Unusual Lawn Plant Seeds from around the World


TRZ017 Monkey Puzzle Tree ( Araucaria araucana )
Winter hardy to USDA Zone 7-10 where it is best grown in deep, moderately fertile, evenly moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Trees perform well in a variety of different soils as long as they are well-drained. Trees perform much better in Mediterranean-type climates with mild summers than in climates with hot summers.
This is an interesting and unusual ornamental landscape specimen. Monkey puzzle tree does not generally perform as well indoors as a houseplant as does Araucaria heterophylla, commonly known as Norfolk island pine, however it does very well in containers when young and makes a great patio plant in cooler zones. In winter in colder zones, bring inside and place plants where they will receive bright indirect sunlight, and mist foliage regularly.
Monkey puzzle tree (also commonly called Chilian pine) is an evergreen conifer that is native to woodland volcanic slopes up to 6,000 feet in elevation in the Andes Mountains in Chile and Argentina. It is the national tree of Chile. It reportedly has the best winter hardiness of any tree native to areas in the world south of the equator.
It typically grows to 20-30' tall in cultivation, but may reach 90-130' tall in its native habitat. It is noted for its unique shape. Trees are loose-pyramidal and open when young, but develop an umbrella-like crown with loss of lower branches as they age. Horizontal, upward-arching branches appear in whorls around the trunk with rope-like branchlets. Bark is gray-brown and ridged. Dense, leathery, triangular, radially-arranged leaves (to 2" long) have sharp points. Individual leaves persist for 10 to 15 years. Trees are dioecious (separate male and female trees).
Female cones (to 6" long) take 2-3 years to mature, disintegrating at maturity to release the nut-like seeds (each to 1 1/2" long). Seeds (pinones) are edible and reminiscent of pine nuts.
Common name reportedly comes from a comment made in England in the mid-1800s where an observer of a specimen tree growing in Cornwall remarked that it would puzzle a monkey to climb that tree.
  3 large fresh seeds $5.95
TRM539 Lily of the Valley Tree ( Oxydendrum arboreum )
Also known as Sorrelwood and Sourwood. The Lily of the Valley tree is one of the most beautiful and unusual trees. Masses of fragrant urn-shaped flowers in drooping clusters followed by an excellent contrast of brilliant red fall leaf color and long white seed pods.The LOTV is a deciduous, medium sized tree that grows to heights of 30 to 60 feet. The tree has a slender pyramid form often with a curved or leaning trunk. In spring and early summer the LOTV changes almost overnight from a pretty green shade tree into a white cloud of thousands of fragrant Lily of the Valley like flowers. Due to the similarity of the flowers and its fragrance, this tree is also commonly called the Lily of the Valley tree.
It holds its fragrant white flowers against lustrous foliage for almost a whole month and creates quite a show. When in bloom the honeybee will seek out the trees' abundant white flowers that it uses to create a delicious treat. Superior quality LOTV honey is produced from the flowers pollen. Then the first frost causes the whole tree to turn to a brilliant flaming or crimson red which is rivaled by only a few other trees. There are few sights that are as striking as a row of LOTV in fall color.
Site Requirements/ Soil tolerances: Best grown in acidic, moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun but is adaptable. Tolerates part shade, but with somewhat diminished flowering and fall color. Intolerant of drought and pollution.
Culture: Difficult to transplant. Young or recently moved trees lack full cold hardiness in zone 5. Uses: Beautiful small specimen flowering tree with multi-season interest for lawns, patios, shade gardens or open woodland areas. Plant with azaleas and rhododendrons or other plants that share the same acidic soil preferences. Zones 5-9. Tiny seeds can be somewhat difficult to germinate.
 1mg pack. 20 or more tiny seeds per pack. $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
TRM537 Apple Leaf Tree ( Philenoptera violacea )
Philenoptera violacea is a medium to large-sized, deciduous to semi-deciduous tree up to 40 feet tall with a wide-spreading, dense and rounded crown. Main stem is tall, straight and bare but invariably bent and twisted. Bark grey and flaking on older branches and stem, but smooth, light grey and covered with dense hairs on younger branches, exuding a sticky red sap when cut.
Flowers scattered, usually borne in dense terminal sprays at the tips of the branches, varying in color from white and pink to bluish-pink, mauve or deep violet, and are sweet-scented. The tree is a good garden subject owing to its graceful habit, pale foliage and beautiful flowers. Although it grows slowly, it is an interesting ornate tree which gives a stunning display when in flower.
Will tolerate light frosts.
 5 seeds $3.95
TRM549 Seven Sons ( Heptacodium miconioides )
Heptacodium miconioides is a large, fountain-shaped, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically grows 15-20' at maturity with a 10' spread.
Native to China, is rare and may no longer exist in the wild. However, it has somewhat recently become available in commerce and is increasing in popularity as an ornamental shrub, though it may be difficult to find.
May also be trained as a single-trunk tree. Features terminal clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers in late summer to early fall. Flowers appear in whorls within each branched cluster, with each whorl containing 7 tiny flowers (hence the common name of seven-son flower).
Flowers are followed in fall by an equally showy (if not showier) display: small, purplish-red fruits (1/2-inch-long drupes) crowned by five very showy, sepal-like rose calyces which elongate after bloom and last into late fall. Tan bark exfoliates to reveal attractive brown inner bark, which provides good winter interest. Leaves are narrow, shiny, ovate-oblong and medium-green. It is a good source of nectar for butterflies in the fall.
For zones 5-9.
 20 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
TRM426 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.
  10 Seeds $2.95
TRM220 African Rosemary Eriocephalus africanus
An evergreen South African shrub growing to about 3 feet tall that does well in rock gardens and xeriscapes. Grows 3-4 feet across. When in bloom, the whole shrub is almost covered with purple-eyed, white flowers, loved by bees. The flowers are followed by fluffy seed heads looking much like cottony wool or snow. Stiffly branching with aromatic needle-like foliage covered with tiny hairs, this bushy shrub displays an overall silvery-grey appearance. It can be trimmed into a hedge, or makes a nice background flowering shrub.
African Rosemary is one of the shrubs that most people in the Cape know because it is so common in the veld and easy to identify with its thin, grey leaves, which smell like Vicks when crushed. It is also a well-known medicinal plant and an excellent shrub for the waterwise garden. Eriocephalus africanus is very variable, especially when comparing plants growing in the salty air along the coast with those growing under much drier conditions inland. In general, they all form bushy evergreen shrubs up to 3 feet with a silvery, grey appearance. Looking at the leaves that are arranged in tufts along the branches, it is easy to see a number of features that help the plant to survive with little water. Special features include the grey leaf colour which reflects sunlight and thereby reduces leaf temperature. The minute, silvery hairs covering the leaves trap moisture and thus reduce transpiration. Best suited for zones 9-10.
  15 seeds $3.95
RLP053 Giant Honeybush Melianthus major
Giant Honeybush grows rapidly and within one season can reach six feet tall. It is a rarely grown South African perennial that is becoming very popular. The lush growth, coupled with its large, glaucous leaves, has made it as fashionable as cannas, bananas and tree ferns among those looking to bring a touch of the jungle to their back gardens. The luxuriant foliage is not only sculptural but is also deliciously scented -- like hazelnuts to some, and like salted peanut butter to others.
From late spring, bright-red flowers cluster like flocks of finches at the base of the leaves. In the wild, the flowers are pollinated by birds attracted by the nectar in each of the little flowers. So much nectar is produced that it overflows on to the stems and splashes the foliage. Be careful, though, because sweet as the nectar is, it will stain your clothes. There are always lots of seed pods, too; inflated cubes that dangle like Chinese lanterns.
Hardy from zone 8 onwards. Full sun to part shade. 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide. Adaptable to soil fertility as long as well-drained.
 5 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
TRM067 Mini Angel's Trumpet Iochroma australe
A rare plant, it is cultivated as an ornamental and can be found in a few botanical gardens.A small shrub, generally to 3-6ft, sometimes to 10ft. Flowers are borne in clusters of up to 6-12 and sometimes more. Flowers grow to about 2-3", are snow-white in color and can remain on the branches for a while. Flowering may occur for much of the warmer months. There are blue and violet colored types as well.
Cold hardy to 24 degrees.
 5 seeds $3.95
TRM068 Lilac Lycianthes Lycianthes quichensis
This exceedingly rare shrub from Guatemala belongs to the Solanum family, same as the tomato, the blue potato bush, the white potato jasmine vine and many more wonderful plants.
This is a good container plant or garden background plant.
A rare ornamental related to the potato bush. It grows into a bushy habit. A medium-sized perennial with felty, soft to the touch, heart-shaped leaves, it has huge, almost flat, light purple flowers with a little magenta tint in the yellow center.
Bright red fruits follow. Hardy to the 20's. Great in sun or shade.
 5 seeds $2.95
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
RLP095 New Zealand Cedar Libocedrus plumosa
A large conifer growing to about 80-100 feet or more tall with a conical crown of thick, spreading branches. The trunk can reach to 10 feet in diameter and is covered in reddish brown bark that sheds in long strips. The scale-like leaves densely cover the finely pinnate branches. It is native to warm temperate rainforests below 600 m (2000 ft.) in northern New Zealand. The dark red, fine-grained wood is very attractive and durable but splits easily. It is suitable for USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10.
 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
3391 Hardy Rubber Tree Eucommia ulmoides
Very nice shade tree for lawns or parks. Street tree for zones 4-8. Hardy rubber tree is typically grown as an ornamental shade tree because of its attractive glossy green foliage and its excellent resistance to insect and disease problems. It is native to China, but is possibly now extinct in the wild. It is a low-branching tree that typically grows 40-60' tall with broad ascending branches and a rounded spreading crown. Dioecious with insignificant apetulous greenish brown male flowers (in clusters) and female flowers (solitary) on separate trees.
Flowers bloom in April. Female flowers give way to flattened ash-like winged seeds (wings to 1.5" long). Serrate, elliptic to ovate, pointed, elm-like, glossy dark green leaves (3-6" long) remain attractive throughout the growing season. No fall color. Ulmoides means resembling elm in reference to the similar leaf shape. As the common name suggests, rubber can in fact be made from the tree sap, but the extraction process is complicated and too costly for commercial application. Tear a leaf, break a twig or peel off some bark and a stringy latex-like sap appears.
 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
3332 Fragrant Kanooka (Water Gum)Tristaniopsis laurina
This is a slow growing upright evergreen tree that occurs naturally on moist, well-drained sites along the east coast of Australia that with great age can reach to 45 feet tall but more typically it is found as a 15 to 30 foot tall tree. It has narrow glossy leaves that are darker above and paler below and turn more reddish with the onset of cold weather. The leaves are borne on mahogany-colored young branches with larger branches having an attractive smooth bark that becomes more scaly with age. The fragrant yellow flowers appear in late spring to early summer and are attractive to bees. Plant in sun or part shade in a wide range of soil types, including sandy loams or even heavier clay provided that there is decent drainage. Irrigate regularly to only occasionally. It is a good candidate for a lawn tree and its slow growth rate makes it a good choice for smaller gardens or street plantings. Hardy to 20 to 25 F.
 40mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
3330 Australian Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea resinosa
A dwarf grass tree native to eastern Australia where it is commonly found on wet, sandy soils or in swamps from Queensland to Victoria.
Its trunk only reaches about 24 inches tall and holds a small but dense crown with countless stiff, linear, grasslike leaves.
Like all grass trees it is slow growing. It does best in temperate climates and can take some frost with ease. This particular species is trunkless and is particularly good for confined areas, small gardens or pot culture.
Grass trees or blackboys are very much part of the Australian landscape and uniquely Australian. They fascinated the first European settlers, since they were unlike any other known plant. In fact, they are a living fossil developed early in the evolutionary stakes for flowering plants.
Generally frost tolerant, all Xanthorrhoea require well-drained soil and a sunny location because they are prone to root rot. They can be grown very successfully in pots.
  10 seeds $2.95
TRM039 Hinoki cypress Chamaecyparis obtusa
Native to Japan, Hinoki cypress is a slow growing evergreen conifer that grows 50-75' tall with a pyramidal habit. It features spreading branches that droop at the ends and drooping flat frondlike branchlets bearing small scale like leaves. The main branches are dense and spreading and may droop to the ground, and the sprays of foliage are held in flat planes.
Dark green scale like leaves of Hinoki cypress are borne in pairs of two unequal sizes and shapes with white markings beneath. Adult leaves are like closely overlapping scales; leaves on juvenile branchlets and young plants don't overlap and are shaped more like tiny awls or broad needles. Hinoki cypress has an attractive, shredding, reddish-brown bark which peels off in long narrow strips on mature trees. The cones of Hinoki cypress are small, 8 scaled, orange brown and about 1/2 inch in diameter.
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. USDA Zones 5 - 8. Hinoki false cypress likes a cool, moist climate.
 10 seeds $2.95
3321 Australian Native Broom Viminaria juncea
Australian Native Broom is a unique species, being the only Viminaria known, and it grows wild only in Australia. It occurs in moist temperate parts of most States; not in Northern Territory nor in areas as dry as the Australian Capital Territory. In swamps it can be extensive, a tall loose shrub where crowded.
It can be kept as a shrub amenable to trimming, but is most distinctive kept to a single trunk when it reaches 15 feet high. As a small tree it is upright and the slender trunk has a dark fibrous bark. It contrasts with the crown of soft green tints, a waving mass of slender branches which are bright grassy green while young. They are long, in sprays, very smooth, extremely pliant and stands up well to storms.
As a shrub it resembles the introduced Broom (hence the common name), with smaller flowers, but is highly superior. It is brighter in appearance and unlike Broom will grow again after setbacks; thus it is long-lived.
Ordinary leaves are absent, except in seedlings and occasionally on young stems, and the tree is generally thought of as leafless. The leaves are in fact minute scales and the mass of growth consists of phyllodes, as in some Acacias.
In Viminaria juncea the phyllodes are one inch long, stringy, smooth and flexible, a fresh green and always appear healthy. Very rapid, clean growth in almost any soil is one great advantage of the species which can be put to any garden use in sun or shade. It is tough enough for planting in public gardens and quite hardy to frost.
In early spring, the branches become thickly lined with small, lemon-yellow pea flowers with a light clover-scent detectable from a large mass of plants. The season can last for a couple of months if weather is cool and moist. Hardy to zone 8.
  10 seeds $2.95
TRM040 Spiked Cabbage Tree Cussonia spicata
Also known as common cabbage tree or cabbage tree. The epithet spicata means spike-like, in referrence to the arrangement of the flowers.
Spiked cabbage tree is a fast-growing, attractive, and long lived tree, growing up to 40 feet tall, and contain both dwarf and very large tree types. The leaves are produced at the ends of thick branches in large round heads. Each tree has 1-15 heads, and older trees may have more than 15. The leaves are favorite food for wild elephants.
Has reddish to dark-grey bark, shiny dark green leaves, double umbel of branches at top of tree from which flowers appear, greenish-cream flowers during Winter-Spring.The masses of purplish-black fruit that follow are small and fleshy and attract birds to the garden.
Spiked cabbage tree is usually cultivated as an ornamental plant for its striking foliage and unusual form. It prefers full sun or semi shade, and ample water especially when young. Spiked cabbage tree is easy to grow but does not tolerate extreme degrees of frost. Hardy to short duration cold in the upper 20 F range.
The leaves of Spiked cabbage tree was used traditionally as a treatment for indigestion. The roots are succulent and edible, mashed roots have been used in treatment of malaria.
 10 seeds $3.95
3323 Giant Spear Lily Doryanthes palmeri
Growing to 12 feet tall, with massive, 11-foot flower stalks, this is one of the largest Lily relatives around. A native of eastern Australia, it is disappearing fast there due to habitat destruction. Here in the U.S. it is rarely seen for sale. In the right environment, it's an easy-to-grow plant, and an amazing conversation piece!
Grows best in partial shade but will tolerate full sun. Frost hardy although flowers can be damaged by heavy frost. Excellent accent plant or large container plant. Although the seed germinates readily, Doryanthes palmeri grows very slowly, taking several years to reach flowering size. Mature height:5 to 8 feet, even 10 feet in it's natural habitat. Cold hardy to about 25 degrees.
  1mg Pack ( about 10 seeds ) $3.95
3328 Toogoom Heath Phyllota phylicoides
A species of flowering plant in the pea family (Fabaceae) found in New South Wales and Queensland. An evergreen shrub to 3 feet with narrow leaves, edges curled underneath, and a dense flowerhead of delightful pea like flowers.
Grows in almost any conditions in zones 9-10, or in containers or patio tubs in cooler regions.
  25mg pack ( about 10 or more seeds ) $2.95
3333 Turpentine Tree Syncarpia glomulifera
A tall, straight tree to 90' with fibrous bark and elliptical leaves. Bears fluffy white flowers and woody fruit. Excellent windbreak tree or specimen for large parks or gardens. Requires ample moisture.
Crushed leaves have a taste and smell reminiscent of turpentine.
The dense ball shaped clusters of fluffy creamy white flowers are produced over Spring and Summer and are very ornamental. Large, dark green leaves and groups of woody seed capsules add to unique appearence.
Hardy to zone 8.
Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  50mg pack ( over 100 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
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.
 5 tiny seeds $2.95
TRM009 Amur Mountain Ash Sorbus aucuparia
Also known as Rowan, European Rowan, Mountain-ash, or European mountain-ash, Amur Mountain Ash is a small deciduous tree native to Europe and Asia that grows to 20 to 40 feet tall with a narrow, upright oval crown, usually rounding and opening with age.The berries are great for adding a splash of color to a landscape and for attracting birds.
The fruit, called rowan berries in culinary usage, are usually very bitter and inedible fresh, but are used to make jam or jelly, with a distinctive bitter flavor. Rowan jelly is a traditional accompaniment to game and venison.
Ideal specimen in a small garden. A beautiful shade tree. It is air pollution tolerant.
Hardy to zone 3.
  15 seeds $3.95
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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TRM116 Downy Birch Betula pubescens
Native to Europe and northern Asia, the downy birch is often mistaken for the common silver birch: it also has white bark and differs by being less weeping and by having smooth downy shoots. A fast growing tree reaching 25m (80 ft+), and growing to 8m (25 ft) ten years after planting. Likes damper locations than the silver birch, soils on the acid side, and tolerates part shade; extremely hardy, to -35 or -45°C. Like the silver birch, the plant has numerous uses: the wood is used for fuel, furniture, utensils, turnery, wooden nails, cooperage, flooring, handles, clothes pegs etc. Edible parts include the leaves, sap (tapped in the same way as maples), and inner bark; these parts have also been used medicinally. The branches make good besoms. The tree acts as a green manure tree by shedding nutrient-rich leaves which enrich the surrounding soil.
 50 seeds $2.95
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.
 25 seeds $2.95
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
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
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
W208 Sunrose Cistus laurifolius
A small to medium sized shrub with dark green leaves that make the perfect back-drop to the large white blooms. Rockroses can be pinched or lightly pruned for bush form, but they do well without being pruned at all. The foliage is lightly aromatic.Sun loving drought tolerant plant; All round tough plant suitable for problem areas; Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening; Suitable for container growing; Suitable for exposed coastal planting; Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils.
Good for zones 6-9 ( mulch heavy in zone 6 ). Seeds need to be cold stratified or started inside in cold frame in very early spring.
  50mg pack ( over 50 seeds ) $2.95
3462 Siberian Pea Shrub ( Caragana arborescens )
18', Zones 2-9. Bright yellow May flowers. Excellent screen or windbreak. Drought tolerant. Widely planted in all conditions. This is a wonderful lawn shrub from China.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
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
FB156 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.
Note: We recommend Seedman's Special Seed Starting Cups be used for germinating these seeds.
  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
3357 Betulifolia Pear (Pyrus betulifolia )
This very ornamental pear variety is hardy to zone 4. Rootstock especially preferred for oriental and ornamental pears. Similar in most respects to Pyrus calleryana with better cold hardiness. Tolerates calcareous soils. Maintenance free lawn tree that will decorate your lawn with early spring color. Will grow about 20 feet tall when mature.
  750mg Package ( about 25-30 seeds ) $2.95
3360 Japanese Umbrella Pine ( Sciadopitys verticillata )
Excellent container plant when young, can later be transferred outside for a wonderful lawn and garden specimen.
Named for the whorls of shiny, deep-green foliage encircling its branches like the ribs of an umbrella, this evergreen stands out in any crowd.
Broadly pyramidal or spirelike in youth, with age it develops pendulous and spreading branches and an open, loose habit. It is extremely slow growing, 6 inches per year on average. Needles radiate around the stem creating an 'umbrella' like effect.
The foliage is dark green and glossy through the seasons. Flowers are inconspicuous, cones are upright 2 to 4 inches long, green in youth, brown when mature. Bark is quite pretty; orangey brown and peeling off in strips, usually hidden by the foliage. It is not subject to disease or pests.
It is an excellent accent tree, very distinctive, but can also be used in a border or rock garden. Natural habitat is sheltered, but steep and rocky locations. Native to Japan.
Hardy for zones 5-9.
  10 seeds $2.25
RHM149 Japanese Pagoda Tree ( Alstonea scholaris )
Tall handsome warm weather tree to 60 with both the branches and its long 8" leathery leaves arranged in whorls. May be grown indoors with warmth and bright light and kept pruned to a desired height. It has fine grained white wood. The small seeds are very light and fragile and should be planted carefully by broadcasting onto the surface of your soil mixture.
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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
RHM135 Mt. Atlas Mastic Tree Pistacia atlanticus
Zones 9-10. Ornamental tree to 60' with leaves being odd-pinnate 7-11 leaflets lanceolate. Red berried turning gradually green to brown. A source for oleo resin - Mastic. From Middle East - warm, arid zones.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95


FA53 Chinese Pistachio ( Pistacia chinensis )
The Pistacia Chinensis is a reliable choice for street, lawn or patio planting. Pistacia Chinensis forms a broadly rounded tree 30-40' tall and nearly as wide. It has good orange to red fall color even in the milder climates and will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions.
Once established, the tree is very drought tolerant. A long-lived, winter hardy shade tree with spectacular red, red-orange fall color, with outstanding heat, drought and soil tolerance. It is extremely pest resistant. A superb shade tree for one-story buildings.
Best grown in zones 6-9.
  5 or more seeds per pack $1.95
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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3208 Indian Bean Tree or Northern Catalpa ( Catalpa speciosa )
The northern, sometimes called western, catalpa is a close relative of the southern catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides). It is a larger tree growing 40-70 ft (12.2-21.3 m) in height. The northern catalpa has a narrow, roughly rounded crown 20-40 ft (6.1-12.2 m) in width with brittle irregular branches that have a tendency to break off. The large heart-shaped leaves are similar to that of its southern cousin and are up to 12 in (30.5 cm) long. They are held oppositely on the stems and often whorled on young stems. Northern catalpa has showy white, bell-shaped flowers with ruffled edges and orange stripes and purple spots on the interior. They are about 2 in (5.1 cm) in diameter and are held in loose branched 10 in ( 25.4 cm) clusters at the stem tips. By mid-summer the tree is hung with long 8-20 in (20.3-50.8 cm) slender, beanlike pods that persist through winter when they eventually split to release quantities of flat fringed seeds.
The original range of Catalpa speciosa is somewhat uncertain. It is apparently from an area stretching from Indiana to northern Arkansas where it inhabits the rich valley soils of the Mississippi River basin. At one time it was extensively planted for use as fence posts and as a result is widely naturalized throughout the midwestern and parts of the southeastern United States.
Light: Full sunlight. Moisture: Prefers moist, well drained soil but is very adaptable. Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-8
The hardy catalpa is commonly planted as an ornamental for its abundant, showy blossoms and attractive foliage. The large, rich green, heart-shaped foliage creates a beautiful contrasting texture in mixed woodlands. in natural areas and wildlife habitats. Northern catalpa can get weedy and is sometimes seen growing in abandoned lots and neglected area in some cities. The tough and durable northern catalpa was once often planted as an avenue tree, especially in some parts of Ohio but isn't used much for that purpose now.
Use as a specimen tree on an expanse of lawn or even on a small lawn if the tree is severely trimmed each year (pollarded). Note that untrimmed trees have a habit of shedding twigs, seed pods and other debris. This is a messy tree and should be planted away from swimming pools and outdoor living areas. The brittle wood is rot resistant and was once commercially important as railroad ties, posts, packaging, etc. Catalpa is the Native American name for this tree.
Northern catalpa is invasive (including some urban areas). Those living outside its native range should check locally to see if this tree is a problem in your area.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRM126 Southern Catalpa 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 lengh. 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 known as bream.
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.
 10 seeds $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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TRM041 Horsetail She OakCasuarina equisetifolia
The horsetail she-oak or casuarina equisetifolia is a small tree growing to perhaps 8 metres 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 2.5cm 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. 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.
 15 Seeds $2.95
NB80 River She Oak Casuarina cunninghamiana
Best suited for zones 9-11. A fast growing evergreen tree, the largest of the Casuarina, very fast growing to 65 feet tall, 40 feet spread; with gray bark with small platelets and needle-like foliage
Trees are usually found in sunny locations along stream banks and swampy areas. It's widely recognised as an important tree for stabilising riverbanks and for soil erosion prevention accepting wet and dry soils. The foliage is quite palatable to stock. Casuarina cunninghamiana is frost tolerant down to around -7 °C and is widely used effectively as a screening plant. It is useful on windy sites and is also suited to coastal areas. C. cunninghamiana has been introduced into several other countries for the purpose of soil stabilisation.
Superficially resembling pines because of their needles, the casuarinas also bear small cones and form beds of dry needles resembling the mat under a pine tree. Their dark-red tough wood is responsible for the occasional name beefwood, while the wide medullary rays suggested the name oak. Though the timber was shipped to Britain, it was not equal to oak imported from Britain; hence the prefix 'she-' (sorry ladies, but we are talking about 1800).
The wood was used in the past for making boomerangs and clubs. Small red flowers on female trees make it clear that something unusual is going on and examination of the needles with a lens reveals tiny leaves in the form of teeth surrounding the needles at junctions that are clearly visible to the naked eye. The cones are barrel shaped and formed of rings of bivalves, the number in each ring being about the same as the number of leaf teeth. The arrangement does not follow the spiral plan of the conifers. Each bivalve opens meridionally to release one winged seed.
30mg package of about 25 seeds $2.50
IM111 Chinese Sweet Shrub ( Calycanthus chinensis )
This Chinese native allspice is closely related to U. S. native Carolina allspice. It is a dense, rounded deciduous shrub that grows 5-10 feet tall with an equal or slightly greater spread. Camellia-like flowers with a 4" diameter with blush-pink to white outer tepals, yellow inner tepals with maroon markings and a mounded ring of yellow stamens bloom near the shoot ends for a month or more in mid to late spring. Glossy, medium green leaves to 6 inches long turn yellow in fall.
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best suited for zones 6-9a.
  3 seeds $2.95
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 18F (-7.8C).
 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
 45g Package ( about 100 seeds ) $2.95
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
TRM150 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.
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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
1A348 Pink Trumpet Tree Tabebuia Impetiginosa
One of the most spectacular blooming trees in the world. The tree will loose its leaves during the winter and right after will burst with flowers (mature trees). The care is easy. A little dryer during the winter and a little moist during the rest of the year.
A very beautiful deciduous tree to 25 feet tall with smooth dark green palmately compund leaves and furrowed light gray bark. The 2-3 inch long lavender-pink flowers with yellow centers appear in clusters in early spring, covering the bare branches.
Start to fertilize after the new leaves emerge. Don't fertlize during the winter. They don't need much trimming, but the best time to do it is right after the flowers finish if necessary.
Cold hardy to low 20 degrees.
 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
FB162 Rice Paper Plant Tetrapanax papyriferus
A tall evergreen shrub with a leaning trunk that grows 10-15 feet tall, but will retain a smaller size inside a tub or large container. Good lawn or patio plant. Cold hard to about 20-25° F. The deeply-lobed leaves cluster at the top of the trunk on long stems. The underside of the leaves is covered with white, fine hairs which can be an irritant to eyes or skin. Winter-blooming creamy white flowers form large clusters. Suckers freely. Plant in sun or shade and water moderately.
The pith of the Tetrapanax stem was used to make 'paper'. Tetrapanax 'paper' was cut by turning the pith against a blade; the way veneer is cut from a log. The thin sheet of pith was pressed and dried for use by painters and calligraphers.
The method of using Tetrapanax to produce rice paper stopped in the early 1900s. Modern rice paper is made from the paper mulberry, Broussonetia papyrifera and other plant fibers.
Tetrapanax is very dramatic in the landscape; the leaves can grow to a meter (3 feet) across. But the plant will take over the garden if the underground runners are not contained.
Cannot ship to HI
  10 seeds per pack $2.50
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
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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2800 Winterberry/Winter Holly ( Ilex verticillata }
Winterberry branches with their showy red berries are used for Christmas decorations, and there is a commercial industry cultivating the plants for that purpose. Use them dry (don't put in water) and they will keep for months indoors. Many kinds of birds eat the fruits and often the shrubs are stripped bare before Christmas.
Common winterberry, loaded with bright red berries on slender twigs is one of the prettiest shrubs in winter. It's especially attractive standing proudly with snow on its branches. If the leaves haven't fallen by the first hard frost, they turn black, hence the common name, "black alder."
Common winterberry does best in moist, slightly acidic soils with a high organic component. Leaves will yellow in neutral soils and the plant will likely die in alkaline soils. Most hollies are rather slow growing plants and winterberry is no exception. Common winterberry flowers on new growth, so any pruning can be done in late winter before the new growth begins. Grows in full sun to partial shade. Winterberry flowers and fruits better in full sun. Common winterberry is not at all tolerant of drought. It performs well in poorly drained soils, an excellent plant for boggy areas. Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 - 9.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
2136 Fragrant Champaca ( Michelia champaca )
The flowers from this tree are used to make 'Joy' perfume. It is the world's most expensive perfume. Michelia champaca is a tropical evergreen native to India and Indonesia. The extremely aromatic orange blooms appear nearly all year round. The fragrance will amaze you!!Grows to the size of a large shrub or small tree, 15' in height. Strictly tropical, zone 10-11 or warm greenhouse.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
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