Edible Trees and Shrubs

ELDERBERRY – Sambucus canadensis – 3 gallon pots – $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.

  1. BOB GORDON – Dark purple, uniform ripening, resistant to shattering, high brix makes excellent choice for wine and juice.
  2. WYLDEWOOD – Vigorous, tall bush with large clusters of flowers and fruit – often 12″. Best combined with ‘Ranch’ for cross pollination.
  3. 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.
JOSTABERRY – Ribes × nidigrolaria – 1 gallon pots, 2-3′ tall – $15.00

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 – $15.00

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 – $15.00

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 – $15.00

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 – $15.00

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 – THORNLESS BLACKBERRY, Chester – Rubus spp. – 1 gallon pots – $15.00

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.

BLACKCAP WILD RASPBERRY – Rubus Leucodermis – 1 gallon pots $15.00

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.

FIGS – Ficus carica – 3 gallon pots, 2 – 4′ tall – $25.00 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. This spring we have DESERT KING available– Light green skin, pink flesh, excellent fresh eating fig with a large breba crop.

TAYBERRY – Rubus fruticosus x R. idaeus – 1 gallon pots – $15.00

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.

sOLD OUT – THORNLESS BOYSENBERRY – Rubus ursinus x Rubus idaeus 1 gallon pots $15.00

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.

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.

HAZELNUT SEEDLING – Corylus avellana1 gallon pots, 1-2′ tall, $15.00

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 1/4 gallon pots, 4-6″ tall – $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.

Sold Out: These should be back in stock by early summer or fall

SOLD OUT til Fall – MULBERRY, Black and White – Morus alba and Morus nigra2 gallon pots, 2 – 4′ tall – $25.00 ea
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.

SOLD OUT – ARONIA BERRY – Aronia melanocarpa

As a result of not having the time/labour to dig up many of our bare-root plants due to Covid19, we have a more limited selection of fruit trees this spring than usual. Our apologies for the limited selection – we hope to have many of our grafted trees available in the fall and Next Spring.