Edible Trees and Shrubs

SEEDLING NUT TREES, BARE ROOT, $15.00 each

These trees will be available at the end of October and early November once they are dormant. Bare-root means they are growing in ground, will be dug up the day they are picked up, and need to be transplanted within a few days. These will also be available in the spring for those who have frozen ground during this window.

BLACK WALNUT, Seedling of Emma K. 24″ tall

NORTHERN HAZELNUT, Seedling of EFB resistant parents. 18-24″ tall

PERSIAN WALNUT, Seedling. 18-24″ tall

JAPANESE / AMERICAN CHESTNUT, Seedling. 18-24″ tall

NORTHERN PECAN, Seedling. 6-8″ tall

HEARTNUT, Seedling. 12-18″ tall

GRAFTED FRUIT TREES, BARE ROOT. $25-45 each

APPLES

There are only one or two trees of each variety, and this list is not guaranteed to be up-to-date. Email us with your interest list and we can confirm availability – thimblehillnursery@gmail.com

  • Belle de Boskoop, Green and Red available. Semi-dwarf (G222)
  • Orin, semi-dwarf
  • Empire, semi-dwarf
  • Dolgo Crabapple, semi-dwarf
  • Winter Banana, semi-dwarf
  • Jonagold, semi-dwarf
  • Yataka Fuji, semi-dwarf
  • Cripp’s Pink (same as Pink Lady), semi-dwarf
  • Mutsu, semi-dwarf
  • Red Gravenstein, semi-dwarf
  • Esopus Spitzenberg, semi-dwarf
  • Hidden Rose, semi-standard (M111)
  • Ida Red, semi-standard
  • Wealthy, semi-standard
  • Gala, semi-standard
  • Chestnut Crabapple, semi-standard
  • Wolf River, semi-standard
  • Braeburn, semi-standard
  • Bramley’s Seedling, semi-standard
  • Kingston Black, semi-standard
  • Golden Russet, semi-standard

PEARS, Semi-dwarf

  • Conference
  • Clapp’s Favourite
  • Sierra
  • Winter Nellis
  • Seckel

SHIPOVA, NOTTINGHAM MEDLAR, ROYAL MEDLAR, and QUINCE also available

FRUITING SHRUBS

ELDERBERRY – Sambucus canadensis

These beautiful, hardy, fast growing perennial shrubs produce fragrant white blossoms in June and delicious black berries in late summer. Flowers are used for wine, cordials, and dried for tea. Berries are used for wine, juice, preserves, and medicinal preparations to support a strong immune system. Requires 1/2 – full day sun and good soil moisture. Can be pruned back to the ground annually or grown as 6-10′ shrub. Considered self-fertile, but best production with multiple varieties.

SOLD OUT – JOSTABERRY – Ribes × nidigrolaria

This cross between the European gooseberry, North American gooseberry, and black currant has the best of all three worlds – large delicious red-black berries on hardy thornless bushes that ripen in late July. Sweet and high in vitamin C, jostaberries make delicious jams, jellies, pies, and are perfect for eating out of hand. Disease-resistant, self-fertile, and low-maintenance, these are my favourite of the Ribes family.

RED CURRANT – Ribes rubrum

Vigorous, upright plants produce hanging clusters of small red sweet and tart berries. Great for freezing, preserves, smoothies, and drying. Give 5′ spacing between plants. Two varieties are available: Cherry Red and Paula’s Red.

CLOVE CURRANT – Ribes odoratum

Native to North America, the clove currant is a hardy, drought-tolerant, low maintenance fruiting 4-6′ tall shrub with fragrant clove-scented yellow flowers in spring. Fruits are somewhere between black currants and jostaberries in size and flavour. Great resilient plant for edible landscaping, hedges, and the orchard understory.

BLACK CURRANT – Ribes nigrum

Attractive, upright small shrubs produces large clusters of jet-black, delicious berries great for juicing, preserves, and drying. Similar in low-maintenance habit and hardiness to other Ribes. Zone 4 hardy.

CANADICE SEEDLESS GRAPE

Flavourful, crisp, sweet and tart purple table grapes that ripen mid september. This variety is very productive, cold hardy, and vigorous, growing up a trellis or support to over 20′ if allowed.

SOLD OUT – THORNLESS BLACKBERRY, Chester – Rubus spp.

These vigorous, easy to grow blackberries are a joy to pick because of the lack of thorns. Semi-erect canes produce prolific flavourful black berries from August until the first heavy frost. Giving 6′ spacing between plants and providing a trellis or climbing structure is recommended to get maximum production.

BLACKCAP WILD RASPBERRY – Rubus Leucodermis

A delicious thorny raspberry native to the Kootenays. Blackcap raspberries produce firm, slightly seedy black raspberries in mid-summer. These incredibly resilient plants can grow almost anywhere and are a great addition to a native plant garden, food forest, or low-maintenance berry patch. They tend to trail, so growing in a tomato cage or small trellis helps to increase fruiting and prevent them from exploring all over.

FIGS – Ficus carica – 5 gallon pots, 4-6′ tall

Yes, you can grow figs in the Kootenays! These varieties are some of the hardiest, but exposed branches will still die back to the roots in cold temperatures (-10-18 Celsius depending on variety), regrowing the following year. If you are on a cold site and want to avoid this you can keep them in a pot and bring into an unheated garage, basement, or cellar for the winter. Or with some specific branch training and mulching, you can overwinter your figs without losing branches – if you want to try this I can give you information on how to do it. Those trees that are well protected or overwintered indoors often produce a breba crop, meaning they develop a small fig that overwinters and ripens in early summer the next year, followed by a main crop in late summer. Drought tolerant, deer resistant, self-fruitful, with few pests or diseases, figs are tough and low maintenance if given good winter protection. This year we have DESERT KING available– Light green skin, pink flesh, excellent fresh eating fig with a large breba crop.

THORNLESS BOYSENBERRY – Rubus ursinus x Rubus idaeus

This amazing hybrid berry is a cross between a blackberry, raspberry, loganberry, and dewberry. Original variety had thorns, but this one is a unique thornless cultivar. Huge, delicious berries resemble a large blackberry and are outstanding for fresh eating, juice, and preserves. Semi-erect canes benefit from similar treatment to blackberry, with a lattice or trellis to climb up to increase production. Zone 6 hardy.

LINGONBERRY / BOG CRANBERRY – Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Low growing North American native plant producing brilliant red, sour fruits that are delicious as sauce or dried. Great as a creeping ground cover, border plant, or addition to a native plant garden.

HAZELNUT SEEDLING – Corylus avellana

These seedlings come from my mother’s productive urban trees. Delicious, abundant hazelnuts can be produced on a fairly small space compared to other nut trees. These can be pruned to fit your space, but left unmanaged can reach 20+’. In addition to nuts, hazels are often coppiced (pruned to the ground) to produce long, straight poles excellent for trellises, woodworking, and wattle-and-daub fences. We are planting them as orchard hedgerows to provide a windbreak, privacy, nuts, wood, and wildlife habitat. The parent trees show resistance to Eastern Filbert Blight, and so far all of their seedling offspring have as well.

RUGOSA ROSE – Rosa rugosa

This ultra-hardy rose is prized for edible flowers and very large rose hips that make delicious jellies and preserves. High in vitamin C, antioxidants, and flavinoids, the hips also make excellent teas and medicines. Rugosa roses can tolerate a range of soils and growing conditions, are disease-resistant, have a vigorous root system that can stabilize soils, and can survive very cold temperatures. Growing 6 feet tall and wide with the tendency to sucker, they make a great deer-resistant hedge or can be trellised along fences and tall structures. This variety has classic pink wild rose shaped flowers.

SOLD OUT til Fall – MULBERRY, Black and White – Morus alba and Morus nigra
SOLD-OUT – HIMROD SEEDLESS GRAPE

Golden-yellow, prolific clusters of crunchy sweet grapes that ripen in late August. Vigorous and hardy.

SOLD OUT – ARONIA BERRY – Aronia melanocarpa