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Eucommia ulmoides Cornus nuttallii Arbutus menziesii
Eucommia ulmoides (Hardy Rubber Tree)
Our Price: $3.75
29 in stock!
This rare and unusual tree is second only to ginseng in its use in traditional Chinese medicine.  As its name suggests, this is the only temperate latex bearing tree producing 3-4% latex rubber.  Quick growing and tough enough for urban/street tree plantings. Makes a wonderful 20m tall shade ornamental with its thick glossy attractive elm like dark green leaves.  Very nice pale grey bark. Pest free. Gendered species.  You won't be able to make your own tires (yet), but the latex acts as a natural deterrent for many nibbling pests.  Correct harvesting of the bark does not kill the tree, but I'll leave that to the professionals.  Coal deposits in Germany have thick layers composed of Eucommia leaves that still give off a rubber scent when burnt.

One of the few dogwoods that flowers twice a season; once in mid spring and again in the early fall. Quite a contrast with the white flowers along side round red berry clusters. Brilliant red to purple fall colour. Co-evolved with our west coast climate of wet springs, dry summers and mild winters. Does best in either full sun or in open forest. Drought resistant when established. Fast growing. Great pollen/nectar plant for the critters.

A beautiful iconic native tree of the North American Pacific Coast. A broadleaf evergreen tree with huge clusters of incredibly sweet honey scented nectar filled bell white flowers in the spring. You can hear the buzz of hummingbirds and other nectar seekers. In the fall, green berries ripen to a brilliant orange. The rich red-cinnamon coloured bark peels off in sheets during the growing season revealing the smooth new green-tan coloured bark. Grows to 12m tall with 6m spread with graceful twists and artful curves (never straight).

Gymnocladus chinensis Camellia sinensis seedlings
Franklinia alatamaha (Franklin Tree)
Our Price: $4.50
34 in stock!
Camellia sinensis (Chinese Tea Camellia)
Our Price: $4.00
1 in stock!
Gorgeous sweetly scented large camellia/stewartia like blooms adorn new growth in small bunches for continuous month(s) long bloom.  The longer your growing season, the longer the flowering time.  We're still learning more about this amazing species from our plants.  Large tropical leaves with blazing reddish-bronze fall colour. PROTECT FROM DEER. Extinct in the wild.

An extremely rare Chinese cousin to North America's Kentucky Coffee Tree. Almost extinct in China and nearly unheard of in cultivation whether in public, private gardens and arboretums. Form is very much like its North American cousin in size and form, except for its remarkable foliage that starts life a royal purple then becoming blue green but retains its purple tint on the reverse. Leaflets are more perfectly oval than lanceolate like is North American kin. Totally unique. Hardiness testing proves this species can survive in pots without protection to -12C without any damage.

Chinese tea, the world's most renowned beverage.  Whether it be green, black, white, yellow, pu-erh, ooling it all comes from the processed tender young leaves and shoots of Camellia sinensis.  Glossy gorgeous dark green leaves.  Smallish white fragrant flowers bloom in the fall, the huge yellow boss of staemens provides a late boon for pollen and nectar seekers.  The plants we put in the garden as a hardiness test survives its full morning sun non protected site.  Over three winters (fully exposed to -12C), there isn't any evidence of die back. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised as fully mature specimens live in Vancouver and a plantation is being established further down island.  I plan on a lovely hedge sometime in the near future and enjoy our own tea...from both leaves and flowers. Grow as bonsai, pruned to shrubs to small 5m trees (depending on the amount of harvesting done). Grow your own organic fragrant tea.