Unusual Lawn Plant Seeds from around the World

TRN676 Parrot's Beak ( Clianthus puniceus )
Parrot's Beak puts on a spectacular show of exotic blooms that look like tropical bird bills and are a delight to see in bloom. It is an easy-to-grow bush that grows 4 to 8 feet tall and wide. Throughout spring, it becomes loaded with big, bright-pink blooms that dangle like earrings from pretty, fern-like foliage.
The plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is an endangered species that is close to extinction in its homeland of New Zealand.
It does best with temperatures above freezing, although it reportedly can take brief dips down to 22 degrees °F . If you are not in Zones 8b through 11, simply grow it in a pot and move it indoors for the winter, pruning it to any size that is convenient. It prefers mostly sunny conditions, although some afternoon shade may be needed in warmer areas. The plant is happiest below 85 degrees and might decline in consistently hot temperatures, especially if nights are warm.
Package of 5 seeds $3.95
3451 African Wisteria Tree ( Bolusanthus speciousus )
In full bloom, Bolusanthus speciosus creates a display of unequalled splendor. This spectacular small to medium sized tree with graceful drooping branches, covers itself with trusses of fragrant, violet-blue flowers throughout spring and early summer.
Although it is deciduous, the Tree wisteria is only without leaves for a short time in early spring. The conspicuous dark, brownish black trunk, offsets the light green leaves and the magnificent flowers to perfection.
It is a protected species in South Africa which means that no wild specimens may be damaged, cut down or removed.

The unsurpassed beauty of the Tree wisteria as well as the non invasive root system makes this one of the most successful garden trees. Bolusanthus speciosus is perfect for enhancing any area where space is at a premium and is the perfect choice for townhouse gardens. This magnificent tree looks stunning in a mixed border to add colour and height or as a single specimen on a lawn or alongside a patio.
When planted in a group of 3 or 5 the effect is superb while an avenue of these lovely trees along a driveway or street is always a showstopper. When planted in large pots the Tree wisteria creates a stunning focal point for patios and paved areas. This tree is very popular with Bonsai enthusiasts.
The beautiful, hard wood of Bolusanthus speciosus is used to make excellent quality furniture and household articles. Being termite resistant, the straight stems are used for fence posts. Both the roots and parts of the bark are used medicinally to treat ailments such as various stomach problems and abdominal cramps.
Winter Hardiness: 25-30°F

  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
3329 River She Oak ( Casuarina equisetifolia )
Also known as Hosretail She Oak. This is a small tree growing to perhaps 20 feet in its natural environment with a pendulous, drooping, normally open habit. Flowers are inconspicuous but these trees come in male and female forms and in spring the male trees can take on an attractive rusty hew from their pollen.
Fruit is a cone to about an inch in length. Used extensively as a seaside street or park planting this species is wind firm, salt tolerant and nitrogen fixing and consequently it is particularly useful in areas of poor sandy soil where it is a valuable windbreak and soil binder.
They are very hardy trees, drought tolerant but are not frost tolerant to any real degree so are best suited to warmer mediteranean or sub to fully tropical areas, we have seen in survive in zone 9.
This species also makes an excellent bonsai subject. Easy to propagate from seed and it can be grown in pots, tubs or indoors as a houseplant in colder climates.
 75mg pack ( about 20 seeds )
TRN568 Crape Myrtle ( Lagerstroemia indica )
Everyone in the South is familiar with these favorite ornamental plants. One of the longest blooming trees with at least 60 to 80 days ( sometimes up to 120 or more days ) of continuous bloom. Large showy clusters of white and shades of pink and occasionally purple and red ( the seeds you receive will produce various colors ). Flower petals are crinkly. Tree is vigorous and hardy and is magnificent when grown in the middle of a lawn. A cluster of these will provide a flowering canopy. The crape myrtle is an outstanding ornamental that rewards with a long blooming season of showy flowers and a winter season of dramatic architectural beauty highlighted by distinctive exfoliating bark.
For zones 7-9 outside.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
 85mg pack ( about 30 seeds ) $2.95
D9629 Mock Orange ( Styrax americanus )
A fast growing shrub to 10 ft. that is loaded with fragrant, orange type, bell shaped flowers in the Spring and sports attractive green foliage throughout most of the year. A must have lawn plant for most of the US and can be container grown in the far North and Canada.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
TRZ047 Japanese Snowbell ( Styrax japonicus )
Japanese snowbells is a compact, deciduous tree with a graceful spreading habit. In late spring, it produces hanging clusters of sweetly scented, bell-shaped white flowers. Minutely toothed, bright green leaves have a clean, fresh look in all but the driest conditions. Attractive fine twigs are borne on slender, somewhat-layered branches, and the bark is a smooth gray-brown.
Native to China , Japan, and Korea, best suited for zones 6-8.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
TRZ048 Pink Japanese Snowbell ( Styrax japonicus rosea )
Pink Japanese snowbells is very simliar to the white snowbell, ie. a compact, deciduous tree with a graceful spreading habit. In late spring, it produces hanging clusters of sweetly scented, bell-shaped white with pinkish tink flowers. Minutely toothed, bright green leaves have a clean, fresh look in all but the driest conditions. Attractive fine twigs are borne on slender, somewhat-layered branches, and the bark is a smooth gray-brown.
Native to China , Japan, and Korea, best suited for zones 6-8.

Note: These seeds need to be cold/warm stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
TRZ049 Chinese Snowbell ( Styrax dasyanthus )
The Chinese snowbell tree is differentiated from the others most notably in the leaves which are larger and more pale, making the foliage an even better back-drop for the delicate, bell-shaped flowers that occur in spring.
These blossoms are held in drooping, racemes along light branches and are immaculately white with golden stamens. The spreading, open branching displays the bloom to best effect along with the mid-green foliage which turns beautiful shades of red and gold in autumn.
Chinese snowbell tree only reaches 25 feet with a 20 foot spread when grown along a woodland verge, and is somewhat smaller when grown in full sun. It prefers moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. It fits well in the modern garden as well as in naturalized settings.
Best suited for zones 6-8.

Note: These seeds need to be cold/warm stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
D2249 Carob Tree ( Ceratonia )
Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the carob tree, St John's-bread, or locust bean is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae.
It is widely cultivated for its edible pods, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The ripe, dried pod is often ground to carob powder, which is used to replace cocoa powder. Carob bars, an alternative to chocolate bars, are often available in health-food stores.
Carob consumed by humans is the dried (and sometimes roasted) pod. The pod consists of two main parts: the pulp accounts for 90% and the seeds for 10% of the pod weight.
Carob is mildly sweet and is used in powdered, chip or syrup form as an ingredient in cakes and cookies, and as a substitute for chocolate. Carob bars are widely available in health food stores. A traditional sweet, eaten during Lent and Good Friday, is also made from carob pods in Malta. Dried carob fruit is traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat.
While chocolate contains levels of theobromine which are toxic to some mammals, carob contains significantly less caffeine and theobromine, and is therefore used to make chocolate-flavored treats for dogs.
Carob pod meal is used as an energy-rich feed for livestock, particularly for ruminants, though its high tannin content may limit its use. Carob pods were mainly used as animal fodder in the Maltese Islands, apart from times of famine or war when they formed part of the diet of many Maltese. In the Iberian Peninsula, carob pods were used to feed donkeys.
The carob tree is native to the Mediterranean region, including Southern Europe, Northern Africa, the larger Mediterranean islands; to the Levant and Middle-East of Western Asia into Iran; and to the Canary Islands and Macaronesia.
Carob trees may be grown in USDA zones 9-11.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
f Taiwan Cherry ( Prunus campanulata )
Fast-growing Taiwan cherry will usually bloom in its third year from seed. This is an outstanding flowering tree for the Japanese style garden or simply as a specimen or accent anywhere early spring color is desired. The fruits are relished by songbirds.
The flowers of Taiwan cherry are almost neon pink, and considered by many to be the most beautiful of the flowering cherries.
A small, deciduous tree native to southern China, Vietnam, Taiwan and southern Japan with beautiful, deep pink, bell-shaped flowers in spring. It an outstanding ornamental flowering tree for the warm temperate garden in USDA Zones 8 to 10 and considered the best flowering cherry for warm regions.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
$2.95 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
TRN521 Mountain Laurel ( Kalmia latifolia )
This shade-tolerant North American shrub has gorgeous flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. Usually grows 6-10 feet tall if left untrimmed. A close relative of rhododendrons and azaleas, it's an excellent choice for a shady garden. It's also evergreen, so even after the blooms have faded, its leathery deep green foliage provides a welcome sign of life. Even in the coldest winter weather, when rhododendron leaves have curled in on themselves, mountain laurel remains bravely open to the elements.
An old time favorite with fragrant maroon flowers in the late spring to early summer. Has large dark shiny green leaves, which make this an attractive plant when not in bloom. Will grow in varied conditions which include sun or shade, but the best spot in semi-shade with rich slightly moist soil. It will send off underground runners and will form a large clump over time with many blooms. While the blooms are fragrant you will have to get pretty close to appreciate them.
For zones 4-9.
 4mg ( about 50 very small seeds ) $2.95
TRN522 Sargent's Crabapple ( Malus sargentii )
Sargent's Crabapple is a dwarf, deciduous flowering tree growing 6 to 8 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide. The smallest of the flowering crabapple species, this unique very small tree exhibits a very dense, wide-spreading, rounded habit.
It can also be grown as a dense multi-stemmed shrub for use in borders or as a screen or hedge. Flowers are pink buds that open to1 inch, white, fragrant flowers. Flowers are followed by 1/4 inch, glossy red crabapples, maturing in the Fall. The crabapples are sweet in flavor, like rose hips and are attractive to birds and other wildlife.
The leaves are ovate, lobed and dark green, turning yellow in the Fall and contrasting well with the crabapples. If not eaten by wildlife, the fruit persists thru winter, providing a good winter interest.
Because of its size, the Sargent crabapple is useful for planting under utility lines, in confined yards, as privacy screens and hedges and on sloping ground. It is also a popular choice for bonsai.
For zones 4-9.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
 10 seeds $2.95
2121 Oregon Grape ( Mahonia aquifolium )
This is a very beautiful and useful evergreen shrub. It's upright stems and coarse leaves form an irregular mound up to 8' tall. As the bush matures, it sends out additional stems to form a clump up to 6' wide. The bluish green leaves are coarse and spiny and resemble holly. The compound leaves are radially arranged at the end of each stem. Bright yellow flowers appear atop the stem in spring.
Location: Oregon grape holly is native from the northwestern United States on into Canada. It is widely grown as an ornamental.
Culture: Light: Needs shady conditions, hot direct sun will burn leaves. Moisture: Likes moist soil high in organic material, but adaptable. Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9. Propagation: Clumps can be divided.
Usage: This plant thrives in shady areas where selection of plants is limited. Can be used in entry ways and under roof eaves if adequate moisture is maintained. Looks great under a canopy of pine along with azaleas and camellias. Can also be used as an outdoor container plant.
Features: The bright yellow flowers are beautiful against the lustrous blue green leaves. The bright blue berries on dark red stems are even more striking.
  385mg ( about 50 seeds ) $2.95
TRM492 Blue Palo Verde ( Cercidium floridum )
This is a really good small tree or very large shrub for dry areas that you may want to add shade or color to, but cannot get other plants established.
A very ornamental plant that has blue-green bark that is smooth on younger branches becoming more grayish as trees mature. This gives color to the graceful trunks and divided branches while providing a dark green backdrop for the intense yellow spring flowers. Flowers first appear in early spring and may persist into early summer. In mature vigorous specimens the flowers literally cover the leaf canopy creating masses of yellow in the landscapes that have this tree. The canopy is made up of finely-divided branches armed with small thorns and compound leaves.
Blue Palo Verde is native to the American southwest and northern Mexico and is found from sea level to 4000 ft. elevations. This species is highly adapted to desert conditions tolerating high summer temperatures.
For zones 8b-10.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TRN520 Azara Bush ( Azara microphylla )
This shrub or small tree is particularly noted for its late winter to early spring (February-March) bloom of tiny, apetalous flowers (each to 1/2" across) which perfume the air with a strong intoxicating aroma varyingly described as having overtones of vanilla or chocolate. Flowers bloom in tiny clusters from the leaf axils, with the flower color coming entirely from showy greenish-yellow to yellow stamens. Flowers are followed by small, one-seeded, spherical white berries (1/ 4" long).
In garden settings, it typically grows in a fountain-like shape to 12' tall, but sometimes may mature over time in the wild to as much as 15-30' tall. This elegant evergreen from Chile is an excellent addition to large and small gardens.
Hardy to zone 8.
 2mg ( about 10 very small seeds ) $2.95
TRM073 Wild Tobacco ( Acnistus arborescens )
A good ornamental plant for large lawns. Small or medium sized shrubby tree to 10-20 feet. Small orange fruits are very popular with birds, but have little taste and may not be palatable for humans.
Despite its name, it does not contain any nicotine compounds. The common name Wild Tobacco is a misnomer, it may be because the mature leaves do resemble tobacco leaves.
Hardiness: Subtropical, will survive brief frosts.
 4mg ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
3385 Tea Olive ( Osmanthus fragrans )
Tea olive has deliciously fragrant flowers that smell a lot like those of fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), which is in the same family. Tea olive is a traditional element in the southern garden landscape and a whiff of its scent carried on a cool winter breeze makes a memorable impression.
Tea olive is a large upright shrub that can reach 20 ft (6.1 m) tall and 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4 m) wide, but is usually seen in landscapes at 6-10 ft (1.8-3.1 m) high. The opposite leaves are a dark, shiny green and the edges may be finely toothed or smooth with both types present on the same individual. As the plant matures, most of the foliage is held at the outermost ends of the stems, but the plant retains a handsome appearance despite the legginess. In autumn, winter and early spring white flowers cover the shrub. It also blooms sporadically throughout the summer.
Individually the blossoms are small and inconspicuous, but the fragrance is powerful and exquisite.
Tea olive is rather slow growing and is usually quite long lived. Tea olive prefers reasonably good soil, but is adaptable except in the poorest, sandy soil. May be pruned to maintain size and encourage branching, but thrives equally well with neglect. Tea olives are sometimes attacked by scale insects, but usually only when growing conditions are poor. Light: Sun to partial shade; morning sun with afternoon shade, or high, shifting shade is ideal.
Plant tea olives where their lovely fragrance can be enjoyed! Situate a tea olive wherever there is foot traffic near windows or doors and in outdoor sitting areas. Incorporate tea olive into foundation plantings at the corners or use as an accent between windows. A row of tea olive makes a very attractive hedge or screen. In areas where it is tender, grow tea olive as a container specimen so it can be protected indoors in winter.
USDA Zones 8 to 10.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRN585 Chinese Catalpa ( Catalpa ovata )
A nice lawn tree to 30 feet or more, that flowers regularly as a young plant. Catalpa ovata has upright panicles of foxglove-like, pale yellowish-white flowers in mid to late summer. The leaves are large, pale green and handsome.
The fragrant flowers are a favorite of bees and butterflies. Due to their large leaf size, Catalpas provide very dark shade and are a popular habitat for many birds, providing them good shelter from rain and wind. These trees have very little limb droppage, but drop large bean pods during late summer. The wood of catalpas is quite soft. For zones 6-9.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN586 Chinese Bean Tree ( Catalpa fargesii )
A spectacular tree which has clusters of pretty, pale white to lilac-pink, foxglove-like flowers with reddish spots in midsummer. The leaves are quite elegant with a narrow, pointed tip. Flowers of this plant are considered to be ornamentally superior to the flowers of most other catalpas. Flowers give way to extremely narrow seedpods (to 1/4" wide) that may grow to as long as 30". The seedpods mature in fall to dark brown and then split open lengthwise to release the seeds within.
USDA Zones 5 to 7.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRN278 New Zealand Celery Top Pine ( Phyllocladus aspleniifolius )
The Celery Top Pine is a wonderful lawn specimen for zones 8 and warmer, and also makes a good container plant when young. With a little imagination one can liken a stalk or bunch of celery to a celery-top tree and yet, again, the irregularly shaped 'leaves' of the celery plant do resemble (somewhat) those of the 'pine' of the same name. However, celery-top pine has no leaves, apart from some tiny, brownish, triangular scales on the younger twigs.
So, what are those things that look like leaves? They are green, leathery in texture, irregularly notched and more or less rhomboidal in shape. According to botanists those leaf-like organs are actually small, flattened twigs technically known as cladodes. They perform the same functions as leaves but are altogether quite different organs.
Celery-top pine does not bear cones in the accepted sense. Rather, the tiny blackish seeds are surrounded by pink, fleshy scales and a fleshy white outgrowth of the seed called an aril. Those modified cones usually occur in clusters of 3-4 and appear at the tips or upper margins of the cladodes.
Related to the Huon pine, celery-top pine is a very much more widespread and common tree. There are even records of its being found on Bishop and Clerk Mountain on Maria Island. It occurs in other widely separated localities as in parts of the north-east of Tasmania and on south Bruny Island, the Central Plateau and the Tasman Peninsula.
The timber, although not quite as durable as that of the Huon pine, is much used in boat building and furniture construction. Also it is now a popular, if expensive, durable and attractive cladding timber for house building purposes. In the past it was used for railway sleepers and mine pit-props.
Celery-top pine is easily grown and maintained in all but the driest and poorest of soils. The branching arrangement of the young tree is regular and symmetrical with the evenly tiered branches held horizontally to the trunk. This form of growth will continue as long as the terminal bud is not removed or damaged. Celery-top is a pleasing tree, perhaps better group planted, with each specimen of different height. As well, it will thrive and please in a large container and does not object to being somewhat pot-bound.
For zones 7-9, if growing in zone 7, start inside for the first year, then transplant outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
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TRN308 California Tree Poppy ( Romneya coulteri )
Spreading from underground runners, this beautiful California native grows 4-6 feet tall and spreads to 8 feet or more with glaucus gray foliage. The large flowers can be five to seven inches wide and have white crinkled petals with a yellow center and are delicately fragrant with a peak bloom period is during the spring and summer.
Plant in sun or partial sun in a well-drained soil.
It is drought tolerant and hardy to near 0°F. Initially difficult to establish but once happy it will run underground to form dense stands whose bare stems are best cut back to 3 to 4 inches above the ground in late fall to early winter.
It can be grown for a few years and even flower in a container but is much more robust and beautiful when planted outside.
They are also excellent plants to bring bees to your garden and are good cut flowers in an arrangement. It should be noted that in sandy soils they can grow under your house and come out the other side, under driveways, or consume your entire yard. This plant is not for condos or small yards. For zones 7-9, if growing in zone 7, start inside for the first year, then transplant outside.

Important Note:These seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds, otherwise, they can be rather difficult to start.

 18mg pack ( about 30 seeds ) $3.95
TRN396 Northern Bayberry ( Myrica Pensylvanica )
The northern bayberry, is a species of Myrica native to eastern North America, from Newfoundland west to Ontario and Ohio, and south to North Carolina. The berries can be used to make bayberry wax candles. American colonists boiled the berries to extract the sweet-smelling wax, which they used to make clean-burning candles.
Its growth habit is upright, with a rounded top and forms a fairly dense shrub. Its size varies. An average height is about 8 feet without pruning. Plants will develop a spread equal to their height. Minimal pruning will control it well.
Grows in coastal sand flats and tidal marshes from Maine to North Carolina. It is adaptable to a range of difficult landscape conditions including poor, sterile, sandy soils, swampy soil and heavy clay soils. Plant in full sun or part shade. Best in slightly acid soil. Can withstand coastal salt sprays.
For zones 4-6.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
  10 seeds $2.95
TRN398 Sea Buckthorn ( Hippophae rhamnoides )
Sea Buckthorn is a large, thorny-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 8-12' tall and as wide. It sometimes grows in tree form, and may reach 20' tall or more in its native habitat. It is native to Europe, Northern Asia and China.
It is often found growing in coastal areas, hence the common name. It is particularly noted for producing both willow-like silver-green leaves which are attractive throughout the growing season and long-lasting orange berries on female plants in fall.
Narrow, linear, silver-green leaves ( to 3" long ) have a scaly surface. Non-showy, yellow-green, female flowers in small racemes appear on female plants in spring ( March-April ) before the leaves emerge. Male flowers bloom in tiny catkins on male plants at the same time.
Female flowers give way to orange fall fruits about 1/3" long which persist on the branches through winter. Fruits are used to make teas, jams, jellies, sauces and beverages, including an orange juice which is commercially produced in Germany and Russia.
Fruits are rich in vitamins A, C and E, folic acid, carotenoids, and fatty acids. Branches are thorny.
For zones 3-8.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
 125mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
TRN454 Golden Shaggy Pea ( Oxylobium ellipticum )
An attractive flowering shrub to about six feet tall from southeastern Australia, where it grows in a variety of habitats, from sea level to alpine areas.
It presents smooth branches, ovoid green leaves, warty above and silky below and racemes of very conspicuous, yellowish-orange flowers, with red markings.
Makes a beautiful ornamental for temperate climates, where it is hardy to USDA Zone 8 and above.
 10 seeds $2.95
Z2807 Flowering Camellia ( Camellia japonica )
A beautiful flowering camellia with white, pink and sometimes red flowers. A beautiful evergreen plant. Can be grown in tubs inside, or in cool greenhouses, outdoors in warm climates. Prefers moist, well drained, humus rich, slightly acidic ( 5.5-6.5 )soil. We recommend maintaining a 2-3 inch deep mulch of shredded bark or leaves around base of plant.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
TRN397 European Mountain Ash ( Sorbus aucuparia )
An ornamental tree for all four seasons of northern climates. It will grow about 20-40 feet tall, and about 15-25 feet wide when mature. Clusters of showy white flowers in the spring appear after the dark green leaves. In fall the heavy clusters of brilliant orange-red fruits ripen, and the leaves change to colors of yellow, orange rust, red or reddish purple.
The golden-amber to gray-brown bark, usually shiny smooth with its prominent lenticels and the upright branching pattern are attractive in winter. Birds enjoy the fruit so that it often does not persist on the tree into winter.
The flowers and fruit provide food for 15 species of songbirds especially grobeaks and waxwings, ruffled grouse, deer, and rabbits.
Native to Europe, western Asia and Siberia. It is naturalized in North America and has been cultivated since colonial times. Other common names are Rowan tree (from an old Scandinavian word meaning red) and common mountainash.
The fruits are processed into jellies and jams, made into syrups, juices, teas, and used medicinally. The wood is used for lumber and tools. For zones 3-6, it will not grow well in zones above 6.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
 100mg pack ( about 35-40 seeds ) $2.95
TRZ034 Maki Yew Pine ( Podocarpus macrophyllus Maki )
Perfect for framing an entryway, for large patio containers, or anywhere a tall, narrow-growing specimen is required.
This tough plant thrives in the most adverse conditions, tolerating a wide range of light exposures and soils.
A moderately slow-growing, large evergreen shrub with a strongly-columnar growth habit to 8-12' tall x 4-5' wide. Can be pruned into a small tree. This popular and useful variety features dense-growing medium to deep-green foliage that takes very well to shearing, making it an ideal selection for use as a hedge, screen, background, column or topiary.
Perfect for framing an entryway, for large patio containers, or anywhere a tall, narrow-growing specimen is required. Prefers a neutral to slightly-acidic loamy soil, as clay soils will tend to produce a weaker, less aesthetically-pleasing specimen. Thrives in a partial to full sun exposure.
Zones 7b-11.
  10 seeds $2.95
TRN393 Chinese Allspice ( Calycanthus chinensis )
Very similar to our native Carolina Sweetshrub, this species lacks the fragrance but more than makes up for it with beautiful pink tinged white camellia like flowers in June and July.
A shrubby ornamental to 9' that can grow from zones 6 to 9. Produces large 4" saucer shaped flowers with yellow centers and white petals turning pink to cream. Its 4" ovate leaves are rough on surface. Grows in filtered sunlight.
Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN399 Northern Juneberry ( Amelanchier lamarckii )
Attractive understory tree for lawns, shrub borders, woodland margins or native plant areas. Shrub forms can be grown as tall informal hedges or screens. Good plant for bird gardens (birds love the berries).
Grows 15-25 feet tall. Features showy, 5-petaled, slightly fragrant, white flowers in drooping clusters that appear in early spring (April) before the leaves. Flowers give way to small, round, edible berries which ripen to dark purplish-black in June (hence the common name of Juneberry) and resemble blueberries in size, color and taste. Berries are often used in jams, jellies and pies.
Best suited for zones 4-8.

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

125mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
TRM075 Spanish Broom( Spartium junceum )
A vigorous deciduous shrub with green rush-like stems up to 8 or 9 ft. Leaves are inconspicuous. Flowers are large, pea shaped and fragrant. The dried stems make a great background for dried arrangement settings. Also makes a great garden decoration.
A tender perennial that will not withstand hard freezes. Cannot ship to HI, OR, CA, or WA.
 10 seeds $2.95
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TRN300 Peppermint Willow ( Agonis flexuoa )
A small to medium (25-35 feet tall), fast-growing evergreen tree for mild winter regions. It has drooping willow-like, long dark green leaves that have a distinct peppermint aroma when crushed and clusters of small white flowers with pink petal bases that appear in May to June.
Perfect choice for street, specimen or as a lawn tree. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil with regular to occasional watering - moderately drought tolerant along the coast once established but is more lush with occasional deep irrigation.
Cold hardy to about 25-30 degrees.
 5mg pack ( about 50 very tiny seeds ) $2.95
SF178 Lemonade Berry ( Rhus intergrifolia )
This California native plant is an aromatic, evergreen shrub that typically grows 8 to 10 feet tall with a stout, short trunk and many spreading branches. The leaves are mid to dark green with a leathery texture, flat to slightly enrolled with a margin that usually has small sharp teeth and the petioles and central leaf veins are often attractively maroon to pink tinged.
The small flowers, in tightly grouped clusters, are white to rose-pink in color and bloom at the tips of branches from February to May. The fruit is a sticky, flattish drupe that is covered with a fine reddish-brown down, inside of which is a hard stone of a seed about 1/4 inch long. Plant in full sun to light, or even dense shade. It is drought tolerant once established and cold hardy to 10°F.
It can also be kept smaller by regular light pruning and can even be trained as a formal hedge. If this plant becomes too big or too lanky, give it a hard pruning, even to the ground in late winter, and this plant will resprout new shoots rapidly.
Use care when pruning as this sumac relative has sap that can cause a rash. Lemonade Berry is found growing naturally below 2,600 feet in coastal sage scrub and chaparral on dry, mostly open-facing slopes from Santa Barbara county to Baja.
The sticky substance covering the fruit tastes like bitter lemons, which gives the plant its name.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRN389 Appleblossom Cassia ( Cassia nodosa )
Spectacular medium size fast growing tree with a fine spreading crown. Masses of bubbly fragrant pink appleblossom flowers (over 2 inches across) appear in spring-summer held in cascading clusters along downy branches.
Lovely, tropical, rich green, pinnate foliage. Briefly deciduous during dry season. Flowers appear in groups along the downy branches, each cluster borne on a short stalk. The flower stems are red and grow in whorls.
The buds and flowers are deep pink, fading to white and each petal is somewhat pointed at the tip.
For zones 9A through 11.
For more Cassia varieties, visit our Tropical and Warm Greenhouse Seed Page
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN304 Silver Cassia ( Senna artemisioides )
Also known as Feathery Cassia, it has feathery, light gray-green leaves and grows about 6 feet tall when mature, but can be pruned to a smaller size if preferred.
This is an evergreen shrub that has a rounded form that features clusters of fragrant yellow pea like flowers that bloom almost year round with a peak from the late winter through spring.
Flowers are followed by flattened pea pods that are lime green then dry to dark brown. It should be planted in full sun in a well draining soil and watered occasionally, but very little, as it is a drought tolerant plant and prone to yellowing if overwatered.
It is tolerant of near coastal conditions, as well as inland heat and is resistant to deer.
Hardy to about 20 degrees, it does well in zone 8 and above.
 375mg pack ( about 30 seeds ) $2.95
TRN498 Sturt's Cassia ( Cassia sturtii )
Full sun, heat tolerant. Hardy to 20 degrees. Evergreen shrub. Cylindrical grayish-green leaflets. Fast growing to 6' tall; 6' spread. Infrequent watering when established. Native to Central Australia.
 5 seeds $2.25
TRN499 Green Cassia ( Cassia nemophila )
Full sun, heat tolerant. Hardy to 20 degrees. Evergreen shrub. Cylindrical grayish-green leaflets. Fast growing to 6' tall; 6' spread. Infrequent watering when established. Native to Australia.
 5 seeds $2.25
TRN500 Desert Ironwood ( Olneya tesota )
Evergreen tree or large shrub, growing slowly to 15-30' tall; 15-25' spread. Heat tolerant. Little or no water. Hardy to 25 degrees. Origin: Sonoran desert in AZ and Mexico.
 5 seeds $2.25
TRN501 Flowering Almond ( Prunus triloba )
Flowering almond, or double flowering plum is a deciduous tree with gorgeous spring flowers blooming pink with double petals. This medium growing Rosaceae family member is a lovely addition to accent shrub borders around parking lots, strip plantings, or around a deck or patio. The flowering almond makes a striking specimen plant.
The shape of the flowering pink almond is a symmetrical vase-shaped canopy with a smooth outline and a profusion of light green leaves. Growing flowering almonds reach around 12 feet with an equal spread. This non-native can be grown through USDA zones 4-8. The flowering almond is drought tolerant with a moderate growth rate.

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

 5 seeds $2.25
TRN502 Japanese Cornel Dogwood ( Cornus officinalis )
The Japanese Cornel Dogwood is a large flowering shrub or small tree that can reach heights of 15 to 25 feet.
Native to China, Japan and Korea the Japanese cornel dogwood usually grows as a large, spreading, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree.
Yellow flowers appear in late winter to very early spring followed by large oval berries in October. Variable autumn colour ranging from drab pale yellow to attractive reddish-purple. Ex-foliating bark has tones of grey and brown.
This shrub has many uses: effective in foundations, shrub borders, woodland gardens, bird gardens or naturalized areas. Grow as a hedge. Train as a small tree.
Zones: 5 to 8

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

 5 seeds $2.95
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SF238 Popcorn Cassia ( Senna didymobotrya )
This is a wonderful plant for warmer zones as it featurs lush tropical like foliage with a constant series of bright golden yellow blooms emerging from dramatically contrasting plump black buds that rise well above the leaves over a long season. Why the name Popcorn Plant? Well if you rub the leaves of the plant, you get a wonderful fragrance reminicent of buttered popcorn.
This is a perennial legume from Africa that does well as an annual when started inside in cooler zones. We have had it bloom from a twelve inch container before, but it does best in the ground.
Besides being a wonderful accent plant for the garden, it is also deer resistant, is not affected by hardly any pests that we know of and it attracts bees and butterflies like crazy.
It will grow up to six feet tall in warm zones, but much smaller when grown as an annual or container plant.
Does well in zone 9 and above.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRN307 Pink Honey Myrtle ( Melaleuca nesophila )
Has a moderately fast growth rate and becomes a large shrub or small tree to 20 feet tall and about 12 feet wide with bark that is thick and spongy and peels off in broad strips and branches that are twisted and sculptural; they form an asymmetrical greyish-white frame structure on which the small 3/4 inch long bright green, elliptic to oblong-obovateleaves grow.
The lavender to rose pink pompon bottle brush style flowers appear in tight round 1 inch wide terminal clusters in late spring through summer. Plant in full sun to light or part sun and irrigate occasionally to very little. Tolerates poor soil and seaside conditions. Can be trimmed for use as a formal hedge or trimmed up to expose the interesting bark and branch structure. Attractive to nectar feeding birds and bees.
Hardy to about 20 degrees, it does well in zone 8 and above.
 10mg pack ( about 20 or more viable seeds ) $2.95
TRN280 Drooping She Oak ( Allocasuarina verticillata )
A beautiful ornamental small tree that is a fast grower in most soils. One of the best features of this plant is the soft rustling sounds which it produces during strong winds and small breezes, that is similar to the sounds of the ocean. This species is native to south-eastern Australia, from Tasmania north to central New South Wales, and west to South Australia where it grows in diverse habitats, from coastal headlands and plains, to rocky outcrops on inland ranges.
It will grow 30 feet tall or more outside, or can be a nice tub plant when young. Hardy to zones 8 and warmer.
 40mg pack ( about 15-20 seeds ) $2.95
E3161 Winter King Hawthorn ( Crataegus viridis Winter King )
This cultivar is one of the best hawthorns for landscape purposes and features color throughout the year.
A small deciduous tree with a rounded, vase-shaped habit which typically grows 25-35' tall. In spring, it features profuse white flowers in 2" diameter clusters that cover the plant with a dazzling white showcase that can be seen from a distance. After the flowering has finished, it features toothed, elliptic, glossy green leaves which turn red to purplish red in fall.
The small, crabapple-like fruits about one third inch diameter mature in fall to a bright red and persist throughout the winter. In late fall, hawthorns are typically covered in the bright red or orange fruit, and since they are not particularly tasty to birds until late winter, gardeners are able to enjoy the fruit throughout most of the winter season adding color to the winter landscape.
Fruits are edible, but are best left for the birds. Stems are an attractive silver-gray. The bark of older trunks often exfoliates to expose an orangish-brown inner bark, again adding color in winter to contrast with the berries.
Unlike most hawthorns, this is largely spineless, with only occasional small thorns.
Zones 4-8.

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

 300mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
AW41 Mescal Bean Tree ( Sophora secundiflora )
Also known as Texas Mountain Laurel, this is a small North American native evergreen, growing 15- to 25-feet-tall with a 10-foot-spread but is capable of reaching up to 50-feet-tall in its native habitat.
It has a narrow upright silhouette and dense foliage which lends itself well to being pruned into a tree form. Texas mountain laurel can be used as a specimen, patio, or street tree and is ideal for use as a screen, bank cover, or an espalier. The 2-inch-long, dark green leaves are glossy, thick, and leathery.
In spring, Texas mountain laurel is a beautiful sight as it displays its dense, 2- to 5-inch-long, pendulous clusters of purple/blue, extremely fragrant flowers.
The extremely fragrant purple flowers, resembling the smell of grape soda, are produced in large clusters in March and April.
The hairy seedpods which follow are 8-inches-long and ripen to reveal the inner, bright red seeds. These seeds are quite decorative and have been used to make necklaces but they are also poisonous. The fissured bark is dark gray to black.
Hardy for zones 7b-10.
We are not sure where the name mescal bean tree comes from, the beans were in fact once used by some native American tribes as a hallucinogen, before being supplanted by peyote. This plant does not contain any mescaline, however; all parts of it are highly poisonous, due to the principal alkaloid cytisine, which is chemically related to nicotine.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
IP131 Chinese Pistache ( Pistacia chinensis )
This is a wonderful lawn and street tree that features easy starting, fast grown and little care.
Chinese pistache has moderate growth and is relatively long-lived. It tolerates many soil types and water conditions, even poor alkaline soils and nearby lawns as long as the soil is well-drained. Its deep, non-aggressive roots make it a sturdy tree in the wind and a safe selection near patios and sidewalks.
Rather slender looking when young, as it matures, it develops a rounded crown with an umbrella-like canopy.
Not only is an established Chinese pistache heat and drought-tolerant, it is winter-hardy to 20°F and it is pest and fire resistant.
While its leaves are lightly fragrant and an attractive dark green during the summer, its primary season of interest is the fall when those leaves turn brilliant colors that rival any other autumn foliage. You can use it as a single specimen planting, or, if you have a long driveway, lining one or both sides with pistache will result in a spectacular display.
While related to the pistachio tree, this species does not produce nuts. However, if a male Chinese pistache is planted nearby ( seeds produce both female and male plants, but you do not know which is which till they bloom ), the female tree can develop clumps of ornamental, inedible bright red berries in fall, which turn blue-purple in winter. The berries are a source of food for birds.
For zones 6-10.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
RLP182 Moroccan Broom Cytisus battandieri
Also known as Pineapple Broom, this Moroccan native is a popular small tree with soft, velvety, mostly evergreen foliage and wonderfully scented clusters of bright yellow flowers. It is the perfect choice for small gardens. It is tolerant of heat and drought as well as cold and severe freezes and will do well in temperate climates from USDA Zones 7 to 10. Propagation is easy from seeds soaked overnight.
 95mg ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
D2921 Princess Tree ( Paulowinia )
A wonderful lawn tree that can be grown almost anywhere as it will tolerate extreme temperature ranges from -10 to 110 degrees°F.
Large clusters of fragrant violet flowers in some seasons plus large exotic leaves. Amazing growth rate, a single shoot will often reach up to 8ft in a season.
The wood is easy to work with and suitable for the manufacture of furniture, plywood, moldings, doors and many other uses. The flowers are colorful and beautiful in spring and the trees are green and shady in summer.
Paulownia Trees are drought resistant once established. Their roots tend to go deep into the ground in search of water, rather than on the surface. This makes planting around the tree easy and makes it friendlier to nearby walkways or fixtures.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
D4555 Winter Sweet ( Chimonanthus praecox )
Wintersweet flowers are an unexpected delight. The Chimonanthus spends most of the year unnoticed and minding its own business, but when January rolls around, it lets loose a barrage of flowers that are delicate in appearance but which arguably carry the best scent of any flower, anywhere. You have not lived, until you have cozied up to Wintersweet and taken a big whiff. The plant flowers in the winter, filling the house with its beautiful fragrance.
Native to China, Wintersweet has been cultivated in China for over 1,000 years. It is valued for use in medicine, and its essential oils are used in cosmetics, perfumery and to flavor teas. In China, Wintersweet flowers have been used to scent linens in the same way that Lavender flowers have been used elsewhere.
Starting seeds: Soak in warm water for 2 hours, warm stratify for three days, then cold stratify for 60 days.
Growing outside: Sun or part shade, adapts to acidic or alkaline soils but prefers well drained soils. Amend planting bed with compost to improve drainage. Prune oldest branches to the ground after bloom. To rejuvenate old plants, prune to 12" after bloom.
Plant grows about 10 feet tall, expect it to take about 3-4 years to start blooming, but once it does, you will cherish it.
Hardy to Zone 7, protect in temps under 10°F.
 Package of 5 seeds $3.50
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TRZ035 Bronze Loquat ( Eriobotrya deflexa )
Here is a lovely tree that has everything going for it, everything that is except cold hardiness. This is one of the more tropical loquats and is even more limited in range than its better known cousin, the Japanese loquat, or Eriobotrya japonica. But the lack of cold tolerance may not be too big of a problem if it is kept in mind that Bronze loquat is small enough for pot culture or could be accommodated in most greenhouses and its assets are so excellent that its more than worth the extra effort. And for those who live in warm weather areas such as the southern USA, then this is a must-have garden treasure.
Bronze loquat has a neat habit and compact growth making it an ideal specimen or patio tree, or even street tree since it can be grown beneath power lines. It also blends well into a shrub border and can be espaliered against a south facing wall.
Bronze loquat only reaches a height of 15 to 20 feet with a 10 to 15 foot spread if grown in full sun. Its chief asset is the large, heavily textured, evergreen leaves, which, when emerging in spring, are bright red-bronze and burnished copper. And they maintain this color for a considerable period of time before eventually turning a rich dark green for summer.
In addition to the striking foliar display there are small, white flowers, produced on showy panicles in spring. The flowers are also fragrant and will perfume your garden for weeks. These are followed by small fruits, similar to the Japanese loquat but not as palatable, though the wildlife will appreciate them.
Bronze loquat should be well watered until established, but can then survive periodic droughts. It should not be over fertilized since this may increase the risk of fire blight. Other than that it is quite healthy and maintenance free. It is a great choice for warm winter areas or the conservatory.
Zones 9-11.
 5 seeds $3.95
AW36 Carolina Silverbells ( Halesia carolina )
A nice addition to any lawn, this flowering shrub features interesting bark, is a native plant, has showy flowers, and showy seed heads.
Attractive, small tree or large shrub for the shrub border or woodland garden. Interesting specimen for the lawn. Grows well with rhododendrons and azaleas.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils in part shade. May be grown as a large, multi-stemmed shrub or trained as single trunk tree. Zones 4-8.
 10 seeds $2.25
RLP128 Sassafras ( Sassafras albidum )
An ornamental, small to medium-sized deciduous tree which occurs in wood margins, fence rows, fields, thickets and roadsides. Shrubby in youth, but matures to a dense, pyramidal tree up to 60' tall.
Spreads by root suckers to form large colonies in the wild. All of the trees in a colony may rise from the same parent. Dioecious (separate male and female trees). Attractive, greenish-yellow flowers appear in clusters at the branch ends in spring. Flowers on female trees (if pollinated) give way to small pendant clusters of bluish-black berries (drupes) which are borne in scarlet cup-like receptacles on scarlet stalks (pedicils). Fruits mature in September.
Variable, 4-7" long leaves in three shapes (ovate, mitten-shaped and three-lobed) are bright green above and glaucous (albidum meaning white) below. Excellent yellow, purple and red fall color.
If you tear or crush the leaves, they smell like root beer.
To Native Americans, sassafras oils were freely used in tonics as medical panaceas. Culinary uses have included: sassafras tea (bark), root beer flavoring (root oil) and a gumbo-thickening agent called file (stem pith).
More recently, sassafras oils have been determined to contain a carcinogenic substance (safrole) and many of the former uses for the oils are now banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Excellent for naturalized plantings or screens where they are given lots of space to colonize. Also can be grown as lawn specimens. Zones 4-9.
 5 seeds $2.95
FDR104 Red Buckeye ( Aesculus pavia )
Also known as the Firecracker Plant and Lucky Nut Plant. This is a fine plant for naturalizing in moist soils and where there is some shade. When grouped or massed in light shade provided by pines the effect can be spectacular.
With an attractive springtime display of showy, deep red flowers, this tall shrub or small tree is quite a delight to many hummingbirds. Drooping, large 3"-6" dark green leaves emerge in early spring before oaks and maples show any sign of life. This plant is for the eagerly desirous as it has a tendency to bloom when it is just 3 feet tall. Likes moist, well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun. Grows 10'-20' high with an equal or larger spread. Makes a great specimen tree.
The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds as well as bees. The fruits are rich in saponins, which are poisonous to humans, though not particularly dangerous because they are not easily ingested. The oils can be extracted to make soap, though this is not commercially viable.
It is reported that the Cherokees used to carry the buckeye nut around for good luck and to prevent rheumatism.
USDA zones 5-9.
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FDR105 Ohio Buckeye ( Aesculus pavia )
The state tree of Ohio. A nice specimen tree growing 20-40 feet tall and wide when mature. Dark green leaves colors and defoliates early in fall with color ranges from yellow to red-brown; usually pumpkin orange. Fragrant flowers in spring. Native Americans reportedly called the fruit of this tree "hetuck" meaning eye-of-the-buck in reference to the supposed resemblance of the shiny dark mahogany brown fruit to the eye of a buck deer. The common name of buckeye evolved therefrom. Ohio buckeye is native from western Pennsylvania to Iowa south to Alabama and Arkansas.

The fruits are rich in saponins, which are poisonous to humans, though not particularly dangerous because they are not easily ingested. Squirrels love them and will quickly gather the nuts as soon as they fall.
USDA zones 3-7.
 5 very large seeds $4.95
H039 Bearberry ( Arctostaphylos urva ursi )

A perennial shrub for zones 2-6. An excellent, slow-growing, evergreen ground cover which provides year round interest. Can provide good erosion protection for slopes and hillsides. Good with azaleas. Green leaves and red berries are often used for Christmas decorations.
A winter hardy, prostrate, slow-growing, evergreen shrub or ground cover that will typically grow to 6-12" high and 3-6' wide. Over time, and in the proper environment, bearberry can spread (by stem rooting) to cover a very large area of up to 15' in diameter. Features reddish-gray, peeling bark and small, lustrous, dark green leaves (turning reddish brown in winter). Nodding racemes of white, heather-like flowers with a pink tinge appear in April-May. Flowers give rise to bright red fruits which last from August through the winter. The fruits are readily eaten by birds, but are not recommended for human consumption.
Species name of uva-ursi means bear's grape in reference to the fact that bears (as well as birds and rodents) feed on the fruits of this species in the wild.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
IP220 Fragrant Winterhazel ( Corylopsis glabrescens )
Attractive winter flowers, pleasant fragrance and interesting growth habit combine to make the Winter Hazel a bright addition to the late winter and early spring garden.
Easy to grow this is only one of many deciduous plants that thrives on a certain amount of neglect. Give it a prominent place in the garden where you can enjoy both its seasonal flowers and fragrance.
Clusters of bell-shaped, soft yellow fragrant flowers hang from the bare branches in late winter and earliest spring. The cut branches are very popular to use in floral arrangements, because of their beauty and branch structure. Likewise the plants provide an attractive flowering display in the garden, at a time when there is not much in bloom.
The leaves develop after the flowers have finished, and are hazel-like in appearance. At first the leaves have a soft pink tinge, then turn green as they begin to mature.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.75
IP181 Greek Myrtle
( Myrtus communis )
An evergreen perennial that is hardy in zones 8-10, it is often grown in containers as a houseplant or patio plant.
This classic evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean. Fragrant white flowers and leaves are used in potpourri. Spicy leaves can be used in cooking like bay leaf. Essential oil is used for fragrance. Lovely house plant.
A broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to the Mediterranean region. It typically grows to 5-6' tall ( smaller in containers ), but may reach 15-20' over time. Pointed, glossy dark green leaves to 2" long are strongly aromatic when bruised.
White aromatic flowers (3/4") with many yellow tipped stamens bloom in late spring/summer (May-July). Flowers are followed by blue-black berries.
Berries are edible and may be eaten raw, but are at best moderately tasteful. Dried flowers, leaves and fruits are used to flavor foods. Leaves are sometimes used as a substitute for bay leaves. Fresh flowers may be added to salads. Wood and leaves are added to charcoal to flavor grilled meats.
Dormant seeds are a bit more difficult than other seeds, but follow instructions on seed packet and you should have no problems.
 80mg pack ( about 10-15 seeds ) $2.95
RLP115 Pink Shower Tree ( Cassia grandis )
The Pink Shower Tree can be grown best in zones 10-11 or any frost free areas. Cassia Grandis can be grown in most gardens where it is frost free, or if protected from freezing.
Cassia Grandis is a shapely, lovely small, medium to large canopy tree The size will depend on where and how you cultivate it. with blooms of pink and white that will completely cover the tree when in bloom. In zones 10 and up, where it is hardy, the tree often explodes into flower after the first rains of spring arrive. It can reach 50 feet tall and is a medium to fast growing tree.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP116 Yellow Shower Tree ( Cassia fruiticosa )
A yellow version of the famous Pink Shower Tree can be grown best in zones 10-11 or any frost free areas. Can be grown in most gardens where it is frost free, or if protected from freezing.
A shapely, lovely small, medium to large canopy tree The size will depend on where and how you cultivate it. with cascading blooms of white to yellow that will completely cover the tree when in bloom. In zones 10 and up, where it is hardy, the tree often explodes into flower after the first rains of spring arrive. It can reach 40 feet tall and is a medium to fast growing tree.
 5 seeds $2.95
B1719 European Hornbeam ( Carpinus betulus )
A low maintenance tree that can be used as a hedge, shade tree, lawn or street tree. It has showy flowers in spring and good colored leaves in fall. Grows in most soils and tolerates air pollution well.
A medium-sized, deciduous tree that grows 40-60' tall with a pyramidal to oval-rounded crown. Ovate, sharply-toothed, dark green leaves (to 5" long) are clean and attractive throughout the growing season. Foliage turns yellow to orange in fall.
Fruits are small nutlets that appear in drooping 5" long clusters in summer. Trunks have smooth gray bark and distinctive muscle-like fluting.
For zones 4-8.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
TRM230 Korean Hornbeam ( Carpinus Turczaninowii )
A deciduous tree growing up to 40 feet. Oval shaped canopy. Used as a bonsai and as a beautiful lawn tree, Carpinus turczaninowii has smaller leaves than its european cousin. It has a very twiggy and fine branching combined with small light green leaves that have a spectacular autumn display of yellow, orange and red. Has for long been a favorite in Japanese Bonsai with many specimen trees around. For zones 5-9.
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RLP094 King Billy Pine( Athrotaxis selaginoides )
An evergreen conifer, reaches 70-80 feet tall and is native to Tasmania, where it usually grows in mountain regions. It produces a tall trunk covered with orange-brown bark that holds a crown with upright branches, shiny green, nearly scale-like foliage and woody, orange-brown female cones. Its wonderful light, durable, rot resistant, pink to reddish brown wood is rather rare. Prefers cool, humid summers and is hardy to USDA Zone 8.
 1mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.75
FA01 Gardenia ( Gardenia Jasminodes )
Also know as Cape Jasimine, native to China, Gardenia's evoke images of exotic, sweet-scented flowers and soft, island breezes. Glossy, dark green leaves provide a luxuriant backdrop to heavily-scented, double, creamy-white blooms. Grown in dappled shade, Gardenia's like well amended and well drained ( 5-6 pH ) acid soil and will reach a height of 4-6 feet. Blooms are long lasting and are ideal for cut flowers. Hardy to 20 F. and in zones 8-10.
 50mg Package ( about 15 seeds ) $2.95
RLP070 Black She Oak ( Allocasuarina littoralis )
This is a beautiful Australian tree that looks more like a pine than an oak. They get great green pine like foliage and small red flowers amongst the foliage.
A great bonsai specimen.
These beautiful plants grow best in full sun to part shade and they are hardy to zone 8.
Evergreen small to medium tree, with ascending branches. Found native on dry ridges and hillsides of the Blue Mountains and along the east coast of Australia. Fine bright green cladodes (leaves) and fine branchlets on ascending branches.
Female flowers reddish to crimson, male flowers dark brown held on spikes.
Dark black fissured bark on the trunk. Tolerant of a wide range of climatic conditions and soil types from sandy to heavy clay and moderate soil salt tolerance Performs best on well drained sites.
 150mg pack ( about 40 seeds ) $2.95
RLP071 Hop Bush ( Dodonaea viscosa )
Hop Bush (also known as Hopseed Bush) is a drought-tolerant shrub with an upright, branching form. It reaches a height of 12 feet with a 10 foot spread. Its willow-like leaves are 4 inches long.
The foliage is a bronzy-green color that turns a reddish shade in the winter months. Small clusters of yellowish-green flowers bloom in the spring and are followed by winged seed pods. The winged seeds look similar to hops from which beer is made, hence the name.
Makes a very nice informal hedge plant and a good xeriscape plant. Cold hardy to about 15 degrees.
  10 seeds $2.95
3337 Golden Trumpet Tree ( Tabebuia chrysotricha )
This yellow flowering deciduous Tabebuia comes from Brazil. It is a low branched brown-barked tree with a rounded head to 25 to 30 feet and stems and branches are covered with tawny fuzz. It presents a dazzling display of yellow 2-3 inch long flowers in late winter on bare branches that are shortly thereafter followed by the compound leaves, composed of 3 to 5 leaflets that are dark green and prominently veined above and roughed textured olive green below. Hardy to 24° F. Plant in full sun.
 10mg pack ( 10 or more seeds ) $2.95
RLP026 Chinese Butterfly Ginger ( Cautleya spicata )
A ginger well suited for zones 7-9. This small, deciduous ginger produces leafy shoots to about 2 feet tall with a very attractive, terminal inflorescence of reddish bracts and yellow flowers. Native from the Himalayas to China (Yunnan) it is one of the hardiest gingers and will do well even in areas with cool summers.
 5 seeds $2.95
3339 Yellow Elder ( Yellow Trumpetbush ) ( Tecoma stans var. stans )
Yellow elder grows as a densely branched shrub or small tree and gets its common name from its superficial resemblance of its foliage to that of elderberry (Sambucus canadensis).
It has bright green opposite leaves, 2-3 inches long with sharply toothed edges. The smooth squarish twigs are green, turning tan or reddish tan as they age. The bark on the main trunk is light brown and becomes corky with age.
The 1-2 inch sunshine yellow flowers are trumpet shaped. They hang in showy clusters at the branch tips and forks, bending the twigs into arches with their weight. There are two folds along the bottom of the flower's throat and several delicate rust-red lines decorating the interior. The blooms appear in flushes throughout the growing season.
They are followed by 4-8 inch long stringbean-like pods that hang in vertical clusters. These turn brown and split open to release flat oblong 1/4 inch seeds with transparent 1/4 inch wings on each end.
Common yellow elder is a Central and South American tree that grows to 25 ft. It has bright yellow flowers and dense, lushly green foliage that is evergreen in tropical climates, but deciduous in chillier places.
Yellow elder will grow on a wide variety of soils, including sand and limerock. The plants can be cut to the ground for rejuvenation in the early spring or carefully sheared during the growing season to control shape and size and promote new flushes of flowers.
This species needs full sun. Yellow elder likes well drained soil. Potted plants should be given minimal water when not in active growth. Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 - 11. Freeze tolerance varies dramatically, with some forms able to survive temperatures down to around 10 degrees and others severely injured by only a few degrees of frost.
Yellow elder is typically deciduous and may freeze back or have a rather awkward shape, so it is best set among more consistent shrubs where it can contribute color to a border or screen. The yellow blooms are spectacular behind blue agave. Since this species drops its abundant blossoms before they wither, it can advantageously be placed where the fallen blossoms will form a pool of gold on the ground. Nurserymen say yellow elder sells best when marketed as a flowering shrub in a 1-3 gal pot and promoted as a tropical patio plant.
Yellow elder has been used for a variety of purposes in herbal medicine. Its primary applications have been in treating diabetes and digestive problems. Extracts from Tecoma stans leaves have been found to inhibit the growth of the yeast infection, Candida albicans. Yellow elder also contains several compounds noted for their catnip-like effects on felines.
 10mg ( about 10 or more seeds ) $2.95
RLP034 Kangaroo Apple ( Solanum laciniatum )
A nice patio plant when grown in tubs for cooler climates. It is grown for it's striking flowers, and the unusual drooping fruits ( not edible ). A large shrub native to southeastern Australia and Tasmania with dark green foliage that produces very pretty, bluish purple flowers in great profusion. It is very easy to grow and suitable for warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 to 11.
The name Kangaroo-apple given to this plant suggests that the fruit might be eaten by kangaroos. This is not the case, the name actually relates to the shape of the leaves. On a young plant, the leaf shape which somewhat resembles a kangaroo's footprint, which has one long toe and one slighly shorter toe beside it.
 10 seeds $2.95
RLP072 Violet Kunzea ( Kunzea Parvifolia )
Displays attractive pink or violet rounded flowers through late spring and into summer. The flowers are many and held on the end of the stems and up to 1/2 inch wide. The leaves are tiny and dull green in colour. The shrub is usually wider than it is high and can reach five feet high and six feet wide but may be smaller than this depending upon soil conditions and shelter. Can be used as an informal hedge and is a very hardy shrub with a compact habit. Makes a colorful hedge plant or background specimen. Hardy for zones 8-10.
 150mg pack ( hundreds of tiny seeds ) $2.95
RLP073 White Kunzea ( Kunzea ambigua )
Kunzea ambigua, commonly known as the White Kunzea, Poverty Bush or Tick Bush, is a common shrub of the myrtaceae family found mainly on sandstone soils in eastern Australia. Growing up to 5 m (16 ft) high and wide, it bears small white flowers in spring. Used in native gardening, it attracts native insects. It is also used in amenities planting and sand dune stabilization.
Under cultivation K. ambigua grows into a handsome shrub which attracts numerous birds and bees when in flower. It adapts to many situations and may be used as a background shrub, for screening or as a feature plant.
Makes a colorful hedge plant or background specimen. Hardy for zones 8-10.
Native animals are said to be often found sleeping under Kunzea plants, where they seek relief from ticks and other parasites - hence its popular name of "tick bush".
Kunzea Essential Oil is made from this plant. Over recent years, a good number of anecdotal reports have been reported relative to the therapeutic benefits of Kunzea essential oil in a variety of common complaints.
This has led to Kunzea oil having been listed with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration for the following approved therapeutic claims:
For the temporary relief of the pain of arthritis and rheumatism; relief of the symptoms of influenza; relief of muscular aches and pains; helps relieve nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety.
 150mg pack ( hundreds of tiny seeds ) $2.95
RLP074 Brisbane Box Tree ( Lophostemon confertus )
An upright, evergreen tree that grows 40(+) feet tall in cultivation and up to 60-70 feet tall in nature. A moderate to fast growing tree which produces a beautiful, dense symmetrical rounded head with large glossy lance-shaped leaves. Starting at a young age, attractive reddish brown bark peels off to reveal a lighter grayish color underneath. Lateral clusters of feathery white flowers bloom in the spring and summer and attract honeyeaters. Pollinated flowers develop into woody capsules by late summer. Plant in full sun while providing ample water in a well-drained soil, once established it is very drought tolerant. Frost sensitive when young but cold and frost hardy at maturity to 25 degrees F. Perfect choice for a lawn specimen, street planting, park tree, wind break or screen.
 200mg pack ( hundreds of tiny seeds ) $2.95
RLP076 Weeping Willow Bottle Brush ( Callistemon salignus )
Also known as White Bottlebrush, this is an endemic Australian shrub or tree in the family Myrtaceae. The species occurs in New South Wales and Queensland.
The species usually grows about 15 feet tall and has narrow foliage, white papery bark, and new growth which is purplish-pink. The bottlebrush flower-spikes appear during spring. They are generally creamy white to yellow.
A versatile plant that can be used for providing shelter and screening and is well-suited as a street tree, or for planting in parks and gardens. Additionally, flowers will attract birds to a garden. The species is suited to a wide range of soil types, and can tolerate both wet and dry conditions, and near-coastal exposure.
Zone 8b to 11.
 300mg pack ( hundreds of tiny seeds ) $2.95
RLP077 Alpine Bottlebrush ( Callistemon Sieberi )
One of the hardiest of the bottle brushes from southeastern Australia, found growing along creek beds and tolerant of both wet and dry conditions. A fountain-like shrub, with fine-textured, narrow leaves, that can be pruned to maintain a dense structure or allowed to grow to its desired 6' or so. This form has a tight chartreuse flower in spring, often repeated in summer. Best in sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7.
Tight, needle-like foliage clothes the winding stems and is tinted a distinct olive green. The bark is a flaking papery taupe color. To 5' tall and as wide in 5 years. Very loose informal habit makes it more of a sculpture than a shrub. Very pretty with Bupleurum fruticosum and large ornamental grasses. Full sun and average soil is best- though it is surprisingly tolerant of clay. Little irrigation is needed once established. Often repeat blooms in the fall. Heaviest bloom comes on wood from the previous year.
 300mg pack ( hundreds of tiny seeds ) $2.95
RHM155 Giant Dogwood ( Cornus controversa )
Giant Dogwood, a fast-growing deciduous tree that reaches 30 to 50 feet in height, eventually displays attractive horizontal branches clothed in large, five to eight-inch-long leaves, dark green above and silver/green beneath, which turn a lovely red color in the fall. In the middle of springtime, the trees produce a multitude of flat, white clusters of bloom in dense cymes up to five inches across. These blooms are followed by showy, blue/black berries which are quite attractive to birds and other wildlife. The branching pattern is more upright in youth, spreading as it grows.The spreading, tiered branches along a central leader of this dogwood offer a remarkable waterfall effect of leaves with bold, creamy white margins and giant blossoms, followed by intensely deep blue-black fruit. Hardiness Zones: 4-9
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RLP063 Copper Beech ( Fagus sylvatica purpurea )
Copper Beech is an excellent formal garden hedge plant that makes a bold statement and provides great contrast for green leaved plants and lawns located in front of it. Clipped beech hedges hold onto their autumn leaves in winter. Beech is suitable for any well drained soil, but is not recommended for shady sites, it does require full sun.
Copper Beech can be grown as a hedge of any height, it will reach 75 feet tall if it grows freely as a tree.
Leaves are a rich copper color in spring, changing to purple in early summer and darkening even more as summer wears on. Healthy lawns look great in front of a copper beech hedge because the contrast will make the greens stand out even more. The autumn color of copper beech is warmer than green beech, with more of an orange hue.
Hardy to zone 5.
Seeds need cold stratification before sowing.
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TRM117 Sweet Birch ( Betula lenta )
Large tree from Eastern North America, growing to 25 m (80 ft) high there. The sap is edible when tapped; also eaten are the leaves, young shoots (made into a tea) and bark. A medicinal oil (wintergreen) is distilled from the bark which is itself used medicinally. The bark has been used for roofing and waterproofing canoes; and the timber is valued for construction etc. Likes a sunny well-drained site; hardy to -35°C. Stratify seed before sowing.
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3388 Witch Hazel ( Hamamelis virginiana )
A decidious Shrub growing to 16 feet by 15 feet at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 5. It is in flower from Sep to November, making it one of the last woody plants to flower, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September.
Flowers have a spicy scent, the clear yellow fall leaf color is a nice touch in lawns. Ornamental Uses: Good for borders, naturalistic areas, for late fall bloom effect and fragrance, shady areas, and for fall color of foliage.
Medicinal Uses: Witch hazel bark is a traditional herb of the North American Indians who used it to heal wounds. The bark and leaves were used by native Americans in the treatment of external inflammations. Pond's Extract was a popular distillation of the bark in dilute alcohol.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM124 Ginger Bush ( Tetradenia riparia )
The ginger bush is a tall, aromatic shrub up to 3 m in height, occasionally reaching 5 m. The stems are brown and smooth, except for the younger portions which are covered with glandular hairs and have a ruby tinge. The glandular hairs also cover both surfaces of the leaves and make them slightly sticky to the touch.
The ginger bush is no relation of the true ginger plant of which the underground stem is commonly used for flavouring and in preserves.
This is a rewarding garden plant which is fast growing - up to 80cm per year and which will flower in its first year. It grows easily in light, well drained and well composted soil. It prefers water in summer but not as much in winter.
Plant in full sun, except in very hot areas where midday shade or light shade will be beneficial. Also used as a bonsai.
The flowers usually appear when the plants are bare and are carried in the top section of the branches. The name ibosa was derived from the Zulu word referring to the aromatic leaves - they use this plant medicinally. The Zulu people have many uses for the plant including the relief of chest complaints, stomach ache and malaria. Inhaling the scent of the crushed leaves apparently also relieves headaches.
They also used it as a hallucinogenic herb (used like tobacco). The plant is frost tender and best suited to pot culture in colder regions. This is a rewarding garden plant which is fast growing - up to 80cm per year and which will flower in its first year. It grows easily in light, well drained and well composted soil. It prefers water in summer but not as much in winter, thus making it is a good water wise plant for summer rainfall areas.
It should be pruned back hard after flowering to keep it neat and promote flowering. Plant in full sun, except in very hot areas where midday shade or light shade will be beneficial.
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W207 Korean Boxwood ( Buxus microphylla koreana )
Great landscaping shrub that will grow 3-4 feet tall and wide if left untrimmed, but can be prunded to almost any size. The boxwoods are among the most common hedge plants, but they also can be used for almost any landscaping application. Individual plants or small groups, unpruned, make fine specimens in dappled shade; planted close together and pruned to a smooth, undulating surface, boxwoods make a striking ground cover; the small cultivars can be used in knot gardens or as edging around borders.
Boxwoods are, of course, the quintessential foundation plant, used to hide home foundations in American suburbs throughout most of the United States. Boxwoods are commonly used for topiary and they are well suited for bonsai. Korean Boxwood is especially well suited for shaping because its leaves are small and don't look ragged after trimming as do plants with larger leaves. Korean Boxwood has a fine texture and a symmetrical and formal habit. It is a landscaping workhorse. The fragrant blossoms, although not showy, attract bees.
Korean Boxwood responds very well to pruning. Hedges and plants used for edging can be trimmed in summer. Hard, rejuvenating pruning and major shaping should be done in late spring and followed by a dose of fertilizer and mulch. Don't cultivate around the shallow-rooted boxwoods.
Does well in partial shade. Newly transplanted plants especially, should be protected from midday sun. Established boxwoods do fine in full sun up North, but should be positioned in partial shade in the South.
Boxwoods have shallow roots, so they should be mulched well and watered when the soil gets dry, especially if positioned in full sun. Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 - 9.
  500mg pack ( about 25-30 seeds ) $2.95
RLP005 Haldu ( Adina cordifolium )
Adina cordifolia, also known as Kadam or Kadamba and Haldu in Hindi, is a flowering plant in the family Rubiaceae, the sole species in the genus Haldina. It is native to southern Asia, from India east to southern China and Vietnam.
It is a deciduous tree that can grow well over 20 metres high. The flowers are insignificant individually but a sight to see when they blossom together in balls with a circumference of 2 to 3 cm. They are usually yellow in colour often tinged with a shade of pink. Kadam is at its blossoming best during winter. From a distance, the flowers resemble a large, woolly tennis ball. The bark of the tree acts as an antiseptic. Specific zone information is not yet established for this tree, but we believe it is best suited for zones 7-9.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
FB153 Korean Bee Tree ( Evodia danielli )
Evodia is a little-grown tree 25 to 30 feet tall. It is a fast grower with no pests, adapted to sunny, well-drained sites. Small white flowers are produced in 4 to 6 inch wide corymbs from June through August which attracts a great number of bees and butterflies. These are followed by fruits which turn from red to black from August through November.
Provides flowers and attractive fruit in a period when few other woody plants are flowering. The plant fits well in smaller gardens and closed areas. Good for zones 4-9.
  45mg pack ( about 50 seeds ) $2.95
SF089 China Fir Tree ( Cunninghamia lanceolata )
An evergreen tree well suited for zones 7-9. Does well in full sun or partial shade, likes well drained soil, but will tolerate damp, heavy clay. Grows to about 30-75 feet tall, and spreads to 20-30 feet, but makes a wonderful bonsai plant as well.
Has bright green to blue green flat needles; sharp point on end; may discolor in winter to bronze green and bears unique small squarish cones. Image by Forest & Kim Starr.
  350mg pack ( about 50 seeds ) $2.95
TRN732 Harlequin Glorybower ( Peanut Butter Bush ) ( Clerodendrum Trichotomum )
A truly fascinating shrub for zones 7-10. This is a large shrub growing about 8-10 feet that blooms late summer with sweetly fragrant jasmine-like white flowers encased in red tepals and delightfully scented. In autumn the plant will have bright blue berries accented by bright, pinkish-red calyxes. The large heart shaped leaves when crushed smells like peanut butter.
  750mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
B1708 Incense Cedar ( Calocedrus )
A small pyramidal shaped cedar that is prized for its very fragrant leaves and wood. Easy to start from seeds. A very beautiful bonsai specimen. Incense cedar is an evergreen tree with a skinny, columnar shape in youth, becoming only a little more rounded at maturity. In its native habitat it can get as large as 150 ft (45.7 m) tall with a trunk diameter of 6 ft (1.8 m). In these very large trees, the long straight trunk is swollen and buttressed at the base and usually free of branches for half its length.
Incense cedar does best on well-drained, slightly acidic sandy loams in cool, mountainous areas. Outside its natural range it tends to stay smaller and bushier. Even under ideal conditions, incense cedar is a slow growing tree. But, it can live 1000 years or more. Grows in full sun or part shade. Incense cedar needs lots of moisture to realize its full potential as a large tree. If it gets less water than ideal it will survive, but remain as a smaller, bushy, but still attractive specimen. Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 - 8. Incense cedar does quite well in zones 7 and 8, but usually doesn't get as large as it does up north. Propagation: Incense cedar is difficult, but not impossible, to propagate from cuttings.
The generic name means "beautiful cedar", and that it is. The tall, columnar incense cedar is a handsome specimen for framing a formal landscape. A line of them, like soldiers at attention, adds a formal dimension to driveways and makes a great windbreak or tall screen.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
D1164 Golden Mimosa ( Acacia baileyana )
Small graceful tree well adapted to growing inside. Has such a profusion of beautiful flowers that they seem to cover the entire plant. Cold hardy to 18 degrees outside. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
  Package of 50 seeds $9.95
D7866 Cedar of Lebanon ( Cedrus libani )
A mature cedar of Lebanon is a stately and picturesque evergreen conifer. It has a massive (sometimes forked) trunk, very wide-spreading horizontal branches (the lower ones often kissing the ground), and a crown of flat tiers, like table tops.
Although it can get more than 100' tall with an equal spread from its strong limbs, most specimens in cultivation can be expected to top out around 50-70'. In youth the tree is conical and symmetrical. The leaves, about an inch long, are stiff and 4-angled, and arranged in dense clusters on short shoots. The cones are barrel shaped, 3-5" long and held erect, a characteristic of the true cedars (genus Cedrus).
Cedar of Lebanon is very similar to (and very closely related to) Atlas cedar (C. atlantica), and some authorities consider them to be just subspecies in the same species. Michael Dirr, the famous authority on landscape trees from the University of Georgia, says Atlas cedar has a taller, less flattened crown, less densely arranged branchlets, and smaller cones (2-3" long) than cedar of Lebanon.

Location: Cedar of Lebanon is named for the famous forests that grow in Lebanon. The species also occurs in Turkey and Syria. Var. stenocoma is native to southern Turkey.
Culture: The cedars grow well in acidic sands and in thin soils over limestone; pH doesn't matter. Good drainage is essential, however. Cedar of Lebanon has a tendency to produce multiple leaders and the grower may wish to prune out the weaker shoots; do this in autumn. These are slow growing trees.
Light: Young trees can grow in partial shade but will eventually need full sun to realize their potential.
Moisture: Cedar of Lebanon occurs naturally where there is very little summer rainfall, and is quite tolerant of drought. It can thrive where annual precipitation is no more than 15", but it also does well where 80" of annual precipitation is the norm.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 - 9.
Usage: The cedars make majestic specimen trees for parks, estates and larger lawns. A mature cedar of Lebanon, especially one with multiple leaders, will be as wide as it is tall, and a truly picturesque specimen.
Features: The taxonomy of the genus Cedrus is debated by the botanists. Depending on who you believe, you can recognize one, two or four species. The splitters recognize Cyprus cedar (Cedrus brevifolia), cedar of Lebanon, deodar cedar (C. deodar), and Atlas cedar.

  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
NW46 Profuse Flowering Acacia ( Acacia floribunda )
In case you haven't guessed from the name, this is a very heavy blooming shrub. Has beautiful foliage as well. Good container plant. Beautiful fragrant flowers. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
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FA47 Butterfly Tree ( Bauhinia purpurea )
Bauhinia purpurea is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to South China (which includes Hong Kong) and southeastern Asia. In the United States of America, the tree grows in Hawaii, coastal California, southern Texas, and southwest Florida. Common names include Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Purple camel's foot, and Hawaiian orchid tree.
It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 17 m tall. The leaves are 10-20 cm long and broad, rounded, and bilobed at the base and apex. The flowers are conspicuous, pink and fragrant, with five petals. The fruit is a pod 30 cm long, containing 12 to 16 seeds. For zones 9-10.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RLP049 Orchid Tree ( Bauhinia variegata )
Also known as Mountain mahogany. This shrubby tree grows to 35 and has round lobed leaves that are 4"-6" across. Large flowers are in short racemes which may be white or in shades to purple. The flowers are edible cooked. Needs bright light. Fertilize monthly. For zones 9-10.
 5 seeds $2.95
FB131 Chaste Tree, Monk's Pepper ( Vitex agnus-castus )
A small tree growing to 20 ft. or so with spikes of fragrant lilic flowers that are strongly aromatic. Hardy to at least zone 6. Seeds were once used by monks for seasoning as they were said to lessen sexual desire, thus the name. A very attractive lawn bush for warm areas.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50

FB129 Silver Buffalo Berry ( Shepherdia argentea )
A native shrub to the northern Great Plains of the U.S., Silver Buffalo Berry is a tough, extremely cold hardy shrub excellent for use as an ornamental shrub, in wind breaks and in confined areas where it can be limbed up for use as a small tree. Although xeric once established, Silver Buffalo Berry will be taller and faster growing when not kept too dry. A highly recommended substitute for Russian Olive. For zones 3-9.
  750mg Package ( about 50 seeds ) $2.95

3233 Pink Smoke Tree ( Cotinus coggyria )
An easily grown ornamental tree to 16' for temperate zones (Zone 5 ). Known for its attractive flowering "smoke puffs" that cover the tree in feathery wisps of grey, pinks and brown colors. In the coolness of Autumn the leaves turn from green to yellow to red to pink.
  10 or more seeds per pack $2.95
E3125 Manzanita ( Arctostaphylos patula )
An Evergreen shrub that grows to about 6 feet, best suited for zones 4-6. Manzanita is lovely year-round. It is often evergreen in winter snows and its gray and maroon bark are distinctive and beautiful. In the spring drooping clusters of flowers often engulf the bush in pink and white. The green, white, or brown berries attract a wide variety of animals including bears for whom the genus, "arcto", is named. Mature berries are also eaten by grouse, turkey, and song birds.
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2698 Happy Tree, Cancer Bush ( Camptotheca acuminata )
A fast growing, deciduous tree to 75 feet, native to China, we beleive it to be hardy to zone 8. It is an attractive tree that makes a very good shade tree. Used as a street tree in Asia, has good fall color in southern states. All parts of the tree contain compounds that have shown significant ability to treat certain forms of cancer and may have use in AIDS treatment. Several major drug companies are either researching or they are actually marketing derivatives from the Camptotheca tree. Several of the compounds have received FDA approval for use in treating cancers. Of course you should not grow this tree for such reasons, as the compounds can only be extracted through pharmaceutical means.
Camptotheca acuminata is a member of the family Nyssaceae (tupelo family) and is native only to China and Tibet, where it is known as xi shu ("happy tree").
For information on research done on this tree, visit Camptotheca Research Page
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
2638 Kassod Tree ( Cassia siamea )
Also known as Pheasant Wood and Golden Button Tree. From Malaysia. Naturalized in the American tropics. Fast growing 40' tree with attractive pinnate leaves with thin leaflets in 8- 10 pairs, yellow flowers in corymbs forming large terminal panicles. A Prized wood with handsome zebra grain. For warm climates outside, or as a patio plant.
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SF129 Southern Catalpa Worm Tree ( Catalpa bignonioides )
The southern catalpa is an attractive small to medium sized deciduous tree that grows to about 25-50 ft in height. It is of similar width with a short trunk that supports a broad, open and rounded crown.

Catalpa has large tropical looking heart-shaped leaves that are up to 8 in long and held oppositely on the stems (often in a whorl with three leaves emerging from the same point along the stem). In spring the southern catalpa produces showy 6-10 inch branching flower clusters (panicles) at the stem tips. The white bell-shaped blossoms are 2 inches in diameter and patterned with small purple spots and two large orange markings at the throat.
The flowers are followed by long slender cigar-shaped pods up to 16 inches in length. The green pods ripen to brown in fall and split to release flat fringed seeds.
Grows in full sun to partial shade. Southern catalpa prefers moist, well drained soils but is adaptable. Hardy for zones 6-10.
Spectacular spring flowers and beautiful bright green foliage make the catalpa one of the South's most distinctive and best loved native trees. Used as an ornamental, accent, specimen, or shade tree. It is a valued ornamental tree with large foliage and showy clusters of flowers in the spring. When grown as a specimen many gardeners drastically cut back the large branches of their catalpas each winter. This radical surgery is called pollarding and the result is a tree with a thick trunk, very compact crown and very large beautiful foliage.
Catalpa also has some limited use in the forest products trade for fence posts, rails and crates.
This tree has been widely planted and naturalized outside its native range because it is the host plant for a caterpillar commonly called the catawba worm. These are a popular fishing bait for southern freshwater fish.
All across the American Deep South the catalpa tree is seen, often stripped bare of it's leaves by hungry caterpillars. This means only one thing - it's time to go fishing! The foliage is quickly replaced in a few weeks and the cycle can be repeated several times in a season.
 115mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
RHM088 Silk Floss Tree ( Chorisia speciosus )
This South American tree has a brilliant display of pink, lily-like flowers. It blooms best during the month of October, adding a touch of color at a time when most blooms are fading.
Spectacular 5-6 inch purple flowers. Native to Brazil and Argentina. Hardy in Zone 9b
Mainly evergreen but will go deciduous briefly when they flower. Oval shaped medium sized tree growing to 30 to 60 ft tall and 20 to 40 ft wide. Fast rate of growth when young then slows down. Beautiful flowering tree in fall with showy pink to rosy colored blossoms. Trunk is stout, green in color and usually is armed with thick, heavy spines.
Leaves are palmately compound with long petiole. Five leaflets per leaf. Fruit is a large pod appearing in spring. Pod opens and emits cotton like material. Used as a background tree, for naturalizing, accent, and specimen. Prefers a well drained soil and likes summer water. Is considered to be half hardy. Trunk is usually enlarged at base. Cotton is used as stuffing material like pillows. Tree may go deciduous in autumn or when temp goes below 27 degrees F.
  5 seeds per pack. $2.95
TRM044 Japanese Andromeda ( Pieris japonica )
Japanese pieris is a rounded and compact evergreen shrub with something to offer the gardener in every season. In late winter or early spring it produces sweetly scented white or pink flowers in showy pendulous clusters.
The flowers are bell-shaped (like blueberry or lily-of-the-valley flowers), about a quarter inch long, and produced in 6" hanging or semi-erect panicles clustered at the branch tips. The fruits are little dry capsules hanging like a string of beads. Bead like pink flower buds are set in late summer for the following year provide winter interest and contrast to the evergreen foliage.
Japanese pieris gets 8-12' tall and 6-10' wide, with short branches and a dense mass of foliage. The leaves are evergreen elliptical, 2-3" long with toothed margins. They start out coppery red and mature to bright glossy green.
Site Requirements/ Soil tolerances: prefers a moist, well-drained, cool, organic, acidic soil. It grows best in locations sheltered from wind with some afternoon shade but full sun can also be tolerated.
General Culture: Mulch heavily with pine needles and/or leaves. Japanese pieris blooms on the previous season's growth, so you should not prune in winter because the flower buds have already formed; instead, prune soon after blooming. If the fruits are allowed to develop there may be fewer flowers the following year, so cut off spent flowers right away, and Japanese pieris will produce more flowers the next year.
Use this shrub in a woodland, rock garden, container, shrub border or as a foundation plant. Effective when mixed with other broadleaf evergreens, especially rhododendrons which share the same acidic soil preference. Deer resistant.
For zones 5 and warmer.
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3348 American Beauty Berry ( Callicarpa americana )
American beautyberry is an outstanding deciduous shrub that grows 6-8 ft tall with a loose, open form and outward pointing branches. This shrub makes a coarse appearance with large toothed green to yellow-green leaves 6-8 in long and pubescent beneath.
In springtime, tiny lilac flowers appear. These are held in clusters called cymes that arise from the leaf axils (where the leaf joins the stem). By autumn the flowers give rise to berrylike 1/4 in drupes in striking metallic shades of magenta and violet in the fall. The beautyberries are packed tightly together in clusters that encircle the stem.
American beautyberry occurs naturally from Maryland, south to Florida, and southwesterly into Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. It also grows in Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Cuba. It inhabits relatively open, well drained, rich woodlands and dry hammocks.
Very adaptable, even to low fertility soils. Light: Broken shade is optimal. Moisture: Very drought tolerant. Requires well drained soil. Hardiness: USDA Zones 6-10.
Use beautyberry for massing or individually in woodland plantings. Great for low maintenance natural gardens where it contributes year round beauty and food for wildlife. Spring flowers and beautiful fall fruit make this an attractive landscape plant. Use it in semi-shade under tall pines or in full sun where foliage will take on a not unattractive yellow-green color that combines interestingly with the brilliant violet fruits.
Features The colorful berries last long into winter and are eaten by a variety of birds.
 10 seeds $2.25
RLP045 Wild Peach ( Kiggelaria africana )
A medium-sized, evergreen tree that grows in a variety of woodland habitats from tropical East Africa south the the Western Cape in South Africa. Its glossy, dark green leaves are pale underneath and make it a nice ornamental for warm temperate and tropical regions. Its wood is used for construction and furniture.
The variable leaves of this evergreen tree do resemble those of the peach, giving it the common name Wild Peach. The tiny, bell-shaped flowers which bloom from August to January (spring to summer), are yellow-green, with male and female flowers on separate trees. The hard, round, knobbly, greenish yellow capsule which forms in February to July (late summer to mid-winter) splits to expose shiny black seeds.
The hardish, pink-brown wood is a useful general purpose timber (beams, floorboards, furniture). It was once used for the spokes of wagon wheels.
It makes an excellent screen, forms an effective windbreak, or develops into a large and wide-spreading shade tree with a non-aggressive root system. It has a natural tendency to branch from low down-prune away the lower branches early on if you want a tree shape.
Cold hardy to the low 30's.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP044 Jerusalem Thorn ( Parkinsonia aculeata )
Jerusalem thorn is a small tree growing to 25 ft tall with a short trunk and a graceful, spreading, sometimes weeping, crown to 20 ft wide. The slender branches and twigs have green bark, and are armed with stout spines up to 1 inch long. Jerusalem thorn has peculiar straplike, twice compound leaves that look like long, feathery streamers.
Jerusalem thorn is well suited to informal landscapes. Use it in a cactus and succulent garden and let its lacy foliage and slender twigs contrast with the solid blocky shapes of the succulents. Unaffected by heat, Jerusalem thorn makes a fine street or patio tree and provides a delicate, filtered shade.
Jerusalem thorn is highly adapted to life in the desert. It has largely done away with leaves that lose water through evaporation and transpiration, producing its food instead within the photosynthetic tissue of the bark.
Native Americans harvested the seeds of Jerusalem thorn which they sun dried for storage and parched over dry heat before eating.
USDA Zones 8 - 11. Thrives in heat. Is damaged at temperatures below 18°F.
 5 seeds $2.95
W220 Hinoki Falsecypress ( Chamaecyparis obtusa )
Hinoki false cypress is an evergreen conifer with attractive soft and stringy reddish brown bark, and drooping flat frondlike branchlets bearing small scalelike leaves. The main branches are dense and spreading and may droop to the ground, and the sprays of foliage are held in flat planes.
In its native habitat, Hinoki false cypress can get over 120 ft (36.6 m) tall with a trunk diameter of 6 ft (1.8 m), but in cultivation the typical species is usually 50-60 ft (15.2-18.3 m) tall with a broadly conical crown that spreads about 20 ft (6.1 m) or so. Like many members of the false cypress family, this one has two kinds of leaves: adult leaves are like closely adpressed overlapping scales; leaves on juvenile branchlets and young plants don't overlap and are shaped more like tiny awls or broad needles. The cones of Hinoki false cypress are about one-half inch in diameter.
Hinoki false cypress is very tolerant of pruning. Upright branches tend to fork, and these should be pruned to a single branch since they will likely break at the fork in high winds or under a snow load. Prune in summer, but don't cut into the older, brown-barked stems.
Light: Full sun. Moisture: Water when dry. This tree likes a humid environment. Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 - 8. Hinoki false cypress likes a cool, moist climate. Hinoki false cypress plants are used as specimens and for hedging, screening and windbreaks. These are slow growing evergreens, tolerant of acidic as well as alkaline soils. Hinoki false cypress is moderately tolerant of air pollution, too.
Hinoki false cypress is one of the 75 "Great Plants for American Gardens" as chosen by the American Horticultural Society. In Japan, the wild form is one of the most important timber trees and the many cultivars are valued as ornamentals in the garden and for bonsai subjects. Note: These seeds will benefit from cold stratification, you may need to purchase our Cold Stratification Kit
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D1717 Osage Orange ( Maclura )
A fast growing shrub often grown as a hedge. Pretty foliage with greenish flowers. Good as a background or border plant.
Recent research suggests that elemol, another component extractable from the fruit, shows promise as a mosquito repellent with similar activity to DEET in contact and residual repellency. Notes:The Osage-orange is commonly used as a tree row windbreak in prairie states, which gives it one of its colloquial names, "hedge apple". It was one of the primary trees used in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Great Plains Shelterbelt" WPA project, which was launched in 1934 as an ambitious plan to modify weather and prevent soil erosion in the Great Plains states, and by 1942 resulted in the planting of 30,233 shelterbelts containing 220 million trees that stretched for 18,600 miles (29,900 km). The sharp-thorned trees were also planted as cattle-deterring hedges before the introduction of barbed wire and afterward became an important source of fence posts. The heavy, close-grained yellow-orange wood is very dense and is prized for tool handles, treenails, fence posts, electrical insulators, and other applications requiring a strong dimensionally stable wood that withstands rot. Straight-grained osage timber (most is knotty and twisted) makes very good bows. In Arkansas, in the early 19th century, a good Osage bow was worth a horse and a blanket. Additionally, a yellow-orange dye can be extracted from the wood, which can be used as a substitute for fustic and aniline dyes. When dried, the wood has the highest BTU content of any wood, and burns long and hot. Today, the fruit is sometimes used to deter spiders, cockroaches, boxelder bugs, crickets, fleas, and other arthropods.
Leaves turn bright yellow in fall, thorny branches, bears inedible round fruit 3-5" in diameter. The fruit is prized for it's ability to repel insects and spiders when scattered around home foundations. The crushed fruits of this plant are said to attract and kill cockroaches. Can be raised as container plant in northern states.
The wood is sought after for recurve bow making. Both male and female plants are needed to produce fruit. The ratio of male/female plants the seeds produce is up to mother nature, but a pack of 10 seeds always produces a mix of male/female plants in all of our previous field trials. Can be grown in zones 4-9.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.45
3296 Fragrant Snowball Verbena ( Abronia fragrans )
Abronia fragrans is a lovely, wonderfully fragrant plant, sometimes abundant on sandy flats and knolls. It is easy to spot with its attractive masses of green leaves and its large snow-ball flower heads. On a calm day, its delightful fragrance can detected from quite a distance. Round white clusters of really sweet blooms, small oval green leaf, prefers sandy soil.
Hardy to zone 4, grows 12" tall.
Important Note: These seeds will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses.
 10 seeds per pack. $2.25
3604 Pompom Tree ( Dais continifolia )
Large, 3 inch round clusters of star-shaped, pink and very fragrant flowers smother the plant for more than a month. The fragrance is said to be like Daphne, to which this tree is a relative. Once established, the tree should have no problems tolerating frost, but in its first few years it will need protection. A The tree tends to go deciduous briefly during winter in colder areas. Probably hardy to about zone 8b. Grows about 20 feet tall.
Its natural home is the eastern part of South Africa where it grows on the margins of forests, wooded hill slopes and in stony kloofs.
 10 seeds $2.95
3352 Fragrant False Indigo ( Amorpha nana )
A compact erect shrub with green foliage. Leaves are alternate, odd-pinnate up to 1-4 inches long. The fragrant pink flowers appear in May through July.
The pink flowers have a delightful honey fragrance. Excellent container plant and does well outside in almost all soils, drought tolerant.
Perennial. Hardy outside to zone 3.
 10 seeds $2.95
RLP039 Soap Tree ( Quillaja brasiliensis )
A small to medium-sized, evergreen tree with narrow leaves, native to northeastern Argentina, southern Brazil and Uruguay. It is a very beautiful plant that has excellent ornamental value and can be grown as far north as zone 8.
Its thick bark can be used as a soap substitute.
 5 seeds $2.95
B1708 Incense Cedar ( Cedrus deodara )
Also known as Deodar Cedar, it is a large stately conifer with horizontal spreading branches and a conical shape. It can grow to 150 ft (45.7 m) tall with a 40 ft (12.2 m) spread at ground level. More typically, though, they stay less than 50 ft (15.2 m) tall but specimens in their native range have been found more than 200 ft (61 m) tall! Lower branches bend gracefully downward and then up again. Branchlets are densely pubescent and droop downward at the tips. The stiff, needle-like leaves are about 2 in (5.1 cm) long and borne in dense whorls of 20-30 per cluster.
The bluish green female cones are 3-5 in (7.6-12.7 cm) long and egg shaped. After two years they shatter and release little seeds with papery wings. The bark is dark brown to nearly black, smooth on young trees and becoming fissured with age.
Deodar is native to the Himalayas, where it grows at elevations of 3,500 to 12,000 ft (1,067-3,658 m) above sea level.
Deodar is fairly fast growing for the first decade or two, growing as high as 30 ft (9.1 m) in its first 10 years. It is a long-lived and troublefree tree in most areas. Deodar needs neutral to alkaline soil.
Light: Full sun. (In whose shade is a 200 ft (61 m) tree going to grow?)
Moisture: Once established, deodar is drought tolerant.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 - 9.
Most cultivars of deodar will grow into large and handsome specimen trees that need plenty of room. Use these in the back of a large landscape so they can be seen in their entirety. From a distance, deodar is dense and plumose, with a fine texture, and the tip of the tree seems to wave in the breeze. Some cultivars are smaller and more shrublike. With proper pruning most deodars can be maintained as bushy shrubs.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
2358 Italian Pencil Pine ( Cupressus sempervirens 'Stricta' )
Height aprox 20 ft. : Width 30". Zones 8-10. The common deep green narrow pencil pine is a very useful plant to use as an accent plant in pairs at entrances. Makes a great avenue plant or for use in landscaping in front of porches. Very hardy and wind tolerant
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRM471 Chinese Weeping Cypress ( Cupressus funebris )
Also known as Mourning Cypress and Funeral Cypress. It is cultivated as an ornamental tree, due to its graciously weeping form and texture, and planted in gardens and public parks in other warm temperate regions, such as California. It is used as a houseplant and conservatory tree in colder climates. Best suited for zones 8-11.
  Package of 20 or more seeds $2.50
2697 Japanese Sweetheart Tree ( Euscaphis japonica }
For zones 6-9. A decidious tree growing to 30' outside, a good tub plant when young. Although the lime green flowers are inconspicuous, the valentine shaped red fruits with black seeds visible stand out in autumn and early winter. A very good lawn specimen.
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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
3182 Firethorn ( Pyracantha coccinea )
Firethorn is a large, evergreen shrub that is cherished for its spectacular fall and winter display of scarlet fruits and ability to withstand dry and droughty conditions. Shooting long lanky stems in all directions, firethorn typically grows into a tangled mound up to 10 ft (3.1 m) in height and 12 ft (3.7 m) wide. It is armed with sharp thorns that hide among the dark, glossy green leaves.

Clusters (corymbs) of small white flowers appear in spring. These are up to 2 in (5 cm) across and are borne close together creating the appearance of nearly solid surface of flowers. In fall the 1/4 in (0.6 cm) berries begin to ripen, their color mellowing from green to shades of red, orange, or yellow. These persist through winter and into early spring depending on climate and appetite of the local bird population. Under bright sunny conditions the berries are plentiful but expect smaller crops in shadier situations. The color of both leaves and berries tends to be darker in cooler climates.

Culture: Not particular about soil and requires little or no supplemental fertilization.
Light: Full sun preferred but will grow in partial to fairly heavy shade. Flowering and fruiting will not be as heavy.
Moisture: Moist to very dry, well drained soil. Hardiness: Zones 5 - 9.
Usage: Pyracantha is often used as an espalier. Held flat against a wall, it can be shaped quite creatively. Because of its fast growth rate, sprawling, spreading habit, and ease of care, it can be used on slopes to great advantage requiring little maintenance or care. The wide-reaching stems may be pruned back as needed during warm weather as the shrub blooms on old wood. Even consider using it as an informal hedge! This will require some trimming and shaping for the first few years but the effort will produce impressively beautiful and secure (thorny) hedges.

Landscapers love the firethorns for their fast rate of growth and ability to withstand drought and neglect. The shrubs ruggedness and disease and pest resistance makes this plant a very popular item in commercial landscapes.
Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.

  Package of 100 seeds, $5.95
NW38 Castor Oil Bean ( Ricinus communis )
A striking tree like plant that can grow to 12 ft. or more. It is mostly grown for its handsome foliage featuring leaves up to 3 ft. across. Although used medicinally, all parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten. Cannot ship to TX
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D5147 Schefflera, Octopus Plant ( Schefflera )
One of the most common shrubs used for house plants because of its easy to care for habits. We offer a compact variety, not as prone to spreading. Can be grown outside in zone 10 or higher.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
2564 Australian Bluebell Creeper ( Sollya heterophylla )
This small evergreen twiner arrived from Australia in 1830 where it is known as the bluebell creeper. The clusters of sky blue bells are borne from spring to winter with only a short gap between, small sausage shaped seedpods follow the flowers. Hardy in the south and west (min -2c) it is unlikely to exceed 5' in height, it prefers a sunny sheltered position outside but also does well in pots. Hardy to 20 degrees; USDA zones 9 and 10 Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
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3271 Puya Plant ( Puya berteroniana )
An astonishingly beautiful plant, Puya berteroniana, also known as the Blue Puya, is one of the largest genera in the Pineapple Family, expect it to grow about 6-8 feet tall when mature, which usually takes about 5-8 years. Surprisingly, this plant does well in large containers. The large flower stalks of this plant rise from the masses of curling, silvery foliage, displaying deep turquoise blue flowers, 2" in diameter, and in the center of the flowers, beaming out, are the highly contrasting orange anthers attracting birds, bees and other insects.
Hardy outside to zone 8, best suited for zones 8-1l or grown inside in large containers, cold hardy to 20°F when mature.
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TRM012 Tasmanian Flax Lily ( Dianella Tasmanica )
Dianella Tasmanica, commonly known as the Tasmanian flax lily is a native Australian lily found in the cool moist forests of South east Australia and Tasmania. Ranging from 1 to 5 feet. this perennial species forms clumps of stiff, dark green, strap-shaped leaves. Panicles of bright blue, star-shaped, drooping flowers are produced in the summer followed by attractive deep blue berries in the autumn. Dianella like moist conditions with some shade and are excellent for rockeries and near water, although they can tolerate dry conditions. Sun to part shade in virtually any soil, little or no summer watering once established, hardy to around 20°F. This is a very tough plant that is excellent for use in dry shade gardens.
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TRM010 Hydnora africana
One of the strangest seeds we have ever offered. Hydnora africana is a parasitic plant on species of the genus Euphorbia. It has such an unusual physical appearance that one would never say it is a plant. It looks astonishingly similar to fungi and is only distinguishable from fungi when the flower has opened.
The only part that rises above the desert sand is its fleshy flower that looks more like the head of a blind snake! The flower emits an odor of feces to attract its natural pollinators, dung beetles,and carrion beetles. The flowers act as traps for a brief period retaining the beetles that enter, then releasing them when the flower is fully opened.
The fruit of Hydnora africana is said to be a traditional Khoi food, but there are no recorded details to confirm this. The fruit is delicious when baked on a fire and has a sweetish taste.
We have no expierence in raising these, so we cannot offer much advice. Purchase seeds at your own risk! These were just so unusual that when we were able to get a few seeds, we just hard to share them with our customers.
Probably needs an acacia or euphorbia plant as a host.
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TRM236 African Wild Peach ( Kiggelaria africana )
Named such because of the peach like leaf, it does not produce edible fruit. The wild peach is an evergreen tree occurring over a wide range of habitat - from the Western Cape in the south to Kenya in the north. Its growth habit varies accordingly, from a scrubby bush in the Karoo to over 20 meters in high forest. Its small, yellowy-green flowers are borne from August to January.
These are followed by pale-green capsules containing the black seeds with bright orange, oily coats. The seeds are relished by many bird species - rameron pigeons, cinnamon doves, olive woodpeckers, cape robins, boubou shrikes, cape thrushes and white eyes. The leaves are eagerly eaten by the larvae of a number of butterfly species and the larvae in turn make a tasty meal for various birds such as the Klaas and emerald cuckoo (The larvae of the familiar orange and black winged butterfly rely solely on the wild peach for their diet.) In the past, the pinkish wood was used for the spokes of wagon wheels. It is used for making rafters, floor boards and furniture. A pink dye is also produced from the wood.
It is said that the Tembu people believe that the tree can attract lightning while the South Sotho make a potion from the tree to protect their kraals.
This hardy tree makes an excellent wind break as well as being a great shade tree. It is fast growing but does not have aggressive roots and it is a must for attracting birds to the garden.
Hardy to zone 8.
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TRM235 Chinese Wonder Tree ( Idesia polycarpa )
This deciduous tree grows to about 30 feet tall by 25 feet wide when mature. It is hardy to zone 5. The trees are either male or female, so you need more than one if you require seed, you should get both female and male plants from the pack of 15 seeds, but you will not know which ones are female until they flower. Sun to semi-shade is good.
The plant is very ornamental and the flowers are fragrant. berries eaten by birds. A unique, beautiful plant.
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TRM221 Karoo Boer Bean Tree ( Schotia afra )
This delightful, small, water-wise tree is a must for the home gardener who wants an attractive evergreen tree. The tree is not messy and does not have a destructive root system. It is ideal for attracting nectar-seeking birds. the tree is small, 5 m and evergreen. The flowers are numerous, bright red to pink in colour and are borne in small clusters. The flowers attract sun birds. Flowers are followed by attractive, large, lime green to pink seedpods which turn brown when ripe. The seed is dispersed through an explosive seedpod, which when dry, catapults the seeds great distances from the parent plant. Schotia afra can be pruned to shape and can be grown as a bonsai specimen. If grown inside for the first two years, the plant is cold hardy to about 25 degrees when transplanted outside.
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RLP050 St. Thomas Tree ( Bauhinia tomentosa )
A beautiful flowering shrubby tree to 14 . The pendulous flowers are lemon yellow before changing to to purple. The leaves are dividided 1/2 their length with each part oval in shape. An ideal ornamental for small gardens since the roots are not aggressive and it can also be planted near a swimming pool or paving.Prefers full sun and warmth.
Best suited for zones 9-10.
 5 seeds $2.95