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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
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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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
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
IP054 Running Serviceberry Amelanchier stolonifera
Running serviceberry is a deciduous, early-flowering shrub which typically suckers and spreads to form thickets. It usually grows to only 3-5' tall and features 5-petaled, showy, white flowers in drooping clusters which appear before the leaves emerge in early spring. Finely toothed, oval to almost circular, medium to dark green leaves (1-3" long) lack teeth on lower edges and change to variable shades of yellow, orange and red in autumn.
Flowers give way to small, round, green berries which mature to a dark purplish-black in summer. Edible berries resemble blueberries in size and color and are often used in pies.
Best in shrub borders, or in woodland, naturalized or native plant gardens. Also effective along stream banks and ponds. The plant's small size lends itself well to growing in rock gardens.
Suitable for zones 4-8.
 10 seeds $2.25
1A007 Cashew Nut Anacardium
A tropical tree that is famous for it delicious nuts. It is a very fast grower and will reach 40 ft. quickly in warm climates. It is a very handsome tree that can be raised in greenhouses for its tropical appearance.
  Package of 3 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
1A225 Sancoya Annona purpurea
Beautiful spreading tree to 30'. Its fruits are very sweet and juicy with an orange color to the pulp. Requires a consistantly warm tropical climate.
Sancoya is an edible fruit and medicinal plant in the Annonaceae family. It is native to Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America. Its common names include soncoya, ilama, and cabeza de negro. It has hairy leaves and large, strong-scented flowers. The fruit is rounded and 15 to 20 centimeters wide, and is covered with a felt-textured brown skin. The surface of the fruit has hooklike projections. The pulp is similar in scent, appearance, and taste to that of the mango. It has many seeds.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
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
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
D2285 Strawberry Tree Arbutus
A beautiful evergreen tree that is very attractive. The strawberry shaped fruits make a stimulating wine.
  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.
Note: Seeds are cold stratified and must be planted as soon as they are received.
  Package of 5 seeds $5.95
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
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.
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RHM098 Azara Fruit Bush Azara microphylla
Beautiful shrubby tree native to Chile. Grows variably 15' - 25' and may be pruned to desired size and may also be grown as a Bonsai. Hardy to zone 8 ( 15F ). Its small green / yellow flowers produce the wonderful scent of vanilla. Lush with glossy oval leaves. Small orange-red berries are edible. Grow in sun or light shade. Small seeds are about the size of Kiwi seeds.
Package of 5 seeds $3.95
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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RHM987 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.
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TRM191 Wild Pineapple Bromelia Pinguin
A beautiful large shrub-sized bromeliad that forms a pineapple-like plant with long sword-shaped dark green leaves. Widely grown in Central America and used as a fence or barrier for its beautiful leaves. Native to Mexico and Belize. It is easy to grow from seeds This plant is drought-tolerant and perfect for rock gardens and other full sun to bright shade environments. They love direct sun. suitable for xeriscaping. Excellent pot plant for patios in colder zones, hardy to zone 9 outside.
 5 seeds $3.95
TRZ021 Mayan Breadnut Tree Brosimum alicastrum ramon
The Mayan Breadnut tree grows to great size in the forest, growing to over 150 feet tall in some places. The seeds can be eaten as food, the leaves can be fed to livestock, the sap, or latex have medicinal properties (for asthma in Central America, for anemia in Mexico and for rheumatism in Peru), and the wood is used for construction or firewood. It grows in dense, sometimes almost monospecific (single-species) stands in tropical dry, seasonally dry, humid broadleaf and wet forests. It tolerates rocky, dry, alkaline, sandy or heavy soils. It is one of the most widely adaptable and drought-resistant species known. One adult Maya Nut tree can produce up to 800lb of food per year and will remain productive for more than 100 years.
The breadnut is high in fiber, calcium, potassium, folic acid, iron, zinc, protein and B vitamins. It has a low glycemic index (<50) and is very high in antioxidants. The fresh seeds can be cooked and eaten or can be set out to dry in the sun and eaten later. Stewed, the nut tastes like mashed potato; roasted, it tastes like chocolate or coffee. It can be prepared in numerous other dishes. In Peten, Guatemala, the breadnut is being cultivated for exportation and local consumption as powder, for hot beverages, and bread.
The breadnut fruit disperses on the ground at different times throughout its range. It has a large seed covered by a thin, citrus-flavored, orange-colored skin favored by a number of forest creatures. More importantly, the large seed which is enveloped by the tasty skin is an edible 'nut' that can be boiled or dried and ground into a meal for porridge or flatbread. Breadnut is nutritious and has value as a food source, and formed a part of the diet of the pre-Columbian Maya of the lowlands region in Mesoamerica, although to what extent has been a matter of some debate among historians and archaeologists. It was planted by the Maya civilization two thousand years ago.
Cold hardy to about 32 degrees.
 5 seeds $3.95
RLP101 Nance Fruit Tree Byrsonima crassifolia
Also know as Craboo. A slow-growing large shrub or tree to 30 feet. Cultivated for its edible fruits, the tree is native and abundant in the wild, sometimes in extensive stands, in open pine forests and grassy savannas, from central Mexico, through Central America, to Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil This is a fruit that has been consumed by the indians of Central America and northern South America for generations. Extremely popular fruit throughout its natural range and is eagerly consumed by children, birds, and wild and domesticated animals.
The fruits are eaten raw or cooked as dessert. In rural Panama, the dessert prepared with the addition of sugar and flour, known as pesada de nance, is quite popular. The fruits are also made into dulce de nance, a candy prepared with the fruit cooked in sugar and water. Zone 10 and higher outside.
  Package of 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
3434 Scarlet Princess Papaya Carica
A native of Central America, it prefers humus rich, moist, well-drained soils in a warm, protected position. Easily grown in tubs in a warm greenhouse or as a patio plant. An evergreen tree growing to 15 feet with a spread of 8 feet. The stem is erect, palm-like, soft, spongy and hollow; the leaves are light green, large, and palmate, the fruit are large, oblong to round, with reddish flesh, delicious flavor and average weight is 1.7kg. Both fruit and leaves may be used as a meat tenderiser.
  5 seeds $4.95
JF266 Tainong No. 1 Papaya Carica
A very heavy producer of fruits. Easily grown in tubs in a warm greenhouse or as a patio plant. An evergreen tree growing to 18 feet with a spread of 10 feet. The stem is erect, palm-like, soft, spongy and hollow; the leaves are light green, large, and palmate, the fruit are large, oblong to round, with somewhat reddish flesh, delicious flavor and average weight is 1.6kg. Both fruit and leaves may be used as a meat tenderiser.
  5 seeds $4.95
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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D2249 Carob Tree Ceratonia
An evergreen tree that grows to 50 ft. Grows well in dry soils. The edible pods can be made into flour, which makes delicious candies, cakes, pastries and drinks.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
FRD20 Sweet Pecan Carya illinoensis improved
This seed is from grafted parent plants for improved nut quality. Produceds large quantities of sweet, flavorful nuts. Hardy for zones 5-9. A medium sized, fast growing pecan tree. Seed requires 60-90 days cold moist stratification.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
  Package of 50 seeds $19.50

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
FRD10 Shellbark Hickory Carya laciniosa
Shellbark hickory is a tolerant tree of stream banks, lower slopes, riparian zones, on alluvial soils, often inundated in the winter. Also on better-drained upland sites particularly on limestone. It is the most abundant hickory in the Bluegrass.
Range: Midwestern: se Ontario to Tennessee, W. Virginia to e. Kansas. Many disjunct populations in Ontario, New Yourk, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas.
Shellbark hickory is a species of stream banks, lower slopes, riparian zones, and of moist limestone sites. It is also a scattered on drier upland sites provided that soil pH is neutral to alkaline. Shellbark hickory is tolerant (though less so than sugar maple), and is very slow growing.
Ectomycorrhizal; wind-pollinated. Important food source for gray squirrels. Edible by humans, and prized by native Americans.
Uses: As for all hickories: tool handles, furniture, cabinets, sporting goods, etc. Shellbark hickory has the largest nuts of any Carya species. The nuts are sweet and very rich in fats and oils, and were an important food source for Native Americans . The basic method of preparation was to crush the entire fruit, husk and all. The crushed fruits were then boiled in water, the dense husk and shell sinking to the bottom, the rich fats and oils floating to the top to be skimmed off, and the starchy endosperms remaining in the middle, where they could be scooped out without contamination from husks or shells. The fat was allowed to solidify and used as butter or in making pemmican. The endosperms were ground into meal or eaten as a mushy soup. The ground nuts were also made into a thick, milky drink known as "powcohiccora" in Algonquin languages, giving rise to the English "hickory." Native Americans and European settlers used inner bark for basketry and furniture (chair bottoms), and the wood for showshoe rims, barrel hoops, tool handles. Wood ash of hickory mixed with water makes lye, important for making hominy from corn.
  Package 3 large 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
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 Cte 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
FRD15 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.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
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
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.

Hawthorn Jelly recipe.

Jim's Notes:
These seeds must be cold stratified for 120 days before sowing.

  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, splittng 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
Z2801 Earth Almond Cyperus esculentus satuvus
An ornamental perennial growing to 8 ft. that produces sweet nutty tubers. They are eaten raw, made into a drink or roasted and used as a coffee substitute. The Zulu chewed them to relieve digestion and cure bad breath. They are highly thought of as delicacies in Europe.
  10g pack ( about 30 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
W190 White Egg Tree TomatoCyphomandra Betacea alba
New! White version of the popular Tree Tomato described above, beautiful white fruits make for an outstanding ornamental fruit tree!.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
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.

 5 seeds $3.95
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
TRM538 Jackalberry Diospyros natalensis
Grows to be a 15 feet tall shrub/small tree, pale gray smooth bark, glossy leaves borne horizontally. Small white flower in heads Winter-Spring. Yellowish-orange acorn-like fruit eaten by birds, good container and bonsai plant. Sow Spring. Zone 9.
 5 seeds $3.95
TRM101 Namaqua Firesticks Diospyros ramulosa
Namaqua Firesticks is an evergreen, tall woody shrub to small tree growing to about 15 feet tall with dark green, leathery leaves, and greenish white, small flowers. For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun throughout the year. Sweet fruit. Hardy to zone 8.
 5 seeds $3.95
2929 Princess Persimmon ( Diospyros rhombifolia )
Also known as Chinese Persimmon. Persimmon is a decideous fruit tree adapted to warm temperate and sub-tropical climates. Persimmon has a primary center of genetic origin in the mountains of central China and a secondary centre in Japan. The persimmons has small leaves and produces 1" orange-red oval shaped fruit. The foliage that attaches to the fruit looks like the foliage attached to a tomato plant. Decideous, requires cool winter temps between 33F-45F. Zones 4-9.
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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.2
  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. Zones 7-9.
  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
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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TRM064 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.
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TRM011 Indian Strawberry Duchesnea Harlequin Indica
Lovely ornamental! Commonly known as Indian Strawberry, this variety produces bright yellow flowers followed by edible red fruit, similar to Alpine. Deep green foliage is a perfect addition to hanging baskets or rock gardens where it can tumble over sides. Also an excellent ground cover plant. Flowers in spring, fruits in early summer. Z4-9. Grows 3-4 inches tall.
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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
TRM535 Ebony tree Euclea pseudebenus
A small South African tree related to commercial ebony. Bears edible fruits which some sources claim are quite tasty. Its wood is used in carving and woodworking and the tree also makes a nice drought tolerant ornamental. Grows to 10-25 feet. Zone 8b and higher.
  Package of 6 seeds $2.50
TRZ015 Rumberry Eugenia Floribunda
This is a fruit tree that can grow 30 to 50 feet high in it's native enviorment, but can also be grown in tubs which will produce smaller plants that will still fruit.
Native to Belize, Central America, the Carribean Islands and northern South America.
Dark red to purple, round, 1/2" across fruit with excellent tangy acidic flavor that can be eaten fresh.
Plants have red-brown branches and small pink and white flowers. The fruit, which are roughly half the size of cherries, are yellow-orange or dark-red and contain a small amount of translucent flesh surrounding a stone. Also used in beverages, as well as fermented and used in alcoholic drinks, and to make jams. A favorite liqueur, which is made from rum, is a common Christmas drink in Sint Maarten and the Virgin Islands. The plant is also used for medicinal purposes.
It grows well in dry and moist climates. Can be kept small with pruning. Hardy to short frost, to the upper 20's F.
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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, icecream, 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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TRM097 African Fig Ficus asperifolia
This fig from eastern Africa has rough leaves and small, brilliant red, furry fruits that are borne on the branches and are quite delicious. Not cold hardy. Can be container grown.
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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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TRM094 New Caledonia Fig Ficus habrophylla
This fig from New Caledonia is eaten by the Kanak people and popular for making into pies. The very large leaves of this tree are dark green and showy, making it an absolutely gorgeous ornamental as well. It grows well in pots when young. Grow as an inside plant when young, or outside in zones 8-11.
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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.
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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
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
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
2350 Japanese Rasin Tree Hovenia dulcis
Japanese Raisintree 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.
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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.
As with other members of the Solanum family, such as tomatoes and aubergines, jaltomata may require staking or some form of support. Fruits can be eaten raw or cooked and are particularly good in jams.
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FRD08 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
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. Butternut is easily grown but must be transplanted early because of the quickly developing root system. Hardy to zone 3.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
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
D2218 Grape Mahonia Mahonia aquifolium
Evergreen shrub with tough pinnate leaves. Flowers are yellow in dense terminal racemes followed by grape like black-blue berries that can be made into jelly.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
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 30F 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 oceanfront 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
This tree is grown for both its fruit and its ornamental value. Fruits are red or yellow and about 1 cm in size. Also called Flowering Crabapple. Very hardy and easy to grow.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
NB79 Ralls Janet Fresh Eating Apple Malus pumila
An heirloom apple with a long, Ralls Janet first gained attention in 1800 where it was grown on the farm of Caleb Ralls in Amherst County, Virginia. Medium in size and roundish-oblate in shape, the greenish-yellow skin is flushed, mottled, and streaked with various hues of pink, red and crimson over one-half or more of the surface. Yellow, or russet, and white dots, are conspicuous, and scarfskin may be present on some fruit. The yellowish flesh of this dessert apple has a greenish tinge and is dense, crisp, and tender with a tart-sweet balance of flavor. When cut, the flesh exudes a sweet aroma. Blooms in early May, and this very late flowering assures a crop set. Ralls was one of a number of American seedling varieties imported by the Japanese to establish an apple breeding program. From the cross of Ralls and Red Delicious came Fuji. Ralls is also widely grown in China. It stores particularly well and ripens in Virginia the first week of October. Said to be good for zones 3-8.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
D2230 Old Homestead Apple Malus pumila var. Wrightii
These apple trees have been growing in the south for generations providing cooking and fresh eating apples. The apples have a sweet/tart flavor that is unique to their strain. Excellent for pies. A heavy bearing fruit tree.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.00
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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TRM099 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
TRM100 Lowveld milkberry Manilkara mochisia
Grows to be a 30 feet tall tree. Rough blackish bark, simple leaves crowded at ends of thickened spurs, small profuse green-yellow flowers, fleshy fruit, food plant. Sow Spring. Zone 10
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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.
 5 seeds $3.95
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 Mulberrry 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.
  Package of 50 seeds $1.95
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.
  Package of 50 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".
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
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
TRM289 Snuffbox Tree Oncoba spinosa
A spiny shrub or small tree. The flowers are white, honey-fragrant and solitary (3" across). The fruits have a sour, edible pulp. Beautiful white and yellow camellia-like flowers look like 'fried eggs' when they drop off and fall on the ground with their yellow stamens facing upwards. Light tip pruning promotes bushy growth.
Flowers attract butterflies. Blooms late spring to summer. The hard-shelled fruits are used as snuff boxes. If the fruit are left to dry with the seeds inside they it make amusing rattles for children and are also used as anklets and armlets for dancers to add rhythm when performing.
The pulp of the fruit is edible, but is seldom used for that purpose. In African medicine the roots are used in the treatment of dysentery and bladder complaints. It is said that the seeds contain a drying oil that is suitable for varnish, but it is too difficult to extract to be of any commercial significance. The wood is light brown in color and can take a good polish, but the pieces are seldom large enough to be of any commercial value.
A tropical plant requiring zone 10 or warmer, or it can be grown in a warm greenhouse.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
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.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
BM64 Fragrant Passion Flower ( Passiflora actinia )
A delicate passiflora vine with spectacular sea anemone-like flowers blue, white, burgundy and more colors, highly scented, bearing a rounded yellow edible fruits with tasty pulp.
It is a fairly fast-growing, evergreen perennial vine with heart-shaped leaves. Vines may grow a dozen or more feet in a season and are multi-branching climbers. Flowers are numerous during warmer months and bloom for a day or two. Rounded, orange-yellow ripening fruits follow and grow to a inch or more.
Hardy down to 24F, if mulched heavy, may go a little lower, may freeze to grown but come back in spring .
This vine grows well in part-shade and full-sun. Prefers moist, environments with bright, but indirect sunlight. It readily climbs trellises, fences and other plants. Grow in well-drained soil, Water regularly.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TRM418 Red Passion Flower ( Passiflora coccinea )
Passiflora coccinea, commonly called red passion flower or red granadilla, is a tropical, tendril-climbing, evergreen vine from South America that typically grows to 10-12' and to 3-5' wide and produces extremely showy scarlet red to deep red passion flowers 3-4" wide. Flowers are followed by orange to yellow, edible passion fruit 2-3" long known as red granadilla.
Smooth, red to purple stems are clad with single, doubly serrate, oblong, medium green leaves to 5" long. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.

Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-12, but can be container grown inside in most zones.

  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TRM433 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
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.
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.
  15 seeds. Price per pack: $5.95
RLP047 Wild Maracuja Passiflora foetida
A climbing or creeping vine with lobed leaves and pretty, white and pink flowers followed by small, edible and sweet fruit. Flowers and fruits are protected by strange, spiky and sticky bracts that can trap insects ( kind of useful when grown in greenhouses ). The leaves emit a strong scent when crushed. It is widely distributed from Texas through Central and South America but widely grown elsewhere.
They are very vigorous growers and need plenty of room to grow. The plants do extremely well in containers and are hardy in the landscape in USDA zone 9-11.
 5 seeds $2.95
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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W152 Fragrant Passionflower ( Passiflora maliformus )
Also known as Sweet Calebash, it is grown for its beautiful fragrant flowers and delicious fruit.
Flowers are greenish-white and purple, huge, up to 4-6 inches in diameter. The sepals are greenish-white, heavily speckled with purple spots inside, green outside. The petals are green white and heavily spotted with purple. The crown consists of four rows of filaments, white with purple stripes. The flowers are pendulous and very fragrant.
The fruits are oval or spherical, about 2 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. They are greenish yellow to light orange and the external shell is extremely hard. They are edible and taste of grapes.
The name maliformis name means "apple-shaped".
Vines are self-fertile, and should be grown on fences or trellises.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 20 seeds $3.50
D2267 Pomegranate Punica
A very decorative ornamental that has a pleasant tasting fruit. It has vermilion red flowers and small glossy leaves.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
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
3361 Winter Nellis Pear Pyrus 'Winter Nellis'
Pyrus 'Winter Nellis' is a small but good late variety with a good resistance to the frost. The fruit has a yellow-green skin which is almost covered in russet. The greenish white flesh is firm sweet, and juicy with a good rich flavor. This pear is useful for cooking, preserving and a very good when eaten fresh from the tree.
For zones 5-8.
1g Package ( about 15 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
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.
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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 Seeds need to be cold stratified.
  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 Seeds need to be cold stratified.
 200mg pack ( about 100 seeds ) $2.95
3409 Purple Flowering Raspberry Rubus odoratus
This flowering raspberry is a native of Eastern North America. It is a deciduous, coarse, suckering shrub with cane-like stems which typically grows 3-6' tall and spreads 6-12' wide.
One of the best of the ornamental raspberries because of its rose-like, fragrant, 2" wide, rose-purple flowers which appear over a long summer bloom period and its palmate, 5-lobed, maple-like, medium green leaves (4-10" wide).
This shrub has hairy stems but virtually no prickles. Flowers give way to 3/4" diameter, cup-shaped red raspberry fruits.
Hardiness zones: 3-9 Seeds need to be cold stratified.
 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.
  200mg Package ( about 80-100 seeds ) $2.95
TRM088 Rose Leaf Bramble Rubus rosifolius
A prickly subshrub native to rainforest and tall open forest of the Himalayas, East Asia, and eastern Australia.
It is also found abundantly in the Brazilian states Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and to the south until Rio Grande do Sul.The plant can also be found in a lot of San Francisco neighborhoods.
Flowers are white in panicles or solitary. Edible fruit are 2 cm long. Leaves stay green and fruits ripen in winter in Eastern Australia.
The fruit is sweet and pleasant flavoured when grown with good soil moisture. The fruit is also sold at markets in the Himalayas.
Leaf is used as a medicinal herb tea, for treating diarrhoea, menstrual pains, morning sickness and labour pains. The leaf contains essential oils.
 10 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 ft.. 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.
  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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TRM435 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.
  17mg Pack ( about 20-25 seeds ) $2.95
3364 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 over 20 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.
  500mg pack ( about 20-25 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 to12ft. 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 $1.95
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 blue berries. Good for fresh eating, piemaking and wines. 50-75 days
  10 seeds per pack $2.95
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.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
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.
 5 large seeds $3.95
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
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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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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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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TRM187 Milkwood Forest Bush Vitellariopsis marginata
Eevergreen, leafy tree growing up to 20 feet tall with glossy, deep green leaves. The small, creamy white flowers with brownish-green hairy calyx appear in up to 4-flowered clusters at the end of the branches, followed by round fleshy edible fruit purple-red when ripe. Sow Spring. Zone 10.
 3 seeds $3.95
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.

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
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
RHM990 Common Grape Vitis vinifera
Vitis vinifera is also called Common 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
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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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
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