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Heptacodium miconioides Camellia sinensis seedlings
Camellia sinensis (Chinese Tea Camellia)
Our Price: $4.00
1 in stock!
Years ago I planted one as a late summer nectar source for the bees, but discovered that this species deserves a lot more respect than I first gave it.  White jasmine scented blooms hang in clusters followed by more colour in its bright pink sepals which gives the illusion of continuing bloom.  Growing to 6m tall with a 4m spread.  Multi-stemmed from the base, the pale creamy tan bark exfoliates in long strips.  Seems to be disease and pest free.  Fast growing and flowers at a young age. Tolerant of many soil types and sun exposure.  Drought tolerant when established.  Aptly named as the flowers are clusters of whorls where each whorl consists of 7 flowers.

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.
Magnolia macrophylla var ashei flower with botch Meconopsis betonicifolia
Cornus walteri (Walter's Dogwood)
Our Price: $3.50
6 in stock!

One of the last magnolias to bloom in spring, its incredibly sweet fragrant creamy white cup shaped flowers can reach 30cm across, far out sizing M. grandiflora. This hardy species looks deceptively tropical with its massive mid green leaves which have a silvery white reverse. A medium sized tree reaching 10m in height with near equal spread. Being relatively thin for their size, the delicate leaves can be damaged in strong winds so its best to seat the tree in sheltered sites. Wide spreading branches make it an ideal shade tree. Its been known to bloom at a very young age (3 years is one quote).

Endangered. Fast-growing flowering small tree. In spring 10cm wide umbels of creamy white flowers clothe branch and red twig tips, very showy against its deep green foliage. Lance shaped leaves are smooth margin-ed and turn a deep purple in the fall. Plump fleshy black fruits are loved by birds. Shrub form when young; becoming tree like (to 12m) when older. Lovely alligator bark when mature. Drought tolerant; great shade tree hardy enough for the street plantings. A great plant for pollinators.

One of the most sought after treasures of the botanical world.  Clear sky blue flowers held 1-1.5 meters above a basal rosette of foliage studded with golden hair.  Each bloom lasts about 10 days starting late spring and are borne in succession until mid summer.  Though it is monocarpic, good healthy plants will produce daughter offshoots that will in turn create daughter offshoots of their own creating one heck of a self sustaining clump over time.  NEVER divide as you will kill them.  Loves an eastern exposure where it gets morning sun then shade/dappled sun for the rest of the day.