Fruiting Trees and Shrubs

This plant list is from Fall 2019. An updated list with available plants for Spring 2020 will be posted in late March. Thanks for your patience!

ELDERBERRY – Sambucus canadensis – 2 gallon pots, 2-4′ tall – $20.00 each

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.

  • BOB GORDON – Dark purple, uniform ripening, resistant to shattering, high brix makes excellent choice for wine and juice.
  • WYLDEWOOD – Vigorous, tall bush with large clusters of flowers and fruit – often 12″. Best combined with ‘Ranch’ for cross pollination.
  • RANCH – Shorter stature variety with max height of 6′ makes for easy picking, this is the best choice for more extreme locations and shorter seasons. Incredibly productive. Most tolerant of poor soils compared to other varieties.
FIGS – Ficus carica – 2 gallon pots, 2 – 4′ tall – $20.00 each

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.

  • DESERT KING – Light green skin, pink flesh, excellent fresh eating fig with a large breba crop. Will have some winter kill with sustained temps below -12 Celsius.
  • CHICAGO HARDY – These dark mahogany-coloured figs are as aesthetic as they are delicious. Chicago Hardy does well in containers as well as in ground, and is one of the hardiest for withstanding cold temperatures and producing well on first-year growth.
  • Sold out – IMPROVED CELESTE – One of the best for fresh eating and drying, these prolific rosy coloured fruits have a very high sugar content and are prized for flavour.
  • Sold out- OLYMPIAN – a green and purple fruit with beautiful purple flesh. Olympians have a good breba crop when protected or overwintered indoors. Bred for the cooler summers of the Pacific Northwest, this fig is very cold hardy, often not losing branches until -18 C.
MULBERRY, Black and White – Morus alba and Morus nigra2 gallon pots, 2 – 4′ tall – $25.00 ea

Mulberries are beautiful trees producing an abundance of small sweet fruits delicious for fresh eating or drying, as well as nutritious edible leaves. These can get 20-40 feet tall, and have few diseases or pests compared to common tree crops. Grafted hybrid cultivars will be available in fall 2020.

  • BLACK MULBERRY – (Morus nigra) have a sweet, 1-2″ black fruit. These are often listed as only hardy to zone 7, though ours have handled -20 C with no problems. Not recommended for higher altitude or colder parts of the region.
  • SOLD OUT – More available in the spring – WHITE MULBERRY – (Morus alba -likely hybrid) . These are much more cold tolerant (-30c or colder), with smaller white to lavender coloured fruit.
SEA BUCKTHORN – Hippophae rhamnoides L – Both male and female in a 1 gallon pot, 6-12″ – $20.00

Also known as ‘Seaberry’, this nitrogen-fixing shrub with silvery foliage and bright orange berries is a sour late summer treat. The fruits are high in vitamin C, E, beta carotene, antioxidants, compounds that support heart and liver function, and many other nutrients… the list is long. Because of this, it makes it into that elusive ‘superfood’ category. They are tart eaten fresh but great in smoothies, juices, chutneys, baking, ferments, and as a lemon substitute. Sea buckthorn oil is used medicinally and is said to help with healing dry and damaged skin and reducing inflammation.

Tolerant of poor soils and drought conditions, hardy to extreme cold, and without any common pests or diseases, these are tough, low-maintenance plants. Being thorny, they make a great living hedge. They can grow up to 15 ft tall, but can be easily pruned to a shorter height, which helps put fixed nitrogen into the surrounding soil to benefit nearby plants. They tend to sucker, so plant them where they can fill out an area or be contained. For every 7 female plants you need a male.

JOSTABERRY – Ribes × nidigrolaria – 1 gallon pots, 2-3′ tall – $12.00

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 – 1 gallon pots, 2-3′ tall – $12.00

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 – 1 gallon pots, 1-3′ tall – $12.00

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 – 1 gal pots or bare-root in late fall*** – $12.00

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 – 1 gallon pots, 2-4′ tall – $12.00

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 – HIMROD SEEDLESS GRAPE – 1 gallon pots, 2-4′ tall – $12.00

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

ARONIA BERRY – Aronia melanocarpa – 4″ pots, 3-6″ tall – $8.00

Also known as black chokeberry, Aronia is native to eastern North American. Attractive bushes produce ornate flowers in spring, striking black berries in mid summer, and bright red foliage in fall. Cold hardy with no common diseases or pests to bother it, it’s another easy bush to grow. High in antioxidants, vitamin C, and a very long list of other vitamins, Aronia is considered a superfood and prized for being extremely nutritious. Some like it for fresh eating, I honestly don’t love the astringent flavour. But it is great in smoothies, juices, wine, and baking if you want to add a nutritional punch. Apparently it’s a very popular flavour of ice cream in parts of Europe!

LINGONBERRY / BOG CRANBERRY – Vaccinium vitis-idaea4″ pots, 2″ tall, $8.00

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.

THORNLESS BLACKBERRY, Chester, Triple Crown – Rubus spp. – 1 gallon pots, 1-2′ tall – $12.00

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. In zone 6 and colder areas of the Kootenays (lows below -23 C), pinning and mulching overwintering canes to the ground to keep below snowline will help prevent winter die back.

Sold out- more in spring 2020 – THORNLESS BOYSENBERRY – Rubus ursinus x Rubus idaeus 2-6″ tall, Bare-root in late fall*** – $12.00

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.

TAYBERRY – Rubus fruticosus x R. idaeus – 2-4″ tall, Bare root in late fall*** – $12.00

A Scottish cross between a loganberry and a red raspberry. Easy to grow, vigorous canes yield large, sweet, reddish-black berries, great for preserves, smoothies, freezing, and eating. Low maintenance, semi-erect bushes also benefit from trellising and can grow to 6′ tall. Zone 6 hardy.

BLACKCAP WILD RASPBERRY – Rubus Leucodermis – 2-6″ tall, Bare root in late fall*** $12.00

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.

Sold out- RUGOSA ROSE – Rosa rugosa 2-4″ tall, Bare root in late fall *** – $10.00

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.