Rain Forest Plant Seeds from around the World


Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds.

We have carefully selected the following Rain Forest specimens for their ability to be grown indoors. These plants are unique and hold their own special place in nature. We hope that you will share the beauty and wonder of these plants with your friends and family.

1A005 Screw Pine Pandanus utilis
A slow growing tree type plant with long leathery sword leaves sharply serrated at edges and arranged in a spiral manner. The tree will develop stilt roots. Requires warmth and bright light as an inside plant. We recommend soaking seeds in warm water/CAPE Seed Primer for 24 hours before sowing.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
1A010 Wild Almond Terminalia
A tropical shrub to small tree that should be raised in the greenhouse for its unique ornamental appearance. Its bright green leaves turn red to pink at different times of the year. It has a profusion of flowers which are followed by edible nuts.
This item is currently out of stock, if you would like to be notified by E-mail when it becomes available again, simply enter your E-mail address in the field below and hit "Submit".
D2902 St. John's Tree Ceratonia
An evergreen tree that grows to 50 ft. Has stout, leathery foliage and can be grown in containers. Grows well in dry soils. The edible pods can be made into flour, which makes delicious candies, cakes, pastries and drinks.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
D2904 Tropical Dwarf Papaya Carcia
A fast growing papaya only reaching 3- 4 ft. but bearing fruits as large as 2 lbs in 2 year from seed. A great container plant.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
D2905 Jacaranda Tree Jacaranda mimosifolia
An easily grown tropical tree that can be grown in containers. Has mimosa type leaves and lavender blue flowers in clusters.
  200mg Pack ( about 20-25 seeds ) $2.50
D2911 Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria
Golden raintree is a small, open-branching, irregularly-shaped, deciduous tree with a rounded crown which typically grows 30-40' tall and as wide. Features pinnate or bipinnate, feathery, compound leaves (to 18" long), each leaf having 7-17 irregularly lobed leaflets. Leaves emerge pinkish bronze to purplish in spring, mature to a bright green in summer and turn yellow (quality variable) in fall. Bright yellow flowers (1/2" wide) appear in early summer in long, terminal, panicles (12-15"). Falling blossoms may or may not resemble "golden rain", but the fallen blossoms often form an attractive golden carpet under the tree. Flowers give way to interesting, brown, papery seed capsules which somewhat resemble Chinese lanterns. For zones 5-9.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.75
1A006 Teakwood Tree Tectona
The Teak Tree, or Tectona, is one of the tropical hardwood birches, included in the family Verbenaceae. This tree is originally from the plantations of South East Asia, and can grow to a height of 30 - 40 m.
As part of its life cycle, this tree sheds its leaves every year at dry season. Its longevity is very great, the Teak tree often living to an age of 100 years. Teak is especially noted for its capacity to withstand changes in the weather and season. One of the reasons for this is the ability of the Teak to bend, but not break, in the face of high winds.
Also, the Teak tree resin typically has an oil in its Galih (Cambium/heartwood) that is highly water resistant. This content alone can protect the Teak from decay, insects, and bacteria. At the same time, the combination of unique Teak tree content and thick fibers make it easier to cut and then later sculpt into pleasing forms. Because of this special characteristic, not found in other trees, there has always been interest in using Teak wood for various types of furniture.
Teak trees found in South-East Asia forests reach a height of up to 150 feet, have reddish-green leaves with rough skin, and heartwood that is brown to dark gold in color. Of the main teak producers in the area, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Philippine, and Malaysia, Indonesia's teak is considered of the highest quality in the world.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
SO350 Indian Banyan Tree Ficus benghalensis
Outside it is a huge tropical tree with heart shaped ovate leaves. As it gets older, it will develop silt roots which give it a very interesting appearance. This tree can easily be raised inside if kept properly pruned.
  Package of 8 seeds $2.50
NW44 Jojoba Tree Simmondsia chinensis
A unique sub-tropical shrub growing to 12 ft. with light green-gray oval foliage. Bears the seeds that produce the Jojoba oil that is much in demand. Good container plant.
  Package of 4 seeds $2.00
NW26 Heavenly Bamboo Nandina Domestica
A member of the barberry family that has a striking resemblance to bamboo. Has leathery, bluish green leaves that are blushed with purple, bronze and red when new. Has attractive long clusters of white flowers in spring and very ornamental red berries in winter. Likes full sun to partial shade. Cold hardy to 5 degrees outside. Makes a good container plant inside. Start some now for a jump on next year.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.50
NW10 Giant White Bird of Paradise Strelitzia nicolai
This is the famous giant plant reaching 12 ft. or more in height and bearing loads of brilliant white flowers. Can be container grown if desired.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
D2921 Princess Tree Paulowinia
A stunning tree with purple trumpet shaped leaves. Good shade tree. To 40 ft.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
D2925 Pineapple Guava Feijoa
A beautiful evergreen shrub that is easy to grow. Has dark green leaves with silvery underneath. The flowers are very attractive. The fruit is yellow green and has a pleasant pear like taste.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
D2957 Apple Ring Acacia Acacia albida
A large tree to 60 ft. with blue feathery foliage. Large spikes of yellow flowers. Good for enriching the soil. Valuable livestock food in arid areas. Bark contains 28% tannin.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
D2977 Ginko Biloba ( Maidenhair Fern )Ginko Biloba
A unique tree with a leaf shape unlike any other. Its nuts are regarded as a delicacy in the Orient. In fall the leaves turn a golden yellow. A favorite bonsai specimen.
  Package of 3 seeds $1.95
For more info on the Ginko, please visit the Ginko Page

D2980 Flame of the Forest Delonix regia

It is called the tropics most glorious flowering tree. The flowers are vivid scarlet and borne copiously all over the shallow, domed crown.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50