread use as bird lime. Ripe fruits are eaten raw, while tender young fruits are eaten fresh or pickled as a vegetable. Mashed fruits enter into the preparation of sorghum beer. The kernel is also edible. In India the leaves are prepared as a vegetable. In Burkina Faso the ash obtained by burning young branches is used to make soap. In South-East Asia the leaves are used as cattle fodder.
Cordia dichotoma is a small to moderate-sized deciduous tree with a short bole and spreading crown. The stem bark is greyish brown, smooth or longitudinally wrinkled. Flowers are short-stalked, bisexual, white in colour which open only at night. The fruit is a yellow or pinkish-yellow shining globose which turns black on ripening and the pulp gets viscid.
The immature fruits are pickled and are also used as a vegetable fodder. The leaves also yield good fodder. The seed kernel has medicinal properties. It is often cultivated for its fruits throughout the range of its natural distribution. In Burma, the Pa-O people grow the tree (called "thanapet") for its edible leaves.
The natural distribution of this small to moderate-sized, dry deciduous tree includes most of tropical Asia and Australasia, where its grows in a variety of drier habitats. It is popularly cultivated throughout its range for the immature fruits which are usually pickled.
Tropical, for zone 10 and higher.
  5 seeds $2.95
FDR15 American Filbert ( Corylus americana )
Good for Zones 4-9. Multi stemmed, branching shrub to about 10 ft. tall. Attractive, pointed, toothed, dark green leaves. Bears loads of edible nuts in fall. Native to Eastern US.
$3.50 Per Pack 10 Seeds
FDR16 European Filbert ( Corylus avellana )
A close relative of our American Hazelnut, this plant produces larger trees and more fruit. It is cold hardy and resistant to most diseases. According to research books, it should start bearing fruit in 3-4 years from seeds. Does well in most soils.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
FDR25 Chinese Hazelnut ( Corylus chinensis )
Very similar to common hazlenut, this one is a bit faster grower. Bears loads of small, sweet nuts.
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FDR17 Turkish Hazelnut ( Corylus colurna )
Turkish Hazel is a 40 to 50-foot-tall, occasionally 80-foot-tall (in its native habitat), deciduous tree with a beautiful pyramidal shape, the thick, tan to grey, short trunk supporting the dense horizontal branches. Growth rate is usually slow. Like many trees with horizontal branches, the main limbs are quite small in diameter in relationship to the typically straight trunk, and arise at almost a 90-degree angle. This should make the tree quite durable in urban areas and helps maintain a symmetrical crown so prized by landscape architects. The lush, dark green leaves are five inches long and stay on the tree long into the fall, finally turning a pale yellow/green before dropping, but fall color is far from striking. Inconspicuous female flowers and two to three-inch-long, attractive male catkins are produced in early spring and are followed by the production of clustered fruits which are quite irresistible to squirrels. On some older trees, the bark becomes ridged and corky, peeling off in sections to expose the orange/brown bark beneath. But this characteristic varies from one tree to the next. Best for zones 5-7.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
E3160 Riverflat Mayhaw ( Crataegus opaca )
Other common names for this shrub are Mayhaw and Western Mayhaw, and Riverflat Hawthorn. The Mayhaw fruit has been treasured in the Deep South for its culinary uses for generations. Mayhaws are highly esteemed for making jelly, sauces and wine, and are one of the few ornamental flowering trees adapted for use in wet area landscaping.
In the past, there was sufficient wild fruit available to satisfy most local needs, if you wanted to harvest mayhaws, you simply went searching along bayous or ditchbanks till you found wild plants fruiting and harvested what you needed.
Recently, however, many native mayhaw stands have been destroyed by land clearing for forestry and agriculture and by the increased popularity of the fruit.
Also, small commercial manufacturers of mayhaw jelly and syrup have become more prominent, and now easily accessible trees are getting very hard to find. Picked mayhaw fruit currently goes for about $8 to $12 per gallon in our area. Mayhaw fruit is very light and weighs only 4 to 5 pounds per gallon.
If you have a wet or low lying area, you might consider growing some of these trees for personal use, or as a way to make a few extra bucks during harvest season.
Mayhaw trees take a few years to start producing fruit, and mature trees can provide 25 or more gallons of fruit in a good year.
Zones 6-11.

Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.

 500mg pack ( about 15-20 seeds ) $2.95
3452 Jelly Tree ( Crataegus monogyna )
The common hawthorn or single-seeded hawthorn, is a species of hawthorn native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. Other common names include may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw.
The Common Hawthorn is a shrub or small tree 15-25 feet tall, with a dense crown. The bark is dull brown with vertical orange cracks. The younger stems bear sharp thorns. The hermaphrodite flowers are produced in late spring and are moderately fragrant. The haw is a small, oval dark red fruit about .4 inches long, berry-like, but structurally a pome containing a single seed. Haws are important for wildlife in winter, particularly thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat the haws and disperse the seeds in their droppings.
Common Hawthorn is extensively planted as a hedge plant, especially for agricultural use. Its spines and close branching habit render it effectively stock and human proof with some basic maintenance.
The fruit of hawthorn, called haws, are edible raw but are commonly made into jellies, jams, and syrups, used to make wine, or to add flavour to brandy. Botanically they are pomes, but they look similar to berries. A haw is small and oblong, similar in size and shape to a small olive or grape, and red when ripe. Haws develop in groups of 2-3 along smaller branches. They are pulpy and delicate in taste. Hawthorn Jelly has become very popular lately, lending to the name of "Jelly Tree" when the hawthorn is referred to.
Zones 4-8.

Hawthorn Jelly recipe.

Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.

  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
IP122 Caigua ( Exploding Cucumber ) Cyclanthera pedata
This is one of the most interesting plants we have found. It is a climbing member of the cucumber family that can be used as a vegetable in salads, or steamed, it has a nice sweet flavor. It is also an herbal plant, the fruit has anti-inflammatory, weight reducing ( it is often sold in capsule form as a natural weight loss product ), lipid-absorbing, cholesterol and blood sugar regulating affects.
Can easily be grown in the garden, on a fence or trellis. It is an annual plant. One of the most interesting aspects of the plants is that when ripe, the fruits become spring-loaded missile devices, splitting and turning themselves inside-out to launch their seeds up to 5-6 feet away into the garden. This is quite the conversation plant.
  5 seeds $2.95
D2212 Tree Tomato ( Cyphomandra Betacea )
The tree tomato is an unusual large shrub native to Peru. It is a tropical plant that only does well outside in zone 10 or higher, but is an excellent container plant as it has a very shallow root system and is easy to container grow for landscape purposes.
The trees grow ten to twelve feet in height and may be single-or multiple-stemmed depending on how they are trained. The large, somewhat oval leaves may be six to twelve inches long, and are softly pubescent. The small pinkish fragrant flowers are produced in the spring and early summer and the fruits mature during the fall and following winter.
Mature fruits are about the size of a normal chicken egg and also about the same shape. Fruits, at maturity, can be orange, red or purple, depending on the variety. Internally, they somewhat resemble a tomato. Like tomatoes, they can be be eaten as a vegetable and used in sauces, soups or other ways. The most popular way of consuming the tree tomato is as a conserve. It can be made into jams and jellies also, but unlike regular tomatoes, when being cooked the seeds and skin of the tree tomato should be removed.
The fruits, although they somewhat resemble tomatoes, do not have a tomato taste, but are pleasant for most people.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
RHM111 Star Apple ( Chrysophyllum cainito )
Beautiful tropical tree with round, purple skinned fruit with a star pattern in pulp. From a great distance the tree is easily seen because the reverse side of the green oval leaves is a satiny - shining gold color. Makes an excellent ornamental and can be kept pruned to desired height.
Star apples must not be bitten into. The skin and rind (constituting approximately 33% of the total) are inedible. When opening a star apple, one should not allow any of the bitter latex of the skin to contact the edible flesh. The ripe fruit, preferably chilled, may be merely cut in half and the flesh spooned out, leaving the seed cells and core. A combination of the chopped flesh with that of mango, citrus, pineapple, other fruits and coconut water is frozen and served as Jamaica Fruit Salad Ice. An attractive way to serve the fruit is to cut around the middle completely through the rind and then, holding the fruit stem-end down, twisting the top gently back and forth. As this is done, the flesh will be felt to free itself from the downward half of the rind, and the latter will pull away, taking with it the greater part of the core.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RLP080 Tree Grape ( Cyphostemma juttae )
Cyphostemma juttae is a very sought-after plant for the garden, as are other caudiciform plants such as baobabs, adeniums and tylecodons. They make superb container or open garden subjects in and around the garden, especially around swimming pools and courtyards. Because this species grows mainly in the summer, plants must be kept dry during the colder winter months. They are ideal accent plants for a rockery, or may be planted in a large container on a sunny protected patio.
These plants fare best in a loamy or sandy soil where drainage is optimal. Adding plenty of river sand and general compost will greatly improve drainage in heavy clay soils. Soil quality can also be improved dramatically by lightly working some bone meal into the soil. Although smelly, the effect on soils is quite remarkable. As a rule of thumb, use only organic products, such as those based on seaweed extract, especially if plants are going to be fed on a regular basis. Organic products won't burn or damage plants.
As with all succulents one must be careful not to over-water. These plants can survive with very little water and too often plants die as a result of too much water. If one lives in a very wet area, it is best to rather keep plants in big containers where they can be easily moved to a sheltered place. This also helps where severe frost occurs as cypostemmas are not completely resistant to frost.
Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RLP068 Sherbet Tree ( Dialium schlechteri )
A very attractive tropical tree, with shiny leaves and mottled white bark native to forests in Mozambique and eastern South Africa, this small to medium-sized, dry deciduous tree forms a dense, rounded crown of pinnate leaves and holds terminal, compact inflorescences with small, yellowish white flowers, followed by brown, edible fruits.
The fruit pods are oval, thin-shelled and velvety red-brown (25 mm long). A bright orange, dry pith surrounds the seeds. The brown fruits are usually borne in profusion from autumn onwards. They are very popular with Zulu children, as they are very tasty. According to some people, they taste exactly like sherbet. The pulp is sometimes mixed with water and milk to make a refreshing drink.

The wood has a beautiful close grain, a good surface and a fine colour. It is reddish towards the centre, lighter outward and without sapwood. It is hard, heavy and insect-proof. Sim, in his Forest flora of Portuguese East Africa, describes the wood as the best hardwood seen. The Zulus grind the bark to a powder and apply this to burns.
Not frost hardy, so this a plant is for warm climates, we would be interested in knowing if anyone has had success growing this in large containers.
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TRZ019 Black Sapote ( Diospyros dignya )
This sub tropical tree produces a fruit often called the 'Chocolate Pudding Fruit'. The Black Sapote fruit resembles a large, round green tomato on the outside and varies in size from two to five inches in diameter. The Black Sapote's flesh is rich and custard-like, with a sweet, mild flavor and appearance, gives it a nickname, the chocolate pudding tree. Some people find the taste to be like chocolate, if you like Chocolate you'll love Black Sapote. A very close relative of the persimmon the Black Sapote is a Chocoholics dream come true!

This rather slow growing, medium size handsome tree has deciduous, shiny, dark green leaves. The flowers, borne in the leaf axils, are tubular, white, with persistent green calyx. Some have both male and female organs, and are faintly fragrant; others are solely male and have a pronounced gardenia-like scent. The fruit is nearly round, bright-green and shiny at first. On ripening, the smooth, thin skin becomes olive-green. The pulp is glossy, dark-brown, almost black, jelly-like, soft, and very sweet. Its texture and color closely match stewed prunes. In the center, there may be a few seeds, but the fruit is often seedless.

Black Sapote pulp can be served as dessert with a little milk, sour cream or orange juice poured over it. With the addition of lemon or lime juice it can be used as a filling for pies and other pastry. It is also made into ice cream. The pulp can be blended with orange juice or brandy, or with milk and ground nutmeg, or with wine, cinnamon and sugar, and served with or without whipped cream. A foamy, delicious beverage is made by blending the pulp with canned pineapple juice. In Central America, the fermented fruits are made into a liqueur somewhat like brandy. The plant is subtropical and can tolerate light frost, as well as short periods of flooding.
Cold hardy to about 28 degrees.

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TRM115 Star apple ( Diospyros lycioides )
This exciting shrub or small tree is a very tough plant which grows well country-wide. Its most attractive features are its smooth bark, blue-green leaves, fragrant flowers and colourful fruits that attract many birds and insects. The bluebush is a slow to fast-growing plant, depending on the climate. It is a deciduous to evergreen shrub to medium tree up to 5 m tall with an open crown and drooping branches. It has blue-green leaves, arranged spirally at the ends of the branches. The bark is dark grey to brown and smooth on older branches and stems, but covered with long hairs on young branches.
It bears tiny, sweetly fragrant especially at night, creamy yellow, bell-shaped flowers. The flowers attract lots of insects and insectivorous birds, especially bees. Produces attractive, deep-red, marble-sized berries which are eaten by various birds, dassies, monkey and also humans. The fruit has a pleasant, sweetish taste, with jelly-like flesh when ripe; the young fruit is covered by hairs, but is smooth when ripe and turns from red to reddish brown to black.

Pieces of root of Diospyros lycioides are widely and commonly used as toothbrush, and pieces of the stem are used similarly in some areas. The small-sized wood is mainly suitable for small items of furniture and carvings such as trinket boxes, spoons and handles for tools and implements. Occasionally the wood is used in hut construction, especially where smaller branches are needed. It is also used for fencing and as fuel. The leaves are important browse for both domestic and wild animals, although it is said to taint the milk of cows. In southern Africa the fruit and seed are used as food and are also used to make beer. Fruits are also fermented to distil alcohol. The roasted ground seeds were once used as a coffee substitute. A yellowish brown dye is obtained from the roots while the bark is used for tanning skins. In Botswana the dye is used to colour palm leaves for basketry. The plant is a bee forage. In South Africa and some parts of Europe, Diospyros lycioides is planted in gardens and used in landscaping.
Diospyros grow very well in a well-drained soil in full sun. Propagate from seeds soaked in hot water overnight, as cuttings are very difficult to root. Young plants grow very fast. For best result in your own garden add lots of compost, mulch and feed with slow-release 3:1:5 fertilizer and water regularly. Zone 9 and higher.
 5 seeds $3.95
RLP197 East Indian Ebony ( Diospyros melanoxylon )
A medium-sized tree to 75 feet tall, native to dry deciduous forests in southern India and Sri Lanka, where it usually grows on rocky, poor soils with good drainage. The black, heavy and durable heartwood is one of the sources of the ebony of commerce and much used for the manufacture of chess pieces.
The fruits are edible, aromatic and astringent and are sometimes sold in markets in India. The tree also has a number of applications in traditional medicine and the leaves are commonly used in India for wrapping bidis, a traditional Indian cigarette. Seeds should be soaked in cold water for a day before sowing. For zone 9 and higher.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
D2217 American Persimmon ( Diospyros virginiana )
The persimmon is a slow-growing deciduous tree, rarely exceeding 50 feet in height. The leaves are generally elliptic, 4-6 inches long, dark green on top and pale green underneath.
The bark on older trunks is black and broken up into distinctive, regular square blocks. The female flowers develop into showy orange fruits, up to 2 inches in diameter, that are very astringent during maturation, but deliciously sweet when fully ripe.
Persimmon is native to eastern North America from New England, west to Kansas, and south to Texas and Florida. It is one of the most widely-adapted of trees, growing naturally in bottomland swamps, along stream banks, in upland forests, in fields, piney woods, and even dry scrub lands.
Prefers full sun, but also does well in partial sun. Highly adaptable, tolerates drought and even brief flooding. Hardiness: USDA Zones 6-10.
Wild persimmons and their seedlings vary greatly in fruit quality and size. Plant persimmon trees in the natural area of your landscape where their fruit will can be shared with wildlife as well as children.
When you gently shake a persimmon tree, the ripe fruits fall to the ground. If you have to pull the fruit off the tree, it will surely pucker your mouth inside out! Ripe persimmons are delicious out of hand, and can be made into puddings and cakes. Frozen, they satisfy like ice cream, while dried persimmons are like dates. Persimmon wood is prized for its beauty and extreme density, and used for golf club heads and pool cues.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
SO456 Japanese Persimmon ( Diospyros kaki )
A very popular fruit tree from the Far East that has gained popularity in the US. Easy to grow from seeds. Can be raised inside in tubs in the north and outside in mild climates. The fruits are large, up to 3" across and sweet.
  Package of 6 seeds $2.50
FB101 Date Plum ( Diospyros lotus )
A type of persimmon tree, produces a small fruit with a taste similar to both dates and plums. Known by the ancient Greeks as the fruit of the gods, the date plum is renowned for its sweet taste.
It is a decidious tree that is native to Middle East and South Asia, especially from China and Japan. This tree can reach up to 90 ft (30 m) tall in warm areas, but will generally be smaller. (Up to about 30 ft -10 m- tall) it bears edible small fruits in autumn.
The leaves of the date plum are decidious, and are about up to 4-5 in (10 - 12.5 cm) long. Flowers - Flowers are small and yellow-green, and are dioecious. At least both a male and female plant will be required to get viable seeds. A pack of 10 seeds will usually produce both male and female plants, can be pollinated by other persimmons.
The date plum is a close relative to the persimon. However, the date plum is a smaller fruit, as it is about 0.75 in (2 cm) wide. It is a globose yellow fruit that turns purple-brown when fully ripe. Like the persimon, the date plum looses its astringency when fully ripe. The flesh is then very soft and rich in flavour.
This tree is frost hardy down to -15°F (-25°C) and less. It can easily be grown in USDA zones 5 and warmer. The date plum needs a fairly well-drained and deep ground.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN271 Kei Apple ( Dovyalis caffra )
Dovyalis caffra or Kei Apple is an evergreen shrub to small tree native to South Africa. In nature, the plants will reach up to 20 feet in height with a spread of around 8-10 feet wide.
It is a very dense shrub with very stiff, sharp spines. Spines will reach up to 3 inches long. The obovate, glossy leaves are up to 2 inches long.
Leaves are usually clustered at the base of spines. Plants are moderately fast growers and one can expect them to produce fruit in 5-6 years from seed. They are very drought resistant and their size is easily controlled with container size and selective pruning.
The plants are hardy in USDA zones 9-11.
The very small greenish yellow flowers are followed by 1 inch yellow fruit. The mature fruits taste somewhat like an apricot.
 200mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
RHM070 Ceylon Gooseberry ( Dovyalis hebecarpa )
Shrubby tropical plant to 15' with spines on the stems with numerous small oval leaves. Produces 1" velvety, purple skinned tart fruits which are used in jams, jellies. May also be pruned to size as an attractive ornamental plant. Native to Sri-Lanka. Can be tub raised.
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D2219 Russian Olive ( Elaeagnus angustifolia )
Although its fruits are used in drinks and to make preserves, it is more sought after for its white shoots and silver undersides of leaves.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
Z1511 Cardamom Spice Plant ( Elettaria cardamomum )
Cardamom is a rather typical looking ginger plant except that it is huge, standing as much as 12' tall. Thick, fleshy rhizomes give rise to erect shoots that bear two rows of linear-lance-shaped leaves each about 2' long. The leaves are smooth and dark green above, silky and paler beneath. They taper to an acute point. The fruits are thin-walled, smooth-skinned, oblong, greenish capsules about 3/4" long. Each contains 15-20 aromatic reddish brown seeds. It is a tropical plant and needs zone 10 or higher to grow outside, but can be sucessfully grown in hothouses.
It is called the Queen of Spices and considered one of the most exotic and highly prized spices. Indian cardamom has a history as old as human civilization. Cardamom oil is a precious ingredient in food preparations, perfumery, health foods medicines and beverages. India, a traditional exporter of cardamom to the Middle East countries where it goes mostly into the preparation of 'Gahwa' - a strong cardamom - coffee concoction without which no day is complete or no hospitality hearty for an Arab. Indian cardamom enjoys a premium preference in the Middle East, by Japanese and Russians who relish it for its distinct enriching properties. This Queen of Spices is from the High Ranges of Kerala. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
RLP078 Araza ( Eugenia stipitata )
This unusual Eugenia is used as an ornamental and only in recent years has any serious effort been made to consider it as an economic crop. At this point its being tried as a juice. It's high in vitamin C, and the taste is very tart.
Araza is used to make juices, soft drinks, ice cream, preserves and desserts. The fruit is rarely eaten raw because of its acidity (pH 2.4 in the case of the juice).
The nutritional value of araza is very similar to that of oranges, with the exception of the vitamin C content which is more than double in araza.
It's oval leaves are alternate on willowy stems. The height is a shrubby 5' with smooth red 2" acid fruits. This attractive tropical tree may be easily grown indoors with bright light and warmth.
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TRM793 Ambae Golden Fig ( Ficus sp. Ambae Golden )
A fast growing fig tree from the island of Ambae in Vanuatu produces large, glossy leaves and small, yellow, edible fruits that are best used for jams or the like. A great ornamental and a decent fruit tree for tropical climates. Grow as an inside plant when young, or outside in zones 10-11.
 2mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $3.95
JF200 Common Fig ( Ficus carica )
Ficus belongs to the Mulberry Family. The Common Fig is native to the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia region where it grows wild and has been in cultivation for centuries. The cultivated Fig forms a shrub or low-spreading tree.
The fig is a picturesque tropical looking tree or shrub with a dramatic spreading habit. The breadth is often wider than the height of 15 to 30 ft (4.6-9 m) with equal spread. This deciduous, low-branching tree is usually single trunked, with pale, silvery gray smooth bark. In colder regions, figs are grown as bushes with multiple stems and branches close to the ground that are laid down and buried before winter. The Ficus makes an especially attractive specimen in the landscape. Plant one on an expanse of lawn, where it's graceful spreading shape and smooth twisting branches command attention in all seasons.
The alternate, long petioled, dark green leaves are broad-ovate to nearly orbicular in outline and may become 20cm(10 in) long and 10-20 cm (4-10 in) wide with 3-5 lobes. The upper surface is thick and ribbed while the underneath is finely haired .The leaves texture is rough and they can irritate skin.
The Genus Ficus is unique for bearing its flowers inside a nearly closed receptacle, or branch, which ripens into a fleshy fruit called a fig. The small flowers are produced twice in the season. The first ones (the breba crop) are produced near the ends of the shoots of the preceding flush of growth, whereas the second crop (the main crop) is produced in the axils of the leaves on the new growth.
The mature fruit is pear shaped and variable in size and range in color from a greenish-yellow to purple. The edible fruit is a hollow succulent receptacle with many ovaries on the inner surface, which may or may not produce seeds, depending on the variety.
Figs usually begin bearing fruit within two years and may bear twice per year. Figs grow nicely and will bear fruit when grown in containers where they can be artfully pruned to create a living sculpture to decorate deck or patio. This is convenient for two reasons: cold climate growers can move their figs indoors in winter and the plants can be removed from the patio when the fruit begins to (over)ripen. The edible fruit are extremely attractive to birds.
Hardy for zones 7-10. Note that with winter protection, it can be grown as far north as Zone 5. The Ficus Carica likes reflected sun, full sun, or part shade. Fig trees are tolerant of poorly drained soils and grow well in relatively infertile soils. When fully dormant, fig trees can tolerate temperatures as low as 10 to 15°F (-9°C). Even if frozen, figs often will restart from the roots and produce a crop the following summer. They are drought tolerant, once established. Figs responds well to pruning and can be espaliered or pruned heavily in the dormant season for size control and to increase the main crop. Water the tree every month or two while it is growing, and once or twice per year when fully grown. They grow much better with a monthly fertilizing program and deep watering twice a month in summer.
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TRM778 Hairy Fig ( Ficus hispida )
A medium-sized tree with large, rough, hairy leaves and small, edible, red or yellow fruits, widely distributed from the Himalayas to Australia.
An unusual feature is the figs which hang on long stems.
This is a tropical plant for zones 9b or higher.
 2mg pack ( usually 20 or more seeds ) $2.95
3397 Sonoran Strangler Fig ( Ficus pertusa )
A medium-sized, dry deciduous tree found from Mexico through Central America and the Caribbean to most of South America, with oval, glossy green leaves and small, edible figs that turn red when ripe. Can be container grown in zones colder than 9b.
 25mg pack ( usually 10 or more seeds ) $2.95
3399 Cluster Fig Tree ( Ficus racemosa )
An evergreen tropical fig that can be grown in large tubs.
Impressive large Ficus species which can easy be recognized by the myriad of fruits that are hanging from its branches almost the whole year round.
Popularly known as the Cluster Fig Tree or Goolar (Gular) Fig, this is native to Australasia, South-East Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. it is unusual in that its figs grow on or close to the tree trunk.In India the tree and its fruit are called gular in the north and atti in the south.The fruits are a favorite staple of the common Indian macaque. In Vietnam, it is called sung.
 25mg pack ( about 100 seeds ) $2.95
TRN609 Lovi-Lovi ( Flacourtia inermis )
A beautiful, bushy small tree with glossy green leaves that are reddish when young and cherry-sized, bright red, edible and acidic fruits throughout much of the year that are eaten fresh or made into jellies or jams. Flacourtia inermis is best suited to tropical climates in USDA Zones 10 and above.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRZ050 Madan ( Garcinia schomburgkiana )
Madan is a native of Thailand. It grows to a small size tree in tropical areas. It is found growing wild there in lowland and swampy areas of the evergreen forests in Central and South Thailand. The fruits are consumed by local people in various ways. Madan fruits are mostly gathered from wild growing trees but some trees are also planted by people around homes.
Madan fruits are very rich in vitamin A and calcium. Since the fruits taste quite sour, they are often used in side dishes, salads and made into sauces. The fruit is also processed to make preserved fruit in syrup, pickled fruit and dried fruit. Fermented fruit is stuffed with minced pork to make a soup, or it can be made into a sweet.
Young leaves are served as a vegetable accompaniment to many Thai dishes and can be eaten either raw or cooked.
Zone 9b and higher.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RLP032 Marmalade Box Tree ( Genipa americana )
Marmalade Box Tree is a small to medium-sized tropical tree. It is 20 to 50 feet and it has thick, smooth bark.
In most of Amazon Basin the trees flower in May to September and give fruit between September and April. It takes up to one year for the fruits to mature. In most trees, bees pollinate the flowers. Its fruit is a large, rounded berry, which is 4 to 6 inches long, 2 to 3 inches wide, weighing between 8 and 16 ounces. It has a thin and leathery covering and a thick layer of soft, yellow-brown pulp. The central cavity contains up to 300 seeds, enclosed in membranes.
The fruit is edible only when overripe and soft to the touch, when the flavor (acid to subacid) resembles that of dried apples or quinces. Genipap is widely distributed throughout the South American tropics and parts of the subtropical areas of Latin America. Areas were it grows naturally or where it has been introduced range from Mexico to Argentina and include the Caribbean as well. In most places Genipap is restricted to the lowlands. The tree may have originated in the Amazon where it grows naturally. It is found especially in the "varzeas", the part of the Amazon forest that lies next to rivers and is flooded annually for several months. Occurrence also extends into the open forest and the savannah transition zone. It is also common in secondary forests on sites abandoned by shifting agriculture.
In Guyana, the ripe fruit is used mainly as fish bait. The fallen, astringent fruits are much eaten by wild and domestic animals. The juice of the unripe fruit is colorless but oxidizes on exposure to the air and gradually turns light brown, then blue-black, and finally jet black. It has been commonly employed by South American Indians to paint their faces and bodies for adornment and to repel insects; and to dye clothing, hammocks, utensils and basket materials a bluish-purple. The dye is indelible on the skin for 15 to 20 days. This very common use is probably the reason why the tree is so dispersed in all tropical America. The fruit juice is recommended against rheumatism. Amerindians make a syrup from the juice of the mesocarp or cook the fruit and seeds and use the residual water against asthma and to reduce inflammations of the respiratory system. The fruit pulp is used as a dental anesthetic. The scraped green fruit is used against itching.
In Puerto Rico, the fruit is cut up and put in a pitcher of water with sugar added to make a summer drink like lemonade. Sometimes it is allowed to ferment slightly. A bottled concentrate is served with shaved ice by street vendors. In the Philippines the fruit is used to make cool drinks, as well as jelly, sherbet and ice cream. The flesh is sometimes added as a substitute for commercial pectin to aid the jelling of low-pectin fruit juices. Rural Brazilians prepare sweet preserves, syrup, a soft drink (called genipapada), wine, and a potent liqueur from the fruits.
The fruit is eaten as a remedy for jaundice in El Salvador. Ingested in quantity, it is said to act as a vermifuge. The fruit juice is given as a diuretic. It is a common practice in Puerto Rico to cut up the fruits, steep them in water until there is a little fermentation, then add flavoring and drink the infusion as a cold remedy. The crushed green fruit and the bark decoction are applied on venereal sores and pharyngitis. The root decoction is a strong purgative. The seeds are crushed and added to water and taken as an emetic in Brazil. When cut, the bark exudes a whitish, sweetish gum which is diluted and used as an eyewash and is claimed to alleviate corneal opacities. The juice expressed from the leaves is commonly given as a febrifuge in Central America. The flower decoction is taken as a tonic and febrifuge.
 5 seeds $4.95
D2220 Honey Locusts ( Gleditsia )
This tree is cultivated for its golden fern-like foliage. The pulp is sweet and thus the name. The pods are often fermented to make beer or to feed to livestock.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRM089 Brandybush ( Grewia flava )
The Brandybush is a shrub found in the Kalahari. The tasteful, flesh rich fruits are gathered by the San people from February to August and are eaten in large quantities. They are also mashed, soaked and eaten as a porridge.
In the flowering season, the beautiful sweet-scented star-shaped yellow flowers can be found growing on the angles where the leaves grow on the branches. These in turn make way for the berry-like fruit that starts showing from December to April. The berry fruit is reddish brown in colour when ripe and ready to eat, is sweetish in flavour and has a fairly high sugar content.
A recent seed addition from Africa, we do not yet know zone requirements for this plant, so grow at your own risk!
 5 seeds $2.95
1A448 Kaffir Plum ( Harpephyllum caffrum )
A medium-sized tree from southeastern Africa with sickle-shaped, glossy, leathery leaves that are red when young and small greenish flowers followed by bright red, plum-sized, edible fruits. These are somewhat sour and popular mostly for making jams and jellies. Parts of the plant are also used in traditional medicine, including a preparation from the roots which is thought to relieve the effects of sorcery.
Hardy to at least 30F. USDA Zones 10-11. Can be container grown in colder climates.
  Package of 4 seeds $2.50
TRN599 Japanese Rasin Tree ( Hovenia dulcis )
Japanese Raisin tree can reach 40 to 50 feet in height but is most often seen at 30 to 35 feet with an open, upright, oval silhouette. Unfortunately it is a little too big for planting beneath most power lines. The tree usually maintains a fairly good central leader with small-diameter main branches. The four to six-inch-long, glossy green leaves are particularly striking and create light shade below the trees but they show no appreciable color change in autumn, dropping while they are still green. In early summer, the branch-tips of the trees are festooned with small, two to three-inch-long cymes of sweetly-fragrant, greenish-white flowers which are quite attractive to insects. These blooms are followed by the production of small, fleshy, brown drupes which ripen to bright red and have a flavor similar to a sweet raisin, giving the tree its common name. Hardy for zones 6A through 10A.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
2903 Hops ( Humulus lupulus )
Humulus lupulus ( aka Hops, Japanese Hops ), is a perennial climber growing to almost 20 feet high at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from September to October. Hops are noted for attracting wildlife, pharmaceuticals, and beverage flavoring such as beer.

Hops produce rich, heavily scented, green-golden fruit that is harvested in autumn. The flowers of Humulus lupulus contain the chemicals myrcene, myrcenol, resin, linalool, humulene and tannins, all used extensively in the pharmaceutical industy. Also, another common usage is flavoring for the beer industry.

Hops seeds can be slow to germinate. Use a process called "cold scarification" to encourage hop seed germination. A good method is to put seeds in an equal amount of moist sand and refrigerate from one to three months at about 41 degrees F. After that, plant the seeds at 68 degrees F. for one to two months. If the hops seeds have not germinated, put them back in the refrigerator and repeat the cycle.

Decorative fast growing vine, excellent for porches and screens.

  Package of 10 seeds $3.25
3338 Yerba Mate ( Ilex paraguayensis )
Grow you own Yerba Mate and enjoy this popular South American tea as an alternative beverage to coffee. In Latin America, Yerba Mate is the beverage of choice and has a smoother taste than green tea, plus it's loaded with antioxidants. The plant itself makes a wonderful potted plant for its graceful full-leafed branches. Under warm temperatures, it grows throughout the year, even in the north as a potted plant with flowers arriving during the winter/spring months. The leaves can be harvested once the plant is established. Grow in full sun with temperature above 65 degrees for fastest growth.
Hardy to Zone 10 and higher for outdoors.
Yerba mate was has been used as a beverage since the time of the ancient Indians of Brazil and Paraguay. In the early 16th century, Juan de Solis, a Spanish explorer of South America's famed La Plata River, reported that the Guarani Indians of Paraguay brewed a leaf tea that "produced exhilaration and relief from fatigue." The Spaniards tried the beverage and liked it. Their subsequent demand for the tea led the Jesuits to develop plantations of the wild species in Paraguay and yerba mate became known as "Jesuits' tea" or "Paraguay tea."
Methods of leaf preparation for the traditional tea beverage vary then and now: in one method, the branches are cut, then held over an open fire (to fire-cure the leaves). This deactivates the enzymes in the leaves (making them more brittle) and the green color of the leaves is retained in the subsequent drying process (with charred bits often found in the resulting tea product, which lends to a smoky flavor). Other methods include a brief par-blanching of the leaves in boiling water (to deactivate the leaf enzymes and soften its leathery texture). They then are toasted dry in large pans over a fire or inside a brick oven-resulting in a finished brown-leaf tea.
The wild plant has a distinct aroma and taste that has not been matched by plantation cultivation. In South America yerba mate is considered a national drink in several countries; in Europe, it is called "the green gold of the Indios." In Brazil and Paraguay (leading exporters of mate), some production still comes from wild stands-most of which is found in the humid depressions of the foothills. It is not unusual for one wild tree to yield 30-40 kg of dried leaves annually. In wild harvesting, mate gatherers, called tarrafeiros or yebateros, travel through the jungle searching for a stand of trees (called a mancha). Harvesting is done between May and October, when the tree is in full leaf. Leaves are picked from the same tree only every third year, which protects it for subsequent crops. Most of the mate in commerce today, however, comes from large cultivation projects in Paraguay and Uruguay.
The word mate is Spanish for "gourd," and refers to the small gourd cup in which the tea beverage traditionally is served throughout South America. It is also served with a metal drinking straw or tube, called a bombilla, which has a filter attached to the lower end to strain out leaf fragments. The bottom third of the gourd is filled with fire-burned or toasted leaves, and hot water is added. Burnt sugar, lemon juice, and/or milk often is used to flavor the refreshing tea, which occupies a position rivaling that of coffee in the United States. Mate bars are as prevalent in South America as coffee bars are in North America and Europe; mate drinking has deep cultural roots.
In addition to its standing as a popular beverage, yerba mate is used as a tonic, diuretic, and as a stimulant to reduce fatigue, suppress appetite, and aid gastric function in herbal medicine systems throughout South America. It also has been used as a depurative (to promote cleansing and excretion of waste). In Brazil, mate is said to stimulate the nervous and muscular systems and is used for digestive problems, renal colic, nerve pain, depression, fatigue, and obesity. A poultice of the leaves also is applied topically to anthrax skin ulcers (for which mate's tannin content - highly astringent - may be the reasoning behind this use).
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM063 Jaltomato Procumbens
A South American fruit, with a sweet, spicy taste similar to grapes or tomatoes. These easy-to-grow plants can grow as short-lived perennials but are better grown as annuals in cooler climates.
The fruit has a pleasant taste and aroma and is prized as a food source by many. This little tomato is found across Mexico and it's mostly used in the cuisines from the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Jalisco. It is rarely found in markets, and when it is, usually in small quantities. The ripe fruit has been used economically in parts of Mexico fresh, dried, in jams or preserves. Only completely ripe fruit are to be eaten, as green berries and the rest of the plant may be poisonous. The plant grows like a tomatillo plant and the berries are a decent size and produces well even in poor sandy soils.
This type of "berry tomato" is very juicy, has lots of seeds and a thick skin, peculiarities which the people who consume it enjoy. Said to taste like a sweet and spicy cross between a tomato and a grape, it can be eaten raw or made in to a delicious jam. Definitely is a plant for super food and gourmet for vegan fans.
Plants produced many cherry-sized black berries. They fall off when ripe. It is also a folk medical plant of Kamasa Indians in Columbia and Tarahumara Indians in Mexico. Plants can be grown like commonly tomatoes. This true perennial and can live many years in conservatory. In spring it shoots up from stout roots.
As with other members of the Solanum family, such as tomatoes and aubergines, jaltomata may require staking or some form of support.
 10 seeds $2.95
FDR07 Butternut ( Juglans cinerea )
Butternut, also called white walnut or oilnut, grows rapidly on well-drained soils of hillsides and streambanks in mixed hardwood forests. This small to medium-sized tree is short lived, seldom reaching the age of 75.
Butternut is more valued for its nuts than for lumber. The soft coarse-grained wood works, stains, and finishes well. Small amounts are used for cabinetwork, furniture, and novelties. The sweet nuts are prized as a food by man and animals. The kernels are sweet, oily and tasty, having a buttery flavor as per the common name. Native Americans used the nuts for food and boiled the tree sap for syrup. This species is sometimes commonly called white walnut because of the light color of the wood. Butternut is easily grown but must be transplanted early because of the quickly developing root system. Hardy for zones 3-7.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
FDR08 Black Walnut ( Juglans nigra )
One of the most popular nut trees in the US. It is abundant in hedgerows and oldfields, as well as river bottoms and coves. In the open, walnut has a short main stem with a broad crown. With even moderate competition, walnut forms a tall, stately tree. On poor sites, walnut will become established and persist, but will not become a canopy tree and is eventually snuffed out by competition.
Black walnut produces seed crops every year, and heavy seed crops intermittently. Seeds are highly sought by squirrels, which cache seeds by burying them. Germination occurs the following year. Seeds can form a long-term seed bank. Black walnut is intolerant and grows moderately fast. First reproduction may occur by ten years. Few walnuts live longer than 200 years, though a few persist for up to 250 years. Stems are usually short and forked unless grown with competition.
Walnut seeds are an important food item for grey squirrels. Walnut leaves are host to a number of insects and diseases, which cause the leaves to drop in late summer. Black walnut is famous for its allelopathic inhibition of the growth of nearby plants. Despite this, the effect is not commonly observed in the field.
Black walnut is the premier hardwood species in North America, and one of the most valuable woods in the world. Supplies of quality walnut are declining, as a result of overharvesting. Attempts to grow walnut in plantations for fine wood production have met with limited succcess. Walnut wood is dark and hard, but workable, with fine grain. It is prized for gunstocks, furniture and face veneer. The nuts are collected throughout the midwest, and are used in baking and ice cream making.
Native Americans and European settlers prized the rich nuts. Native Americans harvested the buttery fat left from boiling the nuts, which may be up to 60% fat. Cherokees dried the nuts for winter use, and made porridge from ground nuts mixed with hominy and beans. Iroquois made beverages, soups, breads, pies and puddings from the nuts. Native Americans of many tribes also made dye from fruit husks, roots, barks and charred wood, and used many parts for drugs. Hardy to zone 4.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
H119 Chinese Wolfberry, Goji Berry ( Lycium barbatum )
Native to Northern China. Goji berries are used fresh, juiced or (more commonly) dried and used like raisins. They are a yin tonic, immune enhancing, and excellent for the overall health. We have selected a highly productive cultivar that bears extremely large fruits. The seed is of confirmed germination and vigor. Plant prefers full sun and fast-drying soils. High desert conditions are quite conducive. Goji plants are drought-tolerant.
A graceful shrub that bears large edible berries. The leaves are also edible when fresh and used in salads. A wine is made from the fruit that is said to prolong life. A perennial for zones 5-9.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
3519 Black Gojiberry ( Lycium ruthenicum )
Also known as Tibetan gojiberry and Hei guo gou qi. A promising superfood! A little known species of gojiberry with amazing health potential. The black berries are very rich in oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), a class of compounds that is thought to give red wine, grape seeds and blueberries their powerful antioxidant effects. They are also rich in vitamins A, C and E.

And what is highly unusual for fruits, they are rich in essential fatty acids. This combination of protective, healing and nutritive constituents help explain the many benefits of this plant. It is traditionally used to treat diabetes, anemia, heart disease, impotency, abnormal menstuation, menopause and problems of the liver and kidneys. It reduces cholesterol, helps regulate blood pressure, and improves circulation.
It also improves vision problems and dizziness. In Kashmir it is used to treat blindness in camels. Studies have shown that black gojiberry protects against radiation and may help reduce the side-effects of radiation therapy. As well, the berries boost the immune system and help prevent or slow the growth of cancer.

Black gojiberry is a spiny shrub found in dry areas from Turkey and Armenia to Tibet and northwestern China. It does well in dry, well-drained soils, and requires full sun. The seeds germinate readily but the seedlings are susceptible to damping off and control of damping off is necessary for best results.
Best sown in spring, kept in pots the first season, and then planted in the garden the following spring. Depending on conditions, plant will grow from 16-36 inches tall.
Based on its natural range we believe it is hardy to at least zones 4 to 7. It can be grown in warmer zones if provided with partial shade during the day.

  16mg pack ( about 10-15 seeds ) $2.95
1A365 Macadamia Nut "Beaumont" ( Macadamia integrifolia x M. tetraphylla )
Beaumont is a superior hybrid variety of Macadamia nut for commercial orchards as well as home gardens. It grows quickly and bears a reasonable amount of good quality nuts after just 4 years and after 8 years can produce about 18 kg of nuts per tree. The nuts are easier to dehusk than most other varieties. It is well suited to most warm temperate and tropical climates in USDA Zones 10 and 11. Macadamia grows into a large tree unless pruned and makes a nice ornamental. Beaumont has attractive, maroon new growth. What most people do not know is that the pink flowers are wonderfully and intensely fragrant. Seeds should be soaked for a few days before sowing but shells must not be cracked. Germination is slow and erratic and usually takes place over several months.
  Package of 3 large seeds $5.95
2121 Oregon Grape ( Mahonia aquifolium )
This is a very beautiful and useful evergreen shrub. It's upright stems and coarse leaves form an irregular mound up to 8' tall. As the bush matures, it sends out additional stems to form a clump up to 6' wide. The bluish green leaves are coarse and spiny and resemble holly. The compound leaves are radially arranged at the end of each stem. Bright yellow flowers appear atop the stem in spring.
Location: Oregon grape holly is native from the northwestern United States on into Canada. It is widely grown as an ornamental.
Culture: Light: Needs shady conditions, hot direct sun will burn leaves. Moisture: Likes moist soil high in organic material, but adaptable. Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9. Propagation: Clumps can be divided.
Usage: This plant thrives in shady areas where selection of plants is limited. Can be used in entry ways and under roof eaves if adequate moisture is maintained. Looks great under a canopy of pine along with azaleas and camellias. Can also be used as an outdoor container plant.
Features: The bright yellow flowers are beautiful against the lustrous blue green leaves. The bright blue berries on dark red stems are even more striking. The grape like berries can be made into jelly.
Oregon Grape Jelly Recipe.
  385mg ( about 50 seeds ) $2.95
TRFRID001 Leatherleaf Mahonia ( Mahonia bealei )
A wonderful plant with many uses. Leatherleaf mahonia is an evergreen shrub with large, pinnately compound leaves. The fruits are much relished by birds, and are usually devoured within days of ripening. Leatherleaf mahonia can be grown in containers and can be used as a large houseplant. It also makes a wonderful hedge plant.
Leatherleaf mahonia grows well in shade to partial shade, especially in zones 8 and 9. It may not flower if it doesn't get at least a couple hours of sun each day, though. Best position is one that gives 2-4 hours of morning sun. Leatherleaf mahonia does not like hot, midday sun in the southern zones, but does well in full sun in zones 6 and 7.
The shade tolerant leatherleaf mahonia is a popular shrub in the southern US and similar climates, producing dense clusters of very fragrant, golden yellow flowers. These showy blossoms stand above its evergreen foliage in late winter or early spring when few other plants are blooming.
The fruit is a berry, first green, then turning bluish black with a grayish bloom. They are about a half inch long and hang in grapelike clusters.
For zones 6-9.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.95
IP026 Chinese Holly Grape ( Mahonia lomariifolia )
Referred to as the Chinese Holly Grape (due to its holly-like appearance and grape-like fruit) or the Burmese mahonia. Evergreen shrub, 6-12 feet tall, very erect, may be single or multistemmed, stems little branched.
This narrow, tall plant bears long green leaves, which cluster near the stem ends. The thick, glossy leaves come in great contrast to the stunning blue berries that cover the plant in spring and the autumn/winter blossom of fragrant lemon-yellow flowers. The berries can even be made into a scrumptious jam.
Year-round it offers sweet fragrances.
Will grow in part shade, especially in the afternoon, likes moist, well drained soil. May need protection from cold in much of the Pacific Northwest. Used as a specimen plant. Hardy to USDA Zone 7. Native to Burma (Myanmar), western China and Taiwan.
 10 seeds $2.25
RLP083 Barbados Cherry ( Malpighia glabra )
Info below by Gene Joyner, Extension Agent I/IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service

If you want a nice, low-growing tropical fruit tree that's quite colorful in fruit, plant Barbados cherries. The Barbados cherry or acerola, Malpighia glabra, (also known as M. punicifolia), is native to the West Indies, and it's a favorite in landscapes for specimen plants or for hedges.

Barbados cherries have deep green shiny leaves varying in size and shape, but usually at least two inches or more in length. Plants grow well over a wide range of soil conditions, but do prefer acid soils for best growth and production. Barbados cherry grows to a height of about 18 feet and about the same spread, but can be kept very small and still produce plenty of delicious cherries.

Attractive tiny pink flowers are produced throughout the year, generally from early spring through late fall, and the fruits mature about four to six weeks after flowering. Fruits generally are an inch or more across, bright red with three large-lobed seeds in the center. The flesh is usually yellow-range in color and contains a very high content of vitamin C, and it is raised commercially for vitamin C.

Generally plants grow rapidly, often three to four feet a year, and for this reason they make good screens or hedges. Best growth is obtained in full sun, but they will grow in light shade, too, although fruiting may be less in the shade.

Most Barbados cherries have few problems with cold weather, and they will tolerate about 30°F before suffering damage. Fruits are often attacked by bugs and, of course, birds. Nematodes may be a problem on sandy soils, and heavy mulching is recommended to help discourage these pests.

Most Barbados cherries are easily rooted from cuttings, or they can be airlayered and these methods are used most by nurseries. Seed-propagated acerolas generally have slow poor growth and may have sour inferior fruit. There are a number of named varieties of this West Indian cherry, such as 'Florida Sweet' or 'B-17', and the types of Barbados cherries with larger fruit often have sweeter fruit as compared to the small-fruited types.

The amount of vitamin C in the fruit is highest on the smaller-size fruits that are more acid. For eating out-of-hand, though, many people prefer the sweeter clones even though they have less vitamin C. Most varieties of acerola contain at least the minimum adult daily requirement of vitamin C, so if you don't like taking vitamin tablets, simply eat a Barbados cherry every day to get your vitamin C.

Fertilize trees with a general-purpose fertilizer every three to four months to help promote good growth and fruit production. Most Barbados cherries can take small amounts of salt spray, but are not considered highly salt-tolerant for ocean front plantings. During periods of drought, Barbados cherries will benefit from heavy mulching, since they have very shallow roots which easily dry out. Weekly irrigations are suggested during the spring dry season to help promote heavier fruiting.

  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
D2222 Siberian Crabapple ( Malus baccata )
Malus baccata is a species of apple known by the common names Siberian crabapple, Siberian crab, Manchurian crab apple and Chinese crab apple.
It is native to most of Asia, but is also grown elsewhere as an ornamental tree and for rootstock. It is used for bonsai.
It bears plentiful fragrant white flowers and edible red to yellow fruit of about 1 cm diameter. This tree is grown for both its fruit and its ornamental value.
Very hardy and easy to grow. Grows well in zones 2-7.
  85mg Package ( about 20 seeds ) $1.95
E3148 Fuji Apple ( Malus pumila var. Fuji )
A cross between Red Delicious and Ralls Genet, the delightfully crisp Fuji apple is now the third most popular apple in the United States. Known for bearing fruit with almost 12 months of storage life, Fuji apple trees are grown by home orchardists who enjoy eating sweet, crunchy apples nearly year-round.
Zones: 5 - 8 (-10°F.). Height: 17 - 20 feet
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRM653 Red Delicious Apple ( Malus x domestica )
Red Delicious Apple is one of the better known apple varieties. It is a vigorous, productive tree that produces medium to large fruit. Good for eating, but not cooking, this crisp and juicy apple has a waxy red skin with pure white sweet flesh. Its distinctive, delicious flavor makes it a best seller at world-wide markets.
Red Delicious Apple is a high chill apple. It requires 800 chilling hours required for fruit to set. Fruit ripens in fall. Apple trees have a greater yield if two or more varieties are available for cross pollination. Red Delicious Apple is a good pollinator for almost all other apples.
For zones 5-8.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
SF079 Paradise Apple ( Malus pumila )
An heirloom apple with many uses. Can be eaten raw, cooked in pies, cakes etc. or fermented into cider. The taste is sweet and pleasant when fully ripe. This is a common rootstock plant as well. Zones 4-9.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
2687 Antanovka Apple ( Malus var. antanovka )
Hardy to zone 3. The most popular winter hardy rootstock for commercial plantings. It also produces a delicious, tart apple, found in many old rural homestead sites.
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2688 Borowinka Rootstock Apple ( Malus var. borowinka )
Another domestic apple famed for it's rootstock use, it also produces a good, but tart, edible apple. Hardy to zone 3, grows in a wide range of soils and climates.
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W266 Sapodilla ( Manilkara zapota )
A slow growing and very large tree that can reach over 100ft in the tropics. Fruiting occurs 4-6 months after flowering, with fruit sometimes ripening in bunches multiple times of the year.
Eaten fresh, usually as a dessert fruit. The bark contains a gummy latex substance called chicle which used to be a primary ingredient in chewing gum.
A uniquely flavored fruit, the soft brown flesh of the sapodilla tastes a bit like a sweet mix of brown sugar and root beer. The sapodilla tree is also the source of chicle, a chewing gum component. The sapodilla is reasonably hardy tree when full grown and can stand temperatures into the high 20's.
Grow in full sun. Trees are at home in both dry and wet climates and is drought tolerant.
 5 seeds $4.95
RLP030 Spanish Cherry ( Mimusops elengi )
Spanish Cherry, also known as the Bakul tree. Bakul is a large and handsome tree well-known for its fragrant flowers which are strung into garlands and worn by women. Bakul is used in the treatment and maintenance of oral hygiene. Rinsing mouth with water solution made with bakul helps in strengthening the teeth.
The bark, flowers, fruits and seeds are astringent, cooling, anthelmintic, tonic, and febrifuge. It is mainly used in dental ailments like bleeding gums, pyorrhea, dental caries and loose teeth.
The edible fruit is softly hairy becoming smooth, ovoid, bright red-orange when ripe. The wood is a luxurious wood that is extremely hard, strong and tough, and rich deep red in color. The heart wood is sharply defined from the sapwood. It works easily and takes a beautiful polish. Weight is 1008 kg per cubic meter.
Sub-tropical, it can withstand cold down to 30 degrees.
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FA55 Noni Juice Tree ( Morinda citrifolia )
Also called Indian Mulberry Tree. This popular tropical tree has attractive oval leathery leaves and produces numerous white flowers. Dyes of various colors are derived from the roots and the tree has medicinal uses.
The amazing thing about the Morinda Citrifolia plant is that every part is used, although the fruit is the most widely used.
The plant reaches heights of 15-20 feet and yields fruit year round. The blossoms of the plant are a creamy white color. The mature fruit is about the size of a potato and resembles a small breadfruit.
This plant can be grown in warm greenhouses and inside in tubs if given warmth and bright light. Outside, in zone 10 and higher.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.95
D2225 Russian Mulberry Tree ( Morus Alba )
This tree is grown for its abundance of fruit as well as its ornamental value. Its most important use however, is probably its leaves as a source of food for silkworms.
 75mg Package ( about 40-50 seeds ) $1.95

Himalayan Mulberry ( Morus macroura )
Wow! Large sweet fruit can reach 3 to 4 inches long!. It is delicious eaten fresh but can also be sundried and eaten as a sweet. We offer both the white and black varieties.
The white Himalayan Mulberry has a honey sweet taste and the Himalayan Black Mulberry has a mild sweet raspberry flavor, both are delicious!
Medium sized spreading tree with a weeping habit, excellent shade tree. Birds love them too so make sure you cover them if you don't want to share.
The Himalayan Mulberry is fairly similar in growth habits and climatic requirements to the black mulberry.
Plants normally grow about 25 feet tall, but have been known to grow as tall as 70 feet, but that is rare. Trees are hardy to about 18-25F
 E3146 Himalayan White Mulberry ( Morus macroura white )
300mg Package ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
Note: The Black Himalayan Mulberry is currently sold out.
D2226 Black Mulberry ( Morus nigra )
A heavy fruiter like the Russian Mulberry but is preferred because it grows only a third as tall and is easier to harvest. Great pies and wine can be made from the fruit.
 80mg Package ( about 30 seeds ) $1.95
JF275 Jamaican Cherry, Panama Berry ( Muntingia calabura )
A beautiful small tree to about 30 feet tall, native to forests from Mexico and the Caribbean south to Peru. It has spreading or slightly weeping branches with soft foliage and small white flowers, followed by small, red, edible and sweet fruits the size of cherries. The berries are good raw or made into jam. It is an easy and extremely fast growing, highly ornamental tree for the tropics in USDA Zones 10 and above.
It is a pioneer species that thrives in poor soil, able to tolerate acidic and alkaline conditions and drought. Its seeds are dispersed by birds and fruit bats. It is cultivated for its edible fruit, and has become naturalised in some other parts of the tropics, including southeastern Asia. As a pioneer plant, it could help condition the soil and make it habitable to other plants.
In Mexico, the fruits are eaten and sold in markets. The fruits can be processed into jams and the leaves can be used for making tea. In Brazil, the trees are planted along river banks. The fruits falling from the tree attract fish that are then caught. In the Philippines and Indonesia the fruits are usually eaten mostly by children although it is not sold in markets.
In traditional medicine, its flowers can be used as an antiseptic and to treat abdominal cramps.
The timber from the Jamaican cherry is reddish-brown. It is compact, durable and lightweight and can be used for carpentry. It could also be used as firewood. The bark can be used to produce ropes and fiber for bark skirts. Due to its ability to grow in poor soil and its effective propagation by means of bats and birds, it could be used for reforestation projects.
In India, it is used in urban gardens for its ability to grow fast and attractiveness to small fruit eating birds such as the flower peckers. It is also commonly planted in parking lots.
These cherries are very sweet and taste similar to cotton candy.
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TRM144 Tortoise berry ( Nylandtia spinosa )
An evergreen shrub for zones 9-11, it may survive zone 8 outside, but will be decidious or can be grown in tubs and brought inside in colder climates.
The tortoise berry is a striking plant when covered in its masses of dainty purple flowers. Attractive and unusual spiny foliage, pretty red edible fruits and water-wise attributes all combine to make it a great choice for the discerning gardener.
Chewing on small amounts of fermented leaves can help with sleeplessness. A tea/infusion brewed from stems and leaves are used to assist with abdominal pain and tuberculosis, as well as a general tonic or bitter digestive. It is a remedy for treating colds, flu and bronchitis when brewed with Lebeckia multiflora . The Tswana people use the root in a preparation for the treatment of malaria. The fruits are rich in Vitamin C and are quite thirst-quenching.
This plant grows very well in rockeries, on slopes, terraforce walls and any well-drained, sunny garden position, providing a beautiful display. This hardy plant requires no special care, is fairly water-wise and pest resistant. Once established in the garden, it will tolerate drought, wind and some frost. As it grows naturally next to the sea it is also an ideal small shrub for coastal gardens.
Native to South Africa, the fruits of this shrub are enjoyed by tortoises & birds there, resulting in the common name "tortoise berry".
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D2228 Common Olive ( Olea europaea )
A most useful tree that can be grown in any temperate climate ( zones 8-11 ). It also can be grown in containers. The tree itself is attractive and usually becomes gnarled with age. It bears the olive of commerce that reach up to 1-1/2" in dia. and are filled with oil. The flowers are tiny and yellow, the foliage a light grey-green.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
RLP088 Himalayan Grape Vine ( Parthenocissus himalayana )
Parthenocissus himalayana is a deciduous climber growing 20 feet or more at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The green flowers are followed by black, edible, sweet fruits (grapes) that can be used for jellies or sauces. Parthenocissus semicordata will adapt well in most humid, warm-temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 and above. The seeds need cold stratification for 6 weeks after sowing, but even then, germination may be somewhat erratic.

Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.

  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TRM812 Bat Wing Passion Flower ( Passiflora coriacea )
This is a bizarre and beautiful free-flowering passiflora vine native to Belize. The large, waxy/leathery leaves resemble a bat in flight. The flowers are inconspicuous and easily missed amongst the dense foliage.
The purple fruits are decorative and have a pleasant sweet taste. In Belize it is frequently found growing over ancient Mayan ruins or limestone cliffs, very much like ivy is found in Europe. Used as a medicine in Belize treating head colds and high blood pressure. Rare in cultivation but should be considered as a must have for passion flower enthusiasts and collector.
Easy to grow from seeds. Excellent as a larval food plant for certain butterflies.
Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-12, but can be container grown inside in most zones.
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TRM277 Jujito ( Passiflora ambigua )
This is a large passiflora vine with edible fruit that is native to Belize. In cultivation it is grown primarily for the fruit but the flowers are large and showy.
In Belize it is frequently found growing over ancient Mayan ruins or limestone cliffs, very much like ivy is found in Europe. In Belize it is sometimes used as a medicine for treating head colds and high blood pressure. Rare in cultivation. Easy to grow from seeds. Excellent as a larval food plant for certain butterflies.
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Z1610 Giant Golden Grandilla Passion Fruit( Passiflora edulis flavacarpa )
A must for tropical fruit growers! This vigorous, fast growing tropical vine will produce loads of sweet fragrance flowers, followed by large, golden passiflora fruits with a delicious sweet/tart taste. The fruits will turn a dark purle when they ripen.
This is the preferred variety of Passion Fruit that produces more and larger fruit than Passiflora edulis.
Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  10 seeds. Price per pack: $4.95
TRM066 Water Lemon ( Passiflora laurifolia )
Medium sized, ovaloid fruit, usually with a deep orange skin and white-yellow, extremely juicy pulp. The water lemon has an excellent perfumy-mild taste, without the tartness of the common passion fruit. A not widely known, and very underrated passion fruit.
This vigorously growing vine can reach up to 30 feet long. Grows best in slightly drier humid climates. It isn't too picky about soil or water requirements other than liking ground moisture year-round.
It is a tropical plant and will not stand any frost.
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IP189 Sweet Granadilla ( Passiflora ligularis )
A vigorous vine that is woody at the base and climbs onto structures or high into trees using tendrils with heart-shaped 4 to 8 inch long leaves that are of a medium green color and paler below with prominent veins. In the warmer months of the year appear the 4 inch wide sweetly fragrant flowers, often in pairs at the leaf base. These flowers have greenish white sepals and light pinkish-white petals with 2 ranks of filaments that are banded with bluish purple.
The outer shell is hard and slippery, and has soft padding on the interior to protect the seeds. The seeds, which are hard and black, are surrounded by a gelatinous sphere of transparent pulp. The pulp is the edible part of the fruit and has a soft sweet taste. It is very aromatic and contains vitamins A, C, and K, phosphorus, iron, and calcium.
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  5 seeds $2.95
2640 Giant Granadilla ( Passiflora quadrangularis )
The Giant Granadilla forms a larger leaf and is a more vigorous grower than the yellow passion fruit. This plant derives its botanical name from the fact that the stems are quad rangular in cross section. It is a vigorous grower that can grow 50 feet or more in a single season, for zones 10 and higher, or warm greenhouses.
Fruit of the giant granadilla reach a length of up to 12 inches and turn yellow when mature. The pulp around the seeds is used to flavor ice cream and to make a cooling drink. In addition, the flesh of this fruit is edible. The green fruit is boiled and eaten as a vegetable. The fully ripe flesh is eaten alone or in combination with such fruits as papaya and pineapple.
 $2.95 ( 10 seeds per pack )
W238 Alma Fruit Tree ( Phyllanthus emblica )
Amla has been regarded as a sacred tree in India. The tree was worshipped as Mother Earth and is believed to nurture humankind because the fruit are very nourishing. Kartik Mahatma and Vrat Kaumudi order the worship of this tree. The leaves are offered to the Lord of Shri Satyanarayana Vrata, Samba on Shri Shanipradosha Vrata and Shiva and Gowri on Nitya Somvara Vrata. The fruit and flowers are also used in worship. In Himachal Pradesh the tree is worshipped in Kartik as propitious and chaste. Amla tree is commonly planted in compounds of domestic and office buildings, bunds of agricultural holdings, roadside avenues, etc. Now many farmers in Haryana have taken to planting Amla on their farms as a cash crop.
Package of 5 seeds $2.95
SF075 Gooseberry Tree ( Phyllanthus acidus )
The Gooseberry Tree is a small tropical tree with ovate pointed leaves that grows up to 50 feet tall. It will grow outside in zones 10-11, and inside in tropical greenhouses in tubs. It bears fruit in abundance on the branches. It has reddish flowers and pale-yellow waxy fruit, 3/4 - 1" thick and is 6-8 ridged, in the center is a hard stone containing 4-6 seeds. The yellow fruit of the Gooseberry Treeis edible and tastes sour; it is one of the few members of the Euphorbiaceae family that has edible fruit. The tart flesh is used as a flavoring or made into jelly in Suriname.
Package of 5 seeds $2.95
3552 Chinese Lantern ( Physalis alkekengi )
An easy to grow perennial that is normally grown as an annual as it re-seeds easily. Edible berries are borne inside fascinating orange chinese lantern-like calyces. Berries are eaten raw, or in preserves and pies. Recommended for fevers and gout.
  20mg pack ( about 20 Seeds ) $2.75
PINE28 Pinyon Nut Pine ( Pinus edulis )
The perfect xeriscape plant that will in time produce the famous pinyon nuts for eating.
The pinyon (or pinon) pine group grows in the southwestern United States and in Mexico. The trees yield edible pinyon nuts, which were a staple of the Native Americans, and are still widely eaten. The wood, especially when burned, has a distinctive fragrance, making it a common wood to burn in chimineas
The pinyon (Pinus edulis) is the state tree of New Mexico (pinon in Spanish means nut pine), the trees are relatively small and rarely harvested for timber. However, pinyon nuts and firewood are in demand.
Pinyon is well adapted to the 9 to 15 inches of precipitation it normally receives in its native habitat and is one of the best native plants to use in a low-water use landscapes.
Pinyons grow best when planted in full sun and well-drained soil, at altitudes of 7,500 feet or less.
Just as severe drought stresses pinyons, so does excessive moisture after establishment. Avoid planting them in lawns, except buffalo grass or blue grama. Too much water makes them prone to other insects; established pinyons that receive precipitation only generally have few pest insect problems.
Pinyon needles are 1-2 inches long, medium to dark green, and borne in bundles of two or three. Pinyon cones open up to look like a brown rose. The nuts in the cones are widely sought after by both people and animals.
However, one pinyon in a landscape is unlikely to bear nuts, the shells will be light tan and empty due to lack of sufficient pollen ( a pack of ten seeds should produce several plants ). Where there are more pinyon trees in an area (more pollen), cones may develop chocolate brown shells with nuts. It takes several years for pinyons to reach the size and age necessary to develop cones. Additionally, cones and nuts are not borne every year, but only in years following conducive weather and precipitation.
Pinyon trees can be planted in groups to form a screen or windbreak, or singly as a focal point in the Xeriscape garden along with yarrow, Russian sage, purple coneflower, desert four o'clock and winecups.
USDA zones 5-8.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRN424 Root Beer Plant-Mexican Pepperleaf ( Piper auritum )
Also known as Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava, Acuyo, Tlanepa, Anisillo, and sacred pepper.
A large leafed perennial related to the pepper plant. Known for its leaves, which are used for their spicy aromatic scent and flavor, some liken to root beer, others to anise-clove. It is often used in Mexican cuisine for tamales, the fish or meat wrapped in fragrant leaves for cooking, and as an essential ingredient in mole verde, the green sauce originated in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. It is also chopped to flavor soups, such as pozole, and eggs. In Central Mexico, it is used to flavor chocolate drinks. In southeastern Mexico, a green liquor called Verdín is made from hoja santa. It is also used for tea. In some regions of Mexico, goat cheese is wrapped with the hoja santa leaves and imbued with its flavor.
The complex flavor is not so easily described; it has been compared to eucalyptus, licorice, sassafras, anise, nutmeg, mint, tarragon, and black pepper. The flavor is stronger in the young stems and veins.
It is native to the Americas, from northern South America to Mexico, and is also cultivated in southeast Florida.
This shrubby perennial can grow to 6 feet tall or taller. This species is easily identified by its huge leaves which can grow over a foot long in older specimens. Plants will grow out from roots so it can spread in ideal conditions. Flowers are long, skinny, white, and fuzzy looking.
Prefers full to partial shade, making it a nice understory plant. Needs consistent and regular watering. Little other care is necessary.
An evergreen shrub or small tree in USDA zones 10 and 11, root beer plants are herbaceous perennials in USDA zones 8 and 9. It is suitable for container growing in colder zones where it can be brought inside during cold weather.

Note from Jim: Piper auritum very seldom set viable seeds and only do so in their native habitat. We have been testing seeds from a well respected grower for four years now and this year is the first time we have had any success.
We were able to get about twenty five percent germination on this batch sowing them on the surface of a good seed starting mix and under plastic.
These are very tiny seeds! After they germinate, they need a lot of pampering until they are about an inch tall, at which point they become very hardy and fast growing.
This is a very difficult seed to germinate, not for the novice grower. We do not guarantee any success with these, but since we did acheive germination with these, we decided we should make these available for others to try. We would really appreciate feedback from customers who do try them.

 1mg pack ( about 25 very tiny seeds ) $2.95
Z2101 Black Pepper Vine (Piper Nigrum)
A vigorous tropical vine with glossy green leaves grown for commercial production of pepper. Can be grown on trellises or used as a basket plant. A low germinating seed, we ship 10 seeds to a pack.
  10 seeds per pack. $2.95
TRZ045 Pistachio Nut Tree ( Pistachia vera )
The pistachio is a broad, bushy, deciduous tree which grows slowly to a height and spread of 25 to 30 feet, with one or several trunks. The trees are inclined to spread and droop, and may initially need staking. Their open habit and attractive foliage make them valuable ornamentals. Under favorable conditions pistachio trees live and produce for centuries.

Pistachios are dioecious with male and female flowers on separate trees. Male and female trees must be present for fruit to set, or a branch from a male tree may be grafted on a female tree. The small, brownish green flowers are without petals and borne on axillary racemes or panicles in early summer. Wind carries the pollen from the male to the female flowers.
The reddish, wrinkled fruits are borne in heavy clusters somewhat like grapes. Although known as a nut, the fruit of the pistachio is botanically a drupe, the edible portion of which is the seed. The oblong kernel is about 1 inch in length and 1/2 inch in diameter and protected by a thin, ivory-colored, bony shell. Normally the shells split longitudinally along their sutures when mature. Under unfavorable conditions during nut growth, the shells may not split open. The color of the kernel varies from yellowish through shades of green, which extends throughout the kernel. In general the deeper the shade of green, the more the nuts are esteemed.
Pistachio nuts are rich in oil, with an average content of about 55%. The trees begin bearing in 5 to 8 years, but full bearing is not attained until the 15th or 20th year. Pistachios tend toward biennial bearing, producing heavy crop one year followed by little or none the next. Production of nuts is also influenced by drought, excessive rain, heat or cold and high winds.
Pistachios should be planted in full sun. The size of the slow growing trees can be further controlled by pruning. When planting, avoid rough handling since the budded tops are easily broken away from the understock.
Pistachios will tolerate considerable drought but do best with deep, infrequent waterings. Harvest: The nuts are harvested when the husk or hull covering the shell becomes fairly loose. A single shaking will bring down the bulk of the matured nuts, which can be caught on a tarp or canvas. A fully mature tree may produce as much as 50 pounds of dry, hulled nuts. The hulls should be removed soon after to prevent staining of the shells. To enhance splitting, the hulled nuts may then be dipped into water to moisten the shell and spread out in the sun to dry. One method of salting the split nuts is to boil them in a salt solution for a few minutes, then redry and store them. Stored in plastic bags pistachios will last for at least 4 to 6 weeks in the refrigerator. Frozen they will last for months.
The pistachio is unique in the nut trade due to its semi-split shell which enables the processor to roast and salt the kernel without removing the shell, and which at the same time serves as a convenient form of packaging. About 90% of California pistachios are consumed as in-shell snacks. Shelled pistachios are utilized commercially in confectionery, ice cream, candies, sausages, bakery goods and flavoring for puddings. They can also be added to dressings, casseroles and other dishes.
For zones 7-10. For more Fruit Tree, Nuts and Spice varieties, visit our Fruit and Nut Seed Page.
  Package of 10 seeds $4.95
RLP079 Madras Thorn ( Pithecellobium dulce )
A small to medium-sized tree native to tropical America between southeastern Mexico and Peru, but widely cultivated elsewhere in tropical regions. It produces a spiny trunk, small leaves and small, white flowers, followed by curiously curled, red, edible and sweet seed pods with small, black seeds. Pithecellobium dulce makes a pretty ornamental for tropical regions. Zone 10 and higher outside.
Package of 5 seeds $2.95
2016Z Golden Honey Mesquite ( Prosopis )
A small tree growing about 15-20 feet tall, good for zones 7-10. Mesquite pods are among the earliest known foods of prehistoric man in the new world. Today flour products made from the pods are still popular, although only sporadically prepared, mostly by Amerindians. Pods are made into gruels, sometimes fermented to make a mesquite wine.
The leaves can be used for forage. Providing good bee pasturage also, nectar from mesquite yields a superior honey. The wood is used for parquet floors, furniture, and turnery items, fencepost, pilings, as a substrate for producing single-cell protein, but most of all for fuel. Toasted seeds are added to coffee.
Bark, rich in tannin, is used for roofing in Colombia. The gum forms an adhesive mucilage, used as an emulsifying agent. Gum is used in confectionary and mending pottery. Roots contain 6-7% tannin, which might discourage Rhizobia. It is valued for wood and often used for cooking. It displays yellow blossoms and bean pods that are valuable to wildlife. Tool handles, plaque wood, fenceposts and aromatic charcoal for barbecuing are made from mesquite. Despite its sweetness, mesquite flour which is produced by grinding whole pods, has been found in medicinal research to be extremely effective in controlling blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This is an excellent desert species for low-maintenance desert windbreaks and re-vegetation. Growth rate is faster when supplemental water is used. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
 400mg pack of about 15 or more seeds $2.95
RLP048 Banana Carob ( Prosopis alba )
The banana carob tree is a small or medium-sized tree with feathery foliage that inhabits the drier regions of the Andean foothills in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile between 800 and 3000 m (3000 and 10000 ft.).
The taxonomy of this species is very confusing; forms and varieties are so numerous that some authorities believe them to be different species.
The tree has been cultivated for thousands of years. Of the many known variants, the so-called "banana carob" is one of the best. Mature fruits are easily as sweet as a banana. The fruits dry on the tree and are the basis of a sugary flour which is produced by pounding the dry fruits.
They are also eaten as a snack. The tree is very fast growing and nearly bullet proof in cultivation. It is best suited for drier climates in USDA zones 9 to 11, but can withstand cold to 15 degrees. Seeds germinate quickly but should be scarified before sowing.
 5 seeds $3.95
TRN600 Chilean Carob Tree ( Prosopis chilensis )
A small tree with feathery foliage in the Fabaceae (pea family), native to the arid regions of northern Chile, southern Peru and northern Argentina. The fruits are similar to carob and are used to make a rich sugary flour.
The dried fruits are placed in a blender and the resulting flour is sifted and added to desserts, pastries, soups and even ice-cream. The dried pods are also nibbled on as a delightful snack. These trees are beneficial as Nitrogen fixers. They grow quickly and are extremely hardy. The variety offered here is one of the larger fruited forms from the Atacama desert in Chile.
In cultivation, Prosopis chilensis can take moderate freezes and severe droughts and can be grown in dry climates of USDA zones 8 to 10.
Seeds are easy to sprout but need to be scarified and soaked before sowing.
 5 seeds $3.95
3395 Chickasaw Plum ( Prunus angustifolia )
Chickasaw plum is a shrub with a short (sometimes multi-stemmed) trunk and numerous slender branches. It normally grows to 6-12 ft in height, but can become a small tree up to 25 feet tall.
Like other plums, this one is armed with lateral twigs that end in sharp spines. Chickasaw plum characteristically forms dense thickets. The flowers of Chickasaw plum come out before the leaves in late winter or very early spring on the previous year's wood. They are white with a mild fragrance and less than a half inch across, but they cover the entire bush with a spectacular show when almost nothing else is blooming. Chickasaw plum fruits are oval in shape, usually red, and quite tart to the taste.
Chickasaw plum is easy to grow in almost any soil except strongly alkaline. Mow or prune unwanted suckers and seedlings that appear around the base of the plant, or let it form an attractive thicket that will be welcomed by butterflies, song birds and other wildlife.
Like other plums and cherries, Chickasaw plum does best in full sun, but hangs in there in partial shade. Established Chickasaw plums are drought tolerant. USDA Zones 5-9.

In early spring, before most shrubs and trees have even started to leaf out, the Chickasaw plums are in full bloom - billowing white clouds along southern highways. This is a handsome little shrub, perfect for the semi shaded woodland area in the back of the yard. They grow naturally in dry, sandy soils and, once established, need no supplemental watering. The fruits, although tart, are used to make jelly by folks in the know, and eaten fresh by animals in the know. The flowers will attract native insects and the plums will attract native wildlife. The original Americans ate the plums and dried them for keeping. Chickasaw plum, with its attractive bark, small leaves and slender branches, has been used for bonsai.
Chickasaw plum should be a part of any native (to the U.S.) landscape planting. They are maintenance free, produce a beautiful flower show, and attract wildlife.
 5 seeds $2.95
3394 Sloe ( Prunus spinosa )
Prunus spinosa is a large deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 15 feet tall, with blackish bark and dense, stiff, spiny branches. It is hardy to zone 4. The leaves are oval, 2-4.5 cm long and 1.2-2 cm broad, with a serrated margin.
In late February and early March, the blackish branches are hidden underneath dense clouds of fluffy white flowers. The mid-sized, dark green, oval leaves emerge after the flowers and the fruit, called sloes or sloe berries, ripen in late autumn, with a bloom of pale blue powder over the dark purple skin.
The fruit, called a "sloe", is a drupe about half an inch in diameter, black with a purple-blue waxy bloom, ripening in autumn, and harvested traditionally, at least in the UK, in October or November after the first frosts. Sloes are thin-fleshed, with a very strongly astringent flavour when fresh.
Blackthorn is much prized for walking sticks and only blackthorn or oak wood is used to make a real Irish sail eille (shillelagh in English). In Southern Ireland, County Kerry, there is a town called Killarney, which means "church of sloes".
It makes good firewood. Prunus spinosa is self-fertile and Sloe berries are traditionally used for infusing with gin, vodka and brandy, but they also make good jam. In colder parts of the country where frosts come early, you can try leaving ripe Sloes on the branch; a touch of frost will make them surprisingly sweet.
 5 seeds $2.95
D2261 Strawberry Guava ( Psidium cattleianum )
Can be grown indoors in containers or as a tree outdoors to 15 feet, in containers it will be limited to the size of the container. The fruits are very versatile. They can be eaten out of hand. Makes great juice, jelly, mousse, Guava butter and Guava pudding. Cold hardy to 25 degrees.
This guava does well in limestone and poor soils that would barely support other fruit trees. It is shallow-rooted but is fairly drought tolerant.
A delicious puree or tart-filling can be made by trimming and cooking 6 cups of red cattleys with 1 cup water and 2 cups granulated sugar and pressing through a sieve.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
3341 Apple Guava ( Psidium guajava )
A shrub or small tree, sometimes growing as high as 30ft, but usually no more than 10-15ft.
Highly fragrant fruit usually with green or yellow skin, about the size of a baseball, with pink or white flesh. The guava is one of the most common fruits in the world and its sweet pulp is used in a wide assortment of drinks, desserts, and other food products.
Hardiness: The guava is highly adaptable to tropical and subtropical environments and can be grown outdoors as far North as the San Francisco Bay Area in California, as well as most areas of Florida and gulf coast states. Protect from temperatures below 30F, which can cause defoliation. Harder freezes will kill the plant. In cool winter areas, guava's may partially defoliate, but should begin new growth flushes in spring and summer.
 5 seeds $2.95
2566 Lemon Guava ( Psidium cattleianum lucidum )
Small bush or tree to 20-25ft, although often much smaller, best for zones 8b-10. The lemon guava is very adaptable and can be grown outdoors throughout much of Florida and California. It will fruit in a container almost anywhere if protected from hard freezes. Lemon guava's are hardy to 22F when full grown. Trees grow well in full sun and with ample water, although short periods of drought will not harm the plant.
Package of 10 seeds $2.95
D2267 Pomegranate ( Punica )
A very decorative ornamental that has a pleasant tasting fruit. It has vermilion red flowers and small glossy leaves.
 350mg pack ( about 20 or more seeds ) $2.25
SF138 Dwarf Pomegranate ( Punica granatum nana )
This dwarf version of the fruiting pomegranate is perfect for container gardeners. The small deciduous shrub has attractive, glossy green leaves and beautiful bright orange-red flowers that appear on the tips of its fine-leafed stems from early summer through fall.
It flowers abundantly during the hot days of July and August. The small 2" fruits are edible and the fruit hangs on the plant for many months adding to its ornamental appeal. Plants can be maintained under 2 feet in height and tolerate dryness and a restricted root system making it an excellent choice for bonsai culture.
For zones 8-10 outside, or can be raised as an inside plant, but do not expose to temperatures below 40 degrees.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
2567 Common Pear ( Pyrus communis )
The well known common pear with large yellow fruit and smooth, juicy white flesh. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours sunlight daily, and need water. They are not drought tolerant. For zones 5-8.
Package of 15 seeds $2.50
TRN356 Bartlett Pear ( Pyrus communis )
The number one pear worldwide for fresh eating. First introduced in 1797, this multi-purpose pear is a long-standing favorite of orchard growers and fruit gardeners alike. Starts bearing at a young age and is very productive.
Fruit features a smooth, firm texture and a juicy, spicy taste. Originally called Williams Pear. Ripens in late August. For zones 5-8.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
3396 Asian Pear ( Pyrus pyrifolia )
Pyrus pyrifolia is a deciduous Tree growing to 32 feet.
It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in April, and the fruit ripens in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.
Asian pears are cousins to the pears that are typically seen in grocery stores, but this fruit is similar to an apple and its many names reflect that characteristic. Other names that this fruit goes by are: Chinese pear, Japanese pear, Sand, Nashi, and apple pear.
Asian pears differ from the traditional European ones. These pears are usually round, firm to touch when ripe, and are ready to eat after harvest. Asian pears reach prime quality when they ripen on the tree, like an apple and peach. These pears will be crisp, juicy, and slightly sweet with some tartness, especially near the core.
Note: These seeds will require cold stratification, you may need to purchase our Cold Stratification Kit
 10 seeds $2.95
TRN555 Black Currant ( Ribes nigrum )
The blackcurrant is a woody shrub grown for its piquant berries. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia where it prefers damp fertile soils and is widely cultivated both commercially and domestically.
Bunches of small, glossy black fruit develop along the stems in the summer and can be harvested by hand or by machine. The raw fruit is particularly rich in vitamin C and polyphenol phytochemicals. Blackcurrants can be eaten raw but are usually cooked in a variety of sweet or savoury dishes. They are used to make jams, jellies and syrups and are grown commercially for the juice market.
The fruit is also used in the preparation of alcoholic beverages and both fruit and foliage have uses in traditional medicine and the preparation of dyes.
A bush will typically grow about 6 feet tall and is best suited for zones 4-8.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP084 Lemon Meringue Fruit ( Rollinia deliciosa )
Soft, yellow-skinned fruit similar in appearance to many of the Annona's but with more prominent spikes. The flesh is white to translucent, juicy, with an excellent sweet flavor. Outside it is a fast growing tree from 10-40ft in height.
It grows naturally in warm, wet regions of the tropics and will not survive freezing temperatures. Its northern limit is probably extreme South Florida and California.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP124 Blackberry Jam Plant ( Rosenbergiodendron formosum )
This smallish shrub native to Panama to Venezuela and Ecuador is closely related to the Gardenia and grows white, very fragrant flowers followed by edible, hard-shelled, yellow fruits that remind of blackberry jam in taste
Easily grown container plant, or zone 10 outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
3387 Alleghany Blackberry ( Rubus allegheniensis )
These plants are hardy to zone 3 and provide loads of delicious sweet fruit in the summer. Does have thorns, but this variety will outproduce ( fruit ) the thornless varieties we have tested.
Alleghany Blackberry is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Apomictic.The plant is self-fertile.
Hardiness zones: 3-9

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
  350mg pack ( about 100 seed per pack ) $3.95
IP043 Red Raspberry ( Rubus idaeus )
A red-fruited species of Rubus native to Europe and northern Asia and commonly cultivated in other temperate regions.
The fruit is red, edible, and sweet but tart-flavoured, produced in summer or early autumn.
R. idaeus is grown primarily for its fruits, but occasionally for its leaves, roots, or other parts. The leaves have been used for centuries as a folk medicine to treat canker sores, cold sores, and gingivitis in persons of all ages as well as to treat anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant.
Hardiness zones: 3-9

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
 200mg pack ( about 100 seeds ) $2.95
3359 Blackcap Raspberry ( Rubus leucodermis )
Blackcap Raspberry, Black Raspberry, or White bark Raspberry is a species of Rubus native to western North America, from British Columbia, Canada south to California, New Mexico and Mexico. It is closely related to the eastern Black Raspberry Rubus occidentalis. It is a deciduous perennial shrub growing to 2.5m(7ft) by 1m at a medium rate.
A native raspberry that tastes great! The fruit of Rubus leucodermis is 1-1.2 cm diameter, reddish-purple, and dark blue to nearly black when ripe, and can be confused with blackberries. The black raspberry is a very well flavored fruit that can also be dried for winter use.
The white arching canes are impressive with their powdery white coating. Great replacement if you desire an edible landscape where you are eliminating invasive blackberries. While the crown is perennial, the canes are biennial, growing vegetatively one year, flowering and fruiting the second and then dying. As with other black raspberries, the tips of the 1st year canes (primo canes) often grow downward to the soil in the fall, and take root and form tip layers which become new plants.
A refreshing tea can be made from the leaves. It is in flower in June, and the seeds ripen from July to August. Hardiness zones: 3-9. It requires moist soil. It is found in sunny edge; dappled shade. The plants should be fertilized in September. Irrigation should be gradually reduced in September and October to prepare them for winter.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
  200mg Package ( about 80-100 seeds ) $2.95
TRM005 Siver Brambles ( rubus ludwigii )
The "Silver Bramble" comes from the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa where it makes small congested shrublets of silvery-green, wrinkled leaves. The white flowers in spring are succeeded by tight clusters of edible, white powdered 'blackberries'.
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3358 Thimbleberry ( Rubus parviflorus )
A decidious shrub growing to 4 feet. Has large maple-shaped leaves. White flowers in spring produce edible red fruit. It does not like wet, soggy soil and prefers some light shade.
Thimbleberries are good subshrubs for use as streamside erosion control. It forms thornless bramble thickets with good soil-binding attributes. Because it is vigorous and adapts well to sun or shade, it makes a fine native species for re-vegetating disturbed moist areas, especially those spots located in shade.
The raspberry-like fruit make tasty jams, jellies and syrups.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
  45mg Pack ( about 40-50 seeds ) $2.95
TRM123 South African Raspberry ( Rubus intercurrens )
Same family as blackberry and raspberries, this Rubus is native to Africa. Perennial, stout prickly ash white stems, pink flowers in clusters. Sow Spring. Zone 8.
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SF170 Salmonberry ( Rubus spectabilis )
Attractive pink/ magenta flowers, attracts hummers, golden stems lightly covered with prickles, edible raspberry-like fruit. Thicket forming.
The upright, arching branches vary from nearly thornless to quite thorny, and are apt to grow to ten feet, if left unpruned. It blooms in early spring shortly before the full development of the large, palmate leaves. The flowers are an eye-shocking pinkish-purple that are a magnet for hummingbirds, and are a striking contrast to the bright green of the new leaves that follow. The fruit, which also resembles the raspberry, is small, orange to red. The flavor can vary widely, but it is generally considered tastier than thimbleberry. But even if you don't like the taste, birds finding their way to your garden definitely will. Found along streams and in moist woods, this is the one for wetter areas. It too will create a formidable thicket that birds find good protective cover.
Fruit can be used raw, cooked or dried for later use. Juicy with a very good flavor. The fruit can be made into jams and jellies. The fruit can range in color from yellow, through orange to red, it is about the size of a cultivated raspberry but is rather inferior in flavor and often has a distinctive bitterness, especially in cooler summers. Young shoots can be peeled and eaten raw or cooked like asparagus. They are harvested in the spring as they grow above the soil and while they are still tender. Flowers can be eaten raw. The leaves are used as a tea substitute.
Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade. Grows well in the shade of trees though it is less likely to fruit well in such a position. A very ornamental plant, but it can be invasive. This species is a raspberry with biennial stems, it produces a number of new stems each year from the perennial rootstock, these stems fruit in their second year and then die.
Can be grown in containers, hardy to zone 5.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
  60mg Pack ( about 20-25 seeds ) $2.95
H078 Black Elder ( Sambucus nigra )
A deciduous, somewhat sprawling, multi-stemmed shrub (occasionally a small tree) that is native to Europe, southwestern Asia and northern Africa. It typically grows to 8-20' tall.
It is particularly noted for its aromatic late spring flowers and its edible fruits (elderberries). Compound pinnate leaves to 10" long are dark green.
Tiny white flowers in large flattened umbel-like cymes to 10" across bloom in June-July. Flowers have a musky fragrance. Flowers give way to clusters of glossy black elderberry fruits (each to 3/8" across) in late summer.
Fruits have been used to make jams, jellies and pie fillings. Fruits and flowers have also been used to make elderberry wine. Fruits are attractive to birds and wildlife.
Suited for zones 5-8.
 50mg Package ( about 10-15 seeds ) $1.95
3522 Magnolia Vine ( Schisandra chinensis )
Schisandra chinensis, commonly known as the Magnolia vine, is one of the most ornamental edible vines you could ever wish to grow. Scratch the bark and an intense, clean fragrance that's a combination of Daphne odora and lime peel will greet your nose. The flowers of the Magnolia vine are insignificant, but the 4" clusters of shiny red berries are gorgeous. They ripen in late summer on year-old wood. If the Magnolia vine is very happy, it will send up suckers from the rootball and you can propagate new vines from them.
Known as Wu We Zi in Mandarin (five taste fruit), Schisandra chinensis berries are one of the 50 essential ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine. Fresh Schisandra berries are much better tasting than the dried fruit, although both fresh and dried fruit are packed with nutrition.
This is a deciduous woody vine native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East. It is hardy in USDA Zone 4.
The plant likes some shade with moist, well-drained soil. The species itself is dioecious, thus flowers on a female plant will only produce fruit when fertilized with pollen from a male plant. There is no way to know if a plant is female or male until it blooms. ( Each seed pack contains 10 seeds, so you are assued of getting both male and female plants from each packet ).
Fruit is eaten raw or cooked. Usually dried and used on journeys, it is very sustaining and rich in sugars, it has a sweet/sour flavor.
The fruit is about 6mm in diameter and is borne in a grape-like bunch about 10cm long.
Extracts from the fruits (seeds) of Schisandra chinensis are one of the components of medicinal preparations designed for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, liver diseases, diseases of the central nervous system related to the old age, as a supplement in the treatment of neoplasms, diabetes, etc. Schisandra extracts are also used for the production of nutraceuticals (soft drinks and health foods), preparations for oral hygiene and for the care for the skin and hair.
  10 seeds $2.95
TRM003 Marula ( Caffra ) ( Sclerocarya birrea )
A medium sized tree. Trees are dioecious and male and female trees are required for fruit-set ( a pack of 5 seeds will normally give you male and female, but no guarantees ). Tree is fairly adaptable, growing in a variety of woodland and scrubland biomes in its native range. It is mildly hardy, surviving brief frosts. Plum sized fruit with translucent white pulp and yellow skin. Pulp is sweet-sour in flavor and highly esteemed in some parts of Africa.
When ripe, the fruits have a light yellow skin, with white flesh, rich in vitamin C - about 8 times the amount found in an orange - are succulent, tart with a strong and distinctive flavor. Inside is a walnut-sized, thick-walled stone. The seeds have a delicate nutty flavor.
Fruits are commonly eaten fresh or used to prepare juices and alcoholic drinks. As noted, the seed is also eaten as a nut.
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2193 Silver Buffaloberry ( Sheperdia argentia )
Hardy to Zone 3. Grows to 12ft. tall x 6ft.wide. Silver foliage (similar to Russian olive) offers multiple uses for this hardy shrub. Small yellowish flowers. Female has bright red fruit that are edible to people and birds. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
D8566 Cassabanana ( Sicana odorifera )
An annual that needs hot weather to set fruit, best grown in higher zones 7 and above. The vine is perennial, herbaceous, fast-growing, heavy, requiring a strong trellis; climbing trees to 50 feet or more by means of 4-parted tendrils equipped with adhesive discs that can adhere tightly to the smoothest surface.
Young stems are hairy. The leaves are gray-hairy, rounded-cordate or rounded kidney-shaped, to 1 foot wide, deeply indented at the base, 3-lobed, with wavy or toothed margins.
Flowers are white or yellow, urn-shaped, 5-lobed, solitary, the male 3/4 inch long, the female about 2 inches long.
Renowned for its strong, sweet, agreeable, melon-like odor, the striking fruit is ellipsoid or nearly cylindrical, sometimes slightly curved; 12 to 24 inches in length, 3 to 4 inches in diameter, hard-shelled, orange-red, maroon, dark-purple with tinges of violet, or entirely jet-black; smooth and glossy when ripe, with firm, orange-yellow or yellow, cantaloupe-like, tough, juicy flesh.
The cassabanana is believed native to Brazil but it has been spread throughout tropical America.
Venezuelans and Brazilians are partial to the vine as an ornamental, but in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico it is grown for the usefulness of the fruit.

A high temperature during the fruiting season is needed to assure perfect ripening. Brazilians train the vine to grow over arbors or they may plant it close to a tree. However, if it is allowed to climb too high up the tree there is the risk that it may smother and kill it.
The cassabanana remains in good condition for several months if kept dry and out of the sun.
The fruit has high market value in Puerto Rico. It is cut up and sold by the piece, the price being determined by weight.
The ripe flesh, sliced thin, is eaten raw, especially in the summer when it is appreciated as cooling and refreshing. However, it is mainly used in the kitchen for making jam or other preserves. The immature fruit is cooked as a vegetable or in soup and stews.
People like to keep the fruit around the house, and especially in linen- and clothes-closets, because of its long-lasting fragrance, and they believe that it repels moths. It is also placed on church altars during Holy Week.
Medicinal Uses: In Puerto Rico, the flesh is cut up and steeped in water, with added sugar, overnight at room temperature so that it will ferment slightly. The resultant liquor is sipped frequently and strips of the flesh are eaten, too, to relieve sore throat. It is believed beneficial also to, at the same time, wear a necklace of the seeds around the neck.
The seed infusion is taken in Brazil as a febrifuge, vermifuge, purgative and emmenagogue. The leaves are employed in treating uterine hemorrhages and venereal diseases. In Yucatan, a decoction of leaves and flowers (2 g in 180cc water) is prescribed as a laxative, emmenagogue and vermifuge, with a warning not to make a stronger preparation inasmuch as the seeds and flowers yield a certain amount of hydrocyanic acid.

  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
W256 Chocolate Cassabanana( Sicana odorifera Chocolate )
This is the first time we have ever offered a chocolate version of the popular Cassabana. It is a herbaceous vine bearing a striking 12-24" long, fruits with a delightful melon-like smell, and flavor. Vines are vigorous, often growing up to 50ft. The fruit is common in parts of South and Central America, and along with its edible fruit, is sometimes grown as an ornamental. Perennial, but can be grown in cold areas as a long season annual.
The big, edible, sweet and aromatic fruits can be eaten raw or made into jam. Unripe fruits can be eaten as a vegetable. This rare variety has chocolate brown fruits and a slightly different taste.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
IP151 Dwarf Tamarillo ( Solanum abutiloides )
A small, fuzzy, orange fruit related to the Tree Tomato. It has large, furry leaves, white flowers and the small, slightly furry, orange fruits are sweet when fully ripe with an aroma that reminds of peaches or abricots. It makes a fair ornamental for warm temperate regions but is more often grown for its fruits.
Great for containers. Grow in full to filtered sun. Water regularly during growth season. Use well-drained soil.
  10 seeds per pack $2.95
3286 Wonderberry ( Solanum burbankii )
Also known as Garden Huckleberry. Apparently bred by Luther Burbank in the early 1900s; distributed by John Lewis Childs as Wonderberry. Great controversy ensued over the plant's provenance and true identity, and Burbank's reputation was badly damaged. Prolific bushy plants loaded with small, slightly sweet, dull bluish/black berries. Good for fresh eating, piemaking and wines. 50-75 days.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Allow berries to fully mature and turn to a dull black berry with soft flesh. Under-ripe and un-ripe berries are toxic.
  10 seeds per pack $2.95
TRM655 Tzimbalo ( Solanum caripense )
This woody shrub is popularly cultivated in South America for its apricot-sized, purple and cream striped fruits that remind of a pleasantly tart melon. Easy to grow from seeds, it fruits within a few months.
  10 seeds per pack $2.95
TRN538 Naranjilla Juice Plant ( Solanum quitoense )
The Naranjilla is a tomato relative native to the northern part of South America and it's cultivated usually at high elevations, between three and seven thousand feet. The plant can grow to heights of six to ten feet with very large spiny leaves, often measuring 18 inches long, and five to eight inches wide or bigger. The dark green leaves have purple veins on the upper surface and whitish or purplish on the lower surface.
It can be grown in tubs on patios and in greenhouses, where the size of the plant is controled by the size of the container it is grown in.
All parts of the plant are very pubescent and contain many thorns. The globular shaped fruit usually measure an inch and a half to two and a half inches diameter at maturity. They are bright orange and covered with short brittle hairs, which can be easily removed by rubbing. When cut open, the fruit resembles a tomato with green, acid pulp and many small seeds. A delicious and refreshing green colored juice is prepared from the fruits and the fruits can be made into drinks, or used in preserves and pies.
Production of the naranjilla is pretty much year round, although more fruits are produced during the summer months because of better growing conditions. Most plants begin to bear at six to twelve months of age and continued production can be expected for three to four years, before the plants begin to decline.
  10 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
3374 Cocono ( Solanum topiro )
This can be raised in the garden or inside in tubs if given bright light. This very interesting fruit is covered with a light down and looks like an eggplant. It is a relative to the eggplant but its a juicy, tart fruit. It is eaten stewed, as fresh fruit, as a drink, or fried Tropica.
  10 seeds per pack $2.95
TRZ001 Java Plum ( Spondias mombin )
The Java plum tree grows in the rainforest and in the coastal area of Suriname. An erect tree, it can reach a height of 80 feet. The trunk has deep incisions in the bark that often produce a brown resinous substance that can be used as glue. The leaves and flowers are at the end of the branches.
Before the tree starts to flower, it strips itself from most of the leaves. Hog plum has small white flowers, that attracts many honeybees. The aromatic fruit, a 1-1/2 inch long oval yellow plum, has a leathery skin and a thin layer of fruit-pulp with a very exotic taste.
It hangs in numerous clusters of more than a dozen at the tree. Very rich in vitamin B1 and C, the fruit mostly exist of an oval seed. In Suriname the fruit is consumed as juice or stewed with sugar.
USDA zone 9-11.
 5 large seeds $4.95
D2297 Pepino Tree ( Solanum Muricatum )
The pepino plant is a fairly hardy plant that grows at altitudes ranging from near sea level to 10,000 ft. in its native regions. However it does best in a warm, relatively frost-free climate. The plant will survive a low temperature of 27 to 28° F if the freeze is not prolonged, but may loose many of its leaves. The plant is small enough to be grown satisfactorily in a container in cooler zones.
The fruit of Pepino is often eaten ripe as a refreshing, quenching fruit after physical effort.
Its yellowish white colour, with speckles and longitudinal lines, and its purple colour in the ripe state make the fruit attractive. Its smell and taste are pleasant because of their typical mild aroma and slightly sweet flavour. Its nutritional value is low but it is recognized for its diuretic properties, probably because of its high water content (90 percent) and good iodine content, for which it is recommended for treating goitre. It also contains 7 percent of carbohydrates and 29 mg per 100 g of vitamin C.
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TRN397 European Mountain Ash ( Sorbus aucuparia )
An ornamental tree for all four seasons of northern climates. It will grow about 20-40 feet tall, and about 15-25 feet wide when mature. Clusters of showy white flowers in the spring appear after the dark green leaves. In fall the heavy clusters of brilliant orange-red fruits ripen, and the leaves change to colors of yellow, orange rust, red or reddish purple.
The golden-amber to gray-brown bark, usually shiny smooth with its prominent lenticels and the upright branching pattern are attractive in winter. Birds enjoy the fruit so that it often does not persist on the tree into winter.
The flowers and fruit provide food for 15 species of songbirds especially grobeaks and waxwings, ruffled grouse, deer, and rabbits.
Native to Europe, western Asia and Siberia. It is naturalized in North America and has been cultivated since colonial times. Other common names are Rowan tree (from an old Scandinavian word meaning red) and common mountainash.
The fruits are processed into jellies and jams, made into syrups, juices, teas, and used medicinally. The wood is used for lumber and tools. For zones 3-6, it will not grow well in zones above 6.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
 100mg pack ( about 35-40 seeds ) $2.95
TRZ002 Red Mombin ( Spondias purpurea )
Mombin is fast growing, spreading tree with thick branches. Compound leaves to 15. Showy, fragrant flowers appear from dormant, leafless branches in red, purple or yellow indicating the color of the fruit to come. Fruit oval to round, 1 - 2 1/2.
This is heavy producing tree. The pleasant smell of the fruit can be noted many feet away. The 1 to 2 inch long oval or oblong fruits have a fairly large sigle seed. The skin is waxy and thin and the juicy flesh is aromatic with a plum-like flavor that is acid to subacid.
The fruit can be eaten fresh or stewed with sugar as a dessert or can be used to make a very good jam or pickled green in East Indian cooking. Mombin butter, using an apple butter recipe, is exceptionally tasty. The tree is deciduous, fast growing, and may produce fruit before leafing out in the spring.
The young leaves can be eaten cooked but they have a sour flavor. The tree grows well in a wide variety of soils. They can be propagated easily by putting large cuttings in the ground and they make a good living fence. It bears May through July.
The red mombin is somewhat tender and will not stand freezing temperatures. It will weather short frosts.
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TRM104 Toad Tree ( Tabernaemontana elegans )
This small to medium sized tree is perfect for a small garden. It reaches about 3-8m in height, with a single roughly fissured corky trunk. Its evergreen foliage is always a rich glossy green colour. It bears clusters of white star shaped flowers from the start of spring to the end of summer. The fruit is usually in pairs, with a look and texture similar to a toads skin.
The fruit are leathery to woody. When mature, they split open along one side, often while still on the tree, displaying the yellowish pulp inside. Each fruit with its green, warty skin resembles a toad, giving rise to the common name toad tree.
The Shona ( South Africa ) use the root of Tabernaemontana elegans as an aphrodisiac.
It will grow in semi shade to full sun, and requires moderate water in well draining soil. It is frost hardy to an extent.
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FDR98 Magenta Cherry ( Syzium paniculatum )
The magenta cherry is a broad dense bushy rainforest tree native to New South Wales. It grows to a height of 15 m with trunk diameter up to 35 cm. Leaves are 3-9 cm long, opposite, simple and slightly obovate, tapering at the leaf base. The leaves are dark glossy above, and paler below. White flowers are produced in clusters. The edible fruit is usually magenta, but can be white, pink or purple.
It is commonly cultivated in eastern Australia and elsewhere. Well known as an edible wild fruit with a pleasantly sour apple like flavour. It is eaten fresh or cooked into jams.
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TRZ014 Edible Canip Fruit ( Talisia oliviformis )
This is a tropical fruit tree that can grow up to 20 feet high. Native to Belize, Central America and northern South America. This fruit is an extremely popular fruit that is eagerly consumed by children and commonly sold in markets. Easy to grow from seed; the seeds will germinate in 30 to 60 days and the plants will bloom and produce fruit in three to four years. Will only grow in frost free climates.
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2693 Tamarind ( Tamarindus indica )
The tamarind is a large tropical tree with a short massive trunk, ferny pinnate leaves, small yellow flowers and fat reddish brown pods. The tree can get 90 ft (27.4 m) tall but is usually less than 50 ft (15.2 ft). It has a short, stocky trunk, drooping branches and a domed umbrella shaped crown about as wide as the tree's height. The leaves are about 10 in (25.4 cm) long with 10-18 pairs of 1 in (2.5 cm) oblong leaflets. Tamarind drops its leaves in pronounced dry seasons; in climates without a dry season it stays evergreen. The flowers are about 1 in (2.5 cm) across, pale yellow with purple or red veins. They have five unequal lobes and borne in small drooping clusters. The velvety cinnamon brown pods are 2-6 in (5.1-15.2 cm) long, sausage shaped and constricted between the seeds. The pulp that surrounds the 8-10 seeds is both sweet and extremely sour.
Tamarinds are grown as ornamental shade and street trees, and for the edible pods. The pods are fed to livestock, and the pulp within the pods is used to make beverages, curries, chutneys and sauces. Tamarind pulp is made into a soft drink known as refresco de tamarindo in Latin America, and tamarinade in Jamaica. It's also the basis of a popular drink in the Middle East. Tamarind is used extensively in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine, and is an important ingredient in Worcestershire sauce. The juice is used to pickle fish in India. Several medicinal uses of tamarind are reported in Grieve's A Modern Herbal. The fruit is said to improve digestion, relieve gas, soothe sore throats, and act as a mild laxative.
The tamarind tree is a beautiful, fine textured tree and it makes an excellent shade tree in large landscapes. It often is planted in public parks and as an avenue tree in tropical cities. Best for zones 10 and up.
Price per pack: $2.95
  10 seeds
TRN426 Mountain Pepper ( Tasmannia lanceolata )
Also known as Tasmanian Pepperberry and Cornish Pepper Plant, this is a shrub native to woodlands and cool temperate rainforest of south eastern Australia.
The shrub varies from 5 to 18 feet tall depending on growing conditions. The aromatic leaves are 1.5 to 4 inche long, and about one half to three quarter inches wide, with a distinctly pale undersurface.
Stems are red in color. The small cream or white flowers appear in summer and are followed by black, globose, two-lobed berries about a quarter inch wide, which appear in autumn.
In Australia, the leaf and berry are used as a spice, typically dried. Mountain pepper was used as a colonial pepper substitute. More recently, it has become popularised as bushfood condiment. It can be added to curries, cheeses, and alcoholic beverages.
It is exported to Japan to flavour wasabi. The berries are sweet at first with a peppery aftertaste. Dried berries and leaves have strong antimicrobial activity against food spoilage organisms. It also has high antioxidant activity.
Hardy for Zones 8 and above.

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  Package 10 very small seeds $3.50
TRZ004 Red Cocoa ( Theobroma cacao )
This beautiful tree has large dark green leaves that shade the fruit pods which grow directly from the trunk and branches.
The flesh is eaten as a dessert, and the seeds are the raw material of chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying the seeds, roasting, grinding, and adding milk.
Chocolate beans were used as money by the Maya Indians of Central America. The red pods are larger and have more abundant flesh. Cocoa is prepared by grinding the beans into a paste between hot rollers and mixing it with sugar and starch, part of the fat being removed.
Chocolate is prepared in much the same way, but the fat is retained. Oil of Theobroma or butter is a yellowish white solid, with an odor resembling that of cocoa, taste bland and agreeable; generally extracted by expression. It is used as an ingredient in cosmetic ointments and in pharmacy for coating pills and preparing suppositories. It has excellent emollient properties and is used to soften and protect chapped hands and lips.
This plant makes a unique houseplant when young and can be afforded warmth and bright light. Quite the conversation piece. Outside however, it is purely tropical and cannot tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees.
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TRZ007 Yellow Cocoa ( Theobroma cacao )
Cacao is an evergreen tree that grows well in humid, warm climates but can be grown inside in pots in the north as long as warmth and bright light is provided. Cocoa plants prefer some shade, especially when the trees are young. The plant may experience edge burn during the winter months. This beautiful tree has large dark green leaves that shade the fruit pods which grow directly from the trunk and branches.
The flesh is eaten as a dessert, and the seeds are the raw material of chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying the seeds, roasting, grinding, and adding milk.
Chocolate beans were used as money by the Maya Indians of Central America. The red pods are larger and have more abundant flesh. Cocoa is prepared by grinding the beans into a paste between hot rollers and mixing it with sugar and starch, part of the fat being removed.
Chocolate is prepared in much the same way, but the fat is retained. Oil of Theobroma or butter is a yellowish white solid, with an odor resembling that of cocoa, taste bland and agreeable; generally extracted by expression. It is used as an ingredient in cosmetic ointments and in pharmacy for coating pills and preparing suppositories. It has excellent emollient properties and is used to soften and protect chapped hands and lips.
This plant makes a unique houseplant when young and can be afforded warmth and bright light. Quite the conversation piece. Outside however, it is purely tropical and cannot tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees.
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RLP163 Trianaea speciosa
A woody epiphytic vine, native to South America, from Colombia to Ecuador and Peru, where it grows in humid forests at elevations to 3000 m. It has large, simple leaves, glossy green above and yellowish-green below and drooping, tubular cream flowers with a large green calyx, followed by edible, fleshy purple fruits. Best for humid, tropical and warm-temperate climates.
 5 seeds $3.95
3240 Chilean Cranberry ( Ugni molinae )
Botanically its in the Myrtaceae ( Myrtle ) family and is not related to the cranberry ( which the small red berries resemble ). The delicious 3/4" fruits have a wild strawbery taste. Although this fruit is relatively unknown to most of the civilized world it is expected to make a commercial impact in the future. It had been introduced to England in 1844 and became a favorite fruit of Queen Victoria. The processed fruits are beginning to enter the world markets. It is a handsome shrubby tree to 7' laden with small oval leaves, glossy and spicy scented when crushed. It develops small profuse pink tinged blossoms which have the fragrance of strawberries. Hardy to zone 8, once established it is drought resistant and can tolerate some frost. Makes an excellant ornamental tree and may be pruned to desired height. Requires bright light and well draining acid soil.
  10 seeds per pack: $3.95
RLP031 African Medlar ( Vangueria infausta )
A dry deciduous, large shrub or small tree native to savannas in tropical and southern Africa with edible, sweet and sour fruits that are reminiscent of apples and can be dried well and fermented to make an alcoholic beverage.
The fruit is mostly eaten raw but in some parts it is stored as dried fruit to be used in time of food scarcity. It is said that mampoer, a strong alcoholic drink or brandy can be distilled from it or fermented to make beer. If mixed with a little water and sugar it produces an acceptable substitute for apple sauce.
Sub-tropical, it can withstand cold down to 30 degrees.
 5 seeds $3.95
FDR97 Highbush Blueberry ( Vaccinium corymbosum )
A deciduous medium to large multi-stemmed sized shrub that can grow to 10 feet tall, but normally in the 7-9 feet range. The flowers bloom from May to June. The blooms are typically numerous and somewhat showy. The highbush blueberry fruits are small (1/3 inch), dark blue and covered with a white film. The berry ripens in mid to late summer. The fruits are sweet and delicious. For this tree the ideal soil is moist, high in organic matter and well-drained. It prefers an acidic soil (4.5 to 5.5). The blueberry tree likes to have mulch around the roots and full sun to partial shade. More sun translates into more into more blooms, more fruit and enhanced fall foliage color. Hardiness zones: 3-9 Pre-stratified seeds need to be planted immediately upon receipt.
  50mg Package ( about 100 ) seeds $5.95
TRM002 Bilberry ( Vaccinium myrtillus )
Bilberries are found in very acidic, nutrient-poor soils throughout the temperate and subarctic regions of the world.
The fruit is smaller than that of the Blueberry but with a fuller taste. The fruits can be eaten fresh or made into jams, juices or pies. In folk medicine, bilberry leaves were used to treat gastrointestinal ailments, applied topically, or made into infusions.
In European herbal medicine, bilberry fruit preparations are now used to enhance poor micro-circulation, including eye conditions such as night-blindness and diabetic retinopathy. The leaves have been used as a tea substitute.The leaves are sometimes used for coughs, and stomach and skin problems. Weak hypoglycemic action has been useful in treatment of diabetes. Very good for eyesight.
For centuries, Europeans have used bilberry for jams and other foods. World War II fighter pilots reportedly used it to improve their night vision. Research demonstrates that bilberry may even serve as an effective aid for visual and vascular eye disorders including night blindness, visual fatigue, and severe nearsightedness. It helps to strengthen the tiny capillaries that deliver nutrients to eye muscles and nerves. It helps to extend the range and sharpness of vision.
This plant is a northern plant and will not do well in hot tropical areas such as Florida. Best suited for zones 3-9.
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SF186 Cranberry ( Vaccinium macrocarpon )
Cranberries can be grown in-doors, in a garden, in planter boxes, raised beds, etc. Cranberries have huge health benefits and can be dry stored for extended periods of time.
Cranberries are native to North America do not need to be grown in a bog. Cranberries do require some soil preparation that is well worth the effort.
Cranberry plants can also be grown in large pots as ornamentals. These attractive, spreading plants are a unique addition to any garden.
With proper care, you can harvest berries the first year from the cranberry plants.
Zones 2-8 if grown outside.
Germination instructions: Sow at 64-71F for 2-4 weeks, move to 24-39F for 4-6 weeks, move to 41-53F for germination. Cover seeds 1/4 inch. Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant. Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination.
  12mg Package ( about 20 seeds ) $3.95
W253 Mountain Cranberry ( Vaccinium vitis-idae )
Depending on where you are at in the world, Mountain Cranberry may also be called: Lingonberry, Cowberry, Foxberry, Quailberry, Beaverberry, Red Whortleberry, Bearberry, Lowbush Cranberry, Cougarberry, Mountain Bilberry, Partridgeberry, Redberry, and more.
Mountain Cranberry is a short evergreen shrub in the heath family that bears edible fruit, native to boreal forest and Arctic tundra throughout the Northern Hemisphere from Eurasia to North America. Lingonberries are a staple in Northern Scandinavia, picked in the wild and used to accompany a variety of dishes.
Hardy for zones 2-7.
Germination instructions: Sow at soil temperuture of 41°F or lower, needs to planted in cold soil, the warming soil triggers germination, germination irregular, often several months.
Average Germ Time: 6-12 weeks. Light Required: Yes.
Depth: 1/8-1/4 inch. Sowing Rate: 4 - 5 seeds per plant.
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination. Plant Spacing: 18-24 inches.
  7mg Package ( about 30-40 ) seeds $2.95
TRM192 Wild Medlar ( Vangueria infausta )
This is a deciduous shrub or small tree that varies in height from 8-20 feet, depending on the habitat. It can be single or multistemmed, but usually the latter. The bark is greyish to yellowish brown, smooth and peeling in irregular small strips. The branchlets are covered with short, woolly hairs, especially when young. The small flowers open into , greenish white to yellowish in colour. They occur in clusters along the short lateral branches. The fruit is almost round, glossy dark green when young and changing to a light brown when ripe. The ripe fruit is soft and fleshy with a leathery shin that encloses 3-5 seeds embedded in soft pulp. The fruit is edible and has a pleasant sweet-sour, mealy taste. It tastes like an apple.
This species is one of South Africa's more popular veld fruits.
The wild medlar is a hardy and drought resistant plant that can withstand moderate cold.
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E3159 Possumhaw ( Viburnum cassinoides )
Other common names for this shrub are blue haw, swamp haw and wild raisin.
An ornamental shrub featuring excellent spring flowers, fall color and fall-winter fruit. Mass, groups or specimen/accent. Shrub borders, foundations, hedges or roadside plantings. Water garden peripheries.
Commonly grows 6-7' but can get larger. Foliage emerges in spring with a bronze or chocolate-purple tint, then glossy dark green. Flowers are creamy-white, flat-topped cymes in June.
Impressive fruit display, changing from green to white to pink to rose to blue before becoming blue-black in September. The pulp is sweet, well-flavored, hanging on the tree deep into winter.
Often all colors are present in the same cluster at one time. Fall colors are varying degrees of yellow, orange-red, dull crimson, and purple.
Zones 3-8.

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 400mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
E3158 Southern Blackhaw ( Viburnum rufidulum )
Southern black-haw occurs naturally in southeastern North America from Virginia and southern Ohio, west to Missouri and eastern Kansas, and south to central Texas and northern Florida. It grows in well-drained soils in the understory of upland mixed hardwood forests, and frequently along roads, fencerows and at the edges of fields.
The leaves of rusty black-haw literally glisten in dappled light, and they highlight the pretty clusters of creamy white flowers.
The nectar and pollen from the flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. The shiny blue-black fruits, the colorful leaves in fall, and the rusty buds in winter are still more reasons to want this pretty little tree in your landscape.
The graceful little rusty black-haw makes a perfect specimen in the dappled shade of a large oak or pine. Use black-haw in the woodland or wildlife garden. The edible fruits are sweet and said to taste like rasins, and are relished by birds and small mammals.
Zones 5-9.

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 10 seeds $2.95
E3157 Wentworth Highbush Cranberry ( Viburnum trilobum Wentworth )
Selected in the early 1900's by Frank Andrews for its heavy fruit set. Named after the farm of O.E. Wentworth near Lancaster, New Hampshire where the original plant was found. Yellow-red fruits become a brilliant scarlet-red and are not only very attractive, but good for making preserves. Fruits are slightly earlier ripening than other trilobums. Grows 10-12' tall and wide. May have the best red fall color of any American cranberry.

Quite lovely in bloom. Pendulous bunches of red berries ripen mid-October, popular with dozens of bird species. Fruit is extremely rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Although considered a wildlife plant, berries can be used for juice, jam, fruit leather and syrups. Tolerates dry soils that are high in organic matter, but prefers rich moist well-drained soils, sun or shade. Good for screens and hedges. Soil pH 6-7.
Zones 3-8.

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 500mg pack ( about 15-20 seeds ) $2.95
RHM988 Riverbank Grape ( Vitis Riparia )
Also commonly known as Frost Grape, it is a Native American climbing or trailing vine, widely distributed from Quebec to Texas, and Montana to New England. It is long-lived and capable of reaching into the upper canopy of the tallest trees. This plant is highly valued by wildlife and perfect for naturalizing woodland areas or along fences. This vine is a strong climber reaching 12m (2m of annual growth).

This plant is recommended for covering tall fences and various supports as well as concealing unsightly buildings. It can suppress the growth of other plants. The growth form is that of a woody vine. There are well-developed tendrils that wrap around nearby plants or other objects to help the vine climb.

Mature vines have loose, fissured bark, and may attain several inches in diameter. Leaves are alternate, and lobed (there can be dramatic differences in the lobbing pattern from one leaf to the next). The lobes are generally sharp-pointed and there are also large sharp teeth along the margin. The leaves often have opposite tendrils or inflorescences; they are about 2-10 inches long and 2-8 inches broad, sometimes with sparse hairs on the underside of veins, and are glossy green on both surfaces.

The vine has large panicles of delightfully Mignonette scented flowers, a most unusual feature, in early summer. The inflorescence is 6 inches long and is loose, and the flowers are small, fragrant, dioecious, and white or greenish in color. V. riparia blooms in May or June and produces a small 6-15 mm blue-black berry (grape) with a bloom, seeded, juicy, edible, vinous-herbaceous in flavor (not foxy), but usually sour.

Hardiness zones: 2-9. The vine is extremely cold hardy and easily survives temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero. The riparia vine prefers a deep rich moist well-drained moderately fertile loam. This vine does best in calcium rich fertile loamy evenly moist soils for best production and flavorful fruit. It will grow best in a calcareous soil. It will succeed in sun or partial shade though a warm sunny position is required for the fruit to ripen. This is an undemanding, drought tolerant and fully hardy species.

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  Pack of 10 seeds $3.95
RHM989 Amur Grape ( Vitis Amurensis )
This plant is native to the Far East (China, Japan, Korea, and Siberia). This is a rarely offered species with exceptional fall coloring. This robust, fast growing vine attains a height of 18-24 ft (6-8 m), with up to 6 ft (2 m) of annual growth.

This plant is suitable for growing up tall fences, arbors, and sturdy supports.A splendid and vigorous climber with reddish flossy shoots, when there young. The leaves are broad, ovate and large (3 or 5-lobed), up to 10 in. across (15-25 cm). In autumn the rather fine foliage turns a rich crimson and purple. This plant climbs by means of tendrils. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.

The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. They bloom from May to July, and the seeds ripen from September to October. After the flowers the fruits appear, they are small (1-1.5 cm) colored purple to black, and they taste very good, making wonderful jelly.

Hardiness zones: 4-9 . Even if it has small soil requirements, this plant prefers a deep rich moist well-drained moderately fertile loam. The plant does best in calcium rich fertile loamy evenly moist soils for best production and flavorful fruit. Vitis Amurensis succeeds in sun or partial shade; though a warm sunny position is required for the fruit to ripen. This vine is very hardy, tolerating temperatures down to about -40 degrees.

Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.

  Pack of 10 seeds $3.95
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TRM495 Arizona Grape ( Vitis arizonica )
Also commonly known as Canyon grape, it is a North American species of wild grape. It is a deciduous vine.
The canyon grape is a vigorously branching vine. Stems are slender, with significant tapering from base to apex. Fully developed leaves resemble a three-lobed heart shape and generally grow to an average of 4 inches long/wide. Leaves exhibit irregular toothed edge.
Green flower buds develop in clusters, and small flowers bloom in a whitish green hue. Globe or ovate shaped fruit are typically 1/3-3/8 in diameter; immature fruit is green in color, developing into a deep purple or black. Fruit are clustered on red pedicels.
Canyon Grape is a native grape first cultivated by Pueblo Indians. The fruit makes delicious preserves and wine. Usually found growing along streams. Leaves turn stunning shades of red in the fall.
Sow seeds in fall or cold stratify 4 months and plant in spring.

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Zones 5-8.

  10 seeds $2.75
RHM990 Common Wine Grape ( Vitis vinifera )
Vitis vinifera is also called California Grape Vine and is a species of Vitis, native to the Mediterranean region, central Europe, and southwestern Asia, from Morocco and Spain north to southern Germany and east to northern Iran. It is a liana growing to 35 m tall. It holds on to supports with twining tendrils.

An interesting climber with green leaves covered with silvery down. This plant is ideal for color compositions with shrubs, other climbers or trees with dark leaves or flowers. The leaves are alternate, palmate and lobed, about 5-20 cm long and broad.

The flowers of the vine are of color yellow-green and are gathered in bunches. They are intensely fragrant, hermaphrodites (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. Since it has both sexes, you need only one plant to be able to enjoy the fruits. The flowers will bloom from May to July.

The sweet edible fruit is a berry, known as a grape; in the wild species it is 6 mm diameter and ripens dark purple to blackish with a pale wax bloom; in cultivated plants it is usually much larger, up to 3 cm long, and can be green, red, or purple. Fruits ripen from September to October.

Hardiness zones: 5-10. Tolerating temperatures down to about -20 degrees. Best grown in fertile, moist but permeable soil that is rich in calcium, but it will also succeed moderate soil. This vine does best in calcium rich fertile loamy evenly moist soils for best production and flavorful fruit. It likes sunny, warm and well-aerated spots. When grown in shade, the leaves turn green. It can freeze during severe winters. The species typically occurs in humid forests and stream sides.

Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.

  Pack of 5 seeds $3.95
1A030 Chinese Jujube ( Zizyphus jujuba )
The tree has a weeping ornamental growth pattern. The fruits are smooth and round like an apple and can be eaten right off the tree. Very high in vitamin C. Very fragrant flowers.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
E3149 Suan Zao Ren ( Ziziphus Spinosa )
A Ziziphus bearing olive-shaped fruits that bear a resemblance to the common jujube. Fruits have an acid-sweet flavor. The tree is best known for its use in Chinese medicine. The seeds have a number of purported medicinal benefits including use as a sedative, for calming and to treat high-altitude sickness. Shrubby tree, hardy to the 20's.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
2125 Inidan Jujube ( Zizyphus mauritania )
A smaller version of the Chinese Jujube, it needs zone 9 and higher to produce fruit. A bushy, deciduous tree to 20' with ovate leaves. It's 1 inch, acidic tasting fruits are used preserved, dried, pickled, and in confections. Fragrant flowers.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
TRM004 Tanzania Sour Plum ( Ximenia caffra )
Ximenia caffra is a deciduous tree up to 20 feet tall with an untidy open crown. The bark is dark grey and rough, but pale green or brown on younger branches. Branchlets are spine-tipped. Sapwood is white and heartwood is hard and reddish brown. The root system is non aggressive.
The flowers are small, sweet-scented and creamy green and borne from August to October in single stem clusters in the axils of the spines or on the dwarf branchlets. They are followed by thinly fleshy, oval, attractive fruits (drupes) which are 25 mm long, glossy deep red with white spots. These are tart, but edible and are relished by birds, animals and humans. The single large seed inside contains Ximenia oil which has various uses.
Natural destribution The tree is found in woodlands and grasslands and on rocky outcrops and sometimes on termites mounds. It occurs from Tanzania in the north to KwaZulu-Natal in the south.
Ripe fruit has a vitamin C content of 27%, is high in potassium and contains protein. The seed has a 65% oil content. Fruits have a refreshing sour taste, best eaten when slightly overripe, but can also be used for making jam, dessert and jelly. They can be added to porridge. Oil from the seed is used to soften human skins and for softening animal hides. It is also used for lamps. The nuts are also eaten.
A decoction from the leaves is used as a wash to soothe inflamed eyes. Infusions of the roots are used as a remedy for dysentery and diarrhoea and together with the leaves are taken for abdominal pain and bilharziasis.
Powdered roots are applied to sores to speed up healing; used in soup, and in beer as an aphrodisiac. Powdered dried leaves are taken orally for fever and infertility, and extracts of the leaves are used as a gargle for tonsillitis, and as a vermifuge. Porridge is made using a decoction of the roots, and eaten once a day for nausea in pregnancy; the root decoction is also taken for infertility.
Can tolerate light frosts, probably best suited for zones 8b and above.
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TRM114 Blue Sourplum ( Ximenia americana )
Grows to be a 3m shrub. Pale grey bark, purple-red branches with waxy blooms. Yellowish-green/whitish flowers during Summer-Autumn. Yellow/red fruit, edible. Sow Spring. Zone 10.
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RLP038 Buddha Fruit, Monk's Fruit, Luohan Guo ( Momordica grosvenorii )
A climbing plant in the pumpkin family, native to southern China and Indochina, where it is widely cultivated for its fruit that is used in traditional Chinese medicine and to sweeten drinks.
More recently it has been made popular as a "superfood" in the west for its antioxidants, as an immune booster, for a glucose-lowering effect and its anti viral properties as well as its potential as a natural zero-calorie sweetener.
Rare in these parts, and one of the most desired cucurbits among collectors. Like ginseng, this is one of the chinese herbs that tonifies the yin. Household remedy for treating upper respiratory infection and gastric upset.
The medicine consists of the dried fruits. The entire plant is gently pubescent, and the fruits are densely covered in down, ovoid or rounded and extremely sweet. The leaves are somewhat heart shaped and entire, and the yellow flowers are somewhat atypical in shape for a cucurbit.
It is easy to grow in most warm temperate and tropical climates, and is said to handle light frosts.
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RLP009 Riberry ( Syzygium leuhmannii )
A very tasty ornamental fruit plant from Australia! This plant is not just a beautiful ornamental tree, it is very useful edible tree as well. The fruits; "Riberries", are bright red, and follow the showy white powder-puff flowers.
The tree itself is evergreen, and grows to 15m tall in habitat, although height around 7m is more often seen in cultivation. Foliage is beautiful, glossy dark green, and very dense. New leaves emerge pinkish red, which adds beautiful colour to the garden. It is native to Australia, and is found along the East Coast of Australia.
The berry has a tart, cranberry-like flavour, with a hint of cloves. It has been popular as a gourmet bushfood since the early 1980s, and is commercially cultivated on a small-scale basis.
The fruit is most commonly used to make a distinctively flavoured jam, and is also used in sauces, syrups and confectionery. It can also be eaten and enjoyed straight off the tree. The riberry plant is also very popular as a garden ornamental and street tree. It is easily maintained as a smaller tree by light pruning.
Flowers attract butterflies and birds, and berries are a source of food for wildlife.
For zones 9-11.
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TRM055 Ambarella ( Spondias dulcis )
Pleasant tasting acidic fruit about the size of an apple with a pineapple-mango like flavor and crunchy texture. Fruit is little known throughout much of the world but better varieties have an excellent flavor.
Medium sized tree to 40 feet tall. The ambarella is a tropical plant and likes a humid, tropical climate and will not fruit in areas that receive frosts.
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TRM056 Spanish Plum ( Spondias purpurea )
A medium-large sized tree to 30-40ft. Dark red fruit about 1-2 around, with very juicy sub acid pulp. The Spanish Plum is somewhat tender and will not stand freezing temperatures. It will weather short frosts. Best suited for zones 10 and higher.
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TRM058 Jamacian Cherry Tree ( Muntingia calabura )
One of the most profuse fruiting trees! From spring to fall, you will harvest 2 crops a day once the plant is established, in full sun and has enough water. Drought tolerant, but needs regular watering to establish. This is a very fast-growing tree of slender proportions, reaching 25 to 40 ft in height, with spreading, nearly horizontal branches. The leaves are evergreen, the flowers last only one day, the petals falling in the afternoon. Flowers resemble strawberry bloom, hence the name of the tree.
The abundant fruits are round, 3/8 to 1/2 inches wide, with red or sometimes yellow, smooth, thin, tender skin and light-brown, soft, juicy pulp, with very sweet, musky, somewhat fig-like flavor, filled with exceedingly minute, yellowish seeds, too fine to be noticed in eating. Fruit taste like cotton candy. The fruits are sold in Mexican markets.
The Jamaica cherry is tropical to near-tropical. The tree has the reputation of thriving with no care in poor soils and it does well in both acid and alkaline locations, and even on old tin tailings in Malaya. It is drought-resistant but not salt-tolerant. Wherever it grows, fruits are borne nearly all year, though flowering and fruiting are interrupted in Florida and Sao Paulo, Brazil, during the 4 coolest months. Ripe fruits can easily be shaken from the branches and caught on cloth or plastic sheets. The Jamaica cherry is widely eaten by children out-of-hand, though it is somewhat sticky to handle.
It is often cooked in tarts and made into jam. The leaf infusion is drunk as a tea-like beverage. The flowers are said to possess antiseptic properties. An infusion of the flowers is valued as an antispasmodic. It is taken to relieve headache and the first symptoms of a cold. Seeds spread by birds and fruit bats.
Tropical, for zones 10 and higher.
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TRM060 Pleated Cereus ( Cereus jamacaru )
A lesser known apple cactus with large, red fruits having white pulp with a mildly sweet flavor. The fruits are similar to the more common apple cactus, Cereus repandus.
This is a tree-like cactus that can grow up to 30 feet tall. Has segmented stems from 4-6" across that occasionally branch. Features large, 10" white flowers that are followed by the red fruits. Great as an ornamental for the arid garden. The fruits are useful as well, though the species is somewhat uncommon in cultivation.
Hardy to mild frosts, probably briefly to around 27-29F, though its best protected from freezes.
Grow in full sun. Needs minimal water once established. Not too particular about soil requirements.
Native to Brazil.
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