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Eucommia ulmoides Arbutus menziesii
Eucommia ulmoides (Hardy Rubber Tree)
Our Price: $3.75
29 in stock!
Cornus walteri (Walter's Dogwood)
Our Price: $3.50
6 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.

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.

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).

Camellia sinensis seedlings
Magnolia kobus var kobus (Kobushi Magnolia)
Our Price: $3.50
43 in stock!
Camellia sinensis (Chinese Tea Camellia)
Our Price: $4.00
1 in stock!

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.

Beautiful deciduous magnolia from the mountains of Japan. White fragrant flowers in mid April have a light pink stripe. Small shapely leaves. Nice tree overall with an upright pyramidal form. One of the parents to Loebneri hybrids. Firm petals don't mope in Spring rains nor succumb to Spring frosts. Mature plants are covered in bloom. Very hardy and problem free. Scarlet knobby seed pod/cones in the fall. Collect the seed before the birds and squirrels do!

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.