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Pinus pinea sprouted
Pinus pinea (Italian Stone Pine)
Our Price: $3.25

  • This is the famous European pine nut tree often seen gracing Mediterranean postcards. Bright green needles are very attractive. Young plants have a rounded form and are usually sold as a potted Christmas ornamental. Mature trees take on a symmetrical umbrella form and quasi-sinuous trunk. Rugged bark arranged in large plates. Grows relatively quick when established (3-5m/5 years). Hates wet feet. Drought tolerant. Can grow to 15 meters tall with a 5-8 metre canopy. Relatively maintenance free. Bonsai. It is a two-needle pine.
Pinus cembra
Pinus cembra (Swiss Stone Pine)
Our Price: $3.50

An extremely hardy 5 needle pine from Europe's mountains. Starts bearing sweet, oil and protein rich edible nuts when 2-3 metres tall. Highly ornamental as well with soft blue green 12 cm long needles. Upright branching makes a narrow pyramidal form. Undemanding tree. Resistant to White Pine Blister Rust. Prefers clay soils but will do well in sandy loam types as well. The Steirmark (Styria) region of Austria (my paternal origins) makes one memorable liquor from the young tender needles...and quickly soothes an upset tummy.

Umbellularia californica
Umbellularia californica (California Laurel)
Our Price: $3.50

I'm not having much luck trying to recall another plant that has more fragrant leaves. Just brushing its narrow lance shaped leathery leaves gives forth a burst of its sweet scent of mint, wintergreen, and perhaps eucalyptus. Bright yellow late winter clusters of small flowers followed by 3cm green fruits. An interesting bushy tall shrub that appears deer proof. The hotter the climate the more evenly moist the soil should be. Survives our climate just fine without additional irrigation during dry spells. Obviously deer proof. Roasted nuts are once a staple of the local First Nations.
Carya illinoinensis  seed
Carya illinoinensis (Hardy Sweet Pecan)
Our Price: $3.50

Tall graceful trees can bear up to 25kg or more of sweet edible nuts per tree. Lovely light green compound leaves can reach 20 meters at maturity (200 years) so plan accordingly. This species can adapt to many soil types with a pH range of 5 to 7.5, but the better the soil quality is the better the growth along with nut harvest and quality.

  • Seed Count: 5-7
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Our Price: $3.75

  • Seed Count: 8-10
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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Pinus koraiensis
Pinus koraiensis (Korean Stone Pine)
Our Price: $3.75

A self fertile extremely cold hardy disease resitant 5 needle nut producing pine. Excellent tasting raw or toasted, it is rich in protein and essential fatty acids. Fist sized cones produce 50-70 of 2cm sized seeds. Can start producing when 2-3m tall. The tree itself is very ornamental with soft 18cm long blue-green needles and pyramidal form. Grows 30 cm or more a year. Drought tolerant when established. Mature height: 11-22m. Essentially pest free. One of the five species sold as pine nuts. Resistant to White Pine Blister Rust. Long lived.

Quercus garryana
Quercus garryana (Garry Oak)
Our Price: $3.75

Our only native oak to the Pacific Northwest.  A lovely strong tree deserves more attention with its unique smooth rounded lobed thick dark green leathery leaves and pale gray rough textured/alligator bark.  New growth and buds are charmingly fuzzy.  Slowish growing; bushy form when young, then stretching out into a majestic tree reaching 30m at maturity.  Long lived.  Sweet edible acorns are very versatile used for many foods from bread to beverages.  Needs summer drought or established specimens can suffer disease problems.  Intolerant of waterlogged soils.
Xanthoceras sorbifolium (Yellowhorn)
Xanthoceras sorbifolium (Yellowhorn)
Our Price: $3.75

An unusual shrub with lacy pinnate leaves (sorta like a Sorbus as the species name suggests but not nearly as coarse).  The entire plant almost disappears under the heavy bloom in May.  Flowers are borne in clusters and begin life nearly white with a yellow eye that ages to a deep pink.  In fall, lime sized fruits bear up to 12 marble sized edible nuts within its four chambers.  Up to 9kg of sweet edible nuts per await the harvest basket.  Though I haven't tried, when toasted, but the taste is similar to macadamia nuts.  With a high (60%) Omega 6 content, its being looked at as a source of oil for biodiesel.
Pinus sibirica
Pinus siberica (Siberian Pine/Russian Cedar)
Our Price: $3.75

Perhaps the most cold tolerant nut bearing pine surviving temps to -60C. Considered by some to be a subspecies of Pinus cembra where others say there's enough of a difference for it to be its own species. Nuts the same size as P. cembra and taste perhaps sweeter. Resistant to white pine blister rust.

Juglans ailantifolia var cordiformis
Juglans ailantifolia var cordiformis (Heartnut)
Our Price: $4.00

Sweetheart shaped sweet delicious bitter free kernels fall away intact from the thin, easy to crack shells. Very productive with nut clusters of perhaps 20 or more hanging in great abundance.

  • Seed Count: 6
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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